So Gopi and Rohit have started college!!! This is huge and we are so proud of them! Both boys are still staying with us until we help them with their first steps into the independent future. Gopi is already working at the shopping mall and saving money for his future rent. We are still finalising a job for Rohit as he likes to change his mind a lot - but he will excel in anything he puts his heart into. We used to call him 'our little genius' when he joined our Children's Home for a good reason! In the next two - three months the boys should both be independent (but under our close watch and support with anything they might need). We will be covering their college fees but they will start covering their living expenses and both are very excited about that. We will keep everyone updated!
We will have an amazing lady and a teacher volunteering with us shortly until December. Jessica will help with our End to Child Labour project classes and then at the Children's Home during the long upcoming holidays. She is a passionate gardener and cannot wait to help the boys sort out our garden and implement some new exciting techniques. With the prices of everything going up massively in Nepal, it will be great to grow even more of our own veg!
From the next school year, we are planning to move all our younger boys to a better school - 5 of our boys are already attending it. To do that, the boys need to study more and pass their exams, which is not that easy. We are now providing them with extra classes and the new school will be supplying an extra teacher just for our boys to prepare them for the new school. All the boys love the school - even those that don't study there yet go there frequently to play football and other sports. Facilities are great and it is very near our Children's Home. We are keeping all our fingers crossed for them!
And when the weekend comes, the dance classes come - our boys' favourite time. They have a great teacher so we think soon we will have a professional dancing team in Birgunj!
Thank you so much for all the support. It means so much. Our street children project is the most difficult to raise funds for so we are very grateful for everything that you have done to give these boys an opportunity for a bright future.
We arrived at the children's home just as the boys were finishing the end of year exams and starting their holiday - so a perfect timing to spend some great time together. The home looks great, super clean and even more homely than before. The boys are very happy and we can't believe that those little boys that joined us some time ago are now very clever, confident young men. We spent a lot of time working through their plans for their future. 3 boys started their work experience placement at a 5 star hotel and are doing brilliantly. Another 2 boys will be doing their internship at the newly opened shopping centre and this should provide them with different opportunities to move to Kathmandu in the future should they wish to do so. Most boys want to go onto university and we will be supporting them through everything.
Our wonderful egg giving chickens are doing really well - the boys are great with them, so even the chickens are getting a lot of love and attention at the home. All boys look so healthy. We think it's due to their really good diet - you can't beat fresh eggs and organic home grown vegetables!
We went on a short trip to a nearby nature park where we saw a lot of deer, bunnies with their babies of various ages and a great playground area for the children. We were amazed to see so many changes in the area - finally some places for the children and young people. Just a few minutes walk from our children's home there is a new games centre where our boys can enjoy go karts, trampolines, sports and games. This is a really big deal in the area. We spoke to the owner and he genuinely wanted to help young people and open something for them as no other opportunities there. All the boys are very excited and we think they will be returning to the games centre very soon!
Holidays have just finished so boys are back at school. Many are now in their last year and two have just finished school so will be starting college in the next couple of months. It is so exciting to see them develop so well.
More updates coming soon.
And a huge thank you to all our supporters - it all means so much!!
So the same as every year, the strange fog is surrounding Birgunj and our Children's Home. This is something that cannot be explained in words but has to be experienced in person. Whilst walking to school in the morning, the boys can hardly see anything in front of them - and on Nepali paths and roads there are always a lot of surprises!
The boys are now really looking forward to their end of the year trip with all the children from the Child Helpline. We will hopefully be able to post some lovely photos after the trip. All the boys have studied so hard this year and really deserve a nice break.
We are preparing for new boys from the Helpline to join our Children's Home soon - they have nowhere else to go and the boys are more than happy to welcome new brothers. One of them is a 6 years old Biki. He was found by the police at the train station in India, just by the border, where apparently his parents had abandoned him some time ago. His father is in prison for the murder of Biki’s brother and we still haven’t been able to locate his mother, who according to her neighbours in the village is an alcoholic and had disappeared 6 months before. Biki is now staying with us at the Child Helpline and receives extensive counselling. He is very withdrawn and is still having issues playing with other children. Due to his trauma he might need to stay with us for the next few months and then will probably be referred to our Children’s Home. He has now learnt how to hold a pencil and can do basic maths and drawing.
The boys are so proud of their garden and chickens and always help out in their spare time. They are always proudly announcing that they are eating organic and healthy food, and our cook Tara is very happy with all the support she is getting from the boys. As a result, she cooks the most delicious meals for them.
As this is our last report this year, we wanted to say a huge thank you to you all. Without your support we would never be able to help so many children who have noone else to turn to. Thank you.
With the monsoon season coming to an end shortly (we hope!), we have just started getting our garden ready for the new season and we have planted some new exciting vegetable favourites of the boys. So now we will be watching new radishes, ladies' fingers and lettuces growing! The chickens seem to be relieved too that they can spend more time outside, in the garden and not just hide from heavy rains in their house.
The boys have now a new dance teacher that comes to the home twice a week - and they are so excited to show off their new moves! Few days ago they got taken for their regular dental check up and luckily no major issues.
Before the monsoon started we managed to take them to the swimming pool a few times - all-time favourite for all our boys and they cannot wait until they can go again. The older boys have been helping the younger ones with swimming classes and most are doing really well. In Nepal there are normally no swimming classes and very few people can actually swim so it's a real achievement to have 21 boys being almost professionals at it!
The boys have been asking us to organise a trip somewhere for them as they haven't been anywhere for 2 years due to the pandemic. Sadly, the COVID cases seem to be on the rise again in Nepal so the staff want to wait a bit longer before taking them anywhere - towns and cities are usually very crowded with no distance between people observed. But we might plan an exciting trip to the jungle for them once the rains stop completely.
Thank you so much for all the support provided to the boys - it really means a lot. Our staff are working round the clock to help children across the whole of Province 2 but sadly the further afield we work, the more children in dire situations we discover with no-one else to help them. Thank you again - all this is only possible thanks to you!
We were so excited to be finally able to visit our boys in Nepal after such a long break. The boys are for sure on a very healthy diet - a lot of muscles around! They all matured so much and we are so proud of them. All have become young men that know what they want to do in the future. We were very impressed with their future chosen career options - chefs, teachers, software engineers and policemen! We will now be very busy arranging some interesting work experience placements for the older boys.
It was their exam time last week so all the boys were studying very hard, and those that finished their exams were helping with beautiful paintings at the Child Helpline and with the set up of a new classroom in Rautahat for our new project. They have all been showing so much passion and dedication that we were left speechless. Seeing all this made us feel so reassured that we are doing something right.
We also checked on our chickens of course - they have a very good life; at night staying at their large chicken house (all lovely and clean) and during the day they are running around their huge enclosure, safe from all the dogs and other animals. We are getting around 15 eggs a day which is great and the boys love their omelettes! The boys want to get a few more so the chickens should be getting some new friends soon.
We want to say a huge thank you to everyone for all the support. With our new project underway, we really need any support we can get to be able to help more and more children. We will be sending some very exciting news shortly and a bit more comprehensive summary of our visit to Nepal. Thank you!!!
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