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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

 

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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.


Journey to Everest Base Camp and the Orphanage in Birgunj

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Nitin and Mina Changela recently climbed to Everest Base Camp in order to raise money for Our Sansar as well as visiting our Children’s Home in Birgunj.

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This is their story:

“Everest Base Camp Summit has been on my wish list for years. So in early 2013, I began researching the serious training and stamina building that would be needed for those intensive long day treks. After reviewing a few companies in the UK and Nepal I finally settled on one in Kathmandu. With my wife Mina joining me for her 50th birthday we decided to book an extra week visiting the Chitwan National Park, Pokhara and Our Sansar’s children’s home in Birgunj – this seemed fitting having decided to raise money for the home through our trek.

Reaching the capital, Kathmandu on 9th April we stayed for 2 days to acclimatise to the 1600m. Our trek began at Lukla, to which we had to fly on a precarious 12-seater bi-plane – both our guide (Bale Tamang) and porter (Raju Tamang) joined us on this flight. Having chosen the longer 14 day trek to Base Camp via the Gokyo Lakes we began our 5 hour trek to Phakding.

Passing through beautiful picuresque villages, mountain paths and rivers we would ascend a maximum of 5,500 metres with Everest Base Camp at 5,400 metres. Our porter – having the hardest journey of all – would carry 25kg of luggage on his head!

We met some amazing people from all parts of the world. Each day, we would trek 7-10 hours reaching the next village before 5pm. Having dinner at 7pm we were all exhausted and in bed by 8pm, before getting up to start the next leg at 6am. The day before our ascent of Base Camp, an avalanche killed 16 sherpa guides at Base Camp 1, making it the worst accident to occur on Everest. Over the next few days we say several rescue helicopters, and the government halted summits of Everest for the rest of the season.

We began the ascent of Kala Pathar the next day at 3.30am – this was by far the coldest day when even 5 layers of clothes and two gloves were not enough to ward off the -15 deg C.

When we finally finished it was such a relief! 14 days with no mod cons and carrying 8kg backpacks was tough – and we still had the rest of Nepal to look forward to. Chitwan was a welcomed break as we played and bathed with elephants. Though after two days, we left for Birgunj picking up some treats of chocolate, crisps, biscuits and soft drinks for the children. On arrival we were warmly greeted by the children, Santosh, Mukesh and the rest of the staff at the children’s home. We also gave them 11kg of knitted clothes, hats and gloves – donated by the Charities Advisory Trust in the UK where our daughter works. Offering us lunch, Mukesh and Santosh then showed us around and gave us an insight into the children and their progress. Having learnt all about their stories and work, we’re so glad we decided to raise funds for them and WISH WE COULD DO MORE!”

If you’d like to add to Nitin and Mina’s donation page and help us do more for the Children’s Home

PLEASE CLICK HERE