Little Princes by Conor Grennan
"What are you doing? I asked Santosh.
"You say you show photos when we are standing in living room, Brother!"
"I said sitting in the living room, you ninnies! Why would I tell you to stand?"
"We don't know, Brother!"
"For Pete's sake, sit!" I said. The children collapsed in a heap, laughing hysterically.
I first heard of Nepal Sept or Oct 2011 when a co-worker/friend she would be going to Nepal for two or three months to work in orphanages come May 2012. I didn't really have a great understanding of what that meant, but when her group threw a fundraising party Mr. and I went and enjoyed and donated for her to go. It has always been something I have wanted to do, help support someone and it feels great giving funds to someone who is actually going out there and putting your money to work, instead of just sending in funds. One day I hope to support her more on her trips. She and her friends run a small Tumblr account with details of their trip and such.
But I am getting sidetracked. Mr. brought home this book in September and it's been sitting in my to-read pile since. I knew he wasn't going to read it and the cover is really pretty, so I knew I would get to it eventually. What I didn't expect was a great story completely based on actual events written by the author. I didn't expect to fall in love with dozens of beautiful children. And I didn't expect to cry.
"Oh, it's kind of embarrassing actually," she wrote. "There was this crazy thunderstorm tonight, so Emma, my big lug of a yellow Labrador, jumped into bed with me because she was scared. It took me, like, forty-five minutes to fall asleep again, and just when I did, Emma rolled over in her sleep and fell out of the bed with this really loud thump and I jumped about ten feet in the air. So I'm letting her sleep in the bed now and I'm on the couch, so I decided to e-mail you to say hi."
There were many children who's stories touched me greatly but the one I would like to mention the most is that of Leena. What kind of horrors would that child have had to have gone through to make her stop talking for five months.
The Next Generation Nepal is a real organization with more stories and lots of information. So I would just recommend checking out their website and maybe reading the book. It is amazing how things come into your life sometimes.