After a few unsuccessful attempts of trying to communicate with this woman through a combination of English, broken Nepali and hand gestures, she was still kind (and patient) enough to let me take her picture. As she walked away she muttered something in Nepali that I’m sure must have been something along the lines of “silly man”. #nepal #fail #silly #communication
“We both work 12 hour days, seven days a week and rarely have a day off. I sell postcards to tourists on the street and he works as a waiter in a local restaurant. Our joint income each month is around 12,000 rupees [~US$120] from which we have to pay rent and bills for our small two room home, buy food, pay school fees for our two children and buy expensive medical supplies for our daughter; who was found to have a hole in her heart. Sure, we have our [...more] #nepal #work #struggles…
I tried asking him what he wanted to be when he grew up. Instead of answering my question he hurried over to a little cardboard box and pulled out something small and furry. He brought it over to show me with excitement glowing in his eyes. “Her name is ‘Lucky’. She’s ten days old.” #nepal #lucky #puppy #cute
“I was born with a deformed right wrist. This has meant I’ve been unable to use my right hand for much more than cleaning jobs for most of my life. I’m supposed to be taking medication to ease the pain in the wrist but medication is very expensive — I can’t always afford it. At the moment I walk two hours every day from my home in the hills so I can clean this café you’re sitting in.” #nepal #cleaning #poor #disability
“In the 1970s my father created the first English private school in the district. In the 1990s, a decade long civil war flared up in Nepal that forced the school to close, destroying everything he had spent much of his life building up and destroying educational opportunities for hundreds of children. Seven years ago my father lost the fight against throat cancer. Just before he passed away he uttered three short words into my ear: [...more] #nepal #inspiration #school #teaching #struggle
“I’ve lived in a Tibetan refugee camp here in Nepal for most of my life. If I go back to Tibet I’ll be arrested by the Chinese authorities and not allowed to leave. With my family now in Nepal I couldn’t do that. Nepal is my home now.
“I’ve been painting for 18 years. My father, brother and uncle are also painters so I guess you can say it runs the family. I really love being able to express my ideas on canvas. This piece I started yesterday will probably take me a couple of months to complete. It’s not a quick process when you put so much love into it!” #nepal #painting #love #canvas
“My dream job is to teach small children. When I was younger I found mathematics really difficult, so I want to challenge myself and the children by teaching it to them. The challenging road in life is always more satisfying!