“Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal” by Connor Grennan.
I checked this book out from the public library, actually as a book on CD to listen to while driving and sewing. It was captivating! Especially to hear the author read his own story.
Connor was a successful business man who worked for the East West Institute in Prague when he decided to take time off work to travel around the world. He included a 3 month volunteer stint in Nepal to work with orphans.
As Connor describes the trip and the children, the whole thing becomes alive. I could almost taste, smell and see the sights and sounds of his travels. His 3 months in Nepal changes his life in more ways than one. He truly sees them as hurting children and victims of child trafficking. He begins to understand how poverty and ignorance work against parents trying to raise their children in this harsh world.
As Connor begins to love the children he also learns to hate the child traffickers who gain from taking the children from their parents with a promise of a better life. He learns how the government systems work and don’t work in Nepal. And how little Americans can understand the terrible conditions theses children live in.
The 3 months turns into a long term committment to help these children culminating in the establishing of a children’s home and a trip to locate the parents of these lost children. Through seemingly impossible odds, Conner locates the families of all the children in his care. All are grateful to know their children are well fed, healthy and attending school, all things they could not provide for them. Conner does not understand the separation these parents endure from their children. But as a fellow aid worker reminds him, “This is Nepal, Connor. Things are different here.”
I was quite impressed with Conner’s sacrifice to help these children. He gave his time, talent, and money. He sacrificed his health and well being to travel to their remote villages and track down the parents. And he was rewarded by seeing families reunited!
The book is well written and captivating. And if you can get your hands on the audio book, I recommend it.
Disclaimer: I checked out the audio book from the Maury County Public Library. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not compensated in any way. And even returned the book before the due date so as not to incure any late fees.