Images from Lumbini, Nepal

@JudyEv (141761)
Bunbury, Australia
October 10, 2018 6:46pm CST
Vince emailed last night from Lumbini in Nepal and has been posting photos on Facebook so I’ve attached some here. The twelve bikes that we raised money to buy have been presented although I gather not to the actual children who will benefit. I guess there could be a bit of jealousy among the children but there isn’t much you can do about that. The centre photo is of Deepa and Deera, two now 15-year-olds that Vince met when he was there three years ago. They are sisters and one always brought him cups of tea saying ‘cup of tea, Uncle. No sugar’. ‘Uncle’ was used as a mark of respect and Vince is wearing a Nepalese beanie affair. An American woman now living in Nepal said wearing the beanie would be a mark of respect to the Nepalese. The girls live at the girls’ school in a nunnery but they will not become nuns. They are taken in at a young age and educated. This will prevent them being married off too early and hopefully will equip them for a better life. The third photo is of one of the spartan classrooms which seem to be standard at least in that area.
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@DWDavis (15842)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
11 Oct
A spartan classroom indeed. I wish students here could spend a few weeks in a classroom like this one and maybe they'd come to appreciate what they have more than they do.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
True - dirt floors, no glass in the windows, bench seats. It's a bit different than most Westerners are used to.
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@DWDavis (15842)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
11 Oct
@JudyEv We take so much for granted and the younger generations are even worse. They feel entitled to things our generation was willing to work to have.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
@DWDavis When Australia was allowing migrants in from Europe (I'm talking in the 50s and 60s) they were willing to take on the menial tasks that Australians didn't want to do. Now they don't want to do them and the Asians have taken over the lower-paid jobs. They are very hard workers and are now moving up the scale too.
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@Courage7 (21353)
• United States
10 Oct
Lovely photos now there Judy thanks very much. Yes the classrooms are very spartan arent they. Lots of happy smiles. Good work there.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
Some classes are taught out under the trees but that might be from choice. The classrooms are probably quite hot at certain times of the year.
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@ptrikha_2 (11117)
• India
13 Oct
@JudyEv yes it us tough studying without fans during the peak summers.
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@ptrikha_2 (11117)
• India
14 Oct
@JudyEv many schools do not have physical classrooms in Nepal, India and in many more countries.
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@dodoazo (22051)
• Philippines
10 Oct
What a laudable humanitarian project!
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
Thank you. He is enjoying doing what he can to help the people in that area.
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@dodoazo (22051)
• Philippines
11 Oct
@JudyEv He did for he loves his work.
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@teamfreak16 (42521)
• Denver, Colorado
13 Oct
That classroom actually doesn't look all that bad compared to pictures I've seen of others in other places.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Oct
At least there is nothing in it to be untidy. I had another photo of a classroom somewhere but can't find it. There are five boys sitting on each form. They look well into their teens.
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@teamfreak16 (42521)
• Denver, Colorado
13 Oct
@JudyEv - And the thing is, those kids actually want to be there, unlike over here.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Oct
@teamfreak16 I think that is the whole difference. And one reason why it's nice to help them. I'm sure they really appreciate whatever is done for them.
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@garymarsh6 (14752)
• United Kingdom
11 Oct
What a wonderful thing to donate. One of the greatest things to give are footballs or tennis balls. So many children can play with it rather than just one child. Well done Vince safe travels to him.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
The group gave them cricket and volley ball sets last time we were there. One of the young girls was arguing strongly with her teacher and it turned out she wanted a cricket set for the girls. Vince said to the teacher that the girl should be a lawyer and she turned to him and said 'that is what I want to be'. The girls got their cricket set and Vince has stayed friends with the girl and her family. She is now studying law. Someone at the school suggested the bikes and we were happy to go along with it.
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@ptrikha_2 (11117)
• India
13 Oct
@JudyEv the Nepalese Men's team is an upcoming force in the world of cricket, so cricket kits might be welcome!
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@ptrikha_2 (11117)
• India
13 Oct
@JudyEv ha ha we often used a tree or bricks as our stumps and that shot reminds me of my college cricket playing matches!
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@rakski (24124)
• Philippines
11 Oct
Wow nice! Vince is already there and in action!
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
Yes, he has been there a week now.
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@rakski (24124)
• Philippines
11 Oct
@JudyEv that is nice and how long will he stay there?
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
@rakski His plane flies in on the 31 October.
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@LadyDuck (188649)
• Switzerland
11 Oct
The two girls are very pretty, I am glad that they have places where the girl can avoid being married too young against their will. Vince looks happy.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
Yes, it is a great idea and they are happy there with lots of friends. Vince is enjoying his time thanks.
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@LadyDuck (188649)
• Switzerland
11 Oct
@JudyEv It seems they have beautiful weather.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
@LadyDuck It seems to be sunny in all the photos so far.
