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Fundraising and collecting Donations for a cause

Before arriving to Nepal, me and my friends did fundraising for Nepali Host Family to put towards their various projects for the children in Nepal. Back home, we had fund-raised some money by selling bottles of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, sourced from regional South Australia. My parents helped bottle the olive oil into bottles bought in bulk from a family owned, local store. My brother then produced labels for the bottles which stated the cause of fundraising. With the help of both friends and family, I managed to sell 160 bottles of olive oil.

The bottles were advertised and sold via email and word of mouth. It was a great way to fund-raise because olive oil is such a commonly used item in Australia and so there was no trouble selling any bottles. Some of our friends had also donated for the cause. It was amazing how easily we could sell so many bottles in such a limited amount of time and we were over whelmed with the enthusiasm and generosity of our friends and family. Overall I believe it was a successful way to raise money for such a wonderful cause.

Alice
Australia

Fundraising would be the best way to help someone in need. We appreciate the efforts of Alice, her friends and their family for the help of underprivileged children in Nepal. The participant volunteers who travel to Nepal from different parts of the world to help in our volunteering projects – you are our hope and strength.

Nepali Host Family utilizes the fund-raised money for different social work projects in Nepal. With the money fund-raised by Alice and her friends, we have donated a Student Microscope to a local school in Kathmandu. This school does not even have a science laboratory. The teachers conduct the experiments in the classrooms. The donation of the Microscope was so much helpful for the teachers in teaching biology. The students are excited to see different histological slides of Amoeba, Hydra, animal cells and plant cells with it.
We aim to build a science laboratory for this school one day!

Some of the participant volunteers also help in our projects by collecting donations. They tell about the volunteering project they are going to get involved in to their friends, family and relatives. With the help of your family, friends and relatives you can spread the word in your school, university or town. People will be willing to donate if they can be made convinced that their money is going for a worthwhile cause.

Last year one of our volunteer from the Netherlands, Mr. Holger Neumann was able to collect enough donations to buy new clothes for the 35 children of an orphanage. Mr. Neumann had collected the donations from friends and family before coming to Nepal to volunteer in the orphanage. He took all the 35 children to a local supermarket for buying them new clothes. It was the first time for these children to visit a supermarket as they never get to go for shopping.

Our sincere thanks to all the wonderful people who have donated and fund-raised for our projects and thank you once again for believing in us!

We believe what Mother Teresa had once said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

Nepali Host Family team

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Donation of solar lamps from IKEA staff

It was in September this year when Mr. Holger Neumann from Netherlands arrived in Nepal. He was actually traveling to Nepal for the first time. He came to Nepal with an interest to work for disadvantaged children. Mr. Neumann was volunteering with Nepali Host Family for three weeks. He is an employee at IKEA in Groningen, Netherlands and together with him he brought gifts for the less privileged children of Nepal.

There were Solar powered lamps, Solar powered radios and torch lights. These things came as a donation from IKEA Groningen Store Manager, Mr. Jelle Visser. The solar lamp from IKEA works with a rechargeable battery which can be charged by keeping under sun. The solar radio from IKEA works with a rechargeable battery which can also be charged through solar energy. The radio also works with a dynamo and has got a flash light too. These products are definitely going to be very useful in Nepal because there is a big problem of electricity cuts in Nepal. Many villages in Nepal still do not have proper electricity.

We donated some of the lamps and radios to an Orphanage in Jorpati village development committee in Kathmandu district. Our organization then also handed over some lamps and radios to Erik, an independent volunteer who has been involved in various social works in Lamjung district of Nepal. Erik took the donated lamps and radios to the remote western district of Lamjung and handed it to the local villagers who didn’t  have electricity in their houses.

Nepali Host Family team would like to thank Mr. Jelle Visser and Mr. Holger Neumann from The Netherlands for providing the donations for the children in Nepal. Please visit the blog of Mr. Holger Neumann here: http://kidsatnepalnl.blogspot.nl/

Our team appreciates the work Erik has done for the schools and orphanages in Lamjung, Nepal. Erik came to Nepal in September 2011. He is from The United States. While doing a trek in Pokhara, he was motivated to volunteer in a local school. After spending some time at the school and orphanage at Besisahar in Lamjung, he decided to stay there longer and help the disadvantaged children. He left his banking job to stay in Nepal for longer period.

