Shree Lamachhaine's family tells me that he has suceeded in 'going out' to Korea. He has had this on his mind for at least 3 years.
Shree will be leaving his wife and children for a 3-year contract to South Korea. His first 6 months' salary will be paid to the Manpower agency that got him the job. This is in addition to the money already spent on travel back and forth from Kathmandu (200 kilometers away) and Korean language lessons, etc.
Shree is investing in the future. While almost every Nepali who 'goes out' to another country would prefer to stay at home with their families, the money is a siren song. Shree's 14-year-old son will become the man of the house, and hopefully the extra money earned in Korea will pay for the children's college education.
Shree's family pose in Shree's shop with Yuki the Shiba Inu, painted by Shree Lamachhaine.
Shree tells me that he is excited to be going to South Korea, that he intends to learn from the Koreans. He especially wants to learn their hard-working skills. Unfortunately, he will be working there in the agricultural sector - meaning field work. He said that he is taking his paints and will paint scenes in his free time, hoping to sell them and make some spare money.
I gave Shree three last orders for him to complete while he readies himself for the 3 years away from his family. I will miss Shree and his art.
He intends to build a small house on some land that he owns near here, a one-bedroom with a sitting room, a kitchen and bathroom. And, of course, he will use the money to send his two children to a good school.
Learning Korean has helped his English as well.
Here's hoping for the best for Shree!
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I am back in Nepal for the 9th Danger Dog trip and am accepting commissions now. I'll be back to the states in early June, just in time for Father's Day presents.
HOW TO ORDER
To order, please send me a photo of your pet. I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of paintings and three people will get work. Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint. These can be hung indoors or out, be framed or unframed.
Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front. If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case. Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!
Send your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.
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