One of our students at Punarbal Plus HIV School
Since you last heard from us, the Punarbal Plus HIV School in Kathmandu, Nepal, organized a series of successful events, recruited local community partners and welcomed eight orphans into the Punarbal family.
In July, representatives from the Nepali government, local hospitals and the District AIDS Coordination Committee gathered at the Punarbal School to discuss the spread of HIV/AIDS and to coordinate efforts to effectively combat the epidemic. On September 14th, we celebrated Nepal’s Annual Children’s Day with the ambassador of the Universal Access for Children Affected by AIDS in Nepal (UCAAN). We look forward to upcoming visits from the Indian ambassadors to Nepal and Save the Children-Nepal.
Most recently, we’ve partnered with the Government of Nepal’s Ministry of Labor and Transport Management and the Vocation and Skill Development Center to provide vocational education for parents of Punarbal students. Through these trade classes, parents will learn marketable skills like candle making and how to work with bamboo and create “mala” flower garlands. Together with the Nepali government, we are investing in the futures of families affected by the AIDS virus.
And because of your continuing support, eight orphans from the far west districts have joined our growing Punarbal family. Unfortunately, their full admission into the school has been delayed because these newcomers are without detailed case studies that will help us connect them with the services they desperately need. In fact, out of the 24 children we house, clothe and feed, only 4 of them have complete case files.
Thank you for supporting the only school for HIV/AIDS affected children in all of Nepal. You have helped us overcome so many challenges already. But there is still more work to do:
Help us hire 2 more caseworkers to compile the medical and social histories of our students so that we can secure their right to life-changing education.
Enjoy the day!
Your friends at the Mountain Fund