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
Our always happy Nitesh
Our always happy Nitesh

This summer we are having really huge amounts of rain - that causes a lot of landslides, so our journeys from Kathmandu to Birgunj are always tricky - sometimes it takes 5 hours to get there, sometimes 20. Whenever there is a landslide on the way, all cars stop and people manually remove the stones and mud from the road. This can take hours on the narrow mountain roads. But once we manage to get to Birgunj, it's always a big celebration as we feel like we've achieved a lot by just getting there in one piece! 

The rain and hot weather are doing wonders to our vegetable garden though. We have a new security guard who is taking gardening very seriously and with the help of the boys, we have a proper veggie farm at the moment. You can find there almost anything needed for typical Nepali meal. Boys are very happy and healthy thanks to that.

Our mamma buffalo is huge now - she is due in 3 months and we are all looking forward to welcoming a new family member soon! The boys are looking after her as well and she gets a lot of cuddles on a daily basis. Her broken leg managed to heal very well, despite local vets initially telling us that we'd have to put her down. But we put all our efforts into bringing her back to health and it worked! 

Another danger of the rainy season here - snakes. And there are a lot of those (all kinds) in Birgunj. Luckily we haven't spotted a cobra or a viper yet at our home but they do exist in the area. One of our boys got bitten by a snake a few days ago so we rushed to the hospital but luckily he is okay as it wasn't a poisonous one. We are trying to grow more lemon grass and lemon trees to keep the snakes away but even that doesn't protect us 100%. 

The boys got new colourful raincoats for this rainy season so they are all very happy and keep marching in those to school everyday at 6am. We are going to visit them this weekend so more stories and photos coming up after that.

Thanks so much for all your support, it means a lot. 

Little charmer
Little charmer
Veg from our garden
Veg from our garden
Getting lift back from the school
Getting lift back from the school
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Our happy little Krishna
Our happy little Krishna

New year (2074) has started in Nepal and the summer has come and it is incredibly hot in Birgunj again - you need at least 3 cold showers a day to survive. But that's definitely better than being cold so we're not complaining. 

Unfortunately, we had a huge hurricane recently and the whole buffalo house got damaged and flown away so we're now have to rebuild that and the chicken hut and their runway. All the animals had to stay in the house for a day or so until we built a temporary shelter so that was a lot of fun for the children. 

We now have thousands of tomatoes growing - very tasty organic ones so our Chachi is very happy and cooks even more delicious meals for the boys. We finished harvesting our potatoes so now we're planted other vegetables in their place. The garden looks very green and the boys love helping with growing veggies - nice to see great results of the team work. 

Our buffalo's belly is growing with the new baby - however because of her broken leg we are very worried about her and we are hoping she will survive. The boys are helping every day to look after her. Our baby chicks are getting a lot of attention too - a few months of love and care and they will be providing us with delicious eggs. 

We now have 20 boys living at the home and 1 of them will be linked with his mum in a couple of weeks which makes us very happy. We will support his education and we will be there to support him in the future with skills training and anything else that he might need. 

We have just formalised our plans to open a small day care centre for the children living on the streets of Birgunj. That should happen within the next 3 months so we will update you on the progress in the next report. Thanks to that we should be able to help more children and hopefully make Birgunj street children free in the next few years. 

As always - thank you all so much for the continuous support. None of this would be possible without her help.

Exam results - Bhola was the 1st in his class!
Exam results - Bhola was the 1st in his class!
First swimming pool trip of the year
First swimming pool trip of the year
Our music star practising new songs
Our music star practising new songs
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Our dreamy little boy
Our dreamy little boy

With the spring starting, our garden looks much more lush and full of greenery. With the help of volunteers we managed to redesign the garden, build fencing and a green house. Now the children can have delicious organic vegetables every day. The boys are very proud of their garden and always show us around and tell us everything there is to know about tomatoes, beans, cauliflowers and some Nepalese veggies that we don't know. 