Nepali host family team

Best time to volunteer abroad in Nepal

In our previous blog post, we gave you some information about best time to visit Nepal as well as best time to do trekking in Nepal. Through this blog post, we want to give you some idea about best time to go for volunteering abroad in Nepal or intern abroad in Nepal. Well Nepal is a country where you can travel any time throughout the year. If you want to go to Nepal to volunteer especially then you can do it anytime but just remember few basic things regarding the festival dates when certain volunteer placements might be closed. Schools remain closed during the festivals and sometime during the winter. Below we are highlighting some important festival dates and month.

The Nepalese New year falls each year somewhere between April 12th and April 14th. The birthday of Lord Buddha also known as Buddha Jayanti in Nepal falls in the month of May. The schools in Nepal have their new session being started somewhere in April. So the children start to go to the new classes from this month. If anybody is going to volunteer overseas in Nepal in a school or becoming a teaching volunteer then consider starting from late April. If you are going to volunteer overseas in Nepal in an orphanage then do ask your volunteer agency about the timings you will be working in the orphanage because the kids of some orphanages go to the school during the day so you might not have much to do at the orphanage at that time.

The ancient festival of Indra Jatra in Kathmandu falls in the month of September. If you reach Kathmandu Durbar Square then you would be able to see the Living goddess known as ‘Kumari’ on this day out in public on a chariot. The greatest festival of the Hindus of Nepal, Dashain falls on the month of October. The other great festival Deepawali or Tihar falls between late October and Mid November. December 25th, the Christmas day is also celebrated in Nepal. The festival of Maha Shivaratri falls between Mid February and Mid March. This is the day when Lord Shiva is worshipped and if you are at the famous Hindu pilgrimage, Pashupatinath in Kathmandu then you would see lots of Sadhus smoking Marijuana and Hashish on this day. The colorful festival, Holi falls on the month of March.

Saturdays are public holidays in Nepal whereas Sundays are normal working days. The following are the festival dates for the year 2012/2013 in Nepal. On these dates, there will be public holidays observed. The Nepali year starts from and ends at Mid April of the English year.

According to the Nepali calendar year 2069 and starting from April 2012.

  • April 13th – Nepali New Year
  • May 1st – May Day
  • May 6th – Birthday of Lord Buddha
  • May 28th – Republic day of Nepal
  • August 2nd – Janai Purnima and Raksha Bandhan
  • August 3rd – Gai Jatra (holiday observed in Kathmandu valley only)
  • August 9th – Birthday of Lord Krishna
  • September 18th – Teej (women’s festival)
  • September 29th – Indra Jatra (holiday observed in Kathmandu valley only)
  • October 16th – October 29th is the Dashain festival
  • November 13th – November 15th is the Deepawali or Tihar festival
  • November 19th – Chhath festival (celebrated especially in Terai region of Nepal)
  • December 25th – Christmas Day
  • December 28th – Udhauli Parva
  • December 30th – Tamu Lhosar
  • January 14th – Maghi Parva
  • January 29th – Martyrs Day
  • February 11th – Sonam Lhosar
  • February 18th – Democracy Day
  • March 8th – Women’s Day
  • March 10th – Maha Shivaratri
  • March 12th – Gyalpo Lhosar
  • March 26th – Holi (Holi is observed on the 27th in Terai region of Nepal)

We cannot tell you this or that would be the best time to volunteer in Nepal so by looking at the festival dates, trekking season in Nepal and the suitable time when you have some time or holidays like summer vacation etc, you can travel and volunteer abroad in Nepal.

Holi festival in Nepal (festival of colors)

The Holi festival in Nepal is celebrated every year with Great Spirit and joy. This festival of the Hindus also called the ‘festival of colors’ falls on the month of March. The Holi festival is celebrated in Nepal and also in India as it holds cultural significance. According to historical belief, Holi is celebrated in the spirit of ‘victory of good over bad’.

