In keeping with our 'education' theme for the Fall issue, writer Laura Gosset interiewed three Okanagan Women whose lives were changed through education.
It all started with eight shaggy-haired yaks loaded with overstuffed boxes of books
In 1998, John Wood - an overworked, burned-out Microsoft executive - escaped to Nepal for a much needed backpacking getaway. While hiking the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, he toured a typical Nepalese school. Wood was appalled, not just by the dilapidated schoolhouse, but the library for the school's 450-plus children - an uninviting, empty room with no chairs, no shelves and, most shockingly, no books.
The books were so precious they were kept under lock and key to protect them from damage by the children. It was a ratty collection of about twenty backpackers’ discards, including a steamy Danielle Steel romance and Lonely Planet Guide to Mongolia.