The next day we had organized a blood donation in the area and we greeted all the people who were donating their blood.
We then went to a centre for children with Cerebral Palsy. Here I met a child who I could have brought home with me! I fell in love with him!
Let me start from the start... Unfortunately, this story is not pretty.. We got off the bus and were greeted with a building that was delapadated and degenerated. When we walked inside we werent any more impressed. We went into the room where the younger children were 0-7 years. All along the perimetre of there room were children in highchairs, in the centre of the room there were cots with 2 and 3 children in some cots, at the back of the room there were about 7 children lying on a carpet staring at the ceiling. Many of the children in the high chairs were banging their heads against the walls and others their table. There was one child who was wailing and slapping his hands on the table.
Another child, who was so thin, had his head on his table and when I went to him I saw that he had dried vomit on his shirt. I immediately asked the worker to give me a shirt to change it and asked for a juice drink for him to have. It was clear that he hadn't been attended to for quite some time. In the cots the children were crying and hitting each other, as they cannot control their bodily movements. On the carpet the children just lay there motionless and without making any noise.
There was one child who had down syndrome and was faced down on the carpet, unable to move himself. There were flies everywhere and there was the most awful smell... We all put on brave faces and smiled and greeted all the children. Where and when we could we changed the child's cloths, position or moved them to a single cot.
There was one child on the floor, who's body was contorted and who I went an knelt beside. I started to talk to him (in that high-pitched voice that one talks to a child in) and suddenly his face changed, a huge smile took over his face. This made me so happy..I started to tickle his chest and talk to him. He began to laugh and move his body sporadically. It was as if happiness was oozing out of his pores, I cant explain the feeling.
He was wriggling around the floor, smiling from ear to ear, laughing and just beaming. I didn't want to leave his side. He had no way of communicating other than through making sounds or moving his body, but it was enough. There were many other children in the centre that day that I met, but I will never forget this child or how his laughter made me feel. There is a terrible sadness when you walk out the door again to leave them knowing that they are back to normality, back staring at the blank ceiling above them.
That evening we had two fashion shows. One was in one of the largest universities in Asia, the Lovely University Ludhiana. The students designs were absolutely INCREDIBLE! I was lucky enough to be able to keep this one...what do you think of it?!
The girls all rocked their outfits on the runway!!!
The other was an open air fashion show in the centre of the city. Both of which raised money for Healthy Kids Happy Kids.
I loved modeling the traditional jewels and clothes, they're so ornately decorated which makes for stunning designs! :) This is myself and Marika Miss Slovenia Universe 2010..How stunning are her eyes?!?!?! WOW!!!
That night we after the show we drove to Ludhiana!:)