I have finished my first full day in Padhar. In many ways it is as if I’d never left: the people I know are still here; the joys and challenges of village life seem familiar. I went on a bit of a walk this morning and ran into several friends and connections, surprised a few folks with my sudden appearance and snapped some photos. I have selected a few of my favorites to share on this first day. 

These photos remind me of why I am here. To see these beautiful children, their teachers and school principals, to catch the joy in their smiles.