Premières semaines à l’école Victor Hugo Manjushree


Pour commencer, il nous paraît important de vous préciser quelle réflexion nous a conduits à choisir de découvrir le Népal à travers une mission de volontariat. Depuis le début de notre préparation pour ce voyage, le Népal fait parti des pays que nous souhaitons visiter… Initialement, nous avions pensé à un trek dans les anapurnas qui font la renommée de ce pays. Puis, il y a eu le tremblement de terre ce samedi 25 avril qui a ravagé une bonne partie de la vallée de Katmandou. Nous nous sommes alors dit que nous allions quand même aller au Népal mais dans une autre optique qu’initiallement prévu.
C’est ainsi que nous avons effectué des recherches via internet pour trouver une mission de volontariat qui soit dans nos cordes. Nous avons alors découvert cette école à l’aide d’une petite annonce sur un forum publiée par Pramod, le mari de la directrice Saru.

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No Gas / Blackmarket Price / We Are Not Bending  


Since over 2 month the conflict between India and Nepal defines the life’s of it’s people. Hardly any gas is available and if yes: you need to line up for days! The gas containers get only filled half and cost around 700RS now. Blackmarket price is 7000Rs.

The pictures speak for themselves! This is a scandal after what the country went through: the earthquake devistation and trauma. For sure not helping the rebuild of Nepal.

In case you wonder what this is all about:

The distributed firewood is the alternative to the gas cooking. You can see open fireplaces all over the city even in staircases. I saw a big barrel of petroleum in a private room. The smell was so strong that it was hard for me to stay in the room for even 3 min., a room that is used by 3 young men to sleep….😞

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Not a spare minute in the day

Bowen to Bangladesh

As you know, I arrived Tuesday evening and went to SIRC first thing Wednesday morning, and it has been non-stop since.  The place is a hive of activity.

From what I can gather, there are about 70 patients at the centre at the moment, the remaining 130 or so patients who arrived immediately after the earthquakes, have mostly completed their three to six month rehabilitation.  Some have been fortunate enough to regain their ability to walk, others have not been so lucky.  Those whose homes are still intact, have gone home.  Those whose homes are no longer, are staying in a newly-built step-down facility constructed on the SIRC grounds by Médecins Sans Frontières.

By step-down facility I mean an environment that allows ex-patients to continue to receive daily physio and other therapies as well as providing an opportunity to reintegrate back into daily life with the skills they need to…

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