Our Day with Padma or Life in a Land with Leprosy

We started by drivng an hour and half south of Chennai and visited the construction site where Rising Star is building their new school, known here as “the land.”… he had chuckled and said there wouldn’t be any heavy equipment, everything will be done by hand he had told us. What I was not prepared for was the amount of workers, the high quality of their work and speed with which they were digging holes…. They work most of the day (with an hour or two break during lunch) they live on site and travel to the next site when this one is finished…. For me, I knew that this would be a memorable day as we had 6-8 hours of driving left for the day and Padma was going to make a great traveling companion to help me make sense of India.