http://www.wavemag.com.np/issue/article2942.html 

 

Nepal must famous magzine wave published this news about our home..

Light in their eyes

by MALIN GURUNG

 KIRAN PANDAY
So this is it," says Suresh Ghimire as he guides us eagerly through the dark and dingy rooms. The rooms are sparsely furnished and are devoid of any luxury. Bunks and small trunks are the only articles filling up these almost empty spaces. The walls are drab, and the air is moist with a consistently pungent smell.

Suresh is the Chairman of Light for New Nepal Children Home and these rooms are what the fifteen children living there call their home. Founded about three years ago, this shelter has been taking children in need under its wing and providing them with food and education.

"We have children with heart-wrenching personal stories from all over Nepal and most of them are referred to us by the VDC offices," says Suresh as he gestures us to sit in his office which also doubles up as a dormitory by night. "Almost all of the children here are orphans, while some of them are left behind by their own parents" reveals Suresh.

Having passed the SLC exam this year, this 19-year-old has been involved with the shelter right from its inception. "I consider myself lucky to have come from a good family, but most of the kids in Nepal aren't so lucky," he says with a hint of sadness in his voice.

"While working for Child Protection Centres and Services I realised that the protective upbringing I was brought up in was a huge luxury for most of the kids. Most of them don't even get the basic of facilities, let alone a protective upbringing," says Suresh who wants to give the children at the home the same.

Suresh along with Raju, a caretaker and a cook comprises of the total staff member of this shelter. "We wish that we could've taken even more children had it not been for the lack of resources," says 21-year-old Raju Kunwar who is the Programme Officer. "The education of these children is sponsored by a Belgian citizen. We haven't been able to pay the rent for six months now, but the landlord is kind enough to let us stay" adds Raju who is also an orphan. Raju has started a small handicrafts business using the training he got from CWIN and spends his earnings in the shelter. Suresh and Raju have been making rounds to various NGOs and institutions for quite sometime now, primarily for the collection of funds. "We know that our job would've been a lot easier if we had a website up and running, but the ISP is asking us huge sum for designing and hosting it," complains both of them.

Suddenly the air is filled with loud cheers and excitement; the children are back from school. All of them greet us keenly, excited to see new visitors as they hardly get any. There is no apparent sense of pain or loss on the faces of these children; maybe because they are too young to know what has happened or maybe they've already adapted to live with the harsh realities. Whatever be the case, the empty spaces now becomes lively and a state of commotion lingers on for a while. These children are as cheerful and playful as children their age should be.

Suresh cites the lack of funds as their main problem now. "We have dedication and commitment, but nothing can be done without money. Seeing our situation even the locals provides us with rations on a regular basis, we desperately need funds to sustain," pleas Suresh.

But even without the amenities and luxury the children seems to be content with whatever they are provided with. But then they should be, because without the efforts of Suresh and Raju they wouldn't have any place of their own to call home.

 

For donations and volunteer work, please contact:
Light For New Nepal Children Home
kalanki,kathmandum,nepal


Phone: 9841979605
Email:
lfnn_nepal@yahoo.com


 

 
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