GARY: I’d like to invite my son Jacob up on the stage with me. Jacob, what was your first impression when we drove into Yarsa?
JACOB: Well, my first impression was when I first arrived that the people all thought, “Oh it’s Gary’s son. He’ll probably just go sit in the tent and do whatever he wants.” So when I started to work there, they were all wondering, “Is he really going to work?” It was amazing for them to see that I actually started helping and working with them. They were very shocked by that and were extremely pleased.
They’re such friendly people. It doesn’t matter how many times I visited them in a day, they would always come by and do their “thank you” greeting, which is “namaste.” It was very sweet to see that. And they always had a smile on their face.
When I first arrived, I could see just how happy they were to actually have someone helping them. When I was talking with other people, and a lady was helping me translate, they said, “Everyone else around us was getting help, and we asked them to help us, but no one would.” So when my dad came down in January the first time and they started to get help and hope, they were so much happier.
GARY: Was it a fulfilling time to witness and experience what was taking place there?
JACOB: It definitely was. I know that when we go out to help an older man or lady walk across the street, we feel good about ourselves—or when we do a good deed that day or do what our mom or dad asked. When you do something good, you feel good about yourself. Going to Nepal and helping those people out, I got an experience and a feeling that I had a greater purpose in life. It was a feeling you’ll never get unless you go help people in need out there in the world.