From the President
I was born in Darchula, a remote district of Far Western Development Region. After going through a tough selection criteria for admission at Budhnilkantha School, I was offered scholarship to study there. Getting scholarship was not easy. There were two examinations, one held at the district from where 2 highest ranking children were selected and second at the regional level where 18 such selected children had to compete. Luckily, I was first among them and had the opportunity to study at Budhanilkantha.
After completing my tenth grade at Budhanilkantha, I was working as a teacher in a private boarding school in Lalitpur. It was then that I was appointed by an international NGO as a Manager at Children’s Home. I was happy to work for Children’s Home as I could give something back to the society with the opportunity I had from Budhanilkantha. Unfortunately, my dream did not come true, at that time, as the only support from this international NGO for Children’s Home stopped its funding in just two months’ time of me taking the responsibility due to some issues with the Government of Nepal.
I had only two options, either to leave the organization and find another job or to carry on caring the children. It was a big challenge for me to choose to continue with Children’s Home at that time. Not only did I have to make a living but had to find ways to care for so many children with so many requirements. Looking ahead, I thought I should not leave the children behind. So, I made a decision to take the challenge head-on. Initially, we had many things to do but I knew that as we had a clear vision in caring the children and expanding its programs, there would be some ways to bring in the support to make the dream come true.
We started contacting as many International NGOs working in Nepal but all our efforts were in vain as they could not commit any long term support though we received some private donations from generous people. These intermittent charity donations kept us going and we never stopped to look for ways to find more supporters.
We kept contacting various people and organizations. In 1993, with the help of a friend of mine, we made a 10-year plan of Children’s Home. We planned of purchasing a land, constructing a permanent home for children, developing and expanding sponsorship program and instituting self-sustaining initiatives to generate our own produce of crops, vegetables, milk, eggs, meat, etc. We also developed the education program for the children that included life skills development for them to be able to live independently once they grew older. We shared and presented such ideas and concepts to well-wishers and visitors.
Due to all our commitment and dedication over the years, Children’s Home has been able to expand its programs to provide better care to more children. We started with a few; now we support over 500 disadvantaged children for residential care and education support.
It is all due to the support of very near and dear friends who have faith on us. On behalf of the children, management and the board of Children’s Home, I would like to extend the deepest gratitude to each one of them.
The list would be quite exhaustive if I were to name each and every one who has or is supporting us. However, most of the supporters are close to organizations and associations established aboard to support Children’s Home in their home countries. Every single gift and letter to the children has been priceless, not to mention the financial support for the school fees, cost of running the orphanage, salary of the staff, and support for countless number of projects.
But, I have to highlight a few key personalities who have been a source of inspiration and unflinching support since the day I met them: Mrs. Cristina Morales, Mrs. Nuria Amoros, Mr. Lluis Belvis, Mr. Ramon Villadomat, Mr. Lorenz Oriol, Mr. Albert Galvez, Mr. Sebastine, and others from Spain; Mr. Patrice Floquet, Mrs. Joelle Esposito, Mrs. Gisele Israel, and Mrs. Patricia Allberti from France; Mr. John Meske from USA and Mrs. Ingrid Macanti from Italy; Mrs Laura from USA; and Mrs Rowe for many ways they have contributed.
For the ones who are here in Nepal, I cannot not thank enough Mr. & Mrs. Lohar, the founders of Children’s Home for their continuous support and the entire team of dedicated staff members who have remained with us during times of hardship and become so attached to our ever growing family.
I have also to thank the caregivers who care for the babies, day and night, and for being with us for so many years. I am also deeply grateful to Mrs. Kusum Singh, who managed Children’s Home so efficiently when I was appointed as the Zonal Administrator and thereafter, along with my wife, Bimala, for taking the responsibility of constructing the girl’s orphanage in Khokana. I am equally thankful to Mr. Rajan Burlakoti who managed programs and contacts on my behalf during my absence and Mr. Raj Kumar Dhakal for his support with official work.
