We finally got to hear from Taliah, that is, via e-mail. Going through her mail we got the feeling that the villagers of Nuwakot have won the hearts of these two young girls from Norway and vice versa. Unfortunately she couldn’t send pictures as the internet connection was too slow.
An extract from her mail:
“It has already been two weeks since we first arrived to Nuwakot, something that is really strange seeing as the time has passed so quickly, but at the same time we feel as if we have been here for a longer time. One of the main reason we have got so comfortable in such a short time is our families here. From the beginning we were looked upon as members of the family and not as guests. For me, working at the school is a challenge, but most of all a great experience. I am teaching English at 1st-6th grade and there are some language barriers but for the most part we understand each other, and the students seems to enjoy my classes and they want to know everything about Norway. Kirsten is volunteering at the health post and is getting to follow up on patients – checking their pulse, cleaning wounds and at the moment she is working with a 10 year old boy that is yet to get a diagnosis but has most likely CP or MS, and as Kirsten is studying phsiotherapy, she gets to practise some exercise methods with him, to decrease his scoliuses. Regarding the old lady, she is 70-75 year old and she fell down a steep road injuring her head, neck and shoulders. Kirsten is helping her with some exercises so she will suffer less from the injury.
I will inform you of more things as they come…have a good Holi.”
Taliah & Kirsten, our two volunteers from Norway who are on a month long sojourn in Nuwakot Village, are making the most of their time involving themselves in community work and helping out villagers. According to them they begin their day with a walk downhill to the village’s dhunge dhara (traditional stone water spout) early in the morning to fetch water and to wash up.
While Taliah is busy teaching and assissting the local teachers at Shree Bhairabi Higher Secondary School, Kirsten is back from attending the wedding festivities and is now helping out at the village’s sole Health Post. She said that she is assissting the doctor in providing Physiotherapy to an old lady patient. Both of them agree that the villagers are quite helpful and cooperative and have gone out of their way in welcoming them.
Looks like our volunteers from Norway, Kirsten & Taliah have both immersed themselves in village life. A lengthy telephone call to Taliah revealed that Kirsten is away with her host family (the local family she is staying with) attending a wedding in Trishuli Bazaar. We believe she is having a great time at the wedding wearing a ‘sari’ and dancing to the wedding band’s tunes. According to Taliah, Kirsten will be gone for at least 4-5 days as she will be attending all the ceremonies. So while we wait for Kirsten to fill us up on her ‘Nepali wedding experience’, Taliah confided that she is busy exploring the village- walking around , getting acquainted with the villagers and the NGO workers. She said that she has become pretty familiar with the school teachers and students at the Nuwakot Village school.
Nuwakot Palace or Saat-Taale-Durbar, built by King Prithvi Narayan Shah, of the Shah dynasty will shortly be opened for public as a museum. According to historians the palace was built between 1818 and 1825 BS, after Shah invaded Nuwakot.Plans to capture Kathmandu were made in this very palace. The sprawling building is over 46.6 feet in length and 38.4 feet in width with spacious halls and beautifully designed bedrooms. Representing a vintage tradition, it exhibits maximum use of wood and bricks. The outer layer and façade of the palace are decorated with traditional windows and artifacts similar to those found in the Malla era palaces. Shah, according to historians, had called in masons from Kathmandu to give shape to his designs. The Department of Archaeology is currently renovating the seven storied palace. Shah´s beddings and furnishings, kept at Hanumandhoka Palace, where he spent the later part of his life as a ruler of newly united Nepal with Kathmandu as the capital, are among many things to be dispatched to Nuwakot.