Doug Dworak, Executive Director and Sr. Vice President of Tiny Hands International, told me about one of the world’s most dangerous roads in Nepal. I had to check it out. Before I share a sneak peek with you, I have to explain why it’s a big deal for me to even want to see what this road might be like.
You see, I have an incredible fear – not of heights, but of falling from high places. When Mike and I married, I suggested that we go to Colorado and drive through the Rocky Mountains for our honeymoon. (Momentary insanity? Perhaps.) Words are inadequate to describe how terrified I was. We’d drive straight up those mountain roads, and I was sure we were going to drive right off into oblivion. That was many years ago, and I have a better grip on my irrational fears, but I’m still not terribly fond of high places from which I might fall.
The BBC did a series on the World’s Most Dangerous Roads a few years ago and they featured the particular road in Nepal that Doug had named. If you read the description of those episodes, you will understand my fear …
“Comedians Rhod Gilbert and Greg Davies attempt to drive through the mountainous, landlocked nation of Nepal. Starting from the chaotic border with India, they travel across the country’s most important roads, from highways that maintain its cities to freshly-dug dirt tracks that connect to isolated communities.
There are uplifting stories throughout, but it is a journey that is fraught with danger. Besides having one of the world’s highest rates of road traffic accidents, floods and landslides are an everyday occurrence, blocking traffic for days on end and claiming dozens of lives every month.
After days of swerving overloaded buses, dodging trucks and clinging to crumbling mountain roads, disaster strikes within sight of their final destination.”
(The underlining and bold font are all mine, because I don’t want you to miss how terrifying it is!)
Okay, strap on your seatbelt and watch this clip of that road if you dare …
[Note: There is some inappropriate language because frankly these guys are FREAKING OUT!]
Once a vehicle goes over the edge of a road like this, it’s all over. There is very little chance of finding anyone alive. If, by the grace of God, there are survivors and they are rescued, they will broken – very very broken.
Twenty-one years ago I had back surgery and I remember my surgeon telling me that he would do the best he could, but that I would live the rest of my life with a “repaired back.”
Anyone going over the edge of the most dangerous road in the world, may be put back together by skilled physicians, but they would always be repaired, at best.
Imagine that just as a traveller is about to go over the edge, a hand reaches out and grasps them, pulling them back to safety and saving them from certain tragedy.
That – my friends – is figuratively what Tiny Hands International does. Tiny Hands works in conjunction with the local Nepalese Church to intercept girls (and some young boys) who are being trafficked across the border from Nepal into India. Local Church members man border stations and watch for traffickers and their would-be victims.
Do you have any idea what it takes to rescue a girl who is already a sex slave? Check out Relevant’s recent article that attempts to give you a basic understanding of the rescue process. Friend, that’s just the rescue. That doesn’t begin to breakdown what it takes to put the pieces back together in the lives of these girls. If, by the grace of God, they find healing, the truth of the matter is they will be “repaired” at best.
Tiny Hands’ volunteers have literally reached out and caught girls by the back of their dresses as they boarded buses that would take them to one of the world’s most dangerous life roads imaginable – that of a sex slave. Eighteen border stations … 130-170 interceptions each month – it’s not uncommon to have 20-30 interceptions at a single station – volunteers from the local Church rescuing girls before irreparable damage is done.[Tweet “Rescuing girls before irreparable damage is done. @TinyHandsIntl “]
What can you do?
2. SHARE this post. March 19 – April 1, my daughter and I will travel with Tiny Hands to Nepal. I will be writing their story and I’m going to Nepal to learn everything I can about this amazing ministry. Kadi is going to capture images of our experience.
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I will be blogging about our upcoming trip each Monday until we leave. Then (as electricity and opportunity allows) we’ll be posting daily from Nepal. Won’t you go on this journey with us? Will you share the experience with others? Here’s last week’s post. Follow our journey and invite others to join us.