Nepal: January 10th

10 Jan 18
Day trip to Sindhupalchowk district

Today, we drove five hours to visit a Shakti Samuha center an heavily trafficked area. We arrived at 2:00 p.m. and were fed a wonderful but spicy lunch. I almost died trying to eat it. (dramatic yes, but I felt that way at the time) Then we toured their new ginger farm. These plots were planted by women of the town through a microloan fund. I wish I could bring some ginger home! Then we visited the school. It was a short visit, but some of these girls have received scholarships, so it was very special!

Sindhupalchowk women with some of their first harvest. They are currently looking for a good buyer for their ginger!

We were only at the school for about fifteen minutes or so. It was nearing sundown and we were anxious to get down the mountain before dark. School was just letting out, so we were able to talk with the students for a few minutes. A few of our group took a peek in the school building, but I wanted to hear the conversation with the students, so I stayed outside. Though there were students of all ages, David asked several questions to a group of girls who were in the eighth grade. Their favorite subjects were (roughly in order) English, math, Nepalese, English, and Nepalese. (you go, girl who likes math!!!) All five of them plan to continue to high school next year, even though it means walking down the mountain (and yes, it’s steep! And dusty!) for two hours in the morning and three in the evening. That’s commitment to continuing one’s education!

8th grade girls at the Sindhulpalchowk community school

Jasmine, a girl from this town who completed school in the Sindhupalchowk district and now studies at the college level in Kathmandu, traveled with us on this day trip. She didn’t speak much English, but we were able to make some conversation with her on the way! She now studies social work in Kathmandu.

Our group in Sindhupalchowk

I would love to see the first day after rainy season here. Each tree and leaf is so covered in dust, I can only imagine that first day, the sunshine, the leaves so fresh and green.

I wonder how the dust affects the photosynthesis for these plants?