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Mission in the Terai district, part 1

How to describe this mission, where to begin… How to explain all the feelings, the tears of joy, of sadness sometimes, the laughters, the unforgettable moments of sharing, the excitement and discouragement, the stress and relief…

We had to rest a few days to digest this incredible experience, and still, the words don’t come out easily.

Wednesday 24th of July, 5am: we are ready to leave for a long motorbike trip to Janakpur -south of Nepal, 12 kilometres from the Indian border. It is the biggest city of the Terai Districts, and this is where we have to go to get the supplies and fill out all the paperwork required. It is also one of the very much impacted area of the floods…
After a first prospection the week before, we know where to go.

Before we leave, the “tika” ceremony is made, for good luck and prosperity.
It is time to jump on our motorbikes, not without apprehension, especially for one bike-phobic member in the team (guess who).

Despite the rain, no major incident is to deplore. On the way, we decide to take a break, and spot a group of kids playing football. We join them, and share together the first magical moment of our mission. The kids (and the big kids) are smiling and laughing: nothing but happiness.

We arrive in Janakpur at the end of the day, achy, under a tough heat. It is too late to do the administrative work, so we choose instead to buy everything we need for the following day (food, medicine to distribute to the village), while visiting Janakpur.

The team has an early night: tired, we need all of our strenghts for the mission to come the next day…

To help us and the victims: donate

Trash tag challenge #1 – Cleaning project

While our heart and all our thoughts are with the victims of the floods, we did not forget to make our second project happen: the #trashtagchallenge🌱🌳🌏
The aim? Cleaning the streets of Kathmandu from all the rubbish and plastic pollution!
We are not quite there yet, but we will not give up: we will keep collecting the rubbish at least every two weeks. It’s our responsibility to take care of our Mother Earth: our one and only home…

Thank you to each and every member of the “happiness team” who were not afraid to get their hands dirty that day!

Thank you to our fellow travellers for your smiles and good vibes, the municipality employees for your collaboration, and Yog Hostel for receiving and supporting us in our projects.

Let’s meet again in two weeks for the #trashtagchallenge number 2!
If you can’t make it to Kathmandu, no worries: we are sure you can find a place anywhere in this planet that needs to be clean.
Try the challenge, you will feel very good, and who knows, you might find a hidden treasure…!

Make sure to watch our short movie on our gallery!
Be kind, tidy and do epic things!

Critical floods in Tarai Districts

As you may have heard, once again Nepal is facing a catastrophic natural disaster.

Massive floods and landslides triggered by incessant rainfall for the past three days have affected several parts of the country – mainly in the Central and Eastern parts of Nepal.

As a result, many people are killed, thousands of people are displaced and millions of properties had swollen by the floods and landslides. Updated media sources indicate that as least 43 people have been killed, 16 are badly injured, and 24 people are missing.

Twenty-one districts have been impacted, and multiple roads have reportedly been blocked, including the East-West Highway.

The Tarai districts – one of the poorest region of Nepal – are the most impacted districts. Damaging landslides, obstructed power supply, destroyed infrastructures has lead thousands of people to be displaced.

Monsoon rains typically occur between July and September and often cause deadly flooding and landslides: the current rain is unfortunately expected to continue…

We cannot wait until it gets worse… We cannot stay still and do nothing, when thousands of people are such in despair…

These people have nothing left; no home, no shelter, not even food or water. They have to endure the death of their beloved ones, the collapse of their homes, the collapse of their lives…

So, we request from the bottom of our heart your participation in these hard times through prayer and financial support for these victims.

With the donations raised, we will provide to these victims a temporary relief: a tent, some food and fresh water, and anything that could be useful.

We want to go to Tarai Districts as soon as possible, ideally in 4 or 5 days: we need you guys…

Please let’s make the planet a better place to live… A place where we care for each other, where we help those in need…

Let’s be kind and do epic things…

OUR FIRST PROJECT: A TRIP TO A REMOTE SCHOOL FOR DONATIONS

« Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world », Mandela.🙏💜

This last Tuesday, the Justin Eco-Foundation team distributed to the remote Kalka Lower Secondary School (20 kilometres from the centre of Kathmandu), things they thought the children would want: 54 school bags, books and stationery items, first aid kit and lots, lots of smiles.
There was much joy, laughter and emotions.

Our first project was a complete success : a child’s smile is the most rewarding feeling in the world… Although we are a very young organisation, we want to carry a positive message to the world.

After a traditional Nepalese welcome, we were invited to drink tea and to discuss our organization with the headmaster. We wish to work more with Kalka Lower Secondary School where we had such a positive day of activity and bring them resources they might need. We wish to send some volunteers to teach English and IT subjects in the future so that they can also share in the happiness that this outreach project gives.

 

Once gifts had been distributed, the kids sang us the Nepalese national anthem, playing with our volunteers, counting every conceivable number and recited the alphabet forward and backwards…
One of our traveler confessed he haven’t played this way, not since 10 years.

From the bottom of our heart, we would like to thank each volunteer who contributed to making this day happen. Thanks for beautiful smiles, good vibes, healthy support and kind donations.
A special thank you to Cassandra M. and Katie G. : for their special generosity, they made our first dream plan happen.
Special thanks to the Kalka Lower Secondary School for their support and collaboration with us and all the schoolchildren of their etiquette and zeal.

In the words of co-founder Bishal, “the children are the future of this country, and if want a bright strong future let’s Be kind and do epic things ! ».