Next October Global Action Coalition with Reverend Temple Hayes will be bringing about 20 people to Nepal. This is a great time of year to travel there and we are planning an incredible trip. Our guide working with me will be Rupendra Karmacharya. Rupendra has been a partner with Global Action since the beginning. He has dedicated himself to helping the people of his country and is the most amazing human being. He has studied the Chepong people of the Chitwan mountains and written his thesis on this. His other studies was archaeology and he has worked at the site of the birth of Buddha in Lumbini. I have traveled several times into the mountains with Rupen and I consider myself lucky to have him as a partner and a friend.
I went to Nepal, and I saw things I’ve never seen before. I saw a monkey riding shotgun on a motorcycle; I saw a man’s home that was a blanket and a stick, and that was it. I saw a rhino get mad and yell at us when we woke him up from his nap in the mud. I rode on an elephant for three hours in grass that was so tall that all I could see was the elephant’s ears. I got to serve dinner to people at the ashram, and I got to eat food with my hands and not get yelled at. I talked with lots and lots of people but no one spoke English, so I talked with my face and my hands and my eyes. I have been to Nepal and I have done and seen a lot of things.
In many remote villages of Nepal children are not able to attend school because they are forced to stay home and work on the farms while their parents forage looking for edible food to cover the time between food supply running out and the next harvest. Global Action Coalition saw an immediate opportunity to help.
In 2008 GAC started its first lunch program feeding the students in the Kirantar School. The meal is called SATU, and is made out of roasted wheat, corn, barley and soy flower mix. The school experienced an immediate increase in attendance and an increase in the ability of the students to focus on their studies.
Because of the success at Kirantar, GAC decided to expand the program and ultimately was able to implement in eleven schools in the Chitwan province and three schools in the Bharse Valley in the Gulmi province.
Djibouti is located just south of Ethiopia and west of Somalia in Africa. Djibouti will be the 2nd country GAC will be working in. Here we are focusing on water and education which are two of the greatest needs in Africa. There is an American military base located here, as this is a central location in the fight against piracy in the Red Sea and fight against terrorism with it’s proximity to Yemen. The population is made up of two different ethnic groups the Issa and the Afar. The government is also a balance of these two groups with the President from the Issa tribe and the Prime Minister from the Afar tribe. One of the challenges in working here is to be balanced in helping the people from both groups. One of our assets is we have made strong connections to both the President and the Prime Minister. While I was visiting the country I had amazing support that was essential for my ability to assess the needs and for making partnerships to achieve our future goals. The cooperation we found from the Army, Coast Guard, the Ministry of Agriculture and all the community leaders was very helpful and gave me a taste of what to expect in the future. Read More