Project #6469

Destitute and Orphaned children of Nepal

by Global Reach International

One of our Volunteers went to Nepal from January 14 until March 28, 2014.  Below are some emails from his recent trip.  He travels to all of our projects and does a site visit.  The orphange we have been supporting is going stronge.  We hope you enjoy these emails.

I have been having security difficulities with my email server, problems finding a computer and chasing electricity.
feb 7th - Butwal Lions Hospital. I took a bus and then a rickshaw to an 11am appointment with Mr Karna, the manager of the hospital and the Lions Club president. I was given extensive information about the small eye hospital and their needs. I hope the Lions in Philly will have information on second-hand equipment that could be donated....Good news! Our $500 donation will bring 100 or more pair of new glasses that will help poor children to read and stay in school.....Later I went to Santi Gov't School to make out 7th yearly donation to the blind and low-vision section of the school for $1000. They were very pleased!
feb 8th - 8am -Kotihawa village and Eternity Orphanage.
I could see the excitement in the children's faces as matting was put on the dirt floor under the tin roof of the outside eating area. "thank you, uncle" was said with raised prayer hands as I handed out individual plastic bags of pants and shirts to each of the twenty four children. Bed covers, underwear and towels completed the gifts. Caretaker Khrisna said that theseitems were needed and raises the spirits of these children. The stigma of being orphans in this culture is a heavy one.
mon - feb 10 - We bought a volley ball and net for this village area for $25. Nisson, a class twelve student and neighbor of Dr Amit requested this while we had milk tea before he took the four family buffalo to field for the day....we also promised a $500 donation for a playground for lower caste children in a day laborer section of Balwari village. A gravel road, outside water pipes and improved sanitation have been added by the new Rotary club over the last three years.
wed - feb 12 - Lumbini Eye Hospital - This is my last day here and I am saying goodbye to friends and staff once again....this evening a special dinner for me at the Blind home at Santi School.
I am behind in my emails and have been chasing electricity for the past ten days.
feb 14 - fri - Bhratapur Eye Hospital - It was nice to tulsi Parjuli, a former english student and now manager of this eye hospital. I was asked if our $1000 donation could be spent on children's eye exams, 'specks' for poor children and discount eye medicine for needy patients. I said 'as you wish' plane arrived from Kathmandu because of the all day fog. so the 18 seater flight was cancelled.
sat - feb 15 - 7:15 am - an eye doctor with his driver stopped at the hosptal to pickup supplies and offered me a lift to kathmandu.
sun - feb 16 - a serious volley ball competion between St Devi's and a local school that we walked to. Devi brought a dozen girls for a cheering section. our boys won and we had to wait for individual metals, certificates and a trophy to be presented Nepalese style. Devi sent for ' reinforcements' of studentsand two drums. We paraded home advertising our win and st devi's academy.
tues - feb 18 - I'll skip the dental implants story and the three hours is spent in the dentist chair. the price was right.
wed -feb 19 - Manuk, an 19 year old girl from Holland is volunteering here at st devi's for two weeks. We went by bus to Swarambor, the 'monkey temple', up on a hill overlooking the valley. A full view of this massive concrete city. the exhaust pollution in many areas is close to poisonous , especially in the rush hour 'jams'.....I then went across town by microvan to Paropakar Orphanage to give our deposit to Amit for the 47 pair of 'sport shoes' for the festival of Shivaratri next thursday.
feb -24 -mon - today i spoke at Sann International College about my volunteer work in Nepal for the last ten years. The presentation of our 8 minute video interested the students. Principal Chandra Dhungel asked me to speak to encourage the students to make voluteering a part of their lives....My dentist dr. Subhash Ghimire is chairman of this school and heard of my visit and refunded me $150. I will add another $150 from Nepal Kids and donate $300 to a Sann's supported home for 20 children in our name. The students will learn how to spend the $300 for charity and experience the 'joy of giving'.
I paid the balance on my$28 -eight pound- birthday cake, the 41 pair of 'sports shoes' boxes were placed on the long library table and then I went with Amit, Raju and Sanjeev across the flowing sewer called the Bagmati river, to get the ten kilos of chicken i promised for dinner. Meat is a treat here in nepal especially for orphans.....the bonfire was burning before dinner was finished. The children wore their new shoes. Two malas - side drums - were played to Nepalese songs and dancing. Friends and former residents came to visit and my birthday cake was large enough to be enjoyed by all.
