Written on December 2, 2015 by Chrissy & Kurt
October saw several groups of volunteers visit Dadagaun. Sarah and her team from Bridge 2 (UK) did a wonderful job of rebuilding the Children’s Home/ Orphanage. Not only did they rebuild the sleeping and living rooms so badly damaged in the earthquake, they renovated the bathrooms with new plumbing, cleaned and replaced water tanks and held a health camp. The children were happy to leave their temporary tent shelters as the last of the monsoon rains pelted down. They will be warm and secure in the upcoming winter.
Maggie from Food 4 Everyone (Australia) provided finance for serious veggie growing at the Children’s Home – soil, seedlings and hothouse building materials. And the crops are booming!
Along with donations raised by Steve from Escape 2 Nepal, Maggie also helped finance new wire mesh fences at the school. These were a real safety issue after the previous stone wall was damaged in the quakes – the drop between the playgrounds looked unforgiving.
Sydney from Trek of Your Life (USA) made her annual pilgrimage to Nepal and brought with her a donated laptop for the Early Childhood Program. We have been working with the Nursery and Kindergarten teachers on their lesson plans and resources for some time now. Having a dedicated computer for these classes will make life so much easier. Sydney has also fundraised for another year of the Music program, providing salary for a specialist teacher and money for traditional instruments.
The children are thriving on this opportunity to learn the music that is such an inherent part of their culture. Another fundraising concert in Kathmandu is planned for Spring 2016.
Sydney was also in Dadagaun to witness the arrival of the brick-making machines. Hooray! Steve’s patient negotiations with the supplier in China and officials in Nepal has finally paid off. Soon production will start and decisions will be made about how much support we can offer each village family.
The combined fundraising efforts of Escape2 Nepal (UK, USA, Nepal), Trek of Your Life, Anatta World Health and Go Philanthropic (all USA) and our own Dadagaun Village Project (Australia, USA and Germany) has produced a significant total. It will be a big help to the villagers especially those who eke out a living on the land.
So sorry October’s update is late. November news will be out in just a few days after today’s meeting in the village. Stay tuned…
More photos on the Facebook page.