Final Farewell

It’s raining here on the Wet Coast but no matter, today I begin my journey.  Thanks to Judi for the ride and a chance to visit before I leave.  First stop is Cork and London visiting some family and friends.  Exciting for me but probably not so much for you so I’ll not bore you with posts.  Next update will be a few days after I arrive in Kathmandu on Dec 11.  I’m booked into a guesthouse for 10 days and first thing is to find myself a place to live, and meet my colleagues at SIRC  Check out the great work they do.

About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2013-2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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5 Responses to Final Farewell

  1. This is so very exciting. I can’t wait to follow you on your adventure.

  2. judi says:

    how about a mailing address when you get settled … then we can collect exotic stamps and you can give away the canadian and irish ones you receive!

    • Kate Coffey says:

      I have sent myself something to the mailing address provided, if that arrives in one piece I’ll for sure give out the mailing address! One never knows with Nepal Post.:-)

  3. Rita says:

    Hope your short stop off in Europe has not been hampered by the Air Traffic Control problems in the UK this weekend…Safe onward journey and look forward to hearing from you when you land at your base for the next few months..

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