Artma's trip to Nepal visiting a project that Artma Spiritual Gallery supports.
The traveler returns from a five week trip which is really not such a long time, yet the intensity of the differences makes it feel a lot longer and thus returning to New Zealand becomes quite an experience in itself.
Even though Nepal through it’s mountains, Sir Edmund Hillary and the earthquakes may appear to have a lot in common with New Zealand, culturally they are so vastly different.
Prayers, ceremonies, temples, colors, monkeys, sacred cows, beggars, lush forests, rich green rice paddies, pollution and lacking traffic rules make for an exotic dance through this country who’s physical dimensions are surprisingly similar to New Zealand’s South Island.
My friends Sushanta & Shanta’ sober lifestyle allows them to support a lot of poor people, orphans and more recently also drug addicts and alcoholics.
They took me on a three hour 4wheel drive to one of their charity projects: a newly built school which is an earthquake proof, reinforced rammed earth building. With walls of one foot thick and well insulating bamboo ceilings.
This entire school building is a donation to this community from the rammed earth company with which Sushanta is involved. All the door and window frames were paid for by donations that we have collected through Artma Spiritual Gallery!
Children walk up to 45 minutes daily to now follow classes in comfortable classrooms that stay warm in winter and cool during the summer.
Even though it was a challenge to get to this remote site (we had to climb the last few hundred meters on foot), seeing the efforts and results of this project was wonderfully reassuring.
Teaching children is creating future and especially for girls in Nepal this is still a luxury rather than a norm.
So once more I like to thank all these who make donations to the Nepali Orphan Fund.
For those who didn’t know yet, we have a donation box in the gallery and the money that is generated through this is all being used in Nepal and for those in need in Nepal.
For this purpose we also accept donations in the form of books with a spiritual or self-development subject. Again we sell these books and that money is also being donated to the Nepali Orphan Fund.
It’s always good to see you, so when you’re in Timaru please call in at Artma Spiritual Gallery!