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New Canaan Author Helps Nepal's Children

Conor Grennan never expected a self-indulgent trip to Asia would lead to him become the guardian and advocate for some of the world’s poorest children.

But a trip to Nepal ended up transforming his life and made him a somewhat reluctant author, sharing stories of the lives of Nepal’s children and his quest to help them. Grennan’s travels are covered extensively in his new book “ Little Princes : One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal.”

The book tells how Grennan initially journeyed to Nepal to volunteer at the Little Princes Children’s Home as part of a year of travel. Early in this trips to Nepal he learned that the boys at Little Princes were not orphans but children surrendered by their poor families to child traffickers who offered false promises of safety and education. The boys eventually became street beggars and laborers and were used to assist Maoist rebels during a civil war that lasted 10 years. His third trip to Nepal in 2006 was spent trying to reunite families. Some of the book pulls from a blog on his trips to Nepal, where he met his wife, Liz.

“It was all based on one volunteering trip that I took that I really didn’t want to do anyway,” said Grennan, who has lived in New Canaan since August. “I was never much of a volunteer. It was never something I had been interested in. (But) it was something that kind of took hold of me.”

That mission continues with Next Generation Nepal , an organization Grennan founded to reunite the children with their families and educate communities that might be vulnerable to traffickers.

Grennan said he was hesitant to write a book and had to be prodded into it, but he thought at the least it would be a great way to get the word out about Nepal and his cause. “Nepal’s a country not many people know about, and certainly nobody knows the plight of the kids out there,” he said. “It’s kind of turned into a much bigger thing.”

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