An Inside Look at Nepal Orphans Home

In and Around Our Homes:

Support for a Child:

When children arrive at Papa’s House, NOH commits to providing for their shelter, nutrition, education, and health care until they reach adulthood and are ready to live independently in Nepali society.

Nepal Orphans Home currently supports 62 children in two homes for children Class 10 and under, plus an additional home for college children. Donations help make it possible to provide housing, food, clothing, education and medical care in a secure and loving environment.  The average cost per child per year is $2,100.

Support for Education:

Of paramount importance is providing our children with good education. Papa’s House children attend the Skylark English School through grade 10. Skylark English School is a local private school with 650 hundred students.  Upon completing grade 10, students take a Secondary Education Examination (SEE), and after passing it, they may enroll in Plus 2 (grades 11 and 12). After successfully finishing Plus 2, students may advance to undergraduate programs at the university level. 

Nepal Orphans Home in 2018 has 62 of its children enrolled at Skylark English School, a local English medium school in grades Classes K-10. Including tuition, uniforms, books, and other necessary educational supplies, the approximate school cost per child in the 2018-2019 session is $300. 

For the past nine years we have provided scholarships for impoverished local children to attend the Skylark English School. The number changes year to year. During the current school year we have 37 children whose school fees we support.  The cost per child is $300. 

The Chelsea Education and Community Center has opened its doors to earnest local high school students primarily in Math where our reputation for excellence in Math Teaching is well known. The students attend two-hour sessions six days a week. Scholarships for one deserving student cost $40 per month.

 

Professionals in all fields come to the Chelsea Center for two-hour workshops every Friday afternoon, exposing our students to different careers, self-improvement and empowerment, and public speaking, to name a few.  A donation of $30 would cover two workshops per month.

 

Saturday experiential learning excursions for NOH children have become a regular occurrence. Each Saturday 2-5 mentors take a group of children into Kathmandu to attend, as an example, Farmers Markets. The children learn which bus to flag, how to pay the fee, where to get off. They speak with vendors about their products and their business strategies, they learn to negotiate price and buy products, and they return home, once again acting independently under the watchful eye of the mentor. Trip costs vary, but might run $35 for one Saturday’s outing.

"Bridge" courses help students solidify writing and study skills and extend background knowledge required for specific areas of study.  Successful completion of these useful courses may also help students become eligible for scholarships. Students applying to science programs and those planning to study outside of Nepal are required to take these.  The cost of the average bridge course is $200. 

 

Intensive language courses are a visa requirement for students wishing to attend college in another country. The cost of the average language course is $200. 

There are currently 57 NOH young adults enrolled beyond Class 10. The numbers increase each year with 18 students who in April of 2019 begin college, bringing to 75 the number in college and University.  Currently, there are 35 in college (Classes 11 and 12) College level study is for two years and, depending upon the students' area of interest (generally Business, Science, Social Work, or Tourism Management), these college fees range between $400 and $700 per year

The other 22 students are enrolled in university study (four years of study following graduation from Class 12). Study at the university level becomes even more specialized and current University fees per student average $1,500 per year. 

Support for a Family:


Yamuna, Alina, Namuna, Shruti, and Kriti

NOH has also been supporting the education of five sisters, extraordinary young women from a remote mountainous region. Their father teaches math and has instilled in his daughters a love of education and belief in themselves. The father’s meager income supports his wife’s costly health care, as well as that of his mother.

The girls currently share a single windowless room 8’ by 12’, with one community-shared toilet and an outside water tap for bathing. They are focused on their education, helping each other with homework and chores. The eldest daughter, Shruti, 23, who has graduated university with a degree in Electrical Engineering, is the only female electrical engineer employed by the Nepal Electric Association. She studies at night, at home for her Master’s in Electrical Engineering. Her income covers rent and food for the family. The youngest daughter, Alina, 13, has ongoing health care costs associated with Turner’s syndrome, and yet is a star student who last summer won an invitational debate against students through class 12.

The girls are optimistic, appreciative, very hard-working, and never complaining. They all have won scholarships at some of the best Kathmandu schools, but their share for fees alone average between $450 to $1000 per year for each of them. Any donation amount to help cover their education costs would be much appreciated.

Support for Outreach Programs:

In addition to the care of the Nepal Orphans Home (NOH) children, our organization supports many other projects. Some of these projects are described briefly below.

Kanti Children’s Hospital:  This is our fourth year of supporting terminally ill children in the cancer ward. Fresh fruit and food treats are supplied twice a week and birthdays of the children are celebrated, complete with birthday cake, candles, presents, balloons and sweets. Support (generally for pain medications) is provided for poor families who cannot afford the medical costs. We are hoping to create a “Make A Wish”-type program for these well-deserving children. The average wish may run up to $500. Our monthly support minus medicine, which is not constant, runs $200.

Gholdunga Blind Children’s Home: We have been supporting the visually impaired children of Gholdunga for over four years.  Our support includes staff salaries, clothing, supplies, braille textbooks, food, and mentoring.  Our monthly support is $400.  

Answering the Call When Needed: When NOH learned of a remote village having run out of rice and other staples and surviving on nettle soup we responded with a delivery of rice, dhal, oil, flour, and salt enough for 24 families to last one month costing $450.


The good folks of Brushwang Village arriving where the road ends to receive their food

Scholarships at Skylark School (grades 1–10): Ongoing for nine years, we continue to pay all of the school-related fees for 17 local children. The number of children changes annually. The cost per child is $300.

Adult Women’s Education: Now in our third year, more than 250 local adult women attend free daily classes in Math, Computer, English and Nepali at our Chelsea Education and Community Center. The classes are offered year-round. Monthly teacher salaries for CECC classes run $2,480.

Comprehensive Math and Computer Lessons: Classes are offered for 55 NOH children daily in order to supplement and support their school instruction. This is part of the overall teacher compensation of $2,480 per month.

When No One Else Will Help: Local families in need are frequently brought to our attention. While we try to provide temporary support to see a family through a particular crisis, occasionally we offer support over a longer term. NOH gives one family enough funds to cover the costs of education for two of its children in addition to life sustaining medicine for the father’s illness. Another family receives money to pay for food and other household needs for the crippled mother and her three young children. We have covered the cost for medical emergencies and even a kidney transplant. In addition we have provided the boarding fees of a young blind student at college for the past 3 years. Currently this local charity averages $250 per month.

Dhumrikhaka: In our seventh year of offering a nutritional hot lunch program at this school and paying a teacher’s salary, we are funding the construction of a new school following the devastation in last year’s earthquake. The contract for the school is $50,000. The school is well under way. We also plan to implement and support a critically-needed water engineering project within the next year. The engineering quote for this project is $15,000.


View of the early stage of the cliffside school; Some children during exercise class

Bigu Monastery, in a Remote Himalayan Village: Home to nearly 100 Buddhist nuns of all ages, we have been supporting teacher salaries for the past six years. We have invested in the support of the nuns and their relocation after the earthquake, until recently when a team of them returned to Bigu to begin putting their Monastery back together again. We also provide educational support for children on an as-requested basis. The reconstruction of Bigu will be a massive project and done as funds become available to them. There are a few NGO’s supporting this to the best of their abilities.


All that remained after the earthquake out of many buildings, this one not salvageable

New Children: Ongoing for the past 13 years, we are requested by authorities in different regions of Nepal to take new children into our homes. After careful vetting we do so.  The average cost per child per year is $1,400.


Anything you can give will have an enormous impact on our ability to help these kids. 

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