Goa 2014: About This Trip

My trip to India was for 2 weeks. The first week was spent in Vasco Da Gama in the state of Goa. The second week was in Pune and Mumbai.

The Goa portion of the trip was a mission trip in partnership with Rahab’s Rope. This organization is focused on saving people from human trafficking and preventing children from getting trapped in trafficking.

Top 5 Countries by 2013 Population
Since 1960, China, India, and the United States have been the top countries by population. Click the graph to go to an interactive tool.

India has consistently been the 2nd most populous country in the world (1.25 billion), second always to China (1.35 billion). Over the same period, the United States has always been a distant third (0.32 billion).

Hinduism represents the highest percentage at 65% and Christianity second at 30% (Catholic).  Goa’s high level of Christianity is a result of being a former Portuguese colony.

Our mission tasks in Goa was primarily helping out in a few different pre-schools and holding life skills classes at a health center. Education is what will help change lives in the slum, and knowing English will be an even bigger boost for the futures of these children.

Plus, being Americans and visiting is a fun diversion for the kids.

Aga Khan Palace

From Wikipedia:

The Aga Khan Palace was built by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III in Pune, India. Built in 1892, it is one of the biggest landmarks in Indian history. The palace was an act of charity by the Sultan who wanted to help the poor in the neighbouring areas of Pune, who were drastically hit by famine.

Aga Khan Palace is a majestic building and is considered to be one of the greatest marvels of India. The palace is closely linked to the Indian freedom movement as it served as a prison for Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba Gandhi, his secretary Mahadev Desai and Sarojini Naidu. It is also the place where Kasturba Gandhi and Mahadev Desai died. In 2003, Archeological Survey of India (ASI) declared the place as a monument of national importance.

View in Photosynth

View in Photosynth

Sightseeing in Goa

Mari and Khaleeqa looking regal in their two person power taxi.
Mari and Khaleeqa looking regal in their two person power taxi.

Friday morning is our sightseeing day. The day started off okay with a visit to “Big Foot.” This is not about sasquatch, however. Big Foot in this case is about a guy that, I think, stands on one leg for a really long time. The morning also started with me developing a bad flu. I made it through Big Foot, was able to have lunch at the spice garden, but after that I was pretty much useless. The rest of the team took a tour of the Spice Garden, went on an elephant ride, did some ministry work at a preschool in the afternoon and then went to a restaurant that evening.

I went back to the hotel and slept from about 2 in the afternoon to 7 the next morning.

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Jay is learning about ancient Indian culture.
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Natalie has disguised herself as a cashew fruit. A very large cashew fruit.
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A character from ancient Indian folklore named Parshuam. More info on Wikipedia

Teaching Science

It’s the simple things that can be the most fun. Especially when the results are unexpected! Mari taught the kids how to make a geyser. I don’t remember what the ingredients are, but we basically built a cone and decorated it with play-dough. The play-dough by itself was actually pretty fun. Once the geysers were properly decorated, the ingredients are added that makes the geyser bubble over with blue water! I thought it was pretty fun too.

Making a geyser!
Making a geyser!
The Kids are proud of their geyser!
The Kids are proud of their geyser!
Another excited and proud geyser team.
Another excited and proud geyser team.

The second science experiment was to make silly putty. Until I saw the results, I actually thought that silly putty was like play dough but more plastic like – the stuff I remember you could press to a newspaper and make a copy of what was there. Turns out this was more slimy. Still very fun for the kids!

Making silly putty is pretty awesome.  I kids really seem to enjoy it.
Making silly putty is pretty awesome. The kids really seem to enjoy it.

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