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Paper Kite in the newspaper

17 May 2010

If you were planning a trip to India, you might make a list of things to see: the Taj Mahal in Agra, the pink city of Jaipur, the bathing ghats on the River Ganges in Varanasi.

An orphanage in Bodh Gaya probably wouldn’t cross your mind. That is, nevertheless, where Master Corporal Tarik Kadri found himself in December of 2008 and it is what prompted him to start the Paper Kite Children’s Foundation.

MCpl Kadri travelled to India with his yoga group from Vancouver and spent three weeks at an ashram, a place of religious retreat, in the Deoghar. “The village was very poor,” MCpl Kadri says. “We did seva [service], which is daily duties, and it could be cooking or cleaning or helping raise money for the village.” MCpl Kadri worked in the kitchen and helped serve meals.

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