1. Uncle Jerry whom some of you have already met, lives in a brilliant care facility in Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia. He got chatting to a male nurse, asking him here he was from – Nepal. Then Unc mentioned about me being in Nepal etc etc. Well it turns out the nurse knows SIRC very well and is from our neighbourhood. How delightful for Uncle Jerry to show the young man my write-ups of SIRC and my day to day life in Nepal in my blog, and for the young man having someone in his new home, know where Bhainsepati is. The world is really just a connection of human beings. 2. Cathy & Len Stevulak in Washington State were my contacts into BRAC in Bangladesh – where I am next headed to in 6 weeks time. Cathy also introduced me to Andreas Falk, who heads up the German-Nepalese Help Association, Cathy knows Andreas from Bangladesh. Andreas spends much of his time in Nepal so she thought he might be a good contact for me. I first met Andreas with his nephew Philip for a coffee in Vancouver, a week before I left Canada for my year’s journey. They were on vacation in Vancouver. It was through our chat then that I discovered the German-Nepalese Help Association has generously supported the Poor Patient Fund at SIRC for many years, and in fact Andreas remembers SIRC from the very early days when they were based in Jorpati, Kathmandu. So another case of Small Worldness – Bangladesh to the US, to Germany to Canada to Nepal! Andreas is in Nepal right now, reviewing existing projects in girls education, clean water and sanitation projects here in Nepal, and was out this way looking at potential sites for a teacher training college. So I was able to catch up with him and his Nepal team for a quick dinner in Dhulikhel Lodge Resort (about 4km east of Banepa). I was pretty impressed for the broad range of projects that the German-Nepalese Help Association are involved in, and how astute they are in spending precious euros donated by their loyal donors – very impressive. Please check out their valuable work on their website, much of it is translated into English if you do not have German.
Good luck to Andreas and his team at German-Nepalese Help Association! 3. And a quick #3. Andreas was connected with a German doctor volunteering at Dhulikhel Hospital by friends of his back home in Germany. They were also meeting at Dhulikhel Lodge Resort yesterday. It turns out they had already met a few years back at a summer concert in rural Germany, her daughter was the flutist in the symphony. Very small world it is indeed.