This is my second attempt to volunteer at the Naxal Orphanage, after I had to cancel the last trip two days before departure due to my hip dislocation.
The operation was successful and I am now exercising hard to get back my mobility and hope that soon I will not need to use a walking stick. The first important thing I had to teach myself again was to squat, and this was not easy! Kate kindly reminded me of the low Nepalese toilets, so I had little choice. Of course, she said, there are also lots of stairs in the orphanage, not forgetting the hilly walk to and from Naxal (I think a bicycle might be the answer). It totally dominate my training schedule and with great success. Well, I think it was more mind over matter and all that mattered was getting fit enough for the orphanage.
My friend Barbara took care of me after my operation and we had two weeks to chat and finally plan our trip together to Kathmandu. It did not take long for her to get excited about the volunteering and to see all the good she could do. A woman of great spirit and energy with a heart of gold and an inspiration to me.
We shall be staying with a Nepalese family, where we can learn to understand their culture and customs and of course enjoy the culinary delights of Nepal. There is nothing like home cooking! But the real issue here is giving our best to the children of Naxal. Our own children and grandchildren have given us much encouragement.