Ke bhayo?

Trip Start May 28, 2010
Trip End Aug 02, 2010

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Making a Nepali baby stop crying is pretty similar to making an American baby stop crying...figure out if he is hungry or thirsty, or if he has a dirty diaper. And if everything checks out...walk around the room attempting to be comforting. "Ke bhayo?" means "What's the matter?"...and that's what Nepali women repeat over and over to soothe a crying kid! =) Things you learn.

I spent the day at the Orchid Garden daycare. The kids are all from really poor families...the kids would be on the street while their mothers worked if they didn't have this place. All of the children are so beautiful...I took a lot of pictures! If you check out my facebook you can see them all.

The day was really hot...I have a headache now from the sun. I drank a lot of water, so I don't think I'm dehydrated. But who knows. I have been drinking a couple big bottles of water a day, and on top of that, the lady at the daycare gave us juice. I ate lunch at the daycare with two Nepali women who worked there. It was a pretty traditional meal...rice, lentil soup to put on the rice, some cooked green vegetables, and potatoes with curry. They both ate theirs with their right hand...but they offered me a spoon that I gladly accepted. Someday soon I will try the eating with my hands thing. But today was not that day.

The lady running the daycare took us down the little dirt road the daycare was on to see the home of one of the poorer mothers, so that we could understand what the children come from a little better. It was by the side of a creek that smelled like a sewer (and probably had a lot else in common with a sewer), and it was made of corrugated tin. The door was a piece of cloth. The mother was making Nepali paper by hand in the front with a younger woman, who we found out was 21 years old and had never been to school. She was of the lowest caste. I've posted pictures of the house.

The kids were all really sweet. It only costs a couple hundred dollars to sponsor them for a year...give them an education, books, medical care, etc. Whenever I make some money...I think I'm going to do it. The center also needs new playground if you know of anyone looking for a good cause to get involved in...check this place out!
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