feb 28 - 29, friday - saturday This morning i returned to st devi's aademy by $3 taxi in time to bathe and attend 10 o'clock classes until 2pm. I then lseft by microvan to Chandra's Flag shop in Durbar temple area to by by motorbike to the Disabled Home to spend Friday night, as usual, with the children. I remembered the last bag of starlight mints from America...A volunteer student is staying here for four months....I went to the wood carving area to order some handicraft gifts....I spoke with an Austrailian UNESCO worker who visited on motorbike....a cold rain started and continued for the rest of the night. A forty minute bike ride left me at Paropakar Orphanage. There was no heat and bed bugs are a problem so i decided to return to St Devi's after a few hours visit.
Mar 3rd - mon -SEVA Eye Headquarters. I met with Parima and Sharavan and gave the $350 donation to be sent to th;e eye clinic in the town of Pyuthan in the west of Nepal for the care of the 10 or 12 blind and low vision children who are roomed behind the government school. My friend and former student Su san will manage the donation....I just left the Sann's college where I met with the four students who will manage the $300 in items for the 12 boys and 8 girls at the Helping Hands Home. The program is set for next Monday march 10.
tues - march 4th - a website
Bicky, Chandra Flag shop's son, is willing to make a website for our Nepal Kids organization. "Cheapest and best" he told is programmer Mehesh, which is fine with me. I will need help when i come home as to where to go and what to do with this work.
wed - march 5th - Pakistan
Pastor David and Devi left for Church business for five days in Pakistan. I gave Devi the second part of our $1000 donation before they left.The school gives a good educaion at a moderate price with excellent results in this area of Kathmandu. The 85 children in the hostel part of the school are a mixed lot, some orphans, semi-orphans, boarding or poor make up the lot. There are six new unsponsored children this year ages 5 to 9 years old. The work is 24-7 and I admire them greatly.
fri - march 7th - Newari Wedding for Daya Ram's daughter
Beautiful saris in shades of red for good luck were worn by the women and a wedding is time to show off your gold oraments. Forty foot long woven mats were placed on the floor back to back for seating. Dried leaf 'paper plates' were formed to serve as dishes. Fried meat, beaten flat rice, beans and vegetables were served with rice wine, home made beer and a clear whiskey....I gave Daya Ram the second $500 of our donation. Seven young blind and deaf and one physically and mentally handicapped children were added this year for a total of 42 children at the home. The first disabled home in Nepal, donated by a Swiss group, is being built by hand across the road.
sat - march 8th
Time to say 'good bye' to the thirty seven boys at Porapakar Orphanage. Amit went out for samosa, a deep fried pastry with spicy beans and potato filling. I went to the temple area and bought four maskes for gifts. A fire was made from an old school desk. Songs were sung and some younger were encouraged to dance. I slept on the floor of an upstairs room that was bed bug free.
mon - march 10- Sanns College
Twelve student and I went to the Helping Hands Children Home by school bus this afternoon. The program of sacks of rice and cooking oil, school bags, towels, toothbrushs, snacks, fruit and four tin trunks were made to the 21 children that the school bus driver and his wife provide for. I insisted that the students take turn in giving the gifts to the children with a picture taken with each child. all went well. This is our last program and I leave for thailand this thursday for one week.
It is time for a breakfast of rice and vegetables, and then to class at ten.
All of our nine programs were successful this year. Because of the rise in the value of the US dollar we were able to increase our donations by 30% or more and add three new donations to Eternity and Helping Hands orphanages plus a Rotary donation for a modest playground area for day worker's children.
We will have more children's eyes examined, more free eye glasses will be given and our low vision program will reach more children. The two blind homes and the disabled children's home will have more to spend on day to day necessities as will the four orphanages, homes and hostels.
I am often only asked "where are you from?" I am proud to represent my country while I am here in Nepal.
I want to thank all who have helped and supported me with this work. I don't do this alone.

