Himalayan Hope Home

by The Small World
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Himalayan Hope Home
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Himalayan Hope Home

Dear Friends and Supporters , 

We hope you're doing well and staying safe.

We sincerely hope that despite this challenging year, you were able to experience joy and make amazing memories, and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday!

In the wake of Covid-19 in Nepal, every aspect of human life has been significantly disrupted, especially for children in regards to their education and safety. Like any developing country, orphans and vulnerable children in Nepal have been at the highest risk during the pandemic, facing not only hunger but also trafficking and abuse as they remained out of school.

Therefore, our goal to protect them by providing relief foods, safe places to live, and the gift of education made our work at The Small World more important than ever. We have rescued and our relief support has benefited over 1,000 children during the pandemic.

Due to their remote locations, children faced a huge learning crisis during this pandemic. Particularly in geographically challenged regions like Solukhumbhu, it's nearly impossible for students to take online classes since basic infrastructures like electricity & internet have never been introduced.

The Arhaus Children's Home has provided not only food and a safe, loving environment to over 80 marginalized students, but also much needed organized daily classes inside the home. With every school in the region closed, our Senior girls from the Solukhumbhu Girls' dorm have been homeschooling students in the home while also maintaining safety rules. This has not only ensured continued education but has also established a strong family bond between the senior and junior students.

As the government prepared to open physical schools, many students, especially from marginalized families who suffered from this pandemic, have needed support with Back-to-School preparedness, so The Small World has distributed school bags, stationeries, face masks, and sanitizers to over 1,500 students in the Solukhumbhu area.


We couldn't have done this without the help of our incredible partner organizations and really appreciate their support. Next year, we aspire to continue on our mission and spread smiles across even more faces, with the aim of reaching 2000 more students by mid-2022!

Please consider telling your friends and family about our project—you can https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/a-year-end-gift-to-change-the-lives-of-children/ on social media, or just bring us up in conversation. Sharing with your community why you chose to support our organization will help us increase the work we can do in our community.

Karma Sherpa
Executive Director & Co-Founder 
*The Small World*
Email: karma@thesmallworld.org 
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Providing lunch box to children
Family who lost job
Family who lost job
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Dear Friends & Supporters, Namaste!

 

We sincerely hope that you and your family are doing well and enjoying good health. We are happy to share that finally, after two years, our lives are slowly coming back to normal in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Today, our hundreds of underprivileged children are in school; over 100 girls are continuing higher education; over 500 families badly affected by the pandemic are benefiting from Seeds of Hope, our Sustainable Agriculture Program; and most importantly, today our Phuleli Community Health Center is providing most urgent health services in the remote Himalayan communities of Solukhumbu. We are happy with our progress, and you should be very proud of your help with all of this.

 

None of this would be possible without your support, and the people you are helping are hugely grateful because you have changed their lives by creating a much better future.

 

But we can’t continue all this important work without your support! The financial difficulties in Nepal are dire, all due to lost jobs and a lack of any aid or support from the Government. Therefore, our communities and children need our help more than ever.

 

And a bit of good news: this coming November 30th is Giving Tuesday, and our partner, “GlobalGiving,” is offering a $1,000,000 Incentive Fund that will be distributed to participants proportionally based on final fundraising totals. We wanted to inform you, your family, and community of this because it’s a great opportunity to make a huge impact on supporting our work and the more you give, the more we will get your support.

 

GlobalGiving’s 2021 #GivingTuesday campaign will be begin from from 00:00:00 EST to 23:59:59 EST on November 30, 2021.

 

Our project link which are listed in Giving Tuesday campaign are as follows.

 

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/nepal-covid-19-relief-fund/

 

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/the-phuleli-community-health-center/

 

We hope you will consider this. We cannot continue without you.

 

Namaste & thank you very much.
Karma Sherpa
Executive Director & Co-Founder 
*The Small World*
Email: karma@thesmallworld.org 

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Children going back to school with our support

Dear Friends and Supporters, Namaste !

we hope despite the situation you all are in good health. Here in Nepal like anywhere in the world after very difficult one year we are again trapped by 2nd wave of Covid and things are shutting down once again, people are scared this will be a lot tougher this time.

We pray and hope that things will get better sooner than later and will have the courage to overcome this Pandemic. Our hopes are bigger than the current situation and we will together recover this.

The Small World has been dedicated for years to providing education to children and is convinced of its significance in breaking the cycle of poverty in Nepal.

Today, with the world still suffering from a global pandemic and forced lockdowns, tourism, a major source of income for Nepal, has been virtually nonexistent. With a dearth of tourists and no more burgeoning throngs of trekkers, porters and many others whose livelihoods depend on the tourism sector have been out of work for over a year.

