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...