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The story of Naraikadu

The gate at the entrance to the Dhonavur Fellowship at Naraikadu.Photo: Ian Lockwood
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Amy Carmichael. She came to Tirunelveli in 1901 and went on to set up the Dhonavur Fellowship as a home for children from less fortunate circumstances.
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Beginning the walk into Naraikadu through a dry deciduous scrub forest.Photo: IAN LOCKWOOD
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Growing wild at Naraikadu.Photo: Ian Lockwood
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Jewel house in Naraikadu.Photo: Ian Lockwood
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Clock tower on the Dhonavur Fellowship’s campus, part of a unique architectural aesthetic.Photo: IAN LOCKWOOD
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The upper parts of the Naraikadu stream in the dry season.Photo: Ian Lockwood
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A Log book at Jewel House. The logs are an invaluable record of citizen conservation and science in the Western Ghats.Photo: Ian Lockwood
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Dhonavur primary school doorway showing the influence of Chinese design.Photo: Ian Lockwood
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The evergreen forest canopy.Photo: Ian Lockwood
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The riparian forest and the Naraikadu stream.Photo: IAN LOCKWOOD
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Jerry Rajamanian on new land. He is a third-generation community member.Photo: IAN LOCKWOOD
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Michael of Naraikadu.Photo: Ian Lockwood
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Ezekiel Deva Irakkam measuring rainfall.Photo: IAN LOCKWOOD
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Hylarana temporalis.Photo: IAN LOCKWOOD
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Dragonfly.Photo: IAN LOCKWOOD
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Pycnonotus gularis.Photo: Ian Lockwood
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Pit Viper.Photo: Ian Lockwood
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Troides minos.Photo: Ian Lockwood
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Yellow flower.Photo: IAN LOCKWOOD
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