Our next leg was Nepal and into unknown territory for Balloon Circus, with all trepidation of new and hard travel experiences.
After the roads in SA being quite good we really were back in Asia. Not one road is finished and there are only tourist buses in a few tourist areas so we were getting down with real local travel. Overcrowded, rickety buses with people packed to the roof and goats inside! Our average journey time was 14 hours but once you get past the dust and dirt billowing in through the windows you are mesmerised by the spectacular backdrop of the Himalayas, visible from nearly every winding turn in the roads.
We visited the SOS villages throughout Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lumbini, Bharatpur and way out west to Dhanghadi, Surkhet and Nepalganj to teach over 1,000 children.
The children of Nepal have had it rough; being orphaned, abandoned, the devastating 2015 earthquake and the Tibetan refugees escaping persecution from China. However, their future is brighter, they have a safe home to learn, play and be children again. Hopefully visits like ours create new, positive experiences. We had so much fun with them and their smiles said it all.
So – once again a massive thanks to all our supporters. Without you we couldn’t have reached them. It costs under £2 per child to share the Balloon Circus magic so even the smallest donations mean alot.