Namaste & Greetings!
Dear Well-Wishers and Supporters, Namaste and warm greetings from all of us at Namaste Community Foundation. The past 10 months have been very hard and a tough time for Nepalese people. The hardship started by the massive earthquakes of 7.8 and 7.2 magnitudes; leaving about 8,800 deaths and more than 50,000 casualties. As soon as Nepal was slowly recovering from this destruction, the Indian blockade together with the people living in Terai region started protesting against the constitution which lasted over 120 days.
This constitution was long awaited and was promulgated by the Ceremonial President of Nepal that had been passed by 90% of the members of parliament in a very democratic way. Nepal Interim Constitution 2072 is considered to be the best constitution to date but obviously there might have been some necessary amendments to support the deprived people right living in Terai or other parts of Nepal.
Recently, the blockade and the strikes have been informally ended and the current prime minister's visit to India and progress has given us the high hope to get into normal conditions in the days ahead.
I personally became busy dealing with various circumstances to manage the organizational roles, duties and my personal works including my MBA education. I apologize from the heart for the absence of regular communication with you and others during this time. Now, the final semester is ended and I will try my best to connect with you all (friends, sponsors, partner charities, well-wishers and other supporters physically-financially) as far possible. I sincerely hope that you will take it as positively.
NCF-Nepal and myself is very thankful for all your support during this period. This also includes your concern in supporting above the limit during massive earthquakes where NCF-Nepal was able to support emergency care (foods, clothes, tarpaulin sheets) to many families, free treatment, back to school program and building temporary houses, etc. We are sure that you will support us to move ahead again to regulate our ongoing projects and with new ideas and programs towards creating financial independence.
Apart from the ongoing projects currently running (Children's home, Scholarship program, Women Empowerment, creating self-sustainability); NCF-Nepal is currently focusing on three major programs to run in coming days. This includes: Rebuilding primary schools affected by the massive earthquake, Mobile vocational training for the single women in earthquake affected areas and a Technical school that will be primarily focus to youths aged from 16 years to 25 with poor economic background. Preference is given to those who are badly affected by earthquake and still difficulties to manage their daily settlements.
If you are interested to be part of these upcoming projects in any way (partnership, sponsoring fully or partially, technical support or guidance, etc); NCF-Nepal would be very grateful. For further queries, you can contact our Founder/Director Mr Visma Raj Paudel directly ([email protected]) or to [email protected] for further details.
Postponed Walk for Kids.
We are sad to announce that our "Walk for Kids 2015" has been postponed again for October 2016 due to the current unfavorable situation occurring in Nepal. We expect that our current situation will improve in coming days and aim to start the trek in October 2016. We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience but would like to thank all those backers who have supported up until now. The sponsorship program is still open. Therefore, we still look forward to receiving your generous contributions to make this program successful.
If you are still not part of it, you can join by donating 50 euros or its equivalent for each 100 meters' trek. The donation can be sent through PayPal transfer.
Visma Raj Paudel and
Please take a few minutes to read our newsletter. This allows you various happening during our past months and daily progresses. Any feedback and suggestions would be highly appreciated!
Completion of 3-month training program in tailoring
The 3 month tailoring training that was started on 7 September 2015 came to an end. A total of 25 women participated in the training and graduated. The closing of the training was done on 18th December 2015. All the participants were awarded with a certificate and three of the regular trainees namely Kamala Paudel, Rupa Pun and Kopila Syangbo were awarded a cash prize as well. They were also provided with Micro support loan to start their own businesses.
Upcoming plans in WEP
Women Empowerment Project-Ghachowk will be organizing refresher training for the two agricultural groups starting on April 2016. The refresher training will last for 2 weeks and will be more focused on the problems that the trainees have encountered. Similarly, the two tailoring groups will also be in the refresher program starting from April 2016
The new training at Women Empowerment Project will start from October but the subject matter of training program is yet to be decided. Currently the entire team of WEP is busy with field visits, data collection and compilation of reports for the impact measurement.
Elderly people honoring program
We have supported the elderly people honoring program organized by Ward Office Baidam by providing 100 Nyano woollen shawls. The program was organized on 11 January 2016 at Basundhara Park. Around 150 elderly people were honored during the program. Many of the social organizations, government line agencies and local clubs participated in the program. The chairman of Namaste Community Foundation, Mr. Govinda Sharma "Bikharchi was also honored during the program.
Earthquake victim support Program
It is well known to all of us that after the massive earthquake the victims were living in temporary houses made of tarpaulin and roof sheets but these were not the solution to the problem. Again the suffering people's hope of living a quality life has been shattered by this cold winter. We Namaste Community Foundation can't remain calm and supported the victims with 100 Nyano woolen Shawls with the help of Lions Club International Dist. 325 B1 Nepal on 9th January 2016. Thanks to the Lions members and we pray for the quick recovery of the situation.
