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Video: Debuche Nuns Kitchen Tour and New Stove This fall, I stopped in at the nunnery to see everything hooked up, in place, in use. The stove has been a welcome addition. They cook morning tea and lunch on it and keep the big wood-burning hearth for dinner. I asked if it’s been helpful, and […]

What do the Buddhist nuns of Debuche want in 2011? A stove. The communal kitchen has a big wood-fired hearth for cooking, so at first I wondered why they needed a stove. One nun explained that they spend so much time chopping firewood that it detracts from their meditation and practice. The nuns want a […]

  On the way to Everest Base Camp, we always pass through a beautiful rhododendron forest where Buddhist nuns have taken refuge from the instability in Tibet. About 14 nuns live in a small community in the forest. Many of them speak only Tibetan, having crossed over the mountains in order to practice their religion […]

Tea Factory Going Up!

July 7, 2011

  Our tea factory is being built as I write this, and I couldn’t be more excited to see this project becoming a reality! Since 2002, we have worked with small farmers in the remote Himalayas to grow organic black tea on unusable agricultural land. After organizing farmers into cooperatives, we provided training on plant […]

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New Land For A New Home

June 27, 2011

This spring we purchased new land for a permanent Children’s Home. In our current farmhouse, we are two years into a five-year lease, but we haven’t wanted to invest much in infrastructure on someone else’s land. Our goal now is to build a permanent home, double our size to 20 kids, and provide vistor’s quarters […]

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From Possession to Profession

June 20, 2011

  Sukumaya was still experiencing some difficulty this spring, so Neel brought her to Kathmandu to stay with his family for a while. It turned out that her problem wasn’t possession by a forest spirit, but depression and fear about her future. At 14, she’s not thinking about a car or a boyfriend or a […]

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Top Scores

June 13, 2011

Good news from our Children’s Home: The kids have made a dramatic academic turnaround. At first they were failing nearly all subjects. This year, all ten kids passed all subjects of their school exams, and four of them ranked in the top three of their grade! Way to go!

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Spaghetti-O and Friends

June 9, 2011

Ten kids meet ten quirky stuffed animal pillows…and fall in love. This spring Mountain Madness wanted to send gifts to our orphanage kids. I dutifully stuffed my suitcase with funny little stitched pillows, handmade by Girl Scouts, then stuffed them all again into a backpack so I could carry them on a motorcycle out to […]

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When It’s Hard…

June 2, 2011

    One of the great pleasures of travel is returning home. Enveloped by familiar space,  greeted by smiling faces, gliding through everyday routines, luxuriating in simple comforts. When I’m traveling in Nepal, I often forget how much effort is expended just for basic living. Getting around town requires haggling for taxi fares then careening […]

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