Only 4 more days ….

….. in Nepal. I can hardly believe it.  You would think 5 months is a long time but time has really flown.  Today I was documenting all that I have worked on at SIRC and I was really surprised at how much work I got through, with help from Nikita, Binay and Rozina the MBA interns, as well as from Karen Hilton on the HR side of things.  I’ll see if I can attach the presentation to this posting.  Success!  See  here Status update – summary Today was also spent packing …. packing!  I shipped a box back to Canada with stuff I will no longer need, and will ship another box to Grace in Cork for stuff I will not need in Bangladesh but will need this Fall in Europe.  My bags are much lighter as a result. Today I also picked up a few more shalwar kameez from the tailor, made of very light cotton material for the heat and humidity ahead of me in Dhaka.  The shalwar kameez covers the right parts of the body in this predominantly Muslim country and also protects my Irish freckled skin from the hot hot sun – so all is good.

Me with one of my newly tailored shalwar kameez in readiness for Dhaka's hot & humid climate

Me with one of my newly tailored shalwar kameez in readiness for Dhaka’s hot & humid climate.  All I am missing is the scarf to cover my head.  Must remember that in Dhaka …

I have the finishing touches to a Rotary grant application to do tomorrow and Monday, being my last day at SIRC, I’ll wrap up with Esha and then conduct a short session with the heads of dept, before a little celebration at 3pm with the staff and patients.  So it is all go. Dinner is served and I am hungry – later!

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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4 Responses to Only 4 more days ….

  1. Renu says:

    Oh kates! I too shall miss experiencing Nepal through you! Sounds like you have made wonderful friends…who will miss you too.. Dhaka here we come,!

  2. Grace coffey says:

    Kate, you look fab – the fabric is only amazing! Looking forward to the next instalment! gx

  3. Pingback: How did I get here? | Bowen to Bangladesh

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