Nepalese people celebrate the Holi festival in Nepal by throwing different colors and water at each other. People gather together at houses or streets and play Holi. The colors can be red, yellow, green, blue, black etc. The youngsters and small kids make water bombs filling water inside plastic bags or balloons and throw at each other. Everyone from the neighborhood, friends, family come together to play Holi and color each other, throw water at each other, eat ‘bhang ko ladoo’, sing and dance. Some youngsters go crazy and throw water balloons called ‘lola’ at strangers as well but as most people enjoy this colorful festival so people might forgive the mischief of the youngsters.

So spraying water, playing with water filled balloons, putting colors on each other is the main attraction of the festival and also it brings people together. Holi is observed as a national holiday in Nepal and celebrated for two days in which in Kathmandu and the hilly regions it is celebrated on the first day whereas in the Terai region of Nepal, on the second day.

Festival of lights (Deepawali) in Nepal

Nepal is a land full of cultural diversity as people following different religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and other religions live together in harmony. The month of October – November sees a lot of tourists in Nepal because it is the main trekking season and today we are going to tell you one another good reason to travel Nepal in October – November.

The two great big festivals of the Hindus of Nepal, Dashain and Tihar (Deepawali) fall during the month of October – November. The first big festival Dashain is celebrated for 15 days and the second big festival Tihar (Deepawali) is celebrated for 5 days. Dashain falls between late September to mid October and Deepawali falls between late October to early November.

During last October, some of our volunteers got to witness the great Nepali festival of Tihar (Deepawali) and celebrate it in Nepali way. There were three Australian volunteers in Nepal working in an orphanage with 40 kids. The children of the orphanage celebrate the festival every year by visiting different houses and showing their dancing and singing talents in order to raise funds.

The 3rd, 4th and 5th days of Deepawali are the main days where children and youngsters go to different houses of their neighbors, friends or relatives to play Dheusi and Bhailo. Dheusi and Bhailo is the typical act where they sing the typical Dheusi and Bhailo songs and other Nepali songs. They dance with music and some people even play Nepali musical instruments like Madal and even western instruments like Guitar. They go to houses after houses and entertain the people living in the house. This is done because of the cultural reason and for fun. The people living in the house can also sing and dance and they exchange good wishes among each other. They can play Dheusi and Bhailo for a short time or it can go for hours as well. By the end of the Dheusi and Bhailo, It is a tradition that the people living in the house have to give some money to the people who came to the house to play Dheusi and Bhailo. The people who came to play Dheusi and Bhailo leave the house by giving blessings. This is also the festival when people get to play with firecrackers, play cards, meet distant relatives, and eat varieties of food, sing and dance. The festival brings everyone together and celebrates good time with family and friends. The joy of the festival drives everyone happy from children to elders.

Another big significance of the festival is that Hindu people worship goddess Laxmi (the goddess of wealth) by making every corner of the house bright. They light candles, oil lamp, and colorful lights and decorate the houses. Even the streets get decorated. This is why Tihar (Deepawali) is also called the festival of lights. In the 3rd day of Tihar, people worship cow which is holy and seen as the form of goddess Laxmi. In the 4th day, people worship bull. The 5th and the final day is Bhai tika or brothers and sisters day where the sisters put 7 colors tika on the forehead of the brothers, worship them with garland made of special flowers, give them sweets, fruits and different varieties of food to eat. In return the brothers have to give some money or present to the sisters.

During the festival of lights our volunteers who were in Nepal especially got to be a part of the festival and experience it from close. One of the volunteers, Lauren spent most of her time with the kids of the orphanage by giving them a helping hand in preparing many things needed for the festival celebrations. She made garlands, went with the children to different houses to play Dheusi Bhailo and made many Nepali brothers at the orphanage. We saw Lauren even got a Henna tattoo on her hand which the orphanage kids made for her. Nepalese ladies get Henna tattoo especially during festivals and different joyful occasions. So Tihar or Deepawali is the festival which you should not miss if you are planning to travel Nepal.