Original Title: Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring
Home the Lost Children of Nepal
By: Books on Tape
In search of adventure, twenty-nine-year-old Conor Grennan traded his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children’s Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal.
– Excerpt from Goodreads
What was originally planned as a three-month volunteering project for author, Connor Grennan, turned into a constantly developing desire to further help the trafficked children of Nepal.
Nepal was embroiled in a civil war from 1996-2006, with the Maoist rebels fighting for control of the country against a long-standing monarchy. In April of 2006 the King was overthrown following several weeks of violent protests, and the Maoists entered the government as a recognized political party. During the war, over 12,000 people were killed and between 100-150,000 were internally displaced.
The country is among the poorest and least developed in the world, both economically and in terms of infrastructure, ranking near the bottom in almost every major category. Half the country lives below the poverty line, earning less than $1.25 per day, and unemployment rates hover around fifty percent.
Source:CIA World Factbook
– Taken from Next Generation Nepal
I know of a lot of social issues in the world, I’ve never taken any course in political, social or cultural history, but I’ve just known. There’s no denying that there’s more happening behind the traumatic wars that affected so many countries, that although the rest of world acts unaffected, undeniably it is. Usually it’s economic. However, even when the economy is at its worst we, as a society, still manage to find a little bit of something to give without expecting anything in return.
That’s kind of how Connor Grennan’s cause was fuelled. Considering the year the original launch of NGN had occurred, the economy was good, although at this point where people (not all) are trying hard to maintain themselves, there is still a need to give your heart into something considered worthy.
Throughout and before the civil war in Nepal there has been a high number of trafficked children, in the end are left to fend for themselves. Not-for-profit organizations have sprung up to meet the need of caring for these children, who are left sometimes starved or put to work as household slaves.
Little Princes is the title of this book but also is the name of the first “orphanage” the author spent his time volunteering. Even after his 3 months of being one of the primary givers of the 20+ boys in this home he leaves to continue his expedition only to later return with a new mind-set. A new idea. A new plan.
Little Princes in audio format definitely gave me a better idea of the story than I think the paper-version ever would’ve. With Mr. Grennan narrating and adding voices and accents and as adorable as the conversations he was having with the boys, it made the whole story come alive. A real narrative, of a real-life situation that is still an on-going issue. The issues happening to the Nepalese youth from trafficking or abductions makes the whole thing surreal because it’s hardly focused on in North American society.
This book is to help raise awareness but also bring attention to an issue that takes more than a few volunteers to help abolish. The abolishment of child trafficking in, not only, Nepal but also in all parts of the world is a big thing. We may not see it happen but we can’t deny the fact that it is, sadly.
I’m going to stop now before I start my own virtual internal debate. I’m just going to close off with: Read this book, you won’t be sorry. If you’d like other information on NGN go their website here, or check out their Facebook page here.