Children’s Home

A poem from an Our Sansar volunteer

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We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and your New Years is just as great! One of our volunteers, Belinda, has been creatively inspired by the work she and other volunteers in Nepal are doing in Nepal. We wanted to show you the poem as we really believe it represents Our Sansar’s values and gives you an insight into what volunteering in an Our Sansar home actually entails:

Our Sansar
a home for you and me
Sarita’s in the kitchen
making sweet chai tea
A game of inside outside
keeps us entertained
noise and personality
not contained
Strength and bravery
a regular sight
There’s plenty of rice
no need to fight
Today we dig the veg patch
expecting greens to hatch
Paint the walls with words
And make origami birds
Children will come and go
as the staff retain their flow
Emotions run high
when it’s time to say goodbye
Connections with each other
Powerful to one another
Our Sansar
expect no less
The idea is
that each child will progress
They will go to school
and know that school is cool
They will be with their families wherever possible
From adult to child
there is a lot to learn
From child to adult
in return
Forgive and forget
don’t regret
Think big, aim high
and don’t be shy.

We all love Belinda’s poem and believe it really embodies the hope we have for all the children within the home.

Don’t forget to check out and donate our Winter Woolies campaign! We’re hoping to raise money for coats and other winter supplies to help keep our kids warm! Find out more here: https://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/winter-woolies-keep-street-kids-cosy/

We would like to thank everyone for their help and donations and hope everyone has a happy holiday season!

Winter Woolies

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2015 has been a challenging year for the whole of Nepal. The devastating earthquakes, the new constitution, aggressive protests and the blockade at the border of Nepal has left the country in a vulnerable position. The entire nation has a lack of supplies being delivered, and with winters getting colder (the lowest temperature at higher altitudes being -2°C in December 2014)* the people of Nepal are completely unprepared.

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Petrol stations are closed nationally, creating a black market for the product with un-affordable prices. Gas supplies are no longer available and electric cuts are far more frequent than usual. This means that gas heaters and cooking appliances are no longer available and electrical items are less reliable for their users. The lack of gas has resulted in an increase in wood fires for both cooking and heating purposes, making even this resource very difficult to obtain.

We are therefore determined to assist the children in any way that we can. We have already bought an insulating foam for the walls and are making curtains to cover the walls in order to provide an extra layer for warmth. Daylight provides sufficient warmth for the children, however the days are becoming very short and the days becoming colder and colder. The lack of heating options available means we are reliant on warm clothing. The children wear their winter jackets all day and put on even more layers to stay warm.

The children need as many warm clothing as they can. We are therefore determined to provide more coats, trousers and warm pyjamas for the children! We are also aiming to get electrical heaters, which are able to use and store electrical energy. So when power-cuts occur, rooms can still be heated using the stored energy. We will ensure that all the children we are helping stay warm and healthy during this winter. We also need to buy carpets to keep the floors warm in order for the children to be able to study in comfortable conditions. And, of course, there are many more street children in need – we want to provide blankets and warm clothes through our outreach support.

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Our Winter Woolies campaign is committed to help the children keep warm this winter! Please support our Winter Woolies campaign and help us keep the kids who have already been through a lot, warm this December and January.

From December 1st to December 31st, GlobalGiving will be matching ALL monthly donations! For every new monthly donation that is set up on the GlobalGiving.co.uk website, we will receive an equal donation from GlobalGiving! Please visit our winter campaign page here: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/winter-woolies-keep-street-kids-cosy/

From all of us at Our Sansar, a massive thank you in advance for all your help!

*Information taken from: http://www.visitnepal.com/travelers_guide/when_to_come.php

 

MIRROR STORY: Child traffickers preying on earthquake orphans left to fend for themselves in Nepal

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Charity workers are picking up the pieces in the stricken country in a bid to rescue kids as young as three from the vile exploitation trades

Our-Sansar-temporary-villageChildren as young as three are still wandering alone and fending for themselves in earthquake-ravaged Nepal.

In heartbreaking scenes, the youngsters have been scavenging through the rubble and the tent cities in the region during the three months since it was shaken by two devastating tremors.

Some have been orphaned, some abandoned – and many have been picked up by people traffickers and sold into work or the sex industry.

Others have been rounded up and live in tents guarded by police to protect them from the vile trades.

Julia Krepska, director of charity Our Sansar, is still working in some of the most remote areas to find such victims. The charity hopes to help 500 children over the next year – just a tiny portion of those affected.

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Speaking from the Dhading district in the centre of the country, Julia said: “We know there are more children in isolated villages and ­trafficking has increased since the quakes, so we are preparing to care for more children.

“They are the forgotten children of Nepal but we are here for them.”

