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Building a shower room in a Disabled Home

Since the beginning of October I have been here in Nepal. Nepal turned out to be one of the most impressive and diverse countries I have visited. Hospitality got a new definition here for me, kindness and patience are framing the everyday life – I would say a journey to Nepal is a journey to the people. But this is not the only aspect of the country. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world where more than 25% of the population is living below the poverty line. Being here for just a month, I have experienced these contrasts every day.

One of the examples is the disabled home in Kathmandu where I am volunteering since few weeks. There are around 21 mentally disabled students. As a volunteer, I’ve been helping the center by painting the walls, coloring the swing and the benches. I also worked at the sewing class and taught them to make bracelets. I like sharing my knowledge and don’t mind helping the teachers and staff with the everyday work at the center.

Five out of the 21 students who stay at the disabled center are orphans. Few students living there are abandoned by their parents because they don’t know how to handle them. There are two women staffs that live with the disabled children but they don’t have any medical knowledge. Medicine as well is very scarce and not provided to every child. Some windows of the sleeping rooms are broken, food is served every day though but it is very basic. Diapers for children and the totally disabled are expensive and not affordable. Also clean clothes for everybody, towels and toothbrushes are not available.

One of the main problems is that there is no shower installed at the disabled home so the children wash themselves by bucket shower outside at the ground. Because of this some children remain not properly cleaned and there is a lack of hygiene. I saw it is too hard for the women staffs to wash all the 21 students using the bucket shower so a proper shower is necessary for this disabled center. My thought is that if there is a shower, it will be easier for the staff to wash them. Constructing a proper shower room would be a big help for this disabled center.

My aim is to build a shower room so that a general need of every child could be fulfilled – They could stay clean and the hygiene can be maintained. To construct a shower room, we need 500 bricks, 4 bags of cement, a tractor of sand, a steel roof, a door, a water tank and some pipes. Three workers including a plumber would be required for the construction.

But for this I need your help so I am fundraising. If you are interested in supporting my project, then please donate whatever you can on the following bank account:

You can be sure, that the money will be directly invested for the shower construction project. As soon as we are able to fundraise enough money, the construction of the shower room can start. Please see some photos of the Disabled center below.

We are very thankful for every donation.

Best and warms regards from Nepal,

 Elisabeth Gruber

(Elisabeth is from Austria who is volunteering in Nepal with Nepali Host Family at the Disabled home in Kathmandu and she is fundraising for the shower room construction project)

Note: This project was completed on December 15th 2014. Friends and family of Elisabeth donated generously and we were able to fund raise enough money for this project. Thank you to all the great people from Austria and Germany who donated.

More Info:  http://www.nepalihostfamily.org

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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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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.

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Well it’s a bit hard to write about my experience as a volunteer here because I just got back from Annapurna Base Camp trekking. I went to Annapurna Base Camp trek and Poon Hill trek, did it in 10 days with my friend and saw the REAL Nepal. I am about to leave Nepal tomorrow. But I am thankful to Nepali Host Family; you really made me feel like home. I volunteered in two placements during my stay in Nepal. In the school, I was during the exams, so I helped the kids with some info and ask them a lot of questions to think about. In the Orphanage, I went after school to help the kids to prepare for their exams.

I am impressed how bright and kind are the Nepali children. I learned to be honest and to observe because this way I can help even when they don’t know how to ask for help. I taught some things which I teach back at home in Bulgaria, some Leadership training skills. The volunteering work at the orphanage gave meaning to my Nepal stay.

I will miss you all
Marieta
Gabrovo, Bulgaria.