I recently traveled with the nonprofit organization DEFT Community to assist with the rebuilding of a local school and community center in Dhungkharka, Nepal which were destroyed in the earthquakes last spring. Learn more about the project through my blog and on our Facebook page here
After moving to Asia I became pretty shameless and confident about taking lots of photographs and I don’t regret it one bit. There is certainly value in experiencing a moment without your camera or phone in hand, but 10 (or 50) years from now I’m going to be one happy lady looking back at my blog and photos and having reminders of all the moments from my life and travels.
Traveling to Dhungkharka made me appreciate having a handy camera even more. How lucky am I to have photographs of events throughout my life? In the village homes there were no family photos on the walls and I imagine very few, if any, villagers have collections of photos of family members or friends.
The locals certainly can’t afford luxuries like digital cameras and even if they could it would be hours of travel to find a shop to print their photos.
On the next DEFT Community trip to Dhungkharka I plan to send printed copies of the photos I took in the village for people to keep. I’m particularly excited to share the photographs of the children in the village. They loved having their photos taken.
…Mostly because they loved being able to see themselves on the camera screen. After each ‘click’ they’d quickly run back to me and ask to see the photo!
And yes, we took some selfies.
The children were all very sweet. Some were shy at first, but warmed up to us quickly. Most of the children were outgoing and very very curious as to who their visitors were.
One day soon many of these children will be attending class in the primary school that DEFT Community is building. I can’t wait for that day and to see the smiling faces on the children in Dhungharka again!