Girls and Thiruvalluvar statueMay is the school summer holiday and the children have been taken for a day trip to the coast.

The girls went to the southern tip of India (Kanyakumari) where three oceans meet - the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. It's a tourist spot, famous for its sunrise and sunset views.
The girls set out from TRUST early in the morning, around 2 am, and arrived in time to see the sunrise. Other tourist sights included the 133 feet high Thiruvanlluvar poet’s statue, Vivekanandar rock, the Gandhi memorial, Kamaraj Mandapam, Vattakottai (a fort in the sea) and finally Maathur Thottilpalam (Asia’s biggest bridge, taking water from one mountain to another mountain).
The girls were allowed to have a paddle in the sea - many of them had never seen the sea before.
Thirumaran's wife, Shanthi, and younger son, Nannan, accompanied the children.  Everyone had a wonderful time!

  • Girls at Kanyakumari
  • Girls and Thiruvalluvar statue
  • Gandhi memorial Kanyakumari
  • Girls enjoying the sea at Kanyakumari
  • Girls by aqueduct

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The boys trip was made to the sea at Tiruchendur, a two and a half hour drive to the east. Fourteen of the boys had never seen the sea before.  On the way they stopped at the famous Hindu temple of Krishnapuram with carvings, statues and an elephant. Then Mr Harley Davis, a family friend, took the boys to his aqua farm. It is a big project with costly ornamental fishes in huge tanks. The boys enjoyed the sea, collecting shells. They finished with some snacks and returned to TRUST Boys' Home in the dark.
The children were looked after by Suresh, their 'housefather', and were again accompanied by Nannan.

  • Boys group at the fish project
  • Boys enjoying a picnic
  • Boys at Tiruchendur
  • Boys enjoying the seaside at Tiruchendur
  • Boys being shown the fish project
  • Boys at Tiruchendur
  • Boys at Krishnapuram Temple

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