Nepalese author Tim Gurung explains why he only writes to raise money for for his charity ISSLCARE, which provides education for poor children in his native country.
Although I was born and raised in Nepal, all of my adult life has been spent in Hong Kong, and it is my only home. I came to Hong Kong in 1980 as a 17 years old Gurkha soldier, served the British crown for the next 13 years, returned to Hong Kong after I found a job in an international company, and never left. For the next two decades, I worked really hard while raising my young family and establishing my new business, and prepared myself and my family for the later half of my life.
Aiming for Something Special
As I have been working really hard from the tender age of seventeen, I always wanted to do something special in life after I reached fifty, and it had to be not only meaningful but also must come directly from my heart. And I had no desire whatsoever of working for money again for the later half of my life.
Although I had spent my whole adult life in Hong Kong, I have never forgotten about my roots, and Nepal has always been at the bottom of my heart. More often than not, I used to dream about doing something about my people, giving back to the society and helping the poor ones as much as I could. Nepal is still one of the poorest nations in the world, life is still very harsh, and little things can make a big difference in people’s lives there. If one day I can find myself at the position to do something and contribute back to the society, I would definitely choose that path and fulfill my wishes all at the same time.
Why I Love Writing
Writing has always been in my blood, it comes easily and it provides not only the warmness to my heart but also solace to my soul. I used to write when I was young, but I stopped writing completely as I got busy with dealing with the travails of life, and rekindled it again when I needed the most. Writing is nothing less than a blessing for me from the almighty one above there, had it not been used for some good causes, it would have been a waste and that would be a disrespect to the almighty. It was the main reason why I decided to use my writing for the good cause of helping the others, what could be the better option than this noble cause, and I simply couldn’t ask for more.
Adding Meaning to my Life
God willing, I have reached at certain position of my life that I don’t have to work for money, my writing doesn’t have to provide for my family and I can fulfill my dream of working for something meaningful in the later half of my life. And that is precisely what I am doing now, trying to help the needy ones while living my dream and eventually trying to make my life more meaningful.
Although I started writing again in 2009, my books were only published in 2015, and I have six in the collection with two more coming soon. ISSLCARE is our charity foundation, registered in Hong Kong, and it helps provide finance to poor families in Nepal so they can send their children to school. The campaign has already started from Pokhara, my hometown. We are sponsoring now twenty-five children through eight schools, and as we grow, we will expand our program throughout the nation so one day, it can cover the whole nation.
It might take five, ten years or even a lifetime, but it is a lifetime commitment, and that is precisely what I have signed for. As of that, it will be my ultimate goal/responsibility to complete that mission, help as many children as I can, and fulfill my dream of having a meaningful life. Since I don’t believe in raising funds and accepting donations, the only way to help support my charity is reading my books, and I am pretty confident and determined that it will prevail at the end. I can understand peoples’ skepticism and I don’t blame them, but this is the true reason why I only write for my charity and I am enjoying my life.
OVER TO YOU
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