India Hurts by Emma Cobabe

November 25, 2018 - 2018 Operation Bandhu

I’ve waited many years for it to be my turn to finally go on this adventure. Throughout the last 8 years almost every member of my family took part of an expedition and nothing they could tell or show me could prepare me for what India has got me feeling. I’ve seen hundreds of pictures and heard multiple stories but my whole idea I had of India has officially been disproven the moment I was dropped in the middle of it.

There is so much I want to share but I don’t even know where to start so I’ll just talk about a couple of things I found most interesting. My first night here I was angry,sad, and confused about how people could ever live in this dirty,smelly, bug filled land and why no one has helped them. I couldn’t comprehend how it only took a couple of plane rides to get to a place so out of control I can’t begin to describe it in words. For starters, the only traffic laws here are honk if you’re about to hit someone, it’s like you’re on a roller coaster every time you’re in the Tata, kinda fun though haha. The people here are so kind and loving, they treat you like family and continue to give us anything they can to make us happy even though they really don’t have anything to give.

The girls at day boarding school are very happy we are here, they greet us everyday with hugs and kisses. They’re all absolutely beautiful and so smart but teaching has still been harder than I originally imagined. They are all very special but one of the younger girls, Togani, is and absolute angel. Togani’s mother passed a week ago and is stuck with a dad that’s no good. Tagoni smiles everytime she is talked to and laughs so hard she doesn’t make a sound. She has really made a place in my heart but as the day we leave gets closer and my hours with her get shorter I don’t know how I am going to leave knowing the odds might not be in her favor. I love her so much and just wish we could do more but I know we’re all doing the best we can to teach them so I’m praying she makes it out and can live any life she chooses to.

Overall, India has shown me a whole new perspective and I’m truly blessed I get to be apart of operation Bandu.

One Response to “India Hurts by Emma Cobabe”

  1. Way to go Emma, absolutely beautiful blog. So well stayed and your perspective astounding.

    We adore all of the Cobabe’s

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