Insights Into Nepal: Reflections of Julie Steed

July 21, 2008

“It’s like one of those paradigm shifts,” Julie said of her family’s trip to Nepal. When asked to elaborate she draws several parallels between the US and Nepal; parallels that shed light on monumental differences between both countries. Differences like the fact that basic comforts such as running water and electricity are not a universal human right or that she now feels a little guilty driving her car with empty seats (in Nepal people wait hours for a bus that, upon arrival, may literally be bursting with people). “We just have so many options here.”

About the Nepalese, Julie says that they are “beautiful people, quite peaceful. Everyone is industrious and hardworking; you can tell they want more and want to better themselves. They’re so gracious. They gave us the best of what they had to give” And the children? “The kids are so eager to learn and so excited to have schools. The parents seem to realize that by educating the children there is hope for a better future.”

About Trivani’s work in Nepal, Julie observed that the schools being built are not only the nicest buildings in the whole community but are the center of the village, the hub. “You could tell that they took a lot of pride in these schools by how they were painted and adorned with garlands. The schools were built with pride and attention to detail. Everything is hand-made. It was obvious they wanted to turn out the best product they could.” However, she makes note that the work Trivani is doing in these villages is much more than just building schools, “It’s about the teaching.” She goes on to explain that Trivani doesn’t simply go into a community and start building a school-it takes a lot of community involvement and cooperation. Community members are learning and cultivating skills that can then be used for other community projects such as building a library or a community center. “It’s amazing to see that a little encouragement from a company like Trivani starts a fire within the community.” People see possibility and are driven to action.

And about her children, “I was very proud of them.” They are already talking about the next country they can visit and be of service in. “It’s contagious,” Julie says “everyone wants to help.”

Read more about the Steed’s trip to Nepal.


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