And in other news …..

This posting is a gathering of the latest happenings in the lives of my friends in Nepal that don’t always make mainstream media.

First up is the leadership role that Rato Bangala School (RBS) has been taking in the training of teachers on how to handle traumatized kids returning to school. Not surprising RBS is taking on this role, it’s founder is SIRC’s co-founder Shanta Dixit.

Nawa Marga is a package of lesson plans that help schools ease students back into regular activities and help them to cope with the inevitable trauma resulting from the earthquake.  For more information on the program, check our Karkana Asia’s website.

The last group of Nawa-Marga Post Earthquake Relief Through Education Training of Trainers (TOT) participants at Rato Bangela School (RBS), on 4-5 June, were educators and medical professionals.  Photo credit RBS.

The last group of Nawa-Marga Post Earthquake Relief Through Education Training of Trainers (TOT) participants at Rato Bangala School (RBS), on 4-5 June, were educators and medical professionals. Photo credit RBS/Shanta Dixit.

A team from Disaster Psychiatry Outreach (DPO), USA, conducted a session for Rato Bangala teachers last Sunday, in preparation for the return of kids to school on May 30,2015.  DPO members Dr Jeffrey Taxman, Dr Namita Rajouria Malla and Dr Ram Mahato are shown.

Some of the attendees and instructors at training session lead by a team from Disaster Psychiatry Outreach (DPO), USA

Some of the attendees and instructors at training session lead by a team from Disaster Psychiatry Outreach (DPO), USA.  Photo credit Shanta Dixit.

Sticking with the school kids, Kutumba (one of my favorite Nepali bands) gave a concert at the GEMS School in Kathmandu to give the kids a good time, and to generate funds and donations for schools across Nepal who need the basics:  pencils, paper, copybooks, study books etc.

Those kids sure look like they are having fun!

Those kids sure look like they are having fun!  Photo credit Kutumba.

And more kids having fun at the Art Aid Nepal’s program at the Children’s Art Museum in Kathmandu.  Art is good for the soul!

Photo credit Art Aid Nepal

Photo credit Art Aid Nepal

I picked this photo up from the Spine Nepal facebook page – many folks who have ever lived between Bhaktapur and Banepa will recognize this statue of Lord Shiva, perched on the hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley, before heading down the hill to SIRC and Banepa.

Excerpt from Spinal Nepal's FB page

Excerpt from Spinal Nepal’s FB page “
The Shiva of Sanga did not fall to the earthquake. Obviously the God of Earthquakes was no match for the Supreme Destroyer !”. Photo credit I believe to be Fiona Stephenson

Nepal’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation last week unveiled a list of goodwill ambassadors which includes Shailee Basnet – one of the Seven Summits Women’s Team.  I had the pleasure of meeting Shailee at one of the SIRC fundraisers I along with Nikita, Binay and Rozina organized last year to raise funds for Ram’s Wheelchair Yaatra.  Shailee has been appointed as one of the goodwill ambassadors to promote tourism in Nepal.  No better woman.

Here's Shailee accepting the honour.

Here’s Shailee accepting the honour.  Photo credit Nepali Times

You can read more about it in this Nepali Times article.

If you can spare 45mins, listen to SIRC’s co-founder – Kanak Mani Dixit – speak at St Mark’s Church in Regent’s Park, London on May 22, 2015 about the earthquake and its repercussions for Nepal. Link to video.  Besides being co-founder of SIRC, he is editor of Himal magazine in Nepal and a social activist.  He always has interesting things to say and stretches my mind.

And finally a few photos from Rashil who lives in Banepa.  I met him also through Ram’s Wheelchair Yaatra – he was Ram’s sarangi instructor and it turns out, is an ex-member of the band Kutumba!  It’s a small world.

One of the four temporary shelters Rashil and friends built this week in Kavre.  Kavre is where SIRC is located.

One of the four temporary shelters Rashil and friends built this week in Kavre. Kavre is where SIRC is located.  Photo credit Rashil Palanchoke

The finished shelter, complete with solar panel for electricity.  The door and wood were salvaged from the collapsed home.

The finished shelter, complete with solar panel for electricity. The door and wood were salvaged from the collapsed home.  Photo credit Rashil Palanchoke.

Looking hip and cool in your shades kids!

Looking hip and cool in your shades kids!  Photo credit Rashil Palanchoke.

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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