Helping orphanage children in Nepal

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article by: at: 28th Jan 2012 under: Nepal

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A bit more than a week I am now in Nepal. While I informed myself well about the situation of orphanages here in Nepal before I came here, the truth is that nothing ever written could prepare me for the real life happening here. I have been thinking a while on what to write in my first post from here as there is so many things I could talk about. I have decided to share with you a email I have sent to all those who made a donation in order to help my little project and the children in Nepal.

Hi and Namaste from Nepal,

You get this email because you made a donation or a other contribution to my little “Help the children in Nepal project”. Of course I knew before I came here that there is many people and children living in miserable conditions but honestly, nothing I ever read could prepare me for what I see here.
At the moment I am living with 15 children in the age between 9 month and 14 years and 4 adults in one house. The house itself is quiet spacious and so the girls and the boys do have separate rooms and so do I. But that is as much comfort as it gets. During the daytime temperatures outside are quite reasonable, around 15-17°C, and in the night they drop to about 4°C. But the house does not have many windows and even during the daytime it gets bitterly cold in there. As soon as the sun sets around 6 o’clock we can see our own breath inside the house. I am wearing long thermal underwear, a jumper, a jacket, a woolen head, mountain socks and shoes in the house and even like that I’m feeling so cold as I almost never did in my life. Lucky for most of the children that the last volunteer who was here bought them hats and socks. There are only two children which only came recently to the orphanage that still don’t have no socks and hats. But that will change tomorrow. Most of them go to a school not far from the house where I do walk them to at 10 o’clock in the morning and then they come back to the house around 4 o’clock in the afternoon. They have to hurry up to do their homework before its getting to dark, otherwise they will have to do it by candle light. Kathmandu has regular power cuts called power sheds. This is due to the fact that there is not enough electricity for the whole city so every now and than each district gets power. In general we DON’T HAVE electricity for 14 hours a day and most of the time this is in the evening and night time.

For breakfast and dinner we eat rice with vegetables. That’s it. No sweets, no fruit, no extras. Only we, the adults get ONE cup of tea in the morning and another one in the evening. The children drink water out of the tap. This water I can’t drink or it is very likely for me to get sick. It is forbidden for the volunteers to drink tap water so I got my own 25 liter bottle of water in my room. There isn’t enough money to buy water for the children on a daily base.

Despite all this misery the children seem to be very happy, open and are very, very social. I still have a hard time to distinguish all their faces and remembering all their strange names, but they have a lot of patience with me 😉 Truth is that often I do have the impression that they look more after me then I am able to look after them. It is amazing to see how they care for each other, the bigger ones are there for the smaller ones, they help, they share, they play and hardly ever have a fight. Even the babies hardly ever cry or complain. When it is eating time all of them are excited and some of them come running to me with their eyes wide open saying: “Uncle, uncle. Rice, rice.” As if it was the first time they get to try rice with vegetables. Needless to say that none of them ever leaves a grain on their plate before they get up and wash it.

So far the first impressions of mine here in Nepal. You, better than anybody, know that I was found raising some money before coming here and thanks to you I got more than 1000 Euros together. Many of you gave me their contribution letting me know that they did that because they know me and trust in me to take these donations where they are most needed. Thank you for this trust you put in me!!! So far I have not given one Euro out of my hands because first I did wanted to find out where the money is needed and as well to make sure it really buys what it is supposed to. So here in this orphanage there are two mayor needs for those I would like to spend part of your donations.

1. A water filter system which would make the tap water safe to drink. The cost for these filters including the installation would be about 200 Euros.

2. An inverter for the electricity. This is sort of a battery which gets charged when there is electricity. The charge can than be used to have some light in the nighttime so the children can do their homework, play and have dinner without the use of candles or torches which in long term will harm their eyesight. The cost for this is around 250 Euros including the installation.

