Now Reto Brennwald asked Nicole to come on stage for the main interview. Reto Brennwald does not know NAG in detail, which made the interview all the more exciting. So he lured some subtleties out of Nicole from the last 30 years, which many probably didn’t know yet. One of them, for example, is the fact that Nicole is not just called Nicole in NAG, but Nicole Miss. Or that NAG started in an apartment with four rooms and six street boys and then grew steadily until 30 children lived in the apartment. The landlord then agreed, also thanks to the regularly paid rent, that the house could be increased by one floor. A total of three floors were added over the next few years, until the foundation was able to purchase the property with the old factory in 2006, on which NAG is now located. And here too, on Tokha Road, new ideas are constantly being developed, the school has grown and expanded considerably and now has room for 400 students and a little over 200 children living in the home. In the last 30 years, Nicole has experienced and achieved a lot that she and her team can be proud of. 30 years ago she herself could not have imagined that NAG would be as big as it is today. When asked by moderator Reto Brennwald where she sees NAG in 10 years, Nicole said: “Hm, I can’t say that. I’d rather just plan month by month.” Perhaps Nicole’s attitude is the key to NAG’s success. In Nepal, in a country where things seem to happen at a different rhythm than here in Switzerland, planning often cannot be implemented in such a foresighted manner and you have to be able to deal with many unknowns.
The interview with Nicole marked the end of the official part of the event. Before everyone could devote themselves to the donated delicacies, Nicole thanked the board of trustees and her mother, Judith. She did all the work in Switzerland for many years and was, together with Nicole’s father, a great help to Nicole to set up NAG in Nepal.