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Day 1: Experience Your Life Library Project Kick-Off in Nepal

Today was one of the best day’s of my life. Today – Experience your life as an organization, and me personally, have taken on a project to build a library at one of the poorest schools in Kathmandu that caters to children who come from very underprivileged backgrounds. The day started with me walking up to a school that clearly needed help as there were still visible damage from the 2015 earthquake. This started a chain reaction that has led to today being one of the most productive days that I can remember – my entire focus is on this project and all trekking plans are cancelled until this is done.

The video captures the flow of events today which was one of the most productive days that I have ever had! At 10 o’clock I met with the principal, an educator for 22 years who shared with me the status of the school and the need for additional resources. By 1130 I had gone to every classroom was given a very real and unfiltered overview of the school. Things took an amazing turn when we entered a very small room which was the existing library of the school – the opportunity to impact was right there and I could not turn it down! The room also served as the registration and reception and was no more than 8’ x 4’. I made the decision that experience your life is going to adopt this library and completing this project is my only focus for the trip. By 1 o’clock, the projects started to become real as the teachers really started getting excited about this idea and the students were absolutely overjoyed with the thought of having books newly painted wall, a carpet and other very basic necessities that we often take for granted. By 2 o’clock I had my first major stakeholder meeting with all the teachers thanking them for all they have done and offering my support to the school.

By 3 o’clock, we made a tremendous breakthrough a new room was designated by the principal as the new library in support of this project and I was given the green light to drive forward with this project. There are also six teachers that formed my project team and we got busy planning. By 4 o’clock, our initial project plan was complete with a sequence of steps identified starting with rewiring of electricity for four new lights arranging, purchasing new lights, organizing a painter, painting supplies, designing the new layout of the library and many other things. By 5 o’clock we were on the road, my team of energetic teachers and I went down the streets of Kathmandu to purchase the electrical supplies from the shops. By 6 o’clock, we had the electrician with it us back at the school to provide a quote and is now scheduled to work tomorrow morning.

We also have the painter lined up and I will be working with the lead teacher to procure the paint in the morning. If all goes well by tomorrow we will have the room empty, wired up for electricity, painted and ready for day three which would involve getting the new carpet. I’m struggling to recall when I have had such a productive day where the project progressed at the speed that it did from inception to execution. Enjoy the videos from today that capture the spirit, the energy, the excitement of the students and teachers, and the sheer joy that flows through an environment where everyone is there not because they have to but because they want.

I will try and do a post daily to keep you all posted on the progress of this project. If all goes well the Experience Your Life library will launch within the next 10 days, filled with exciting books, learning toys, state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, fresh paint, and a room that would be an oasis for children that have a very tough life. The demographic of students attend the school in the morning and work for 8 hours after their studies. They are sons and daughters of the fruit sellers, laborer’s, construction workers, and the poorest people in Kathmandu. I am going to push hard to make this project a success and you can be a part of it by supporting the book campaign. There are significant costs involved in this undertaking, and your support does make a difference. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/experience-your-life-e-book-and-bracelet-of-hope-travel-education#/

 

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