Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal

Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal

by Conor Grennan

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“Funny, touching, tragic….A remarkable tale of corruption, child trafficking and civil war in a far away land—and one man’s extraordinary quest to reunite lost Nepalese children with their parents.”
—Neil White, author of In the Sanctuary of Outcasts

Little Princes is the epic story of Conor Grennan’s battle to save the lost children of Nepal and how he found himself in the process. Part Three Cups of Tea, part Into Thin Air, Grennan’s remarkable memoir is at once gripping and inspirational, and it carries us deep into an exotic world that most readers know little about.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061930065
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 148,317
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

After volunteering at the Little Princes Children’s Home in the village of Godawari in 2004, Conor Grennan eventually returned to Nepal to launch Next Generation Nepal (NGN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to reconnecting trafficked children with their families. He resides in Connecticut with his wife and two children.

Table of Contents

A Note on the Crisis in Nepal ix

Prologue 1

Part I The Little Princes 3

Part II Around the World and Back 57

Part III Seven Needles in a Haystack 95

Part IV Into the Mountains 153

Part V Liz 221

Afterword 277

Acknowledgments 281

About Next Generation Nepal 283

Index 284

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Neil White

“Funny, touching, tragic. Conor Grennan’s Little Princes is a remarkable tale of corruption, child trafficking and civil war in a far away land — and one man’s extraordinary quest to reunite lost Nepalese children with their parents.”

