Books to Mumbai, India

Our books got to Mumbai, India!


In one of our recent posts, I mentioned that one of our parents volunteered to take some books to Mumbai, India while he was there on a business trip. You can read about the original post here. Now we have photos of his trip!

Josa’s dad visited the Handmaids of the Blessed Trinity Convent School which is located in the Andheri neighborhood near the Mumbai International Airport. This is a particularly crowded area of Mumbai, and most people do not have much money.

Two nuns, Sister Paulette, who used to work with Mother Teresa, and sister Eliza , run an orphanage and  school with teachers and volunteers.

Their mission is educate the children at their school in the hopes that when they are older, they educate themselves out of a life of poverty.

The children were very excited to visit with “Uncle Tarun” as they called him! They talked to him and the adults gave him a tour of the school. 

They also sang him a song while he was there. Here is a short video of the children at the school singing to “Uncle Tarun”.

Thank you “Uncle Tarun”!


Did you see any of the books you signed?

How does it make you feel to help with our program?

Do you have a comment you would like to share?


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11 thoughts on “Books to Mumbai, India

  1. Dear Mrs. Hembree and her students,

    I am so impressed with what you have been able to do for so many young people! I have been following along with your project and am just blown away! The song from the children in Mumbai was so sweet. This project is a win-win for everyone!

    Leave it to Mrs. Hembree to lead the way!


    Your friend,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

    • Dear Mrs. Yollis,
      I just saw that you were able to Skype with 4KM and 4KJ in Australia this week! You are making awesome connections too! What was life like before Skype?

      I am looking forward to our Skype video call next week with South Africa! I love how technology is tearing down the walls and building up global connections!

      Our book project is growing beyond anything I ever envisioned!

      Your WA friend,
      Mrs. Hembree

  2. Dear Mrs Hembree,

    I have just arrived home from visiting my mum and I really couldn’t sleep so I thought its about time to re visit my favourite blog. I was to pleased when I saw and read this post.

    Wow what a great feeling to see those wonderful photos of the children holding up the books you sent. Those photos show me just how wonderful the children were to receive your books. 🙂

    It must make you and your wonderful students feel so proud to give so others can have.

    Well done Mrs Hembree and your other wonderful little givers.

    From your pal,
    AA 🙂

    • Dear AA,
      Hello from Portland, Oregon, 200 miles south of Seattle! I am here for a technology conference and drove here yesterday after work. It takes about 4 hours to drive with traffic, etc. It’s between sessions and so I thought I would check the blog and see what’s happening. What fun to see you visited!

      I’m sorry about the circumstances for staying awake, but thanks so much for being a loyal cheerleader! I can tell you loved the before and after book photos as much as I did! I will be writing a post on our Books to Africa blog soon about the books that left for South Africa soon. I can’t wait to see when they arrive!

      I just hope that while we can’t help every child who needs a book, we can make a difference in the children we do connect with. When the kids came up with our motto, “Every child deserves a book” they were right on the money.

      Greetings from Portland,
      Mrs. Hembree

  3. @ Oh I forget to mention how wonderful of J’s dad take it upon himself to hand deliver the books to the children.

    Now that is a wonderful person.

    Three cheers to J’a dad!!!


  4. Dear Mrs. Hembree,

    I think that is so cool that you guys brought those books to India! That made them so happy! That is especially good because they don’t have as much as us and now they have some books they can read. This program would make me feel so happy for them. If I could, I would love to give books to kids who don’t have much. Was it fun to give the books? Were you happy for them?

    Your Friend,
    Techie Kids

  5. Dear Mrs. Hembree,

    This looks so cool. I love that your class is supporting kids in India. When I am older I hope to visit India and maybe even teach there. The kids looked like they really enjoyed the books. I think I will suggest this for my school. It would be awesome to know that I would be making a big difference in these kids’ lives! Good luck with raising more money for shipping and I hope your class knows how important it is to help the poor.

    Techie Kids

  6. Dear Mrs Hembree,
    Awesome post. That is so cool how the kids in Mumbai got there books they must have been so happy to see they get to read some fun and funny books.

    I like the pictures J’s dad took. I thought a professional photographer took those photos.

    The video was very cute I loved it so much.



    • Dear BB,
      The photos that J’s dad took were terrific, weren’t they? I loved seeing what the classrooms looked like and the uniforms the chldren were wearing don’t. We don’t wear uniforms at our schools typically. Some private schools have uniforms, and sometimes you will see them in some large city schools, but it is pretty rare.

      My favorite was the video of the children singing! I didn’t understand every word, but I know they were having a great time!

      Mrs. Hembree

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  8. Dear Mrs Hembree,
    I read your first post with interest and am delighted to see that your books have arrived and will be well used, well loved and well cared for. Thank you for the update!
    Mrs Monaghan

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