Today was an awesome Kopila day! Our women's center ran it's first parenting course. I got to sit in on part of the afternoon class and it was really amazing to watch the mothers share and learn together. I really do feel like a better world could be as simple as raising our children. We are partnering with Aawaaj for this training and the facilitators were incredibly insightful and engaging. I think it means so much that the discussion and course is being led by real Nepali mothers and women who understand the difficulties and cultural context of raising children in Nepal. It was a genius move on Magdalena's part to put this together. I'm excited for the sessions to come.
Kelly, Meelan and Srijana organized and arranged for two doctors to come in so that every single kid could have a medical check-up today at Kopila today. They set up height and weight stations, thermometers and a registration area that was entirely student run! Thanks to you all for supporting health and wellness and Kopila Valley and making this possible. Next up, we have a dentist coming in.
The foundation is in for building number one! We are just about finished with the huge restoration gabion wall in the back and bricks are being laid for a boundary and phase one of building. We have a dream team working with us. I can't wait to tell you more.
Were you wondering about our puppies!? They are not so much puppies anymore. They are huge. I'm not sure what in me thought that this was a good idea– on top of a school construction project, and a women's center, hundreds of children, and a million other things. You can find me around here yelling "NICKI, NACHO!!!! NO!!!! STOP THAT!!!" at the top of my lungs. Nacho loves to put my favorite shoes in his mouth and make me chase him around. Nikki loves to dig up the garden. Taking them for a walk is fun except you're the one being walked and dragged everywhere and if we leave the gate open for even a second they go for a rampage around the neighborhood. It's been hard. I haven't been the best good dog owner. I mean, deep down I love them and I know they're good dogs but I don't know how to bring out the best in them they are really driving me crazy and stressing me out right now.
I have loads more pictures but my disk drive is full. Ughhh. Need to deal with it!