Fishing Village School
“School of Angels”
For the last few years Angels from Heaven sponsors two village schools through Nupur Sanyal and the Institute of Social work in Calcutta . One of village schools is located about 10 miles from the city of Calcutta, the other is far away about a three hour drive one way.
Because of three problem days in Calcutta with Bandhs (strikes), it was not safe for me to travel and I had to cut short some of my visits. One was the far away village school.
On November 29th, Nupur arranged for me to have an escort for the day to show me the village school close by. I had met Anwesha Bhattacharya last year. We had a nice ride to the village school with Anwesha pointing out different things along the way.
When we arrived at the end of the road at the village school, Anwesha and I, along with the driver, got out of the car and started walking along a dirt path towards the village school carrying the school supplies and candy I had brought for the children.
When we arrived at the school every child in the room stood and greeted us with happy smiles. The children number about 90 of all ages with three teachers.
The children put on a great show of Indian song and dance for about 45 minutes. At the end of the program, Anwesha, along with the teachers and the village Doctor, gave out the school supplies and candy to the children. It was nice seeing all the children smile and enjoy their treats.
I did have a few questions I wanted to ask the teachers of the school. Anwesha acted as a translator for me so I could talk to the teachers. I asked questions like: What is most needed at this school for the children to learn? The answer was a blackboard. With that, I said to them I would do my best to get it for next year.
As we left the school and walked back down the dirt path, I turned to wave goodbye to everyone feeling happy and sad all at the same time. I honestly did not want to leave these happy children.