Many things have been happening at Annapurna Self-Sustaining Orphan Home these past weeks! About a week ago, I had to leave Jesse back at the orphanage while I went on a pre-arranged trek through the Himalayas. Originally, I had wanted to do the trek at the end of our stay here in Nepal, but the mountain gods would have it none other way. With the monsoons arriving a month early, I took my que and advisement of the locals and went up before it was too late.
Meanwhile, Jesse took over the reigns and completed a good portion of the dire repairs the orphan home required. Before I left, we had roamed aimlessly around town and recruited several "handyman" to help with the tasks. I suppose it was quite serendipitous how it came about. After unsuccessfully asking 5-10 strong and well built men if they knew anything about construction, and receiving the same 'no' every time, we had wondered if there was anyone out there to actually help us.
From broken screens and glass, to corroding tin doors, the many repairs at the home seem endless. The work could take weeks, so Jesse and her team ranked the tasks from most important to least. After many long and grueling days, in 90 degree heat, they completed a large bulk of the repairs while I was away. I'm so proud of them! Days didn't go past, however, with your typical 3rd world run-of-the-mill troubles.
From ATM's not giving us funds for the supplies, to materials being miscalculated & cut, to mice eating the power tools, from the staff burning all the bamboo that was set aside for the shed, and finally.... the monsoon rains completely consuming the freshly dug holes that were going to be filled in with cement to construct the shed. Hmmm, I can only envision Jesse fuming from the ears. It's a good thing she loves children as much as I love bugs.
In addition, they've decided to build Annapurna Self-Sustaining Orphan Home a shed for the outdoor washing machine, which had been sitting in a puddle of water, with the circuit entirely submerged for god knows how long. The house mothers at the home had wondered why it didn't work.
Furthermore, after an executive collaboration, we have determined that building the home a chicken coop would not be in their, or our best interest. Sarada leases the property and has plans to buy her own land within five years. Financially, this would not benefit her. So instead, she's invested in medicine for her sick chickens and it seems to be working.