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Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 176 reviews.
LuLuPA More than 1 year ago
This book WAS amazing! It was so easy to read and this is a great story. Conor Grennan went to Nepal to work with the orphans at the Little Princes orphanage and never expected to become so involved with them. His descriptions of the children were so wonderful I could see them jumping around and hanging all over him. I fell in love with them as I read his book. He was so courageous to take on this mission -- to find the families of the children who were taken away to Kathmandu and left there. Their families thought they were sending them away to a better life and an education, but the man they sent them off with kept them in a home and charge tourists to come see them. Anyway, Conor helped many of the families find out about their children and some of them even came to get them and take them back home. It was a very inspiring book and, as I said, very very easy to read. It just flowed from one page to the next. It was great!
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
My tears have subsided so here goes the review. A can't-put-down book which will make you believe in the goodness of humanity (at the same time you are reading about the horrors of child trafficking). This is the story of one man who fell in love with a group of children in Nepal and took the time and resources to help them. I appreciated the author's self-doubt, cheered at his blossoming romance, and celebrated his meetings with parents of the children. I will continue to recommend this book, as it is a story which needs to be told.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Little Princes is a memoir of the author's experiences helping trafficked children in Nepal. Originally, he decides to visit Nepal in order to do three months of volunteer work at an orphanage called Little Princes. During his stay, he discovers that these children are, for the most part, not orphans; a trafficker told their poor, rural parents lies and took them away to make money off them, such as by selling them as servants. This knowledge drives Grannan to creating a nonprofit organization called Next Generation Nepal, dedicated to housing, nurturing, and educating these children and to reuniting them with their families. Grennan vividly and often humorously describes his process from awkwardness with the children to affection and brotherhood with them. The memoir is an eloquently and ardently descriptive personal account of the author's experience in Nepal, sprinkled with fascinating cultural and geographical details. Even if I hadn't visited Nepal in 2007 and 2008, I would have had no trouble visualizing the places he describes. Grennan's account is honest and humble, showing the ups and downs of how he went about helping the lost children of Nepal and the learning process he went through. This memoir will appeal to anyone interested in Asia, in travel memoirs, or in nonprofit organizations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate to sound mean but there's a sympathy gene missing if you don't like this book. VERY WELL written, quick read. A fantastic read for all ages. You won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have read in many years. I am still reading and can not put it down. I wish it would not end. Excellent. Writers makes you feel as though you are actually there. Wonderful. Love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you read this you will be better off in life. It's a story of hope, love, friendship, determination. A TRUE LIFE story of the unlikely hero doing amazing things. Grennan is your average american, except for the fact that he wanted to spend his entire life's savings on a trip around the world. To compentsate for this act of undeniable selfishness he volunteers at a children's orphanage. This "once-in-a-life-time-I'll-never-do-it-again" thing spirals into something much greater. He rescues lost children. He reunites them with their families. He starts a non-profit organization that's still going strong, and he finds love. This is a story everyone should read. It shows that we all can do anything that must be done to make the world a better place, if only our efforts match our passion for the cause. I LOVE this book. It's the most inspiring story I've ever encountered. It addresses this serious and horrifying problem we have in today's world in a serious, realistic way, yet the way Grennan tells it is funny and heart warming. It lifts you up yet explains the horrible reality of the situation at just the right parts in just the right way. The guy deserves an award. Please read this book. It will change your life fore the better. I gave it five stars, but it really deserves ten.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a highschool student,I was reluctant to read a nonfiction book. This book will forever change my view of not obly the world, but life as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my new favorite book. Inspiring story and entertaining read.
Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
I got this book for free. "Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal" by Conor Grennan is a memoir of the author's time as a volunteer in an orphanage in Nepal. Not only did Mr. Grennan volunteer, but he also went above and beyond to find the long lost families of these children who were never orphaned but used and manipulated by war profiteers. Conor Grennan, fresh from a job at Prague goes on a whirlwind world wide trip in 2006. He starts his adventure volunteering for an orphanage called "Little Princes Children's Home). Turns out the kids are not orphans but victims of a notorious child trafficker which has promised their parents protection from the Maoist revolutionaries. However, more often than not the children end up as slaves. Stunned by their stories, Grennan sets on a mission to locate the parents "Little Princes" by Conor Grennan is the story of how one man can make a difference. Volunteering with young children without any experience, the author finds himself at Little Princes Children home in Nepal and quickly comes to think of the kids as family. The story of how the kids came to the orphanage is distributing. A man, known to the authorities but with political clout, has promised poor parents to take care of their children, saving the children from forced labor, slavery or joining the rebel army. The parents, poor as they were, scraped together a hefty sum to insure their child's future. Once he got the money the monstrous child trafficker abandoned the kids, forced to work or sold them. Conor Grennan trekked through the mountains, at great peril and huge personal risk to remedy the situation and find the children's parents -assuming they were still alive. As he tells his tales Mr. Grennan