As you can see, your help does make a big difference in the life of some lovely children and on top of it I do still have more than half of your contributions left to do more good. Without any doubt I will find more places where to spend it wisely. It’s not even a week that I arrived here and I will keep you updated. Thank you very, very, very much that you did help me to make this possible!!!

No matter what will happen in the future, YOU did help to make this world a better place!!!

Namaste and see you soon
Dani

As you can see, with very little a lot can be improved here in Nepal. If you would like to make a donation to the children here as well please send me an email and I will let you know how you will be able to do so.

6 Comments

  • Ole says:

    Hi Daniel!
    Super Sache! Und unterstützenswert! Wie kann man das tun? Habe deine Seite durch Zufall über Charlies facebookseite entdeckt! Wünsche dir alles Gute und tolle Eindrücke in Nepal! Grüße aus dem kalten Deutschland. Ole

    • Dani says:

      Hi Ole, freut mich, dass Du mich gefunden hast und das Du mein kleines Vorhaben gerne unterstützen möchtest. Jede Hilfe sei sie auch noch so gering ist hier dringend nötig und kann für einen guten Zweck eingesetzt werden. Ich möchte hier auch gerne nochmals betonen, dass ich jeden Cent den ich bekomme den Kindern hier zukommen lasse. Meine Umkosten hier bezahle ich voll aus meiner eigenen Tasche.
      Du kannst das Projekt mit einer Spende unterstützen. Einen Paypal Spenden Knopf findest Du im letzten Artikel in diesem Blog. Der Titel war “This Year your Gift could touch a childs Life in Nepal”. Wenn Du möchtest schicke ich Dir auch gerne meine Bankverbindung. Die meisten Banken machen mittlerweile Überweisungen ins europäische Ausland umsonst und somit sparen wir die nicht unerheblichen Paypal Gebühren. Vielen Dank für Dein Interesse und “spread the word!”

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  • Hi Dani,

    I am going to be with Volnepal from the end of July and I wonder if you had an update on your experiences, have you been back? Are you going back? I will be teaching in 2 secondary schools and staying with a local family, Anish has been very helpful. Many thanks for any thoughts about how I prepare for my trip and what best to bring. Water filtering is a great idea, I wish Water Aid would think more about this than digging more wells! Also solar energy. It seems cheap enough for us to help with both of these.

    Many thanks
    Graham Rawlinson, Chichester, UK

  • Dani says:

    Hi Graham! Glad to hear that you took the step and get involved. I haven’t been back to Nepal yet but I am planing to do so in April in order to organize the next year of school for my the four children I do support. Volnepal and Anish they have been a great help in getting my own little project started in Nepal. There isn’t much that can get you prepared for this upcoming experience. Be ready to have some problems to get adapted to the, for us westerners, hard conditions the locals are living in. There won’t be much variety in your daily diet and you probably won’t find many of the daily comforts living with a local family that we take for granted. But once you are over those initial difficulties you will get to know a profound and heart warming hospitality that you probably won’t be able to experience in many places on this planet.
    If you are going in July you shouldn’t experience too much cold. In Kathmandu it can actually get pretty hot then. However you should expect some heavy rain as in this period the rainy season should be about to start.
    You could bring anything from clothes, pencils, toys and medicine. However I have found that most of the airlines do charge you a stupid amount of money for extra luggage and most of those things you can buy for little money there especially if you are in the Kathmandu area. I have been collecting donations from friends and family and took the money with me in order to buy all those things. Even things like water filter systems, energy back up and solar power systems you will find there. If you want to do this my recommendation is to go around and check prices and different systems. Get a local to help you (Anish will be of great help) and be ready to spend a couple of days in order to find the right things and the right person for the installation. With a bit of patience you will come a long way.
    While this might sound a bit daunting rest assured that it is actually really easy to do all this. You will find so many people who are just happy to help you to help. You will make many new friends and when you come back home from this humanitarian adventure you will be asking yourself why you haven’t done this before. Good luck Graham from the bottom of my heart. You are doing the right thing and if I can be of any help for you don’t hesitate to ask me.

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