Potato or Tomato?
Potato or Tomato?
Here’s a riddle for you…
Question: When is a road not a road?
Answer: When it’s the road to Jorpati, of course!
The road from Kathmandu out to Jorpati is particularly impressively bad right now, though to be honest, it’s always been a bit of a ‘craters of the moon’ ride for as long as I’ve been visiting Nepal.
Not only is it a holey-rolling-careening rocket ship ride of bumps, jumps and axel-breaking drops, it is also a dusty (turning to muck after a thunderstorm), choking, coughing and eye-itching/burning ride of despair (I’m not overstating this!). Add in the diesel-smoke belching trucks and busses that always seem to manage to get directly in front of you and you’ve got a real respiratory challenge for your poor little lungs.
Why is it this way? Well, there’s some good news behind the bad, which is that they are both widening the road and putting in new city water pipes which will provide more and cleaner water to the city’s inhabitants. That part is great. When will all this be done? Better not to ask…
We’ve been riding around town in a tiny taxi driven by our intrepid taxi driver, Harka. Unfortunately, we don’t have A/C and it’s pretty hot and sticky here right now. So….to make this hellish trip a bit more fun and exciting, I developed two ‘code words’ which you yell out when you want to either: close the windows due to dust and diesel truck smoke. Or alternately, open them after the really bad bits are passed by. These two code words (please keep them secret as they are very, very secret!) are: “potato” (quick- close the bloody windows!). And, “tomato” (open the windows back up and breathe again!).
Why do we suffer and endure such a punishing ride? To visit our wonderful kids at DNC (Disabled Newlife Centre) and DHC (Disabled Help Centre), of course! Going out to visit the kids TRIFC/ADSoN help support makes all of the trouble and discomfort worthwhile. The kids’ radiant smiles and vibrant laughter shake the dust and grit right off you and leave you feeling like you’ve just been through an automated carwash! You are fresh and new and….ready for the ride back??? Of course you are…..”Potatooooooo”!!!! ... See MoreSee Less
Two (Too) Cute Success Stories!
Two (Too) Cute Success Stories!
Featured in this short video are two of our TRIFC/ADSoN sponsored students- Chunni and Srijana. Chunni will read for you and Srijana is doing a dance she recently learned. Both have made meaningful progress in their lives while studying at SERC (Special Educational Resource Centre) in Kathmandu, Nepal. At this center there are individualized weekly and monthly goals which focus on specific problem areas both in academic studies as well as personal, daily-living skills. SERC has made a great change in the lives of many children with challenging disabilities and we at TRIFC/ADSoN are dedicated to continuing our support for children with disabilities. ... See MoreSee Less
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Success? Different Measures for Different Situations…
Visiting our two sponsored students at SERC (Special Educational Resource Centre) in Kathmandu and seeing many students of all-abilities trying their best at whatever level they are able to manage gave me pause for thought on what success means. Success is a relative term and to see how hard these children work, what pride they show when they accomplish their goal and what comes from the one-to-one interaction between staff/volunteer and student is truly inspiring. Our two students - Chunni Maya and Srijana have made remarkable progress in the 9 months they have attended this fine school for children with special needs. I am proud of our kids and what they have achieved in their young lives. Sometimes success comes a ‘spoonful’ at a time, but enough spoonfuls will fill the largest glass to overflowing! ... See MoreSee Less
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The World's Longest Movie Ticket? Well, I can't say for sure...but it seemed pretty darn long to me with our 49 movie-ticket purchase! But please check out the photos below and you decide. Thank you, Mr. Bharat Agarwal, CEO of 'Big Movies' theater located in the City Centre Mall, for making our visit and movie experience such a fun one. Bharat met with us prior to the date of our show, inviting us up to his offices for coffee/tea and chatting with us about any special needs our group of kids with disabilities would have in order to better enjoy the show. On movie day he greeted us upon arrival, sat with the kids to get acquainted, made sure our group was ushered in first with two dedicated staff people at our service and arranged for popcorn delivery right after intermission! The extra services provided were awesome and I would highly recommend this theater to anyone! Thanks again, Bharat! ... See MoreSee Less
Sponsor Needed for Babulal!
Babulal BK is a Nepali student with disability who is currently studying in Class 11 . Babulal has muscular dystrophy- a degenerative nerve disease that results in increasing weakening and breakdown of skeletal muscles over time. His legs are not functional and he continues to lose strength in his arms. He lives with 65 other adults and young people with disabilities at Khagendra Newlife Centre in the Jorpati neighborhood of Kathmandu, which is in close proximity to his new school. We are sharing the cost of his expenses with the Nepali Children’s Trust (NCT) in the United Kingdom. NCT covers his living expenses and TRIFC covers his educational expenses. With the help of other caring Khagendra donors and NCT we are funding an electric wheelchair for Babulal which will make a great difference in his life. If you’d be interested in sponsoring Babulal, please let us know and we can provide more details. He is a nice, smart and kind young man needing some help to imagine a brighter future for himself. TRIFC helps 85 children with disabilities with educational sponsorships with the help of our caring donors…it’s a remarkable chance to impact the life of a worthy child or young adult who only wishes the opportunity to study and grow. ... See MoreSee Less
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To our #GiveBig Donors with company matching funds, please request the funds through your employer as the Seattle Foundation info when you donated was only informational. Thank you once again! Here's Rob with the kids from DNC and DHC. They all were treated to a movie, lunch and games yesterday! ... See MoreSee Less
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Low Note Followed by High Note
Today I had the distinct pleasure to take the 35 kids with disabilities from the DHC and DNC organizations, along with 14 volunteers to the movie, lunch and games. This might not seem like a big deal to a kid from a western country like the USA, but for these kids it was a huge treat. The DNC building is being rebuilt after extensive damage from the earthquake and kids/staff are currently living in a dusty mess exacerbated by the endless dusty road construction immediately out the back.
The day started off on quite a low note as the bus arrived much earlier than anticipated due to an unusual lack of traffic. This meant that we had 35 kids waiting 1 3/4 hours for the movie to start! Then, I observed that the planned-upon lunch venue at the food court suddenly had colorful fabric covering up all of the food outlets. What else- a wedding, of course! The food court would be closed all day and the games area wasn’t open yet. Fortunately, we found a restaurant a couple of shops down the street and we arranged to come over after the movie and we pre-ordered the food.
Then, the movie house manager, Mr. Bharat Agarwal arrived and ushered us into the theater and helped us purchase our tickets. He was so kind and helpful, letting our kids enter the theater first and get settled into our seats. He helped us arrange popcorn at intermission and dedicated two staff people to our group. The movie was the epic Hindi movie blockbuster- Bahubali 2. Thanks, Bharat for a great movie experience!
After the movie it was off to the restaurant for a lunch of either momo’s (chicken dumplings) or chowmein, both local favorites.
Finally, it was back to the mall to play some games in the little arcade. The kids had a blast and I had trouble keeping enough tokens in-hand to hand-out to them!
Finally, after 9 hours of time together, ending on a high note, we boarded the bus and headed to our respective homes. It was quite an exhausting day but all-in-all a delightful day that I’ll never forget. Special thanks to Nirmala and Jayanti for their coordination skills, as well as Amrit from DHC and staff and Sharmila from DNC with their staff. ... See MoreSee Less