weaves in his love affair and eventual marriage to the lovely Liz. The book is written in a pleasant manner but felt slightly rushed. However, that's OK - as a former backpacker (in South America) I thought the style suited the storyteller. The book is enjoyable and readable while not giving way to sentimental moments. It comes across that Grennan is one of the "good guys" and is telling a genuine story while sharing credit with those who helped him along the way. While it is obvious that Mr. Grennan tries to shine a positive light on those that helped him, he still makes them somewhat dimensional instead of a cardboard figure (after all, even in the US you cannot be straight as an arrow in order to successfully navigate the bureaucracy). While the story is amazing, sincere and touching it is also a pleasure to see how the author has grown, both in personality and style over the five years in which the memoir takes place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Conor's journey over the past 8+ years is inspiring. His story has humor and love. It has fight and strength. It shows that even one person can make a change that effects many. Conor and all of the volunteers involved with Nepal's Littles Princes (& princesses) are doing amazing work. This story wont let you down. It gives you something to be thankful for and something to have hope for.
dk_phoenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bought this last week... sat down to flip through it... and then, as they say on teh internets, "I accidentally the whole thing!!1!".This is one of those memoir/travel/world issue books, in this case written by a young man who'd intended to spend all his savings on a trip around the world before heading back to his comfortable life... but found himself so impacted by the children at an orphanage in Nepal where he volunteered, that he ended up making that his life's work instead.The book is fascinating, heartbreaking, and hopeful. I don't have a whole lot to say about it, but I guarantee that your heart will pound and your jaw will drop as Grennan and the other orphanage volunteers discover a child trafficking ring, try to break the trafficker's power, and do absolutely crazy things like hike across Nepal to find the parents of the children who, truth be told, are not orphans at all (not a spoiler, it's on the back of the book). One of the most incredible sections of the book is when Grennan goes searching for seven children he'd seen inside a woman's house... the children had been hidden there forcibly by a child trafficker, and Grennan found a safe place to extract the children to. But by the time the rescuers arrived, the children were gone. Rather than give them up for lost among the millions of Nepali children, Grennan vows to find them. All of them.This is one book you don't want to miss.
_Zoe_ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a quick, humorous non-fiction account of a serious project. Grennan initially plans to spend a fun year travelling around the world, but worries that that seems selfish, so he starts it off with a stint of volunteering at an orphanage in Nepal. Those "orphans" quickly turn into his life's work; they end up not being orphans at all, but children who were taken from their parents under false pretenses, and Grennan starts a non-profit organization devoted to restoring them to their families. The tone of this book is just perfect; Grennan is self-deprecating and funny and really manages to bring the children to life. I read it in just a couple of days, and will probably return to it in the future. Highly recommended.
whitreidtan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have read a number of books over the years, both fiction and non-fiction, set in Asian countries close to the Himalayas. The majesty of this area of the world has me in thrall without me ever leaving my chair. The magnificence of nature here sometimes overshadows the human element but in the hands of the right writer, I can be equally captured by the reality of the people who live in these rugged, remote, and often terribly poor countries. But I didn't really have a good sense of the turmoil and poverty in the midst of all the grandeur, especially in Nepal. This book has changed that a bit for me and certainly put a human face (or faces) on the sad and desperate social situation facing this small mountainous country sandwiched between India and China.After eight years working for the EastWest think tank, Conor Grennan decided that he wanted to spend a year going around the world. To make his trip seem less frivolous, he signed up to start his journey in Nepal, volunteering at an orphange for 3 months. He didn't really have any experience with children and had very little idea what to expect at the Little Princes Children's Home. But working at an orphanage was certainly admirable and staved off criticism for his around the world year. At the outset, Grennan had no concept of how much the first three months of his journey would change him and how the children at the orphanage would burrow into his heart.Coming back to Nepal after his year in the world, he discovered, quite by accident, that the children at Little Princes (named for the St. Exupery character) were not in fact orphans. They had been rescued from child traffickers. And it was the desperate, unsuccessful race to pluck seven more trafficked children from the dire situation in which they were living, even as the civil war escalated throughout the country, that drove Grennan and his colleague Farid to create the NGO Next Generation Nepal. Their initial vow to find these seven children, stop the abomination of child trafficking, and find the families of all the lost children remains a driving force behind the organization.Ten years of civil war in Nepal caused more casualties than just among those fighting. When men went through remote villages and offered parents the opportunity to send their children to safety in Kathmandu, away from Maoist rebels who would forcibly conscript the children into their armies, to a place with abundant food, to a place where their children could receive an education, the parents gave everything they had to these men in return for the promise of a better life for the children. Unfortunately, the truth was that they paid these child traffickers who only turned around and sold the children into slavery, abandoned them to starve, or worse. It is these stolen children that Next Generation Nepal seeks to find and reunite with their families.Part travelogue, part coming of age tale, part love story, part social conscience, part crusade, part call to action, this tale is wonderfully told and completely engrossing. Grennan is honest about the hard realities of Nepalese life, the corruption found there, and the oftentimes ineffectual politics. But he writes beautifully, affectionately, and from the heart about the people, the place, and the children he carries in his heart forever. His self-deprecating humor shines throughout the narrative making for a highly entertaining read. As Grennan experiences life, learns and changes personally, searches nearly inaccessible villages for parents of the lost children, celebrates successes, and agonizes over failures in this struggling and impoverished country, the reader is swept into the childrens' lives as well as into Grennan's own developing personal life. I dare anyone turning these pages not to fall in love with the enchanting imps at Little Princes and invite them to root for Grennan as he makes the world a better place, one child, one family at a time.A portion of the proceeds fr
