We so far have 16 “Godchildren” for the following kids we are still hoping for sponsors who are willing to support their education with 10,- € a months
.. that I do send a little update.. after all this time. We have not put any news on, because we were busy organising the old things 🙂 Tax, documentary (which will eventually appear on our little page here), Nima coming over to Germany, going through all the pictures and still having nothing in order 🙂 .. – telling all the sponsors who had time and wanted to know about our little schoolbag event in Nepal ..
Well, basically I have been busy with arriving back home. While we have not posted anything new, we still did stuff which had to be done. We are thinking of further little steps to improving things in the village, we are still looking for 10 Euro Sponsors for 3 children in HIll and we are trying to deal with the news coming from Nepal. The monsoon has left big parts of the country fighting the floods, nobody talks about that while “Hurricane Irma”.. has struck Florida. But again.. noone really talks about it .. not before, not after “Irma”. So we just continue to remind people .. there is a extremly beautiful place out there .. with mega good people.. struggling EVERY DAY.. against all odds!!!!
Any amount can help.. any time!
We have just returned from our “adventure of utter happiness” and before I forget I am finally trying my best to fill my English speaking friends in on the what and where abouts.
On my arrival in KTM sometime in the middle of March we started to work on making a big dream come true. In Hill (Nima’s home village) the kids are not very well equipped with anything which would give them a chance of a better future. Not being able to do much about village schools, teaching methods or the families, we had decided to at least distribute equal equipment for the new school term in the village. A small factory in Thamel (KTM) sewed 50 incredibly beautiful (at least in MY EYES).. SpesMea Nepal-School bags. After my our wellness trekking with my old friend Claudi from Germany and our number one god child Maya, we picked up the mega big bag of school bags. Karma, my friend had ordered 300 copies (excersise books), 50 tin boxes with the geometry tools they use here, some hundreds of pencils and rubbers/erasers and… that’s about it.. I think…Color pencils I had brought from Germany, they had been donated.
On the 1st of May we set out together, towards Sallerie. Besides Nima and me, there were Lynne and David from New Zealand who came along to substitute our British friends who had promised to make a little documentary about our trip. Dawa came with us from KTM. He is Nima’s youngest brother and had the “honor” to later carry the mega big bag with all the school bags.
Our porters had set out from home about the same time that we had started our ride from KTM with the jeep. We had about 10 hours ride on that day. For the most part it was pouring down rain. The next day, was less rain but the roads were pretty bad from the rain.. which made the trip once again into an adventure.
In Ringmu, we met up with our porters. Such happy vibes .. although the loads they carried for the next too days were big. Such happy times! At this point my biggest respect to our four (of course paid) porters. Dawa, Nima’s Papa and his brother and Geljin who was quickly called “Chuckles” by David – Geljin is one of the wonderful people that always smile and chuckle, no matter how hard life may be.. All four of them carried more than heavy loads but they did it with such pride and happiness.. I could not get them to call for another one.
In Hill, we distributed the schoolbags the next day. Filled with the utensils for every child. The weather gods were on our side, we had dry weather for the whole time. Such happiness.. in every child’s eyes.. made me lose it when I wanted to thank them all for making it possible. Lots of tears of happiness on that day. (I guess too much happiness inside would otherwise make us explode.. and that would make a bigger mess than all the tears.. ha ha.. so.. thanks to the Gods we do have the ability to ‘overflow’.)
Each child and their spouse gave each one of us a “Kata” (the scarf) to say thank you. This way we ended up looking like Yeti in the end. It was a mega event and a great picture to see them running around and go home with our school bags. Some little ones looked like schoolbags on legs. A little bit like Sponge Bog.. Mega smiles that day.. and the happiness lasted.
We ended up staying 9 days.. and then reluctantly made our way back into the “future”, where machines rule the world, time consumes us and mobile connection works almost all the time. How odd.. after the best time of our lives in a different world.
While there we were able to get in touch with our sponsored children and their families, some of them have left the village but I have not lost track of them. I will let the sponsors know ..
There are still some kids out there.. so if you think you want to support one or two .. and their families.. we don’t run out of them. Nepal still has children.. lots of them and they are adorable!
Well.. the way back .. we carried the happy feeling inside but .. saying good bye to the village people, friends and family.. was not easy. Pleasure and pain.. so close to each other.. entwined .. and the base for happiness!
Pictures will follow.. once I get this chaos all sorted out.
Thank you all.. for whatever you contributed.
And for caring!
Dear Andrea Berner,
We are all back to school. It has been almost two weeks now and
we are all set for this new session. Maya Tamang
is in good health and enjoying the new class with new hope and
commitment to do the best through out 2017/2018.
We send you our heartiest love, appreciation and warmest greetings,,,
With much love and good wishes…
Laut Plan ist am Montag, 1.5., der große Tag an dem wir den Transport unserer Schultäschlein mitsamt Inhalt beginnen.
Dauern wird es ca. 4 Tage bis wir in Hill angekommen sind. Montag Jeep fahrt (wir haben einen gemietet -mit Fahrer, da das Gepäck etwas grösser ausfällt)… Dienstag anderer Jeep und dann Start wandern.
Nima meinte zweimal 6 Stunden am Tag. wobei die 3 Träger die wir zum Weitertransport engagiert haben sicher ein anderes Tempo vorlegen, als wir (Europäer) halten können… Wir Europäer deswegen, weil (wahrscheinlich) ja die zwei Briten auch noch mitkommen, die dann vielleicht ein bissle filmen und unsere Aktion ein wenig dokumentieren. Wir harren der Dinge, die da kommen. Morgen werde ich die beiden treffen. Sie wohnen im selben guesthouse in Bhaktapur, das ich mittlerweile als mein zu Hause betrachte!
Außer den Schulranzen haben wir noch Kinderschuhe dabei, die ich ja aus Deutschland mit habe. Schulhefte, Bleistifte, Geometriezeug und all sowas. Ein paar Kleidungsstücke für den einen oder anderen.. und alles was uns eben als sinnvoll erscheint ins Dorf gebracht zu werden (WENN wir schon einen Jeep haben und dorthin wandern).
Claudi war für 3 Wochen hier und wir haben “wellness-trekking” gemacht. perfekte Sache. Es traf sich, dass Maya (unser Patenkind Nr. 1) zur selben Zeit Ferien hatte und so nahmen wir sie mit auf ihren ersten Schulferientrek. Das hat sie ja noch nie gemacht und prompt war Maya die einzige, der es unterwegs nicht ganz so gut gegangen ist. Wahrscheinlich nur dehydriert (ein Nepalese an sich trinkt nicht wirklich viel..) aber Nima unser perfekter guide hat zum Glück gleich reagiert und wir stopften Maya zur Vorsicht auch mit Knoblauchsuppe voll, die ja auch gegen Höhenkrankheit helfen soll….. ja auch schon zum Frühstück.
Ansonsten war die Vereinsarbeit noch etwas im Hintergrund. Die Taschen sind perfekt, die Hefte konnte ich über Karma (meine Vertraute und Schulleiterin der Kailash Bodi School) bestellen, so dass wir jetzt nur noch an den Transport gehen müssen.