OTLEY AND DISTRICT MENíS FORUM
Nepal Ė Top of the World
1st December 2011
Our speaker Mr Fred King, a member of the Otley Methodist Church congregation and a close friend of two missionaries in Nepal, gave us a talk, enhanced by superb photographs, about that mountainous country. Based on visits to see his friends and trekking on the approaches to Everest and Annapurna he described the living and educational conditions of the mainly Hindu inhabitants.
Based on Western Society Nepalese appear to be quite backward. The elevation and geography of the country contribute to this situation and the people spend most of their time trying to produce sufficient food . All their agricultural and building work is manual as in many areas it is impossible to get even a tractor to the fields and building sites. Nothing from outside Kathmandu of exportable value is manufactured and the only income from outside Nepal is money raised by tourism. In Kathmandu, the capital, there are almost one million people. At 4,600ft above sea level it has an equitable climate but suffers seriously from pollution. Although it has the most advanced infrastructure in Nepal there is a shortage of schools, particularly for orphaned children.
To help a little way towards alleviating this lack of education Fredís friends started a school to serve some of these children and Otley Methodist Church contributes towards its funding with frequent donations for both the building uniforms and books.
President John Morgan thanked Fred King for this most enlightening talk appreciated by a large audience.
For our last meeting of 2011 at 10-00 am on December 15th at the Methodist Church Ken Humphreys will present " Words and Music at Christmas".