August 16, 2003 - Personal Web Site: Welcome to The Sky!

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Welcome to The Sky!

Welcome to The Sky!

Welcome to The Sky!

Here you will find a collection of images I have taken in and around a village known as Akaashe (‘The Sky’). Akaashe is located in eastern Nepal and is part of Limbuwan (home of the Limbus). Limbus are one of the many ethnic groups in Nepal.

Akaashe is located on a ridge-top at approximately 7,000 feet. ‘The Sky’ is an appropriate name for this village since the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest (known as Sagarmatha locally) and the third highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga, are visible from the village. However, more important than the mountain scenery are the people who live there.

I had the opportunity to know these people by living and working in Akaashe between 1981 and 1984 as a Peace Corps Volunteer working on a community water supply project. I have also visited Akaashe in 1989 and again 1997-1998. By learning to speak Nepali, I have come to know many people in this area quite well. I have learned about their lives, about their culture, and their humanity.

My arrival in Akaashe was via the American Peace Corps, the government of Nepal, and UNICEF. I was sent as a Peace Corps Volunteer to work on a water supply and sanitiation project in Akaashe and surrounding villages. My Peace Corps group is shown in the photo above shortly after our arrival in Nepal in July 1981 (I am the guy with the 'Aces' t-shirt). After three months of training we went our separate ways to work on projects in different parts of the country. I had the good fortune to head east and to learn about life in Limbuwan and Akaashe.

I have prepared two groups of images: Early Images and Recent Images

I have also presented images from other parts of Nepal: Kathmandu, Annapurna, Kanchenjunga, and Mt. Everest , as well as from Tibet and Mongolia.

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