Children in Dhungkharka

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

The Road to Dhungkharka, Nepal
My Nepalese Home
Spicy Tomato Achaar
Nepalese Chai Recipe

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. 

Children in Dhungkharka - Life in the village of Dhungkharka, Nepal - Volunteer trip with DEFT Community

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.

Children in Dhungkharka - Life in the village of Dhungkharka, Nepal - Volunteer trip with DEFT Community

The youngest of the children who let us share their home during our stay in Dhungkharka. She and her siblings are fortunate enough to attend the Dhungkharka English Boarding School

Children in Dhungkharka - Life in the village of Dhungkharka, Nepal - Volunteer trip with DEFT Community

Children in Dhungkharka - Life in the village of Dhungkharka, Nepal - Volunteer trip with DEFT Community

Getting ready to walk to the Dhungkharka English Boarding School. During our stay we were told that parents were very concerned about the journey to and from school. Recently a few children had gotten confused and lost on their way home from school causing a lot of panic in the area.There are no street signs in the village meaning children are walking up and down the mountain and along winding, rocky or muddy roads

Children in Dhungkharka - Life in the village of Dhungkharka, Nepal - Volunteer trip with DEFT Community

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.

Children in Dhungkharka - Life in the village of Dhungkharka, Nepal - Volunteer trip with DEFT Community

Even with her mother encouraging her ,it took several days for me to convince this sweet girl to let me take her photograph.

Children in Dhungkharka - Life in the village of Dhungkharka, Nepal - Volunteer trip with DEFT Community

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.

Children in Dhungkharka - Life in the village of Dhungkharka, Nepal - Volunteer trip with DEFT Community

While visiting one of the homes in the village we were served a generous meal and fresh honey. The children outside the house were very curious about who we were.

Children in Dhungkharka - Life in the village of Dhungkharka, Nepal - Volunteer trip with DEFT Community

The boy in the blue hoodie would gather all the younger kids together to pose for the photographs

…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!

Children in Dhungkharka - Life in the village of Dhungkharka, Nepal - Volunteer trip with DEFT Community

I took several portraits of her and after each one she asked to see the camera screen

And yes, we took some selfies.

Children in Dhungkharka - Life in the village of Dhungkharka, Nepal - Volunteer trip with DEFT Community

These children were playing outside of the primary school we are rebuilding

Children in Dhungkharka - Life in the village of Dhungkharka, Nepal - Volunteer trip with DEFT Community

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!

Children in Dhungkharka - Life in the village of Dhungkharka, Nepal - Volunteer trip with DEFT Community

The father of this home welcomed us with fresh milk tea and biscuits. His son was a bit more shy and ran to his grandmother for cuddles after seeing us. She tried to get him to smile but no luck.

Children in Dhungkharka - Life in the village of Dhungkharka, Nepal - Volunteer trip with DEFT Community

On this particular day there was a religious holiday so we all wore special tikkas. He was making his own out of spit and cooked rice.