About

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent the end of 2013 and all of 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, where I learned my skills and long-time experience could be put to good use in developing countries, and more specifically at the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 1.5 hours east of Kathmandu, Nepal in the Saanga foothills.  Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with them throughout the earthquakes of 2015.

It is 2016 and my work continues in rural Sri Lanka, assisting farmer cooperatives to build better businesses and ultimately, through increased income levels, improve the quality of life for those farmers and their families.

This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels.  Since then it has morphed into the telling of tales about the inspiring people I have met over the years, the lives they lead and the courage they show to overcome the many challenges presented to them.  I am blessed to be given this gift.

Thanks for your interest.

8 Responses to About

  1. Renu says:

    Love it! this blog will help us travel along with you and not miss you so much!

  2. Renu says:

    Greetings Kate!
    Thank you for the detailed account of your adventures so far. Feels like i am right there;)

  3. MauriceP says:

    Kate — great blog, great work. Sure is a change from Crumlin ! Not so many goats slain there, that I recall. The SIRC effort is mightily impressive. Makes you wonder what life must be like in a wheelchair for those in a country where walking for miles over steep tracks is taken as given. Good to see the Gaelic diaspora doing their bit. Keep enjoying, keep blogging. Maurice

    • Kate Coffey says:

      Well Maurice, it’s great to hear from you! A tad different from Crumlin, and even Bowen island too. I can’t ever look goats in the eye anymore when they are on the bus – I just know what their fate is – I wonder do they know too? You and Marie will have to come to Nepal, I know it is a perfect place for you two. I guess the boys have a few more years before they can be trusted to their own devices for a few weeks. Take care, lovely to hear from you. Kate xo

  4. Margery Hawkins says:

    Hi Kate
    My husband, Bob Hawkins, and I are in Dhaka for 6 weeks teaching in a BSN nursing program. Our good friends and colleagues, Peter Wing and Claire Weeks, suggested we connect with you while we are here. It would be great to chat with you. Would you have time to join us for tea? We are staying in Uttara.
    Bob Hawkins: roberthawkins2000@gmail.co
    Marge Hawkins: mhawkins@vcc.ca

  5. Erin Hackett says:

    Hi Kate, this is Erin, I bought your apartment from you in February. I have three pieces of mail here for you, that all do not have a return address listed. Do you want to send me your forwarding address so that I can send them on to you. My email address is: ripley070@gmail.com!
    Thanks,
    Erin

  6. Belatedly discovered your blog! Looks like it was an amazing experience in Nepal and Bangladesh. What next?

    • Kate Coffey says:

      Thanks for taking the time, that’s a lot of blog posts to get through! Next up is to return to Nepal for about a month this Fall to continue my work at the Spinal Centre. After that, who knows!

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