Interns headed home

To recap…first we had them attend a whirldwind of 5 weekly trainings (3 hours each) – to prepare for the trip. Training inlcuded learning about the Nepal culture with Jerry Bunce and myself (and eating the food at my home!), team building with Peter Prescott, Disabilities awareness sensitivity with Susan Gjolmesli, A “Dependable Stengths” workshop with Sharen Felton….and of course the scary paperwork and prep with Faisal Jaswal and Chris Stoynov. Then we shipped off a very strong team… that will return even stronger and fulfill our ultimate vision to “develop into leaders that are curious about different cultures, who are sensitive to different abilities and different ways of life, and who utilize their awareness to become engaging global citizens right here in their own community.”

25th March, Wednesday Arrival in Kathmandu
Mahesh: “They arrived yesterday night at scheduled time, but came a bit late out of the terminal. They missed one luggage bag and hope to get it soon.”

26th March, Thursday
Visit to Wheelchair Club, Bhrikuti Mandap
Visit to School for the Deaf, Naxal
Mahesh: “Today was a busy day, but they enjoyed the day. We went to Wheelchair Club first and had a very good interaction with President of the club. After lunch, we visited Deaf Students Hostel at Bhatbhateni. Then after, sight seeing at Kathmandu Durbar Square. The lunch was arranged at Bakery Cafe, Thamel where waiters are deaf. I hope, the group have no complain of their service.”

27th March, Friday
Visit to Disability New Life Center (DNC)
Visit to Patan CBR Rehabilitation Center
Dinner with Patan Rotaracters & Family
Mahesh“…we have DNC visit and lunch with the kids. Then after, art program at Patan CBR. In the evening, home hosted dinner with Patan Rotaracters… arranged three families of Patan Rotaracters for the dinner and they will be having separate dinner at three homes. I hope, all will enjoy the Nepali food.”

28th March, Saturday
Club meeting of Rotaract Club of Patan
Heritage Tour of Patan Town
Guests at Rotarian Pushkar’s home/demonstration of making of wool items Tentative – Cultural musical event performance with Rotaracters Sacheen and his band
at Ambience

29th March, Sunday
Visit Boudhanath Stupa
Lunch at Flavor’s Café
Project (Musical/art) at LDC- Disability Center in Jorpati
Time permitting – Nepal Orthopedic Hospital in Jorpati (time permitting)

30th March, Monday
7 hour, bumpy, winding road trip to Pokhara

31st March, Tuesday
Boat across Lake Phewa & day hike to Peace Stupa
Interviews for Documentary

1st April, Monday
Leave Pokhara to Manakamana Temple
Visit to Manakamana Temple/Lunch at top
Back to Kathmandu

2nd April, Tuesday
Visit with Jamuna Subedi – Project Administrator, Rotary Nepal 3-H Disability Awareness Campaign.& Kedar Pandey
Visit US Embassy
We asked Jamuna to join our team as much as possible during their visit to help give an overview of what life is like in Nepal for someone with a disability.

Mahesh: “we had a fruitful meeting at the US Embassy. Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Randy Berry was so kind enough to listen to us. And of course, Linda Kentro was so much interested to get the video that David will prepare. It was a good day
at the embassy. She suggested me for briefing regarding Disability Awareness Campaing during the some programs of USAID and other foreign development agencies working in Nepal. That would be a great opportunity to promote our campaign.”

3rd April, Wednesday
Rotary District Conference
The group would have been able to attend the opening day of the conference…but just
missed, by one day, the launching of the Disability Awareness Campaign. I wanted to
share the notes Mahesh sent about the conference the next day…as it shows how very
important the Disability Awareness Campaign is, and the sheer scope of it!

According to Mahesh “Rotary District Conference was inaugurated by the President of
Nepal. Also, we are happy to see the unveiling of our Disability Awareness Project
Logo with a message “We all are able” and can you guess, who unveiled the logo ? Its
Rotary International President’s Representative, Rtn. Young-in Kim Sung Sin of South
Korea in presence of President of Nepal. That was great!”

I also heard from Rob and Gina Rose that the “Brad Pitt” of Nepal was also there for
the festivities!

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