Above and beyond the existing challenges for at risk children whose education and holistic wellbeing we have been supporting, the Covid-19 , lockdown and lost jobs situation has created a new classification of at-risk children, about 35 to 40% in rural areas, who had been attending school but have dropped out due to this loss of family income.

It’s an urgent matter, and we have developed this new program to help before the loss of education creates a crippling situation of further loss. We have seen evidence in the past that more serious future problems for their family and community will most likely manifest unless their education is restored.

Appealing for Himalayan Children's Education:

The Small World has been blessed for years with the volunteer work of many extraordinary international students who have learned firsthand about the challenges we face in Nepal and the importance of education for its children.

We welcome you as well as any other interested high school and university students and volunteers to join this project and participate as Ambassadors for Education. As advocates, they will have free rein to take the initiative and create new avenues to share our information with the world which can also include blogs and established social media – it’s up to them.

All ambassadors or supporters will meet remotely with us to share ideas, inspiration, receive updated information from Nepal, connect with community, and lead as change makers by working locally and impacting globally.

In these meetings, we will also discuss sustainable solutions and work together with the children’s families and local community members to help them come up with ideas for work so they can fund support on their own when this program ends.

OUR SOLUTION

• Our urgent hope is to provide 350 children with an education sponsorship program for just one year.

• $1.00 USD a day for one year & yearly $ 350 for a child will cover the school tuitions, uniforms, books, school bag, a set of clothing, and counseling for children and their families.

IMPACT
Support for these children during this global emergency will prevent them from becoming a permanent school dropout and save them from at risk situations like child labor and trafficking as well as girls being forced into becoming child brides.

Together, you and your sponsored child will start a special relationship that changes both your lives. Because of you, your sponsored child will have what every child deserves - a future.

You can join us to "Educate a Child to Educate the World" by donating or by being ambassdor of this project to share and create awareness among in your family, community and network in your own words because they know you and they understand your language better than anyone else .

  Donate Now 

Namaste ! and Thank you very much !

Karma and Sonam Sherpa 
www.thesmallworld.org 

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children working for school education
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children's who need your support
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Greetings from Solukhumbu with view of Mt. EVEREST
Dear All friends and supporters , Namaste ! 

I hope this emails finds you well.   I am very happy to share you about the current situation from from field in Solukhumbu about how our girls are doing during this COVID-19 pandemic as a human, economic and social crisis affecting everyone, and Nepal, like the rest of the world, has not been spared. 

With the rapid rise of coronavirus infections, Nepali governments have adopted measures to curb the spread, by closing markets, businesses and educational institutions for more than 6 months. The potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on girls’ education are numerous and diverse. In a country like Nepal even though the government tried to implement distance learning more than 80% families cannot afford to pay for internet, laptop or smart phones so many children are missing out on education this year.

Samjhana, grade 9 when this pandemic started and schools closed, she thought it will be just for a few days and we will be back to school but now it’s been almost 8 months and schools are still closed. It’s tough for her to get in online classes because since Kathmandu is hotspot for COVID, now hope girls are shifted to Solukhumbhu in Everest region and our elder sisters are teaching younger sisters there and girls are very happy learning from sisters with good motivation and everyone trying to teach each other and staying together as a lovely sisterhood.

Here, in the Everest region, besides teaching and learning, our girls are also actively participating in helping at our construction project site learning painting, hiking great Himalaya, cooking, and dancing. They love solukhumbu and everyone love you for all your generous support, helping to educated girls by keeping in school who otherwise will have at high risk of trafficking, child labors, abuse, child bride, early high child death rate and continue the circle but with your generous support together we are trying to break down the barriers that girls are facing many challenges here in Nepal.

During this pandemic, our very important work to keep girls safe and educate the world became more important than ever. Therefore, I like to extend tons of thanks for your most wise investment on girl’s education & supporting our mission.

We need your support more than ever! Please consider telling your friends and family about our work—you can share this link on social media, or just bring us up in conversation. Sharing with your community why you chose to support our organization, in your own language because they know you and understand better than anyone else.

Please Consider Making a Gift for Girls Education Today ! 

Thank you  and Namaste ! 
Karma & Sonam Sherpa 
Director & Co-Founder
The Small World
www.thesmallworld.org

Hope girl Painting at project site
Hope girl Painting at project site
Love from Hope Girls
Love from Hope Girls
leaning together as a sisterhoods
leaning together as a sisterhoods

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THE SMALL WORLD COVID-19 UPDATE:

Our Primary / Emergency Relief Support Program 

The Small World has to date provided over 500 families with relief food, especially families of trekking porters, day construction workers with lost jobs, single moms, young children, and elderly people who lost their jobs and urgently need our support.


