Help me keep an orphanage running

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Raised by 33 people in 25 months
On a trip to Nepal three years ago, I had the fortune of spending time with 16 magnificent little souls at an orphanage near Kathmandu- The Nepal Destitute Children Home in Godawari.  This was all thanks to a dear friend from Spain, Ruth, who invited me to help her create profiles of the children in English.  These profiles would be shared with families interested in sponsoring and/or adopting the children.  
Ruth and some of our new little friends 

In the days that we spent with the children we discovered an amazing family with very strong bonds. They shared a kind of love and respect that is not easy to find just anywhere.  These kids were very special and full of love.  While we interviewed them, we noticed the older kids embraced the little ones as they told us about their dreams of one day becoming a Doctor, an Engineer, and a Teacher.  They said they wanted to help Nepal develop more and come out of poverty.  They were so intelligent, so well behaved, and so kind that it was hard to believe that these kids had gone through any hardship in their recent past.
Simon helps Bikash with his new animal hat as he checks out his new cricket pad (toys we brought to them as gifts)

They quickly made us feel like we were part of their family.  The only struggle that was evident to us was their yearning for love from the outside world.  They clung on to us as they asked if we were coming back to see them the following day.  They hadn't had any visitors for two years before our arrival.  
As we walked around the house we noticed there weren't any toys, any games, any play balls, any bicycles in the yard, or any other things that children should have...  There is only one NGO in Spain that offers them financial support to maintain the orphanage home, their education, and their medical expenses.  Unfortunately the NGO has lost some of the sponsors due to the troubled Spanish economy.  The orphanage is in desperate need to find new money sources to continue to support the children.  The Director tells me that there are at least 15 other children waiting in line to get into the orphanage but they can't afford to take them. 
The orphanage house

It only takes $3,500 to keep this orphanage up and running for one year!  This keeps the house running, the kids fed, clothed, and schooled!   
These kids touched my heart and I promised them that I would find a way to offer my support.  I want to help them because I believe in these children and their potential to someday grow up to be good citizens and contribute in really great ways to make Nepal a better place.  I want to make sure that while they grow up and get an education, that their basic needs are all met.  They deserve to have good and healthy lives.   
The group poses for a photo

To give you some background on the difficult situation in Nepal, the country suffers from chronic  power shortages; which have increased in certain areas after the earthquake.  The country is still recovering and reconstructing.  The difficult situation is exacerbated by the lack of fuel and elevated food prices; which are some of the direct effects from the past Nepal-India political issues.  Disagreements between the government and the Madheshi (a large ethnic group of Indian descent) have resulted in a reduction of economic activities such as the import of fuel, medicine and food grains.  A lot of protests and blockades were taking place while I was there.  All of these issues, besides many others that Nepal has, affect the orphanage. 
Having lunch in the yard

Anything you can give is good and greatly appreciated.    Rest assured that any money you give is going to a very good place.  THANK YOU in advance for your consideration and your support!
I hope to go to Nepal soon to visit the children.  Any donor is welcome to accompany me on this trip.  It would be great for you to meet these amazing children and see how your donations do make a difference!  

Bikash, the youngest kid in the orphanage likes smiling for the camera. 

visiting the local temple with my new brothers

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Here is the sweetest group of kids celebrating Father's Day for their father Basanta (or Director) of the orphanage. How sweet!
the kids with Basanta, their loyal angel
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Getting closer to reaching my goal, thanks to everyone that has supported me by donating or sharing this in their social networks. Very grateful to all of you!
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To give you an idea of how your donation helps support the Godawari children's home:

If you donate US$219 you have covered the annual school admission fee for all the children.

If you donate US$40 will pay for the meals and snacks at school for one month for all the children.

If you donate US$410 you will pay all the meals and nutritional needs at home for one month for all the children.

If you donate US$11 you will pay for access to the internet for one month.

If you donate US$150 you will pay for the college tuition and transport expenses for the bigger kids whose education is supported by the orphanage.

If you donate US$340 you will cover the monthly rent of the house where all the children live.

If you donate US$20 you will pay for clean water for one month for all the children to drink.

If you would like to see the entire budget, please contact me. Thank you again for your support! :)
eating lunch in Nepali style
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I wanted to share an interview that I did this week with the oldest member at the orphanage- Shreenath. In his own words...

1. How old were you when you joined the children's home in Godawari?

I was four years old.

2. What is your favorite activity to do with your brothers and sisters at the home?

I usually play games like football, carromboard, chess and ludo and share views,opinions and knowledge on good topic with them brothers and sisters. Sometimes I tell stories and jokes to them. In that time we laughed very loudly.

3. I believe you are now older (18) and live outside of the home. How does the home continue to support you?

Yes now I am older but I was a child when I came here. Even I don't know nothing now I realize the meaning of life and decide to become a good social worker as baba basanta (orphanage director) did and always do for us and all our sponsors. We are angels for him and for us he is like our God because he give us a life and helps to stand and compete with other people.

4. Are you still going for your dream of becoming a Doctor? or what do you want to be when you grow older?

My aim is to be a good businessman and social worker. I decide to help helpless, poor ones, homeless and hopeless children. I want to be a good person like baba Basanta and I want to do like him what he did for us. He gave his life to care and help us. We are very thankful to Basanta and our sponsors.

5. what is your biggest wish for your brothers and sisters at the Godawari home?

My biggest wish for my brothers and sisters is to bring smile on their face and keep them happiness.
with Shreenath at the local temple
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