With the very harsh second wave of coronavirus, it has been very challenging for the children and the staff. No school, not meetings with friends, not being able to leave the home. The boys have been kept very busy though and luckily are very happy with everything.
Firstly, we are collecting a lot of eggs from our chickens - so the boys are ecstatic!
Secondly, they are having online classes everyday and from this month we have started face to face classes outside with some of the teachers from their school. They have also started their monthly sex education classes with a fantastic online teacher as these classes are not a part of the school curriculum.
When the boys weren't busy with their studies, they were helping with preparing corona relief packages that our staff were distributing to the families that wouldn't be able to survive without those. They all got very involved with that and wanted to help as much as they could - so measuring out the rice or lentils to ensure everyone gets an equal share became a top job for most boys. We are very grateful that we have such wonderful boys.
The boys also got a yoga and meditation course kindly organised for free for us and now they seem to be experts! Apart from their yoga practice they have also been mastering their arts and crafts skills - all so wonderful to see.
We have also had 2 new boys joining us so the rest of the children have been making sure they settle in well. Our counsellor who is based in Janakpur, went to visit our children's home and child helpline and did her initial face to face counselling with all the children, and now she is doing regular online counselling sessions via video calls.
We now have to be very careful with the coronavirus and until more people get vaccinated, we will continue just with online and in house classes. We will keep you updated on all the progress of the boys.
A massive thank you again for all your support!
Over the past few months we have been thinking of new ideas on how to teach our children about climate change and small things we can all do to help the environment. The boys are learning very quickly and trying to lead by example.
Our garden has never looked as good as now, that's all thanks to our work and also thanks to the organic fertilisers that we have been using. It has taken some time but now we can see huge benefits. Now we are planning to introduce a bio fertiliser production to provide ladies from lower castes in Nepal with employment, to assist more farmers with improving their crops and to help the environment by managing the agricultural waste. That is a separate project but we are hoping our boys will also benefit from the environmental training that will be provided alongside the production.
We are reducing our monthly costs spent on food due to the amazing crops we are receiving. At the moment the boys are enjoying tonnes of fresh aubergines, tomatoes, chillies (very important part of the Nepali diet!) and beans.
The staff have also been working on improving our 'chicken house' so that the chickens are safe (we had a few scares from the local foxes at night). The boys love looking after the chickens and they have named them all so it's lovely seeing them taking such good care of animals. And they do enjoy fresh eggs everyday!
Thank you so much for all your support! We will keep you updated on all the progress.
Our boys have been really excited - 4 of our new chickens started laying eggs a week ago. So now we get fresh 4 eggs a day and we are hoping the rest of the chickens will follow very soon! The boys have been looking after them very well, feeding them everyday and watching them grow. So they are hoping that maybe from next month we can stop buying eggs from the market and have our own delicious ones.
As the schools are still closed and corona cases increasing, our boys have just been staying at the children's home. They have been having online classes in addition to their usual classes and activities with our staff and doing a lot of gardening - they have now set up a competition for the most beautiful part of the garden, so let's see which team wins! Each day they have different activities - sports, arts, dance, drama, computer and they are improving at everything very quickly.
Once everything settles, we are hoping to take them on a nice trip but that won't probably be for another few months. The virus is spreading in villages and towns where people don't tend to observe social distancing and are stopping to even wear masks. Our staff are very careful and trying to protect the children as much as possible - so that means no visitors from outside, and if the staff go on their leave, they self isolate for 2 weeks before mixing with the children. And we are just all hoping all will return to normality at some point soon!
Thank you for all the support in these difficult times. We are able to help all the children thanks to you!
It has been a really difficult time for many people in Nepal, and especially those in the Terai region where our children's home is based. Luckily, all our boys and staff are safe and healthy and quite enjoying time off school.
Due to the fact the our 'uncle Duki' who is normally looking after the garden and the grounds is not a live in member of staff, he has not been able to come to our children's home for the past 3 months or so. The risk of infection in local villages is pretty high due to people not observing social distancing so our boys decided to look after the garden themselves. The results are great and they are really enjoying their organic veggies, and running competitions as to who can grow more.
Because of the coronavirus and many very strict restrictions we were not able to bring our new chickens to the home - hopefully in the next month or two it will be possible. The boys keep asking about them!
The summer in Nepal has properly started and unfortunately that means a very hot weather and monsoon season again. A huge amount of heavy rain is not always the best for our garden but we're managing. The roads are flooded and very very messy so that makes brining supplies very difficult but at least the boys don't need to go anywhere now.
Hopefully we will have more updates when the time for our next report comes. We just have to be patient.
Thank you so much for all your support so far. It really means a lot. Please continue to support us and spread the information about Our Sansar amongst your networks!
Our boys and staff are hugely relieved that the coldest part of the winter has finished. It was a bit of a struggle as every year but many of our boys actually enjoy the colder part of the year due to massive heat in the summer.
New chickens are arriving this week from the Livestock Department so they will all be vaccinated and apparently we will have fresh eggs in 2-3 weeks time. The boys cannot wait! We have also done some more work on the garden and planted new seeds so expecting some amazing tasting veggies really soon.
As it's still the winter season, the boys go to school at 6am and finish around midday which gives them more time to play during the day and they do have a lot of energy to burn! On Saturdays they all visit our children at the Child Helpline and always help with creative activities there and make sure that all new children are welcome as a part of our family. As it's a dry season, they play a lot of sports outside so I think we will have future cricket and football stars amongst them!
One of our former children is now employed by us part time at the home and is doing an amazing job at keeping an eye on everything so that things work smoothly and is a great big brother to all the boys. We also have a lovely lady who is doing an internship with us and it looks like she will become our employee later this year upon completion of her degree in Kathmandu. We are very grateful for such wonderful team as the result is a home full of very happy boys!
Thank you all so much for all the support. Please feel free to forward the details of the project to any of your contacts. We are always looking for new volunteers. :)
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