Alka Tiessink

November 2014 to December 2014

In November 2014 I decided to go back to my roots in India and visit Bal Anand, the very children’s home I got adopted from. Before I came over I participated in a fundraising run and all the money I raised was used on activities and presents for the kids of Bal Anand and the differently-abled residents of Umang.
For a few weeks I volunteered to work with the most amazing little kids at Bal Anand. They’re absolutely lovely. Me and Tessa, the other Dutch volunteer, spent the rest of our time volunteering at Umang, which was an experience very dear to our hearts. The residents were about the same age meaning we actually lived together at Bal Anand when we were babies. They took me in as one of their own and saw me as a sister. It was just amazing.
Working and living with the residents of Umang is so amazing. Seeing and being part of their progress is such a rewarding experience.
I’ll be back soon!