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
New addition to the Our Sansar family
New addition to the Our Sansar family

The summer has arrived in Nepal and it is VERY hot at the moment with temperatures in Birgunj exceeding 40 degrees every day. Our children start their school very early at 6am and finish early as well as otherwise sitting in classrooms with no fans during the hottest part of the day would be unbearable. 

Our buffaloes are getting their cold showers twice a day and are loving those! New vegetables have been planted so our garden should be very green very soon. 

From some really exciting news - we have welcomed 4 new street boys to the Our Sansar children's home. Our boys are making sure that their new friends are feeling a part of their new family. They are settling in very well and will be starting school shortly. It's so lovely to see the smiles on their faces and we hope we can provide them with a bright future. 

Also, we have recently arranged a work experience placement for our Subash, first one ever in his life. We placed him at a car mechanic workshop in Kathmandu for one week and he loved it and everyone at the workshop loved and greatly appreciated his work there. Now Subash wants to open his own workshop in the future and we are definitely planning on making this dream come through one day. 

Some more exciting news coming up shortly and we will keep you all updated with what is happening on the ground.

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

Subash during his work experience placement
Subash during his work experience placement
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Baby buffalo has arrived!
Baby buffalo has arrived!

The last few months in Nepal have been very challenging, with political upheaval and violent protests sadly becoming a daily occurrence, so our staff and children were so happy to be able to welcome a new member to the Our Sansar family - a new baby buffalo! The children are still deciding on the name so we will announce that in the next report.

Saroj, our new social worker, who is also training to be a home manager, joined our team a few months ago and from the beginning insisted on expanding the vegetables we grow - so now we have an even more impressive veggie garden, with tomatoes, beans, mustard, potatoes, cauliflowers and many more things growing amazingly quickly. 

The situation in Birgunj continues to be difficult and not very safe, but the schools have reopened so our children are very happy to study again. They have just had their end of year exam results and all of them passed, with some boys even coming first in their classes. We are all so proud of them and believe this is an incredible achievement given what they have been through before coming to the Our Sansar children’s home.

One of the boys that we rescued in Dhading and who was staying at our Dhading transit home, found a new home with us in Birgunj. It's really lovely to see him amongst his 17 new brothers, he’s even being enthusiastic about going to school! 

The children continue to have their computer and guitar classes and are getting better and better all the time. In March we are planning to send two of our oldest boys to Kathmandu for work experience placements so we will be updating you on all that. And as always, thank you so much for all your support - none of this would be possible without it.

Julia and the whole Our Sansar team

Our happy rooster
Our happy rooster
Boys getting ready for their exams
Boys getting ready for their exams
Our organic cauliflower is growing fast
Our organic cauliflower is growing fast
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Little Krishna trying his guitar skills
Little Krishna trying his guitar skills

The situation in the southern parts of Nepal, Terai, where our children's home is located, has been very complicated for the past few months. There have been many strikes against the new constitution and the border between India and Nepal has been blocked by the protesters. This has caused a massive problem for the whole country with lack of fuel and supplies being a major issue. All the prices are going up, there is lack of medicines, gas, heaters and other materials. This can mean a very difficult winter. The schools the region are closed so our children are studying at the children's home. Luckily they are still able to have their computer, guitar and other extra curricular classes as usual. 

We are trying to grow more vegetables as the current crisis might affect food supplies as well. We are also trying to get more chickens from farms nearer to Kathmandu so that we get more eggs. At the moment, no cars or buses can reach Birgunj so we need to wait with delivering anything until the situation calms down a bit. As there is no gas available, we are cooking on fire - but the food is as delicious as usual!

Our children have just celebrated Dashain festival and are all very happy despite everything that is happening around them. Our home is still safe as it is in a village, off the main road, so the strikes are not reaching that area. We also have a good relationship with a nearby factory and their security staff so all staff and children have practised running to the factory for protection in case something happens. 

Situations like this make us want to make the project even more self sustainable so we are looking into expanding our vegetables growing, getting more chickens and possibly another buffalo for milk.

And very exciting news - our buffalo is expecting a baby any day now so we will be updating everyone on how the little one progresses shortly!

And thank you again to all our supporters - without your help none of this would have been possible.

Julia and the whole Our Sansar team

Children enjoying their holiday time at the home
Children enjoying their holiday time at the home
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Krishna, Raju and the buffalo
Krishna, Raju and the buffalo

2 years have passed since we opened our children's home in Birgunj. We have seen an amazing change in all the boys and the whole project. 

The buffalo is really happy and some great news - she will have a new baby in 3 months, so a new addition to the Our Sansar family coming soon! The home is very much welcoming - it's not uncommon to see the buffalo or a chicken inside, or our dogs playing with a chicken outside. 

