Sunday, April 17, 2011

Final Grades for the 2067 School Year

From Dinesh:

"I am very happy to share this good news with you that our children did excellent in their final exams being top 3 positions.

Here are the results:

Class Five
Maya: 82.11% - 2nd position

Class Four
Sabita: 85.12% - 3rd position

Class Three
Kiran: 97.54% - 2nd position
Pratima: 96.88% - 3rd Position

(I remember seeing these Kiran and Pratima sitting in the back row of their upper kindergarten class looking, shall we say, less than studious. Proved us wrong.)

Upper Kindergarten
Dipa: 99.60% - 1st Position
Rina: 99.00% - 2nd Position
Ritika: 98.90% - 3rd Position

Lower Kindergarten
Bibek: 99.92% - 1st Position

Jamuna: 98.76% - 1st Position
Ganga: 97.93% - 3rd Position

Mina and Sarita had skipped a grade last year, but they have also done an excellent job. Mina came in 4th position in class 6 and Sarita in 8th position in class 4."

The Sam's House academic powerhouse rolls along... thank you.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Summertime and the Livin's Easy...

April is summer vacation between school terms in Nepal. The children love it, as all kids do, but it can be a particular challenge to the didis, suddenly having 25 energetic bodies running around the house all day. Fortunately, Dinesh has planned a long slate of activities for the month, including tennis instruction, art lessons, and music lessons. There's also time for haircuts.

Babit, Amrit and the music teacher.

Dhiraj on the keyboard.


Mina, Sabita, and Maya on guitar.

As you may recall, Ranjit, our old landlord, used to give tennis lessons at the house, which the children loved. After Ranjit moved to London, Dinesh found another local instructor to continue teaching. The rackets and tennis balls were donated by Ranjit and Dinesh Shrestha, one of our Nepali board members.

Sabita with nice follow-through.

Rekha works on a serious-looking Rina.

Manju's turn.

Sarita as the finished product.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Kiran in the Talent Show

So the Sam's House gang is on summer vacation for school, but Kiran was busy this week in Kathmandu competing in a national talent show specifically for young people living in children's homes.

Kiran advanced to the national show from a qualifying competition in Pokhara (she and Mina were the Sam's House entries). Ramila accompanied Kiran to Kathmandu last week for five days of rehearsals (there were some group numbers) and to learn a new dance for the competition. It was a big week as Kiran had never been to Kathmandu before and it was her longest time away from the house since she arrived three years ago. She got a little homesick: when Kiran called Sam's House she became emotional talking to her siblings back in Pokhara, who all wished her well.

And well she did. Kiran didn't win the competition, but by all reports performed wonderfully and represented the house with style. We're so proud of her as you should be too, dear supporter, because it is your contributions that make these opportunities available to the Sam's House gang. Opportunities like dance competitions that once upon a time, they could not have imagined taking part in, but now, because of you, they are reality and will become special memories for the future.

Kiran's performance (video)

Event poster. Very formal.

Ramila helping Kiran dress before the show.

Kiran warming up before the show.

Kiran awaiting the announcement of the winners.

All the competitors with the panel of celebrity judges. That's Kiran to the left.