One of the ways we measure how good a project is, is the amount of help and support that the local community gives it. When you see local people donating time, money, goods and services that's a pretty clear indication that the local community sees great value in a project. Orchid Garden is a project where locals are contributing many things, perhaps not so much hard currency as people in Nepal don't have a lot of that. But, we do see blankets, food, school supplies and even furniture being donated by the local community to Orchid Garden which , as I said, tells me that this place has great value. I'm uploading some photos of donations that have come in from the local community so you can see for yourself the kind of committment that Nepali's have to the wonderful programs at Orchid Garden. The quality of these photos isn't great, but the heartfelt and unselfish giving they display sure is.
Thanks to you, 25 children just received new school uniforms. All of these children come from the poorest families in the village, families that cannot afford the costs of uniforms, shoes or school supplies. Because of your help with this project they now have all new uniforms. The uniforms were made locally in the village by the local tailor, so there's an added benefit of additional income for the village. Our volunteers were on hand the day the uniforms were ready to be delivered and helped distribute them to the children. There are more children who still need our help. Providing support like uniforms and school supplies is the surest way to keep them in school, especially the girls. Families in Nepal are much more willing to scrape money together for boys education than they are girls. Some of the children in the attached photos are boys. They are from families so poor that the money can't be found even for the education of their sons.