In Kathmandu alone there is estimated to be a shocking number of 5000+ street children. Every day that we walk through the streets, we see children begging for food. Due to extreme poverty and the ten-year civil war that ended a few years ago, many children lost their parents to war or abduction.
Our Mahima Children’s Home was started with five street children from Thamel. But we have seen that the need is greater than that.
Now we also bring children to our children’s homes who:
are truly oprhans and have no family or relatives to take care of them. These are our priority.
have two parents, but the child’s life is in danger.
have one single parent who is unable to take care of their children due to difficult situations.
All of our children have been admitted to the orphanage with recommendations from the local government in their home district. These offices include: village or county offices, police departments, district civil offices, and district child welfare offices. The governmental office will verify their story and their need.
They all have their own individual story to tell of challenges they have gone through before they came to one of our children’s homes. Some of them have worked, either caring for their younger siblings, or outside the home to help with the family finances. Therefore they have been unable to go to school or just be a kid.
We are trying to help these children the best we can by providing them with an education, and the basics they need to have a future and a normal life. Many of these children would never have the opportunity to attend school if they were not at an orphanage. Other children would need to work to help support their family or themselves.
Sudip spent most of his childhood living at an orphanage, so this work is very close to our hearts.
Please read more about our children’s homes below to learn how you can help make a difference in a child’s life.
MAHIMA CHILDREN’S HOME
Mahima Children’s Home receives children from any cultural or religious background. Our first priority is to help children who are orphans, meaning children without a father or a mother or other immediate family to care for them. We also help children who have a single parent or come from families suffering from extreme poverty.
Many of the children who come to Mahima Children’s Home are from small villages around Nepal. For several years, the children were living in a temporary facility that was designed to hold 10 children. But because of the need in the country we felt like we needed to take in more children.
In May 2006, we started building a new orphanage facility. When it is finished, it will hold up to 75 children. In April 2007, we were able to finish the two first floors in this new building and the children were able to move in. In October 2008 we finished the structure of the second and third floor and the children were able to use the entire building.
In 2015 two massive earthquakes struck Nepal and left us with a damaged building. We are still working on recovering from the earthquake and have been building and renovating while the children are still living there.
Currently we have 55 children and 10 staff members who live at the orphanage. The children range in age from 5 to 18 years old. We have both girls and boys living there.
ASHISH CHILDREN’S HOME
Ashish is our newest orphanage, but was not started by us. We adopted this orphanage in 2010 and we have been working on getting sponsors for these children ever since. Our Mahima orphanage we started ourselves, but this orphanage came to us and asked for help last year. They were having a hard time raising enough support. They were to the point where they had to close down the orphanage soon if they did not find anyone to help them. But what would they do with all the children?
So we said that we would do whatever we could to help them run this orphanage and take care of these children. One by one we are finding supporters for the children, but we are still in need of more. Please visit our sponsorship page if you are able to help one of these children every month.
Ashish is situated on the other side of Kathmandu from our other orphanage. It takes about one hour to drive from one to the other. Ashish means “blessing” and this is exactly what this orphanage is. Ashish is truly a blessing to many children.
If you would like to become a children’s sponsor we ask you to support a child with a minimum of $30 per month.
You will be given a picture of the child, an annual update and some information about the child and why he/she is at the orphanage. If you are interested in sponsoring a child each month you can contact us by e-mail: email@example.com
Support for one child will provide:
A place to stay
Other basic needs
Lots of love and care
The children’s sponsorship gives a once in a lifetime opportunity for someone who has nothing. For some of these children it will make the difference between life and death. A life without education can mean a life in poverty, so if we are able to give a child good education we can give them a future and a new life.
Thank you for your support!
The scholarship program helps children that live with their family to be able to get a good education and provide for their basic needs. These children who receive a scholarship are people that we know, so that we can ensure that the funds will go to the child’s education.
If you would like to provide a scholarship for a child we will ask you to give $20 per month that will go to the family to cover their expenses for school supplies, fees, uniforms, and other things. You will receive a picture and some more information about the child that you are supporting. If you would like to sponsor a child please contact us by e-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org