Thursday 18 December 2014

Gallery: Rachel Allen's visit to India with Goal

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‘The jute production centre is a hive of productivity’ - The women proudly show their work to Rachel at the centre in Kolkata
‘The jute production centre is a hive of productivity’ - The women proudly show their work to Rachel at the centre in Kolkata
Rachel Allen India
‘We all got to let off a little steam, racing around the grass pitch, trying to keep up with Josh and the local kids’ - Rachel’s son, Josh, playing tag rugby.
‘I have always longed to visit India . . . It didn’t disappoint’ — Rachel Allen with the children of Kolkata.
‘The men were being taught to drive and operate van rickshaws’ - Rachel takes a trip through the slums of Howrah
‘Women are taught skills such as sewing and tailoring, as well as tie-dye and batik, an art of decorating cloth’ - Rachel gets stuck in at the jute production centre.
‘One of the girls had just travelled to America to play tag rugby. Her life has taken a huge turn for the better since Goal rescued her from trafficking’ - Rachel chats to some of the children at the Uchhepota sports coaching centre
Rachel with some of the children and mothers at a Goal project at Dhapa municipal project in Kolkata
‘Following a long flight via Dubai, we finally set foot on Indian soil, and, boy, was it hot!’ - Rachel arrives in Kolkata with her son, Josh

An encounter in Ballymaloe with the Indian food writer Madhur Jaffrey awoke a passion for the subcontinent in Rachel Allen. Now, more than twenty years later, she got to visit India, as an ambassador for Goal, and it didn't disappoint. With her teenage son in tow, she experienced the brutality and the beauty of life in Kolkata, visiting families who live on its dumps, and getting trounced at tag rugby.

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