Book Review: Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan

                                            Little Princes

 

SYNOPSIS (via Scribd)

One Person Can Make a Difference

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.

Conor was initially reluctant to volunteer, unsure whether he had the proper skill, or enough passion, to get involved in a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he was soon overcome by the herd of rambunctious, resilient children who would challenge and reward him in a way that he had never imagined. When Conor learned the unthinkable truth about their situation, he was stunned: The children were not orphans at all. Child traffickers were promising families in remote villages to protect their children from the civil war—for a huge fee—by taking them to safety. They would then abandon the children far from home, in the chaos of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.

For Conor, what began as a footloose adventure becomes a commitment to reunite the children he had grown to love with their families, but this would be no small task. He would risk his life on a journey through the legendary mountains of Nepal, facing the dangers of a bloody civil war and a debilitating injury. Waiting for Conor back in Kathmandu, and hopeful he would make it out before being trapped in by snow, was the woman who would eventually become his wife and share his life’s work.

 

Little Princes is a testament to the power of faith and the ability of love to carry us beyond our wildest expectations.

 

Unlikely to give a review & comment on every book I read, here I was amazed & got paralyzed (yeah ur right paralyzed, just by thinking how a person can give his/her comfort & cushioned life for some unknown). This book gave a thundering moment of my life to sit and think for a while- What am I doing???? Can I just wind up my career & life for some unknown half way around the world????

Conor Grennan is a young Irish-American, who after eight years at the East-West Institute in Europe, decides to travel around the world spending his money, carousing with friends, and drinking lots of beer. But first he spends a couple of months doing the obligatory volunteer thing, in this case working at a children’s home in Nepal. While there, Conor begins to see the world differently, and his life takes on a new shape. Children in Nepal are often given up by their parents either in an effort to see them better fed and educated, or because the parents cannot afford to keep them. These children end up as cheap domestic labor or “orphaned”. NGOs, such as Little Princes, where Conor works, try to keep the children from exploitation by providing a group home and education. Conor decides to take it a step further and try to reunite the children with their parents. By turns humorous and touching, the book is a look at a side of Kathmandu and Nepal that non-tourists and -trekkers rarely see. More importantly, it sheds light on an international problem, the exploitation of children, and it is a study in self-discovery and how one person can make a difference. My only reservation is that Conor’s one person crusade, while completely admirable, may have been better served by working with other NGOs already established and working in Nepal on these same issues, rather than clumsily trying to start his own. In any event, if you liked Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time, you will love Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal. *only slightly tongue in cheek*

 

Rating: 4/5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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