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VISITING SITAMARHI

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VISITING SITAMARHI

Anubhav Gupta

Last week I took a trip to Uttar Pradesh with Punj Lloyd to visit a village they've been working with for over 15 years. Called Sitamarhi, it's located halfway between Allahabad and Varanasi (and is supposed to be the place where Sita was welcomed back into the Earth). We asked a lot of questions, met a lot of people, and took a lot of pictures across the education, vocational training, healthcare and poverty alleviation programmes they're undertaking.

You'll be able to read about the work Punj Lloyd does on the site we're creating with them soon. But for now here are some pictures to give you a taste...

Sewing classes take place daily at the Punj Lloyd Bala Bhavan for local women.

Sewing classes take place daily at the Punj Lloyd Bala Bhavan for local women.

A female student learns vocational skills to support her sick husband. Her daughter is on full scholarship at the Dayawanti Punj Model School next door.

A female student learns vocational skills to support her sick husband. Her daughter is on full scholarship at the Dayawanti Punj Model School next door.

The kids at the Dayawanti Punj model School learn English from Class 1, the ones we met spoke with incredible fluency.

The kids at the Dayawanti Punj model School learn English from Class 1, the ones we met spoke with incredible fluency.

A village elder tells us his version of the changes that have happened in Sitamarhi

A village elder tells us his version of the changes that have happened in Sitamarhi

Gulab Singh was able to start his own photography business catering to the influx of local tourists to the temple Punj Lloyd constructed. He was able to build a concrete house, put all of his children in school and buy a motorbike.

Gulab Singh was able to start his own photography business catering to the influx of local tourists to the temple Punj Lloyd constructed. He was able to build a concrete house, put all of his children in school and buy a motorbike.

Ladies enrolled in the poverty alleviation programme queue up to receive a solar lantern, ID cards in hand.

Ladies enrolled in the poverty alleviation programme queue up to receive a solar lantern, ID cards in hand.