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Update – May, 2015

We are so very happy to announce that the final amount raised by “Rainbows of Love and Ripples of Hope” was $2,486 – Fantastic – thank you so much. Nicole and Joke started their adventure with a 50km non-stop hike in Brisbane which took them15.5h finishing at 2am. Two days later they flew to Nepal. They started their trek in Lukla at 2860m and finished in the monastery of Tengboche at 3867m. With the phenomenal scenery they felt like they were in a dream. They got to meet beautiful Nepalese people on the way and also experienced grueling climbs and slippery descents. They saw Mount Everest together and felt the spirituality and emotional connections at the many monasteries and buddha temples. The following from Joke, encapsulates their experience at NOH.

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“Back in Kathmandu we finally got to meet the beautiful, inspiring and amazing children we had, up until then, only read about and seen photos of. To be able to spend time with them and share smiles and laughter was truly beautiful and heart warming. During our time at NOH amazing memories were made: the kids teaching us how to eat with our hands, enjoying an afternoon of Nepali dancing in one of the kid’s rooms, walking with the children to a local park and playing hide and seek with them, a morning of crafts, lunch at Papa’s house, the laughs at the volunteer house, the day we moved house Nepali style, preparing and serving food to the homeless at Durbar Square (Curry without worry), yoga classes in the early mornings, some of the girls making our very own Kurtas and Salwars  and meeting Michael, who’s such an incredible, generous and selfless human being with a heart of gold. And these are only a few of many wonderful memories that were made.

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Leaving Nepal was very emotional and leaving our new friends and family behind was extremely difficult. Nepal is the most amazing country we have ever experienced and there are no words for the incredible spirit the people of Nepal have”.

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