To Donors,

Global Reach International would like to thank you for your continue support of our projects in Nepal.  We are

planning our 2014 trip to Nepal in the coming months.  Please see link below of our most recent trip

to Nepal.  Since we are a small organization with no expenses, we generally don’t raise money outside of

Global Giving.  We work with partner organizations in Nepal to distribute funds to the orphanage and our other

projects.  Once a year, a volunteer from Global Reach International travels to Nepal to give a progress report.  

Please check out our past video from 2013 in which we traveled to all the projects that we have been funding

for the past few year. 

Thank You,

Global Reach International


Volunteers at orphange
Volunteers at orphange

Below are emails from a volunteer in the field.  Mike is a volunteer with Global Reach
International.  He stays in Nepal for two
months each year and volunteers his time. 
Myself and a fellow volunteer from Global Reach International visited
Mike at his sites in Nepal last week (week of March 12 – 16, 2013).  Please enjoy the pictures and emails from his


Mon jan 21

Four days, four flights of 27 hours check-in, security and passport control are now behind me with one day rest
in Bangkok. I arrived Friday in Kathmandu in the late afternoon. It was good to
see the 85 children once again. Distributed the small candy canes before trying
to unpack by candle light. I must adjust to the 14 hours of electric a day.

Sat jan 21

Off to Paropakar Orphanage and the
47 boys, promised 'sports shoes' when I return in three weeks from the Lumbini
area in the south..Raju, Susan and Sanjee took me outside Kathmandu to the
Disabled home for 34 deaf, blind and handicapped children. A marvel to see the
wrok of Daya Ram and his two sons are doing. The 13 deaf are learning computers
skills. The Braille printer, donated from France, is being used to make clear
braille plastic slips pasted in story books so the blind children can also
'read' children's stories...Surjan is in Hospital for a second knock-knee
operation and will walk normally in a few months. After the six programs in the
South I will see if there are enough funds to whlp with on the the two needed
leg operations still needed at the home.....I am leaving for the South tonight
by bus with two intactlarge crystal vases, wedding presents, for a ten hour
overnight bus ride, my clothes are drying, I am recently bathed and i got
antibiotics for a persistent chest cold.

All is well.

Mike Nepal


I moved into the Everest Hotel last Friday
near the Eye Hospital in Bhairahawa which has slightly warmed water, two
electric bulbs by generator power 16 hours a day and a special price of $8 a
day because of the social programs I do in the area. I moved from my friend
Amit's village of Balwari up the road by bus because the household is preparing
for Dr. Amit's marriage and the influx of relatives at the home next week.


I visited Mina Devi's home for 14
orphans and set plans for a donation ceremony on Feb 3rd. I met 17 year old
Baba, a success story of this women's home, who was saved from
child labor at age seven and is now studying for engineering.


I also fixed the donation date for
the 27 blind and low-vision students at the home connected to the Santi
Government School. I was glad to hear that Jamuna,Santa and Amod left the home
to attend a College that caters to the visually handicapped..


I hope the weather breaks on the
plains soon. 50 degrees, no heat, foggy and overcast until 1 or 2 pm for a few
hours of sunshine. wash takes 2-3 days to dry.

all is well.



Friday, Feb 1st. I went to the Lions
Eye Hospital by small Nepalese bus for one hour with Susan a former student. He
is in town with his new wife Manju from Pyuthan in the Hilly Region for Dr
Amit's wedding in a few days. The $500 donation was accepted by Dr Anil and
will be used for the distribution of 'specs' to needy children on an individual


Mon, Feb 3rd. A very low key
donation ceremony for Maina Devi's one year old home for her fourteen
orphans.(thankfully, this was Amit's doing) Sliced apples, buscuits and tea for
five of us and an hour visit and a $500 donation for our seventh year.

Tues. Feb 4th.The Santi Blind and
Low vision Home for 27 children is connected to a large government school and a
large display of gratitude was shown for the $900 donation. The 27 children
gathered in front of five speakers. I was presented with two malas -huge
marigold necklaces-, Tika, red powder on the forehead by all four speakers, a
Nepalese cap, a framed 'letter of appreciation' and a gift of a metal
temple.This is their custom and i must allow. A curried chicken dinner was
given in my honor at the home so i spent the night in the dorm room for 15
children. A hard bed and too much talking gave me a restless night.

I took my pants and shirt to be
pressed at a tailor using a huge charcoal filled iron. I found a matching tie
in the market for the handmade jacket to be picked-up today for Amits wedding
on Thursday.