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@kepweng (19287)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
11 Oct
Hope u go with nepal trip with your hubby
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
No, I didn't go with him. I decided to stay home as I didn't think I would like all the rough travelling.
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@TRBRocks420 (86021)
• Banks, Oregon
11 Oct
Looks like everyone is enjoying themselves. Glad to see this.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
Thanks, yes. He is enjoying his time there.
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• United States
11 Oct
Those bikes look like a big hit! The sisters are absolutely beautiful and I bet Vince was happy to see them.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
Vince said they were always giggling and happy. They still look happy.
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@anya12adwi (4518)
• Bhubaneshwar, India
11 Oct
Yes, we say uncle to elders, in India too.. Uncle and Aunty is common referred words.. We never call an elder person with his or her name..
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
I think they are nice terms. Vince certainly liked being called 'Uncle'.
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• Bhubaneshwar, India
12 Oct
@JudyEv Yes, we were in a trip to Singapore and there was a guide named Augusta who wanted to be called by his name.. For the first time, I had called a person who is senior to me by his name and I felt weird but enjoyed the feeling..
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Oct
@anya12adwi In Australia most people would prefer to be called by their first name too. They would feel strange being called Mr or Mrs.
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@TheHorse (75076)
• Walnut Creek, California
11 Oct
I could grab some extra chalk from the college I teach at and send it along.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Oct
I'm sure it would be welcome. Or you could just send money to me!
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@ptrikha_2 (11117)
• India
13 Oct
@JudyEv a recommendation: if there is a local NGO of Nepal or division of International ones like Medicines' Sans Frontiers (MSF) , Vince can get their Account details or website for donation by interested people(you can PM some).
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@ptrikha_2 (11117)
• India
13 Oct
@JudyEv you are welcome ! Days must be getting hotter in Australia. And Indian cricket team would be visiting Australia for a big series towards the year end!
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@SIMPLYD (86528)
• Philippines
11 Oct
How generous of you and your hubby to be giving them bikes. I suppose those can be used as their means of transportation in going to school and work. The two girls looks kind and jovial.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
The 12 bikes are to go to children who live a long way from a school so they can continue to be educated.
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@SIMPLYD (86528)
• Philippines
11 Oct
@JudyEv Wow, that is very nice of you and your hubby.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
@SIMPLYD We raised the money back in Australia and people were very generous so it isn't really all our money. .
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@allknowing (73171)
• India
11 Oct
The only one who looks like a Nepalese is Vince (lol)
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
Do you really think so? I think you are joking. Last time he was there, when he wore this cap, everyone said he looked exactly like their Prime Minister. Several even wanted photos taken with him.
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@allknowing (73171)
• India
11 Oct
@JudyEv And you are still asking me
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
@allknowing Fair enough but don't you think the other men look like Nepalese?
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@franxav (5939)
11 Oct
Deepa and Deera look very grateful for the gifts Vince gave them. I lived in Nepal for eight years doing a little work of service for the people there. So glad, Vince is bringing smiles in the life of these poor people.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
Eight years sounds more than 'a little work of service'. There does seem to be quite a few volunteers there. Last time Vince met a physiotherapist who had been there three years I think and he met an Australian nurse who spends her holidays there very year but as a volunteer.
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@ptrikha_2 (11117)
• India
13 Oct
@franxav eight years is great! You were part of some NGO?
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@ptrikha_2 (11117)
• India
14 Oct
@franxav ok cool - have you heard of RangDe?
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
11 Oct
What wonderful photos. The girls are beautiful. The classrooms look a bit stark but if they learn while in them it's all good. Who choses who receives the bikes?
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
I think the headmaster will be choosing the most needy children. It will perhaps only make a small difference but at least it is something.
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
12 Oct
@JudyEv I think it is a wonderful thing you have done.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Oct
@HazySue Thanks.
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@nela13 (10130)
• Portugal
11 Oct
The girls are so beautiful. Your husband looks nice with the nepalese beanie affair.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
Many wear this type of headgear and I think the different colours have a meaning to them too.
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@nela13 (10130)
• Portugal
13 Oct
@JudyEv it is nice
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@jobelbojel (9031)
• Philippines
11 Oct
Beautiful people and culture for sure. I hope we can visit Nepal soon.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
Those who visit seem to really like it there.
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• Philippines
11 Oct
@JudyEv I like to believe, yes they do.
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@simplfred (6212)
• Philippines
11 Oct
Beautiful pictures, nice bike...
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Oct
Some children will be thrilled with their new bikes won't they?
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@simplfred (6212)
• Philippines
11 Oct
@JudyEv I'm I step on their shoe, I will definitely thrilled to the bone. Well, a free bike even for the adult will be amazing.
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@sallypup (30101)
• Moses Lake, Washington
12 Oct
Wonderful, sweet photos. Your husband and you are kind, good hearted folks.
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@JudyEv (141761)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Oct
Thank you. It is nice to be able to help.
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