Little Princes: One Manâ€™s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal, a memoir by Conor Grennan, has been selected for the eighth annual All Fairfax Reads, a â€œone book, one communityâ€ project.
In the 2011 selection, the 29-year-old author trades his day job for a year-long trip around the globe — a journey that begins with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Orphanage in war-torn Nepal. But what begins as just an adventure becomes a passionate commitment that transforms the young American and the lives of countless others.
When Grennan discovers the majority of orphans in his care are actually trafficked children with families in rural Nepal, he begins the difficult task of reuniting them with their families.
In 2006, two years after his first visit to Little Princes, he founded Next Generation Nepal, a non-profit organization that helps reconnect trafficked and displaced children with their families and communities.
â€œI encourage everyone in Fairfax County to be inspired by Little Princes,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova. “We can all make a difference when we feel as passionately about something as Conor Grennan felt about the Nepalese orphans.â€
Grennan will appear on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University as part of the Fall for the Book festival.
All Fairfax Reads is cosponsored by the Friends of the Reston Regional Library; the Fairfax Library Foundation and Fall for the Book.