Your generous gifts did indeed give hope and an education to seven of our Ama Ghar children! And because all are now either in their final year of school or out in the working world, we are able to close their educational fundraising project. Any recurring donations to this project will be rolled over into our Displaced Children's Fund, which will help us to make room for younger children who lost their families in the earthquakes.
Here's the wrapup on each of your scholars:
Kalpana T. completed her airline training with distinction and is now working as an Air Hostess at Buddha Air, Nepal's best domestic airline.
Kalpana P. has received her two year certificate as a Health Assistant.
Ganga is living on her own in Kathmandu and is looking for a job in her field of Management.
Sajan is completing his Bachelor's Degree in I.T. He is living in Kathmandu.
Pabitra is finishing her certification as a Pharmacist and living in Kathmandu.
Ashok is completing his Bachelor's Degree in I.T. and finishing an internship.
Laxmi is graduating from a university in Pokhara with a degree in Public Health.
All of these young people are bright, hard-working and talented, but without your support, we might not have been able to cover their tuition costs. At Ama Ghar, we believe that education is the key, not only to a good life for these seven kids, but for all children. Even in post-earthquake Nepal, where jobs are scarce, these seven have a chance at a successful future because they have received a great education. It is our mission at Ama Ghar to ensure that when our children leave Ama Ghar they are able to support themselves and become good productive citizens of Nepal and the world.
We coudn't do it without you - thank you so much.
Ashok was one of the original group of Ama Ghar kids who came to us from a remote village. He was always big and strong, smart and extremely good-natured, always enjoying time spent with his Ama Ghar brothers and sisters - in fact, by the time he was about 10 he became our official photographer. He was always assigned to carry our single digital camera when we went on outings because he did a stellar job of photographing his Ama Ghar family, whether they were engrossed in a book at study time or hiking a mountain trail.
But Ashok's big breakthrough came when an I.T. company in Kathmandu volunteered to come out to Ama Ghar on Saturday mornings to work with the kids on basic computer skills like word processing, spreadsheets and PhotoShop. Ashok was a natural "computer geek", and quickly became the go-to guy at Ama Ghar when Bonnie Auntie couldn't get her office computer to work, or when one of his siblings was having a problem with a donated computer.
Because we cannot afford to buy new computers, the Ama Ghar kids are dependent on hand-me-down computers that come from our donors to do their schoolwork. These are greatly appreciated, but all of them are running different operating systems and they vary widely in age - which created the perfect opportunity for a smart boy to learn all the things that can go wrong with a computer and figure out how to fix them!
When it came time for Ashok to move into Kathmandu to attend University a couple of years ago, everyone at Ama Ghar was very sad, not only because they would miss their big brother, but because now no one will be able to fix their computer! Ashok is in his third year of a Bachelor's degree in I.T. Engineering, and he's doing very well. He has fulfilled an internship with an insurance company in Kathmandu, and has big plans for next year, when he will graduate.
What an amazing leap - from underprivileged kid to I.T. guru - and it couldn't have happened without the help of generous donors like you, helping us to transform lives every single day.
Our last project report cited our Ama Ghar daughter Manisha as a perfect example of our mission to rescue children from poverty, malnutrition, trafficking and abuse and give them the loving home and education they need to become successful adults.
Since that report, Manisha has taken her first airplane flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to work at the Holiday Inn as the final milestone in gaining her Bachelor's degree in Hotel Management. She lives in an apartment with other Nepali girls who are college students, and the hotel's van picks her up, takes her to work and brings her home, so she is safe but a bit sheltered... which is probably a good thing for a girl who has gone from a small village to the safe atmosphere of the Ama Ghar home.
But slowly Manisha and her friends are learning to use the transit system so that they can see more of this enormous, rapidly modernizing city. They recently traveled from their apartment to an inexpensive shopping mall in Chinatown so that Manisha could buy makeup; she has never worn makeup before, but the hotel management asked her to do so - what an introduction to the modern world! In addition, they went to see the new Hobbit movie and nearly froze to death in the air conditioning - and then the girls saw people dressed in costume as part of a comic book convention.
There is a bit of prejudice against Nepali workers in Malaysia, but when Manisha explains that she is interning as part of her Bachelor's degree and not taking a full time job that could have gone to a Malaysian person, then people have been very kind to her. Her only complaint is that the food is a bit too sweet for her taste, but she and her friends have found Nepali restaurants where they can get their beloved dal bhat!
Very exciting and a little confusing for Manisha, but this is all part of learning about the world outside of her comfort zone. To westerners, this new job and adventure that she has taken on to finish her Bachelor's may seem like normal, everyday life, but for Manisha it is a big stretch and an amazing opportunity for her to broaden her horizons. When she was a small abandoned girl in a remote village, she never imagined that she would be able to live with friends in a big city and be paid for doing a management job.
It's literally a dream come true, and she couldn't have done it without your generosity. At Ama Ghar we promise our children that we will support them in their education as far as their own skills will take them - and thanks to you, we've been able to keep that promise for Manisha. She has become a productive global citizen and living proof that if we work together we can save the world, one child at a time.
The mission of Ama Ghar, our home for rescued children in the beautiful Godavari valley, near Kathmandu, is to provide a home and education for the most disadvantaged children of Nepal and provide them with the opportunity to become productive Nepali citizens. With the help of donors like you, we fund education for the children as far as their talents will take them. For some, this means university and beyond - for others, this means vocational school. But so far, all of our Ama Ghar "alumni" have succeeded in becoming happy, healthy, self-supporting adults.
One great example of the success of our mission is our Ama Ghar daughter Manisha. She came to us as a small child from a remote village, and from the beginning she's been very serious and studious, always working hard and excelling in school. Sometimes her aunties and uncles even had to force her to get up from her desk and go outside to play with her brothers and sisters - she's a wonderful athlete, but her studies always came first!
Manisha's positive, hard-working attitude has really paid off for her. She is studying for her Bachelor's in Hotel Management, and in addition to her college curriculum, she has completed an internship at the prestigious Summit Hotel in Kathmandu, where she worked in every department, from the kitchen to the front desk, as well as an eco-tourism project in the countryside near Pokhara. Her next exciting adventure before she completes her degree will be to intern with an American hotel chain in Malaysia - this will be a big step away from her Ama Ghar family, and her first airplane trip, but it's sure to help her to get a great job when she graduates.
These success stories, moving children from poverty and malnutrition to healthy, productive lives, would not have a happy ending without you. Please donate TODAY, on Global Giving's 30% Matching Day, and help us to raise 30% more funding for tuition, books, uniforms and more. Thank you for believing that we can save the world, one child at a time.
The transition from growing up in a group home, surrounded by 50-something brothers and sisters, to living on your own in a new city or university, is very, very difficult. Our seven older kids are learning this in a big way - but all the lessons in self-sufficiency they learned at Ama Ghar are helping them out tremendously.
For example - Laxmi, who is in her first year at Pokhara University studying Public Health, came home for a visit during school break. She really enjoyed the reunion with her brothers and sisters, and shared her experiences of managing on her own. One of her dilemmas was that she needed a dress for an upcoming honors event at Pokhara University. Of course, the Ama Ghar kids have never gone shopping for clothes - all of the clothes our children wear have been donated by our wonderful friends around the world, so she wasn't sure what to do.
Laxmi knew exactly what she wanted from looking at a photograph in a magazine, so she designed and sewed the dress herself while she was home during her break. We are so proud of her - this is the kind of resourcefulness that will help her to become a successful adult and a productive Nepali citizen. Thank you for helping her with her tuition through your donations to Global Giving!
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