Ram, age 15, as well as his younger brother Laxman, joined us in May 2015 after losing their family in the earthquakes. At first it was difficult for Ram in particular to adjust to his new home at Ama Ghar because he was extremely traumatized by his experiences during the earthquake. Through the support of friends like you, we were able to fund regular counseling for Ram and he is beginning to understand that he is now in a safe place where he can socialize with and trust in those around him. With more time, special care and attention he will continue to improve.
His mental and physical condition took another blow last July when the wall of his schoolroom collapsed due to a landslide - two of his classmates were killed and he sustained some head injuries, which luckily were not life-threatening. At the hospital he was interviewed by several reporters and seemed to enjoy the attention - in fact, Bonnie Auntie had to watch him to make sure he didn't talk up his injuries a bit too much! Ironically, that attention was good for him as he became the spokesperson for his brothers and sisters.
Today, Ram loves to play any type of game at Ama Ghar and is doing well in school. He isn't too shy to try anything, and he entertains us with his love of dancing and his big smile. He also enjoys leading his younger brothers and sisters in doing chores, as you can see by the photo of the boys doing dishes. At Ama Ghar, everyone has to help with household chores - even the boys - which is somewhat unusual in Nepal, but Ram digs in and sets a good example for the younger children.
Without your support, we wouldn't be able to provide traumatized children like Ram with the love and care they need. Thank you for supporting this resilient survivor and giving him hope for a new life.