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.
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.
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
We have lots of exciting updates to bring you from Nepal over the next few days…
Julia and Clint have been out visiting the boys in Our Sansar’s Children’s Home. They’ve been seeing how the boys are getting on and settling into the home – but also improving the home and ensuring all your generous donations go directly to the boys.
As children who have spent a lot of time either living on the streets or coming from homes that could barely afford to feed them – they’ve all had very little chance to enjoy the ‘normal’ treats we often take for granted.
So…. Julia and Clint brought the boys some exciting new gifts for them to enjoy this summer!
One of the boy’s favourite treats was their first EVER dip into a swimming pool:
As you can imagine there was quite a splash!
The house now also has a musical instrument for the boys to practice on –
The boys loved it, and have been carrying it all around the house playing. Clint gave them a few quick lessons (which they kindly then tried to teach to Julia).
Bubbles have been a HUGE hit 🙂
“The children are amazing, very sweet, playful, polite and really keen to study and gain knowledge.”
Stay tuned and we’ll be bringing you more updates from Nepal soon.
Thank you all!
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.
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
We’d like to give a HUGE welcome to the Newst Member of the Our Sansar Team.
Our new Country Manager in Nepal:
Apara said she’s always wanted to do something which is not only for herself but that others can benefit from. She’s always at the forefront to help needy people, reducing animals and preserving the environment. After the completion of her MBA from the University of Wales – UK, many opportunities knocked on her door in Europe but she decided to return to her country and utilise her academic and professional skills for the benefit of Nepali Society. After nearly 7 years of work experience in education in Switzerland, UK and Nepal; she decided to join the non-profit organisation working for children.
Apara is also passionate about cooking, travelling to different places and learning about different culture.
If you’d like to volunteer for Our Sansar in either the UK or Nepal please visit our website for more information:
We at Our Sansar are delighted to let you all know that we have pinned in our next Fundraising Event:
Doitforcharity.com has the mammoth task of organizing this bike ride.
With over 2,000 expected to take part and raising funds for hundreds of charities this will be one of the largest sporting events before the summer ends.
Here are some facts about the ride:
Starting point: the beautiful Clapham Common, South London
Registration time: 06:30AM-09:30AM
Starting time: 09:30AM
Distance: 54 miles – We know you can do it!!!
Finish point: Maderia Drive, Brighton
Further details will be revealed nearer to the event.
We have heard it is the ‘workout of the year’ and we wanted to share it with you.
NO previous bike ride experience required – but we do recommend a bit of training beforehand! – ensuring you maximise your enjoyment and cross the finish line in glory.
If you love cycling, have the experience of commuting on a bike, enjoy sightseeing, a day out with your family, friends or colleagues this bike ride is definitely custom made for you! We promise that by reaching the finish point you’ll be much fitter than ever before.
How can you help us raising money for our current projects? Here are the 4 ‘Sansar’ steps:
Raise a minimum of £100 for Our Sansar projects
Get your Our Sansar t-shirt
Enjoy the ride – plenty of picturesque scenery to see, local pubs to make your pit stops at and loads of fun are guaranteed.
If this challenge is for you please register HERE and Monica will get in touch with you with further details.
For any other inquiries she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve had an exciting few months at Our Sansar’s children home and have welcomed 4 new boys!!!
Settling in well and enjoying their new surroundings, friends and the opportunity to go to school. We’d like to introduce to you the lovely Rohit, Jamin, Asan and Niraj!
After a very colourful Holi Festival!
Aged just 9, Rohit was one of 6 children living with their mother in Uttarghikaitya Bara. Before reaching the age of 4 Rohit’s father passed away, and as a consequence Rohit’s mother has struggled to provide basic needs for her children. Living in a small hut and working in the neighbouring fields she has been unable to address her children’s education. Rohit’s mother heard about Our Sansar’s childrens home through a volunteer worker and hoped they might be able to help with Rohit’s schooling. Our Sansar volunteers met with Rohit’s mother who both agreed for Rohit to come join the home in February 2014. Since joining the home, Rohit’s settled, happy, studying and progressing very well in Class 1.
At 8 years old Jamin came to live at the Our Sansar’s children home in December 2013. One of three children, he had been living with his grandmothers and sister in a village in the Parsa district. With Jamin’s father dying when he was young, his mother remarried and left Jamin and his sister with their grandmother. Due to their grandmother’s age and lack of income; Jamin and his sister were forced to sell fruit at a weekly market in order to survive. With no money for education or to provide the basic essentials for Jamin’s health, Jamin’s grandmother asked our local staff if he could continue his studies by joining our home. Jamin is now able to study and is happily attending the local school in class 1.
After the death of his father from snake baiting two years ago, and his mother’s remarriage, Asan was sent to live with his elderly grandparents. Being very poor they often worried about their ability to provide Asan with an education and the means to build his own future. Asan spent his time either roaming the streets of Chapur or hiding from his grandparents. Both uneducated they wished Asan could have the opportunity to study. A social worker from Bara told the grandparents about our home and Asan joined us in December 2013. He has also joined class 1 and is settling in very well.
Niraj is 11 years old and originally from Bagahe, Nepal. His family is extremely poor and his father handicapped. Trying to support Niraj and his siblings proved impossible for his parents, with their only accommodation being a small hut and with no land of property to support themselves. Niraj’s father heard about our home and started discussions with our Nepalese staff about how we could help his son and provide Niraj with future opportunities away from the streets. Niraj joined us in January 2014 and we are pleased to report that he is happy and studying in Class 2 at school !
Unfortunately though there are still thousands of children with similar stories still struggling to survive in Nepal.
Want to know how you can help?
Come spend an evening full of laughter, fun and prizes with us at Our Sansar’s Annual Comedy Night in Bar Rumba, near Leicester Square.
Ticket sales go to the charity and you can even win yourself some amazing prizes in our raffle on the night!
Bring your family, friends, co-workers along to this wonderful event: