That didn't usually work!
Of course the power in Nepal is only on for about 6-7 hours a day at intermittent times. When the power was actually on we only had one outlet, and one light in the bathroom which worked. We became good friends with flashlights and lots of blankets! :/
The US charges $160 for Nepali's to apply for a tourist VISA into the US. That is A LOT of money for the average Nepali who may only make $1 a day. The US gets hundreds of these applications a day. I was told they only accept 4-5 of them. :( That is a lot of people naively throwing the US government money for nothing.
One day I went to the 'DMV' with one of the missionaries there. She needed her licenses renewed and had to go get her picture taken. I was shocked at how crowded the place was. Cheryl pointed out all the US VISA applications tucked under their arms. These people were there to get their pictures taken for their application. It was crazy! There were at least 50 people there at that moment trying to get a US VISA. Cheryl said it is like that all the time.
I talked to many Nepali while I was there. Most of them were interested to hear about the States and/or were excited to tell me that they have a family member who made it there. I would say "Oh cool, have you ever been to visit?" The response was always the same. "No, I can't get a VISA". Several told me they knew it was because they are too poor. "The US thinks I couldn't possibly be coming to 'vacation'... I am too poor. They think I must be coming to illegally hide."
That made me feel sad.
I hope this post gave you a small glimpse of Kathmandu. It really is a fascinating place! Filled with kind fascinating people. There is much work to do for the orphans and the people of Nepal but I believe God is opening doors there to do just that!