Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Beautiful mountain child. Her family lives very remotely under a bamboo shelter beside the river. I mentioned them in my last blog. Yesterday I visited an organization that helps poor families with disabilities. Her brother is lame in one leg and cannot go to school so I am referring them to see if they can get help. It was an excellent organization called International Nepal Fellowship. They have a training program that trains individuals in radio repair, watch repair and many craft making skills as well has animal husbandary etc. They also had a hospital that specialises in leprosy, club feet, polio etc. I was very impressed. So I am hoping this family can get some help although there is a long waiting list.
I am still working in Simpani, last day today before I return to Kathmandu tomorrow. I had a great day yesterday working on my own. Took about 9 children shopping with a grandmother and a mother. Had to use my Nepali language skills and although not very good I managed. We laughed a lot and although it took 3 hours I really enjoyed it. For those new sponsors who I have not emailed yet with photos please be patient as it is very difficult. This photo took 10 minutes to download and internet in Pokhara is expensive.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Mann is now working in the charity and I will put his photo here when I can. We got off the bus in Simpani and I showed him all the families. I will go back there tomorrow to help the kids with thank you letters and do some more school uniforms.
The weather is extremely hot and sunny. I will try some photos later, very slow here.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Susmita, who I picked from the government school last year, to go to private school turns out to be a brilliant little girl. She has 100 per cent in every subject and now will skip a grade. Raju Pun is 2nd in his class. All the children are doing well and improving. The lady with the burns, Mrs Jalari, looks great, she is so improved in her health. She will require a couple more operations sometime later to enable to lift her arms but it is too early yet. Her husband has made their room bigger and brighter for her as the doctor said she needed this. I love this family, the father is very dedicated and the mother keeps the room spotless. They are also very grateful.
One lady, when told that I was putting her three children in school, sat and cried. She has no husband as he left her for another woman. We sponsored one tiny girl from a family of nine who live on the proceeds from the family cow. I gave her some shoes and a coat yesterday and this morning when I went there she was still playing with them and would not take the coat off today even though it was very hot.
Taking them all for the uniforms was quite an outing and they received so much joy from their new things. This area is one of my favourites and tonight we had a meeting with all the parents and they all expressed their gratitude and I told them about their sponsors and the countries that they came from. I will back here next week to carry on. Now I am going into the mountains for a few days.
Some good news is that I have sponsor for the blind girl Sabitra and I cannot wait to tell her. She will be very happy.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Iam busy everyday with school registrations and matching new children. I would like to explain here that sometimes the circumstances of a family change. I have a couple of families now whose financial situation has changed. I then feel that they are able to pay fortheir children's education themselves and I would rather change that sponsor to a child that really needs it. I think my sponsors would agree with this. We have helped them when they needed it the most. It is a difficult descision to make but there is so much need here that sometimes I have to be a little tougher and make the best decision. I am trying to help as many women without husbands as possible as these women have a very hard time. I visited one lady the other day who is on her own to see if we could help with sponsoring her child. She works all day to earn a living and the 4 year old child just plays on the street all day with no care. It was an area I had not been to before and it was a horrible slum with garbage everywhere. Very depressing.
I was at the school forthe blind the other day. Always enjoyable to visit here as they love visitors. There is a 16 year girl there called Sabitra. She is a brilliant girl who is at the moment taking her school leaving certificate. She has learnedto speak perfect english by listening to the BBC news. The school has seeing and blind students and she always has the top marks forthewhole school. (sorry this computer justwill not work) She is hoping to win a scholarship for college but even if she does shewill haveto pay for living expenses in the dorm. She comes froma very remote village and she has a blind brother and a blind sister. They are at home in the village. Her sponsor only will sponsor her through tothe end of class 10 so she asked could I help her. I told her I was sure I could get her a $250 a year sponsor and she was very happy with that. If anyone you know would be interested in helping her please let me know. She is a wonderful girl. The other day she asked to feel my hair and asked what colour it was. I told her grey and she said does everyone in your country have grey hair? I told her no only old people to which she asked how old I was. When I told her 62 she and everyone else in the room gasped (62 very old here) and then she said but you only feel like you are 40 or 45. Now you know why I like her so much!
Iwill add a photo of her as soon as I can. This does frustrate me.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Today I have to go to the bank again which will entail an hour's wait. I do not like to walk around with a large sum of money so take smaller amounts out and then have to keep going back. Such is life.
The SBCH children are all well and I have fun doing yoga with them. They also enjoy my laptop as I buy movies very cheaply here and they can watch them when the electric is out. I just get one movie out of my battery.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
The little girl Partima has a new sponsor who lives in Germany and had a gift and card from her. This caused a lot of interest and excitement. I guess Germany was different as they know I am from Canada.
Yesterday I visited our college student Nauchhen in the town of Banepa about an hour by bus from Kathmandu. The last time I visited this town was in 2006 and it was a ghost town due to the riots. Two people had been shot by police and the town was under curfew. The stret was full of overturned cars and burning tires and we had to walk through it with soldiers pointing guns at us. Yesterday that was a memory and the town was bustling with activity. the college she attends was lovely and out in the country. Her family lived in a very old house and I enjoyed a traditional meal with them seated on the mud floor in the kitchen.
this morning on my way into the bank, I came early as the other day there were a hundred people in front of me and it took over an hour to withdraw money, I stopped in to see sushant who is at the school for the blind. He has been there a week now and what a change in him. He looked bright and happy and was doing really well. That was a very good start to the day.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
I also visited the two little girls, Shirjhana and Samjhana, who lost their father recently and who I visited in the hospital. they now live alone as their mother has left and is living with an aunt. The girls are 13 and 14 years old. Lovely girls and so responsible. A relative is paying their rent and an uncle brings them rice. First visit this morning was a lady called Auntie Jimmy and her relative Yanji who we sponsor. Here I was given a large plate of momos, tea and juice. I had already had breakfast but would never offend so ate them all and they were very good but I do not think I need to eat for the rest of the day.
There is lots of news and I do not want to make this too long but I would like to just mention something that is a bit different and this was an organization that I visited called Kat. Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre. I visited here two days ago to donate the medicine that I had bought to treat the dog that had been stabbed but then could not find it and on behalf of my Vet, Dr. J Pollock, who is so good to my dogs and to this charity. This centre was set up four years ago to help the street dogs of Kathmandu. If you saw these dogs you would be distressed as I am when I see them. They are in terrible condition with diseases such as mange, malnutrition, parasites and vehicle injuries etc. This charity helps these dogs and also spays thousands of female dogs. They collect around 8 every other day, treat them and spay them and release when ready. They had quite a lot of resident dogs who were so sick when they arrived that they took up to two years to get well and then it was too late to release them. Since they have doing this work the city has stopped poisoning dogs which they did regularly to cull them. This was an agonizing death and the bodies were dumped in the river. Also children picked up this meat and also died the same horrible death. I was very impressed with their work and now know I can call them when I see a dog needing medical help.