From Kilgore to Nepal (using Kathmandu as a target destination) is about 8,300 miles. Despite that vast distance, though, there’s a strong connection between Kilgore and that south Asian country of 25 million people.
The newest issue of ETcetera magazine, included in today’s News Herald, includes a remarkable collection of photographs taken by Kilgore firefighter Nathan Gardner when he visited Nepal in June 2016. He was there with Beauty for Ashes, an organization working on behalf of women victimized by sex trafficking.
In addition, Charla Rolph – owner of Watson Report Services on Stone Road – is an active volunteer with Bright Futures Foundation, a non-profit organization empowering Nepalese women since 2000 through quality healthcare and education. Charla has made several trips to Bhotechaur, a rural Nepalese community, to help with the organization and maintenance of the Bhotechaur Clinic. Her story of that group and its efforts follows Nathan’s photographic essay.
(We should note, as well, that talented local artist Anup Bhandari came here from Nepal.)
Also in this issue of ETcetera, Stacey Cole, librarian at Kilgore Public Library, is in our “Spotlight” and local cooks talk crawfish. The cover story features Avalon Faire, Adi DiShion’s Arthurian fair entering its fourth season.
Major upcoming events – the Rangerette Revels and Kilgogh Arts Festival – are previewed and, as always, the most complete Kilgore-area calendar of community events is included.