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WE’VE waited months in antici- pation of this issue and are thrilled the time has come to take you to the Pune region of India, and inside the work of an organization which, in a little over 10 years, has accomplished more than many fine organizations do in a century.  Please meet Akshara. (To begin, we recommend the “Photo journey” at right.)  

      They’ve broken all conventions (boldly and gently), tackling   a problem in India as significant as Ghandi’s bringing indepen- dence to it: that of fearlessly lifting up the marginalized, outcast peoples of India.  Their stories reveal an irrepressible joy and commitment. The word impossible is simply not in their vocab- ulary, in either Hindi, Marathi or English.  —Mrs.Chips 

     P.S. Pictured above are some of Akshara’s staff during their English lesson. They’re affectionately called the “Sunrise Students”.

Our banner photo this month is courtesy of Unsplash. 

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2> Think full

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3>A day in my childhood 

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4> I will never forget

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5> Playing with all things

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6> Make your life happy

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.  7> Our beautiful children

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 8> Festival of Colours

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 9>  What is Akshara?

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 10>  The Princess Farmer

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 ©InterestEng. July 2013  §  The stories in the magazine portion of the site are written by English language learners. Stories are corrected by a native English speaker.  § Photos are staff or used with permission.  §  To contact us:  go.gently.on@gmail.com