Just one word this time: Kokone!
It’s the Nepali version of “Cheers!” in Enlgish or “Santé!” in French and it’s what we said to each other every night during the workcamp. Because sunset is early this time of year (about 17:15) we often played Uno in the evenings.
We played for beer money. The buy-in was 10 rupees (less than €0.10) per game and the loser got the money and had to buy everybody a round, i.e. 3 large bottles of beer. I lost only a few games, but one of them left me with this hand.
As you might know by now I’m currently on a workcamp with SCI. Today I would like to tell you a bit about our international group.
Our group consists of nine persons, of which three Nepali, one Bangladeshi, an Australian, a Slovenian, an Italian, a Frenchman and me, a Belgian. (in order of distance)
On top of that we are being assisted by a teacher of the school named Sankar.
From left to right: Sankar, Unique, Jay, Thomas, Anil, Lea, Conrad, Punya. Krishna is not in the picture because he had to go to Kathmandu and I’m the photographer.
Today is my last day in Belgium as tomorrow I have to get up early and fly to Nepal (but I will first be spending the night in Mumbai). I’m really looking forward to my trip and to see the people I have missed this past year.
The first leg of my journey I will be clearing the rubble of a school in Balthali and as of the 9th of November I’ll have all the time to visit friends and do some sightseeing (and celebrate Maya’s second birthday). But first it’s time to finish my bags and work another day.
It’s been on my mind for a while, but now I’ve sent my application it’s definite: This fall I’m going to Nepal. This time not as a volunteer for HANDnepal, but for VIA (internationally known as SCI).
One of the projects SCI is doing this year is the reconstruction of classrooms in the Shree Ladkewori Lower Secondary School in Balthali. It’s not a school I’ve previously been to, but it is in the district of Kavre where the schools are HANDnepal went to last year. It feels good to go back even if it’s just for a week or two.