This trip will be like no other, India is both incredibly beautiful and crazy.
India sits on layers upon layers of history, with each layer contributing to the present in some strange way, adding to its rich culture and spirit of tolerance. It would be the one part of the world where the descendents of Shem, Ham, and Japheth have come together from the ends of the earth over time and intermingled. This is a land where many of the great religions of the world were born. It is the land where foreign influences of the past, Persian, Greek, Chinese, etc were welcomed and assimilated. In theory, India is “secular,” but in many ways she is a Hindu land, with her three million deities. But it is the land where, for the better part Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Buddhists, and Jains can live in absolute freedom. All religions are free by law to preach and propagate their beliefs. India has more Muslims than any other country, save for Indonesia and Pakistan. It is one of the few countries where the Jews lived in peace during their exile.
It is a land of every possible form of contrast—a clash of colour and a cacophony of sound. She is wealthy. She is poor. She is highly educated. She is illiterate. She is cultured. She is wretched. She is finicky about cleanliness and rules. She is utterly filthy. India is extremely corrupt and bogged down by bureaucracy, chaotic and crowded. The way this great giant of a country rouses herself every morning and functions amidst all this chaos belies explanation. When so much of money is siphoned off due to corruption, from government projects, why do the bridges stay strong and why do the buildings not collapse? Why, with the chaotic roads, is there not an accident rate that is higher than in other countries. I think God Himself must love India very much.
Mon 6th May – Grand Bazar Delhi
We will spend Wednesday with the orphan children from the Salaam Baalak Trust. We will take them to the India Gate playing fields and play cricket before we have a cooked meal. After this we will buy them new cloths from the main Bazar in Delhi. On my last visit to the trust there was 63 children, some of them with mental or physical disabilities http:// www.salaambaalaktrust.com/
Planned day out with the orphans of Salamm Balaak Trust. Meet with charity organisation in Delhi to help with feeding the street children. This will either take place early in the morning or late in the evening when the street children are just waking up or about to sleep. During the daytime the children will beg for food.
Wednesday 8th May:
Visit St Josephs Convent to help hand out food and meet with representatives from the charity.
St Josephs Convent, 54/c. Near Co-operative Store.
Main Road, Daimia Puram, 621651,
Trichy District, Tamilnadu, India
Thursday 9th May:
Visit ‘Development society for Poor’ to help deliver food and meet with charity representatives.
Development society for Poor
Rentachintala Post and Mandal, Guntur 522421
Andhra Prades, India
Saturday 11th May:
Visit ‘Divya Premsewa Mission’ to help deliver food and meet with representatives from the charity.Action with Effect sponsors the feeding of school children and food parcels for leper colonies through this trust. Our contact for our visit is called Sanjay Chaturvedi.
Divya Premsewa Mission Nyas,
below Chandi DeviBridge, Chandi Ghat,
HARDIWAR, 249408, India
Sunday 12th May:
The Temple of Love Orphanage was built by Action with Effect under Eamon Melaughs request, it is 10,000 square feet large and houses 43 orphan children.
The children are amazing so we will spend the day with the children and drop in food, cloths and treats.
Monday 13th May:
Eamon Melaugh AWE founder,built this leper colony situated on the Ganga River. We will deliver food parcels to the Vivichanader Leper Colony.
On the same day we will deliver food parcels to the Chandershaker Leper Colony in Haridwar. Again Eamon Melaugh overseen and financed through donations the housing for over 60 people.
Plan to visit Divya Prem Sewa Mission Trust.
Meet with www.divyaprem.orgSewa Kunj, Below Chandighat Bridge Haridwar - 249408 Uttarakhand (INDIA) Phone: 01334 - 222211 / 9219595552 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.divyaprem.co.in
Tuesday 14th May:
We will travel from Haridwar to Rishikesh (it is about an hours journey) to stay at the Swiss Cottage complex for the next few days. We will visit the Tapovan Leper Colony and leave a large supply of food and toiletries.
Wed 15th May
Return to Delhi for the trip home.
For visa to be processed, your passport should be valid for at least 180 days or more. The passport must have at least two blank pages and should not be mutilated, damaged,tampered in any manner.
Submission of Application and Documents to Embassy
Submit the following documents either at Embassy or send by post to Embassy of India, 6 Leeson Park, Dublin 6, Ireland.
The above printed application form.
Two separate postal order/bank drafts as above.
