Lumbini

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After being in Nepal for a full week of working we decided to take a side trip. Rick has been volunteering here for 7 years and he recognizes the importance of balancing work and enjoyment. I’m not quite there yet and felt guilty the entire time, but when else in my life will I get the chance to visit the birthplace of Buddha?
Lumbini is the name of the forest that the Queen was traveling through when she went in to labor and gave birth to Prince Siddartha. The story goes that he grew incredible fast and …

Nepali Time

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Ah, Nepal. I have been here a week and in true Nepali style, nothing has gone as originally planned. I arrived smoothly and was collected from the airport by my dear friend Rick (from Australia), and his fiancé Marjorie (French but also living in Australia). However Prakash, my Nepali brother and director of CASD-Nepal, had been called away to work for his day job and his dear wife Sanju was at her home village visiting family. So it was without Nepali company that I was greeted and spent my first two days in Kathmandu helping Marjorie …

Christmas on Crusoe Island

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On the road again. I noticed a few days ago after I missed the last bus out of town, booked a dirty room in a small Cambodian hotel (6$ with fan), and was begging the woman behind the counter to let me borrow her cell phone to reserve a shuttle van the next morning, that everything felt different. All the anxiety I had felt for weeks before, trying to get Christmas cards sent and researching bus schedules, nightmares and fried nerves, just evaporates as soon as I find myself on the move again. It’s like …

Back to Nepal, but Christmas first

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I’m writing from Honolulu Airport, where I have a 4 hour layover and wandered through a construction site to find a sweet little garden with ducks and a koi pond. Not a bad way to wait for a plane. The sun is shining, a rainbow is coming through the drizzling rain, and I’m on the road again.
Thanks to all the very generous donations I received, I am Nepal bound with over $1000 of funds and a packet of books. My wishes were far exceeded, and now my team and I have the task of deciding …

Thank you!

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WOW. I am so floored by all of the generous donations I have received for Nepal in the last week. I have exceeded my goal, and am working with my Nepali partners to decide how to best allocate it beyond the library and warm clothes. I think I will be able to make a donation to our Women’s Empowerment project as well. I will report back as soon as I arrive in Nepal in just over 2 weeks!!
Until then, you can visit our new website (still in progress) at CASDUSA.org.  I will try to make another …