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Thumbnails - The village of Monayampettai, Pondicherry India 2010

In early 2010 I went to India with Habitat for Humanity. We spent two weeks on a project in a small agricultural village called Monayampettai located a few miles north of Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu.

In the village there were a number of residents who had not seen a foreigner close-up and were a bit unsure of what we were doing and why we were there. After they got use to us, we all had a wonderful time mixing with the locals both at the work sites and other village activities.

The village depends entirely on agriculture. Most of the houses were mud walled with thatched roofs. All had electricity (supplied by the government) but often only a single light bulb was included. Only a few houses had running water and even fewer had toilets.

Go to Habitat for more information on the village and the Habitat build.

Monayampettai
Monayampettai
Cows
Cows
street
street
temple
temple
Satellite dish
Satellite dish
house
house
fields
fields
Lentils
Lentils
house under construction
house under construction
Colourful ox
Colourful ox
chalk patterns
chalk patterns
mud walled house
mud walled house
ox
ox
Reclaimed lumber
Reclaimed lumber
scarecrow
scarecrow
water well
water well
Mixing cement
Mixing cement
Drying chillies & lentils
Drying chillies & lentils
Shelling lentils
Shelling lentils
Preparing meal
Preparing meal
village

view of the village
view of the village
view of the village

view of the village

view of the village