Neu im Kinderhaus - Dezember 2012
Seit November 2012 ist der 4-jährige Samir Volan im Shaligram Bal Griha Kinderhaus das jüngste Familienmitglied. Samir ist das zweite Kind einer 4-köpfigen Familie, in der der Vater aufgrund eines Herzleidens nicht mehr arbeiten kann und die Mutter fast nichts zum Einkommen der Familie beitragen kann. Der Junge ist aus dem Makawanpur Bezirk südlich von Kathmandu. Das Komitee in Kathmandu entschied nun, Samir in die NHB Familie aufzunehmen.
Herzlich willkommen und alles, alles Gute für deine Zukunft, Samir!
Children’s home and farm land - November 2012
An unexpected visit Bimala, today a young woman who lived with us for some years when she was a young girl, visited us at the beginning of November. She brought along her little daughter Jessica, who was already one and a half years old. Thus we unexpectedly had another granddaughter – the second one this year. We are very happy about our “descendants”, of course! It is a wonderful feeling to see our former children developing and founding families of their own. What a great success of your and our commitment!
Preparations for Dashain - November 2012
Dashain, which lasts eight days, is the most important Hindu feast in Nepal. During the festivities, very day a different religious duty has to be fulfilled. Dashain can be compared to Christmas in regard to the preparations. Before the feast everything needs to be cleaned and washed, as well as damages repaired which the monsoon had caused during the summer. Essential for the kids - every child will get new clothes for Dashain. Especially important is receiving the blessing of the adults of one’s own family and a little present. During those days, all family members of the children’s home become little closer. Every child who cannot be picked up by their biological parent or relative for those special days, are happy about every adult who blesses them and gives them presents.
Blessing for vehicles - November 2012
Not only people but also vehicles are blessed during Dashain. For this reason, every car and bicycle gets repaired, cleaned and decorated in the forerun. It is of high importance for every kid to be able to be safely on the road in and around Lubhu or the Kathmandu valley.
Reports about remarkable progress - October 2012
with Deuter School
It’s been a year now since the first stone was laid for the new Deuter School. Now an impressive three-and-four-storey building can be seen by passers-by. There are just a few inside jobs left to be completed.
So it won’t be long before our primary school children from the nearby Shanti Nikunj Primary School can move over from these wet and uncomfortable shacks into light and dry classrooms. The complete school family has been looking forward to this moment for months.
with our bakery building
On our farm there a new building has been established which can be used from now on. There are six shops in the bakery building where homemade bakery goods produced by one of our former ‘children’ as well as our own homegrown vegetables, our homebred rabbits, ducks and our chicken’s eggs can be sold. The building is also big enough for an office and some flats. Maybe one or the other former pupil might move in with his young family.
We’ll be happy to see the building completely finished and officially opened soon.
with our boarding school for the blind
Our blind children have been able to attend their own school in Chautara for a while now. It’s part of the Shree Bhandevi Secondary School. Now a new boarding section has been completed. This is a great help for those children who are blind or almost blind. They are no longer forced to live in shabby shacks, but can live next to their school now. It also means they no longer have to walk the 2 km through the village: every stone, every piece of rubbish was a danger for them.
If you want to see happiness – just look into those blind pupils’ faces!
Rotarians donate scholarship - September 2012
The Rotarians of Lalitpur Midtown have chosen one of our former children for a scholarship. Tsering Tamang, who finished her final exams at technical college only a few months ago, will receive a scholarship to cover the fees at Kantipur International College for her “Hotel Management” course for four years. This gives Tsering the chance to do a bachelor degree in this subject. She will still have to find the means to meet the cost of living and her books, of course. And so the Rotarians of Lalitpur Midtown support our children’s home and especially Tsering on her way to a better future.
Relief goods have arrived - September 2012
This time not only the children and the staff members were pleased about the arrival of the goods at the children’s home. Even the birds living around the children’s home got quite excited. Apart from pencil cases, shampoo, liquid soap and schoolbags (many thanks to our sponsors!) some colourful bird tables had arrived.
