Greetings from Bungamati Village, Nepal where Global Family Village children and community-based project are thriving, thanks to your support!
We are very excited to share with you our latest news of the launching of the Bungamati Home-Stay program in partnership with the Cooperative Society of Bungamati! Local farmer-women were trained to open up their Newari homes for tourists seeking an authentic stay in an ancient Nepali village home. This project provides income for the community, as well as helping to support the children’s home as ten percent of the overnight fees go to support their Bungamati Family Home for orphans and disenfranchised children!
So far 10 women have graduated from the Hospitality program and now have their homes available for tourists! They have hosted the first round of guests, who raved about the experience: staying in a Newari village, connecting with the community, visiting the school and family home; seeing first hand where their contributions were going from their homestay fees. This marks a significant step towards sustainability!
Now, our newest projects in development include partnering with the community to develop a café and an art gallery to showcase the local woodworking artisans. Stay tuned for developments in this latest community endeavor.
Our existing family of seven children and two “mothers” are doing well. We are continuing to strengthen the children’s sense of family by partnering them with elders in the community who will be their “grandparents”; this also strengthens the community and enriches the lives of the elders. We are continuing our work with the children proving them education, family, health care, and nutrition.
We need your support to continue our work and to replicate our innovative model of orphan care in other regions in Nepal. There are thousands of orphaned and abandoned children who need your help in bringing Global Family village to their community, giving orphans a family, home, education and community. Please donate! Participate in our upcoming matching grant day June 12, 2013. On this day, Partner Rewards Bonus Day, donations made through GlobalGiving will be matched up to $1,000 per donor at 40%!! Thank you for your support!
(Photos below courtesy of Karen Ande)
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