Mahendra’s life changed within seconds when he fell out of a high tree. When he woke up, he realized he could not move his legs anymore. He was twenty-one years old. Since that moment he has been paralyzed and can only move his arms and turn his head.
He is thirty-three now and has stayed inside his dark wooden house the last twelve years. The steep hilly road of his mountain village makes it impossible to move him around on a bed. He is stuck in his house.
Mahendra might be paralyzed, but he is still a smart guy. His house is next to the small cobble stone road that tourist walk to enter his picturesque village. Each hiker will stare right into Mahendra’s friendly face when passing by. A donation box is standing next to his open window. A little note in simple English tells Mahendra’s story.
Many tourists are touched by his tragic story, chat with him and donate some money. This helps him to stay alive without any income and to be connected with the outside world.