As we know, Prince Harry stayed an extra six days to work with Team Rubicon in Nepal after his tour. Yesterday, Kensington Palace released photos of Harry’s time there.
Harry joined Team Rubicon volunteers for part of Operation: Nirman (meaning “build” in Nepali) assisting the villagers of Lapubesi rebuild their school after it was destroyed in the earthquake in April 2015.
From the Team Rubicon press release:
“The primary role for the Team Rubicon volunteers was to help the community lay a concrete base for one of the larger school classrooms. With no machinery available and using only local tools and methods, it was clear just how much work is required to construct even a small building, such as a basic home, let along replace an entire school. To lay the foundations for the school classroom, rocks had to be broken down to size by hand, and cement – carried from the nearest town 2.5 hours away – mixed and applied manually.
“The team of veterans were also instrumental in helping the local community restore a much needed power supply. Since the hydro-electric turbine was significantly damaged by the earthquake, the only power in the village has been through individual solar charging units. To improve this, Team Rubicon helped create a solar farm, clearing a platform for the panels, before helping safely wire and install them.
“The final challenge saw the team carry out as much groundwork as they could to help the village work towards repairing the infrastructure of the hydro-electric turbine. Working on the edge of a waterfall on steep terrain, the team cleared piles of rocks and boulders from water channels, and cleared and repaired the pump house containing the turbine and control systems. The villagers hope to clear the final landslide over the coming month that will allow the turbine to run again.”
Prince Harry loves taking photographs and the KP Instagram account released a couple of his own photos after the tour which he took while he stayed overnight with a local family in the Leorani village in west Nepal.
You know what would be great? If Harry released a book of all of his photographs from his various travels and royal work and the proceeds from the book went to charity (Sentebale, most likely, or one of his patronages). That would be awesome.
The below photo had the caption:
Prince Harry said: “Found a friend surveying his kingdom! Who can blame him – what a view! He barked ALL night outside our homestay and kept me awake, but we moved past that!”
Prince Harry said: “Living in such dramatic scenery clearly has an effect on the Nepalese – such calm, friendly people and so much love to give. Note to self – visit again!”
This one Harry obviously did not take himself, but it is damn cute.
In Harry news:
Harry will visit Toronto on May 2 to launch the countdown to the 2017 Invictus Games. And on May 4, Harry will be in Wellington, Florida to play in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup.
Later today Harry is doing the reveal at Buckingham Palace for the UK Invictus Games team. I’ll either update this post or I’ll have a post on that tomorrow.