Nepal: Nava Kiran Orphanage
Patan, Kathmandu Valley; Nepal
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. The old orphanage was run entirely on donations and struggled to look after, clothe, feed and educate all the children. The house was delapidated with the children living in two bedrooms and one common room.
Who is Involved?
Valerie Parkinson (Exodus Local Leaders Manager) and Keshar Khadka (Local Leader) are monitoring the children’s educational needs. We would not have been able to help these children as much as we have without the input from many of our clients, staff and friends who kindly donated both time and money. We would therefore like to thank all who have donated including Richard and Karen Wolferstan-Bannister, Andrew Hooker, Sue Skinner, Chris Norman, Sarah Grantham, Simon and Angela Ramsay, Don Vass, Lynne Dabrowska, Duncan Roberts, Mike Rendall, Phil Ryder, Richard Thompson, Mr & Mrs I Dodd, Tony Newjam, Graham Herrick, Andy Bishop, Ffyonna Scott, Colin Young, Rita Berry and the pupils of Barnes Junior School, Sunderland, Melissa Loosemore and the pupils of Roegreen Junior School, the staff and pupils of the Roche School, Wandsworth, June Allan of Travelwise, Devizes and all those that sponsored specific beds and desks.
Explanation of Project and Targets
August 2008 - A golfing day with a difference!
Exodus client Ffyonna Scott organised a fundraising day on behalf of our Responsible Tourism project out in Kathmandu.
Nava Kiran Golf Outing was held on Thursday 21 August at Swanston Golf Club, Edinburgh with attendees from Royal Bank of Scotland, Supplier Management Team and their suppliers:
Other donations were made by Exodus, Visa and MasterCard. And Chris Bonnington donated a signed Everest book, which was very well received from a keen climber.
Eighteen people attended the outing, with 5 people competing in the 9 hole competition and 13 players in the 18 hole competition. The course had been closed the day before due to the torrential rain Edinburgh had experienced for a number of days, however, the night before, it didn't rain at all, which meant the greenkeepers could get out and tend the course to ensure it was playable. And just as our first team were teeing off, the clouds parted and the sun came out. I'm quite convinced that the children of Nava Kiran must have been spinning their prayer wheels and praying for sunshine!
The total amount raised was £1,320. This will put 11 children through school for a year!
On behalf of the Exodus team, and our operators based in Nepal, we would like to say a big thank you to Ffyonna and the group for their generosity nd dedication to this project.
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.