Saturday, January 9, 2010

January 9, 2010 ~ Progress~

This past few days has been really very exciting. I arrived in Nepal on January 4, 2010. I was able to visit with part of our Madhav Ghimire group who had already arrived in Nepal in December...I was sad that part of the group had already left the day before I arrived. I wanted to meet them all!

I visited the bookstore in Kathmandu to fill a few "orders" for the library. The complete Harry Potter series was the big purchase and provided through a donation from Youko (thank you)! I was also able to purchase about a dozen books wtih cd's and a variety of "other" books that looked interesting.

After a night in Kathmandu I left for Bandipur.
I arrived in the evening and after eating a delicious dal bhat slept soundly in my "old bed" in Gaun Gahr, thankfully minus the spider! As I woke in the morning I began to visit my friends around the village. It was great fun to see familiar faces and to be greeted so warmly. Many of the children in the village greeted me with "Hello Heather!" and it surprised me...but made me smile!

I was able to visit the library in the afternoon where, Biju was waiting for me. Of course she had received the news of my arrival and she greeted me warmly with laughter and smiles. The library looks very good and I could see that she has been doing a remarkable job. I feel grateful for her, she is dedicated and caring.
I delivered many "gifts" I had brought to my friends in of the most special gifts was a collection of "Power Rangers" that one young man had been waiting for patiently... When his mother told him I was coming, he said, "Oh good, my Power Rangers are coming." (Thank goodness I had them for him...he was SO very happy to get them and it was fun to see him opening them...truly special!)

After only one day in Bandipur (I was able to visit all the hilltops and favorite places ...."re-charging" sites...LOL...) I headed to Chitwan to meet up with our group and visit schools and villages in the jungle region. It was fantastic to see everyone again and to go through the process of honoring the girls in their homes, villages, and schools. Although it had been a year since seeing them, it still felt as if it was only a day, and everyone was very happy.


I have many stories to share~ and photos...
see you all soon.



  1. Sounds to me like you are part Power Ranger too!! So much energy and happiness to share. Could you possibly send some over to the UK to melt away the snow too? lol.

    Wonderful to be reading about your adventures again, so inspiring.

  2. I had been eagerly awaiting an up-date from you, checking your blog almost daily! I'm so glad to hear you are well and read all your exciting news. I can only imagine the blessing you are to these people and how they looked forward to seeing you again. I wish I were there to help you now. Maybe this summer…
    Keep the stories coming ;D
    Blessing to you, stay safe.

  3. Glad to hear that you made it safely. I also have been checking your blog daily looking for updates. Can't wait to see the new photos. Post them when you can. Also glad to hear you did not get a visit from your pet spider Mr. Thud. Stay healthy and safe. Love you.

  4. So glad to hear you arrived safely. It certainly sounds like your friends there were very glad to see you back again! You are such a blessing to so many! Miss you and love you Heather! May peace be with you! Robin

  5. How exciting. I wish I'd known you were bringing books, I would have been happy to buy some for you. If there's any way I can still help with that, let me know. It's like your second home now.

  6. Glad you arrived safely and are making your visits. I thought it was wonderful the way everyone anticipated your visit as much as you did. The honoring ceremonies sound so positive and affirming and is such an awesome way to validate these girls to their community. Looking forward to more tales of adventure and heart.

  7. Heather! you are such a amazing woman. Our world needs more people like you. Thank you so much for your incredible and inspired job for our community. looking forward to share whatever i can in near future...