Lending a Helping Hand to Other NGOs

Donating Clothes


 

A Day Long Fete for the Less Fortunate, Delhi

One of the Game Stalls


 

Donating Educational Material

Donating Educational Material to Salaam Balk


 

STS program in Government run Schools

Student to Student program, Helping poor kids


 

Disaster Relief

Tsunami Relief


 

Day Boarders

Our Hostel Children, now in College


 

Hostel Kids Enjoying Outdoors

Football Team


 

Taking Part in Delhi Half Marathon

James and deaf memebers taking part Marathon


 
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In-House Education

Past:

Our involvement in the children’s education dates back many years to the year 2003 when we built a community level sports ground in a rural village of Chiplinga in the Okhaldhunga district of Nepal. The district which falls in the Everest Region, not only lacked basic amenities for common villagers but was also embroiled in a decade long Maoist insurgency. The insurgency added complexity to our inclination to do social & educational projects in the village. With the aim of providing distraction-free and education-oriented environment, we brought 8 children from villages in the Everest Region to Kathmandu, the Capital city, in 2005. These children, aged 7-9, were selected from economically and opportunity deprived sections of the society there. When we brought them in our shelter, initially not only did we have the burden to provide education, but also take physical care for them as they were still young.

           

All were residentially admitted in Wilson Academy, a private co-ed boarding school, located at Swoyambhunath, Kathmandu. There they were well nurtured in areas of education, sports, extra-curricular and life skills. Even though two dropped out after the first few years of early-education owing to various circumstances beyond our control, we are pleasantly satisfied with the success of others getting through with their S.L.C (School Leaving Certificate), tenth-grade nationally level exams which qualifies them to enter ‘high-school’ (11th & 12th Grade).

 

When the children were left home from their villages, they had virtually negligible educational background and proper training. Albeit difficult at start, we trained them to take simple care of themselves (despite being young themselves). We managed to accommodate them to a well-rounded proper educational institution. We are happy our efforts have paid off! Not only have they gotten proper educational ‘base’ but their unique talents have grown by leaps and bounds. One, Sadain, won a regional level talent show ‘Real School of Nepal’ (where more than 20 schools participated) bagging the second prize in Inter-school acting competition as the ‘best actor’. Others took part in the various Inter-School Basketball Tournaments ending up as top scorers many times, including the Junior Boys final. Despite this, all six children continued on with their school education passing out of their 10th grade exams with flying colors!

Present & Future:

Even after the S.L.C. exams, they have gone to finish their high-school (12th grade exams), with our support, with good results and now seek employment and further educational opportunities in their respective chosen fields for their Bachelor’s degree (Under-graduate education). Some have even volunteered in our STS (Student-to-Student) programmes to teach academically difficult students in primary level.

 

Recent Activities
Testimonials
  • "These past 11 days, I have the privilege of living with James and Apsara and helping with his projects. This experience was priceless and taught me so much. I feel that these 11 days I learned and gained more than could be gained over years time, and more than money can buy in Japan. Most importantly, I’m thankful that I was able to meet and spend time getting to know James Luitel--a man who is living his mission wholeheartedly. Each and every word he speaks is so deep. I learn things on a different level when he says things, even things that I thought I knew. It’s like he communicates with his life and sample; it’s not just head knowledge. These are experiences that I couldn’t have gained had I not come here. James, thank you for letting me be a part of this. -Shinichi Miyazaki (32, from Japan)"
  • Shinichi Miyazaki

  • "I have come to stay at James' place for 11 days with other five Japanese friends. And it was my first volunteer trip and at first I felt a bit uncomfortable about the weather and traffic situation. But things started to get better when we went to help out in the library which James is now helping to build. We met some really sweet kids there whom are students in the school. They all had beautiful eyes and lovely smiles. They were all eager to get acquaintance with new friends so they would gather around us asking simple English questions, such as what is your name? Where do you come from, etc. Even though most of them can only make short English sentences, their eagerness in communication were expressed through their repeating the same question to different members of our teams or repeating it to the same member once after a while. Not only they hang around out of curiosity or friendliness, they were also passionate and good helpers. There is this girl named Sahbida, age 11, whose house is the closest to the school. She was very dedicated and able to help out on the painting job. Because the doors and windows we were trying to repaint were really old ones, so there were spider webs and cocoons of various kinds stuck on the corners of them. When we caught sight of one of those and let out a suppressed sound of scream, she would rush forward and grab a broom and brushed them all away for us. We were all so touched by that action of protection and courage. When we mumbled our thanks out of embarrassment, she smiled back and said, "You me friends". There are so many details about the kids that we were honored to work with for just two brief days. Some of whom we could hardly remember their names. And when I think about the possibility that I might not be able to meet them again, my heart aches so much. I do miss them and I pray for them all to be able to live their life to the fullest. The kids in James' house are amazing too. Even though we just spent a night along with half a day together, I think we really have established somewhat of a connection. Sojan is smart and quick in reaction. He remembered a couple of Japanese sentences fast and within two hours he could even count to one hundred in Japanese. And he also is my very first, patient and good Nepali teacher. Sadin is the one with the brightest smile. His big bright eyes are enough to make him seem really happy even when he is actually not smiling. Sunil is very active and sincere. He is also willing to try new things. He got really excited to get to know Shinichi san, the only guy on our team, and soon they became as close as brothers. Krishna seems to me the one who does more than talks. He is more of a supporter kind of person than a leader. But I can sense that he is a trustworthy and highly reliable boy. Dhiren is the cutest among boys :) Always keeping silent, always pondering…. well, ok, maybe I don't really know about him. Nisha is the only girl and nobody would doubt about her elegance and beauty even in such a young age. She was not feeling well the night when we met and in the following morning she spent most of the time walking hand in hand with one of our youngest (and certainly the prettiest) member, Maria. Their very presence brightened up our day at the zoo :) So many recounts about the kids. I just wanna say that I really like them and look forward to meeting them all sometime in the future. And I hope I can do what I can to help them in their education as well."
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