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
Giving a little something back to the earth
Giving a little something back to the earth

Happy 2015 everyone - we hope your celebrations were as fun-filled as ours.

Over the Christmas holidays the boys were very busy with their artwork - making some fantastic festive pictures. What do you think of them? Perhaps we should make them into some charity christmas cards for next year?

We also enjoyed a lovely picnic to celebrate the New Year, although it was pretty chilly that didn't stop the fun and the hot food certainly helped!

What does the New Year hold for Our Sansar?

Thank you for your ongoing support, we want to make the 2015 the best year yet - getting the funds for healthcare and a dentist visit is the first step to this! We are already well on our way with plenty of sporting activities for the boys - check out a few of our photos - the boys had a special cricket lesson for Christmas!

We are welcoming new street children in to our home in Bigunj, Nepal, regularly which is a fantastic achievement, we also received a mention in the local newspaper last week! But, our resources will only go so far and with 100s of children living in poverty on the streets we need to do more. This year we hope to expand our services and be able to provide outreach support, helping with medical care and food for the children still living with no shelter.

In the meantime in our children's home...

Alongside the sporting activities and festive celebrations, we have all been giving a little back to the earth. We want to make the home self sustainable and have come a long way to achieving this with our own buffalo's for milk and chickens for eggs. This week the boys loved planting their own trees :-)

 

As always, a huge THANK YOU from the Our Sansar team and the boys in our children's home.

Practising their cycling
Practising their cycling
Cricket lessons
Cricket lessons
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!
Christmas art
Christmas art
And...more christmas art :-)
And...more christmas art :-)
Potential christmas cards for next year?
Potential christmas cards for next year?
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Comedy Rocks - Brighton - 3 December
Comedy Rocks - Brighton - 3 December

Firstly, we want to make sure you all know about our upcoming UK fundraiser - the comedy event of the year....

Comedy Rocks is coming to Brighton, England.

This 3rd December we are delighted to present Comedy Rocks, an extravaganza of stand-up comedy. Featuring unique sets from fantastic comedians such as Simon Evans, Zoe Lyons, Marcel Lucont, Michael Fabbri and other great acts.

All proceeds will go towards supporting our much-needed children’s home in Birgunj, Nepal, which provides vital shelter and education to vulnerable street children.

Book tickets here now!

 

Now, on to the important updates....

We are one step closer to building our sustainable home for the street children of Birgunj, Nepal. With over 150 children living on the streets of Birgunj, this is no small task!

This week we welcomed the newest residents - our chickens....they are absolutely loving their homemade coop (thanks Nepalese team for doing a fantastic job).

Next up - our organic vegetable gardens! 

 

In other, children's home news:

Earlier this month, we celebrated the important day of dashain, called Bijya Dashmi, blessing all of our children for a successful life! For the occasion the boys received chocolates and sweets from the local company, Salt and Sweet Ltd! Obviously the boys were thrilled with this particular donation :-)

It is important we thank our local Nepalese supporters too - from local business owners, community officials and even worldwide manufactuers - thank you all!

We have also had a lovely visit from Raina and Manisha who managed to raise a fantastic £2000 for Our Sansar. When they arrived they found a happy home with children eager to learn - from guitar classes to excelling at maths at school.

Read all about their adventure here.

OUR BIG NEWS..... we have welcomed 2 new boys to the home this month, welcome Dilip and Bikash! They are busy settling in to their new home at the moment and getting to know our families' mother, other volunteers and of course the rest of the boys. We will bring you some more updates on them shortly!

Thank you for reading and of course, thank you for your ongoing support and interest in what we do! The boys lives have changed some much since December when we welcomed them into our home, they are all receiving a fantastic education, healthy, nutritious meals and a loving family home - we are confident that they will all have a future away from the streets!

And of course, we are always looking for dedicated and motivated volunteers - if you are interested in getting involved with our work - contact us now at oursansar@oursansar.org

Chickens welcomed with a good meal :-)
Chickens welcomed with a good meal :-)
Celebrating dashain - Bijya Dashmi
Celebrating dashain - Bijya Dashmi
Blessing the children for a successful future
Blessing the children for a successful future
Dilip and Bikash settling in to their new home
Dilip and Bikash settling in to their new home
Dilip before coming to our home
Dilip before coming to our home

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WOW - so it has happened - the buffaloes have arrived!!!

It has been a long road of planning, making sure 1. we had the funds we needed to not only buy the buffaloes, but ensure we could properly care for them, and 2. to build and create their home!

With the boys in our children's home in Birgunj settled, happy (and strangely super eager to be at school and learn as much as possible!), we wanted to make sure our buffaloes had a home just for them too. 

Deepak and our local Nepalese staff have been hard at work preparing a lovely home for these new arrivals:

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After all your generous donations and support during our Winter Campaign we’d like to introduce  you all to:

Motu and Chotu the buffaloes….

