So our Dhading transit home project has come to an end. Together with the local government we made a decision to close down the project due to the lack of need and we will focus on other parts of Nepal.
We are still in touch with the children that we have helped so far and their families, and we will be continuing our educational and other support to those families that need it.
For the last 6 months or so, we ran a scaled down version of the project and worked in a collaboration with a local children's home where any children needing emergency assistance were referred to by the authorities. In the 6 months period, only 2 children needed assistance and now one of them has been moved to our permanent children's home in Birgunj and the other linked with his parents.
We have told the authorities that if at any point they encounter street children that need assistance, they should contact us and we will gladly help with the shelter, care and education at our children's home.
It's been a very successful project through which we helped nearly 100 children and their families. It was tough at times, especially soon after the earthquake but all the stress and hard work were really worth it. This would have never been possible without the great support we got from everyone. As a volunteer led organisation, we really appreciate all the support.
Now we are focusing on running our existing children's home, opening a day care centre in Birgunj and also on opening a new home for street children in a different area. So please follow our progress and check out the details of our other projects on our website and through the Global Giving pages.
Our Dhading project got scaled down now as there are not so many children in the district that need emergency support, which is fantastic. We are working with one children's home over there and are employing one member of staff to manage any urgent cases together with the local government.
One of the recent children that needed our support was a street boy from Dhading. We looked after him for a few weeks in Dhading and tried placing him with a children's home in that area as he has no parents and no home to go to. Unfortunately, all homes in the Dhading district refused to accept him so the authorities gave us permission to move him to our children's home in Birgunj. He has now started going to school with the other boys and all of them accepted him as their new brother.
Little Dil Bahadur spent a long time on the streets so it will take some time for him to adjust to routine, school, healthy food and all the fun with the other boys. But he is doing very well so far and started to feel like at home already!
We are working closely with the authorities to assist any children in Dhading that need emergency assistance (and their families). We will be evaluating the project again in January 2018 and we will decide if to scale down more or to expand - depending on the need for such services.
And a massive thank you to all for your amazing support - as a volunteer run organisation, it means so much to us. All donations are going directly towards supporting the children that need us here.
There have been a lot of recent changes within the Nepali system and decentralisation of power is starting. That means that any decisions are to be made at a village level rather than district level as it is at the moment. For our project in Dhading it means that there is not so much need anymore for a transit home as all village committees will have responsibility to look after the children and cannot send any children to other towns.
So after evaluating the project we decided to scale it down and help more children in different districts. We have signed an agreement with one local children's home so if there are any cases of children needing emergency assistance, they will take them in. We will cover all the cost and we have one staff member there to help out with everything.
We are still of course supporting education of the children that have been at our transit home and also monitoring the family support part of the project. We are in touch with all the families and are visiting them and assisting as much as we can so that they can have sustainable income.
We will evaluate the situation after 6 months and we will decide then if to continue the partnership with the local children's home - it will all depend on how many children are in need of emergency support and also on the local authorities.
All the children that were at our transit home are now with their families or with good permanent children's homes. A few weeks ago we visited one of the homes that are now looking after our three children - amazing place near Dhading, on a hill, beautiful views, near a good school and all the staff and children there are very caring and welcoming.
We will keep you updated with the progress of all the children and families in the months to come.
A massive thank you for your support - none of this would be possible without it.
It has almost been 2 years since the devastating earthquake hit Nepal. There is still a lot of work to be done to rebuild the lives of the people affected by this disaster.
We are still trying to help as many people as possible but luckily the demand for the transit home is decreasing now. That means there are less children in need of emergency assistance.
We have recently linked our wonderful three little brothers with their family. They only have grandparents and we supported the family by providing them with a sewing machine. Now, the grandfather has set up a small tailoring shop and is able to financially support the boys. The income is still not very high so we will continue supporting their education and keep monitoring the family to ensure they can provide for the children long term. But there is nothing better for them than to be with a loving family.
We have just also welcomed a trafficked girl to our home - these are always very sad stories. She has been with us for the past few weeks and getting love and care - and soon will be linked with a wonderful organisation assisting girls.
Our field worker has just made another monitoring visit to all the families that we have been supporting and many of the goats that we have given them are now having babies so a great start to them making a sustainable living.
All this has only been possible thanks to your support and it's great to see the fantastic results. Hopefully we can help more children and more families.
In Nepal winters are no fun - no central heating means that everyone wears the same clothes outside and indoors. And eating rice and curry using your hands can be a bit tricky if you're wearing a big jacket and can hardly move! But we're trying to make it as fun as possible for our kids. And thanks to some generous donations of heaters and other equipment, our children can now properly enjoy their meals and study time.
As the only emergency shelter for children in Dhading, we are lucky to get support from different volunteers who help every Saturday with various educational activities for our children. All the children attend school and are getting better and better marks which always makes us very happy and proud of them.
In the meantime, our field worker works very closely with the families of the children that we have helped since we opened the transit home. We are visiting all the families again this month so will be updating you with all the news and photos shortly. Some families are benefiting from sewing machines and having their small tailoring businesses set up and some received goats. We are trying to make everything as sustainable as possible so that the families are not reliant on us in the future.
Our children had a lot of fun over Christmas and New Year, with a few little trips in Dhading and now are enjoying being back at school after all their exams. They are all making new friends everyday and it's great to see them integrating so nicely.
And once again, thank you all so much for all the support so far. It means a lot to us and to our children of course.
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