Ladakh 6

Kashmir Himalayan Expeditions office, Leh
Monday 24th June

A strong bond of friendship has formed between John, Val and myself, to the extent that I’m minding the(ir) office. Shared walks and meals since our trek have served to confuse and diffuse my own planning. Being here is both relaxing and rewarding. My opening entry (May 5th ) notes that I wish to experience other cultures, and Ladakh is another country which serves very well in that sense. It’s is a very good place to stop, but when do I leave?

And how?

25th

Woke with bed bug bites and backache. What a b*^~%!

My trusty walking stick was brought into use as I hobbled off to meet Sandy, the field director of Save The Children Fund (SCF) here. Their prime role is to effect primary health care in the 60 villages in Ladakh, westwards to Kargill. SCF is reviving the ‘amchi‘ tradition of village healers whose main medicines are local herbs gathered twice a year in the mountains. Sandy is the only foreigner to live, with his wife, year round in Ladakh. We had an interesting discussion on the lines of communication between SCF London and local ‘important’ people.

His predecessor started a programme of project work, inc. irrigation, schooling and insulating houses with double glazing; although none are strictly ‘medical’, all have a role in improving health. Sandy had a tale of missing construction materials which, in view of the fact that they have to be ‘imported’ from the Indian plains, could have been a mild disaster.

The police investigated but couldn’t help. So he went to a local ‘wise woman’ to ask for her help. The materials were returned..  tradition of village healers whose main medicines are local herbs gathered twice a year in the mountains. Sandy is the only foreigner to live, with his wife, year round in Ladakh. We had an interesting discussion on the lines of communication between SCF London and local ‘important’ people.

The police investigated but couldn’t help. So he went to a local ‘wise woman’ to ask for her help. The materials were returned..

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