Feri Botola! (See you soon!)

28 April 2019


After almost three months spent at over 2,600m, I have now returned to the plains! I am currently taking advantage of a few days’ respite at Pokhara where I have exchanged padded jacket and working gloves for shorts and mosquitos!
These last few months helping with the reconstruction of Chaurikharka school have been an extremely valuable experience and so different from my daily life in Switzerland! It has enabled me to widen my horizon and to discover the rich culture of the Sherpas. The kindness and welcome extended to me have been really touching, without forgetting the cooking (especially the Tsampa of Kunga!) and the extraordinary views that took my breath away every morning.
On the work site, my activities were varied: it was with pleasure that I undertook to cut planks of wood, transport material or sand down the future benches and tables for the children. The school is progressing well! The external fixtures, such as the stairways, are being finished and, just as I was leaving, the cement was being laid in the science laboratory. What a great project! I am convinced it will help the pupils to improve their daily lives and to pursue the development of this magnificent region of the Khumbu Valley!
It is now time for me to return to Switzerland, but I hope to be able to come back to Chaurikharka one day in order to see the school functioning and discover other parts of Nepal!
Many thanks to Luklass, as well as to all the locals, for giving me the opportunity to live this amazing experience!

Aurélien Gay-des-Combes


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