Visiting the neonatal unit in the local hospital was particularly confronting for Sue, with the aged equipment and lack of facilities; however, understanding that updating equipment and new technology brings with it the need for also updating the knowledge and skills to both use and maintain said equipment, means simple (and old) is sometimes best.
A visit to Maya Sadan with Jenny gave us the opportunity to see the school where she teaches (open-air on the flat roof of the orphanage!) and to meet some of the children. All the boys were keen to engage Rob in a game of cricket, while the younger children took us to visit the chickens and the pigs.
Trekking out of Jumla to Dailekh is a story all to itself! Suffice to say that the nice road shown on the map does not exist and it was a challenging three days!
Many of our conversations with Phil and Jenny had been discussing how our skills might be useful, so on our return to Alice we contacted INF and began the process of exploring opportunities to serve in Nepal during our extended leave in 2015.