Florinda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Comments: I work for an organization whose mission is providing services to nurture healthy families. In some cases, that may mean bringing broken families together again. We¿re part of the social-services system, supported by local government and the general community. We operate in a sphere not unlike that of Conor Grennan¿s organization, Next Generation Nepal...and we operate in a very different world, figuratively and literally. For one thing, the families we¿re trying to hold together were probably not broken apart by child trafficking.At the beginning of a year of traveling around the world, and with very little idea of what he was getting into, Conor Grennan worked as a volunteer at the Little Princes Children¿s Home in Godawari, Nepal for a few weeks. He hadn¿t known what to expect, and he certainly hadn¿t expected to be as affected by the experience as he was, but he quickly grew attached to the eighteen orphans who lived there and his fellow caretakers, and promised to come back as soon as he could. That wasn¿t till over a year later, and on his return visit, he stayed longer and expanded the scope of his work. He¿d discovered that most of the children at Little Princes weren¿t truly orphans; they¿d been recovered from a child trafficker. Parents in the remote, impoverished northern regions of Nepal would give over their children in the belief that they¿d get education and opportunities in Kathmandu, never knowing that they were being sold as laborers in the city or ending up on the streets. The city¿s numerous children¿s homes couldn¿t help enough of them. There was no social-services system to protect them or get them back home, but Conor was determined to do something about that. He could raise money...and he could make the difficult journey, largely on foot, into northern Nepal to track down families, beginning with those of the Little Princes.Grennan may not be the most eloquent writer, but he¿s a fine storyteller with a remarkable story to tell, and he capably engages his reader. It¿s not hard to understand his bonding with the Little Princes and how that spurred an impulse to do more, and while it was difficult for me to keep some of the characters straight sometimes, it was easy to see how they affected him. I found him very likable--the nature of memoir sometimes makes it challenging to evaluate the story being told apart from the person telling that story, but having said that, both come off well--and couldn¿t help rooting for him. The journey to find the Little Princes¿ families held many challenges that made for suspenseful reading--geography, weather, language barriers, and physical injuries among them--and I was completely drawn into it.Conor Grennan¿s work with Next Generation Nepal is ongoing, but Little Princes has a definite narrative arc--and one that would make an excellent film, based on what I was visualizing throughout my reading of the book. A portion of the proceeds of every copy of Little Princes sold goes to support NGN (I feel guilty about getting a review copy!), but the heightened attention and money a movie could generate would certainly help NGN carry out its mission.Little Princes is the moving, memorable story of an unexpected hero in an unlikely place, and I hope it leads to one happy ending after another.
yourotherleft on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Conor Grennan's unexpected journey began with a trip around the world. To quiet the naysayers who thought spending his life savings on world travel was a touch on the irresponsible, self-indulgent side, some volunteering was in order. To his credit, Grennan didn't elect to spend his time comforting koalas, he signed up for a few months volunteering at an orphanage in civil war-torn Nepal. There he discovered that many of Nepal's orphans are not orphans at all but children trafficked away from their distant homes for the gain of men who would promise desperate parents a safe haven for their children. These parents, believing they could save their children from becoming drafted into the Maoist rebel army and have them be educated and fed in distant Kathmandu to boot, sacrificed everything to send their children to "safety." Safety, however, turned out to be more like slavery to the greedy men who were pleased to line their own pockets with the profits from begging children and destitute families.Little did Conor realize how much he would come to love the kids at the Little Princes Children's Home in Godawari, kids who would pile on new volunteers at the least provocation, who good-naturedly ribbed culture-shocked Conor, kids who were so far from home and family but who managed to be joyful anyway. Little did he expect that after his year of world travel, he would find himself returning to Little Princes for another stint of volunteering. He could hardly have imagined that seven trafficked kids he promised safety would see him rejecting the luxuries of first world living in favor of returning to Nepal to start a children's home of his own and to attempt an improbable quest to reunite trafficked children with their parents in the distant, isolated region of Humla.Grennan's story is downright inspiring. He draws out the kids' personalities vividly in his writing, and it's easy to understand how one could be passionate about saving them despite the odds. Grennan's memoir is peppered with humor, with suspense, danger, and even a surprising and genuine love story.Most impressive, though, is Grennan's honest telling of his story and the transformation of his character from his first time stepping through the gate at Little Princes to who he became through working at the would-be impossible task of finding 7 missing children among thousands. Grennan tells it like it is starting with his not-so-honorable reasons for volunteering in the first place, giving us all the embarrassing details of trying to fit into a new culture with a bunch of kids whose names he can initially barely remember, and not shying away from the huge emotional attachment he had to these kids after only a few weeks. He makes no secret of initially using his volunteering in Nepal story to woo women at bars, is unapologetic about his non-interest in getting married and having kids of his own. By the time the last page is flipped, readers will feel like they really know Conor Grennan, that they were there watching as stopped being a something of a self-involved boy and became a passionate, self-sacrificing man. Readers won't be able to help liking him, despite and perhaps because of how freely he describes his failings alongside his triumphs. Little Princes somehow manages to be a compulsively readable story about a painful problem, a tribute to children with spectacular resilience, and a portrait of an average guy who became a hero for children in Nepal.
