Neesha answers call to Nepal
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. wordpress.com or email storytellerproject@ gmail. com.
Kathmandu calls: Neesha Bremner will spend three months volunteering in orphanages in Nepal.