Friday, January 26, 2007

Movin' and Groovin'

Thanks to those of you who submitted names for the Rajbhandari's car. The name selection committee will meet after dal bhaat this evening.

Had a productive day today. In the morning, Dinesh and I walked to the carpenter's place to see the beds, tables, and other items he is making for Sam's House. The carpenter is also a car mechanic (multi-tasker) and his crew sits in a garage making everything by hand. It's beautiful furniture and appropriate: the corners on the beds are all rounded. Dinesh has ordered bunk beds that have drawers underneath the bottom bunk, benches for the homework room, and tables for the eating area. They will look very sharp.

After that we took a cab to Chipledunga, the shopping area of town, where we priced TVs and went to the PO Box to collect applications for the house mother job. The job has been advertised in the paper for about two weeks and there have been (surprisingly and not) no applicants. Until today. There was one. I say surprisingly because Dinesh is surprised, I'm guessing, that in a country of rampant unemployment no one would at least float an application. But also not surprised because the requirements are a bit unusual--30 years of age, educated to SLC, and preferably single. The age line has been set because we didn't want to hire women who were likely to get married. Past 30, those chances diminish greatly. Ideally, you find a childless widow who can be truly invested with the children. We'll see.

When the advertisement first appeared, Dinesh was contacted by a woman who heads the Single Women Association in Pokhara (who knew of such an organization). Dinesh is going to call her to see if she has any leads.

After the Post Office, we walked to a shop that makes cane furniture--looks like wicker but a little thicker. Dinesh ordered some office pieces from this place because it is cheaper (thinking frugally) but very durable if cared for properly. They shop loaded the furniture into the truck and we hitched a ride back to Sam's House where we carried the items upstairs to his office. We made some adjustments for feng shui and practical moving about and we found a good configuration of desk, file cabinet, bookshelf and guest seating chair. It really looks great--he can hold staff meetings, drink chiyaa with guests, and, from his seat, see into the play area on the second floor. He seems very pleased with it.

In the afternoon, after lunch, Rekha, Dinesh and I sat on their roof to review what they had discussed at their board meeting. They have their own board, like ours, and their own subcommittees for finance, child admission, and director review.

As for schools, Dinesh says he will ask a few local schools to submit proposals to Sam's House for our children. Sound strange? I thought so. But it's actually a very good thing for us. Private schools here are generally better quality but there's a glut so they need students. Having 15 potential students, Dinesh and the baord figured they should bid for us in terms of providing scholarships, financial aid and general quality of program. Smart idea, huh?

Dinesh and Rekha also walked me through their consitution, about which I wrote earlier in this blog. Sure enough, there was every trustee's name on each page. There's only one more bureaucratic hoops through which to jump--registration with national Social Welfare Council in KTM. Rekha will likely go sometime next week.

Did I mention how great the Rajbhandari's apartment is? You can sit on the roof and see the mountains in the distance while getting some sun. A perfect place. They have me bedding in the office which doubles as Ritesh's room. Ritesh has kindly yielded his place and moved to his parents room.

So, this last bit I hesitate to put in print because I fear that will jinx the entire point. We were planning a schedule for the next couple weeks. We still need to hire house mothers, train them, purchase and move all items into Sam's House, process children for admission, admit children to the home, and probably many other things I'm not yet aware of. However, with all that, we set Friday, February 16th as the target day to open Sam's House with children and staff in place. That's 20 days away and seems ambitious.

In our favor is the day itself. February 16th is Shiva's Day (Shivaratri), the Hindu god of power who stomps out evil in the world. Dinesh and Rekha say this is most auspicious day for an opening. We'd appreciate thoughts from a few other deities as well.

I'm in a cybercafe now but heading back for dinner soon. I look forward to seeing Diksha and Ritesh in the evenings. Diksha brings my baseball hat wherever I am, calls me "uncle," and puts her arms up to be carried or lifted.

(Posting pictures was a little slow. I'll put more up tonight.)

CB

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Jells said...

Good morning/evening.

Cathy loved your puking story - I'm sure we've all had one of those days too. I know it wasn't funny at the time but your description of the events was hilarious. I can only imagine you lying in bed with the maintenance guys banging away at your heater, scratching their heads trying to figure out what was wrong. Reminds me of you and I putting together the basketball hoop in 20 degree weather.

The house looks awesome! Boy, things are progressing rather quickly, huh? Will you have flat panel TV's in every room? The kids will love that!

I have a few new entries for the car: Luap, The Jolly Rancher, Rocinante (Cygnus)& Mister Mister.

Take care,

Jells

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