Tomorrow I go to the Butwal Lions
Hospital for an all day school eye examination of a local school.

all is well.

mike Namaste,

Wed, Feb 6th. It was raining so
plastic pants and jacket were provided for me in the Butwal Lions Hospital for
the 45 minute motorbike west of here to the Shree Sandraskar Secondary School
where 275 children had their eyes examined. I got a first hand look at the
poverty in the rural areas where some families can not afford a $7 pair of
glasses. A eye chart was taped to the outside wall, a bench pulled from a
classroom and the meters measured off for the examination to begin. Three
children will get free glasses from our donation.

Thur. Feb 7th. Amit's Wedding. 15
cars and a bus loaded with friends and relatives of the grooms left Balwari
Village for the 30 minute ride to Bhairahawa. We stopped two streets from the
brides home and the wedding ceremony. In front of a marigold decorated car a
band played, the troop danced and slowly walked to the bride's home. The long
ceremony was performed by a Bhraman priest while we ate a vegetarian dinner.
The women wore gold and very beautiful saris.

I have go and get ready for the
Grooms party at Amits house. This is considered our reception party.

tomorrow Kotihowa village and a
community center and a small donation. I will sleep over at Roshan Pun's home.

all is well.

Thur - feb 14 I counted 15mosquitoes
in the restroom of the downstairs restaurant of the Everest Hotel last night.
It is time to leave this area. My work is completed on the southern plains. I
said 'goodbye' over the last three days to friends, hospital staff, \santi
school teachers and the Butwal Lions....I took a 5 hour, 4:30 am bus to
Bharatpur and the eye hospital there. Tulsi and Mr Kandel will manage the
School Screening Program from here in the Ghurka district this year.. I met
Chhaya, an assistant manager, who could possible help ;manage the funds being
sent to an orphanage in the Chitwan area by Global Reach another Non Profit in
New Jersey.

Fri - fev 15th I left Bhratpur by plane for a 30 min flight to Kathmandu. Last
year the day bus took 18 hours with two 'strikes' blocking the road fror hours
and numerous 'jams' was 'sports day' with half-a-day of classes. I have
out candy canes to the hostel children in the evening because is was too tired
to go to the shop for cookies.


Sat - feb 16 The Disabled Home Assn.

I met a UN worker's wife who secured
a plot of land across the road from a Swiss group for a permanent home for the
34 disables children. the cost of the building is being planned.....I
recognized the small boy's face but something seemed unfamiliar until i
realized it was little Surjan walking normally after two leg operations a year
apart....good news. we will pay for the leg operations for two children here at
the home. They are both charity cases operated on by the doctors free of cost
and we will only pay for the supplies and medicines.

Sun - feb 17 - A Class Picnic at St
rained all night before the event so the ground was wet when we arrived at the
park. one boy fell and hit his head and had to be taken to Hospital. The
children enjoyed the time away from home and school. Music was played and
dancing went on for hours. The rain started again so we ran for the buses. We
were stuck in a 'jam' for what seemed like hours. I felt like i was in an
unsupervised lunch room of eight graders. It was pouring rain, the bus door did
not shut, the noise was deafening, the windshield wipes did not work so the bus
driver reached out the window with a water bottle to spray the window. I was
cold and wet and had an ' what am I doing here moment'


Fri - Mar 1 Farewell Party for Class
10 - given by class 8 and 9 at St Devi's Academy went well in the outside
raised stage area covered by a tin roof. A tent top covered the students and
guests. Nepalese folk dancing, comedy skits, snacks and awards were part of the
farewell. the afternoon ended with all three classes jumping and dancing
onstage to 'Condom Star'.

- A taxi ride for $3.50 to Chandra's
Flag shop to meet Amit from Paropakar Orphanage and give him the 46000 rupies
for the 47 pair of 'sports shoes' -$11.50 a pair - for tomorrow nights

- onto the Disabled Children's Home
with Chandra by motorbike. I again met Maggie from Austrailia with the UN
husband, and she informed me that the plans for the first modern disabled home
in Nepal are still in progress. This is a wonderful thing and we should be
proud to be part of this support for Daya the last five years.


Sat - Mar 2 - Chandra and I left the
home by noon and i told Daya Ram that next friday would be my last visit to the
home this year and that I would bring the 38000 rupies for the two charity leg
operations for Mina and Ambika.

I saw the happiness and excitement
in the children's eyes in anticipation of a new pair of 'sport shoes' as
Chandra dropped me at the door of Paropakar. All we waiting for me and the
locked library was opened and the distribution of 'sport shoes' began. As is
the custom, i was to hand each pair to everyone. After a dinner of rice and
curry vegetables my eight pound birthday cake was brought into the room and
cut. I am fairly certain that this was the only piece of cake these children
will have until I return next year.

