Only SEVENTEEN days to go until take off. Our kit list has arrived, and we have been practicing walking around London in our walking boots (it’s a great look!)
Whenever I go travelling, the first thing I do is go on Amazon and buy all the books I can find that have been set in the country. And this time has been no exception. I’m embarrassed to say that I knew very little about Nepal other than it is where Everest is and the few facts that I had been told by The CAIRN Trust. The first book I picked up was called Little Princes and has had me gripped from page one. Set back in 2005/2006, it is Connor Grennan’s autobiography describing his time as a volunteer in a Nepalese orphanage right in the middle of the civil war that eventually led to the demise of the royal family in 2008. The children in the Little Princes orphanage were victims of child trafficking and their stories are truly horrific. Many families effectively paid for these traffickers to take their children away to safety without realising that they were being dumped in orphanages and that they would never hear from them again. And we are talking hundreds and hundreds of children.
But enough of that, let’s get a bit more cheery! What I’ve found really interesting is the childrens’ attitudes towards school. They absolutely LOVE it! Education plays such an important part in their lives and they have a genuine thirst for knowledge. A very different experience to when we had to be dragged into school, homework was a chore and we counted down the days until the summer holidays. It’s made me realise how important the work that The CAIRN Trust do is. It’s such a privilege to be going out to Nepal and to be opening and working in a school that we know will be really appreciated. But it also makes you realise how much more work there is to be done out in a country that has only recently come out of its civil war.
Next time, I’ll put some photos up of the school and its progress for you all to see!
Until then, namaste (very conveniently, this means hello and goodbye although you can apparently also say ta-ta!) x
Nepal fact number 3 – Nepal has the densest concentration of World Heritage Sites. Kathmandu valley alone has 7 World Heritage Cultural sites within a radius of 15 kilometers.