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Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepalby Conor Grennan
Grennan's story is a wonderfully written account of hope, persistence, and accomplishment against all odds. If you liked Three Cups of Tea, you'll need to read Little Princes, too — it's a bright spot in our increasing awareness of the mistreatment of children around the world.
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One Person Can Make a Difference...
In search of adventure, twenty-nine-year-old Conor Grennan traded 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 Children's Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal.
Conor was initially reluctant to volunteer, unsure whether he had the proper skill, or enough passion, to get involved in a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he was soon overcome by the herd of rambunctious, resilient children who would challenge and reward him in a way that he had never imagined. When Conor learned the unthinkable truth about their situation, he was stunned: The children were not orphans at all. Child traffickers were promising families in remote villages to protect their children from the civil war — for a huge fee — by taking them to safety. They would then abandon the children far from home, in the chaos of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.
For Conor, what began as a footloose adventure becomes a commitment to reunite the children he had grown to love with their families, but this would be no small task. He would risk his life on a journey through the legendary mountains of Nepal, facing the dangers of a bloody civil war and a debilitating injury. Waiting for Conor back in Kathmandu, and hopeful he would make it out before being trapped in by snow, was the woman who would eventually become his wife and share his life's work.
Little Princes is a true story of families and children, and what one person is capable of when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds. At turns tragic, joyful, and hilarious, Little Princes is a testament to the power of faith and the ability of love to carry us beyond our wildest expectations.
"Grennan, who once worked at the East West Institute in Prague, embarked on a round-the-world trip in 2006, starting with a stint volunteering for an orphanage six miles south of Kathmandu. The orphanage, called the Little Princes Children's Home, housed 18 children from the remote province of Humla, rescued from a notorious child trafficker who had bought the children from poor villagers terrified of the Maoist insurgents eager for new recruits; the parents hoped to keep their children safe, but the children often ended up as slaves. Grennan was stunned by the trauma endured by these children, who he grew to love over two months, and after completing his world tour, returned to the orphanage and vowed not only to locate seven Humla orphans who had vanished from a foster home, but also to find the parents of the children in the orphanage. This required starting up a nonprofit organization in America, Next Generation Nepal, raising funds, buying a house in Kathmandu for the children's home, and trekking into the mountains of Humla to locate the parents. Grennan's work is by turns self-pokingly humorous, exciting, and inspiring. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Funny, touching, tragic. Conor Grennan's Little Princes is a remarkable tale of corruption, child trafficking and civil war in a far away land — and one man's extraordinary quest to reunite lost Nepalese children with their parents." New York Journal of Books
"The beauty of this book is partly the fact that it is a memoir. But it is also more than that. I defy you to not be inspired or moved by this saga." Los Angeles Times
"Grennan's work is by turns self-pokingly humorous, exciting, and inspiring." Neil White
"In the tradition of Three Cups of Tea and Mountains Beyond Mountains, this book provides proof (there cannot be too much) of the value of volunteer work." Kirkus Reviews
“Funny, touching, tragic….A remarkable tale of corruption, child trafficking and civil war in a far away land—and one mans extraordinary quest to reunite lost Nepalese children with their parents.”
—Neil White, author of In the Sanctuary of Outcasts
Little Princes is the epic story of Conor Grennans battle to save the lost children of Nepal and how he found himself in the process. Part Three Cups of Tea, part Into Thin Air, Grennans remarkable memoir is at once gripping and inspirational, and it carries us deep into an exotic world that most readers know little about.
About the Author
Conor Grennan volunteered in Nepal at the Little Princes Children's Home in the village of Godawari in 2004. He would eventually return to Nepal to launch Next Generation Nepal (NGN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to reconnecting trafficked children with their families in postwar Nepal.
Conor is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the NYU Stern School of Business. He currently resides in Connecticut with his wife and son.
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