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!
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!
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!
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!
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
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