Vishal Kudchadkar, Volunteer, Asha Los Angeles
Duration: Monday, July 30, 2007
As the pilot announced the flight’s descent into Srinagar, the lush forests surrounding the green rice fields dotted by rustic dwellings reminded me of my hometown – Goa. But as we drew nearer to the airport the serene green gave way to the olive green. With tall fences, outposts, towers and barracks the airport was more like a fort. A rude reminder that this was Srinagar and not Goa.
The Los Angeles chapter of Asha For Education has been supported Borderless World Foundation’s child home in Kupwara for the last two years and as a steward I decided I needed to visit it to learn things first hand. So with Adik Kadam, the co-founder of BWF, by my side I set on what my friends called “Mission Kashmir”.