Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sangita Earns Highest Marks

You may recall that Sam's House admitted an older girl who needed educational support to continue through college.  Despite being an excellent student in high school, Sangita needed a scholarship to attend college.  She now attends the Kanya Campus college in Pokhara while devoting spare time to helping the younger children with their studies.

For her first year of college, Sangita earned the highest marks in her class on her final exams.

GEBS Education Fair

Gorkha English Boarding school recently organized an education fair, featuring booths and presentations by all the students, including many from Sam's House.  Dinesh writes that Sam's House gang performed admirably.

 Bishal at the "Calculator Game"

 Pratima and "Multiplication Tricks" and "Fractions"

 Mina explains the functions of food.
 Maya discussing food for young children.

 Mamata with an HIV/AIDS poster

 Sharmila mugging for the camera at the cultural dress booth.

 Babit with what appears to be a periscope.
 Amrit at the electricity booth featuring a list of electricity innovators.

Sabita... Table Tennis Champion!

The older children at Sam's House recently took part in a sporting competition sponsored by the National Private and Boarding School Association of Nepal  The children represented their own school: Gorkha English Boarding School.

Six children competed and Sabita won the table tennis event.  Overall Gorkha English finished third.
 Sabita with her teachers from Gorkha English and a fellow student.
 Sabita after her victory.

 Sabita receives her award.
 Posing for a picture with the tournament director.

 Sabita and her fan club from Sam's House: Dhiraj, Babit (bearing the Gorkha English flag), Mina, Amrit, Sarita and Maya.
Sabita with her trophy and certificate

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tennessee Ragnar for Sam's House

Last weekend, 12 runners loped up back roads from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Nashville in a 196-mile race known as a Ragnar Relay.  Each of the team members raised money for Sam's House, which as of our latest tally, equaled $4,491, enough for six weeks of operating costs.  In other words, six weeks of food, shelter, clothing, education, and love for 27 children.  Thank you so so much, runner and donors alike!

 The 2012 Tennessee Ragnar team (across back, left to right): Carter Beach, Michael Eble, Chris Butler, Brook Miller, John Butler, Tom Lundin, Julie Lundin, and Jim McPhillips. (In front, left to right): Katie Bergman, Jennifer Forshey, Jennifer Rothchild, and Elizabeth Butler

Collectively, the runners have many people to thank for their support of the race, including:

Patrick Bensi
Beth Bergman
James Bird
Jayne Blodgett
Brenda Boever
Sylke Boyd
Sheila Brennan and Ian Bird
John and Julie Buchta
Carole Butler
Skipweth and Linda Calvert
Janet Cowart
Jeffrey and Elizabeth Dickson
Connie Eble
Stephen Feid
Colin Finan
Joseph Findar
Jack Goldsmith
Sara Green
Kenneth and Patricia Harper
Seth Herring
Edward Hopkins
Daniel Kalick
John and Linda Kolaya
Chantal Lalonde
Stephanie Landes
Andrew and Barbara Lihani
Bill and Pat Lundin
Elena Machkasova
Yasmina Madden
Jason and Megan Maher
Jimmy and Anji Marinella
Audrey and Roger Mark
Byron Marshall
Colleen Maschal
Ann McClellan
Mary E. McClellan
Craig Miller
Sandra Miller
Brian Moran
David and Kristin Movius
Kimberly Mysers
Anne and Steve Noonan
Brad and Pam Perkins
Ruth and Irwin Rothchlid
Joyce Rothchild
Sarah Russell
Laura and Chris Skinner
Kari Smalkoski
Elizabeth Snyder
Susan Torzilli
Rebecca Vincent
Karen Walker
Heather Waye and Peter Dolan
Judith Webb

A big Sandeep smooch for all of you...

This was our second Ragnar in support of Sam's House, and by all reports the team had a wonderful time.  We're always looking for more runners...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New Girls' Home Inauguration

Last weekend, Sam's House opened its new girls' home in Pokhara.  The six oldest girls at Sam's House will move in at the end of the current holiday season.  The home is the result of a lot of foresight, planning and work on behalf of Dinesh, the Sam's House staff and its trustees.

The new home will provide the girls with the opportunity to develop independent living skills they will need for life after Sam's House.  Now, in addition to their schoolwork, they will take a more active role in daily upkeep of the home, cooking, cleaning, and learning how to budget for a household income.

The new home is located 200 yards behind Gorhka English Boarding School, so the girls will have a nice short walk in the mornings.  They will live with one house mother at a time.  The individual didis will take one month rotations in the house so that the girls maintain their relationships with the house.

We'd like to offer special gratitude to the Bergman Family who is graciously providing the operating funds for the new home this year in memory of their wife and mother, Helen Bergman.

 Amrit and Mamata scan the books on the new bookshelf.

 The boys inspect one of the bedrooms.

 Shiva, the dance teacher, joined the celebration and toured the new home.

 Mamata, Sarita, Sabita and Mina have a laugh in the mother's room.

 As always, snacks were served.

 Mamata sits with the new computer in the girls' home.

 Maya cuts the ribbon on the new home.

 Mina lights some candles before entering for good luck.

 The whole SH gang at the inauguration.

 The six residents of the new girls' home (clockwise from left): Mina, Mamata, Sabita, Maya, Sarita, and Chija.

A few of the Nepali trustees were on hand (from left): Ekdev Devkota, Pradip Regmi, and Maj. Chaundra Bahadur Pun.

Monday, October 22, 2012

New Girls' House

We are very proud to announce the opening of the new girls' home in Pokhara.  The seven oldest girls will move into this house after the holiday season in Nepal (Oct-Nov) so that they may begin acquiring independent living skills that they will need after high school.

The opening of the home marks the end of a lot of planning and work by Dinesh and the Nepalese board of trustees who looked far and wide to find an appropriate home.  They were very successful.  The new girls' home sits just behind their school, less than 200 yards away.  The girls will live in the new home with one house mother and a tutor will come every day to assist with their school work.

The girls' home is our solution to a problem that many children's homes face in Nepal: how to prepare the children for life after Sam's House.  We're very happy but grateful moreso for your incredible support over the past eight years.  You are making a difference.

We also want to give special thanks to The Robert and Helen Bergman Family Fund of Bethesda, Maryland who is supporting all the operating costs for the new girls' home in its inaugural year.

 One of the bedrooms.  The bunk beds should look familiar.  Dinesh enlisted the same carpenter.

 Dining table.

 The new home from the street.  The girls live on the second and third floors.  The landlord--a retired school teacher--lives with his wife on the first floor.

 The kitchen stocked with all the necessary wares.

The sitting room. I presume a television will soon be placed in the room.

Dashain Clothes

It is holiday season in Nepal, which includes the 15-day festival of Dashain.  The children at Sam's House, thanks to your support, receive a new set of clothing as part of the celebration.  It's an eagerly awaited holiday!


A recent volunteer at Sam's House had training as a dancer and acrobat.  She taught the children a few tricks...