GAP Program of the Asha Project
By Samantha Waldron , I am a proud member of the Rutgers New Brunswick NJ Rotaract Club in USA, partnered with Raritan Valley Community College NJ Rotaract Club in USA and the Asha Project. http://www.theashaproject.org
Namaste – I love Nepal very much.
I am so emotional from this week. I have had the valuable privilege of meeting a bunch of really lovely people, given a ton of school supplies to wonderful children, interacted with fabulous kids and awesome college kids, rode motorcycles, ate delicious food, danced my booty off, broke language barriers, hiked till I couldn’t move, experienced spiritual temples, gazed upon gorgeous mountains, dressed up for photo shoots, smiled, sang, laughed and appreciated life for what it really is. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the welcoming attitude, exceptional protection, lovely hospitality and exhilarating fun.
When I got off my plane in Kathmandu, I was not expecting Nepal to be such a beautiful and amazing place, with such incredible and fantastic people. Nepal has changed who I am, and solidified the fact that service above self runs through my blood. Sharing gives pleasure. Guests are gods. Love is the universal language. Making the world a better place is why I was created. All I want to do is be a good person on the inside and outside.
This is not just about experiencing culture and expanding my horizons, nor is it about putting myself in a developing country. I don’t care if there is garbage, I’ll clean it up. I don’t care if the water is dirty, I’ll drink from a bottle until I can remediate it. I don’t care if the dogs could carry disease, they are adorable and just want to be pet and loved. I don’t care if it is hot or cold or what, I will be prepared for it.
I came here for service above self. I took a 20+ hour journey to a faraway place to do something good for the world, even though I may never see them again. I came here to enable children to obtain an extremely valuable opportunity to earn knowledge, and knowledge with the passion they already have gives them the power to improve the world in a way we never could. These children can bring us peace on Earth, we just have to give them the chance.
Everyone you smile at, smiles back, and they press their hands together, and they say Namaste, which has so many deep positive meanings. They sing to me, they hold my hands and tell me how grateful they are for me. They describe their every day life to me, and explain how helpful my friends and I are for helping them out. They open up their homes, and they share every last thing that they have with us, even if it leaves them uncomfortable. They are so generous, kind, and more.
I cannot just simply come to this extraordinary country, experience what it has to offer, and never return. I have to come back. There is so much more that I can do. (Yes, I also volunteer in America. Don’t start with me, hoina holaa)
I fell deep, irrevocably in love with Nepal, it’s people, places, music, food, culture. I am so grateful to have this exceptional opportunity and privilege to experience all that this excellent country has to offer.
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