EXODUS ‘NAVA KIRAN’ ORPHANAGE - NEPAL
Exodus has been operating tours in Nepal for well over 30 years and for many of us it is one of the most beautiful and welcoming countries on earth. However it is also one of the poorest and, over recent years, has suffered further from an ongoing political crisis that has stalled economic growth and delayed much needed improvements in infrastructure. It is only natural then that we have been keen to give something back, and have invested a great deal of time and effort in several Nepal projects.
Patan, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.
Who is Involved?
It was founded by Savitri Pokrel who, with the help of her son and the local community, looks after between 40-50 orphaned children between the ages of 3 months and 16 years.
Explanation of Project and Targets
The old orphanage was run entirely on donations and struggled to look after, clothe, feed and educate all the children. The house was dilapidated with the children living in two bedrooms and one common room.
Up till now the local community has funded the children’s education, but as Nepal has suffered some hard times recently and everyday costs have increased, this has become more difficult. Our next step therefore is to set up an educational fund to help. Valerie Parkinson and Keshar Khadka are in the process of monitoring the children’s educational needs and schools and the cost of the children’s education and we hope to produce an annual newsletter covering all the children and their progress.
In January 2007 Keshar Khadka and some of our other Nepali leaders organised a “New Year” picnic for all the children. The children love the games, prizes, food and general party atmosphere and this was a great day out.
By January 2006 we had raised enough money to finish the main building and to build a kitchen cum dining room. On 26 March 2006 the new home was officially opened and in April the children moved in. As with any large construction project there have been some teething issues. The water supply and sewage system are on-going problems (for the whole valley as well as the orphanage) and we have now installed a biogas unit to help with fuel supplies for cooking. Last winter we purchased new bedding and also had a set of winter clothes made for the children.