The children at Ramailio Jyothi School
Hello friends and donors,
Its been 10 days since I arrived in Nepal and I have to say its been an absolute whirlwind! I am instantly struck by the rush of motorbikes as my Airbnb host Raju picks me up on his bike from the ariport. The second thing I notice, almost everyone is wearing masks. The terrible pollution in Kathmandu is a sad consequence of the growth this valley city has seen in the past few years. But this is overshadowed by the amazing warmth and kindness of everyone I meet in Nepal.
My frist field visit to Solukhumbu (in the Himalayan foothills) to visit the projects of The Small World, Edge of Seven and dZi Foundation was unforgettable! It was a trip of many frists:
- 11 hour journey is a stuffy jeep where I got to have an interesting conversation about spirituality with some monks
- Walking up mountains to reach projects that tested the extreme limits of my physical capabilities
- Accepting the limits of my body and cancelling a visit which was a day's walk up a "hill" (mountain)
- But meeting some of the most amazing people who live in probably some of the most difficult terrain I have ever encountered but who greet you with a smile and a lovely cup of black tea!
Having walked the two and a half hours up to a school reconstruction projet by The Small World, I got a glimpse into the challenges of the task. The sheer will and power it would have taken to physically transport bags of cement, bricks and other building materials to the site is amazing. They managed to do it, and the smiles of the lovely students there shows how much it means.
I also conducted my first GlobalGiving workshop for current partners in Kathmandu on 20th May. We had 11 amazing non-profit partners in attendance and I showed them effective ways to create fundraising strategies, and how to make full use of the GlobalGiving platform.
I am so grateful to you for donating to my project and giving me the opportunity to do this! Follow me on Instagram @mihikachanchani to get updates about my journey.
Khada is the traditional Nepali thank you gesture
Lovely children at Himalayan Hope Home
Salleri Bazar Saturday market