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Sharad on river walk with children

posted Dec 27, 2010, 6:03 AM by Einar Olav Carlsen   [ updated Dec 27, 2010, 6:08 AM ]
Rivers have always been great provider to human being. It is said the more it gives, the more it purifies it self: the more it distributes its sweetened more. More it runs its rhythm is fine tuned at a greater level. It might be so because it’s part and parcel of human life. It always gives and never takes back.

When he started working on connection between children and nature, he was amused that river could be the first lesson for the children to connect with nature.

 On 25th December, children all over the world received gifts from Santa Claus. And this year he had special plans for 20 abandoned children from BalMandir. On a fine chilly winter morning, he spoke to these children about river, its’ speed, banks, the giving character and how it is a big part of nature.

. Aged 5 to 11 years, fit and few mild disabled, were amazed and excited about the whole walk. In the north east part of Kathmandu valley, there is a holy river named Shali Nadi where Hindu devotees gather to worship Lord Shiva. It is believed that if you wish for good health or good family or good husband, and bathe there one’s wish will be granted.

But his  mission was to connect the children with nature and make them learn all about the surrounding environment: different kinds of animals, stones, plants found there.

The children were enquisitive to  the walk. They were desperately looking for unique stones and had many queries about the river. They also understood about the importance of keeping these resources clean.

While coming back, one grown up child  heard saying, “We should have these rivers in the city, not in the village”

Sharad taking care