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
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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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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