2017 Storm Damage

2017 Storm Damage

In Purulia this past month we suffered many short but powerful storms of wind, rain and hail, thunder and lightning. One of them was so severe that it killed three people in the village next door. In Dabar, gusts of wind from the same storm actually blew over one of the walls enclosing our Community Centre. It damaged the front of our own home too. Happily, the buildings inside the Centre itself were not damaged.

However, we need to repair the damaged wall very soon, before the heavy monsoon rains start in July. Otherwise we will risk more serious damage to the soil base, the front gate and even to the main Hall itself. We’ll add more substantial foundations, supported by metal beams, and a drainage system to keep rain water from undercutting the base of the wall again in future. We took estimates and need to find INR103,000 to pay for the work. This is converts to US$1,610 or AUS$2,150 or UK Sterling £1,250. Please click below for more information and photographs…
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2016 May


This is Robert, for a change, posting to our Blog. It’s our first since December, the reason being that over the last four months we have all been absorbed in completing three major projects. To remind you, they were:

1] Building a dining room and kitchen for the hostel boys

2] Extending the pipeline to pump water up from the river for irrigation and to replenish the communal ponds

3] On the land across from the school, building a public drinking water station and a Community Hall to cater for marriage ceremonies, funeral occasions and other events.

I’d like to tell you here about these new developments. They have already begun to improve things both for us in Dabar and also people living nearby. Read more