Hi Cendrynne,My name is Katy, my friend Kate and I have just started working at the Buddhist Child Home in Nepal so it's really interesting reading your blog and looking at the photos, with the children being that bit older but no less beautiful!I totally empathise with your whole good/bad mixture of experiences. We're finding it hard to know how we can help in one month... they have absolutely nothing. What did you find was the most effective way of helping/contributing? We're not getting any guidance about what we should be doing every day, though we've asked, so any thoughts/words of advice would be much appreciated!Katy Mack (Cambridge, UK) My email address is:email@example.com
Hi Cenrynne and Katy, Namaste....Nice photos by the way. Katy I was there in May 06 , going back in Oct. I found the best thing to do was fix stuff, including gardening, fixing beds, cuboards, lino. They had no resources, so I bought it all, including tools. They may need some more DVDs, this is an excellent way for them to learn how to speak english, as the private english teachers at thier school actually have very bad english. Durga, just wants you around for company for the kids and help with homework, other than that they are self sustainable. So yes I felt a bit useless at the start, but then I started to just fix things and Durga started to approach me about other stuff. Wish I was there longer. Have fun enjoy the children and Nepal. firstname.lastname@example.org
[b][color=blue]I was in Nepal in late May until late July 08. We were attending a meditation retreat course at Kopan Monastery near Boudhhanath and wandered around the villages. We found children who had very little schooling andadult supervision as the parents are usually at work earning what little they can to feed the large family they have. The children were left to their own devices. Fortunately the older ones would look after the little ones so there was no mishaps or starvation per se. The way I see it, old clothes, simple children's reading books, single lined exercise books and pencils would go a long way towards their education. Teaching them simple English words and simple arithemetic would help them alot. Of course money would be most welcomed but they are simple folks and would not know how to spend the money effectively. Better to purchase daily necessities for them to use as it would ease their difficulties alot. Aritcles such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, face-cloths, towels, combs, soap, antiseptic wipes are useful articles.
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