Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Brief Update with Parachutes!

We received a brief update from Dinesh the other day. The children were enjoying a four day break from school after second term exams.

To celebrate, the older children and the house mothers went to the movies and had a fantastic time. Due to their smallness and lack of cinema house attention span, the five littlest (Dipika, Ganga, Jamuna, Sandeep and Rina) stayed at home. Probably a good call.

Earlier in the week, three British students who were volunteering at a local school visited the house. They brought music and a parachute to play with. And everyone had an outstanding time.

Alas, this play time could not last forever. The new school term started this week.

British students leading the children in a game.

Mina, Maya, Kiran and Ritika

Mina and Sarita

Friday, January 07, 2011

Dherai Dhanyabaad! Fundraiser in 2010

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 2010 we were most fortunate to have the following people spreading the news about Sam's House...

January 2010

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

March 2010

- Also for a second year, the Heidt family produce stand sells veggies for Sam's House in Cumming, Georgia

April 2010

- The Sam's House yard sale in Morris, MN raises a record $4,200. Much thanks all around to neighbors, friends, colleagues and family.

June 2010

- Liz Deegan's Brownie troop in University Heights, OH hosts a yard sale for Sam's House.

July 2010

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

August 2010

- The 5th annual Sam's House Fabulous Family Friday breaks its own attendance and fundraising record.

- An intrepid and foolhardy group of runners jog all night in the Great River Ragnar to raise money for Sam's House.

- Morris Kiwanis sell snow cones for Sam's House at the Stevens County fair.

September 2010

- Maxine Weir and her Circle of Friends in Cleveland, OH host a dinner party in honor of Sam's House.

October 2010

- Oanh Ho runs her first race, which happens to be the Chicago Marathon! She ran for the challenge and she also ran for Sam's House.

- Gabriella and Karen Orellana host a yard sale in Suwanee, GA for Sam's House.

When people ask about Sam's House, we take just as much pride in the children as we do in saying that we have the most incredible array of dedicated supporters anyone could imagine. It is overwhelming to think of all the kind actions (thoughts, words, etc.) people have taken on behalf of the Sam's House children half a world away. We, they, all of us are grateful.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2011.

School Results (Fall 2010)

The latest exam results from Gorkha English Boarding School show that the Sam's House gang continues to do very well with their studies.

Dipa, Bibek and Jamuna earned first position in their grades. Ritika placed second in UKG, while Ganga had the third highest exam in nursery.

Overall, 17 Sam's House children earned "distinction" for their marks, while the rest were in "first position." Nobody failed. Another solid term altogether.

Special thanks to Shiva, our tutor, the didis, and also to you who support Sam's House and make this very important education available to the children. They are making the most of the opportunity.