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Huge Earthquake in Nepal - The Children are Safe - April 2015 About 11am Saturday local time a huge earthquake struck Nepal. News is still emerging but the scale of death and destruction is truly staggering. The country will need help more than ever to recover. Fortunately Khandbari was not hit hard. The children are all safe and it doesn’t sound like much damage to buildings in the town.                       
Michael back in Nepal - October 2015 Michael is back in Nepal with a full itinerary planned. The main goal this year is to bring Sundar and Sammar back to their villages in Yaphu. He also plans to bring Rabin to Kathmandu to look at schools for him to attend after he completes the SLC exams next year.
India Border Blockade - Fuel Crisis - Sept 2015 Starting Sept 23rd 2015 there has been a blockade of the Indian border which basically cut the supply of all fuel to Nepal - both vehicle fuel and cooking gas. The blockade has lead to transportation problems, the closure of many restaurants and real struggles for those already trying to recover from the earthquake. No international flights are able to refuel in Kathmandu and this has lead to some airlines canceling service.
Fuel shortages affecting public transportation
Nepal Has a New Constitution - Sept 2015 During the week the constituent assembly in Nepal approved a constitution for the country. The news has received very mixed responses. While some groups welcome the news others suggest that the government should have been concentrating on earthquake recover efforts during this time.                                                                        Some groups are already protesting provisions in the document. Particularly those related to representation in the government, the division of the country into seven provinces and citizenship entitlement.
Border Blockade Lifted - Feb 2016 The Madhesis parties this week called off their blockade of the border with India.                                     There is real hope now that supplies of fuel, medicines and other necessary goods will resume quickly.
Brecon Estate - May 2016 Our friends at Brecon Estate in Paso Robles, CA will be hosting an information table at their annual Wine Club pick up event on May 1st. Please stop by if you’d like to learn more about our efforts in Nepal.
Silicon Valley Irish Fleadh - May 13th and 14th 2017 Come visit us in person at the Silicon Valley Irish Fleadh in Mountain View, California. We will have a tent at the event and be there to answer questions and to take donations. Many thanks to Erik Barry and everybody at St. Stephen’s Green in Mountain View for inviting us to be part of the event. Visit the Silicon Valley Irish Fleadh Facebook Page
Rabin and Kopila Leave the Orphanage In April Rabin and Kopila completed their SLC exams. One week later the local committee asked them to leave the orphanage. To complicate things further Kopila has a 14yo sister who was sent to live with her. We have rented a room for Kopila and Kamila. Kopila will now study a computer course. Kamila will attend the local government school. We have kitted them out with bedding, kitchen etc. We will put Rabin in a hostel and +2 school in Kathmandu in July when admissions open. At the moment he is staying with his brother in Chewa.
Kopila and Kamila in Rented Room
Thank You Allison Wang generously donated an advert in Wingspan, the school magazine for the Harker Upper School. Thank you Allison for spreading the word about our small organization !!
Thank You John and Aileen got married on Oct 2nd 2016 They very generously asked guests to donate to our charity rather than giving wedding gifts. We wish John and Aileen a very happy future together.
John and Aileen Celebrating their Wedding
Sundar is now in Kathmandu    In April 2017 Michael travelled to Nepal with a primary goal of relocating Sundar to a new school and hostel in Kathmandu. Read the trip report for more details.
Sundar in his New School Uniform
Kopila and Santosh Left our Care    Kopila recently ran away and got married. She did not complete her college course. 4 years ago some of the other children told me not to pay for Kopila’s education as she would elope first. Unfortunately they were correct. After recovering from the shock I do take some solice in that we got her to 18 years old before she made that choice. Santosh is also in trouble. The committee expelled Sammar, Santosh and Sundar before we took control. Santosh was staying with his mother in less than ideal conditions. He was not going to school and not staying at home. I gave him 2 options; either attend school every day and we will continue to fund or return to the orphanage. He chose a third option and ended up in prison for a few days. As of now we have stopped funding. We have invited him back to the orphanage but he has declined. We are leaving the door open for both to return.
Kopila in her College Uniform News