NOH Earthquake Relief and Update
The entire Nepal Orphans Home family is deeply saddened by the loss of life and destruction from the massive earthquake that hit the Kathmandu Valley on Saturday, April 25th, followed by the large aftershock on Tuesday, May 12th. Michael Hess was able to report on both occasions that all the children of Papa’s House were safe. Our staff and the VN volunteers are also safe. Buildings in the area have been damaged, power has been intermittent, and basic supplies are running low. International aid is being mobilized.
NOH RELIEF FUND...
Many have asked how they may help. It is still too early to know exactly what will be needed. Even before the earthquake, it was difficult to ship goods and supplies to Nepal. We have established a Nepal Orphans Home "NOH EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND" which will be used to rebuild Nepal, not only for the children of Papa’s House, but for our extended families throughout the country. If you would like to contribute, then you may do so through the usual channels (personal checks to Nepal Orphans Home, PayPal). Please designate the ‘NOH Earthquake Relief Fund.’ We will keep you informed of the developments and the uses of these contributions as we recover from this natural disaster. To learn more . . .
Nepal Orphans Home
P.O. Box 1254
Davidson, NC 28036
Established in 2005, Nepal Orphans Home (NOH) is a charitable organization administered in North Carolina, with operations in Nepal. NOH operates four children’s homes for more than 130 boys and girls in the Kathmandu Valley. The children are orphans or have parents unable to provide for them. Most of the children in the homes are girls, since they are more likely to be subjected to abuse and deprivation in Nepal. More than half of our girls have been rescued from lives of bonded servitude in western Nepal.
Nepal Orphans Home is a grassroots organization supporting what its founder, Michael Hess, has committed his life to doing: rescuing Nepali children from deplorable living conditions and giving them a chance to grow up with an education and health care. Along with these basic rights, the children experience a happier childhood, a safer environment, three meals a day, a bed to sleep in, and suitable clothing. Such ordinary expectations for children, but not so ordinary in the lives of many Nepali children.
Nepal Orphans Home attends to the welfare of children in Nepal who are orphaned, abandoned, or not supported by their parents. NOH provides for the children’s basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing, as well as schooling and health care, and administers to their emotional needs with love and compassion, allowing them to grow up in a nurturing environment. Our mission is not just to rescue children from abject poverty, but to enable the children to develop and realize their potentials.
Michael Hess found the orphanage in March 2005. This is the story of his discovery.
One fateful day many months ago I walked over the crest of a hill that I had found myself gazing upon nightly from my balcony. The crest was only a mile away, a 20-minute uphill walk. With each step I was leaving the hustle and noise of Kathmandu farther behind and entering a world of relaxed harmony, a quiet and serene landscape of individual small homes with gardens, and more chickens and goats than pedestrians, on the rocky dirt road snaking towards the top. There was a powerful energy of goodwill emanating from the smiles of every person I would pass.
A friend of mine had found an orphanage another mile distant that she said needed some help, and she was anxious to take me there.
As we hiked I felt a tremendous sense of clarity, an awareness that I was in a moment of divine intervention; an unaccountable, quiet excitement started coursing through me that suggested something pretty remarkable was taking place in my life.
When we reached a miserable, abandoned-looking little house I couldn’t imagine anyone living there. “This is it,” my friend offered, and I was sure she was joking. It was still—not a sign of life in the midday heat—and so small. “Namaste!” my friend called out, and in moments we were engulfed by the kind and cheerful residents, some eager, some shy, as they poured out of the house led by “puppy,” the small house mascot and protector. The spirit that came like a cloud around us was thick with love.
It seemed like a reunion had taken place when several hours later I waved goodbye. I felt that all of my life's work was in preparing me for this moment, and I am ready.
The Chelsea Education Center
The Chelsea Education Center (CEC) is beginning its second year of vocational training. Classes currently include motorcycle repair, shoemaking, music, computer software, computer hardware, tailoring, hair styling, and mobile phone repair. More than half of our children are strengthening and extending their math and computer programming skills using the Khan Academy program. The center also offers workshops in a variety of life skills such as decision-making, organization, public speaking, and managing expenses. Many thanks to Glenn Detrick for spearheading and guiding this significant project in memory of his daughter Chelsea.