Nadine Nuchovich wrote -
I'm counting on you to help me ensure these kids don't end up homeless and stay in school! I am trying raise this for an orphanage I personally went to in Nepal. I can tell you firsthand the amazing job this woman does taking care of these kids, and how badly they need such little money.
Just $4700 can mean everything for the futures of 14 people.
On November 17th, 2016, a group of us from CardioStart International went to conduct an outreach assessment on a group of orphans we heard about in Kathmandu, Nepal. There were 11 children, including 1 infant who has been abandoned in the street, who had been living in tents who now live in a small apartment that we heard could potentially use our help.
When we arrived, we couldn't have imagined what was in store for us. These were some of the sweetest kids I have ever met, and you cannot believe that all 11, plus a medically dependent son, are being taken care of mostly by one woman, Laxmi Khadiwada. All the kids lined up neatly in front of the house, where they sang us a welcome song. After, we went to their rooms where they introduced themselves and played some games, while we looked around and assessed the living situation. Though all kids seem healthy and happy, these kids are in great need.
All 14 people live within the 2 bedrooms and kitchen of this small apartment. To be able to feed everyone, it takes a lot of food and a lot of fuel, which is expensive, heavy and hard to get. Though Laxmi is able to ensure the kids are fed while in school, when they are on break, it can be difficult to get enough to eat for everyone, leaving herself hungry some nights.
She is fortunate for the the local community, for she is able to get some vegetables from a few neighbors. It is also hard to keep the kids in school due to costs. For some of the kids, schooling only costs $168 for the entire year, but this is an expensive cost for 1 woman to pay for 11 children off of a teachers' salary. They were able to receive a sponsor for their housing and education this past year, but this ends in March.
Together, we can help Laxmi ensure her kids and herself have a roof over their heads, and are able to stay in school. To do this, we have teamed up with a local doctor, Prayash Panthi, who is on the Board for the Center and helps to take care of the kids to help facilitate the process. There are essentially three goals: 1. Reach $1680 to ensure they will have a home for the following year of 2017.
Please don't let them return to tin shacks. 2. Reach an additional $2464 (so target: $4144) to ensure they are able to stay in school. 3. Reach an additional $540 (so target: $4684) to ensure they have fuel to cook with year round History of Laxmi and the Orphanage: Laxmi Khatiwad is from the Rolpa district of Nepal which is an underdeveloped area plagued by poverty. With no job of her own and depending on low income of her husband’s teaching salary, she decided to move to Kathmandu for better opportunities and in hope of better education for her kids. Suddenly, her son who was in India at the time receiving higher education came abruptly to Nepal with some mental disturbances. Despite family support, his conditions deteriorated.
They finally took him to the psychiatrist who finally diagnosed him with schizophrenia. This news drowned her in grief with dark days weeping and crying all nights. This was the major reason that motivated her to work for the kids. Moved by the plight of the children, living in poverty, she vowed to help who were deprived of basic child rights and were abandoned with no better future expected. It was very hard decision for her having no sustainable source of income and the salary of her husband was not even sufficient to bear her own three kids and medical expenses of her diagnosed son. But what kept her move ahead was her faith and support from her family that she finally managed to registered an NGO named Women and Children Service Center.
She started this project with two kids who were left abandoned by mother. She had somehow managed to give basic requirements like food, shelter and education to those kids but suddenly a devastating earthquake hit Nepal making many people homeless including Laxmi and her kids. With 9 kids in her arms, she knocked the door of many organizations and government authorities, but her effort went in vain as she could not find better shelter to give to the kids. Finally, a Chinese organization offered her tent in one of their camp. With only one tent available and 9 kids along with her family, it was unimaginable. After earthquake they finally managed to find a section of land to lease for 1 year where they built makeshift house from bamboo, tin and straws. The center was relying supplies mostly from local people who sometimes used to donate rice, grains and staples, stationery materials and used clothes to the center.
There were days when kids had to survive only on noodle soups and Laxmi was penniless. Shortage of food used to keep her awake all-night thinking on how to provide food to the kids the next day. In 2016, a German volunteer Brigit Baier managed to collect enough funds to have the center shifted to a new location providing Laxmi, her family, and all the kids with a real roof over their heads, and sufficient space for kids. This is their current home, and the one we are trying to maintain for them. All these kids were malnourished, in poor health, and not attending school at the time of adoption by center.
Now they have home, a mother to take care of them, good education and a shelter but all these are temporarily supported as she doesn’t have sustainable source of funds. Recently, two more kids were added, one of whom is just 1-year-old who too was left in street immediately after birth by unknown lady. Help make sure these kids have a future! For more information about Laxmi, the orphanage, how funds intend on being utilized, or other needs they may have, please contact Nadine Nuchovich at Nadine0728@hotmail.com, or Prayash Panthi, Board Member and Treasurer for the Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org