There is an invasion of Aussie’s currently in Kathmandu….especially from the Hunter Valley. Todd, Adam, Andrew, Virginia & Brad have just returned to Australia after a few weeks of Umbrella trekking to Everest Base Camp and visiting our office in Swayambhu. They were all so fit they completed the trek in record time and had the opportunity to spend a few extra days in Kathmandu enjoying the local beer.
This week ‘The Cow Tippers’ an amazing group from Maitland NSW who are made up of the Young & Peacock families spent the afternoon with Linda visiting Doc Clandillon's organisation Nagarhope Nepal. They have been very busy collecting school supplies and fund raising to support Umbrella. Recently there have been changes with our child protection policy rules whereas visitors are now unable to come to our childcare homes. This being the case we organised with Doc to visit his program in Teku.
‘The Cow Tippers’ spent time with local children from this community playing basketball, singing and sharing stories. A mountain of school supplies were given and Umbrella were presented with a generous donation. Many thanks to all concerned and wishing safe travels to ‘The Cow Tippers’.
Our friends Margaret and Lee from Lake Macquarie NSW also arrived bearing many gifts for local women. They carried 20kg’s of Day’s For Girls menstruation kits to Kathmandu to distribute to a local women’s community. Unfortunately time was not on their side as they had to set off on their Nepal adventure leaving 50 packs with Linda to distribute.
Yesterday Neelima, Arielle and keren-Or from a local organisation called Tevel b'Tzedek: The Earth in Justice were given the kits to distribute within their women's health project. They are currently working with three groups of women who live in the slums of Kalimati in Kathmandu. Their main focus is teaching women empowerment, health and now the Day's For Girls education program. They have promised to send us some photos....will keep you updated.