The Tibetan Buddhist nuns of Geden Choeling ani gompa (nunnery) in McleodGanj are
active in the community. In addition to their dharma studies, including hosting this year's "Winter Nun's Debate", they operate a gift shop, and participate in local events. I pass their location in lower Jogibara Road on my way to teach English conversation class every weekday. On this occasion, a group of nuns was cleaning rubbish from the street gutter.
Littering is a major issue in most towns and cities in India, and despite numerous programs for recycling and clean up, McleodGanj is no exception. Locals and tourists alike toss waste of all kinds, from packaging to fruit and vegetable scraps, into the gutters. These
gutters are also used as outdoor latrines by many.
In the autumn of 2015, McleodGanj experienced a multitude of sewer issues. Raw sewage backed up enough to force breaks around manhole covers, from which it then flowed freely into the street. The water in the photo above is from such an incident, which has been
running into the street for almost two weeks. Some of the nuns had no protective clothing for their hands as they worked in these conditions.