Woman Care Trust organised a day tour in Auckland for 80 Punjabi ladies of Indian Community. The trip started with taking the ladies to the famous Buddhist Temple in Flat Bush. He Fo Guang Shan temple is a large temple and community centre of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist movement in the East Tamaki/Flat Bush suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. It is the largest Buddhist temple in the country. The priest of the temple made the ladies participate in their prayers and gave the ladies holy water with blessings. They also provided some information about the temple by taking the ladies around the temple building. The positive vibes in the temple was helpful to the ladies in overcoming their stress, loneliness and depression. Also there was a wish bell in the temple for the people to make their wishes.
After worshipping Lord Buddha the bus moved to the next destination Hunua Falls. The Hunua Falls are on the Wairoa River in the Auckland Region of New Zealand, near Hunua. The beautiful Hunua Falls is one of the most popular spots for walkers in the bush-clad Hunua Ranges in Auckland’s east. All the ladies got an opportunity to take an unforgettable photo through a beautiful ‘photo frame’ which is pointing out to the waterfall. The ladies walked to the waterfall’s base, touched the water and enjoyed the falls power. After roaming around in the park all the ladies took lunch break. They shared their meals with each other, cracked jokes and had some rest.
The next destination was Auckland War Memorial Museum, all the ladies got an opportunity to gather information about the Maori Culture, there were lot of war equipments displayed, and also everyone got a chance to know about evolution of New Zealand from Volcano.
Before moving back home all the ladies danced together on Punjabi folk songs to express their happiness and captured lot of beautiful moments spent together.
We would like to thank the funding organisations Akarana Trust & Lion Foundation who approved the funds in organising the bus trips. These trips help us in achieving our goal of Women’s wellbeing and Community Development. The Trip was considered a valuable way in which members can get a better understanding of the New Zealand Culture Also this was a wonderful opportunity for the ladies who have just moved from India to explore New Zealand and develop their social network. All the ladies travelling together, share their memories, sang folk songs, danced and also recited religious prayers.