New Delhi, the capitol of India, the second last stop on our Indian journey and YMCA number 6 this week. The visit to New Delhi coincided with the meeting of the National Executive Committee, and we all stayed at the YMCA hostel. For the evening New Delhi YMCA had organized a celebratory dinner outside around the swimming pool, and we were introduced to the Board members of the New Delhi YMCA and their spouses.
ABOVE AND BELOW THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF YMCAS IN INDIA
After that YMCA President Rolland Williams introduced his National Leadership Team, as you can see from the two photos above. He also used the opportunity to praise the New Delhi YMCA and presenting their Annual Report.
Mr. Vivek Aranha, National Vice-President, National Council of YMCAs presenting memento to Rev. Dr.Johan Vilhelm Eltvik, Secretary General, World Alliance of YMCAs at felicitation function held at Massey Hall, National Council of YMCAs of India, New Delhi on March 15, 2014. Dr. Rolland Williams, National President, National Council of YMCAs of India coordinated the felicitation function.MNB
Mr. Danial Ravi Kumar, Regional Secretary, SIR YMCAs; Mr. Ch.R.P. Mani Kumar, Regional Secretary, SEIR YMCAs and Mr. Deepak Londhe, General Secretary with Rev.Dr. Johan Vilhelm Eltvik, Secretary General, World Alliance of YMCAs at the felicitation function held at National Council of YMCAs of India, New Delhi.
And from all that glory we were taken to the slums of New Delhi where we met a lot of children and young people and some outstanding YMCA professionals and leaders. It was heartwarming to see all the preparations which had taken place to give us a fabulous presentation on a Saturday morning. I saw a lot of happy children in active performance, demonstrating that YMCA is a Space, offers Transformation and creates Impact. Youth Empowerment in Action!
This visit was more than normally interesting. This is a self help group of ladies from the slum. They are saving money every month and creating an environment for micro credit. They showed us their books where all money was reported, interests and loans. This is giving the women a say in their families, because they are contributing seriously to the economy of their families. I could read in their eyes and faces how satisfied they were and how proud they were. Poverty, sure. Difficult living conditions, yes. But unhappy people? Not that I could observe. And YMCA in the middle of it, facilitating, organizing, making the future become possible and livable and giving pride to a group of women. I felt so proud of the YMCA!
This is the view from fourth floor in the slum. They are building higher and higher!
Part of the vocational training is education for beauty care, and Ingunn is offered Henna painting by one of the young girls.
The artistic results for Ingunn are far more convincing!
Now also the nails are included in the service.
Typical contrasts of India. Directly from the slum to Indira Gandhi’s summer palace in New Delhi. It used to be a farm in the outskirts of the city, now it is surrounded by the city itself. But a safe haven of peace and tranquility and we had a splendid dinner outside in the garden.
Mr. Vivek Aranha, National Vice-President, National Council of YMCAs and our generous host for the evening, here together with Ingunn.
This was the setting for the dinner party in this beautiful garden of Indira Gandhi.
And eventually it is my turn to honor somebody else! Secretary General, World Alliance of YMCAs honoring the leaders of South East India Region of YMCAs – Mr. HenryDominic, Chairman, Mr. Ch.R.P. Mani Kumar, Regional Secretary for their dedicated service to the YOUTH and enrolling 260 YOUTH CHANGE AGENTS in the SEIR YMCAs and conducting training programme for the CHANGE AGENTS at the felicitation function held at the Massey Hall, National Council of YMCAs of India, New Delhi on March 15,2014.