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:
After all your generous donations and support during our Winter Campaign we’d like to introduce you all to:
Motu and Chotu the buffaloes….
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:
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....
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.
Head over to our campaigns:
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! firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Twitter.
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.
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!!
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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