Conor’s story is chronicled in the book Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring back the Lost Children of Nepal. To purchase a copy click here.
About to turn thirty, Conor Grennan planned a year-long trip around the world. He started his trip with a three-month stint volunteering in the Little Princes Orphanage in war-torn Nepal. What was supposed to be just a three-month experience changed Conor’s life, and the lives of countless others. While playing on the roof of the orphanage, Conor was approached by a woman who would turn out to be the mother of two of the wards. Over hours of conversations with her, Conor learned the truth about the kids he’d come to love. Many of the little princes were not orphans but rather had been taken from their homes and families by child traffickers. In addition to losing two of her boys, this woman, while under the control of a human trafficker, was doing her best to keep seven other terrified kids alive in her mud hut. Conor’s life changed in those moments, as he decided to commit himself to these kids. After securing spots in a children’s home for all seven and arranging for an excellent local staff to run the Little Princes orphanage, Conor escaped Nepal, one day before revolution erupted in Kathmandu.
After arriving home, Conor received a devastating email reporting that the seven kids had disappeared, snatched once again by the same trafficker. Soon he was back in Kathmandu, riding through the chaotic streets on the back of a motorcycle, searching for these kids, seven needles in a haystack. And that is where Conor’s story begins.
Conor pledged to not only start a new home for these seven but to start an entire new program dedicated to reuniting kids with their lost families, often in remote villages in the Himalaya.
Conor’s organization, Next Generation Nepal, has reconnected over 500 families with children they feared were lost to them forever, and there is still much more to do.