Prince Harry visits Nepal

There’s been some excitement since it was confirmed Prince Harry would visit Nepal – he arrived on Saturday. As I was trolling the English-speaking newspapers and websites, what did I find only a great shot of Prince Harry with an animated Kanak!

Kanak in animated conversation with Prince Harry in Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu. Photo credit Dutourdumonde Photography

Kanak in animated conversation with Prince Harry in Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu. Photo credit Dutourdumonde Photography

I know Kanak Mani Dixit who, along with his wife Shanta, are co-founders of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) in Bhainsepati.  As many of you know, I’ve been associated with SIRC since end 2013.

Besides his work in spinal injury rehabilitation, Kanak wears many hats including journalist and activist …. and member of the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust.  It was in this capacity that Kanak spoke with the Prince on the importance of conserving the extraordinary and threatened architectural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal.

Check out the BBC’s account & photos of Prince Harry’s initial two days in Nepal, with another 3 days to go.  If that is true, he’ll be in Nepal for Holi – the Festival of Colours on Wednesday.

If Wednesday is remotely like it was for me in 2014, it’ll be bedlam!!  From what I know of Prince Harry, he’ll likely be the first one, chucking coloured powder in the free-for-all carnival of colours that is Holi.

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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One Response to Prince Harry visits Nepal

  1. Mick Canning says:

    Holi – yes, bedlam! I’m intending to do a post on it shortly. I’ve been in India twice for Holi, and it was certainly an experience!

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