We have now finished the entire training programme for staff at DGH. Since being here we have delivered 32 separate training modules to cottage staff, teachers and heads of departments. Everyone has had a taste of a training style which is pretty alien to them and it has taken us many weeks to get colleagues to call us by our first names rather than Sir or Ma’am. The feedback is all very positive and we just hope that everyone is not simply being polite. There remains a two day management workshop for the senior management team due to take place on 5 and 6 November and the training and development part of the programme will be complete.
The weather here has been wonderful for the past 2 weeks with warm sunshine during the day and a distinct chill in the air as evening approaches. Unfortunately the weather changed completely on Sunday and it was cold and raining all day yesterday. Apparently Cyclone Rashmi out in the Bay of Bengal is responsible with heavy rain falling in Calcutta. It cannot possibly be any heavier than what fell last night; at times it sounded as if the roof would
We won too!
come in under the torrent of water. However this morning has started sunny and bright and the cloud cover is receding rapidly.
We are off now for a few days for the Diwali holiday and we are planning to go down to Jaldapara wildlife reserve to look for rhinoceros and tigers. Maybe we will be lucky. We are booked at the Hollong Lodge inside the reserve for a couple of nights and then we will stop off in Mirek overnight on our way back with a chance to go up to the Nepal border, but not into Nepal itself.
The children of the Kindergarten had their annual sports morning yesterday and the weather was pretty grim. The little ones enjoyed themselves undeterred by the mist and rain and the spirit of competition was as fierce as ever. Eleanor was the Honoured Chief Guest and made a speech of encouragement to the children and handed out the prizes. Philip failed to finish the balloon competition to see who could blow the biggest balloon. His balloon burst before he could tie a knot in it!
Now we feel as if we are approaching the home straight. There is still
a report of the project to write and then we will go down to Calcutta for a few days en route for Kerala before flying home. This morning’s post contains a few photos of Kalimpong and surroundings and we will be back soon with an account of our safari and maybe even a picture of some tigers!
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