Education  Nepal Project #16938

Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament

by Our Sansar
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
Nepal Street Children's First Cricket Tournament
The needs of children matter
The needs of children matter

It is now 5 months after the devastating earthquakes hit Nepal and the occasional aftershocks are still happening. Our teams in Nepal are still working hard to reach as many families as possible, often in remote villages, and to support them and their communities rebuild and ensure they get the essential supplies they need.

Meanwhile, all of our flourishing cricketers in the making in our children's home in Birgunj fortunately benefit from the homely, loving atmosphere the Our Sansar family provide. All of the boys are very busy - with school (and recently recieved excellent results in their exams) and lots of fun activities in the home, obviously with cricket still being the favourite!

There is always something for everyone - dancing, singing, arts classes and sports and on the 15 September, all staff and children celebrated the National Children's Day which was full of games, presents and fun.

The recent political situation in Nepal has presented some difficulties; protests against the consitution and Indian borders being blocked has led to prices rising and supplies are not easily available. I want to give a special mention to our hard working teams in Nepal - thanks to them, and the support of the local community, we are still active and still getting supplies to our home, our transit home to support those affected by the earthquake, and remote families in need.

This is our last update for now from the Our Sansar cricket team as we are closing the Global Giving project - the boys are still busy practicing, but for now, we ask you to support our other projects and thank you as always for your ongoing commitment to our work - without you, none of this would be possible.

In our transit home
In our transit home
Outreach work
Outreach work
There is always time for fun though...
There is always time for fun though...

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Sujan being very serious about cricket
Sujan being very serious about cricket

The Cricket Tournament took part in April this year to celebrate the International Day for Street Children. Taking part in the tournament, competing against other children's homes and making new friends, really inspired our boys.

So now cricket has become a daily routine for our boys and they are all loving it. Even our youngest boys, 5 to 7 years old, are trying their skills and we are very impressed - there are definitely some future Nepal National Cricket Team players at our home! 

Daily schedule is pretty busy for all our boys - first school, then various activities (computer, typing, guitar, arts, dance, cooking), homework, cleaning and the favourite part of the day for most of them - cricket. During my recent visit there, I was pretty much forced to take a lot of photos of our boys with a cricket bat or a ball. And I was also being taught by them how to play cricket for the first time in my life - so I might be joining Our Sansar cricket team shortly as well!

The boys will be joining a local club shortly and they are hoping they will win the next year's Cricket Tournament. We need to provide them with more classes with the coach but they are truly inspirational because of their team spirit and enjoying every moment of the game. 

And as with any other project, your donations are helping our boys reach their dreams. So thank you so much for all the support! 

Raju showing off his balling skills
Raju showing off his balling skills
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Check out the expert cricket stance in practice!
Check out the expert cricket stance in practice!

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.

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.

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)

One of our pro batsmen
One of our pro batsmen
Govind sharpening up his wicket keeping skills
Govind sharpening up his wicket keeping skills
Ryan posing for the camera
Ryan posing for the camera

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Christmas celebrations
Christmas celebrations

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.

Christmas art
Christmas art
Christmas messages from the boys
Christmas messages from the boys
As you can see, we went a bit drawing crazy :-)
As you can see, we went a bit drawing crazy :-)
Special holiday picnic to celebrate the new year
Special holiday picnic to celebrate the new year
Christmas presents in cricket form!
Christmas presents in cricket form!
Winter sports
Winter sports
Giving something back to the environment
Giving something back to the environment
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Guitar classes with the boys
Guitar classes with the boys

A big thank you from all of the boys in our children's home. Over the last few months, thanks to your ongoing support, our boys have been busy at school, and.... all of the extra opportunities we have been giving them with their own guitar teacher and IT teacher. Our wonderful volunteers have also been busy, over in Nepal, making documentaries and organising our next fundraiser in the UK!

Raina and Manisha journeyed to our children's home in Birgunj, Nepal and visited the boys

Within one month they raised over £2000 for Our Sansar and were on their way to our children's home. What they found was a happy home with children eager to learn - from guitar to maths at school.

Read all about their adventure here.

 

Have you seen our documentary?

Although Our Sansar has made considerable progress since the making of this video, one of our volunteers, Rob, visited Nepal last year and made this fantastic documentary about the educational barriers in the country that are still relevant now. Fortunately, since the making of this documentary we have now opened our first children's home and the boys living with us are off the streets and even attending a private school - to give them the best chance for the future!

See Rob's video here

 

Over in the UK.....

Fancy a night of hilarious comedy on behalf of Our Sansar?

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.

3rd December, Brighton Komedia, England. Book your tickets here now!

 

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

Ready for school
Ready for school

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Our Sansar

Location: Brighton, Sussex - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Rajesh Kalhan
Brighton, Sussex United Kingdom

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