Experience from the field- Reintegration Manager
July 1st 2014, my first day at Sano Paila (A Little Step), I was very excited and loaded with energy to work as reintegration officer. The very second day I was on a field mission to the western districts to assist Indian rescued children. The travel was a fun part and the children were the best. One among them was epileptic and would faint anytime which was sad. He slept all the time on my lap and I was the man in charge. We successfully reintegrated them back to their respective families.
Time flew so fast and during October, I travelled to Humla with the reintegration manager, which was my first time to any district in Karnali region. Nature was mesmerizing. We almost walked for 15 days in total. I remember how desperately wanted food after a day long walk. I wonder how the people around there lived. They had adapted to the extreme geography, lack of drinking water sources and no choice for food. The moment when we found food and water was a feeling of getting our breath back. I vividly remember the steep slope and uphill which we had to cross to go to one of the villages. At one point we were literally in the air to cross the cliff. I had developed millions of blisters and needed extra time to stretch my legs.
I travelled to many districts in Nepal. To name some Sarlahi, Rautahat, Parsa, Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Banke, Bardiya, Kanchanpur, Kailali, Mugu, Humla, Kalikot, and Dailekh. I have walked in the flat lands as well as the difficult hills and the never ending mountains. I was in the field during the outbreak of Flu and viral fever which was in Kalikot. I was in the field waiting to hear good health status about all of the children during the devastating earthquake of 2015. I also met a lady in Mugu who did not know what the national flag looked like and the meaning behind it. She literally asked what that thing was (pointing directly to the national flag which I had in my hand). All I could do was to look at her and give a smile back.
I met lots of friends, families and children during my travel days. I cherish their memories and these will always be a moment of inspiration for me. I have had a chance to learn a lot about the process of reintegration and have an experience worth to share in the field of child trafficking. I hope a small effort in the field of stopping child trafficking will have a bigger impact in the days to come. There is a famous quote by Pat Riley – “A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning”.