Today we are headed from Pokhara to a city outside of Kathmandu called Panauti, where we’ll be working with a children’s home called Joining Hands Nepal. One of our IMT therapists in Bloomfield (Julie) works with JHN, and posted a blog on their website about our visit: www.forworldthinking.org.
In addition to doing our second Children’s Home visit at JHN, we’ll be doing a one-day training at a community hospital that’s recently been revived in Panauti. This is our only hospital visit, and our only day-long training (our materials were prepared either for trainees spending a week with us, or for one-hour community sessions with illiterate villagers). So we’ll be winging it. And also, I don’t know a soul in Panauti, except for HImal who runs the orphanage. I met him for an hour when I arrived in Kathmandu a few weeks ago, and he came to meet us the night that everyone arrived from the U.S.
For me, this project has gone from highly structured to highly improvisational. I pretty much have no idea what to expect for the next day and a half, but Himal seems pretty well organized and I simply told him when we’d be showing up. So…this should be interesting!