I woke up this morning to the sounds of birds tweeting and a yoga class underway somewhere in the vicinity. I will have to check that out, always a good start to the day. I briefly met 3 young Australians who are also staying at Lok’s. I mean mid 20s when I say young ….. lordy am I aging or what?! The two girls are occupational therapists voulnteering at a children’s centre and the lad is teaching English …. taking a break before he breaks into the world of investment management – I cannot escape?!
Breakfast was hearty and delicious and Lok kindly put me on the right bus to SIRC. I managed to cross the road without getting knocked down (fortunately my stay in London served me well, navigating manic traffic) and walked up the hill to SIRC. Glorious morning after a foggy start, it’s good to get stuck in straight away at ‘work’.
Enroute from the airport yesterday, I stopped into SIRC and met with Prakash who assists Esha with administration of the clinic. He gave me a quick tour of the clinic which was great to see in person. There are currently about 30 male and 20 female patients in the clinic at this time, all at various stages of their rehabilitation. The space is amazing, and all wheelchair accessible right up to the rooftop where they have a basketball court and also play badminton. Pretty impressive. I also saw the occupational therapy (OT) area and the vocational training are where they learn how to make candles, sew and the new thing, felting. Basically have the ability to generate an alternate income from these new skills once they return home.
Some of you may remember the silent auction I ran in Nov 2011 on Bowen, these items are similar to those lovely bags and purses that were for auction. They currently sell them locally in Banepa but for sure they could sell many more in Thamel (the tourist destination in Kathmandu). Maybe something I could do??
Right now I am familiarizing myself with SIRC and all it’s achievements. I’ve just been handed the freshly minted strategic plan 2011-2016 so will get stuck into this document, and after a chat with Esha, hopefully get into something meaningful in the next few days.
In the meantime I am enjoying the incredibly slow pace with which Nepali life hums to. No complaints from me. Wish me luck for the bus ride home this evening, no crossing of roads required thankfully!