In December 2017 we left Zeke, one of our Anatta volunteers, in Nepal for the next 6 months. Here he describes his first month in retrospective...
Kapilavastu is one of the poorest and most underserved regions in the Nepali Terai, despite its historical significance. This is the place were Prince Siddhartha, the future Buddha, was raised and lived until the age of 29. The foundational ruins of hie father's palace remains a sacred place for locals and an important pilgrimage stop for Buddhists from all nations.
Close to 140 historical sites related to the Buddha have been identified within this region. There is also evidence, in this region, of ancient sites of potentially profound historical significance, as yet untouched by archaeologists.
Early in 2017, the slow pace of earthquake re-construction got a boost from the Build Up Nepal organization who began a brick making training program for the Dadagaun villagers. Saru Tamang has graciously provided updates to all the sponsoring organizations, including Anatta. We are happy to share her photos documenting the progress.
My last full month in Lumbini was an eventful one! Although it was a time to finish working on current projects, Nepal’s calendar had great holidays and events in store for us throughout the whole month.
LUMBINI SOCIAL SERVICE FOUNDATION DATA COLLECTION:
The collection continues… So far we have collected student, household and health history information from over 300 students in the 3 local schools. With this information we’ve recorded that the students come from 61 different villages in the region and are part of nearly 80 different castes. In the upcoming school year the data collection will still be in process and will be led by LSSF members Dharmendra and Sudharma.