As you know one of our missions is to train vulnerable women and survivors to become veterinary nurses and animal caregivers by sending them for training intensives to our great friends at Animal Aid Unlimited, in Udaipur, one of the first animal hospitals and sanctuaries in India. Unfortunately this was delayed while we searched for the right candidates. But now I'm happy to say that it looks like we have found our first group! They are located in Darjeeling and are associated with a great NGO called The Learning Tea. We even have several veterinarians and animal NGOs in the Darjeeling area who are anxious to hire the women once they finish the training!
I'm also really excited to announce our fundraising for this coming September . The 2016 Animal People Alliance Fundraising and Cultural Immersion trip will take place in Kolkata and Sikkim, India from September 30th - October 10th. (later note - this trip we wildly successful and will be repeated in 2017) I've never been to Sikkim myself - so this will be a new experience for me. Sikkim actually has been very successful with their animal welfare programs and we are going to visit some of the organizations and see how they are dealing with the problems and issues surrounding street animals. Besides visiting NGO's on this trip - we of course will be doing sightseeing. There are many things to see in Sikkim - monasteries, temples and of course the Himalayas. At the end of the trip we will be returning from Sikkim to Kolkata just in time for Durga Puja; the big festival celebrating the Hindu Goddess, Durga. The whole city is in celebration mode and it's something to see. Kolkata, I like to say, is divine chaos at it's finest. There is definitely no other city in the world like it.
Anyone who is interested in coming on this immersion trip can get the information on the Animal People Alliance website and Facebook page. You can also send an email to Paul at Paul@madebysurvivors.com. If you are considering coming along for the trip this year or in 2017, reserve your place now, there are only a few places left. I hope to see you there!