Stories From Main Street: Mamaroneck, NY

MAMARONECK, NY (WCBS 880) – Rishikesh, India is a holy place in the foothills of the Himalayas. The Beatles went there seeking enlightenment.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports

Truike Boekholt-Daly went to learn yoga and she ended up discovering a calling.

“I saw these children that really needed help and they’re asking for help and they’re asking for money,” Boekholt-Daly told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams.

Stories from Main Street - Photo: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880

Stories from Main Street - Photo: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880

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One young girl, Angie, was desperately hungry. She was trying to sell a drawing of a lotus on lined paper.

“So I bought papers and I bought some glitter markers, which the girls really love,” said Boekholt-Daly.

She also bought them paint and says, “They would draw water from the Ganges (River) and we would just mix the colors.”

Soothing shades of purple and orange would be put on paper.

“They started drawing flowers, school, children, puppets. They tell me that they enjoy doing it and enjoy the process and that they were really liking this kind of flow, like, you know, in a happy zone and I think, for that little while, they forgot also about where the next meal would come from,” says Boekholt-Daly.

She brought the paintings home and had them printed as cards. She sells them to family and friends.

She founded Children of the Ganges. The money will fund a learning center in India.

LINK: Children of the Ganges

I have my own children and I work with children here in New York, but they have everything, I think, almost everything and these children, they didn’t ask for anything really, but they need help,” she says.

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  • Truike

    I just came back from a succesful journey and the ” Children of the Ganges” school is now open and has 20 students.
    For pictures and updates visit us at

  • Aubrey Doris

    To care for other children as you would do for your children is love. It would be very interesting to do a story on the cause for so much suffering in a spiritually rich country as India.

    • Truike

      Suffering is going on anywhere, it is a human condition. It allows us to find the truth and hapiness within ourselves and so find spirituallity!

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