It's day two here in Pokhara and after one visit to the girls school, we are overjoyed to see the girls enjoying the school and feel the love that is present throughout the whole building. All of the girls come from what the staff calls a tough background -- when the locals say something is tough, that translates to our idea of "tough situations" multiplied by 2 since many of the locals have seen everything awful that happens here. Although it added great weight to our hearts to hear some of the girls' stories, it was incredibly uplifting to walk through the school and peer into the classes to see the product of all the hard work from the NHK team -- to see the girls able to focus on school work in cozy montessori styled classrooms, dressed up in little red polos, track pants, and actively participate with their peers and teachers is truly heartwarming. I was so overjoyed when we opened the suitcases filled with the school supplies that so many of you generously donated in the days before our trip - the teachers and students eagerly looked at the plethora gifts as you can tell from one of the pictures.
This was truly a moment where pictures speak both a thousand words and convey the emotion and energy we felt with the staff and kids. Please take some time to look at the photos from an incredible day and I'm sure you'll see just how far this project has come in just over 2 years.
While viewing the photos, keep in mind that Nepal House is not one of the organizations that parades the children being served or exploits their situations through photos in order to generate funds and emotions from those who support them or have come to learn about the cause. This is the reason why the girls' faces will not be directly shown because their privacy is a precious thing in the dangerous world around them. That is why we have certain photos taken with various effects: so that you still get to see the school and progress without compromising the security of the girls.
For more pictures of our journey so far, check out the new photos tab with a photo gallery of the trip!