Project #4659

Stop Making Paper Orphans of Nepal Children

by The Mountain Fund
May 20, 2010

Opening of the Preschool - on credit

The finished Preschool - Built on Credit
The finished Preschool - Built on Credit

During the last couple of months Bina Basnet, Mountain Fund volunteers and Orchid Garden Nepal’s mothers have worked very hard. Now Orchid Garden Nepal’s Preschool is finished and on May 17th it was inaugurated. 100 more underprivileged children in Kathmandu will now receive preschool and primary education while their parents can work, knowing that their children are safe. Bina has hired new staff members to teach at the preschool and as always, she is happy to have volunteers give a hand as well (people interested should contact The new people on board will help ensure that the 100 needing children are all well-fed, healthy and stimulated, while most importantly, making sure that they do not end up on the streets later in their lives from lack of opportunities. As part of the expansion of Orchid Garden Nepal’s facilities, OGN is now launching a new program where donors can sponsor one of the children already in OGN’s daycare facility in order to help the center take in more children. The current sponsorship program enables donors to sponsor a different child (typically a sibling of a child in the daycare) of school age, while this new change will add extra toddlers in day care center and take them all the way through 12th grade without adding strain to OGN’s budget. So for as little as $280 or €200 per year or $24 or €17 per month, you can support OGN’s expansion and help us reach more underprivileged children, and many such children are waiting for just one opportunity for a life without poverty. This amount will cover all expenses for either taking care of an underprivileged toddler in Orchid Garden Nepal’s day care center and later through 12th grade or for sending an equally needy, but older child to school all the way through 12th grade. Bina and Orchid Garden is an Nepal-based NGO supported by the Mountain Fund, a US registered charity, but unfortunately, even our combined efforts have not been enough to raise the necessary funds to build the preschool so far. Bina, passionate about her work as she is, personally took a loan to cover the costs of hiring workers as well as asked shopkeepers to give her some months worth of credit, which they have granted - as long as she pays steep interest rates of course. While the lease for the plot has been secured for four years, the costs of the construction and the costs of feeding, clothing, educating and safeguarding an extra 100 toddlers have not been raised and this significantly exceeds Orchid Garden Nepal’s current expenses - upwards $28,000 or €20,000 per year. Orchid Garden Nepal and the Mountain Fund greatly appreciate any support you can give however small it may be, for as Bina always says: “A little goes a long way.” Thank you in advance.

Inauguration of the new Preschool
Inauguration of the new Preschool
OGN provides lunch for all children in it
OGN provides lunch for all children in it's care



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The Mountain Fund

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Scott MacLennan
International Director
Albuquerque, New Mexico United States

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