Sharone visited Nangi for the first time in 2000 as a volunteer. She recently returned and shared her experience with Dr. Mahabir Pun in a letter.
“I hope your travels are off to a good start. Keep me posted on your New York plans and if it works, would be lovely to visit.
Here are my brief impressions to share with HEF:
In the spring of 2000 I had the honor and joy of spending 7 weeks in Nangi, volunteering in the school and tree nursery. Over the past 16 years, every month that passed brought memories and thoughts of the village, the faces and hearts that make up this strong community. This November I finally visited this special place that has meant so much to me.
I was eager to see familiar faces and to see the developments in the village. Everything I saw and experienced exceeded my expectations! I am overwhelmed with the impressive changes and hard work that is clearly a labor of love – the community lodge , the infrastructure for local trekking, and the technological developments. In addition to these great feats, I was most excited to see the dormitories built for high school students. What a clear and productive way to help foster stronger educational goals! I am thinking both about the amount of time saved in daily travel but also the opportunity for these students to be more fully immersed in their school environment and with one another.
Finally, I am also so pleased to see the paper, book, and bag making projects. The dedication for supporting one another’s needs and improving their health and wellbeing, together as a community, from the ground up is inspiring and I know I will continue to do my best to help in any way I can. I certainly will be back again! And if a lodge, wifi, a dormitory and paper and bag making project are some developments in 16 years, I smile to think of whats ahead.”