Monthly Archives: December 2011

crib wars…

So every house in the orphanage has a crib/nativity scene that they construct themselves and they take it all very seriously, in a previous post you can see the boys going into the forest for materials.

I am a little anxious as myself and one other guest are supposed to award a prize for the best one, but they are all so good we don’t want to choose…so everyone who took part gets a prize…phew…

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My 2 personal favourites however…this one by the small boys in the Lake House who made everything out of plasticine (including dinosaurs)

…and the 10th class boys who built a human scale grotto!

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christmas day…

Each home has it’s ritual for Christmas day. Here the stockings are hung along with final decorations at the last minute on the 24th, on Christmas morning the girls get fresh flowers for their hair… In the morning there is also one gift each for the kids. It’s really very nice to be here at this time…no TV, NO advertising…NO pre and post Christmas sales…

christmas kitsch…

No words needed!

santa clause is coming to town…

One of santa’s helpers – actually it’s Naga Babu, one of my students, he wants to be a film maker and he is a great photographer will post some of his photos later…back to Santa…

Well, Santa Clause has been and went already…Here in the orphanage he comes on the 23rd of December (all the way from Italy). He has his photo taken with each child and gives each of them a Kitkat!

All the kids from both orphanages are here…so that’s well over 1000. Afterwards is my favourite part when Santa and his “sleigh” leave the campus and parade through the neighbouring village of Budawaram, with the whole orphanage following…surreal and marvellous!!!


santa in the orphanage

santa in Buddavaram

carol singing in telegu…

walking in teak forests…

I go into the forest with the boys from Butterfly Hill 10th class to gather material for the nativity scenes that everyone has to make here. We are surrounded by teak trees with giant leaves.


For sure Gopi is a conceptual artist in the making, here we found him up ahead sitting under a tree. He had decided to to give it back the leaves that had fallen off…

pamputa – telegu for snake house, actually the construction is made by white ants, but snakes love to make their homes there…

…giant cobweb, or maybe its a bird web…who knows, kind of want to stick my finger into that webby vortex…but am not that stupid. There are a lot of animals in the forest, monkeys, snakes, amazing birds…not that we see any as we are far too noisy

Inventing new Saints…