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Pam, that's really interesting. Wikipedia has some information on the Dalit and also the Nepalese caste system, which is very complex. I can only begin to understand how it works. What I see in that picture is that Orlando seems not to care about the caste system there, and only sees Kusum as a little girl.

A picture really is worth a thousand words, isn't it?

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Boy I leave Serenity's thread with her beautiful girls whose joy is contagious and come over here to read Pam's great info on Kusum. Somebody please pass the tissues!

Because you know, he didn't give one thought as to touchable or untouchable, place in society or not, it was a hand that had to be held.

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Getty Images has the following Details information for that photograph. The notes on their photos are very often quite informative, although they are not error free. I found it very poignant that her father works in Qatar. You know she doesn't get to see him very often, if ever. :(

Orlando Bloom Visits Nepal As International Ambassador For UNICEF

KASKI DISTRICT, NEPAL - UNDATED: Kusum Bishwakarma, age 7, escorts British actor Orlando Bloom, with a red 'tikka' mark on his forehead (local symbol of welcome), to her home in the village of Pumdi Bhumdi on January 10, 2008 in Kaski District, Nepal, where snow-capped Himalayan Mountains loom in the distance. Kusum lives with her mother and 15 year old brother. Her father works in Qatar. Kusum and her family are considered to be of the Nepalese 'Dalit' or 'Untouchables' caste. In his role as an international ambassador for the charity UNICEF, Orlando Bloom toured UNICEF-supported programmes in the country's western region November 30 - December 9, 2007, meeting with UNICEF staff, health facilitators and educators, as well as women's and other community groups. Nepal is still recovering from a decade-long civil war that left 13,000 people dead, hampered the delivery of basic services and restricted development of the nation. Malnutrition is the underlying cause of more than 60 per cent of child deaths in Nepal; an estimated 51 per cent of children under the age of five stunted in growth and 48 per cent considerably underweight. However, maternal mortality has significantly reduced from an estimated 539 deaths per 100,000 births in 1996 to 281 maternal deaths per 100,000 births in 2006. Child deaths are also on the decline, putting Nepal on track to reach Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 (the reduction of under-five child mortality and improved maternal health. (Photo by Brian Sokol/UNICEF via Getty Images)

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Pam and Patty, thank you for telling us the story of Kusum and her family. I was deeply moved before by this precious picture of Orlando walking with the little girl as you can tell by my set but now I really am after reading about her story. :quiver:

I am also little confused about the article, is Orlando back in Nepal? Looking at the date towards the beginning of the article makes me think he has gone back.

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This is pure speculation on my part, Kim, because I am definitely not privvy to Orlando's comings and goings, but I do believe the date of January 10, 2008 was the date of the photo and article being posted on the internet, not when he was there, since that was early December, 2007. They do occasionally get things wrong. Where are the fact checkers when you need them? :search: I read an online article the other day that was talking about the Pirates movies and of Orlando's role as the dashing Will Hunter. :blink:

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Thanks for the info, Patty - I didn't read that when grabbing the photos.

I know the 'caste' system is old and entrenched in that part of the world; I've heard about it in India.

A fascinating show that I would recommend that covers Nepal and the region is "Himilaya" by Michael Palin. (It's a 4-part series from BBC on 2 DVDs, available through Netflix.) It explains some of the political issues regarding the area, and for Nepal and Tibet, specifically those relating to the Maoists and takeover of many areas by China during that country's revolution.

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Thanks all of your for you valuable information. As you have brought it to us, I have, as I am sure you have, learned more and more about this place and what their trials are and their needs. I am certain that Orlando's presence there is more a little to credit for raising at least my own awareness of this regions troubles, and am also certain that is one of the reasons they would want somebody of his reputation representing as a Ambassador For UNICEF. But I also seem to see a very calm and mature look on his face. Like he is enjoying so much this humanitarian effort, as if there is no other place on earth he would rather be. Good for him.

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It's things like this that really pull at my heart strings. How can you not admire a man with so much heart? What a beautiful soul.

Thanks a million for sharing this. I really appreciate it.

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I have to tell y'all what I did.:blush:

We listen to a radio station out of Waco, every morning (97.5). They get a daily "news" update from a reporter named Mike Evans. It is really a sindicated gossip show, but he is usually quite fun to listen to.

Of course, for the last few weeks, it has been nothing but Britney, Britney, and more Britney. Well, I was getting a little tired of all of the negative news coming out of Hollywood, so I sent Mike an e-mail. This particular e-mail, was to remind him that there are good people in Hollywood too. I then proceded to tell him about Orlando's trip to Nepal.

Well, what do you know? He talked about Orlando this morning. Mike called him one of the nicest people in Hollywood. He mentioned Orlando's help in trying to end hunger, and that he spends a lot of time, "quietly helping others". I just about dropped my toothbrush! :yahoo: It was a wonderful little report. I have no idea how many stations across the country heard this, but I know that he is sindicated to quite a few. I'm just glad that Orlando's message will now reach a few more people, and let them realize that young Hollywood is not made up entirely of miscreants. There are good people out there as well.

Mike posts recordings of his reports on his website (evansradio.com). I just checked, and the most recent one that they have up is from yesterday. This report will be on Friday, Jan 18th show.

Y'all go have a listen.

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Cayenne, that is great news! :cheer2: I am so happy your e-mail got through to him! It just irritates me how all the good Orlando does goes virtually unnoticed by the media but when someone else does something (I won't mention names) it is all over the media! :angry: I also think the media needs to be reminded there are good people in Hollywood as well, so thank you Cayenne for reminding them of that and the good that Orlando does for others and the world around him. :wub:

Kim

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