Here at WELNepal, we're lucky to have fantastic friends and supporters who go the distance for us each and every day by spreading the word about us and, most importantly, the wonderful women we work with.
Earlier this year, WELNepal and David Daai's good friend Nigel Wilson took a trip to Nepal to check out the incredible country and the beautiful people who call it home.
Here's what he had to say about his adventure:
I had always promised myself that one day I would make the journey to Nepal to visit my old friend David.
I have to sheepishly admit that it has taken 20 years to finally make it to Sauraha and see first hand the amazing work that David, Raj and Harimaya are doing.
A plan was hatched... Rather than fly into Kathmandu and take the bus to the village, why not hire a motorcycle and navigate the perilous terrain myself? Even better, see if people would like to sponsor the adventure. To cap it all, why not do it on a beaten old Royal Enfield Bullet?
Friends, family (plus a fair few anonymous donors) stepped up magnificently. Over a thousand pounds has been raised.
As for myself, it was an incredible experience. The spectacular scenery matched only by the kindness and generosity of the wonderful Nepali people. All the more extraordinary in the face of the adversity and calamity of recent events.
I am grateful that in a small way, with the help of so many generous people, we were able to help Welnepal with it's vital ongoing work.
Needless to say, I am already planning the 2017 return.
20 years? It was worth the wait.
|Nigel on the road from Kathmandu to Sauraha|
|Some of the women of WELNepal|
|David Daai with a women's group|
|Nigel with WELNepal's coordinators Raj and Harimaya|
|Nigel with his beloved Royal Enfield bike|
To all of Nigel's Facebook friends - old and new - and to those who didn't know Nigel, but thought that helping women in Nepal was a good cause, thank you - David Daai