This is the ongoing post from 2 CNIB employees who are in Nepal, helping children with vision loss, and telling us what is happening.
The children received talking watches before we trekked to a narrow swinging bridge that crossed a river. This trek was now regulated closely by a time schedule- ran by the children once they had their watches set accordingly. We left the residence at precisely 2:37 pm or was it 2:39 pm? We arrived at the bridge at exactly 3:30 pm or was it 3:31pm?
(Figure 1 student with new talking watch- standing outside the residence)
(Figure 2 two students posing on suspension bridge)
(Figure 3 student walking across bridge trailing chain link fence)
Once the children were confident on the bridge they started jumping and making the bridge swing for the others crossing. The temperature was 29 degrees and we did take time for a rest in the shade on the other side of the bridge. We rested about 15 minutes, or was it 16 minutes?
(Figure 4 students and teacher resting on the side of the road in the grass)
Our short rests always consist of Laura breaking out her iPod and some of the children swarming her to get a listen of English music.
(Figure 5 Laura holding an iPod and children listening to music sharing earbuds)
We were then informed by one of the students that we would be leaving the bridge at precisely 3:45 pm. The trek back was straight up a hill or what people from Manitoba would call a mountain.
(Figure 6 group of students and instructors walking up very steep hill)
The Hot topic all the way back to the residence had to do with you guessed it TIME- "what time do we eat supper –Is it in the pm"? "When do we sleep- is it in the am"?
Although, the trek took on a new element of time you know the saying 'take time to smell the roses', Well we still had time for that.
(Figure 7 beautiful wild roses growing on side of the road)
Written by Christy and Laura