About to turn 30, Conor Grennan planned a year-long trip around the world. He started his trip with a three-month stint volunteering in the Little Princes Orphanage in war-torn Nepal. What was supposed to be just a three-month experience changed Conor’s life, and the lives of countless others. One afternoon, Conor and his friend and colleague, Farid, were approached by a woman who would turn out to be the mother of two of the wards. Over hours of conversations with her, Conor and Farid learned the truth about the kids: Many of the little princes were not orphans but rather had been taken from their homes and families by child traffickers. In addition to losing two of her boys, this woman, while under the control of a human trafficker, was doing her best to keep seven other terrified kids alive in her mud hut. Conor’s and Farid’s lives changed in those moments, as he decided to commit himself to these kids. After securing spots in an orphanage for all seven and arranging for an excellent local staff to run the Little Princes orphanage, Conor escaped Nepal, one day before revolution erupted in Kathmandu, with the King’s police shooting protestors in the streets.
After arriving home, Conor received a devastating email reporting that the seven kids had disappeared, snatched once again by the same trafficker. He wrote to Farid, and together they were soon back in Kathmandu, riding through the chaotic streets on the back of a motorcycle, searching for his kids, seven needles in a corrupt haystack. And that is where Conor’s story begins.
Conor and Farid pledged to not only start a new orphanage for these seven but to start an entire new program dedicated to reuniting kids with their lost families in remote villages in the Nepalese hills, a four-day walk at best through war-torn precincts with no roads.
Conor’s organization, Next Generation Nepal, has reconnected over 500 families with children they feared were lost to them forever.