The children and all the birds were absolutely thrilled. Before long, the colourful homes for our feathered singers were put up in the trees. So Shaligram Bal Griha is now not only a home for children but also for some songbirds around Lubhu.
Roof cleaning - September 2012
During the time of monsoon in summer, it is not only rice that grows particularly well but also everything else. By late summer the moss and all the plants which have taken root in places where they are not wanted need to be removed. This also needed to be done on the roof of the small pavilion in the garden of the children’s home. Kungsang and Pema were brave enough to climb to the very top and put everything in order up there.
Training in ecological farming - September 2012
Once more the farming staff of our children’s home took part in a workshop in ecological farming. The training went on for five days and Bipin Shilpakar, our commissioner for both farms, and Surya Ghimire, our farmer of the old farmland, learned all about the latest developments. Thus we can be absolutely sure that the vegetables from our own land will always meet the highest standards in quality and will be served perfectly fresh. Needless to say, selling the surplus will as profitable in future as it is now.
Teej, the women’s festival, also in the children’s home - September 2012
The members of our female staff joined the celebrations for the traditional women’s festival Teej in September. On this day Nepalese women fast (many of them don’t even drink any water during the day) and dress in all shades of red. To make it a happy day in spite of the fasting many woman get together and celebrate all day with prayers and dances. It’s all in honour of their husbands and their families.
Devastating Monsoon for our farmland - August 2012
The monsoon showed its force several times during August. On both the old and new farmland, plastic greenhouses had to be repaired or completely renewed. Some of the greenhouses withstood the attack of the storm; however, most plastic covers were torn. Some others were blown away by the wind, and had to be replaced.
One of the garden walls of the new farmland wasn’t able to stand against the enormous deluge and needs to be rebuilt. Obviously, we are always busy keeping the projects running.
Duck Reunion - August 2012
Meanwhile, all our ducks are reunited. Some had already been taken to the new pond on the new farmland. By this time, the others which had to stay longer in the old “home” also arrived at the new pond. Now 32 ducks are swimming on the lake.
Harvest time - August 2012
This summer, as for many previous years, we were able to celebrate a rich vegetable harvest. Tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and zucchini – all in abundance. Thanks to this, we are not only able to feed all our children and employees, but also to sell vegetables on the market and thus earn some extra income.
Birthday party for Sunil Shrestha - August 2012
Weeks before August 15th, the children were reminding Sunil Shrestha, the COE of our Nepali projects, of his birthday in mid-August. He wanted to celebrate his birthday in the children’s home like every year. Every year there has been a big, delicious birthday cake - this year as well of course. The children wished him all the best and were looking forward to the feast that Sunil had taken with him.
We are grandpartents! - July 2012
Those who have been parents to all the children in Shaligram Bal Griha have now been grandparents since the end of June, when Harka’s wife Bina gave birth to their daughter. Harka visited the children’s home the very next day with a big heap of Samosas to celebrate the birth of his first child with his former family. The little girl who is smiling in her father’s arms doesn’t have a name yet. According to Nepalese tradition she will be named only at the age of five months on the day of the “Rice-Feeding-Ceremony”. We are eager to find out the name of our little granddaughter.
Bimala, who left the children’s home several years ago, also got in touch with us again and told us that she has also got a daughter. We only know that she is ten months old. We hope for more details when Bimala hopefully visits Shaligram Bal Griha soon.
Dear little granddaughters, a warm welcome in our extended family!!!
Children grow into adults - July 2012
Another three of our former „little ones“ are about to leave the children’s home. Aakash, Ram and Tsering graduated from specialized secondary school. Although we don’t know how well they did, it is time for them to learn how to stand on their own two feet. We and the three of them are very sad to say goodbye, especially to leave behind the life with their many brothers and sisters.
There were also many notabilities at the farewell celebration who are interested in the daily life of Shaligram Bal Griha. Thus the three leavers received all the best wishes for their new lives from different people:
Take care and all the best!!!