emeraldessence on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
LITTLE PRINCES One Man¿s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of NepalBy Conor GrennanAdvance Reader¿s EditionReading of the journey and experiences that twenty nine year old Conor Grennan went through while rescuing the children of Nepal, was both heartbreaking and amazing to me. Heartbreaking to learn of the child trafficking. These children are sold for such a pithy amount of money, and then basically live the rest of their lives as servants or slaves. Amazing to me, as I read the book and learned of Conor Grennan¿s unending determination to help these children; many times putting his life in jeopardy while traveling in Maoist Rebel territory in Nepal. Conor Grennan and others had one goal, to rescue or reunite these children with their families. All for the passionate love and commitment for the Lost Children.I was so touched by this book and I feel so inadequate in trying to convey how much this story has touched my heart. These little children are described as "gleeful boys and girls...." It¿s amazing, because as you read the story you learn of the years of abuse or neglect these children went through, but yet you realize that these children are truly happy now. I truly believe these children have found security, love, and happiness in their lives. They've flourished under the abundant love and care they've received. The horrific circumstances that had once been normal for their daily lives, is no longer there, thanks to Conor, his team, and all of those involved in rescuing the children. These children have found the love and security they needed to flourish in their lives. They now have food, shelter, and clothing, but more importantly, they're being educated to help stop the cycle of poverty.How do you begin to thank people like Conor Grennan and all of the others who were involved in helping to rescue these children. Thank you for having an abundance of compassion, love, commitment, faith, and determination for the Little Princes. Thank you for giving and living your life for others. Selflessness at it¿s highest. Thank you certainly seems so pithy doesn¿t it. Thank you.emeraldessence Library Thing Review
Soniamarie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I turned the very last page of this book, I had to sit there for a bit and get my bearings. I also tried to come up with a word to describe it, and as funny as this is going to sound, it being perhaps an odd word to describe a book, I chose the word "beautiful." It's a beautiful story because it is an emotional roller coaster ride. I went from laughing at the author's first daal bhat meal to feeling anger at the child traffickers to shock and dismay when two young boys were hospitalized because they were starving to death to happy tears when parents found out their children were alive and well to awe at the ability of these kids to go thru so much trauma and still laugh and pile up on friends, and I even cheered out loud for the author when he shoved his foot in a door and prevented a man from taking one of his kids back to a life of servitude. There's even a tiny love story at the end, but it doesn't overshadow the book's main focus: the children of Nepal. The author, Conor, first traveled to Nepal and vounteered at the Little Princes orphanage simply to impress his friends, but his two months with those kids changed his life forever. One year later, he found himself drawn back to the orphanage only to discover that most of the children weren't really orphans at all, but victims of child trafficking. Thinking their children would be safe from the ongoing civil war, parents would sell everything they owned, give the money to a prominent business man along with their child, and foolishly believe their son or daughter was heading to a fabulous life in the city where he or she would get educated and have plenty to eat. That's rarely the case. Most of these children would be abandoned, thrown into illegal orphanages to starve, or even sold into servitude. The first half of this memoir talks about Conor and the Little Princes as well as gives a look at life in Nepal and especially life during their civil war. Conor injects bits of humor here and there no matter how bad the situation and I laughed quite a few times. The last half of the story is about Conor trekking thru the dangerous nearby mountain range trying to find the Little Princes's families in hopes of reuniting them. Conor also starts his own orphanage (inspired by seven very special children who also play a huge role in the book) called Next Generation Nepal. This book was a real eye opener for me. I had no idea what children over in Nepal faced. It makes me appreciate what I have a whole lot more. I was very moved by this and I highly recommend it.
ellenr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Compelling and sincere story.
cransell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan is a book very much in the vein of Three Cups of Tea. Grennan first went to Nepal in 2004 for what was supposed to be a relatively brief (few month) stay at the start of a one year trip around the world. Volunteering at the orphanage outside Kathmandu was supposed to be his "good deed" before his big, fun, responsibility-free adventure. Grennan did leave Nepal after his stint was up, but couldn't forget the children he had met and cared for there. He returned to Nepal again and again, eventually founding a non-profit, Next Generation Nepal, opening a second children's home, and beginning a quest to find the families of the children within the two homes. (Most of the children were not truly orphans, having instead been trafficked by men who promised to take the children to safety in Kathmandu for large sums of money from the parents).This was a captivating and engaging read. I finished it in two days and never wanted to put it down. It's not being published until February, but I highly recommended it once it is available.
