20 Feb Nepal – Travel Diary n.4
The testimony of the journey of the Long Distance Sponsorship Manager in Nepal. A mission that features ASIA NEPAL’s staff members, the representatives of the various schools in which the Long Distance Sponsorship project is active, but above all the Nepalese girls and children, including those of the 4 schools we built and inaugurated last December in Rasuwa.
The day starts early: breakfast at 7.00 and then immediately in the car to go to Saramthali. After a few kilometers of paved road, begins what I now call a “wide trekking path”… because this is the image that perhaps most captures the idea of the road we have traveled for 2 hours and 20 minutes, before reaching the school of Namuna, nestled in the mountains. Just like during a trekking, the road and the landscape change with each kilometer traveled: we go up, we go down, along mountains, and we pass a riverbed with no bridge in two points. Despite the jolts and jumps, despite the narrow road and the cliffs below us, I lose myself fascinated by the beauties that flow in front of me from the window.
Bijaya, like me, is fascinated and surprised. She tells me that she did not expect ASIA to work in areas that were so remote and hard to reach. For her it is the first time so far from Katmandu, and she is grateful and happy for this opportunity.
We pass several villages lost in these mountains, there are very few houses, almost all still under construction (in this area the earthquake of 2015 and the landslides swept away everything), some villagers engaged in manual labor, many animals and cultivated terraces. Finally, the car stops and we walk the last stretch of road on foot, up towards the village where ASIA built the school of Namuna. Welcoming us there, in addition to the Headmaster, two teachers and children, there are also two construction workers (who were finishing some school jobs), some parents, two of the members of the School Management Committee and some other members of the community.
After having met the children of the three classes (Bijaya, having been a teacher for so many years, is very good at entertaining them and teaching them some songs), we begin the meeting: me and Nabaraj explain all aspects of the Long Distance Sponsorship project and we collect their requests and their ideas on improving the conditions of the school, the children and the community. Bijaya brings her experience and practical example on the management of the project and its results in the Manasarovar School.
We do the same, immediately after, in the School of Dupcheshwori, in the village of Pathikharka. Not far from the School of Namuna, Dupcheshwori is a larger school, which welcomes children from kindergarten up to the eighth grade. The meeting lasts longer than expected, and the time to get to know the children unfortunately is not much. On the way back, both Bijaya and I cannot but comment on how both schools are beautiful, well built, solid and safe; these are meeting points for the communities, as well as centers of education that are essential to give these children and their families more hope for a better future.