Bridge to Nepal Blog

Monday, March 4, 2013

From the UK to Nepal by Rob & Mandie Taylor

In February 2013 we travelled to a remote village in the flat lands of Nepal, two hours or so outside the town of Dhangadhi where we stayed on our first night. For these two days we were very well looked after by our main contact in that area and his wife. There we had the great privilege, along with Marian and Suzie Noronha and Chrissie Brady from TAPS USA to officially open the new, brightly painted Kichahi Primary School with the beautiful Himalayan mountains in the background. The New Creation School, with is shiny new plaque, was built using funds donated by Turbocam Europe Ltd.
Rob and Mandie Taylor at the opening of New Creation School in Kichahi
We were overwhelmed with the wonderful greeting we received from the teachers and children as they lined the pathway leading to the school entrance. There were over one hundred children, plus teachers and parents who had patiently waited in the warm sunshine to present us with garlands and posies of flowers. After revealing the plaque and cutting the red ribbons on the boundary gates we were treated to a two hour ceremony where the precious children sang and danced for us. We had the opportunity to express our thanks and to meet and pray for the teachers and those who had helped in the construction of the school.

The second part of our trip was spent in Tikapur where our hosts took great care of us. We stayed in the recently completed guest house.

While we were in Tikapur we spent time visiting the Grace School, and the PremNagar School. We had the joy of being involved with the opening of the new Grace Secondary School. Again, the reception was very moving and the children presented songs, modern and traditional dance along with a comical skit. We were made to feel very welcome as honored guests.

During our visit there, we spent time observing the teachers in these schools as they were teaching English to their students and we helped in their lessons. The week before our visit Carla Rogers from TINC had visited and spent many hours with the teachers helping them with phonics. Over the next two days we continued with this course of instruction with the teachers from all the schools, reviewing phonics through the use of ten Dr. Seuss books which they were each required to be able to read and pronounce proficiently. We are pleased to report that all of the teachers that attended over those two days achieved Level One, and were proudly presented with a certificate and a bonus by Marian and Suzie. Mission accomplished!
Dr. Seuss would be so proud
We have so many great memories of the trip and we are still trying to absorb all the impressive achievements that are being realized in Nepal. It would be remiss of us, to not honor Marian for being obedient to the original call of God to free the Kamaiya families from slavery many years ago, but also continuing over past years to help and support the work in Nepal. He has not limited the work to just establishing the schools, but has also funded families, churches, orphanages and helped small business start-ups. This of course is enabled by the on-going support of our companies and employees around the world generously giving funds.