Sunday, April 13, 2008

Morris Yard Sale, 2008 Edition

Sleet nor rain nor ten inches of heavy, wet snow can dampen the annual Sam's House yard sale in Morris.

Despite an April snowstorm and temperatures just above freezing, the yard sale raised $2,081 (revised figure) for Sam's House, a total that will support the children's home for almost a month. That's food, clothes, shelter, and school for twenty children plus livelihood for four didis and our tutor.

We have many, many people to thank for their contributions of time, sale items, publicity and general good person-ness.

Carole Butler
Jen and Mike Cihak
Adele and Jim Cotter
Karen Cusey
Pilar and Michael Eble
Becca Gercken
Margaret Giles
Jen and Troy Goodnough
Skip Hesse
Brittany Jablonsky
Jo Johnson
Rebecca and Jamey Jones
Jillian Hiscock
Brittany Kill
Chrissy Kolaya and Brook Miller
Pareena and Todd Lawrence
Jen and Chris Lund
Argie and Lisa Manolis
Anne and Steve Noonan
Carol and Larry Perkins
Pam and Brad Perkins
Heather Peters and Kevin Stefanek
Ruth Rothchild
Jan and Owen Sammelson
Jeanne Sammelson and Peter Lund
Ray Schultz and Roger Wareham
Jennifer and Tamler Sommers
Cheryl and Dennis Stewart
Ben Toll
Timna and Peter Wyckoff

Thank you, thank you, thank you...

On Friday, the sales team looked nervous. The tension was palpable.

Early Saturday morning, temperatures just above freezing, the weather threatened to keep people away...

... and still they came. Thank goodness.

The cashier's table.

The 2008 team.


Friday, April 11, 2008

Nepal Elections

We would be remiss if we did not mention that Wednesday was an historic day in Nepal as they held elections to re-write the constitution, elect a new constituent assembly, and formally abolish the 240-year-old monarchy.

At Sam's House, the didis took turns going to the voting booth so they could each participate in this momentous day.

Here are a few articles:




VOA (with some audio)

Many Nepalis still harbor doubts about what the election will accomplish, remembering the level of hardship and bloodshed that preceded this day. There is still a large amount of skepticism between the Maoists and other political parties, but everyone hopes for the best.


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Exam Results

The children took their final exams a few weeks ago and the results came in last week. Several Sam's House children did very well, placing in the top three of their respective classes.

For the second term in a row, Sarita was the top student in class LKG.

Saran and Santosh placed 2 and 3 in the nursery class.

Mina came in first in UKG while Sabita was third.

And Maya placed third in class 1.

All in all, the children did extremely well and much of that credit goes to our tutor, Ms. Laxmi, for all her excellent work.

And much of that credit goes to you who enable these children to go to such a fine school. As you may recall, many of our children did not attend school (or attend school regularly) prior to Sam's House. Because of your generosity and support, they are receiving an excellent education and a better chance to succeed and contribute in the future. Thank you.

Now it is summer break for school. Look out world: Rina starts nursery school in two weeks!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

For More Updates...

For more updates I want to encourage you to visit Gordon and KC's blog and their photo page. They've been at Sam's House since January and will stay through the end of April. We appreciate their incredible help and generosity--and willingness to share their pictures!

A quick word on the radio visit. One of our Nepali trustees owns a local radio station (Pokhara FM--95.8 on your Nepalese FM dial.) and they have a weekly children's show. Four Sam's House children (Maya, Mina, Babit and Dhiraj) were invited on the air to tell jokes and stories. We don't have a tape of the show (yet) but Dinesh and Gordon report that it was a great success.

You'll also see the children recently celebrated Holi, perhaps the most fun holiday of the year involving water balloons, squirt guns and colored powder. What's not to like?