Trip to Nepal – January 2012

 

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We were able to have a small team of three make a follow-up visit to James Luitel, founder of Beam Life Foundation in Nepal, which manages a range of education projects benefiting disadvantaged children. Our first trip in 2010 was with a team of students from Baptist University in Hong Kong.

James is the primary care-giver for 6 children, runs a "student to student" program where university students tutor primary school children, and so far has set up one library in a village area. Almost 100 children benefit from these programs, as do the volunteers who visit from abroad to contribute to the project.

 

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Ada from China with Chris & some of the children James provides foster care to

 

When visiting the library, we were impressed by the selection of books there, which were colourful and well-suited to the children’s needs. There was work to be done on laying linoleum and managing recently donated books, so we helped to finish the floor and work on book indexing, while a crowd of children gathered around to read the books. From the children’s faces it was obvious the books were a treasure to them and such a worthwhile investment.

 

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Some books were donated by Room to Read, while many were purchased with donated funds. More books of the type shown below are needed – can you help?

 

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Another step of progress made on this trip came through a referral from James, to two projects started by a family from a hilltop village directly in front of the magnificent Annapurna Range (see top photo). One initiative they run is helping improve the village water supply, using rainwater collection and concrete storage tanks, which we are familiar with in our Yunnan project. In the field of education, they have set up a village school which greatly benefits from a “sister school” arrangement with a school in Australia. We spent a night at the “Eco-Village” they run and were rewarded with spectacular views of sunset, sunrise and the Annapura range, with the never-climbed Fishtail Mountain as its centrepiece. More than anything, we enjoyed the warm hospitality of our hosts, and will definitely include this in the cultural part of future student trips.

Are you touched by the need in Nepal? We at Go Beyond look forward to working with you in the future, whether in setting up support chapters, or travelling together to volunteer. To put your name down for a future trip please contact us by email.

 

Here are a few of the many photos we took:

 

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Above three photos – the potential future retreat / training location, Annapurna Eco-Village, we checked out, staying for 2 days, early morning view

 

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Dining room with spectacular view

 

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Lake Pokhara where spent a night on our return trip to Kathmandu

 

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A fond farewell photo taken with the father and mother of the founder of the Eco-village - Nepal welcomes you!