Broadcast date: 1/15/2015
Seven years ago, Danny Chaffin, then only 19 years old, was volunteering in an orphanage in Kathmandu. It was here he learned about the dire social situation in Nepal. Danny found many children living in the city’s orphanages had been sent to Kathmandu by well-meaning parents, from remote rural villages, without schools, to receive an education.
These “lost children,” on their own, often ended up either in an orphanage, or worse, enslaved. After visiting one of these villages, and seeing first-hand the great need for a local school, Danny returned home to Santa Margarita, California, with a plan-to build a school for the village of Dhaka, a teetering collection of ramshackle homes perched on steep mountain sides of the Ganesh Himalayas, and Hands in Nepal was born.
Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with the Director of Hands in Nepal, Jan Sprague, along with local volunteer and board member, Holly Naylor, and a returning Field Representative, Jake Peters, as they discuss their use of grassroots efforts to promote literacy in rural Nepal by creating educational opportunities, providing development assistance and empowering and investing in communities to decrease discrimination and violence.
Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.
For more information about Hands in Nepal:
Jan’s Blog: handsinnepalathome.blogspot.com
Jake's Blog: http://useitasaname.tumblr.com