Sunday, December 23, 2007

And Sandeep Makes 20!

Dinesh and I met Sandeep earlier this year when he was living in a tailor's shop with a woman and her four daughters. The woman had been asked by Sandeep's grandmother to look after him and try to find him a home in Pokhara because his parents had passed away.

When we met Sandeep he was still an infant and would've required a didi's full attention, which was something that we could not afford. As a compromise, Dinesh brought money to the woman to pay for Sandeep's share of food until he became more independent, walking, toilet-trained, etc.

Well, yesterday was the big day, and Sandeep's grandmother came from her village with some neighbors to escort Sandeep to Sam's House.

He already has charmed the staff by saluting Dinesh every time he walks by. And according to Dinesh, Sandeep's has taken a special liking to Tara and follows her around the house. He is still developing his language but he seems to understand when being spoken to. I imagine Rina will enjoy having a playmate for when the other children go to school.

Sandeep and his grandmother.

Sandeep with his grandmother and women from his neighborhood.

Sandeep with Tara.

Sandeep makes twenty children in the house which means full capacity at the inn. It will be difficult to maintain this number, but we haven't extra beds and the social welfare council has told Dinesh we cannot take more than twenty, even if we could afford it.

So this means we might start looking to find a larger domicile or trying to find creative ways to expand.

Thank you for all your support. Because of your generosity we surpassed our initial plan to have fifteen children this year. And because of you, we were able to support twenty without any sacrifice of care and provisions to the children.

Two days before Christmas, this seems a fitting way to mark the holiday--with a home full of smiling, healthy children, safe and secure and having fun, being loved, and having a chance to grow and thrive.

On behalf of Dinesh, the staff and all the Sam's House children, all our love to you.

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!


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