One passport size photograph with white background.
Proof of residence in Ireland e.g. utility bill or bank statement (for non-Irish passport holders).
NB: (a) Before applying to the Embassy, please ensure all the above documents and appropriate fee have been attached with the application.
(b)To receive the passport by post, applicants are required to provide a self-addressed registered envelope (tamper proof envelope only) for Embassy to return documents after processing.
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Document submission time: Monday to Friday between 9.30 a.m. and 12.00 noon (Except holidays)
Each visa application is processed individually by the Embassy. As a result processing times may vary between applications.
Irish passport holders: If application is complete in all aspects it usually takes 2 working days from the date of submission in the Embassy or the same day on payment of additional emergency visa fee 50 Euros.
What to bring:
Bring as little as you can and ideally bring a rug sack that you can carry on you back. Most things are cheap in India so they can be purchased there. I would suggest to bring pain killers, a sink plug and I always take antibiotics with me just in case.
If it is your first trip to this part of the world I would also suggest the following:
The risks to health whilst travelling will vary between individuals and many issues need to be taken into account, e.g. activities abroad, length of stay and general health of the traveller. It is recommended that you consult with your General Practitioner or Practice Nurse 6-8 weeks in advance of travel. They will assess your particular health risks before recommending vaccines and /or antimalarial tablets.
All travellers going overseas with medication (including over the counter medications) should check if there are any restrictions on medications they intend to take prior to travel. Ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including repatriation.
- Courses or boosters usually advised: Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Typhoid.
- Other vaccines to consider: Cholera; Hepatitis B; Japanese Encephalitis; Rabies.
Notes on the diseases mentioned above.
- Cholera: spread through consumption of contaminated water and food. More common during floods and after natural disasters, in areas with very poor sanitation and lack of clean drinking water. It would be unusual for travellers to contract cholera if they take basic precautions with food and water and maintain a good standard of hygiene.
- Diphtheria: spread person to person through respiratory droplets. Risk is higher if mixing with locals in poor, overcrowded living conditions.
- Hepatitis A: spread through consuming contaminated food and water or person to person through the faecal-oral route. Risk is higher where personal hygiene and sanitation are poor.
- Hepatitis B: spread through infected blood and blood products, contaminated needles and medical instruments and sexual intercourse. Risk is higher for those at occupational risk, long stays or frequent travel, children (exposed through cuts and scratches) and individuals who may need, or request, surgical procedures abroad.
- Rabies: spread through the saliva of an infected animal, usually through a bite, scratch or lick on broken skin. Particularly dogs and related species, but also bats. Risk is higher for those going to remote areas (who may not be able to promptly access appropriate treatment in the event of a bite), long stays, those at higher risk of contact with animals and bats, and children. Even when pre-exposure vaccine has been received, urgent medical advice should be sought after any animal or bat bite.
- Tetanus: spread through contamination of cuts, burns and wounds with tetanus spores. Spores are found in soil worldwide. A total of 5 doses of tetanus vaccine are recommended for life in the UK. Boosters are usually recommended in a country or situation where the correct treatment of an injury may not be readily available.
- Typhoid: spread mainly through consumption of contaminated food and drink. Risk is higher where access to adequate sanitation and safe water is limited.
Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease transmitted by mosquitoes.You cannot be vaccinated against malaria.
- Malaria risk is present throughout the year. Risk is highest in north-eastern states of Meghalaya, Mizoram, district of Amini in Arunachal Pradesh, north and south Chhattisgarh, Orissa and the city of Mangalore. In central Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh risk is not high enough to warrant antimalarial tablets for most travellers, however, it may be considered for certain groups who may be at higher risk (see below under Low risk with additional advice).
- There is low to no risk in all other areas.
- Check with your doctor or nurse about suitable antimalarial tablets.
- Low risk with additional advice: antimalarial tablets are not usually recommended, however, they can be considered for certain travellers who may be at higher risk e.g. longer stay in rural areas, visiting friends or relatives, those with medical conditions, immunosuppression or those without a spleen. Atovaquone/proguanil OR doxycyclineOR mefloquine is advised for those at risk.
- Low to no risk: antimalarial tablets are not usually advised
- If you have been travelling in a malarious area and develop a fever seek medical attention promptly. Remember malaria can develop even up to one year after exposure.
- If travelling to an area remote from medical facilities, carrying standby emergency treatment for malaria may be considered.