Photos of Ram’s Wheelchair Yaatra

First a few taken at the Fundraiser

Taken just before the program began.  Can you feel their excitement??

Taken just before the program began. Can you feel their excitement??

Getting some practice in with Rashil, his sarangi teacher

Getting some practice in with Rashil, his sarangi teacher

His son stood by his Dad and sang along while Rashil played

His son stood by his Dad and sang along while Rashil played

Aarjit and Binay who dealt with the sound and lighting issues.

Aarjit and Binay who dealt with the sound and lighting issues.

Nikita and Rozina took the donations, how could you say No to these beautiful faces??

Nikita and Rozina took the donations, how could you say No to these beautiful faces??

SIRC Founder, Kanak Mani Dixit, welcoming everyone to the Wheelchair Yaatra Fundraiser

SIRC Founder, Kanak Mani Dixit, welcoming everyone to the Wheelchair Yaatra Fundraiser

An end of the evening photo of Ram's wife and son,they were so thrilled at the turnout and how generously they were received.  Remember they are country folk so it was an overwhelming evening for them being in the city!

An end of the evening photo of Ram’s wife and son,they were so thrilled at the turnout and how generously they were received. Remember they are country folk so it was an overwhelming evening for them being in the city!

And now to the start of the Yaatra at Namo Buddha

A great shot of Ram with his wife, surrounded by his colleagues from SIRC, at Namo Buddha just before the blessing ceremony

A great shot of Ram with his wife, surrounded by his colleagues from SIRC, at Namo Buddha just before the blessing ceremony

The Lamas from Namo Buddha plus part of the group to wish Ram well on his yaatra

The Lamas from Namo Buddha plus part of the group to wish Ram well on his yaatra

The Head Lama of Namo Buddha blessing Ram with a marigold garland

The Head Lama of Namo Buddha blessing Ram with a marigold garland

Tikka blessing from SIRC Executive Director Esha Thapa

Tikka blessing from SIRC Executive Director Esha Thapa

Tikka blessing from SIRC Admin Director Prakash Shrestha

Tikka blessing from SIRC Admin Director Prakash Shrestha

Binod the driver (l), Ram (m) and Prakwal (r) just before they leave Namo Buddha, on the first leg of their yaatra:  Namo Buddha to Dhulikhel

Binod the driver (l), Ram (m) and Prakwal (r) just before they leave Namo Buddha, on the first leg of their yaatra: Namo Buddha to Dhulikhel

And the yaatra begins .....

And the yaatra begins …..

You can check out daily updates on the Spinal Nepal Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/SpinalNepal Visit the SIRC website for additional information.

About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. 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 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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