Sun - mar 3 - I returned to St
Devi's expecting to have class but there is a 'Bandha' ,a general protest for
the death of a student hit by a bus. All schools were closed.

I sat with Devi in the school yard
and she pointed to children and told me their stories of abandonment, neglect
and poverty. She interjected her stories with phrases like 'I've been keeping
for two years', 'mother washing clothes', ' what to do?' , 'father died', ' I
can not chase', ' grandmother pays little little', ' I can feed but who will
pay tuition?' I saw the burden on the face of this good women has in managing a
school and home...


At School
At School
Volunteer with children
Volunteer with children
Children at school
Children at school

Toby and David of Global Encounters went to these projects.  Please visit their website to see pictures and videos of their trip to these sites.    Toby and David apprached Global Reach International after donating money to one of our projects. 

While in Nepal they were able to visit three separate projects that Global Reach International and Mike Cassidy

( Global Reach International Board member) have been raising money for. 


Thank you all.


Mike Cassidy is our project leader for these projects.  He is in Nepal until the end of March.  Below are some of his emails that he is reporting back from the field in Nepal.  Mike is volunteering his time to serve the people of Nepal. Enjoy, and Thank You for your continue support. 

FEB. I left St. Devi's Academy this morning and told them i would return
in three weeks when our programs in the South are finished in the Lumbini Zone..
I took a few boys from Porapokar orphanage to help me get the two buses to the
disabled home outside Kathmandu. I was good to see Daya Ram Thapa and the now 33
deaf, blind and crippled children he cares for. I assured him of our $900
continued support.
Two successes greeted me.Steel rods were placed in Surjan's crippled legs
and he will walk normally in a few years time. He is seven years old. Gita, five
years old, had two successful operations, one on her cleft lip and the second
one on her throat. She is still blind and learning braille on a newly gifted
computer from France but she is 'talking up a storm' now that she is able to
speak. Be glad...we are all part of this...
spent the evening at Porapokar home sitting on the roof around a fire made
of bamboo sticks. It is cold at night and we talked and ate sweets. I was taken
to the 'bus park' at 7am for a local bus to Bhairahawa on the southern plains of
Nepal. down the Kathmandu valley along winding roads past towns and villages for
the 8 hour ride. i was glad it was over.
Feb . this is my second day here at the Eye Hospital i am  still making my
rounds to see all the staff and former students of 9 years ago. Plans will
be made for our School Screening Program, I met with Hari Thapa who manages the
Low vision department and tomorrow i will go to the town of Butwal to speak to
Dr Amil about our  eye glasses program for poor children. All will be
it is time to find some food.
Week of Feb 18-23
I took a long walk at dusk on saturday evening (feb 18) around the village
of Balwari for the last time this year. I saw a flock of parrots fly overhead,
water buffalo were walked back to their stalls and the smell of smoke from
cooking fires filled the air. I will miss the rice paddy, the squeal of water
pumps, the crow of roosters in the morning and having  tea by the fire as water
is heated for the morning bath.
Shivaratri - Shiva's night feb 20th
The eight hour bus ride to Kathmandu turned into a 14 hour ordeal. All was
going well until Narangath town bridge where a 'strike' closed the bridge for 3
hours. A 'bandt' is a common form of protest here where schools, offices, shops
and roads are closed, sometimes for days. On the move again until the 'jam' of
traffic slowed and stopped on the two lane road to the Kathmandu valley for 3
hours more. I love Nepal....
I celebrated the god Shiva's Night late at Paropakar orphanaged. A bonfire
was lit, two side drums played, clapping and chanting started the folk singing,
and dancing around the fire soon began. All we glad i kept my promise to attend.
I gave out  butterscotch sweets brought from the USA and  I soon forgot my long
bus ride.
I took the Braille typewriter to the SEVA  headquarters to see if we can
find the organization for the blind that i was told could repair the
Thur  Feb 23
I took four classes today at St Devi's Academy. handed out framework and
work seek puzzles I brought with me from America. It is nice to see the children
one year older. Which reminds me that i will also count one more year this
coming Saturday. It is the custom for me to give out sweets  on my
all is well.
mike sir

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