Launch to Nepal; T minus 4 days.
The preparation continues in earnest, accompanied here by quotes from the VSO briefing for new volunteers to Kathmandu, Nepal.
#1 Here I’m trying to indicate the humble electricity supply and how I may well miss it when it’s gone!
“Throughout the year, the whole of Nepal is subject to load-shedding (power cuts). In Kathmandu, this often occurs during the evening and typically lasts a couple of hours. The electricity supply is always worse in the winter months.”
Hence the need for a rural and renewable energy programme!
#2 And if there’s limited electricity, then a fridge is going to be difficult (okay, so for those of you who know me, my personal fridge has never been this well stocked but you get the general idea!?)
#3 “Washing machines are also very rare, so expect to wash all clothes by hand.”
#4 But otherwise another great family day; the loom band phenomenon takes my nieces by storm and I have my own to take with me to Nepal…
#5 A 4 hour trip to the library shows a level of service and access to education which is just marvellous.
#6 Including a craft hour to create a junk monster, a creative look at making the most of the waste products around you – sound familiar?
#7 Finally, the realisation that in Nepal, with a culture where “Slip on shoes or sandals are particularly useful as in the majority of places you will need to remove your shoes before entering a room. ” it may not have been the best idea to let my 4 year old niece choose my socks…?