Horsham family's heady time on Poon Hill

A HORSHAM family is empowering Nepalese women and children to lead better lives through providing access to healthcare and education.

Ian and Julie Adams, their daughters Melissa Noordan and Emily Lukazsewski and Emily's husband Dan are in the Kathmandu suburb of Kopan helping Nepalese children to learn English and improve their reading and computer skills.

They are providing the Mail-Times with a diary of their experiences while overseas.

Here is the second instalment.

HI Horsham! We hope the heat isn't too much for you all.

Just so you know, we have been in temperatures of -6 degrees.

We write this today back in Kopan, Kathmandu.

We have just returned from a trek in the Himalayas to Poon Hill which is 3200 metres high.

The trek started from a small town in Pokhara where all expeditions start such as climbs to Annapurna and Everest.

Our initial excitement was quickly sapped on the first eight-hour day of nothing but stairs.

Day two consisted of a short four-hour walk through the jungle to Ghorepani from where we started our final ascent to Poon Hill for sunrise the next day.

The views were absolutely amazing, like nothing we had ever seen.

Photos don't do it justice.

Walking down was a lot quicker, except when we had to move to one side of the path for the donkeys to pass.

Donkeys carry enormous loads up and down the hill every day to the villages along the way.

We made it back to Kopan after four days, tired and in need of a hot shower.

Our experience was more than amazing with breathtaking views at the top.

We are back at the community centre today with the children. We are making papier-mache pot plants with them so they can take something home to their families.

Dan and Em went to another little boy's house today and met his mother to discuss sponsoring him to go to school this year; he is four years old and very cheeky.

His mother was very happy and smiled a lot when it was translated to her that we wanted to help.

It costs $200 to send a child to school for the year. It is difficult for families to afford to pay this when their weekly wage is, most of the time, no more than $50.

The little boy will come with us to the shops tomorrow to buy some warm clothes and shoes.

Being over here is such a rewarding experience. Just to make a child smile or be able to see that they are warm is the best.

Signing out for now to head back to the centre with the children. Will check in again next week before we head back to Horsham to make everyone pizza.

The Bonnie and Clydes team

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