Nepal Earthquake #1YearOn

by Our Sansar
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Nepal Earthquake #1YearOn
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Nepal Earthquake #1YearOn
Nepal Earthquake #1YearOn
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Nepal Earthquake #1YearOn
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Nepal Earthquake #1YearOn
Nepal Earthquake #1YearOn
Nepal Earthquake #1YearOn
Nepal Earthquake #1YearOn
Nepal Earthquake #1YearOn
Families in Dhading receiving goats
Families in Dhading receiving goats

The number of children at our transit home in Dhading is steadily decreasing which is great news - less children in Dhading needing emergency support. We have 8 children at the moment in our care but the number changes constantly as we link children back with their families or permanent children's homes. We have just welcomed an 8 year old boy who was sleeping on the streets of Dhading with no family to look after him. After a couple of weeks with us, we can finally see a lot of smiles on his face.

At the moment we are focusing on the family support part of the project. We are getting goats and sewing machines to help the families get a sustainable income so that they are able to look after their children. For some families we are now arranging training - tailoring and briquettes making. This requires our field worker, Sanju, to spend a lot of time in villages that were badly damaged by the earthquake. It sometimes gets hard but is definitely worthwhile!

Not long ago we visited some of our children that we linked with a lovely children's home in Kathmandu, Ama Ghar, and it was wonderful to see how happy they are. They are all attending school and making new friends all the time. 

We hope to make it a long term project and help as many families and children in Dhading as possible, so please continue supporting us. 100% of donations are going to Nepal to support those that need your help the most.

And thank you so much - without your help, none of this would have been possible.

Visiting our happy children at a children's home
Visiting our happy children at a children's home
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An outing in the hills
An outing in the hills

A lot of changes at our transit home in Dhading! We have moved to a new building and just finished all the unpacking and decorating, so everyone is finally settled. We are still located very central but up the hill so getting to the home by any means of transport (apart from on foot) is a bit tricky in the rainy season - but we're coping. 

We have visited some of our children that got linked to one of the best children's homes in Kathmandu and are very pleased to say that they are all very happy and healthy. 

We have now started our family support part of the project and are helping the families of the children that have stayed at our emergency shelter. Some families are receiving sewing machines so that they can earn money by tailoring, and most families are receiving animals - mainly goats. Apart from that we are supporting all the children with education and families with training so that they can all become self sustainable in the future. 

And on a very happy note, our home manager, Nirmala, is getting married this week and Our Sansar staff and children will be attending the wedding - so a lot to celebrate! 

We are so grateful to all of you for the support - it really means a lot to us, to the children and their families. Thank you.

A very thorough health check up
A very thorough health check up
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Our children reunited
Our children reunited

The past few months have been very busy at our transit home in Dhading. We have recently managed to link a number of children with good children's homes. All the stories are very touching and we wanted to share with you the one of Binu and Bishal. 

We rescued Bishal (9) and his sister Binu (12) a few months ago from their village. They used to live in a cave and their dad died shortly after the earthquake. Bishal had preexisting eye problems and the doctors predicted that he would go completely blind before the age of 30. We provided him with 2 eye operations and now he can see clearly.

Binu’s mum left the village with another man and left Bishal with no care and in the meantime arranged for little Binu to get married. This is illegal in Nepal but still a tradition in many villages. We found a wonderful children's home in Kathmandu that was happy to give permanent loving home to both of the children. Two of our previous children from Dhading, Lila and Sunita, had already been referred there four months before Binu and Bishal joined them. 

This was a happy reunion as Sunita and Binu became best friends in Dhading and little Lila was always looked after by the older girls. The children are starting school in about a week and we can't wait to hear how their future progresses. And we hope we can provide more happy endings like this one. 

And as always - thank you for all the support!

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Transit home
Transit home

We are now past the 6 months mark from the second earthquake that devastated Nepal in 2015 and our Dhading transit home has been running for over 6 months! We have seen the children and the area in Dhading come a long way since the heat of the summer. Our project started by building our bamboo houses and arranging all the mattresses inside them – we enlisted carpenters, handymen and several volunteers to assist with the project, as well as members from the Our Sansar home in Birgunj. The government authorities were very encouraging and were keen for us to help children affected by the earthquake. From our initial understanding, around 90 children had lost at least one parent from the earthquake, and at least 10 had lost both. Some of the children lived in remote areas that are not accessible by car. Our staff had to travel up to three days (sometimes by foot) in order to reach the children.

Suraj was one of the young boys affected by the earthquake that we were able to help very early on. Suraj’s mother could not be found and his father was unable to look after him. Suraj is a very cheeky young boy, and due to the constant upheaval he does have some behavioural issues. Fortunately, we have got him into a local school which has really helped settle him. Since the earthquake we have helped countless children find loving families. Our staff always make sure the home the children are going back to is safe and suitable to help with their development and recovery. The number of children in our transit home varies on a daily basis, due to children both coming into the home and being placed.

Since the earthquake, our Dhading transit home has become a remarkable project. All of the staff work very hard to create a happy atmosphere and to keep the mood high at all times. We have many volunteers that are completing activities with the children, such as singing and dancing – there is always music playing! The environment around the home has drastically changed – we now grow our own vegetables, have benches and there is even a hammock for the kids to relax in. The homes now have proper plumbing, with a fully functional shower and lighting has been placed in crucial parts of the home.

 

The temperatures during winter tends to plummet in Northern Nepal and villagers are constantly worrying about the lack of thick blankets and winter clothes to fight against the cold - fortunately, thanks to your support, we have had many warm clothes donated for the children. 

We are also happy to announce that our project in Dhading has been extended! This wouldn't have been possible withour your support - thank you! We hope the project can last a long time, in order to assist all the children affected by earthquake or street children within the area.

Lastly, let's not forget Christmas - we have been celebrating this week, and a big Merry Christmas from the Our Sansar family. x x x

Volunteers and the children are like a big family
Volunteers and the children are like a big family
Christmas celebrations
Christmas celebrations
Our transit home :-)
Our transit home :-)
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Nirmala and our children
Nirmala and our children

5 months after the earthquake, Nepal is still experiencing occasional aftershocks. However, the rainy season is coming to an end so access to some remote villages will be much easier in the coming days. This means that we will be able to reach more families and support them within their communities.

 Our transit home has got 20 children at the moment but the number keeps changing every day. On a daily basis, Our Sansar staff are linking children with their families and finding good homes for those who do not have any families to look after them.

Those who stay at our home, have a lovely and homely atmosphere, classes and activities all day round. There is always something for everyone – dancing, singing, arts classes, cricket and other sports. On the 15 September, all staff and children celebrated the National Children’s Day which was full of games, presents and fun.

A number of our children are victims of trafficking so we made their families very happy by returning their offsprings to them. Our little 3 year old girl, abandoned by her mum by a river, is still with us and we are trying to find a suitable loving home. We are working with parents of some of the children and finding them employment, training so that they will be able to look after their children shortly, when they get back on their feet after the earthquake.

Recent political situation in Nepal, all the protests against the constitution and Indian border blocked, mean that many prices have gone up and life is a little bit more difficult with some of the supplies not easily available. But thanks to the hard work of our staff and the support of the local community, our project is progressing nicely. We are able to provide children with a good temporary home and refer them to their families or other organisations.

And as always, we are very grateful to all our supporters. Thank you! Your help is very much needed so that we can help maximum number of children in the Dhading district, and beyond. More updated coming shortly!

Our boys having fun at the transit home
Our boys having fun at the transit home
Bhinu at the transit home
Bhinu at the transit home

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Rajesh Kalhan
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