Newcomer - July 2012
The new little boy who is the first to find a new home in our children’s home after Aakash, Ram and Tsering left after their graduation from specialized secondary school is called Suraj Mohara.
The four-and-a-half-year-old boy is from Jhapa, where he lived with his 65-year-old grandmother. Surja’s father, who lived in India as a guest-worker, disappeared one and a half years ago, traceless. His mother eloped with her new lover half a year later and left her little boy behind. As his grandmother worked as a housemaid to earn her own living, she didn’t manage to care for and educate her grandson at the same time. Now Surja has found a loving home here at Shaligram Bal Griha. It goes without saying that we also provide for his education.
The boon and bane of rain - July 2012
In June, everybody was more than happy when the rain finally came - vitally important for all of us. However, sometimes there is just too much during the rain period. The many deep puddles make not only the walk to school difficult for our children in their white school uniform shoes but also for many cars which get stuck in the mud. We try our best to get rid of the water on the streets but it doesn’t last long. Nevertheless – rather rain and rice than drought and famine!!!
Industrious helpers? – Our children - July 2012
Whenever there are many helping hands, progress is guaranteed! And whenever our 37 children are working hard to fulfill the tasks set according to their age and their ability, many things are done at the end of the day. Windows have been cleaned, kitchen walls have been wiped, cutlery has been polished, new grit has been spread and leveled, the garden has been weeded, the wooden doors have freshly been glazed and the puddles in the streets in front of the children’s home have been filled.
It is impressive how much work 74 industrious children's hands can get done in one day with the help of their tutors.
Further education for our matron - June 2012
Laxmi Shrestha, our matron, attended a three-day advanced training course in June, where she learned how to act correctly in a parent-child relationship. The training was about how to build a sound and resilient relationship between tutors and children and take account of the various stages of development of the children. The challenge of dealing with difficult kids was also a topic of the course.
Many of the topics dealt with during the course were not new to our matron. Nevertheless, it is always helpful to gain deeper insight into the education of our kids and to view the relationship from different perspectives.
Finally rain!!! June 2012
Drought has lasted a long time this year. Especially the plants on our old and new farmland suffered from the dryness. The long-awaited rain finally started in June. The monsoon had begun. Soon after, the green plants sprang to life.
Medicine-student Sabina Parajuli - June 2012
21-year-old Sabina Parajuli has been studying medicine for 3 years
Sabina is from Sangachok, a village in which the NHB built a school with twelve forms. Three years ago, after graduating as the best student of her class, she came to us uttering her wish to study medicine in Kathmandu. As a scholarship would be the only way to make her wish come true, the NHB agreed.
She is already studying in her 6th semester. During her spare time, she works in the Health Post in Kadambas, which is only a few kilometres away from her home village. She has committed herself to working in Nepal for at least five years after graduating from university. Up to now she has passed all her exams excellently. We wish her all the best for her further studies, which we will keep supporting.
These photos show Sabina during her internships in various hospitals in Kathmandu.
Education for teachers: further teacher training funded by NHB - May 2012
Teachers of several districts exchanged their teachers’ desks with students’ tables for further teacher training. As everywhere, in Nepal too, standards and interest in education shown by the teachers will obviously benefit the students. The three-day course is funded by NHB. The different courses took place in the schools built and maintained by NHB. One of the workshops dealt with handicrafts, drawing, writing and creative art, which 90 teachers of the Sindhupalchok District (42 different schools) attended. The course instructors were book authors, journalists and art teachers. Another course was called “Teaching math playfully”, which 32 teachers from 18 schools took part in. The course instructors came from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu. The training classrooms also built by NHB meet modern technical standards according to Shyam Pandit, the responsible local coordinator and an experienced teacher himself. At the same time 43 teachers of physics, chemistry and geology for secondary schools availed themselves the opportunity to receive further training in the realms of their subjects as well as in school management, presentation techniques and further use of the internet from professors of the Tribhuvan University of Kathmandu.