We got some extra chickens and they are now laying eggs so we are expecting some baby chicks shortly. The boys cannot wait to look after the babies! We built a new chicken hut and extra fencing for a larger space for them to run around. It doesn't always work out the way we planned it though - last time we found our dogs relaxing in the chicken hut whilst the chickens were running around amongst the cabbages. 

The buffaloes are very happy with the end of the winter as well - they've now stopped wearing their home made winter jackets! And some great news - our buffalo mamma is pregnant again so the boys cannot wait to welcome the new baby around October. 

The boys had their results from mid terms exams a couple of weeks ago - some of them were first in the class so we're very proud of them. They got loads of sweets as a reward! Their school shoes were in great need of being replaced so we ordered new ones for everyone. That was an experience as well - we had to draw their feet on a piece of paper so that they sizes would match and now everyone has got bespoke shoes!

And thank you all so much for your support - without that, this project would never have been possible!

Group effort to build the fence
Group effort to build the fence
Our lovely buffaloes relaxing in the sun
Our lovely buffaloes relaxing in the sun
Haircut in the garden
Haircut in the garden
Our amazing garden
Our amazing garden
Our Sansar family
Our Sansar family
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Tihar celebrations
Tihar celebrations

October and November is a holiday season in Nepal - very difficult to do any work at that time but great time for the children and visitors. We first celebrated Dashain and then Tihar - that is finishing today. First day of Tihar is Kukur Tihar (Festival during which Nepali people worship dogs). Our boys and staff put beautiful flowers around the necks of Sharo and Chimpy (our amazing dogs) and decorated them with Tika. Our doggies also got a lot of delicious food on this special occasion. 

Before then, our boys were being spoilt by our staff and taken to a fun fair - for many it was the first time to experience different rides.

On top of all that, we were very lucky to get donations of furniture and home equipment - for some reason the boys were most ecstatic about the washing machine... 

Our new chickens are giving eggs everyday so everyone is very happy - they are properly free range and wander around the garden and make frequent visits to the home. At the end of the day, happy hens, good eggs, happy children!

All boys are back to school in a few days time so we're looking forward to following their progress again. We will have a few volunteers helping out throughout November and December so we will keep you up to date with everything.

Thank you so much for all the support!

Sharo with his Tihar decorations
Sharo with his Tihar decorations
Funfair rides
Funfair rides
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The boys and the baby buffalo
The boys and the baby buffalo

As usual the atmosphere at our children's home is really fun and loving.

Our poor chicken lost his ladies due to a disease and as we are about to get him some new chicken friends, he decided to make friends with all the other animals at the home. So a daily sight over there is chicken eating together with the dogs (he even enjoyed parts of our pancakes) and then playing with the dogs and the baby buffalo. At night the buffaloes go to their bamboo house (where they have their own light, fan and some fire to keep the mosquitoes away) and the dogs and the chicken have permanently moved into the home and all sleep in the hallway. Not always that much fun when the chicken confuses day and night time and starts waking everyone up at 2am but everyone seems to have got used to that. 

The boys are wonderful at looking after all the animals - it teaches them responsibility and caring for others. 

It's exams time again for our boys and they are all taking it very seriously - they keep an eye on time whilst playing and then they say 'we have to stop now as time for studying'. We're all really proud of them. After the exams the older boys will get some more work experience at a car mechanic workshop and a nice cafe - and they can't wait to get some new skills. 

We have now welcomed another new boy. Although he has only been with us for about 2 weeks, he seems to be acclimatizing very well and is starting his school shortly. 

We will update you on their results and also on the progress with everything else at the home. 

And thank you again for all your support!

Coming back home after one of the exams
Coming back home after one of the exams
Our cool chicken
Our cool chicken
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Location: Brighton, Sussex - United Kingdom
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Rajesh Kalhan
Brighton, Sussex United Kingdom
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