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Despite the incredibly tough conditions post earthquake that still exist in Nepal it has been a really progressive year for Indreni and the children that we provide care and education for.
I've attached a number of photos of the new house we're building which is nearly finished. Note the bamboo scaffolding - health and safety has a different meaning over there! We received great news in July of a substantial donation from our partner Swiss charity to help build a second home. This is a very significant development for a small charity like ours and indicative of the great work of Ram Hari and his team on the ground in Kathmandu. This new building will provide us with all the accommodation requirements we currently need and then some and will also give much needed extra office space. Building of the second is due to start shortly so providing help with this could be a big part of our trip in February 2017.
The really good thing about this is it means all the children and staff will be based in the one location as both houses will be right beside each other and nearer again to the school thus making a huge difference to the quality of life of the children and greatly increase operational efficiency. Most importantly both houses when finished will be earthquake proofed. Once completed a major running cost will be removed in the rent we have to pay. This is another very big step towards one of our major goals which is making Indreni as self sustainable as possible.
The Simthali mountain village school rebuilding project has been seriously hampered by both weather conditions and also fuel shortage from the border dispute with India. However good progress is being made as you can see from the photos with one building complete. All going well the second will be finished before the really cold weather arrives. The photos give us an insight into life for the kids in the yet unfinished part of the school.
The Indreni vegetable farm had it's most productive year to date this year with the added help of the children and is producing excess food that can be sold as a extra revenue stream for the running of the homes.
We also provide support to a special needs project in Kathmandu. The money we provided has been invested in finishing the purpose built home and therapy centre for the children.This is a project we are keen to provide additional support for. For further details please check out http://www.ourbetterworld.org/story/place-they-can-call-home
We have successfully completed the building of the kindergarten as part of the Shwet Barahi school in Kathmandu. The school is now at full capacity with 350 students with an ever increasing reputation for a high standard of education in the local community.
Our three eldest children, Rabin, Gelu and Swasthani have all successfully moved out of the home and are attending University. Rabin, who was the first child taken in by Indreni nearly 10 years ago is also teaching Maths part time in the Shwet Barahi School. He also goes to the home twice each week to help the younger children with their studies. Three more of our kids will start third level next year with two doing hotel management and one doing social studies. That means all 6 of our eldest children have done well enough to get into third level. While it is possibly unrealistic to expect all 50 of the children we provide full care for to achieve this, it is an incredible success rate nonetheless given where they have come from and a great reflection on the phenomenal work of our staff on the ground in Kathmandu.
While Nepal is our primary focus, in March we also made a substantial donation to a school in remote Tanzania near the Ngorongoro Crater in Africa. This was a request from our German charity partner Sahayata who have taken it on as an extra project in tandem with our work in Nepal.
The 5k donation for the rebuilding and solar panel projection in Rowaling (remote Sherpa village near Tibetan border) has been used to great effect. Our involvement in this project about as a result of a family from Ireland spending a week helping build the new home this time last year and on their return flight meeting two very famous Nepalese mountaineers who were visiting Ireland to raise awareness for their village that was almost completely destroyed. The rebuilding of the homes post earthquake is almost complete and the solar panels are making a huge difference to their quality of life.
www.FriendsofIndreni.org our partner US charity is doing great additional work to what we do in Nepal with great projects both in Costa Rica and Peru. For further info please check out the website.