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Speaking about our new friends, Apara, Our Sansar Children's Home Manager said;

“On their first night we tried to bring them inside to relax but Motu was too big for the gate!

But they’ve both settled in really well and seem really relaxed and happy. Plus the kids love them!”

A few buffalo facts:

  • Buffaloes have been part of farming in Nepal for centuries.
  • Traditionally they provide families with milk, manure, meat, hides (though don’t worry ours are purely being used for milk!)
  • Buffalo milk is highly nutritional.
  • They produce 15 litres of milk a day! – providing a great source of income.

Thanks to everyone’s hard work over the past few months we now have a source of income for the home, AND the children have a free highly nutritional source of milk right on their doorstep.

From all of us at Our Sansar, and all the boys in our Children's Home in Birgunj....

THANYOU!

But... it doesn’t stop there. Thanks to you all we are one step closer to our dream of creating self sufficient living for street children in Nepal, giving them a family home - enabling their education and ensuring they are healthy and have the best possible start at a future away from the streets.

With over 6000 children living on the streets of Nepal right now, this is no easy feat. But, with your help we can do it!

Although our buffalo campaign has come to an end, we have a number of other campaigns to help us reach this dream - and any support you can give us would be wonderful.

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On top of all that we have a new eco living focused project coming soon - watch this space :-)

And finally, if you want to get involved in the work we day, perhaps go over to our Children’s Home and get involved in a bit of DIY, perhaps you’re a teacher looking for a challenge? Get in touch! info@oursansar.org or find us on Twitter.

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The boys working hard with homework!
The boys working hard with homework!

Firstly, where are the Our Sansar buffaloes?

Great news! Our Nepalese staff have been working hard to secure and develop the gardens in our Children's Home in Birgunj, Nepal. With helping hands from the boys in the home (they love being out and playing in the gardens!) we are almost ready to introduce our two buffaloes!

Our Director, Julia, is heading out to Birgunj next month and we hope to bring you lots of photos of the buffaloes in their new home then - watch this space :-)

 

What's next for Our Sansar and our children in Nepal?

We have been working hard to support street children from across the globe - the International Day for Street Children on the 12 April was not only celebrated by our children and staff in Nepal, but across the world organisations and individuals came together to DEMAND A DAY FOR STREET CHILDREN!

 

21 street children attended the Our Sansar event on the 12 April in celebration of this very important day. They all received t-shirts and shorts and a good meal! 45 local guests came to view the celebrations including a local reporter – everyone had a great time!

Find out more here and view photos of how we celebrated in Nepal

 

Building a future away from the streets for Kamal

We have launched a new campaign to support the boys in our children's home, meet Kamal and the other boys and see how $10 can help him build a future away from the streets.

View the campaign here

And lastly, thank you for your continuing support....without you, none of this would have been possible! If you aren't already, follow us on social media to keep up to date with our latest news - and to keep track of the boys fantastic progress. For example, did you know that last month, they all passed their end of year exams with flying colours!!

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Our Nepalese staff gardening at the home
Our Nepalese staff gardening at the home

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Dear friends, colleagues and supporters

2013 was a really exciting year for Our Sansar and we owe it all to those who have made all this possible. THANK YOU!

With all UK staff working on a voluntary basis, Rajesh and I are very proud of everyone here and our hard working local staff in Nepal. It's amazing how much you can achieve working with passion and dedication! 

Last year we started a large teacher training programme with our fantastic local partner, GAN Nepal, through which over 360 local teachers from Birgunj, Chitwan and Hetauda are receiving a high standard of training. We've received amazing feedback from all the teachers so we are hoping to expand it even further this year.

We have had a really exciting year with the opening of our first ever children's home for street children in Birgunj. We are the only organisation in the region working with street children so it is a really important project that we are hoping will improve the lives of many children who find themselves in difficult situations. We are continuing our work with local communities and aim for the home to become a model children's home for further developments. 

So far in 2014 we have welcomed 6 children into the home, keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates on their progress! During these first few months we are focusing on settling the children in, providing good quality education and ensuring they are well fed and healthy. I know our local staff are doing a great job and providing the children with a loving, homely atmosphere.

As of today we have raised an amazing £2333 and can now buy two buffaloes that will provide the milk essential for the children’s nutrition - this is all thanks to you!

But, we still need a bit more of your support so we can make sure these children continue to get the help they need in 2014. Our fundraising goal is £3000, this will buy everything we need to feed and look after  the buffaloes for a whole year!

Every donation helps make a difference to these children’s lives - no matter how small - remember a little goes a long way in Nepal!

A massive thank you for all of your support.

 

Julia and the Our Sansar team

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Location: Brighton, Sussex - United Kingdom
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Rajesh Kalhan
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