Message From the President
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,