Friday, June 27, 2008

57 kilos of food

As of late, I've been spending a good deal of my time working with the Angel's Heaven orphanage in the neighborhood, near the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Run by Amrit and his wife Aishwarya, this orphanage of 20 beautiful children is badly in want of support.

A friend spotted me the other day at a wholesale grocery store near the Universal Peace Foundation office — I spent away the last 2500 NRS I had to get the children food for the upcoming days. 30 kilos of rice, 10 kilos of flat rice, 5 kilos of mung dal, sugar and oil respectively, and a kilo of tea and mixed beans each, and at the crux of time — Amrit has a trekking office, but the season is now at rock bottom, owing both to weather and the current political situation in Nepal.

Some friends, inspired by the example, have chosen to hop onboard and do the same. The children need an average of 12 kilos of rice and 1 kilo of dal per day, in addition with some vegetables. Much is in plans for providing steady future sustenance for this small but beautiful and very meaningful project.

We've been painting at the orphanage also. This old guest house, now rented for the orphanage, is in need of renovation to provide for an inspiring environment for the little angels. Manue and Bikash have been lending their artist's hand to fill the walls with flowers, vines, fruits and other beauties of nature. The top floor roof needs repairs to get past the ongoing monsoon season, and a new 2000 liter water tank also needs to be purchased.

Much is to be done, then! I got a draft of the website today — thanks Manue! — and it should go online momentarily with more specifics on the running expenses and development prospects for the orphanage.

Anyone touched by the prospect is cordially welcome to contribute — in however small and grand way — to the cause. To give an example, 12 kilos of rice costs 850 NRS (8.50e) — here even little goes a long way! I will be posting more details in the days to come. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch with me if the above sparks an interest.

16 comments:

jijaji said...
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Ananda said...

Thanks jij! I was much hoping people will feel the same as I on this. I have personally been very moved by the work we've been doing.

Yea, PayPal will work. Otherwise, Western Union or a transfer to either my Finnish or Indian bank accounts are options -- or otherwise directly to the orphanage's Nepali bank account.

I am adding a donation button to the front page of the blog momentarily. Much appreciated, and much more by these children than by me!

jijaji said...
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Juliette said...

I was so glad to share this experience with you... and with these beautiful children. New colors, new house... hope one day... new life with the work you just started to do (website, donations, cd...)

I will help you by the way to make this children and Amrit's dream comes true!

Ananda said...

And petite Juliette (pictured painting in the blog) is the person guilty for bringing me to the orphanage! Thank you {hug} very much, I am in your debt.

Ananda said...

And I will of course follow up and give the details of how contributions were used. =)

Ananda said...

I was hoping to get some rice and lentils for the kids today, but I'm down to 100 rupees at the moment... Any helps?

jijaji said...
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Ananda said...

That is already wonderful. $10 is 670 NRS, which is almost 25 kilos of rice.

We hope to develop the orphanage fund on two fronts:

1. Micro-streams for steady sustenance (food, water, electricity)

2. Fund-raising efforts for development

The orphanage website should be online within a couple of days, depending on how quick Manue gets to finalize the draft, after which we're set to do a bit more again.

jijaji said...
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Ananda said...

One more friend has actually just promised to send something once she gets home, and my sister is talking about coming over for a few weeks of voluntary work...

I also did some kung fu today to get a few thousand rupees, coming in in a couple of days.

jijaji said...
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jijaji said...
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Ananda said...

Thank you, confirming receipt! Once the donations add up to > 100 euros, I'll withdraw (without fees) the funds and deliver them onward.

Juliette said...

Remember Ananda that I am just waiting that you explain me how the paypal stuff is working :-)

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