little princes

by Conor Grennan
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Reuniting The Trafficked Children Of Nepal

A powerful memoir exposing both the beauty and devastation in war-torn Nepal, Little Princes is the riveting story of Conor Grennan's journey to reunite trafficked, Nepalese children with their families.

What begins as Grennan's year-long trip around the world in 2004, evolves into a volunteer mission at a Kathmandu orphanage. Months into his work, a chance encounter with a local villager changes everything: Grennan discovers that these children weren't orphaned, they were kidnapped. Their parents were alive and well--and very far away. And so begins Grennan's inspiring trek through unpaved roads, villages without electricity and rebel strongholds to reunite his troupe of children with their lost families. Printed in China. All copies come with a signed bookplate.

An excerpt from Little Princes:
"I was struck by how viciously the civil war had torn this country apart. Children had been taken by traffickers and the door to their village had been slammed shut by the Maoists. Nobody could get in or out, even to check if their family members were still alive. I felt suddenly overwhelmed by the amount of work that needed to be done in Nepal."

As a result of his experience, Grennan launched a non-profit called Next Generation Nepal (NGN) in August 2006 to build on his efforts. NGN has expanded its reach beyond the original orphanage--it seeks out thousands of abandoned children and offers them the same shelter, food, medical attention, and support offered to the first Little Princes.

Says Grennan of his personal journey: "[I]n writing it, I realized it was more than just [the children's] story. It was the story of how somebody like me, somebody with no relevant skills whatsoever, no deep passion for volunteering, no profound desire to make an impact on anyone's life but his own, found himself sacrificing his comfortable way of life to try to improve the lives of these young children on the other side of the world."

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Item ID
20287
Made from
paper
Measurements
9" L x 6" W x 1.1" H; 304 pages; Hardcover with 16-page color photo insert
Notes
Hardcover with 16-page color photo insert.
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Conor Grennan

Conor Grennan spent eight years at the EastWest Institute (EWI), both in Prague and the EU Office in Brussels. During that time, Conor developed and managed a wide variety of projects focusing on issues such as peace and reconciliation in the Balkans, community development in Central Eastern Europe, and harmonizing anti-trafficking policy at the highest levels government in the European Union and the former Yugoslavia in cooperation with the top experts in the field. In 2001 he was made Deputy Director of EWI's Program on Security and Good Governance, and served as the Advisor on EU Affairs to EWI's Worldwide Security Program.

Conor left EWI in 2004 to travel and volunteer in Nepal, where he spent six months working at the Little Princes Children's Home in the village of Godawari. When he learned that the children in the home were not orphans, but were in fact trafficked, he started Next Generation Nepal, an American NGO dedicated to reconnecting trafficked children with their families.

Conor is a citizen of the U.S. and Ireland and was based in Kathmandu, Nepal, until October 2007. He is the Executive Director, Next Generation Nepal (USA, Nepal) and lives in Connecticut. He recently graduated from the NYU Stern School of Business.

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