These are the ongoing post from 2 CNIB employees who are in Nepal, helping children with vision loss, and telling us what is happening.
Our field trip had many similarities to a school field trip in Canada- Of course the most important parts of the trip was counting to make sure we had nine children when we left and nine children when we returned.
(Image children leaving the hostel on field trip and walking in a group down the road)
The teacher informed us before we left that this would be a short walk, this means that it could be around a three hour trek. The children's skills are improving so they are exploring on their own and becoming scattered along the road in a very comfortable walk. They are stopping to visit and interact with the locals along the way -and it is very comforting knowing that some of the locals are willing to point us in the correct direction when we had no idea where to turn or which road to take.
(Image of children exploring some beautiful Jewelry- while out walking, if you have not guessed yet the Jewelry in Nepal is amazing)
After a long walk to the Brick factory we decided to take the bus back the residence- quite an adventure for us as it is quite different from public transportation in Canada. For one thing there are no bus stops- to catch a bus in Nepal you wait at the edge of a dirt road, you then could be waiting a very long time for the bus as it does not have a strict schedule – you can hear the bus horn (which has a very distinct melody) when the bus is approaching you can stick your arm out in front of your body and wave your hand- which then cues the worker who hangs off the side of the bus to notify the driver to either slow down or stop for people to get on. The cost is also different – it is under 10 cents and while there is no air conditioning or audible GPS system they play music.
(Image of very colorful bus approaching us)
We did return with all nine children although for a short while we had thought we had lost two of the younger ones on the bus and found them up at the front sitting on the villagers laps.
It was very relaxing when we returned and we sat around at the hostel visiting, having snacks and listening to the children singing.
Written by Laura and Christy