My Shelter is a charitable project raising money for Triveni Public School in Kathmandu, Nepal; a privately owned boarding school founded by two Nepalese siblings who have compassionately opened their doors to 40 orphaned children in need. They provide free food, education and shelter to these children, amidst the daily operations of a 280-student school.
To this day, Triveni has never received any government funding or donations of any sort despite their generosity.
As the expenses to cover rent, food, and education do not come close to meeting the school earnings, all money raised by the My Shelter project will aid the design and construction of new accommodation and education facilities.
To kick off the fundraising, we are hosting an art exhibition on Friday 22 March at 52 Brighton Road in West End from 6pm. All proceeds from the show combined with this gofundme page will contribute to the My Shelter project.
The location of the art show at 52 Brighton was chosen due to its state of faded grandeur. Only the bones of an old manor home remain with plans for a monumental redevelopment of the site in April.
Before construction started, it was thought necessary to celebrate the hidden beauty that resides within its walls.
As such the house became the raw backdrop for the art show, resurrected by its organisers and contributing artists.
Leaving all who entered galvanized and curious, it was uncovered the home once belonged to an affluent French woman of prestige at the turn of the 19th century and was named ‘Mon Abris’, which in English translates to ‘My Shelter’.
The soul and history of My Shelter has undoubtedly permeated and filtered its way through this exhibition and project.
We hope you enjoy the ride.
THE STORY OF TRIVENI PUBLIC SCHOOL
Immersed within the bustle of Kathmandu resides Triveni Public School - a privately owned boarding school operated solely by sister and brother Surpriya Yhonjon and Wangden Lama.
Ms Yhonjon established the school in 1994 with a determination to impart holistic and quality education to remote places in Nepal and their economically challenged neighbourhood.
With no government funding, the siblings relied on minimum school fees; the equivalent of $127 Australian dollars for boarders and $89 dollars for day students per year.
In 2013, 11 children were admitted to Triveni from a nearby orphanage with no admission fees or paperwork completed. Mr Lama generously accepted these children as day students, offering them the gift of free education.
He recalled observing them one lunchtime as they shared a single biscuit, and uncovered the orphanage could not feed them and the children had to fill their stomachs with water to feel full.
Upon further investigation, he learned the orphanage had abandoned these children entirely. Heartbroken, he approached the Child Welfare Office who officially placed the children in Mr Lama’s care.
Today the school is a haven for 280 students, 40 of which are orphaned children, many coming to the school after losing both parents in the recent earthquake disasters of 2018 and 2015.
We wish to assist Surpriya Yhonjon, Wangden Lama and the Triveni Public School in their humble venture, educating youth and improving the future of their community and country.
"May positive forces be with every single living being that exists."