Lat/Long: 28° 22′ 15″ N / 83° 38′ 22″ E
Weather Conditions: 73F (23C) Periodic Storms
DAILY AUDIO UPDATE
The thunderstorm that rolled through the valley last night took out our electricity and thus, it was a night of working by candlelight and the portable battery and satellite systems. We were able to finish the first full update and send everything to Education Basecamp.
This morning we woke to snow-covered peaks of the Dhaulagiri range rising from the clouds as prayer flags snapped in the wind. We skipped breakfast to trek to a home where four women were making Raksi, a type of wine they sell to adjacent villages to pay for their jam-making project, which they sell to trekkers that come through the valley.
Next, we were able to sit down with Chitra Pun, who has worked closely with Mahabir Pun over the past years to bring sustainability practices to Nangi. Chitra’s insight on the importance of education and the close relationship to sustainability will be included in our next full update and should not be missed.
The day ended with an incredibly special experience. We hiked to a local farm and were able to spend time with the farm family as they worked the fields with oxen. We spoke with the farmer about his practices and what education means to him and his way of life. Then a neighbor invited us in during (yet another) rainstorm. We were honored to be able to interview the mother of the household. We look forward to sharing the entire story with video soon!