Nepali kukri knife made by the Dalit (considered untouchabe in the caste system) blacksmiths in the rural villages of the Northern Dhading district of Nepal. These knives are sold by Himalyan Health Care's profit-sharing company Jeevan Kala which means "art for life." For more information on Jeevan Kala and other handicrafts, visit their website http://www.jeevankala.com/
Bottle openers made by the Dalit blacksmiths in the rural villages of the Northern Dhading district of Nepal. These bottle openers are sold by HHC's profit sharing company Jeevan Kala. For more information on Jeevan Kala and other handicrafts, visit their website http://www.jeevankala.com/
On the left is Melinda Cain, an adviser for CU Boulder's GlobeMed. Dr. Cain specializes in cross-cultural communication. She is a long-time partner at CU and gives a yearly training to GROW interns on cultural awareness. On the right is Kerri Rosenblatt, a GROW intern. This picture was taken during the team's first visit to the HHC office in Kathmandu.
Taken after a meeting between some of the HHC staff and GROW team.
Left to right: Parsuram Tamang, Man Tamang, Phe Dorje Tamang, Melinda Cain, Anil Parajuli, Soni Parajuli, Tyler Fair, and Kerri Rosenblatt
This photo was taken during a tour around Kathmandu. It demonstrates the construction that was taking place all over the capital.
Two forms of public transportation used by locals in Kathmandu.
These are mudhas--traditional Nepali chairs/stools. These were made by HHC's Jeevan Kala artisans. For more information on Jeevan Kala, please visit their website at http://www.jeevankala.com/
Soni Parajuli, wife of founder Anil Parajuli. Soni is an incredible administrator, without whom HHC would not run as smoothly as it does. This picture was taken during one of the meetings during which some of the HHC staff were prepping the GROW interns for their time in the villages.
This is a sign Tyler Fair, a GROW intern, saw when he went into a coffee shop bathroom in Kathmandu.
The GROW team.
Left to right: Melinda Cain, Kerri Rosenblatt, and Tyler Fair
More construction in Kathmandu
These were puppies that lived next door to where the GROW team stayed during their time in the capital.
More Jeevan Kala handicraft pieces. These were made by artisans that receive competitive, fair-trade wages for their beautiful work. For more information on Jeevan Kala, please visit their website: http://www.jeevankala.com/
The HHC Field Coordinator, Phe Dorje Tamang showing pictures of damage that took place in the villages post-earthquake. Phe was buried under rubble in the earthquake for three hours and amazingly lived.
A really interesting mural depicting various forms of family planning.
GROW intern, Tyler Fair, being a goof while photographing various Jeevan Kala pieces. For more information on Jeevan Kala, a fair-trade, profit-sharing company, please visit their website: http://www.jeevankala.com/
A dog seen by the GROW team on their way to breakfast on the streets of Kathmandu.
This is litchi fruit! A delicious fruit that the GROW team got to try during their time in the capital.
A lovely sunset photographed from the roof of the GROW team's hotel on their last night in Kathmandu before heading to the villages.
The view from the roof of the GROW team's hotel.
The CU Boulder GROW team, Kerri Rosenblatt and Tyler Fair
Bright and early, the GROW team in their taxi on the way to the bus station. This is the first leg of the journey that would eventually lead to their arrival in the Dhading district--where HHC does the majority of their work.
A bridge, photographed during the bus drive on the way to the villages.
The GROW team's translator, Parsuram Tamang posing on a bridge. This photo was taken the first day of the trek on the way to the villages.
A sign on the trail to the villages lists prohibited practices in Nepal including child marriages, domestic abuse, unfair treatment of women, and other acts.
A woman and her young son stop on the trail to drink some water.
A building seen by the GROW team on the way to the villages. It is a perfect example of some of the earthquake damage that was experienced there.