Nepalhilfe Beilngries e.V.

23 Jahre Nepalhilfe Beilngries e.V.
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Bavarian politicians visit NHB children’s home – in their luggage some relief

Members of the Bavarian parliament from Eichstätt, Eva Gottstein (left) und Tanja Schorer-Dremel
Members of the Bavarian parliament from Eichstätt, Eva Gottstein (left) und Tanja Schorer-Dremel
The visitors brought clothes and food with them (from left to right: Tanja Schorer-Dremel, Dr. Simone Strohmayr, Eva Gottstein)
The visitors brought clothes and food with them (from left to right: Tanja Schorer-Dremel, Dr. Simone Strohmayr, Eva Gottstein)
A warm welcome for the guests from the children and the staff
A warm welcome for the guests from the children and the staff

This year the world women’s conference took place in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu from 13th to 18th March. The participants from Bavaria also visited the Shaligram children’s home, which is located in Lubhu only some miles away from the big city.

The politicians from Eichstätt, Augsburg and Ebersberg used this occasion to visit the forty girls and boys of the NHB main project together with Sunil Shrestha, the coordinator of the aid organization. Tanja Schorer-Dremel (CSU) and Eva Gottstein (FW) as well as Dr. Simone Strohmayr (SPD) from Augsburg and Johanna Mühlfeld (ÖDP) from Ebersberg, they all had heavy luggage, namely six kitbags packed with brand-new blue children’s trekking shoes which were sponsored by LOWA and brought to Nepal as free allowance. This amount of shoes even allows the provision of some more children at the local schools and some other people affected by the earth quake. Besides that, the visitors had bought 270 kg food, e.g. rice, lentils and beans, from their own means. That’s enough to cook the national dish Dal Baht for several weeks. Of course, the children were more interested in the sweets the women brought from Germany.

Sunil Shrestha and the manager of the children’s home, Radhika Singh Maharjan, welcomed the guests from Bavaria together with the children. Two volunteers from Munich who were working at schools and at Shaligram for several months also made the guests feel home.

During their tour through the house and the property itself, the politicians were very flabbergasted by the biogas plant, the photovoltaic and the solar panels and thus by the environmentally sustainability of the institution itself. After they had signed the visitors’ book, the politicians said goodbye with a song – the Bavarian anthem.

Visits like this are always a good moment for NHB to show transparency about its work. Nothing is more revealing than getting an immediate insight on the ground, just like the Bavarian group did. These contacts are very important for the organisation’s found-raising in Beilngries and in whole Germany.

At this point we would like to thank everybody who travelled to Nepal and took reliefs with them in their free allowance. Without their energetic commitment it wouldn’t be possible to support the people in Nepal in the way we are able to do it. Thanks!