First time flying and the girls got the special welcome of landing in Hong Kong in a typhoon! As if they were not frightened enough, never having flown before. Gloria few with them, thank goodness, but our tickets could not be changed so she had to hold 7 shaking hands during the flight and landing.
Hong Kong is an interesting place for the women to be the first place to visit outside of Nepal. The two could not be more different. HK is masses of tall apartment building, one after another. Lots of concrete, LOTS of people everywhere, and little personality and diversity. Not surprisingly, the group did not like it and looked forward to heading home.
They did enjoy the conference. Their workshop presentation went well. I worked with Sarala, the leader, on a powerpoint presentation that included photos and the group performed their dance, with not a dry eye in the house. And they were happy with their performance.
They answered questions, and several told their stories. One of them was moved to tears herself as she was telling her story. That said more than a thousand words could. The participants left with a deepened and opened heart.
We sold lots of prayer flags and courage cards to generate donations.
The women attended some of the workshops, but it was difficult for them with the language barrier. I attended one with one of the women, Bala, that was about movement and singing. Since she loves to sing and move, this was quite fun for both of us. So much of that does not need a lot of words to explain and she did well doing her own interpretation. I think all of the women understand more English than they can speak. They all said they would work on that. The two mothers with teenage daughters have learned quite a bit practicing with their daughters.