It was a day filled with excitement as we were making momo’s for the kids of the orphanage. Momo is a popular dish, which every Nepalese love and anyone who visits Nepal must taste it. We were making momo’s for about 35 kids of the orphanage and the staff’s. Actually the plan was of one of the Danish volunteer who was working at the orphanage and another volunteer, Lauren decided to go ahead. It was not a simple task as making momo’s takes long time and lot of work like chopping vegetables, making sauce, making dough, giving shape to momo’s and other things was needed to be done.The volunteers were making momo for the first time and it was also the first time that the children at the orphanage were making momo at their home.
The volunteers bought the necessary ingredients from nearby shop and we started up with the preparations at 3 PM which was already late. Cutting, chopping, preparing this and that takes long time and we were making momo’s for about 45 people in total. It was so nice that some of the older kids came up to help, some chopping onions, chopping cabbages, some making dough. When the onion was killing one’s eye, the next kid was ready to help finish chopping onions. It was fun working as a team making momo’s but we were not sure if we would be able to finish making it on time and feed the kids as the dinner time was around 6.30 pm. After 5 hours of work finally it was at 8 pm when we gave the first set of momo’s to the smaller kids. Then we gave momo’s to the older kids.
We were not sure how many momo’s to make and could not estimate but we did make a lot of momo’s and all the kids were full and happy at last. Yummy! the momo’s were really good and it gave us immense satisfaction that we did it and the momo’s were the best made! The volunteers left for their host family at around 9.30 pm. What a good moment it was, mostly we were happy to see the kids eating lots of momo’s and asking for more and more.