Challenges 

Here in Nepal, COVID-19 cases are rapidly increasing every day, mainly because thousands of migrant workers are returning home from lost jobs in India; unfortunately, most of them are infected. We expect that the Nepal government will soon declare a medical emergency with more limitation on services and movement.

Right now, though, hunger is a much more serious challenge than coronavirus, and guaranteed to be an issue long after the pandemic is over. After lockdown in the district of Solukhumbu (where our girls receive higher education at our school), over three dozen people have committed suicide; in the rest of Nepal, over 900 people have committed suicide, and yet we have just ten deaths from the virus so far. According to the World Food Program, an estimated 4.8 million people in Nepal were struggling with food security before the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, UNICEF warned that “over 4,000 children may die in Nepal in the next 6 months due to lockdown.”  

 

Secondary and Sustainable Relief Support Program 

We have had comprehensive discussions with the communities we provided with food relief support, and they have requested help in farming, a skill with which many of these families have never been involved or had experience. 

Meanwhile, more than two months of lockdown have halted transportation with drastic effects; it is estimated that returning to normalcy could take a minimum of a year or even two for the resumption of normal daily construction work, daily labor job opportunities, and trekking jobs for families. 

We have also realized that providing food relief support is not a permanent solution, so we have come up with a support program with the project name, “Seed Of Hope.” With this program, we plan to help communities grow their own food by providing seeds, orientation, and basic training by agricultural experts for seasonal farming, cash crops, kitchen gardens, organic compost, and organic pest control.

 

“Seed of Hope” Beneficiaries 

We are initiating this program in the Solu-Dhudkunda Municipality area, which is divided into eleven (11) wards, and forming mothers’ groups. There will be 20-25 women in each group and so far, 350 women have requested our support.  Every member will receive seeds and support from agricultural experts; many of our girls from the hostel and their families are also participating. 

Our program is actually not a training for individuals - it is in fact a beautiful family program. Every mother or family member who participates in our farming program will take this training and education to their home and share it with everyone there, especially the children.

With schools closed and online education not accessible for these children, at this point, we feel the best education for them is to become involved in growing their own food and learning about the new possibilities that farming presents.

As you know, road track opening and road construction in remote areas has been a highly prioritized effort in the last couple of years, with less focus on agriculture.

Thus, our goal for this program is to not only function on a practical level as described above, but also as a powerful organized movement. In this campaign, our goal is to motivate local communities and local government to focus on creating and bringing much more investment into the agricultural sector.

We at The Small World have 'been there' long before the news cameras arrived, and we’ll be there long after the cameras leave. Through our continued commitment, we have learned a great deal through years of experience and have the acumen and know-how to help our communities become more resilient to future disasters.

The Small World, which is a locally run organization, has the experience and skills to execute relief efforts on the ground quickly, easily and safely for people in urgent need in remote communities. We feel that we have proven our expertise with our success in previous difficult challenges, deeply understand community needs, and are well prepared to make a big difference in this current crisis. Unfortunately, when disaster strikes, recovery efforts led by The Small World and Karma Sherpa, who lives and works in affected communities, are often taken for granted, and thus are largely overlooked and underfunded.

 

Seeds of Hope on Radio Program.

 

We are excited to announce that we are partnering this program with local Radio Himal FM and Khumbu FM, which has coverage of the entire area of eastern Nepal. This will be a ten-minute radio program to be broadcast for a month. Every day, we will talk about the Seeds of Hope program and share details about our mission and how we are taking action.

We plan to share the stories of women and mothers' groups who are participating in our program and focus on their stories and feelings in their own words. There will be interviews with local governments, including Mayors and Ward Presidents, to draw attention to much needed support for the agriculture sector during this pandemic.

We also will feature stories from children that will inspire other children to learn about farming and working with their mother on the farm, plus other stories which have never been shared before.

In this Seeds of Hope radio program, we will bring in agriculture experts to share their ideas and knowledge. Many local community members can directly contact these agriculture experts through this radio program and ask questions. Our goal is to reach over three million people in Province No. 1 with this important program!

Budget:

The estimated budget per family is US$30; this includes more than ten seed varieties, the advice of agricultural experts, group formation or activation of existing support groups, media campaigns, and awareness programs. Our goal is to raised $30,000 reach directly one thousand (1000) women and their families, especially their children.

We believe there is a very good chance of success with far reaching impact, especially since our philosophy of providing opportunities to women and mothers is and always has been of prime importance; this is because their connections with family members and community are fundamentally the most active and energetic, and whose impact often reaches into neighboring communities.

 

Join Our Mission & Help The Small World by Pledging Your Support.

We need your support more than ever and our community need our support more than ever.

Thank you very much.
The Small World 

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Receiving women relief support from Small World
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Foods relief support providing

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