Education  Nepal Project #15406

Buy Chickens for street children in Nepal

by Our Sansar
Buy Chickens for street children in Nepal
Buy Chickens for street children in Nepal
Buy Chickens for street children in Nepal
Buy Chickens for street children in Nepal

With the help of our fantastic volunteers, staff and boys, we have now pretty much completed a long overdue 'chicken project'. It all happened in stages, and as in many cases in Nepal, many delayed stages... first, we laid the foundations for the sturdy walls that would hold the fence, then we built a large bamboo house and a smaller hut got fixed as well. So we're ready to get some happy and lucky chickens that can run around as much as they want to and hopefully they will lay a lot of tasty eggs very soon for the boys.

Recently our spending on vegetables decreased a lot as we have been getting most of them from our garden, which is wonderful. They boys are very proud of it and talk to everyone about their organic garden. 

The rainy season brought a lot of rain this year. That caused a number of floods in the Terai region of Nepal. Luckily, our boys and staff are safe. We did lose our electricity as the bamboo poles that hold electricity wires collapsed and there was too much water and mud for everything to get repaired instantly. So the boys had 3 days of just larger torches and no TV but they were completely fine. Monsoon season should finish by the end of August so we are hoping we will not experience more of those very heavy rains. 

And in the meantime, the boys were having a lot of fun with our volunteers painting more walls in the house, playing sports and going on short trips during their days off school. 

Thank you so much for your support. In the next report we wil provide photos of the happy chickens and happy boys!

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Preparing for the art competition
Preparing for the art competition

As usual, our boys will be celebrating many holidays in the upcoming days so everyone is very excited. With the exams finishing at school, the boys will get their break from studies and celebrate 12th April - the International Day for Street Children. We are organising an art competition for our boys and other children's homes in the area. Boys at our children's home and the day care centre are all preparing intensively and cannot wait the day. 

Shortly after that we will be welcoming Nepali New Year - 2076! And in May the boys will have a trip to Kathmandu where they will visit some temples, the best school in Nepal and will get some experience at a local dog shelter where our two lovely dogs, Sharo and Chimpy, come from. 

The boys are helping in the garden now a lot as well so we have more and more own veggies and everyone is enjoying a very healthy diet. From time to time local businesses have been visiting and bringing not always so healthy but delicious snacks for the boys as presents so fresh veg from our own garden is a must. 

We will have our volunteer from Spain coming back to visit the boys again and help with anything that's needed so the boys are very excited. We also have a couple more volunteers booked to come and help out with various things throughout the summer. If you'd like to volunteer at the children's home, day care centre or online, please feel to send us a message anytime. We always need a variety of skills! 

And as always, thank you so much for your continuous support!

Our fantastic boys during an outing
Our fantastic boys during an outing
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It's getting colder and colder in the Birgunj area but the worst is still ahead of us - January. But luckily it tends to be sunny and very warm during the day so that's enough for our vegetables to grow nicely in our garden. We have cauliflowers, tomatoes and other veggies in abundance so all the boys and staff are very happy. 

Our wonderful cook Sarita has been trying new recipes (less chillies for the volunteers of course) and adding more fresh veggies into the boys' diet. We have also been limiting the amount of biscuits the boys are eating - that's tougher but they are learning about healthy eating at the same time. In Nepal people tend to eat an incredible amount of biscuits every day so we had replace them with other tasty but healthy snacks. 

We have been very lucky in the last few months as a number of volunteers assisted with the project on the ground. The boys have learnt a lot - some Slovakian, some Italian, arts, music. The volunteers also helped by sharing their skills with the boys that needed special educational support and assisting with the day care centre project. Two other volunteers will be spending Christmas and New Year with the boys so they should brush up on their Spanish and learn some French by the time New Year arrives. 

If you'd like to support our boys this winter, please donate to this project or other projects that we have posted on Global Giving. Also, if anyone would like to share their skills with the boys and spend some time in Nepal or help us from the comfort of your home, please email us. 

Happy Holidays to everyone!

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Planting new fruit trees
Planting new fruit trees

It feels like the rainy season will never stop in Nepal this year. We are still experiencing heavy frequent rains and it's still really hot but all should calm down soon. The boys are still getting their feet and legs covered in mud when walking to school but they are having fun with that at the same time.

A lot of rain and humidity has been good for some of our vegetables so all are growing nicely. We are changing the types of vegetables to keep up with the seasons and half of the garden has been taken up by new plants. The boys also planted many new trees in the garden and are watching their new mango trees grow - apparently they can expect first delicious fruit in 2-3 years time. The boys have been telling us how much of a difference it is for them to eat their own vegetables - the taste is apparently amazing! 

They can also restart the building of the new big chicken run in the next few weeks, where we have less mud on the ground.

One of our dogs, Chimpy, has made new doggie friends who come and visit him almost every day and the boys are asking us to adopt some more. We have said no but have vaccinated his friends so that it's safe for everyone to be near them. One of the things that our staff are teaching our boys is love for all animals, something that is deeply missing in the Nepali culture. Now they are leading by example and pass this knowledge/experience to other children at school.

By the time we send out next report, we are hoping to have a nice new big group of chickens laying enough eggs for all the boys to enjoy them everyday.  We are now supporting more children through our day care centre in the centre of Birgunj so we are hoping to grow enough vegetables and produce enough eggs for the two homes soon. 

Thank you so much for all the support so far. It means a lot to us and to all our boys. 

Our dog Jackie loves studying with the boys
Our dog Jackie loves studying with the boys
Recent artwork made by the boys
Recent artwork made by the boys
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Boys happy after preparing pancakes for everyone
Boys happy after preparing pancakes for everyone

A very hot summer has already started in Birgunj so a lot of siestas for everyone in the afternoon. 

But it has been incredibly good for our garden - it's full of aubergines, pumpkins, beans, tomatoes, chilies and other vegetables. Apart from a few things, we have managed to provide all vegetables to the boys from our own organic garden for the past two months. They are all enjoying it a lot and are very proud of the garden. 

Two amazing new volunteers have built proper foundations for new large chicken run so soon we should have a lot of new chickens running around and fresh eggs everyday. 

The boys are getting more skilled in the kitchen too - they made us delicious, although quite different and interesting, veg burgers and pancakes this weekend.

We also transformed our study room thanks to some generous donations - the walls and window frames were repainted, new flooring put in and new decorations. Now, it's even much easier to get the boys to study! 

Thank you so much for all the support so far! Please share the details of the project amongst your contacts. In the next report we should be able to show you some new handsome chickens!

Guitar classes
Guitar classes
Foundations for the new chicken run
Foundations for the new chicken run
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Our Sansar

Location: Brighton, Sussex - United Kingdom
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Rajesh Kalhan
Brighton, Sussex United Kingdom
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