Thank you Bowen! From the SIRC kids

Meet Bowen Wright.

Bowen Wright

Bowen is a young 15-year old who lives on Bowen Island, BC Canada with her Mom, Dad, two little sisters (Casey and Brinley), little brother (Cooper) and dog Juno.

Wright kids

She goes to school at Rockridge Secondary, in West Vancouver. She takes a ferry boat every day to get there because there are no high schools on Bowen Island. She likes to play volleyball, surf, swim, draw, read, and listen to music! Someday she very much hopes to visit Nepal and the SIRC!

Bowen also works on Bowen Island at an Italian restaurant where she makes pizza.  Bowen has used her earnings from this job to buy lots of toys, colouring books & markers, as well as putty and some treats for the kids at SIRC.  How kind!!

Many  of these kids are children of carers who in turn are taking care of family members.  One teen girl is a caregiver herself to her father, and she particularly loved the stickers. The young man in a wheelchair is a patient and worked hard at making shapes with the putty.  The little boy so creative with his shapes and the great big smile I have written about earlier re-posting one of Dr Stan’s reflections.

Yesterday afternoon, after the morning’s therapy is done, the gifts were presented to the kids, who were just delighted with the goodies! Check out the photos.



Bowen, be very proud of yourself for bringing such sheer joy to these kids,  your generosity, thoughtfulness and kindness is gratefully appreciated.

A big DHANYBAD from all at SIRC in the Saanga Hills! xo


Permission granted for all photos used in this post.


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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