The feedback to this three-day teachers-training was without exception positive. Teachers commented mostly on the positive experiences and the chance to spread the newly-gained knowledge at their own school. Th is shows once more how important NHB’s support is in different educational issues in Nep
Fire engine for Nepals south - March 2012
Fighting fires in Bharatpur
It wasn’t the first time that the municipality of Hachenburg has donated one of their discarded fire engines to a Nepalese town. In 2003 it was Bhaktapur’s turn, this year the fire-fighting vehicle goes to Bharatpur in the south of Nepal. The town close to Chitwan National Park has never had its own vehicle for fighting fires, so they are looking forward to receiving the donation even more!
The NHB was able to organize a smooth transport of the “red racer” from Hachenburg via Bremerhafen to Calcutta in India and from there to Bharatpur. This journey took two months. It became soon very clear how i mportant it is to instruct the Nepalese driver in the handling of a German truck. When the driver reversed the vehicle out of the container, he drove too close to the wall and broke the side mirror and the indicat or of the right side. Fortunately, it was only a little crash and the dousing function wasn’t harmed. Nevertheless, everybody agreed on the necessity of professional instruction for working the vehicle, which the delegation of the Hachenburger fire fighters will give on site!
An own bakery – the foundation stone was laid! - January 2012
An investment in the future is the establishment of a bakery building premises on the Farming Land. Construction began in summer 2011 and will be completed by mid 2012.
Basement: There will be some store rooms.
Ground floor: It is planned to have a „Buy and help shop“ in which the baked goods of the bakery can be sold. Three more little shops can be rented.
First floor: It will house space for one office and some rooms which can be used in various ways.
The money earned by renting out the business rooms and selling the products from the shop will help the children’s home become a little less dependent on donations.
GOLD for Aakash, the children’s home and Nepal! January 2012
Aakash Khanal, member of the Nepali National Team, went to the Asian Taekwondo Championships in Dhakka (Bangaldesh), which took place from 10th to 13th January 2012. He fought in the category “Heavyweight 70 - 75 kg” and won a gold medal. What sensational news! Congratulations! We are very proud of you!!
With his success Aakash has become the hero of every boy in our children’s home. They also dream of being successful one day. The best thing about Aakash is his many talents: He is not only an extraordinary sportsman; he is also a fantastic musician. He has performed at a concert in Kathmandu as guitarist.
Short of water and electrical power - January 2012
This January people in the Kathmandu valley and thus all members of our children’s home must save water and energy. As it rain ed too little, our water standpipes are dry. Every single litre of water we need these days must be delivered by a tank lorry. That’s why it is extraordinarily important for every individual to use water in a responsible way. In view of the circumstances we organized a course for our kids called “How to save water”.
However, water is not the only resource which Kathmandu is short of. Currently, there is no electric power in the Kathmandu valley for twelve hours every day. This is called “load-shedding“. Newspapers announce some days before which days of a week and when exactly electric power will be cut off. People can prepare for it and adjust them selves to the inconvenience. Nevertheless, life isn’t easy as electricity is needed in all realms of daily life nowadays, also for internet and emails, which is important to stay in touch with Germany. However, the router won’t work with the electric power generated by our photovoltaic plant.
Biobriketts training - January 2012
Although many members of our children’s home are experts in producing bio-briquettes, Arjun and A run Ghimire, the son of our farm employee, took part in a three-day course “training in bio-briquettes”. It took place at the Research Centre of Applied Science and Technology (RECAST) at the Tribhuwan University in Kirtipur. It’s always worth working on our knowledge expansion.
Hand-surgery - January 2012
Soon after his training (see above), Arjun hurt his hand while playing with his little brothers and sisters in the children’s home. The X-ray photograph showed a broken finger of his right hand. As it was a very complicated fracture, survery was inevitable, in which Arjun’s bones were fixed with a steel pin. Get well soon, Arjun!!!