As a specialist in occupational therapy to aid prisoner rehabilitation, Katie spent time working with our gorkha team to develop ways in which to contribute to supporting prisoners and families. Bamboo stools (as seen) are currently made and sold with money going to families as there is no other family support system. There is now a possibility of doll making for the women and the loan of sewing machines for classes. Katie has found it a difficult challenge to work through the political layers and there may be obstacles to further involvement but she has certainly made every effort possible. As well as this Katie got involved in the school hygiene project, teacher training in rural area, English classes and now also time with disabled children and teacher. More detail will follow when she returns but thank you Katie for all efforts.
Katie from Wrexham in Wales was recently awarded the Pearson Prize, choosing to travel to Nepal and use her wide ranging experience and occupational therapy skills. Katie has been welcomed by Ram Chandra and our committee in Gorkha, met the homestay and already left for the rural village of Barpak to join a 3 day Teacher Training Programme which GDS supports. Headmaster and committee member Laxman is leading the training and we know that Katie has already found this a rewarding experience and enabled her to gain an understanding of the culture. She also took an impromptu english/games class to about 40 children!
We will keep you updated on her 3 week stay.
Eamonn was pleased to spend time with Nepali medical students from Kathmandu also working at the small government hospital so able to exchange a lot of experience. The also worked closely with Eamonn and Sarita and joined several of the school hygiene projects which GDS funds. The basic hygiene lessons included helping the children understand how disease spreads.