Birthday in Andhra

Today is my sponsor child’s birthday. Happy Birthday Amala!

Earlier this year Amala and I managed to get together for a short time at her home in Andhra Pradesh. She lives at HEAL Village near Guntur – an inspiring and joyous place run by the largely voluntary HEAL (Health and Education for ALL).

Heal Village, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh

Amala is doing fantastically well in her education thanks to this wonderful charity that works to provide a stable environment for orphaned children and young people in eastern India.

HEAL is hoping to help even more children as it develops a new facility called Paradise Village in the coming months and years. It needs our support and I’ve seen, first hand, what a difference this makes to individual lives.

Glorious North Wales


It is difficult to beat North Wales (when the sun is out). We have a ‘repose’ day on our retreat today; an opportunity to step back into normal activity before returning to the discipline and silence. Not difficult at all when such a glorious day was provided.

Also an opportunity to eat something way more enticing than the retreat fare. If you are vegetarian and in Bangor, Gwynedd, then the place to head for is Kyffin Café Deli, 129 High Street, Bangor, LL57 1NT. Beautifully presented, creative, wholly vegetarian menu. Today’s mezze was delicious.