Spring has returned, all is good with the world

We had an excessively cold few days at the weekend that lasted until Tuesday.  Rain, sleet in some places and very very cold.  No sun means no hot showers so generally a miserable few days.  I had to pull out my winter woolies again, clearly I was far too confident that Spring had really settled in.  Wed & Thurs saw the sun shine (which meant warm showers thankfully) and everyone cheered up no end.

The three MBA interns (Rozina, Nikita and Binay) started last Sunday, poor them it was one of the coldest days so not very good first day – roll on that heating system!  Once I had got through the SIRC 2014-2018 Strategic Plan and corresponding deliverables on Sunday, we finished early before we all froze in the office.  Monday they got stuck into the work.  They work well as a team and get things done – yay!

So far this week, the press releases were sent for the upcoming golf tournament and the database of potential sponsors with current contact names, addresses, phone #s and email addresses, was created.  No more scrambling for these contacts every year, now there is a central database that can be maintained and updated … and used for email and mail merges very easily. Yesterday the letters requesting donations (hole sponsors, cash donations and prize donations) were prepared and are being hand delivered today.  Why hand delivered? Because there is no postal system in Nepal, and apparently you cannot trust receipt of emails (extra-vigilant SPAM), so best to hand deliver.  So all three interns are on their motorbikes today, hand delivering just under 80 letters and will follow up with phone calls next week.  Fortunately the sun is shining and it’s not too cold, so should be a fairly pleasant day!

They have also worked on recommendations for the revision of the SIRC website so I am keen to see that tomorrow when they return to the office.  Cecile Knapp is a SIRC volunteer from Austria who arrives here tomorrow (Friday) for a few weeks.  Her specialty is communications so our work on the website is perfectly timed.  Cecile along with Prakash the Admin Director, organize the International Wheelchair Day event on April 1st, so Cecile will be around until then. In other news, check out this link – CONGRATS to Bharat Adhikari and Sonika Dhakal for coming 2nd and 3rd placings respectively in the  Hero Kantipur Half Marathon | Wheelchair 3km race yesterday.  Both Bharat and Sonika are ex-patients and current Peer Counsellors at SIRC.  We are proud of them!  Both Bharat and Sonika are also board members of the Nepal Spinal Cord Injury Sports Association and are remarkable human beings.

Although they do not want a big hullaboo about it, much appreciation to friends of my long-time friend AnneMarie Buckley who all live in Christchurch, New Zealand – Belinda Curtis and Liam Sullivan.  Belinda and Liam made a very generous donation to the Child Haven Kathmandu children’s home.  I’ll be picking up the items from the hotel this weekend and will be at Child Haven on Monday, meeting Bonnie Cappuccino – Founder of Child Haven – who is on her annual visit to all the Child Haven homes in this region.  Good luck to Liam in his Everest Base Camp trek.  He has probably endured the Namche Hill (aka mountain!) and arrived in Namche Bazaar today.  Enjoy your well deserved acclimatization day tomorrow Liam!

And finally, there’s a bit of competition going on at Lok’s place.  Any rugby fans out there will know the Six Nations is underway, and of course Ireland have won their first two games.  They play old rivals England on Saturday. England have also won their first two games, both teams are very strong so it should be a good game.  It could go either way!  Young Harry at Lok’s place is a huge rugby fan and from London ….. as you can imagine that makes for interesting discussions at the dinner table.  We are all headed into Kathmandu to watch the game.  Thanks to Esha’s husband Kiran, he found that the FC – The Sports Bar in Kathmandu will be showing the game.  It starts at 4pm in Twickenham (away game for Ireland) which is 10pm our time.  Should be a good night, and a late one.  Will be in constant text-communication with Sinead and Grace watching the game in Newcastle 🙂  GO ON THE BOYS IN GREEN!

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 the past two years, my work in Nepal has expanded to the Bo M. Karlsson Foundation www.bomkarlsson.com and the Spinal Cord Injured Network Nepal. 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 the 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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3 Responses to Spring has returned, all is good with the world

  1. jgedye says:

    6  nations there and nothing but olympics here. summer v winter sports?   is there snow with your cold?  does anyone ski?  glad you all are doing well. up SIRC! J

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  2. Kate says:

    Is there anything other than six nations Rugby?! Of course there is but the distraction is always welcome. Sorry Kate but the boys in green have no chance. Am tickled that as we watch it on Bowen, you will be in Kathmandu doing the same. Go England! You sound excited by your experiences – love reading your blog. Kate and Brian

  3. Renu says:

    Good luck to the student volunteers who have to work with you!! Hehe! Just joking, they will remember you forever! It snowed all day here in vancouver-sat 21st which is very surprising as the previous two days were not cold?

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