Michael Bromfield: Notes from a Nomad - Leonard Cohen and the Deaf Children at Bahrabise

Ever since Doug was approached 18 years ago by Bhoj Raj to build a school for deaf children all of us at CAN hold the Shree Sindu School for the Deaf at Bahrabise close to our hearts.

Over the years this development of a safe haven providing education, with a strong emphasis on the vocational element, has sparked interest from around the world. 

 'Old' school building badly damaged in the earthquake on the left with the new classrooms and hostel accommodation on the right.

'Old' school building badly damaged in the earthquake on the left with the new classrooms and hostel accommodation on the right.

One of the school's most generous benefactors is Michael Bromfield who, through the generosity of his family trust. has supported the rebuilding to a very high specification. 

As well as wanting to give something back to a remote mountain community in gratitude for 30 years of walking in remote areas Michael also wanted to reflect the joy the singer, Leonard Cohen had brought him as Michael walked his way around the Himalaya. As a result the dormitory block has been dedicated 'In the memory of the Canadian Poet, Writer and Singer Leonard Cohen, Citizen of the world and an inspiration to so many' with two quotations from his songs below: 

"I greet you from the other side of sorrow and despair, with a love so vast and shattered it will reach you everywhere" 

"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in"

Michael has written a very moving blog post which can be accessed here. Included in the blog are comments written by Doug following his recent visit in May 2018. 

Michael and Doug are pictured below at the Himalayan Trust's 10th Anniversary Lecture held at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 23 May.

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