Our March Speaker: Carol Williams

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The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes Carol Williams to speak about “The Plight of a Remote Nepalese Village” beginning at 2:30pm on Thursday, March 3, at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield.

Litchfield resident Carol Williams traveled to the remote village of Koshidekha, Nepal with two colleagues in April 2015. Her plan was to spend a month teaching at the Shree Ram Secondary School and two weeks trekking in the Himalayas with a Sherpa and several other women. Eight days after arriving, the country experienced an earthquake registering 7.8 on the Richter scale. With her village destroyed, schools closed, and no certainty that the after-shocks would end any time soon, she had to decide whether to stay and help the local villagers, figure out a way to get home with the airport in Kathmandu closed and roads made impassable from landslides, or find a way to continue to teach the local school children who wanted so much to learn English.

Carol said before she left the States that she wanted an adventure, but little did she know just what a challenge she would be faced with. Nepal hadn’t had a major earthquake in eighty years. As it turned out, Carol had to dodge not just one, but two significant earthquakes in the span of two weeks. Her fascinating presentation will detail her group’s experiences during the four weeks they remained in Nepal teaching, digging out, helping with relief efforts, and opening the school by themselves to teach English to all those who wanted to come.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door, which includes a High Tea reception. For more information, call 860-605-7207 or Email womensforumoflitchfield.org.


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