Preparation, Preparation, Preparation

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“Can we move to Nepal now?” asks our seven-year-old, on finding out that mum and dad are confident that it is right for us as a family to move overseas and get involved in community and resilience building in Nepal. She is incredibly keen to start the adventure that afternoon, planning to climb Mount Everest as soon as she gets there. We absolutely love Ella’s enthusiasm and energy, but climbing Mount Everest, as moving a family of five to a developing Asian country, requires preparation. Lots of it. So, how should we best prepare for living and working in Nepal, a developing country where 50% of the population live on $1 a day.

The starting point is that we trust that this is the right time and the right place for us to invest our energies in for 2018 and 2019. We understand there is a need for our skills, and BMS, the British charity we are associated with, shares in the conviction that we are the right people for the job. We also draw on a shared interest in cross-cultural work in single lives and would like our children to also grow in their understanding of the world beyond the UK.

“Where are you off to?” asks our nine-year-old, as Pippa drops the three off them off with friends in Oxford before school. “BMS training in Birmingham” is the answer. The transition period has started. We know the next 3-4 months are going to be very intensive, given the planned move to Nepal in January 2018, in order to support a local NGO in development work and resilience building. As parents we are still in full- (and part-) time employment, and children are in school routines. In addition, training sessions to be attended, vaccinations are due for all, an awareness and support raising campaign to be started, grant making trusts to be approached, blogs to be written, a house to be readied for letting out, a tenant to be found, where do I stop…

The adventure therefore does not start with exiting the plane in Kathmandu, and catching the small Yeti Airlines plane to Pokhara. It starts with living in the now, living with the conflicting demands, living with limited energy to achieve everything, and living with the uncertainties that remain. But maybe this is good practice for the coming year, after all, life is about to get a bit more challenging. We want to be ready for Nepal, but also get through this time of preparation. As a family, we are excited about what 2018 and 2019 will bring, and we would love you to share this journey with us. We would love to keep you informed via this blog, so please subscribe.


  • Diana Samii

    I am really excited for you Vokuhl family!
    I admire your initiative, courage, determination and big Faith in trusting your plan!
    I’m sure it’s the right plan for you and the children.
    Wishing you tons of victories on your path of preparation, departure and service in Nepal.

  • Peter & Kelly Passchier

    Just the right kind of excuse to take our family to go and visit you in Pokhara and do some hiking on the side (if ever we have the time and money..!) Love and blessings, Peter & Kelly + Lukas + Emmet + Danai

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