After four months in Mount Rosary Ashram it feels more and more like home for me. My work has become a consistent and essential part of my daily routine and fulfills me with appreciation for nature. In the past few weeks due to the ongoing monsoon rain thousands of trees, flowers and plants have grown and now it is up to the agriculturalist to decide which plants are useful and which is weed and can be used as manuever.
Because of Kannada class that I do with Sr. Leena I am more confident about supporting the workers and even have some chats with them during grass cutting or banana plantation. I have learned a lot of small tricks e.g. about how to cut a tree effortless and making excellent firewood out of the timbre.
My main tasks are to support the staff in the morning with cleaning up the forest and plantation areas or preparing new ground to be planted. I have also brought life to some new vegetables together with Sr. Theresia. Unfortunately right now even for those plants it is too much rain to grow sufficiently. Most of Mount Rosarys land now is almost irrecognizible compared to the summer drought period. Every day I discover new beetles, ants, butterflies and birds and try to memorize them since they won`t be there in Germany.
When I am not working in the fields I help the inmates wih small tasks such as hanging their wet clothes on the leash if the sun comes out, bring them food or medicine or just listen to what they have to say (even if I don`t understand everything). At times I visit the Mount Rosary Hospital and report on the ongoing construction of the new building. Sometimes I conduct interviews or take pictures to fill the Mount Rosary website with content. I also stay in touch with my german parish to uphold the relationship between them and Mount Rosary, providing monetary and spiritual support on both sides.
There are many more plans for the following months, such as conducting workshops for the elder people and educating the Mount Rosary scholarship children with knowledge on a plastic free and organic lifestyle. It is really uplifting and motivating to have so many opportunities to learn from and also have an impact on the comunnity as a whole. I am looking forward to seven more months in this little paradise in Alangar!
Jonathan B. from Germany