Living and studying outside the country, I lost touch with what was happening in Nepal. All that I had in mind were the busy streets, the noisy traffic, the good-for-nothing government, trash, and the newly-established malls. Therefore, when I came across a book in the school library based on Nepal, I instantly checked it out to find out what it was about.
The book was called Little Princes and it was written by the founder of Next Generation Nepal, a charity foundation, Conor Grennan. It talked about how his reluctant volunteering in an orphanage in Nepal led him on a journey to rescue hundreds of children who had been abandoned by child traffickers in Kathmandu during the Maoist insurgency. While I read the book, I was inspired and awed by his determination and strength to save these children who were strangers to the author.
The book described his journey to Humla, a remote District of Nepal from where the cold never leaves. I learned about families who struggle to survive in the bitter weather. I learned about the heartless Maoists barging in through the homes of these poor people, demanding money and food. I learned about the sadness and pain with which these poor parents gave away their children to men who promised the parents that their children would go to safety from the so called 'People's War.' The men were nothing but demons, asking for a great amount of money from the parents only to abandon their children in the streets of Kathmandu.
After learning of the Next Generation Nepal organization from the book, I decided to pay the website a visit. I found a section where it talked about ways to raise money for the organization to help it in its missions. I quickly went through the list and found something about a documentary on Paper Orphans. After I saw the video, I was frustrated. I was angry at the slow development of the country, the corruption, the ignorance, and the poverty.
So, if I had a great amount of money to give away, I would give it all to organizations like Next Generation Nepal that helped to make a difference in Nepal. I would donate it so that people who are suffering in remote places where the government doesn't reach would get some benefit out of it. I know this is a very ambitious thought for a teenager like me. What I don't know is why the government is not doing something to create an enabling environment for organizations like the Next Generation Nepal in the interest of our poor and deprived children.
Today, I know more about my country than I did yesterday. And tomorrow, I will try my hardest to make a difference in Nepal. But do we have a system that allows a youngster like me to involve in and contribute to various efforts that are being made by our government?