Our Sansar aims to rebuild villages and find permanent homes for the youngsters.

Workers have been to four tent cities in the area, each housing as many as 400 children who need help.

Lila, three, was found severely malnourished and wandering alone next to a creek in Nepal’s Dhading Besi.

She was abandoned because her mother remarried and the new husband did not want her child around.

Julia says Lila appears unaware of her predicament as she runs between the grown-ups’ legs.

Julia said: “We couldn’t really believe her story at first.

“She is not really in our age range of what we provide for but there was nowhere else for her to go. We are the only ones doing this here.

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“Now, she bounds around the bamboo huts we have built into a home, keeping staff busy with games, punctuated by her loud laugh and infectious smile.

“These children, in desperate situations, have been found by local authorities and brought here to be rehomed.

To read the full article please see: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/child-traffickers-preying-earthquake-orphans-6242777

Navavarsha: Nepali New Year 2072!

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Navavarsha means a New Year in the Nepali calendar. There are actually three New Year celebrations that occur in Nepal; Navavarsha, the Tibetan New Year and the New Year of the Gregorian calendar. The Nepali calendar is known as Bikram Sambat and begins with the first month of Baisakh.

Photo credit: http://www.trekinnepal.com/nepal/nepal-festivals.html

There are always a large number of festivals and religious events occur in Nepal during Navavarsha. The day begins with prayers and worships inside temples and the Hindu ritual of Puja. After Puja is presented, locals will walk around the temple in an anti-clockwise direction, whilst ringing bells. People go for picnics, have get-togethers and celebrate the day socializing in various ways as this day is also a national holiday.

The celebration of the Navavarsha also comes with many leisure activities that include street dances, parades and family reunions. The occasion has always been enthusiastically participated and fully funded by the organizations and individuals. Parts of the event are the traditional games and sports that the people organize during this day.

All of the children at Our Sansar celebrated by having a lovely meal of dhal (lentils), bhat, pakauda and achar (pickle) and chicken curry. This meal is traditional for the Terai region. In this region, there are less celebrations compared to regions with many tourists such as Kathmandu. However the children may not have had the luxury to celebrate the Nepali New Year at all, if it wasn’t for all the work by Our Sansar.

We’re hoping that they are able to celebrate the Nepali New Year, every year. And we want more of Nepal’s street children to celebrate with them. You can help us achieve this – by buying a chicken! Find out more about this here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/buy-a-chicken/

Happy Navavarsha to all! We hope everyone has a great Nepali year 2072!

*For more information on Navavarsha, please see: http://www.nepal.com/blog/nepali-new-year-navavarsha

It’s nearly game time for #TeamOurSansar! Meet our bowlers!

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It’s nearly time for our kids to start competing in the tournament! The competition officially starts on Saturday the 4th of April, and we all couldn’t be more excited. Today, we are introducing you to more of our team! Nikhil, Ryan and Sajan are the official Team Our Sansar’s bowlers, and they are all confident the team will do brilliantly. Remember to donate to Our Sansar, so all the boys can not only to continue enjoying themselves playing cricket but live a life off the street. Find out more at: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/cricket-for-street-children/


NikhilNAME: Nikhil “Warne”
AGE: 7
POSITION: BOWLER


When did you start playing cricket?
I played when I was small.

Have you ever seen a cricket match?
Yes, on TV.

Who is your favourite cricket player?
Shakti Gauchan

What is the best part of playing in a cricket team?
Bowling is the best part of cricket, but I love playing together.

What are your cricket dreams?
I want to be a good cricket player.

How often do you practise cricket now?
Everyday

What do you think will be the most challenging part of the upcoming cricket tournament?
I don’t think we will have challenges!

What do you think will be the most exciting part of the upcoming tournament?
Playing with friends aRyannd enjoying cricket!


NAME: Ryan “Flintoff”
AGE: 13
POSITION: Bowler


Have you ever seen a cricket match?
Yes, only on TV.

Who is your cricket hero?
M. S Dhoni

What do you like best about cricket?
I love when everybody plays in a united way, but I really think bowling is the best part of cricket!

How often do you practise cricket now?
We practice every day. We all really enjoy it!

What do you think will be the most challenging part of the upcoming cricket tournament?
I hope my friends don’t fight. Everybody should be united and play together.

What do you think will be the most exciting part of the upcoming tournament?
I think winning the tournament will be the most exciting part of the tournament.


SajanNAME: Sajan “Akram”
AGE: 14
POSITION: BOWLER


When did you start playing cricket?
I’ve been playing cricket since I came to Our Sansar.