Contribution to Namaste Family
We are very happy to receive the support from our well-wishers. We are extremely thankful to them for addressing our needs on time. Mr. Bijaya Limbu, Mrs. Bimala Rijal daughters: Avilasha R Limbu & Aviruchi R Limbu have generously contributed an amount of Nrs. 52,786 for the purchase of kitchen utensils, warm winter cloths, school bags and some pairs of school shoes.
As in previous years, this year as well we participated in the training programs organized by Network of Children House and District Child Welfare Office to get updated with the recent changes in the policies regarding children houses. Our Asst. House Manager Mr. Narayan Bahadur Karki and Deepak Puri participated in the training program and shared among the others at the organization.
Likewise, another training program organized by District Child Welfare Office, Kaski organized 2 days residential training at Dhampus was attended by Narayan Bahadur Karki. Both the programs turned out to be fruitful providing the information about recent development in the rules and regulations, policies of children houses.
Completion of 6 years' partnership
On 30th October 2015, we celebrated our 6 years of successful partnership closing ceremony for the Hearing Project Nepal together with the Project Director David Hine and Project Staff of NCF-Nepal at Himalayan Kitchen Lakeside, Nepal. We happily exchanged the token gifts and shared our beautiful experience working together. We even promised to support each other in the coming days.
During our tenure of partnership, we provided free hearing treatment to over 25,000 patients and free hearing aid to over 3000 people and we are proud of that.
The team of Hearing Project Nepal has a new co-operation with INF Nepal through its regional ear hospital at Hario Kharka, Rambazar Nepal. We would like to convey grateful thanks to David Hine, Valerie Lister and entire HPN Team-Australia for their great support and generosity.
Workshop on Good Parenting and Child Care
Our 3 Days workshop on child care and good parenting was organized from 20th – 22nd December 2015. The program instructor was Mr. Bhakta Raj Rasaili. The theme of the workshop was dealing with child psychology. It turned out to be fruitful and the effect of the workshop can now be observed in the children of Namaste. House sisters and mothers have benefited a lot from this. We would like to thank Mr. Rasaili for his great contribution and also for providing us with such a wonderful course.
Christmas and New Year Celebration
Christmas and New year celebrations were moments to remember for all the children at Namaste Community Foundation. The children celebrated the new year by eating a delicious meal, visiting the street festival organized by REBAN and by receiving gifts. The gifts to the children were sponsored by our very close friend Vicky and Kenny and some of their friends from the states. A huge thanks to the wonderful couple for their effort to provide the kids with gifts in this new year.
Maghe Shankranti Celebration
As very well known to all of us Nepal is a multi-cultural country with lots of ethnic groups. It shares every festival with joy and fun. This time Maghe Shankranti was on line and we celebrated it with lots of fun. Children enjoyed the sweet potatoes and yam with lots of delight at our house.
A step towards success
As you all have been very generous all these years by investing in the future of our children, Narayani Adhikari has brought some color on those investments. She passed her class 11 board exam securing first division and has made every one of us proud. All of our effort towards the child's future has started creating some value. We would like to wish Narayani a very bright future ahead.
Narayani Adhikari was has been living in our children home since October 2003. She was living with her grandfather and her aunt in a small village near Pokhara. She had a very miserable life after being left alone with no parents. Her father had a bad accident after falling out of a tree and broke many bones in his body. After being bed ridden for a year, he passed away and after six months her mother left after she remarried. She was born with an eye affliction. Life with her grandfather was not easy because he was so old, he was unable to work and the house was in terrible condition.
The winner of 1000 Euro challenge visited the women empowerment project at Ghachowk. The 1000 Euro challenge was created to raise funds to help the single women of Nepal with skill development training. The challenge was kept forward by the Namaste Foundation – Netherlands. Thanks to both the winners for their effort in helping the women of Nepal and also thanks to all the participants of 1000 Euro challenge for giving their best as participants.
Support towards earthquake affected children in Chitwan
A number of children were supported from Barpak Gorkha District. These children were rescued by one of the social workers Mr. Bhola Ram KC who provided food and shelter facilities in his premises. The children were provided with school uniforms, bags and some other clothes with the financial support of the American couple: Vicky and Kenny Allen.
Fundraising from Shelley
One of our supporter and good friend "Shelley Wintersgill" from UK has established a fundraising page on Just Giving from Bristol Half Marathon to raise fund for Namaste Community Foundation and has contributed 500 pounds to our project.
She has been supporting our organization in past years with possible donations as well.
We are very grateful to receive such warm love from various friends, partner charities and sponsors from various part of the world.
Thank you so much for taking your valuable time to read this newsletter. I hope you enjoyed this edition that includes the important events and information from the last three months. We hope it provides all the information you require. However, if you have any additional events that you would like us to publish, do not hesitate to get in contact with us.
Man Singh Chaudhary