Sunday, December 20, 2009

Raamro Manchheharu! 2009 Fundraisers

Again this year we have so many people to thank for their support of Sam's House. It is both humbling and gratifying to take stock of all the special people who give their time, effort and money to making a difference in the lives of the Sam's House children.

In 2009 we were most fortunate to have the following people spreading the news about Sam's House...

January 2009

- Students at Our Lady of the Assumption in Atlanta, Georgia, runs a penny drive for Sam's House.

- Kathleen Gregor's book club in Marietta, Georgia, sponsors Sam's House as its annual charity.

April 2009

- Lutheran Church of the Resurrection (Marietta, GA) holds its annual Easter breakfast for Sam's House.

- Fourth annual Sam's House yard sale in Morris, MN.

May 2009

- Abby Schonhoft's first birthday party collects donations for Sam's House in New York, New York.

June 2009

- Liz Deegan and her Brownie Troop hold a Sam's House yard sale and raffle in University Heights, Ohio.

- Janey Elliot collects donations for Sam's House at her birthday party in Wyoming, Ohio.

July 2009

- In Morris, MN, the Marv Meyer Prairie Pioneer Days Race, organized by Jen Lund, donates proceeds to Sam's House.

- The third annual Sam's House Fabulous Friday Fundraiser in Bay Village, Ohio.

- The Heidt family produce stand sells veggies for Sam's House in Cumming, Georgia.

- Taylor, Tommy, Madeline and Evelyn Lundin hold a lemonade stand for Sam's House in Canton, Ohio.

October 2009

- In Cleveland, Ohio, Kerry and Erich Feierabend donate to Sam's House in honor of their wedding guests.

- Jean McDermott runs the Twin Cities marathon in support of Sam's House.

- Michaela Widmer takes part in a flea market near Geneva, Switzerland in support of Sam's House.

- In Atlanta, Georgia, Abby Senay celebrates her tenth birthday by collecting donations for Sam's House.

For each and everyone of you who have chosen to support Sam's House and make a difference in the life of a child, we offer you a big thank you from Sandeep...

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Ritika, Dipa and Bibek!

Three more children have been admitted to Sam's House. Dinesh sent photos and stories yesterday (with some interesting comments about house dynamics)...

"We have finally admitted three new children in the SH. The children are very excited to have them in the hosue. It was interesting to see that some younger children Sandeep, Ganga and Jamuna looked a bit disappointed. Rina had acted the same when Sandeep first came.

Ritika is from Rivan V.D.C. Kaski district. She was abandoned by her both parents so she was living with her old grandmother. She had been going to the school in the village, but it looks as if she wasn't learning anything as there was noone to guide her at home. She arrived in SH five days ago. She is getting along with other children very well. She has now started learning alphabets and numbers. We are hoping that she will get admission in upper kindergarten.

Dipa is 4 years old (she was with her 18 months old sister in the previous photo from our field visit) from Tilahar V.D.C., Parbat district. She was abandoned by her father and her mother lives with her grandfather in the village. She hasn't started school yet. She is nice and shy girl. We were surprised to learn that she is somehow related to Mina, Sharan and Rina. Mina immediately recognized her when she arrived. So, Dipa feels comfortable in her new house. She arrived today.

Bibek was found on the street of Pokhara by the police about two weeks ago. He was then handed over to the CWIN, Pokhara ( Then, the CWIN published public notices on newspapers and local radios about him, but no one came to claim him so we brought him to the SH today. He is very sweet and smart boy. He is about 4 years old. He looked very happy and got along with everyone from the first day.

We are planning to admit two more children within six months. One is Dipika, Dipa's sister who is now only 18 months old. We will bring her when she becomes two years old. Another is Sarita's sister who is living in somebody's house (as a working children) in the village. We are planning to visit her in January and possibly bring her at the same time."

So that's the latest update. Thank you to all our supporters who make this possible!