Annual General Meetings
The Annual General Meeting was organized as per the organizational calendar with an active participation by board members, government officials from line organizations, experts/volunteers and well-wishers on the 13th of September 2014. Mr. Bharat Raj Baral (District Child Rights Officer) was invited as the main guest, along with special guests from other governmental offices and public and social organizations.
The yearly progress report was given which included the positive impact that has been made, both challenges and opportunities that have occurred, the yearly audit reports prepared by independent chartered accountants, the next year's budget and a program-related documentary. It was great to hear the words of praise and the support to move ahead. We also honored the ex-board members for their support in leading this social work successfully for the last 11 years and presented each of them with a letter of appreciation.
During the last two months, we had an opportunity again to celebrate the two largest festivals in Nepal, Dashain and Tihar. During Dashain, about two-thirds of the children living with us visited their relatives and friends while the others who were not able, celebrated with our staff, volunteers and members from the board in a very delightful environment.
But during Tihar, all of the children stayed in the house to celebrate together. Tihar is considered to be the festival that strengthens the relationship of brothers and sisters. The children shared tika, blessings and gifts, together. The atmosphere was very charming with all the happiness on the children's faces.
Agriculture and Live Stock Training
We completed the training in "Agriculture and Livestock" at our Women's Empowerment Centre, Ghachowk on the 20th of October 2014. The training went smoothly for 2.5 months with the great guidance from our dedicated and skilled trainers. These women go through a very strict selection process and a total of 25 single women residing under the poverty level were chosen from Ghachowk, Lahachowk and Machapuchhre VDC. 23 of the women successfully graduated with only 2 of them not being able to complete the training due to health problems. All these trainees are now ready to start their new entrepreneurships with partial financial loan support in collaboration with Namaste Foundation, Netherlands. Two trainees were provided a motivational incentive as a reward for sincere learning.
Open House Program
We conducted an open house program on the 8th of November 2014. This program was an initiative to raise funds locally from visitors to Lakeside who reside all around the world. This was also an opportunity for foreigners to encounter Nepalese culture and the social work that we have been doing in this region. During this program, we organized a house tour, showed a documentary of the programs we are running, offered Nepali tiffin (afternoon snacks) and performed a cultural dance by our children.
During this visit, we were also able to generate some income by selling various items: shawls (made at our centre), bricks for the children's house building, children's drawings, temporary tattoos (with henna), some handicraft items and child sponsorships. The guests were very happy to have the hospitality provided by the volunteers, staff and, most importantly, the children.
We would like to thank all of you, who have been supporting us in various ways. We hope that you enjoy receiving our newsletter in the same way that we enjoy writing it for you. If you wish to publish in our newsletter any happenings, that have been initiated to support our cause, please share them with us.
TOGETHER, we are making a huge, positive difference in the lives of helpless Nepali children, underprivileged women and adults in need.
Man Singh Chaudhary (Manager)
Message from our Donor
"Thank you for our visit to your beautiful and very inspiring project. We were particularly impressed by the strength that now radiates from the women in the training program. The empowerment is literally visible on their faces. You can see that a real difference has been made! This is a model project in which you can truly say that every Euro invested has been well spent. Good luck with your future efforts. We are proud to be working with you and to be making a small contribution."
- Klaas van Mill,
Director of Wild Geese (www.wildeganzen.nl)
6th Anniversary at Onni
The successful completion of 6 years of partnership with Wind of Change International (Australia/Finland) to support more abandoned, orphaned and needy children of Nepal was celebrated on the 26th of October 2014. A special presence from the partners and the supporters from Australia and Finland included the founders (Carl and Tuuli) and they conveyed thanks to everyone who has made it possible.
Children were delighted to perform their dancing, singing and poetry talents. The program ended with a delicious dinner at 6:30 PM.
The scholarship distribution program, for the second time this year, was organized on the 26th of October 2014. This is an ongoing educational support program for children from poor and single parents. These children live with their parents, study at nearby schools and get financial support to continue their education. These children are requested to visit our organization two times a year to collect educational stationeries, medical support, uniforms, shoes and other goods that are essential to their education.
During this distribution, we provided stationeries, tuition payment, extra clothing, winter clothes, slippers and some pocket money for transportation to and from school. We agreed to continue the guidance and eligibility procedure for the scholarships in the upcoming years. The partner charities shared their experience and happiness to see these children growing and getting proper education and promised to continue their support in the coming years.