10 Reasons I Love Nepal

Grandma in Inawura, Nepal

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It is said that Nepal is the holiest place on earth. Why?

It’s the rooftop of the world, home of Mount Everest and the Annapurna Mountain range but what keeps me coming back is the people. The kindest people I know live there.

Nepal breaks my heart and makes me cry and laugh within the same minute. How?

Well my favorite Grandma in the world lives in the Terai in Inawura.

Grandma in Inawura, Nepal

She’s 90 years old but never complains. She has a lilting girlish voice that resonates with wisdom even though I don’t know what she’s saying because I haven’t learned Nepali but we understand each other.

One day we found ourselves alone with no others around and we were chatting after I made her a hot drink with peppermint and she would say what she wanted to say in Nepali. I would listen to her then I’d talk to her in English and she carefully listened to me. We understood each other but not so much with language.

My son who has stunned me with his generosity and beauty got me there. I’d never heard of this little town but I found myself flying domestic from Kathmandu to get there.

He discovered this village when his friend brought him here to meet his family and now they are my family too.

Wolf Price inspired American Apparell to make a tee shirt to sell globally to fund education and wifi for the girls who live here so they don’t have to get married as teenagers and live a life of servitude. He’s also making a documentary about it all. Find out more about him click here. You may want to donate to empower girls in Nepal and buy the cool tee-shirt.

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I met many wonderful ladies and taught them yoga in the bamboo grove – they were courageous to try it out after saying they had aches and pains.

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It was a non-stop love fest from morning to night.

Mom would wake me up with chai every day. Her smile made me never want to leave.

And then…

I discovered the Sacred Places in Kathmandu Valley
If you want to invigorate your soul go to Namobuddha Monastery

Namobuddha Monastery in the morning
Then go to Bahktapur just outside of Kathmandu.

Bhaktapur on a Misty Morning 6AM

View from my $10 Room

Bhaktapur Stone StatuesWoman in Bhaktapur Doing Puja

Then go to Kopan Monastery on the edge of Kathmandu.

Kopan Garden

And You Will Fall In Love with Boudha below, the largest Buddhist stupa in the world.

Boudha in Nepal

Incense Infusers Boudha

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Praying at BoudhaDance Recital Near Boudha

Wolf brought me to a dance recital he was shooting so I took some photos too. I loved the girls expressions and their enthusiasm.

If you have time, go to Lumbini where Buddha was born. He was not born in India as most people think he was born here in Nepal and you’ll be overjoyed to be in the sacred garden  –its far from Kathmandu and if you don’t hire a car you have to take a public bus. Or you could fly.

It’s worth it.

I didn’t feel this love struck after the 14-hour bus ride back from the village of Inawura to Kathmandu but have now realized that driving over rocky dirt roads on a night bus will not feed my sanity or give me easy access to a toilet so I will leave this pass-time to the youngsters who can stomach it as I noticed there were no other people on the bus over age 30.

Perhaps this is a sign.

So if you are going and want to do something other than trek check out the sacred places of Kathmandu, go to the jungle and play with elephants, or just stop and go meet some Nepali women, maybe you can come to the picnic next year on Women’s Day March 8– here is me on the bus to the picnic Wolf Price puts on for the ladies.

Going to the Womens Day Picnic my son Wolf puts on every year for the Ladies

We had a blast and my face hurt from laughing all day.

Women Laughing while their Friends are Playing a Game at the Picnic

Women Laughing while their Friends are Playing a Game at the Picnic

My favorite new friend who busted out some amazing moves while dancing right here.

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Remarkable Man Empowers Girls in Nepal

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I am astonished by what Wolf Price is doing in Nepal – after visiting (7 times in 7 Years) and teaching in this tiny, poor, and gorgeous country squeezed between China and India he decided to help the girls of this country get free with education, scholarships and computers. He has used his own money to do this and recently forged an alliance with American Apparel of the USA. Wolf and AA designed a beautiful t-shirt and 100% of the profit from the sales goes to girls in Nepal who are eager for education and will not be being forced into servitude or marriage having babies at 13 years of age. See Wolf’s movie  he made about the girls in Nepal here.

