Our last day at Gaurishankar - triumph and tears

Trip Start Sep 10, 2009
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Trip End Oct 08, 2009


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Monday, October 5, 2009

We woke up at am 7am and cleaned up our room and started packing.

We had a breakfast of cucumber, choko curry, saag, dal and rice

After breakfast we held our final class with the boys. We'd set up the room with the photos we had printed off for them as well as a buffet of some western snacks for them to try (peanut butter and jam on crackers, oreos and pretzels). We also setup their gifts (pencils, scissors, string, markers and a Nepali / English dictionary). When the boys came into the room, they all gathered around their photos laughing and pointing at themselves. We told them that they could each take a photo of themselves so they scrambled for them.

Once the boys sat down, we told them that this class was going to be an informal one where we could just sing and dance. Taryn and I then sang them our song (which I struggled to get through because I was in tears)...

Our placement has to end (to the melody of - When September ends by Greenday)


Our time here has come and passed
The three short weeks have gone so fast
We are sad our placement has to end

Thanks for all the fun and games
Our lives will never be the same
We are sad our placement has to end

Even though we have to go
You’ll never leave our hearts
Though we may be far away
We’ll never be apart

Our memories of you
Will bring us back another day
We are sad our placement has to end

As you grow up know it’s true
We will always care for you
We are sad our placement has to end

Even though we have to go
You’ll never leave our hearts
Though we may be far away
We’ll never be apart

Our time here has come and passed
The three short weeks have gone so fast
We are sad our placement has to end
We are sad our placement has to end


After the class, Taryn and I headed back to Charikot with Suraj to try and buy the bus tickets, but they told us to just turn up at 5am tomorrow and they would get us on one of the buses.

The rest of the afternoon was spent playing badminton with the boys (while some of us made us marigold garlands) followed by tiffin of fried noodles.

Dinner was dal, lady finger curry, choko curry and rice. At dinner we gave the cooks their card with their photos. They looked really happy reading what we had written for them.





The last few hours of that evening were spent with the boys and the cooks. We all sat around outside in the dark just laughing, talking and having fun. I felt so content being there with the kids and so sad that I had to leave. The three weeks felt much longer and I am more attached to the boys than I thought possible. I didn’t try to hide any of my tears....I want all the boys to know that I really care and am genuinely sad to leave them. While sitting there, I made a promise to myself that I’ll somehow find a way to come back within the next year to spend more time with them. During the night, Kal didn’t say a word. He kept disappearing and we knew that he was crying. He was so sad that we were leaving. I feel horrible that we are causing him to hurt so much, but I hope that us being here made him realise how much more was out there in the big wide world for him to discover. And I really want him to know that it really is possible for outsiders to care about him, which is why I think it’s so important for me to go back there to show him and the rest of the kids that they aren’t just forgotten once a volunteer leaves, but that they stay with us in our thoughts all the time when we’re not there.

That night, Taryn and I switched off our light for the last time and said thank you to the universe for bringing us to this amazing place in Nepal. We both feel incredibly blessed and fortunate to have been lucky enough to be here and we know we will never forget our time here. PHOTO_ID_R=36_our-last-day-at-gaurishankar-bal-griha.jpg]
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