Natasha & Victoria in Nepal – meeting The CAIRN Trust

Namaste! This is my first Nepali word that I’ve learnt and one that should hopefully come in handy.

Why am I speaking to you in Nepali?! Well that’s a pretty good question, so let me introduce myself to you. I’m Natasha, and in just under 30 days time, my sister Victoria and I will be on a flight bound for Nepal where we’ll be spending two weeks with The CAIRN Trust and Thomas’ Schools on a trek to open the first Trotters school!

We’ve just had our first meeting with The CAIRN Trust this morning and we’ve been told all about our trip and shown photos of how the school is progressing. You can imagine how excited we are!

I thought we’d start this blog with some information about Nepal and about the Trotters school.

Nepal:

  • Nepal lies between China and India in South Asia, and is the poorest country in South East Asia. In fact, 15 million people live on only 50p per day.
  • 57% of girls cannot read or write (which is particularly shocking given that we’re both girls!) and many children have a three-hour walk to get to school (a far cry from the school buses you see whizzing around the streets of London every day).

The Trotters school:

The school is called the Shree Barahi Milan School and is based in Hille Taksar (hopefully map to follow as our google searches have been fruitless so far!) We’ll feed you more information as we receive it, so watch this space.

So the above was intended to be part number one of the blog. However, a few technical difficulties has meant that my laptop does not seem able to post onto the Trotters website and it is now Monday evening when I wrote the above last Thursday…In the meantime though, I have already written blog number two but this time it was written on Sunday evening when I was flicking through TV channels, passing time trying to ignore the fact that the weekend was over when a particular program caught my attention called “World’s Most Dangerous Roads”. Sounded like a pretty thrilling way to spend my Sunday evening, living my life through other people’s adventures, so on it went. By some bizarre coincidence, it happened to be an episode based in Nepal! Quick pause and a phone call to my mum and Victoria and pretty soon the three of us were sat in front of the TV, with dinner on our laps watching it.

BAD IDEA….

The weather was atrocious. The landslides rife. And as it said on the tin, the roads were pretty dangerous. Statistics were being thrown around left, right and centre, and we were pretty much assured that we wouldn’t make it out alive. Not a good program to show your mother… But if we look on the bright side, it was filmed during the rainy season. The presenters made it out alive. The scenery was simply stunning. And, well, we’ve just got to pray to Ganesh that all will be ok.

If you have an hour, I would recommend watching it:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b014s6rx/Worlds_Most_Dangerous_Roads_Nepal/

Since this is actually two blogs rolled into one now, I’ll finish off with a couple of facts about Nepal.

  • Nepal fact number 1: when you touch someone with your feet accidentally, you pay back the respect by tapping the person’s shoulder, and then your forehead.
  • Nepal fact number 2: For a long journey away from home, you usually depart with a sip of yogurt and/or a red tika (colored mix or powder) on your forehead given by the senior member of your family. Some highly superstitious people will only travel on specific days of the week for leaving home towards a specification directions like north or south.

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