Thursday, October 30, 2008

At the Kavre School

Here I am giving the first of two speeches in Kavre, though at this point, I hardly know Nepali Sign Language! This is a special program called "Human Rights Through Sign Language," and this afternoon, a deaf motorcycle rally made its way from Kathmandu to the school in Kavre. Deaf people are technically not allowed to have driver's licenses in Nepal, and the rally was designed to raise awareness on the lack of equal rights.

Dancers from the Kavre School wearing traditional costumes.

The students performed traditional Tamang and Sherpa dances for the audience. That's me in the background looking on, along with other guests of honor, including Rav Bir Joshi, member of the Constitution Assembly and the only deaf elected politician in Asia.

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