WInter is closing in on Kathmandu and for many of the children, too poor to buy a jacket themselves, we will, thanks to your donations and support soon be ordering in enough sweatshirts to provide one to each of them. We'll also be able to buy some good, warm blankets for the nursery. Many thanks to our supporters. As soon as we get the sweatshirts we will post up photos of them.
Christmas will be arriving early at Orchid Garden. Plans are still underway as well to see if we can't expand next year and provide grade two onsite. Our first graders are begging us to be able to continue to come to Orchid Garden and not have to attend the government school, which is really substandard. At OGN, with the positive support we get via Global Giving, we are able to hire really good and dedicated teachers and provide nutritious, hot meals. For these children it may be the only good meal they get each day and that's one of the big reasons they don't want to "graduate" from first grade and go off the government run schools who don't provide them with meals. Crossing our fingers that we can pull that off.
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Winter is setting in and one of our biggest concerns is protecting the kids health by keeping them warm. Few homes in Kathmandu have any heat source and nightime temps can get into the 30's, brrrrr. It's necessary to keep a warm jacket and cap on nearly all the time and at bed time, one wants the heaviest blanket that can be found. For most of our 140 kids their families simply cannot buy coats, hats and blankets. The average daily wage in Nepal is slightly over $1.00 a day, barely enough to survive, certainly no where near the level of thrive.
Most of the kids come to school each day in worn out or dirty clothes because they just don't have a change of clothing. That's their life, that's the reality of it.
We are making a special request as winter closes in for a few extra dollars so we can at least get some decent jackets and hats on the kids or else they will spend the winter sick and cold which makes it hard for them to come to school and hard to learn.
I'm uploading some photos for this, take a close look at basket ball boy, for example and his torn pocket and non-functional zipper or the boy who comes to school in pj's.
The nursery here at OGN will need extra blankets for winter. I attached a photo for you of nap time in the nursery. Hard to believe we've 140 kids and nursery, kindergarten and grade one now too. The first graders are begging us to add a second grade so they won't have to leave. I would expect a new project from us about that soon. ;-)
Greetings from Orchid Garden Nepal! From April 2011, we have begun a Grade 1 at our Orchid Garden School which was previously only a preschool. We now have 174 children at OGN with classes from 8am until parents pick their children up as late as 6pm in the evening. We have also recently added some older children to our new Grade 1 class that are 11 and 12 years old because they have had no other education. We are helping catch them up so they are ready for schools outside and won't have a problem coping with the curriculum. We also took the Orchid Garden preschool children to a Fun Park Visit in Kathmandu in May 2011! We are also offering an after school program for older students to come to a safe, happy place where they can work on their homework while their parents are still working. We will soon begin to have computer classes for older students and after school children!