This Monday we started construction work on the third floor of our Ankuran Education Center. In preparation for the construction, we collected hundreds of empty bottles and shredded paper, most of which was generously donated by the American Embassy, as well as sand and clay from around the Foundation. Our volunteers helped in the building process, which included their first “carry-like-a-nepali-experience”. Check back in soon to see our progress!
Last week, we welcomed Diana Brugos back to our foundation to this time work on a new project with our handicraft workshop: Sock Monkeys. Diana is an Operative for Operation Sock Monkey, an NGO based in Canada that spreads the concept of “craftivism” by supporting humanitarian organizations that work with communities around the world affected by disaster, social and political turmoil, and disease. During her stay, Diana held a workshop that trained our ladies on how to make these loveable crafts. Almost instantly, the creative energy started to flow, with each monkey adorning a unique design, from beaded hair to decorative embroidery. We ended the week with 37 monkeys made, five of which were sold at the 1905 Farmers/NGO Market and to patrons of a local restaurant in Thamel. “I am so glad to have had the opportunity to come back home to KRMEF and to the amazing crafters at the workshop! God willing, I will be back next year with new products!” said Diana. Big thanks to Diana for bringing both sock monkey-making skills and her boundless energy back to KRMEF! If you are interested in finding out more about Operation Sock Monkey, visit their website at www.operationsockmonkey.com.