Monday, May 25, 2009

Arjun and Rajan

These are the two fine young gentlemen (Arjun Adhikari, left; Rajan Maharjan, right) who will be accompanying me to Jumla. They are both graduates of Tribhuvan University with master's degrees in social work from St. Xavier's College. Rajan and Arjun will be conducting interviews with people in the villages surrounding Jumla, asking questions about a range of topics, from public health and governance to gender and education.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

In KTM (summer 2009)

I arrived in Kathmandu three days ago. I will apologize in advance for hi-jacking this blog (temporarily) for some non-Sam's House posts.

Before going to Sam's House, I'm doing a small, short research project with a couple of Nepali gentlemen. We're going to Jumla in a couple days to learn a little bit more about what their needs are in terms of community development. Jumla is one of the poorest areas of Nepal and they lack many basic resources.

My companions--Rajan Maharjan and Arjun Adhikari--will be doing most of the actual research, interviewing local people about their communities through a range of topics: education, economy, governance, public health, and gender.

In the meantime, I've been relaxing and enjoying KTM, visiting friends and exploring. Here's a few pics from today:

At the entrance to Swayambhunath.

On the way up the steps, I saw this boy and a girl riding plastic bottles down the cement slabs that line either side of the staircase. I thought it was pretty ingenious. Who says plastic bottles are no good?

This view never fails to amaze me: KTM from the observation deck at Swayambhunath.

Mom and son kicking it old school.

This photo is for Jenny, a reminder of her first visit to Nepal.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Happy birthday, Abby... and thank you!

Delta and Brad Schonhoft (our trustees) have made a donation to Sam's House in honor of their daughter and her friends first birthdays. Happy Birthday to all!


So on behalf of Abby and all her friends celebrating birthday, Sam's House says...