Trekking the foothills of the Himalayas
Waking up to torrential monsoon rain was no surprise this morning, as we prepared for our trek to Donk primary school. After the daily taxi journey we arrived at our starting point kitted out with water, snacks and waterproofs. Then we were off, with the experienced Surrender taking the lead. Our journey to Donk was mainly downhill with a few stops along the way to see what life in the foothills of the Himalayas is really like.
After passing the mother of one of our Kaplani students with her cattle, we stopped at the home of one of Surrender’s old friends and his family. Their house was small yet practical with three rooms and cow shed. Surrender explained how some of the funds raised by Saphara went towards training for sustainable development of the more rural areas in the Himalayas and how their daughter was now studying for her Bachelor of Education through MGVS and Saphara Scholarship.
When we arrived at Donk, we were greeted by the smiling faces of the eight remaining pupils and we began our lessons in the tiny classroom. Our lessons consisted of English, art and games. It was amazing to see the children’s desire to learn, unaffected by their rural isolation.
The trek seemed longer and more difficult on the way back yet we were all comforted by the huge sense of group morale and enjoyed the impromptu sing songs when we could afford the breath. Despite all this, it was somewhat embarrassing to see three of the school children pass us, on their way home from school without breaking a sweat. Completing the hike gave us all a unique sense of achievement and made us really appreciate the determination of the pupils of Donk, Kaplani and other rural schools and their commitment to their education.
CaseyPosted in Lurgan & Holywood Team 2018
on Wednesday 11 July 2018