Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas!

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our friends!
We raised 6 500 SEK to the Children at the Children's Home in India. Thanks for your contribution!

Thursday, 23 December 2010

We cut our own Christmas tree!

Only one days before Christmas, we decided to head out into the forest to cut our own Christmas tree - we just love the smell of a real pine tree. Snow, snow, snow - the whole landscape is covered in snow and there are a lot of options out there. We clime through the deep snow in search of the perfect tree to cut and drag home. 

Friday, 17 December 2010

In the Kitchen making Chapatis!

This is the kitchen at the Children's Home. On this specific day, Saroja and the girls gave us a terrific introduction to Indian cooking. We learned how to make Chapatis and enjoyed spending time with them in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Chapatis are not difficult to make. Give it a try - it only takes 1-2 minutes at the most!

All you need is:
  • 2 cups wholewheat flour
  • Water (Using milk will give you soft Chapatis)
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsps vegetable/ canola/ sunflower cooking oil
This recipe makes roughly 12 Chapatis.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Småkompisar visited St. Mary's Islands!

We headed out for a day trip to St. Mary's Islands, also known as Coconut Island. A set of four small islands in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Malpe in Udupi, Karnataka, India. They are known for their famous basalt rocks which have crystallized into columns and split into hexagonal mosaic. To reach the islands, we took a 30 minutes boat ride out into the sea from Malpe fishing harbour, and had the most beautiful, warm and sunny day on the beach! 

Friday, 10 December 2010

Småkompisar attended an Indian Wedding!!

We had the opportunity to attend an Indian Wedding in Mysore, with more than 1000 guests! An explosion of beautiful colors!

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Småkompisar Helps!

Småkompisar are committed to making a difference to people's everyday lives. With that in mind, we are pleased to donate a portion of the proceeds from each sale to a number of non-profit, humanitarian organisations which help children around the world.
We are happy to support the Children´s Home in Udupi, Karnataka, India.

Småkompisar Helps! 
We hope you will be able to join us in this great cause, to provide these children a safe and loving home, education and hope for the future. We appreciate all fundraising efforts and donations no matter how small it is. 100% of your donated funds go directly to the Children's Home, to manage the cost of running the home, medical needs and education. The cost for each child is about 150 SEK (1000 Rs) per month.

We raise extra money for Christmas presents for the children this year. Donations can be made to bank account no. 225-1130 (to make a transaction from abroad - please, e-mail us for IBAN no.). Thanks for your contribution!

If you would like to be a part of this great project throughout the year - please contact us at

Småkompisar at the Children's Home!

The Children's Home in Karnataka, India, was established in 1992, with a mission to provide destitute children a better future. The present building was constructed in 2002, through support from SIDA, PMU and many helpful individuals in Sweden. Today, it is home to 60 children, 50 girls and 10 boys from age 4-16. To manage the cost of running the home, they are dependent on the donations received from friends around the world. No grants or any kind of funding comes from the Indian government.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Welcome Party!

Our first day at the Children's Home in India, we were greeted by all the children who treated us to an afternoon of singing and dancing. They gave us a warm and friendly welcome. It was wonderful to see their enthusiasm, and we enjoyed every minute of their performance. They are really amazing, so skilled and beautiful in their colorful dresses!!

We brought some small gifts and drawings from children back home - toys, pens, games, paper, candy etc. Also lots of us - Small Friends!! :-)


Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Friends Of The Month, December 2010!

Småkompisar recently returned home from India. We have been visiting our friends at a Children´s Home in south of India. It was a wonderful experience. So many beautiful children, and so many smiling faces! Throughout December, we'll be posting more photos and stories from the Children’s Home, school and surrounding communities in Karnataka here on our blog and Facebook page. So please check back soon!