Lok’s house

Thought I would share some photos of where I live in Banepa with you.  Enjoy!

View of the street I live on

View of the street I live on

Entrance to Lok's place is the pink doorway.  My room is top floor, two windows to the right of the balcony

Entrance to Lok’s place is the pink doorway. My room is top floor, two windows to the right of the balcony

My room at Lok's

My room at Lok’s

Rooftop water tanks and solar panels

Rooftop water tanks and solar panels

There are currently are 11 adults in Lok’s house (including 4 family members) and we use about 1000 litres of water every 10 days.  Lok gets the water replenished once 1000 litres of water is used at a cost of 2,500 Rs per delivery.  There are 1000 litres tanks x 2 (black plastic tanks) on the roof and water drains from one of the tanks into the hot water tank (stainless steel tank).  If there is sun (!) the solar panels warm up the water for hot showers.

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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2 Responses to Lok’s house

  1. Renu says:

    What a simply lovely place;)

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