Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tihar 2009

The holiday season in Nepal has wound down with the close of October and the celebration of Tihar, which is an annual five day series of worship with the final day, Bhai Tika, dedicated to honoring the relationship between brothers and sisters.

The previous days are celebrated in various ways, including deusi and bhailo, which is similar to caroling... On one day the girls sing bhailo and on the other the boys sing deusi. Traditionally, at the end of the song, the woman of the house will serve food or hand out money. The children then offer their blessing to the house.

Prema and Asuna preparing puja.

The boys after puja.

Mamata waiting for the ceremony to begin.

Maya giving tika to Amrit.

Mamata and Sarita

Saran receiving tika.

Amrit after blessing.

Sandeep after being worshipped by his sisters.

Prema giving tika to Phil, a current volunteer.

Girls singing bhailo.


Help from Switzerland

One of our original volunteers, Michaela Widmer from Switzerland, who came to visit in fall 2007, opened a stand at a local flea market with the proceeds donated to Sam's House.

Thank you, Michaela!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Summer School Results

Dinesh has shared the children's marks from the summer term of school. They were preparing for exams just before I left in late June. As usual, and all credit to the children and Miss Laxmi and to you, they did very well again.

Rina took second position in lower kindergarten.

Saran and Kiran were first and second in upper kindergarten. I believe that was Saran's third term in a row in first position.

Sarita was first in class 2--her third time in first position. Hard to imagine that before Sam's House, Sarita, like many of our other children, was barely going to school at all.

Mina, Maya, Babit and Dhiraj got first division in their marks (80% or better), the rest of the children earned "distinction" (between 75-79%).

You continue to make great things happen and possible for these children. Thank you, thank you, thank you...