Ashley in our office headed to the big apple to explore the city and go to our new manufacturer’s factory M&G Duravent in Albany, New York. While strolling the streets of Time Square she came across a store called ‘Nepal Crafts’ immediately thinking to herself… Room to Read. As mentioned before, our first school will be built in Nepal next year and we are very excited about that. Ashley picked up a couple souvenirs that came with some pretty interesting facts, read below!
The Elephant: Elephants have been a large part of the Nepalese culture for a long time and take a huge part in their religious beliefs. Up until the 1960’s there was a massive amount of elephants located in the low land forest areas of Nepal. Human civilization is always increasing and has resulted in devastatingly low numbers of Elephants in their natural habitat. On a brighter side, Royal Bardia National Park has seen a significant amount of Elephants more frequently.
The Nepal government does recognize the importance of Elephants and their symbolic meaning. They have designated five protected areas for their families as well as a breeding facility at Khorsor. With the knowledge and importance recognized by the government this gives hope to the local elephants to keep their existence growing, healthy and happy.
Swayambhunath Temple: The Swayambhunath Temple is located at the top of the hill in Kathmandu Valley. It is known as the “Monkey Temple” because of the holy monkeys living in the north-west parts of the temple. The Tibetan name for the temple means “Subline Trees” which describes the different forms and varieties of trees located all over the hill top. Swayambhunath Temple is the second more sacred land mark along side of the Buddhist Pilgrimage. The temple consists of Stupa a variety of shrine and temples, dating back to the Licchavi Period. The praying hands in the clay model Ashley got for us, symbolizes the prayers Nepal sends and receives every day.
We hope you found these little facts interesting about our upcoming city of our first school. Please see attached photos of Ashley at the Nepal Craft store and the souvenirs she brought back to the office!