People Against Poverty's Val Huxley Reports On Her Trip To Nepal
Val writes: It is officially the wettest summer in 100 years! Bill and I thought we'd seen enough rain when we headed off to Nepal, but we soon learnt that a British summer has nothing on the rainy season! Visiting our projects always brings mixed emotions. The joy of visiting old friends and making new ones is offset by the horror of the conditions they find themselves living in. Nepal was no different on either count.
(PICTURES: BILL AND VAL WITH NEWLY SPONSORED POOJA (IN ORANGE) AND SISTERS, A TYPICAL HOME)
What was very exciting was the impact the child sponsorship programme is clearly having. What also became clear was how the model used in Romania, the Way of Joy child programme, would work so well in Nepal providing additional support where it is needed most. As a result we have decided to focus on setting up a small scale trial in the Khatmandu area. Six children would have access, once a week, to a hot meal in a community atmosphere, playtime with toys and social education. Starting small would enable Krishna, our project leader, and his wife to understand what the issues are and what the solutions need to be. Once they are up and running successfully then the aim would be to expand across all the areas the project covers.
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