Hi, we’re Kate and Steve
welcome to our blog.
We’ve been together for 30 years, married 27. We live in St Agnes on the beautiful North Coast of Cornwall. We have 2 awesome grown up children who’ve flown the nest, we have wonderful parents still young enough to enjoy life, we have loving families, amazing friends and great jobs, but for a while at least we’re leaving it all behind to do what we’ve talked about since we first met. That ‘one day’ has become the ‘now’ and so in October we’ll be packing our bags, leaving Cornwall, family and friends and boarding a one way flight headed for Nepal where our adventures and challenges begin.
We thought long and hard about what we were looking for from our travels and agreed without hesitation that volunteering was the route for us. We wanted to help people and communities less fortunate than ourselves, to experience things that will undoubtedly be both rewarding and humbling. We then turned our thoughts to where in the world we should go and what type of volunteer work would suit us best. Our daughter volunteered in Nepal for a while a few years ago and her infectious love of the country and it’s people made Nepal the obvious choice for us. The devastation caused by the earthquakes in 2015 cemented that decision. We then set about looking for suitable organisations and projects for people of our ‘young at heart‘ age where we could put our varied skills to good use. (Steve is a heating engineer and myself at the moment an operations manager, but previously and more relevant to volunteering abroad a nursery school teacher). Community Action Nepal was mentioned to us by my lovely Uncle Nick (thanks Nick!) and so on his recommendation one wet Sunday afternoon I called CAN to find myself talking to none other than Doug Scott CBE founder of the UK based charity and the first British climber to ascend Everest in 1975. The rest you could say is history – Steve will be using his plumbing skills to help rebuild community buildings and I will be helping in schools and health posts.
We hope that by writing this blog we’ll be able to share our experiences with the people who mean so much to us at home.
Please visit our Just giving page – all donations go directly to Community Action Nepal