Voluntourism Nepal 尼泊尔 12/15 - Shivalaya

20 Dec 2015, we set off to Shivalaya.

The day started at 7am... stopped shortly at a tea house... for tea ;)

Somewhere up the mountain at 11am, the GEARBOX of the jeep decided to bail on us! ... We waited for 6 hours ...

For the driver to hitch a ride back to Kathmandu to buy the spare parts before taking the 3 hrs back to wherever we were... 

Janice enjoying her bread and butter along roadside - Nepal style?

Walked about 10-15 mins to this tea house for instant noodles.

Grandma shared with us that her house was destroyed during the earthquake, therefore she could only sleep in the teahouse now.

Janice.. super enjoy ;p

About 4-5hrs of waiting.. sleeping in the vehicle...

Grandma was very kind to get us fresh milk tea ... it was delicious. We promised to bring them some gifts on the way back, but we couldn't because, the truck broke down on the way back AGAIN... the delay resulted that we slept through the journey... Sorry we did not keep our promise... hopefully we will drive pass again and fulfil our promise. 

By the time we moved out from wherever we were, it was 6pm!

We travelled 6 hours on and off roads...  our worst everrrrrrrr roller coaster ride..

Crossing streams and rocky paths. Driver had to pile rocks in an occasion to get the jeep over the ditch.

What an experience! (We found out in the next morning that he punctured his oil tank!)

Arriving in darkness.. And Janice hitting the window a zillion times! Zwen was lucky to be sandwiched between Janice and Tashi... Well cushioned all the way!

We put up at Sherpa Guide Guesthouse, which is clean and pleasant! Rooms and toilets are spacious and people are warm.

Bhale Pokhari Primary School, Shivalaya

Opening ceremony

Big day starting at 10am for the staff and students of Bhale Pokhari Pri Sch. The District Education Officer, Mr khubiram Adikari , graced the opening ceremony. Students put up performances and guests of honor gave speeches.

Appreciation and Official thanks were given to Operation Rejoice for our humanity work at Shivalaya.

Ruins of the School caused by the Earthquake

New school @ piece of land donated by an old villager

Elderly woman offering katha to us to thank us for our contribution.

Celebrating - traditional dance

We spent a very heart warming afternoon at the school playing and taking photos with the children and villagers.

The ceremony was also graced and made lively by circus group, Circlosion de Carcajadas, from Spain and film maker, Miguel.

Lunch was also taken care by villagers.

A big Thank you to all donors and volunteers for your generosity! You have made rebuilding the school possible. We also thank Be Human Nepal (President: Mr Furba Ang Sherpa) for overseeing the project!

Food @ Shivalaya - Tibetan sweet bread

Instant noodles with cheese

Tiny chili with gigantic effect!

Tongpa (Fermented millet alcoholic drink); yes it's better than Rossi...