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Educating kids & teenagers about how to use computers and cameras to educate themselves
and be a contribution for their families and communities.

Welcome To Nepal

“Welcome to Nepal” – that’s what I’ve heard many times already since I arrived here yesterday afternoon: When we go through crazy traffic (somewhere between 2-6 lanes, whatever fits the width of the road), slums, no electricity, no health care system, telephone wires hanging across the street, etc.

Yesterday I did the first session with cameras. They where amazing and picked it up in minutes and did not want to stop. Renu, Subhash, Sabhi and Mukesh gave me a lot of background information and what they are struggling with with the kids (gambling, gang fights, etc). Koseli (the first school which I’ve seen yesterday) is a house situated close to the airport and one of the main roads. The rent is the equivalent of a high salary in Nepal: a high states official earns the equivalent of just over 400 USD/month. The prime minister (if there is one) earns around 700 USD/month. Even though life in Nepal is a lot cheaper than in Zurich, that is not a lot of money.

This morning we went to visit some of the kids in their homes. Some live in slums – which apparently is supposed to be bulldozed within the next few days. Many families of 4 or more people live in small rooms that would be way too small for most people I know of (including myself) on their own. Yet they don’t complain about it. They make the best out of it. Even if they are three little kids on their own and their dad just comes by once or twice a year to bring them some money.

And that’s where education kicks in. Mukesh has been brought up in one of these little huts. Renu said that it looked much worse than what I’ve seen today. She had brought him to school ten years ago and now Mukesh draws a salary and proudly maintains himself and supports his family. In addition he is engaged in Koseli and is of great support for Renu and the school.

I could continue to write another few pages – about their disappointment in peace agencies, the United Nations, a 13-year old mother and her pregnant younger sister, the Cholera breakout in the city that was in the news the day I arrived, etc.

… and then there are all these happy faces. Inspired kids with lots (!) of energy.

I’ll post photos over the next few days (once I figured out how to convert Nikon raw files to jpg on Ubuntu). Stay tuned.

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