The Oda Foundation

EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES IN NEPAL'S REMOTE REGIONS THROUGH HEALTH AND EDUCATION INITIATIVES

Life as usual

Since I last wrote, I’ve been getting back into the swing over here.  I’ve really been enjoying myself back in Nepal, and I’ve moved from a local hotel into the hostel where I stayed last year.  It has been wonderful spending time with the Kids, catching up on their lives, and helping out as needed around the house. I’ve really enjoyed helping out with of manual labor, as there are about 10 construction projects going on around the house.  Whether carrying cement to the roof, cracking cement in the kitchen, or assembling reusable maxi pads in the women’s center it’s been really nice to contribute in a meaningful way.  Not only do I love spending time with the aunties and the uncles, there is also a very cathartic element to manual work that I’ve always enjoyed.  

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Team work at its finest...

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Hanging with Sagar

 

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Working on the roof with one of my favorite people ever, Amrika

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Kites with Yaga and Santosh

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Visiting Laxmi and her family

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Arti's Birthday Party!!!

As you can seen by the pictures I love it here, that said, I remain extremely excited to get going on my own journey before I slip into a sense of complacency and comfort.  I love Surkhet, I love the kids , and I love the staff .  In many ways I feel like I could stay forever, however, I know that the kids are in great hands here with a wonderful new group of fellows, and that Kopila Valley is humming along stronger than ever.  In that vein, I know that while I love life here with these people, I must keep pushing forward with my own journey, and that inevitably it will need to dovetail to some degree from that of Kopila.    Like I mentioned in my last post, things have changed a bit with OdaKids, however, the beat goes on.   As I’ve talked to friends and family the common theme has been that these unexpected bumps in the road will be the norm and not the exception, and fortunately the bumps in the road are much easier to deal with while I’m here, surrounded by all the reasons I started this journey initially.  To that end, I will keep updating the blog with my status.  At the moment, I’m speaking to as many people as possible trying to establish the most meaningful way I can contribute.  The more people I speak to the clearer that picture becomes, and I feel strongly that I will have a much better grasp of my future within the next few weeks.