Have you ever seen a cricket match?
Yes. On TV

Who is your cricket hero?
Sachin Tendulkar

What is the best part of playing in a team with your friends?
The best part of cricket is definitely bowling but batting is fun.

What are your cricket dreams?
I want to be the world’s greatest bowler.

What parts of cricket do you not like?
I don’t like it when the wicket keepers don’t stay focused.

When do you think Nepal will play in the world cup?
When I grow old and join the team.

How often do you practise cricket now?
I practice every day after school.

What do you think will be the most challenging part of the upcoming cricket tournament?
I think as a team, we need to improve our bowling.

What do you think will be the most exciting part of the upcoming tournament?
Winning will be the most exciting part.


Meet two more players #TeamOurSansar !!

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Our next two players we’d like to introduce to you are Govind “Dravid” and Krishna “Lara”! Govind is the team’s wicket keeper, and has been playing cricket from a very young age! Krishna is our straight-to-the-point batsman! We hope you enjoy learning more about them and their experience with cricket! If you’d like more information on the cricket tournament, please have a look at our Global Giving page: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/cricket-for-street-children/


Gopi Chan SahNAME : Govind “Dravid”
AGE: 13
POSITION:
Wicket Keeper/Batsman

When did you start playing cricket?
I started since I was five years old.  A guy named Abdul used to take us.

Who is your inspiration (idol) in cricket?
M.S Dhoni

What are your cricket goals?
I want to learn to become better. I can do good batting but I also want to be a good bowler.

What is the best part of playing cricket?
I think the best part of playing cricket is batting! We all enjoy the game and playing together.

What parts of cricket do you not like?
I like everything about cricket.

How often do you practise cricket now?
We play every day after we come back from school.

What do you think will be the most challenging part of the upcoming cricket tournament?
I think players might get hurt.

What do you think will be the most exciting part of the upcoming tournament?
Winning the games!



kishanNAME:
Krishna “Lara”
AGE: 11
POSITION: Batsman

When did you start playing cricket?
I first started playing cricket when I came to Our Sansar.

Have you ever seen a cricket match?
Yes. On the computer

Who is your inspiration (idol) in cricket?
M.S Dhoni

What are your cricket goals?
I want to be a cricket player.

What is the best part of playing cricket?
Batting. I love how we all enjoy playing cricket!

What parts of cricket do you not like?
Bowling

How often do you practise cricket now?
Regularly.

What do you think will be the most challenging part of the upcoming cricket tournament?
No challenges.

What do you think will be the most exciting part of the upcoming tournament’?
I am excited about playing there.


Thank you for reading this blog post! We hope you enjoyed it. To learn more about the work Our Sansar do, or to find out how you can support our cause visit: www.OurSansar.org

Cricket Tournament for Street Children: Meet Team Our Sansar

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There are less than three weeks left for the final for our Cricket Tournament for street children and we are all so excited to see how well Team Our Sansar will do! In preparation of the tournament, we thought it would be great to introduce the team to you all! The next few weeks we will be releasing player profiles, so you can get to know the players you’re supporting on the 12th of April! For our first post, we’ll be profiling two players: Vikram and Vishal!



NAME: Vikram “Tendulkar”

AGE: 9
POSITION: All-rounder

How long have you been playing cricket for?
I first started playing cricket after coming to Our Sansar.

Have you ever seen a cricket match?
I have only seen a cricket match in a local field

What is your favourite cricket team?
India!

Who is your cricket hero?
Mahendra Singh Dhoni

What is the best part of playing cricket?
I love cricket as a whole. We learn from each other and have lots of fun. Everything is good about cricket!

What is your biggest cricket dream?
I want to be a great batsman and receive shields/medals from all the future competitions we will win!

How often do you practise cricket now?
We practice every single day. We come back from school, get ready and play.

What do you think will be the most challenging part of the upcoming cricket tournament?
I don’t think there are any challenges that we can’t be handle!

What do you think will be the most exciting part of the upcoming tournament’?
Everybody will do their best and If we win we will celebrate. That is the most exciting part of the upcoming tournament!


NAME: Vishal “Ponting” 

AGE: 12
POSITION: All-rounder

When did you start playing cricket?
I started after coming to Our Sansar.

Have you ever seen a cricket match?
I have only watched cricket on TV

What is your favourite cricket team? Which teams would you like to see play?
India. India should play with Sri Lanka

Who is your cricket hero?
Mahendra Singh Dhoni

What is your cricket dream?
I want to be like Dhoni.

What is the best part of playing cricket?
I love batting! I like to see everybody feeling happy when they are playing.

How often do you practice cricket now?
We play every day after school.

What do you think will be the most exciting part of the upcoming tournament?
Winning matches against other teams and just playing cricket!