Wednesday, September 22
Little Princes by Conor Grennan
In need of some fun and adventure, 30-year-old Conor Grennan traded in his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Orphanage in war-torn Nepal. But what began as a lark became a passionate commitment that would transform the young American and the lives of countless others.
Within minutes of his arrival, Grennan was surrounded by a horde of gleeful boys and girls showering him with warm welcomes. Yet as he soon learned, the children’s cheery smiles belied years of pain and abuse, for many of the boys and girls at Little Princes were not orphans at all, but victims rescued from human traffickers. Moved by their plight, Grennan vowed that when his trip was over he would return to the children of Little Princes and eventually reunite them with their families—a promise he would risk his life to keep.
Little Princes is the powerful story of a soul’s awakening and a reflection of the noblest and darkest of human intent. It is a heartwrenching true tale of the power of optimism, love, and dedication to overcome greed, violence, and hate. And it is an unforgettable account of children, families, and one man whose decision to take a stand makes the world a better place for all of us.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Before traveling to Nepal, Conor Grennan spent eight years at the EastWest Institute (EWI) in Prague and Brussels, focusing on peace and reconciliation in the Balkans. In 2001 he was named Deputy Director of EWI's Program on Security and Good Governance, and served as the Advisor on EU Affairs to EWI's Worldwide Security Program.
In 2004, Conor began work at the Little Princes Children's Home in the village of Godawari, outside Kathmandu, Nepal, where he cared for eighteen children. In 2006, he founded Next Generation Nepal, a non-profit organization that helps reconnect trafficked and displaced children with their families and communities.
A citizen of the U.S. and Ireland, Conor received his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia. In May 2010 he graduated from the NYU Stern School of Business where he was President of the Student Body. Having hired a US-based Executive Director for Next Generation Nepal (www.NextGenerationNepal.com), Conor now serves as an active board member for NGN, still involved in the daily activity of the organization. He lives in the New York City area with his wife and son.
Follow the author on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Conor-Grennan/141916935835596
Publisher: William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers
Publish Date: February 2011
The Little Princes is a book that takes you to another place and time, one that is far removed from our normal experiences. Nepal is such a troubled country, and unfortunately there is always the criminal element that takes advantage of the ones who are the most vulnerable.
Conor Grennan embarks on a one year tour around the world, and he started his travels with a volunteer position at an orphanage in Nepal for three months. He had no idea that his life would be changed forever after his experiences there. The Little Princes orphanage and it's residents captured his heart and nothing else seemed important after that.
Conor's story is one that tugs at the heartstrings, and it challenges us to look at things differently. Even after finishing the book, I have been thinking about the children in the orphanages, and the horrific situations that put them there. It is an amazing and inspirational story of how one person can change many, many lives.
A BONUS REVIEW (from my husband, Dick)
Wow! That is all I can say as I finished and put down this book. The author Conor Grennan takes us inside himself as he faces not only what he thinks is his own inadequacies but also a culture where violence, greed, corruption and above all poverty is the norm. He deals with hostile and greedy bureaucrats and a hostile landscape as he gives himself over to helping people that cannot help themselves. Personally I never gave the country of Nepal much thought, and especially to the people that inhabit this hostile but beautiful country. I feel like an ostrich that has had his head pulled out of the sand. I am amazed at these children as they find a way to survive, even after the tremendous traumas in their young lives, and amidst all the lies and injustice done to them. This is not a finished story as these situations are still happening today, even as I am writing this review.
Buying this book is a way that you and I can help Conor with the organization he started in Nepal, “Next Generation Nepal”. Some of the proceeds of the sale of this book help to finance the many volunteer organizations in healing a country torn apart by civil war and Mao’s damaging philosophies. This book is a pleasure to read and it will leave you aware of your own life, with luxuries that 85% of the people on this earth do not have. Again, I urge you to order this book and help out in a small but meaningful way.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Little Princes from Harper Collins Canada in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.
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