We have quite a few own vegetables in our garden and the boys are really enjoying planting their own veggies. They get nutritional food, eggs, milk and loads our own organic cucumbers, beans, pumpkins and other greens. We are now planning to plant lemon and mango trees to provide great fruit, shade and to keep the snakes away. 

The boys are also learning more about recycling and, unusually for most of Nepal, we keep all the plastic separate and not burn it as other households do in the area. We will be taking plastic bottles to a recycling factory in Hetauda and will be speaking to the authorities in Birgunj to initiate more eco friendly activities in the area.

We will be keeping you up to date with all the developments as there should be quite a few in the nearest future. 

And thank you everyone again for all the donations - without you, the project would never be possible!

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Meet our cricket team!
Meet our cricket team!

Firstly, I want to give you a quick update on our chickens, our buffaloes and our ever expanding vegetable patch - in our missing to achieve sustainable living in our children's homes for the street children of Nepal.

Our chickens couldn't be happier in their coop and safe to say the boys are absolutely benefiting from their eggs. With our chicken eggs and buffalo milk, the boys are in fact so fighting fit and healthy that they have taken it upon themselves to start the first ever cricket tournament between some of the other children homes in Nepal! They have been training hard and the first match has come around very quickly....

Our cricket tournament for street children in Nepal starts today!

The 4th April sees children's homes across Nepal come together to start the 2015 cricket tournament, running up to the celebration of International Day for Street Children on the 12th April.

Find out more about our Cricket Tournament Global Giving project here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/cricket-for-street-children/

Our Sansar are very excited about the cricket tournament and the opportunity it gives the children to experience something that, to other kids, is a normal part of growing up.

Preparing for the competition has already had a positive impact on the boys at the children’s home. 13 years old Samjad said: “We will make new friends and meet big brothers. We will have lots of fun.”

This unique, first of its kind competition will bring together 18 children’s home teams from across Southern Nepal. This memorable day we will also raise awareness of the plight of street children in Nepal where an estimated 5,000 young people suffer on the streets. Living on the street means children are unable to attend school, eat regular meals or make solid relationships. The tournament is a great chance to learn vital skills, such as team spirit, sportsmanship and determination. But we urgently need your support...

Julia Krepska, founder of Our Sansar, said: "We are very excited about the cricket tournament and the opportunity it gives the children to experience something that, to other kids, is a normal part of growing up.

"Living on the street has meant that, before now, these kids have been unable to attend school, eat regular meals or make solid and lasting relationships. The tournament is a great chance to learn vital skills, such as team spirit, sportsmanship and determination.

"We hope that the tournament will have a lasting impact on the children taking part and will contribute to a secure foundation for their future development."

The cricket tournament is being held to coincide with the Consortium For Street Children's annual International Day For Street Children, which aims to give a voice to the millions of street children around the world.

Have you been keeping up with the team announcements on our blog?

If you missed it, check out our blog and read the team player biographies. We have been introducing all the boys and they have all been very excited to have their first official interviews as cricket players. Most recently we caught up with Nikhil, Ryan and Sajan - our official Team Our Sansar bowlers. https://oursansar.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/its-nearly-game-time-for-teamoursansar-meet-our-bowlers/

The boys are so excited about the tournament and it gives them a welcome break from their education, and a chance to meet new friends! Of course none of this would be possible without your ongoing support - THANK YOU! 

The fact is, it isn't all fun and games and there are many many more children in desperate need living on the streets of Nepal. Our project is initially about a bit of fun for the boys in our children's home - but everything we raise goes towards not only keeping our children's home open, but our dreams of expanding it in the very near future. We WILL make this happen - and we sincerely hope you will be there with us when it does.

As always, thank you from the Our Sansar team!

 

PS. for all of you extra keen cricketers out there - we will be posting live updates from the matches on our Twitter account, follow us @OurSansar.

The 2015 Tournament Matches:

Chitwan - 4 April starting at 9am (Nepalese time) and last game at 5pm (Nepalese time)

Hetauda - 9 April at 8am (Nepalese time) and last game at 2pm (Nepalese time)

Hetauda - 10 April at 9am (Nepalese time) and last game at 1pm (Nepalese time)

Hetauda - 11 April Girls team at 9am (Nepalese time) and last game at 1pm (Nepalese time)

Hetauda - 12 April - THE FINAL kicking off at 11am (Nepalese time)

Excitement is building for their first match!
Excitement is building for their first match!
Practice makes perfect
Practice makes perfect

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Location: Brighton, Sussex - United Kingdom
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Rajesh Kalhan
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