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Reflections on India – Nick Rasmussen

November 23, 2015 - All Posts, 2015 Opeation: Sahasa

A play by play of our days in here have been documented in 144 character blocks through the YMAD Sahasa Twitter account. If you have not seen our Twitter account, it has all our pictures from the excursion on it. You do not need a Twitter account to view the pictures.
It has been an absolute blast to experience India through the eyes of your teens, to watch them grow, experience and learn about their world. When your teens say that they want to stay, that they love it here, and that the girls mean the world to them, I genuinely believe that is what they feel. They show it through their commitments, actions and words.

What a blessing it has been to observe their progress. As a parent myself, I want nothing more than for my daughter to experience what your teens have over the last 11 months. I hope you see their change as we greet you again in the airport in Salt Lake City.

Internally I have struggled with thoughts of inequality between our two “worlds.” We received the warmest of receptions at every house we visited throughout Tangtala. At times we were welcomed so warmly I felt guilt for having been so blessed, the majority of which I have done nothing to earn. Bottom line is we’re all the same; we’re all people with many of the same concerns, fears, hopes and dreams.

My Indian friends have taken a piece of my heart, and so have our High School companions. Thank you parents, friends, family and the rest of your village in Utah/Wyoming, these are remarkable teens. It’s never been more apparent to me that “It takes a village to raise a child.”

Thank you all,

Nick Rasmussen

PS- There is a high probability that we will NOT have Internet access while in Darjeeling. We will keep you posted with blogs, tweets and pictures as our connectivity permits.

3 Responses to “Reflections on India – Nick Rasmussen”

  1. Hi Nick, Thank you for all of the blog posts and pictures. We absolutely love everything you put up. It looks like Emilie is possibly the only teen who didn’t post on the blog this round. Did I miss it by chance? I just want to make sure everything is ok. You guys are amazing. Thank you for all that you are doing to provide our kids as well as the local children with this experience!

  2. Hi Camille,
    Thank you so much. She is great, and having a great time. I’m not sure what happened, I will go back through my notes and see if/why you haven’t seen her blog.

    -Nick

  3. All Sahasa adult leaders are beautiful loving people!!! Thank you for teaching, learning, providing safety, and loving my teen!!! Actually the Sahasa teens!!!!

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