I have been in Nepal now for just over a week and it is every bit fabulous I imagined it would be.
You all know I came to Nepal to volunteer in a place called Happy Home - check it out if you want http://www.happyhomenepal.org/ . In Katmandu there are three houses currently being run by Bishwa and his wife. The first one is Kopando (not sure about the spelling) which houses 18 children. Hattiban houses 8 and the Dallu project has approximately 65 mothers and children. In Pokhara, a five hour drive of death from Katmandu is another home which has been developed under Bishwa's parents house. This is where I am and there are 10 children here, some of whom have siblings back in the other homes. All the children have shocking stories but you'd never know as they are so well behaved and look after each other with so much love.
Bishwa and his wife met at university where they both had a keen interest in Social Science and together they created the Happy Home concept and never looked back. They are two calm, loving, devoted and inspirational people and they are also 5 months pregnant with there first child! December last year they took all the kids from Hattiban, Kopando and Pokhara homes to Goa in India to experience the beach for the first time - four days of trains and buses to get there! The boys tell me constantly it was the best day ever, and how they all got a picture taken as the sun set over the beach.
Currently there are two other volunteers, Lara from Spain, and Jess from Sweden. The three of us and one child Fulamo all left early on the minivan to Pokhara, stopping only for accidents, food, sugar cane, a punctured tyre and to buy a bunch of flowers from some rough kids who we nearly run over.
So to get to Pokhara this is what you must do;