Nee­sha an­swers call to Nepal

Central Leader - - News - By Sue Breb­ner

A de­sire to share the sto­ries of peo­ple liv­ing in poverty with the world is a step closer for Nee­sha Brem­ner.

She’s leav­ing for Nepal on Novem­ber 23 to spend three months vol­un­teer­ing in or­phan­ages and for var­i­ous char­i­ties work­ing with peo­ple liv­ing in poverty.

“The aim of the trip is to ex­pe­ri­ence what it’s like for the Nepalese to live in one of the poor­est coun­tries in the world.

“As an out­sider, I want to ex­pe­ri­ence their way of life as much as pos­si­ble.

“I have never been to Nepal but it has al­ways called to me.

“It feels like the right place to go to help peo­ple liv­ing in poverty,” she says.

The Mt Eden res­i­dent says she is in the process of talk­ing with or­phan­ages and char­i­ties to find the best places to vol­un­teer and to see what they need, such as art sup­plies for the chil­dren.

She will blog what she dis­cov­ers dur­ing her trip as well as record the sto­ries of some of the Nepalese she talks to along the way.

“It’s the hum­ble beginning of what I hope will be­come my life’s work.

“In the long term I will put my ex­pe­ri­ences and pho­to­graphs to­gether, with the in­di­vid­ual sto­ries of the peo­ple I meet, into a book.

“I want to use my jour­nal­ism skills to let peo­ple tell their sto­ries. It is my first trip over there to get a true un­der­stand­ing of what peo­ple need.

“I hope peo­ple will be able to share their sto­ries and their so­lu­tions to get rid of poverty. I also want to help raise aware­ness of the or­gan­i­sa­tions ef­fec­tively help­ing the Nepalese es­cape poverty,” the 33-yearold says.

“I will look at mon­ey­mak­ing ideas over there so that I can give funds back to the or­phan­ages.”

Nee­sha has paid for her air­line ticket and is fundrais­ing for her daily liv­ing costs which the Lonely Planet es­ti­mates to be about NZ$15 a day.

“I am fundrais­ing now so that I can pay my own way and not be a bur­den to any of the char­i­ties where I do vol­un­teer work.”

She says a min­i­mum of 10 per­cent of the book’s prof­its will go back into the or­gan­i­sa­tions she works with or that are known to be mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.

To learn more about Nee­sha’s up­com­ing fundrais­ing plans and book project visit her blog at www.thesto­ry­teller­pro­ject. word­ or email sto­ry­teller­pro­ject@ gmail. com.

Kath­mandu calls: Nee­sha Brem­ner will spend three months vol­un­teer­ing in or­phan­ages in Nepal.

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