Marjolein Hortenseus and Wouter de Jong

July 2017 to August 2017

Our time at Umang began with a long flight from Amsterdam to Mumbai, then from Mumbai we went to Umang by taxi. When we arrived we first met Suresh who showed us around and introduced us to the residents.
From that moment we were part of Umang for four weeks. We’ve had a wonderful time at Umang and got to learn a lot about India, Indian people and the way things work in India. During our stay we’ve experienced what the rain season is like in India, although we’ve managed to arrange a lot of things with the help of the staff, our fellow Dutch volunteers and of course the wonderful residents. For example, we cooked Dutch pancakes for the residents, bought some medical instruments and a wheelchair, we’ve also arranged a shopping day for the residents together with our fellow Dutch volunteers. The residents loved it and got some really nice clothing and other useful stuff.
We have experienced Umang as a really nice place to be and we think it’s a great honor to be able to be with and to help the residents of Umang. We also enjoyed the people of the staff and we had a nice time in the volunteer’s house with the other volunteers. We had a really good time in India and at Umang and we hope we can return some day and visit Umang. We hope the residents will continue developing as good as they are doing right now so they will have a wonderful future!