Once at the Centre, everyone sat in a circle and introduced themselves and before long puzzles were being put together; memory games were played and the time flew by. The Centre was beaming; children chattering away and loud giggles were heard throughout the day. “What really stayed with us was the look on the faces of the parents and the caregivers. The gleam in their eyes was something to watch out for!” says Mansi.
As the children left one after the other, they were already planning their next visit and what they would like to do the next time they came here. One of them even said that they would love to learn to speak English.
Asked to comment on their feelings after this momentous day, the two people who have brought the Happy Feet Home to life had this to say: Mansi Shah: “I don’t know what the children and the parents took away from here, but I surely was moved beyond words could ever explain. I kept having flashes of all the hard work that has gone in, and all the amazing people who have helped us see this day today.”
Abhishek Tatiya: “When the children came in, I just wanted to do nothing but see them play, and I did. It was a sight for me as I could see the happy faces of children and their caregivers, and then I said to myself, ‘Yes, I am happy and content to see this flash of smiles all around’.”
To learn more about Happy Feet Home and see how you can support Mansi and Abhishek, you can visit their website at www.happyfeethome.org and follow them on their Facebook page.