I am sure you will keep our spirits high with words of encouragement and needed support for the children. I also optimistic that we, together, will not be short of generating creative ideas in expanding the programs that directly benefit the disadvantaged children in Nepal. With all your help and cooperation, Children’s Home, I am sure, will grow and grow.
Children’s Home is your home too. So, please feel free to guide and suggest us ways on how we can always better the lives of children we tirelessly serve. We will also keep you posted with the news and updates from our end.
With best regards,
Date: May 4, 2013
Children’s Home signed an agreement for a one-year project with Amici Dei Bambini-Nepal, an Italian international NGO working in Nepal.
Within the larger framework of the multi-stakeholders project ‘EDU-CARE: Social operators active in the protection of the childhood and in the promotion of children’s rights’, the NGO Children’s Home will implement activities aimed at facilitating the de-institutionalization of children through recreational and educational initiatives.
Within the project’s framework, Children’s Home will pursue non-formal education interventions aimed at fighting early school leaving by focusing on life skills and strengthening self-esteem of each student. The activities seek to build confidence and self-esteem of the children living in the institutional care, as well as to develop their understanding of the reality that exists beyond their institutional care, thus enabling their reintegration in the society.
Two social workers, who will receive a specific training in child protection and children’s rights at the St. Xavier’s College, will organize various activities to enhance children’s knowledge, attitudes, practice, and skills to enhance their human, social and emotional capital.
It will require the children to identify what they are good at and how they want to be involved with the others to work in a team and produce tangible and lasting results. It will require them to plan and carry out assigned roles and responsibilities. They will be involving members within their organization, school, community, private sector and government agencies. Altogether, 1500 children will benefit from the project.
The project will comprehend various activities and awareness tools that will enhance the children’s awareness and competencies. The planned tools will consist mainly in:
Art / Painting Competition
Publishing Wall Magazine
Singing Performance / Competition
DancingPerformance / Competition
DramaPerformance / Competition
Junior Red Cross Program
Taking classes for street children
Assisting in old-age homes
As all of them go to school, they will be making use of their self-study and leisure time, holidays and festivals to plan and perform these activities.
The expected benefit of the project is that the children will learn social and behavioral skills. They will learn to respect one another and work in teams and share responsibilities to overcome challenges and celebrate successes together. They will also build relations outside their existing circle and interact with people in their schools, community and beyond to enhance their social capital. They will learn to manage situations that do not actually turn out as planned.
It will enhance their ability to plan and convert it into action. It will provide them with opportunity to overcome their weaknesses such as stage fright, speaking and performing in public which are very essential skills for an individual to succeed in life.
The progress reports will be prepared with the involvement of the children and published in wall magazine and website. It will help the girls to develop their writing and communication skills.
On May 02, a group of eighteen students from Paris, France visited girl’s orphanage of Children’s Home. On arrival, each girl gave a tour of the facility to her French friend. They had a chance to share about their interests, culture and personal views. Then the children performed Nepalese cultural dances for the visitors. The visitors had a good time as they also joined the dances.
We are very grateful to Mr. Vincent Coquiart, the tour manager for Zigo Tours in France for organizing the visit. The day ended with a very positive feeling and a prospect of organizing such cultural exchanges in the future as well.
The Children’s Home is a non-profit social welfare organization dedicated to providing care for orphans and abandoned, underprivileged and needy children in Nepal.
For many, Nepal is a land of dreams, of temples and of Himalayan expeditions, of ancient cities and of picturesque villages, the birthplace of Buddha and home to the Yeti. However, this land of cultural diversity and rich tradition is also one of the poorest countries in the world, and for much of its population, daily life is anything but a dream. More than half of its people live below the poverty line. Children are particularly vulnerable, and many are denied the most basic essentials. It is in this context that the Children’s Home; a non-profit NGO was founded in 1989 with the objective of providing care and facilities to orphans, abandoned, underprivileged and needy children in Nepal.