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Wishing all the Awaas Residents and Staff a Happy Raksha Bandhan

Those of you with sisters will have been in touch or perhaps visited? You may be an only child, or not have a sister at the present time, but   can we perhaps, in these modern times, substitute a missing sister for some other dearly loved person. A relation or a friend? No rakhi?   What about a phone call, message, letter or other form of communication to someone you hold dear? Share a few memories, re-tell some of your escapades, have a good laugh? Manya’s Latest Cycle Ride News My cycle ride for Covid treatment in a remote corner of Bihar State continues. I started it on May 10 th and today, 22 nd August I still have 428 km to do to reach my target of 3000km. With the £4000 that has been donated to me from friends, relations and other supporters for this cycling effort I have to date provided masks and soap for the people of 5 villages and three urban areas on the edge of the district town, where itinerant people live in temporary tarpaulin sheltered accommodation. We, (me, wor
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 My bike ride for Village India An update on my progress so far. When the ravaging second wave of Corona Virus hit India’s metropolitan cities the TV cameras showed us people waiting in the streets outside government and private hospitals, in private cars, in ambulances, and on trollies.   All waiting for someone to die so that a bed would be available for themselves, a sick mother or father. We saw queues of people with empty oxygen cylinders waiting to get them filled. These were people who could afford to pay, or took loans from relatives. People who had cars or could hire private ambulances. Hospitals ran out of oxygen. Desperate people resorted to stealing cylinders and hijacking oxygen lorries. Trains brought oxygen tanker lorries to Delhi and Mumbai from industrial works thousands of miles away. As the infection rates dipped the cameras went away, instead of turning their attention to the fate of the vast rural hinterland with a fragile and ill- equipped rural health structure
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 An Update from June 1st 2021   June 1 st 2021 Dear friends and sponsors   Thankfully the weather is better now so yesterday I did a marathon three-and-three -quarter hour ride yesterday. Last week my total miles were 133 but I had two days without riding because I needed to catch up on housework and shopping, as my brother was coming to visit me. My total for the first three weeks is 412.31 miles.(661km).My bike needs a new gear cable so Friday will be a short riding day and I hope I don't break down in the meantime as the gears keep slipping.  My brother lives in Devon and we don't have the opportunity to meet often, with my visits to India and his to France,  It was nice that we were able to have a family get together under the rule of 6. Rajni prepared a written report which I will attach to this email. Since he wrote we have continued with the mask making and the education about how Covid spreads, what to do etc. Besides the loudspeaker van touring villages with the infor
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  This was my original appeal and I have sent two updates of my progress. Monday 10th May 2021 Hello my friends, relatives and previous supporters! I hope this email finds you well, escaped from the virus, vaccinated and looking forward to better times and the summer weather. Most of you will know me from my voluntary work in India, since 1997 with leprosy patients and after 2005 with HIV infected children. In 2018 I was asked to see if I could make the lives brighter for the residents of a home for senior citizens. My exploits with the residents can be found on a blog they contribute to at ​ www.awaasnews.blogspot.com When I heard about the situation in Italy, as I left India on March 2 nd, I asked that the residents in Awaas be locked down. Sadly, the virus did get into the home; six were infected and two died. However, they are now more careful with isolating and not leaving the grounds. Some have been vaccinated. We h
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 I have decided to try and help some of the poorer people I used to work with in Bihar! Way back in 1994 I wanted to raise some money to find, and give treatment to, people suffering from leprosy. I decided to cycle the length of the river Ganges ( 3000km) and donate the money raised from friends and neighbours in my village, at my place of work and at my church. I had to learn to ride a bike with gears and several kilograms of luggage. I studied maps and practicing cycling up hills. My ride began on October 4th at Gangotri but first I had to walk to the actual start of the Ganga as it came out of the bottom of a glacier 4000metres up in the Himalayas. The ride ended at Ganga Sagar, where the Ganges meets the ocean, and  took me 12 weeks.   On the way I stopped at a leprosy treatment centre in Bihar for a week, went out to visit patients and learned about the treatment that completely cures a person of leprosy. I gave all the money donated to me to LEPRA, a British NGO, for the treatme

What can you do on Saint Valentine's day?

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  St Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14 th This priest of 3 rd century AD became associated with love, when on the way to his execution, he sent a letter to a child ending it ‘from your Valentine’. Judging by the What’s App messages circulation this week. Valentine’s day is being hi-jacked by commerce and has been extended into a week. We are told the week now begins on 7 th February with Rose day, followed by Propose day, Chocolate day, Teddy day, Promise day, Hug day, and Kiss day and culminating in Valentine’s day. Quite a shopping list for the couples of today and a boost for the economy! As we are living under the shadow of the Covid pandemic let us show our love for one another. Your god, whether it is Ram, Sai Baba, Jesus Christ or Allah is the source of Love. Love is a strong and positive, emotional and mental state, from the most sublime good feeling, the deepest interpersonal affection, to the simplest pleasure. Love is found in kindness, compassion, and

Are You Loosing It?

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  Bad Balance  Our ability to balance is beginning to fade away . Not just for senior citizens but even in the young. Falls leading to death or serious injury are on the rise, and most of the time people falling over are sober, and doing nothing more complicated than standing or walking. Our balance is part of a complex brain and body interaction. . Humans are the only species on earth that use two legs to walk as their main mode of transport, Our bodies, when standing, are top heavy with a tiny base of support. Our centre of gravity is around our pelvis and slightly forward of our ankles. We have to balance the weight of our heads and  moving chests on this base.   When in good health, we manage to balance by using a vast brain and body network of information from our muscles, eyes, and inner ear. This then informs our legs muscles to make the necessary adjustment to posture and keep us balanced.   Anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders and even the medicines that you t