Yesterday was a very long day, packed with meetings. But they were all really successful with some great ideas for Our Sansar.
We met with Lata who is a teacher trainer here. She is fantastic! We are looking at running a ‘train the trainer’ programme with her, with Lata overseeing the programme and training local teachers, who then train more teachers themselves in schools in Hetauda. This way we can reach many more teachers. I am going to visit the schools in the next two days or so, so this is very exciting!
We also met with Indira, our trustee in Nepal, who is currently working with PA Nepal. She is so passionate about her work and an amazing person. We visited two of her children’s homes, in Kathmandu and Saku. There are 58 children living at the home in Saku, with 2 teachers. They have a lot of land to grow vegetables and fruit, and to keep cows and goats. The children all help with the cooking and keeping the house, which is run like a family home. And amazing hill views and baby goats running around everywhere!
We also met with Janak Joshi, a vice-chairman of the Poverty Alleviation Fund, who previously worked in senior roles for the government, DFID and UNDP. He’s keen to become involved with us and help us with networking with politicians and business, which is fantastic.
And finally, we met with Toya, our chair of trustees in Nepal. We were wonderfully welcomed by him and his wife. We will meet them again when we return to Kathmandu and will visit their children’s home. We provided them with a computer for that home about 2 years ago and apparently it’s still working well!
Today there have been large demonstrations again in Kathmandu so I spent a few hours in a very hot car trying to get back to the hotel… fingers crossed, we’ll be able to come back to Kathmandu with no problems!