- Barbara Watkins
Sometimes life takes us in a direction that unexpectedly changes everything and alters all our future plans. Happily, this is just what happened to Conor Grennan, the author of Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal. It is necessary for me to state now that I know Conor and my daughter and her husband play the smallest of roles in Conor’s memoir. Perhaps because of this I took particular pleasure in reading this book, but I think personal interest was quickly overtaken by the value of his touching story.
Conor planned a long, world-wide trip after working in Prague for a couple of years. His adventure begins in Nepal at the Little Princes Children’s Home, where he volunteered to help the “orphans." The children turned out not to be orphans, but victims of child traffickers.
After living with these children and hearing their disturbing stories, Conor begins a search for their parents. He has quickly grown fond of them and is shocked to learn how they became victims. A particular trafficker with political connections had been promising the parents, in this very poor country, that for a fee he would take their children to safety, saving them from forced labor, the rebel army or slavery, all common occurrences in Nepal. Once the trafficker had exhorted the money from these poor and desperate parents he abandoned the children, forced them to work, or sold them. Conor could not ignore their plight and set out to reunite them with their parents.
This is the story of how Conor searched for lost children and in the process found himself. Conor was so transformed and inspired by his experience in Nepal that he began his own foundation called Next Generation Nepal which continues to raise funds and awareness for the plight of the children of Nepal.
While in Nepal, Conor started a blog to communicate his experiences with the world. One of his blog followers whom he had not yet met, Liz, was soon to become a most important part of his life. And so the story continues to unfold…….
Don’t miss this wonderful and inspiring read.