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.


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