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Clean-Up-Nepal-A-Thon Day 3

Clean Up Nepal A Thon Day 3. Click here for pictures!

Living in Nepal is always interesting.  One of the saddest things about living here is once you leave your nice enclosed gated yard, the streets are a mess with trash.  Joined by a dozen others we are cleaning up Nepal one neighborhood at a time.

We decided to clean up together for 20 hours while raising money for the Yak Ranch Guesthouse in Nepal that will give 75% of its profits back to Nepal (25% gets reinvested in the Yak Ranch).  We aim at raising $5,000 for the Yak Ranch to continue construction.  You can learn more about the Yak Ranch here.

We are on Day 3 of or trash pick up!  It ha sheen amazing to connect with our neighbors, we have gone to three different neighborhoods so far and had various comments, gestures, encouragement and discouragement!

But my favorite story was when my husband and I went on a Picking Up Trash date in the evening, without our kids.  But a dozen neighborhood kids joined us!  At first they wanted to know what they would get if they filled up a whole bag. I told them nothing, just do a good deed.  Off they ran…but later they came back, they had found their own bag and filled it 3/4 full with trash themselves!  When I went to thank the bus, one said, “We should be thanking you, you just cleaned up the whole street!”

Impact!

Tonight when we went out to grab a bite to eat, our waiter asked us, “Were you picking up trash this morning?” When replied yes, he said, “I saw you on my street!”  He had some other questions for us!

Impact!

 

We’re enjoying this time together with our friends in the cool of the morning  shinning light, caring for the earth and impacting our neighborhoods.

If you would like to know more, see more, or join our sponsorship team, please check out GoFundME.com

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Welcome to Hetauda, Nepal!

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When we were planning on moving to Hetauda, Nepal (after 2 years living in Pokhara, Nepal) the first thing I did was googled it, of course!  But I didn’t find much, just a few old old blogs and many government sites, mostly in Nepali.  So if you have googled Hetauda and found this post, my job is done : ).

The Basics: 

Map of Hetauda

General Info on Wikipedia

Where is Hetauda:

We are 132 kilometers south of Kathmandu valley, you need to climb a mountain or two to get here!

How to get here: 

The fastest, most direct way is to take a Sumo Jeep over the mountains.  Most travel agents can arrange this. It is 400R per seat.  If traveling alone, hire the front two seats to have the most comfort.  As a family we hire the whole jeep at 4,000R ($40) per 1 way trip.  It is 3 hours of windy roads, but safe and and with stops.  It is well worth the direct route instead of 7-8 hours through Chitwan, unless of course you want to stop in Chitwan!

The government is digging a tunnel from Hetuada to KTM (the first tunnel in Nepal), which will only take 1 hour of travel when it is completed.  FYI.

Eating Out/Where to Stay: 

The Orchid/Avocado Hotel We have stayed in the Avocado for cheap and we regularly enjoy their food!  And they serve some great Guacamole when the avocados are in season!  Their new addition of a playground make this a must for our family!

Hetauda Playground, kids

Regal Hetauda Resort The Regal has a quiet lake and is the perfect spot to get away for the afternoon. We prefer their menu and usually go there once a month.  It has a big garden for the kids to play in.

For our Fast Food needs: Kathmandu Fast Food on the main street is great. They also have a few toys for the kids.

Local Entertainment: 

The river! Restaurants with music…typical Nepali life.

Nearby are two great places to visit: Daman and Chitwan National Park.

  • Daman offers a beautiful view of the Himalayas, from the Annapurnas in the west all the way to Mt. Everest in the east!
  • Chitwan is the natural playground in Nepal.  A safari to find elephants, rhinos and crocodiles is a must! See our family’s adventure in Chitwan: Travel Blog

Volunteering:

There are dozens of NGOs here, mostly because the need is great!  Two that we have visited and worked with are:

EduVision Nepal and Familia d’Hetauda (In Spanish)

Here is a spot for general volunteer info in Nepal: Volunteer in Nepal

Living here: 

Living in Nepal is always an adventure!  Hetauda suits us well as it is small enough and big enough at the same time!  There is a movie theater, a walk-in grocery store, restaurants, a new playground, a sports field and many beautiful friends!  But it only has a handful of busy streets, which suits us fine.  We often drive in the “country” and create our own family adventures.

Please email me if you would like more information about Hetauda or Nepal!

Email: meetmycolorfriends@gmail.com

 

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