Kindly read Wolf’s letter here encouraging our generosity and kindness for the girls:

Dear Friends,
 
I first comprehended mortality at five. Overwhelmed, I sat down on a rolled up rug and cried. At first I was sad my parents would die, then I imagined the disabled and disadvantaged people of the world- my sympathy for that group outweighed the pain of mortality for my parents and myself- As I sat there in extreme turmoil, I vowed to alleviate as much suffering as possible in my lifetime and stood up in triumph with new found energy to do something significant for humanity in my lifetime-  That was 20 years ago.


I’m proud to announce I’ve finally created something that can bring widespread social impact to the world. After 12 months of intensive development I have reached the most critical stage in my life’s goal mentioned above. The Beyond the Four Walls Endowment Fund- to rapidly bring life changing education to 1000’s of gifted teen women in Nepal whose burning ambition is for educational and humanitarian revolution. “Within The Four Walls” documentary has partnered with an Executive Producer: Rainstorm Entertainment, based in Beverly Hills.
Beyond the Four Walls officially launched 2 weeks ago American Apparel Shirt 100%proceeds to Beyond The Four Walls endowment fund
My end goal is to grant $20,000,000 (1 million t-shirts sales) to the most talented and at risk women in Nepal, to demonstrate the global force they can represent if educated.

The next 3 months are unique and critical. I have to seek public support one last time for administrative and other development costs. Now is the time to have the highest possible impact from a charitable investment.

B4W is designed to be sustainable, measure impact, operate on low overhead, and transfer management to top participants within 3 years.

Please take a 10 minutes to help create a miracle this holiday season- at the end of 2012 or in the infancy of 2013.
This is the last time I’ll need to ask for personal tax deductible donations. I’m working carefully with veteran grant writers and philanthropists to be eligible for a multimillion dollar grants
for my 3 year global budget in 3-6 months.

Aside from direct contributions, thanks to our fundraising partnership with the American Apparel,
if we sell 1,500 Beyond the Four Walls shirts the 3 month start up budget will be covered. ($30k).

Watch this message from Prathi 2010– 18 years old, who was married and pregnant with her second child less than 2 years after this message was recorded.
This project is entirely dedicated to her and the millions of literate young women like her in developing world with no money for education being silenced from arranged marriage every year.Robert E. Levin, the award winning innovator and author of the best selling 1st biography of Bill Clinton, has become my executive advisor to accelerate talented and disadvantaged girls in Nepal.

57% of women in Nepal are married before the age of 18 (UNICEF). In rural Nepal, as many as 69.7% of girls marry before the age of 15.

 
“I believe that the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century”
“We see women and girls across the world who are oppressed and violated and demeaned and degraded and denied so much of what they are entitled to as our fellow human beings.”
-Hillary Clinton
I’m asking for your help to help to strategically spread the word during the final days of 2012. 2013 is going to be a successful year but we are still in a stage where $500 (minimum tax deductible amount) will make a significant long term impact.If you want this cause to be successful, consider forwarding this message or compose your own version. Otherwise the easiest way to help is to buy the official shirt of the movement- 100% of proceeds will be used for educating girls in Nepal. 2012 was the year of Malala Yousafzai, and therefore the perfect year to contribute to empowering literate young women in developing countries and breathe life into her generations rapidly disappearing relevance once married. The world will be a better place if we help this historic generation of women- the first to be educated in their families.
Official SHIRT: http://store.americanapparel.net/product/?productId=2011spf
Donation Page: http://www.beyondthefourwalls.org/p/donate.html    
New 2min intro video: http://youtu.be/pf9Xe4HdxAY
new web site: http://www.beyondthefourwalls.org

The time of the most marriages is January/February, I am determined to be in Nepal by January, to start sponsoring as much education as possible (with t-shirt funds) to rapidly strengthen my proof and infrastructure for major grants and high profile partnerships in 2013 and beyond.

Thank you- attention and action from this message is monumental for the cause.

Attached is an image of the shirt and a letter from Sarada, the original B4W student, who I’ve personally sponsored fee’s for computer school since March 2012.
Happy Holidays and conclusion to an amazing 2012.

Thank You,
Wolf Price

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