Last night the Adventurous Life Project volunteer team got to work planning the coming days, and allocating responsibilities for the various jobs that have ben identified at the school as priority. It was like a military strategy meeting, there was such precision, and a buzz of anticipation, everyone challenging themselves and each other as to just how much can be done. It is obvious that the coming days are going to be like a bee hive of activity both inside and outside of the classrooms. I got a feeling that 10 women and a couple of men can really create something special. Also we discussed all these tasks last night with Bikram the school principal, I am pretty sure he thought…oh…SHE is not the only mad one. They are ALL mad! He is so thrilled for the children and the community and our enthusiasm and commitment to help them. Not only at the school, but way beyond that. In fact this morning some of us, are heading to the health post to provide some well needed materials and instruments. We will keep you updated over the coming days as to what comes together. In the meantime please know that we are ONLY Australian Dollars $7222 short of our target for phase 3 so that we can complete the building of the library, science lab, tech lab and early learning venter, that will also provide a community space we can use for teacher training for the broader teacher population, as well as sanitation and vocational support. To be able to sign off on this phase this eek whilst we are here would be phenomenal. What do you say team? Can we make it happen from the generosity of everyone out there. The team here are dedicating their time and energy to make this happen, is it possible for those of you supporting from afar to contribute economically so we can get that total reached? If you can, please jump on our link to offer whatever amount you can.
The team arrives into Bardia. ❤️🙏🏻You know those moments when something you have seen in your mind for a long time is actually there in front of you? It’s hard to find the words. You wonder if it is actually real or is just a particularly vivid version of your dream?
Well from the moment we landed in Nepalgunj earlier today and as we visited the Bright Futures of Bardia school this evening with a collection of humans from across the globe, my vision began to take life.
It kind of felt like showing my real self. I had emotions ranging from fear of judgment, what if we hadn’t done enough?...to excitement, sharing of vision from a hands on perspective. Like I said today, this is the first time I have ever done this, and there are a mountain of lessons to learn along the way, some things we got right the first time, and others not..... and with amazing people of course there are so so many new and fresh ideas, and to do ALL would be amazing! What I have learned along the way is the best progress is made one step at a time. There is value in starting and completing a project, not having a handful of projects open and incomplete. So the team here volunteering have identified together key areas that would benefit the most the children at the school and tomorrow they will begin to embark on those projects. It really is wonderful.
Often what it takes to make something happen in a culture different to our own, a language different to our own and on the opposite of the world, is mostly invisible, just like an iceberg.... we only see such a small amount of the big picture. To be able to bring people behind the curtain to really appreciate and see what reality is here is extremely emotional. A sense of overwhelming relief that this project has a life of its own way beyond me, so it is now sure to fly. At the same time a sense of letting go. Not that it was ever ‘mine’, but in terms of a sense of responsibility to a community that we will always work WITH them as a team.