zibilee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Conor Grennan graduates from college, he decides he's going to use his life savings to travel around the world for a year before getting down to business and finding a job. Though he's mostly a free spirit and just wants to see the sights, he'll spend the first three months volunteering at a children's home in Nepal. Grennan doesn't sugarcoat things when he admits that this plan took shape because he wanted to impress his friends, family and colleagues. But when Conor arrives at The Little Princes Children's Home in Nepal, his world begins to change. At first scared of the lovable mob of children that tackle him to the ground, Conor begins to interact with them on a deep and paternal level that leaves his heart wide open.All these children are the victims of child trafficking. Their parents, living in some of the most remote and poor villages in the world, were tricked into paying a benefactor to house, feed and educate them, hoping that their children will have a better fate than they would have had they stayed in the village. After collecting the children and the money, this malevolent benefactor uses the children as bait to attract foreign donations, ostensibly for the children's care. These children are then abandoned at random villages where they often become malnourished and ill. When the directors of The Little Princes Children's Home eventually come into possession of them, they are finally safe and able to begin a new life. But it's not always that easy, as more and more parents are being lured into giving their children away to the evil man known as Golkka. Although Conor and his colleagues wish to reunite these children with their families, scores of children show up at the doors of the children's home and others like it. When Conor takes on a double mission to find seven stolen children and to reunite several others with their family and village, he steps into a world of danger and corruption. Will he be able to find those unlucky seven and reunite the others with their families before time runs out? As Conor gets increasingly invested in the children and their fates, his life begins to change and he comes to realize that his home is there, in the children's home, with the kids he has come to love and cherish. Though at times heartbreaking, this tale is an ultimately uplifting story about a group of children that were once lost but now have been miraculously found.I haven't read a lot of human interest memoirs over the past year, but I was really excited about this one. First off because Grennan seemed to be such a regular person, such an everyman, if you will. It was refreshing to see that his reasons for the trip to Nepal were essentially selfish but ended up having such positive and far-reaching effects. Conor also has the distinct ability to be genuinely funny writing about the children he comes in contact with and a good portion of this book made me smile. Whenever there was a scene of Conor interacting with the children, there was bound to be a flash of revelation from him, and as he grew to know them all, they came to love and respect him as a sort of surrogate parent. Conor also works with a few other volunteers from other parts of the world and this small handful of people become the children's be all and end all.It was sad to see how the parents were tricked into believing that by paying Golkka to take away their children, they would have a better life. Most of the children that were trafficked were simply meal tickets for the dangerous man, and after they had outlived their usefulness, they were relegated to a shack on the back edge of someone's property along with dozen of others to starve and become seriously ill. At times they were sold into child slavery, and finding these children became the toughest obstacle that Conor could ever face. The sad part was that even though Conor recovered a few dozen, there were countless others that he couldn't save. It was a sad testament that so many of these c
lisifer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Conor Grennan is not what you'd expect after you read the title of this book. He wants to travel around the world and decides his friends and family can't begrudge him the trip of a lifetime (while squandering his life savings) after he volunteers for a few weeks at an orphanage. Little does he know it's going to change his life - and the lives of many others. This is an intense and amazing book. It made me want to travel to Nepal to help!
nightcrawler78 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't usually read non-fiction but I was drawn to the exotic nature of this adventure and I was not disappointed. Little Princes is one of those books that makes you realize how small the world actually is and how we need to be helping each other to make it a better place for all....not just for ourselves. An absolutely stunning story told by a seemingly ordinary man who shows that with a good heart and a lot of hard work one person can truly make a difference. Brilliant.
kcaroth1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Little Princes, a combination of travel narrative, adventure story, and current events view of child trafficking in Nepal. Despite the tragic topic of child abuse and abandonment, Conor Grennan casts an eye glinting with humor to the difficulties of learning and fitting into another culture and examines the positives and negatives of western volunteerism. He describes the emotional roller coaster that can come with working with international NGOs--the guilt,the joy, the anger, the comfort, and the confusion all come through vividly.
meranduh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Conor Grennan may not have had the best intentions when he arrived in Nepal to work with orphaned children, but he uses the experience to change himself and, in a small way, the world. It's inspirational to know there are people like this, who are so moved they literally can't not do something. As this book details, a few months stint meant to "impress people" helps save the resilient children most people have never heard or thought of from further trafficking and servitude. I'm impressed! To read about the transformation and about his work, pick up this totally readable book.
erickandow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At first I was afraid this would be a Three Cups of Tea rip-off. However, this author definitely has a sense of humor, and writes it well. He seems genuinely dedicated to the cause of reuniting trafficked children with their families. Reading the stories of families finding out that their children were alive and being cared for at a children¿s home was truly emotional. Though based in Nepal, the problem of human trafficking is a huge one throughout the East. Grennan imparts a humble perspective to battling this problem at a regional level, even his experiences confronting traffickers and notifying families in remote villages personally. There's even a bit of a love story thrown in.