Newsletter April 2021

Namasté family and friends,

In this newsletter we will share some good news and also worrisome news from Nepal. To start with the good stuff, last month we successfully completed our computer project at a school in the district of Nuwakot. The worrying news is that the neighboring country of India has been hit hard by a new wave of Covid-19, which will have damaging effects on Nepal.

Computer project:

Last month we successfully installed five Microsoft computers and a Canon laser printer at the Saraswoti Basic school in the village of Newarpani, Nuwakot. New carpet was laid in the classroom, we also supplied ten chairs, and two wooden computer tables, made by the local carpenter.

Students will now be able to learn the main software programs on the computers, such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Another enormous benefit is that teachers can print out questionnaires and other teaching materials to accompany their lessons. 

For most students it was a first to sit at a computer, which was hugely exciting. On the day of the opening of the new computer classroom, the school organised a grand ceremony with speeches, dance and music. 

Watch our 1-minute video to get an impression of our project:

Nepal and Covid-19:

The number of corona infections in Nepal increases daily, with 4774 new positive test on April 28, half of which are recorded in the Kathmandu Valley. The number of vaccinations is almost 2 million, which is just 3.5% of the total population. 

Hospitals in the Lumbini district, which borders with India, are overcrowded. Schools are closed until May 14 and a one-week lockdown of Kathmandu has been announced yesterday. Shutting down the economy brings great poverty for many people, however if the number of infections is not curbed, the hospitals will become overwhelmed soon. 

We keep a close eye on the news from Nepal. Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date.

Support our projects by ordering from our webshop:

Our webshop sells crocheted key rings made by Samantha and gifts from Bali and Nepal. The lavender bags are filled with lavender from Alex and Sam’s English garden. New in our webshop are cute dog paw key rings, perfect for the real dog lover. 

Orders can be placed from the Netherlands and England. To order from another country, please send us an e-mail.

We would like to thank all our sponsors for their continued support. We keep on going with our project for the children and their families of Nepal. With a new wave of Covid-19 on the doorstep, things will get worse in the months to come.

We wish everyone a good summer, do stay safe and be careful out there.

Best regards, 

Laxmi Support Team 
Jolanda, Geke, Sylvia, Ram, Alex & Samantha

Newsletter 22 December 2020

Dear all,

Christmas is coming up in a few days time and the end of the year is almost in sight. What a year it has been! Laxmi Support was forced to stop two projects due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in Nepal, but fortunately we can now report that we have recently and successfully completed one project. Completion of the second project is scheduled for early next year.

Schoolsupplies for 10 students:

At the beginning of this year, we provided ten students from Taruka Hillside School in the Nuwakot district new school uniforms.These students come from poor families and have a ‘scholarship’ from the school, so that school fees do not have to be paid. As all schools were closed in March due to the outbreak of Covid-19, we were forced to put the project on hold. However in October the project was successfully completed by handing out textbooks, notebooks and writing materials sufficient to cover the entire school year. The mothers of the children were also present during the distribution and the appreciation of this support was enormous.

Computer project February 2021:

At the beginning of this year, we made preparations to set up a computer class for a senior school in Nuwakot. At the moment the students are given computer lessons using books but without any computers. The plan is to purchase a printer and, depending on the budget, four or five computers and chairs. Wooden tables will be manufactured by the local carpenter. This project had to be postponed as well, but we plan to carry it out in February-March next year.


Online Webshop:

Support our projects and order something nice in our newly opened online webshop. Handmade Christmas Snowflakes for only Euro 3.50, gorgeous for decorating the Christmas tree. We also offer handmade key rings, perfect for the school bag or bunch of keys, for only Euro 4.90 and other nice items from Nepal and Bali. Needless to say that all proceeds will go directly to our projects for next year.

Click here to view our webshop or consider a donation to support our projects:

Thanks to our sponsors:

We would like to thank all our sponsors for the support of the past year. Without your help we would not have been able to carry out our support projects.

With your help 109 families received food & hygiene packages during the months-long lock-down and all the rooms in the newly rented house of the Hopeful Home orphans have been completely painted and equipped with new carpets, curtains and bed sheets. Finally, we sponsored ten students for the entire school year. All this is not possible without the help of our sponsors! Thousand times thanks for this!

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a healthy 2021!

Namaste,

Geke, Jolanda, Sylvia, Alex & Samantha

Laxmi Support Foundation

Newsletter 24 September 2020

Dear all,

Here is the latest update of our project for Hopeful Home and the situation with regards to Covid-19 in Nepal.

Covid-19 in Nepal: Nepal is still in a lock down, although the rules are being relaxed a little. The number of new infections per day is around 1100 and the death toll is now 436. About 10,000 tests are carried out per day, which is very low compared to Western countries. The lock down is taking a heavy toll on the population. There is no more work for day workers, construction workers, tourism workers, and without government support, people fall back on to harsh poverty. Every day thousands of meals are distributed in Kathmandu by three different charity organizations. The situation remains worrisome and with the death toll slowly increasing, the end is not yet in sight.

Painting of the new house for Hopeful Home and more: In July the children moved to a new rental house located in ‘Duwakot’. It’s a near the previous home outside Bhaktapur. Gopini Wosti, the manager of Hopeful Home, has been looking for a new accommodation for a long time, and fortunately she managed to conclude a five-year lease contract. Laxmi Support has experienced five different houses for Hopeful Home in the past 14 years and this new house is a lot more spacious than the previous ones, although the garden is somewhat smaller.

Laxmi Support has painted all the rooms and halls. Ram, of Laxmi Support, and Gopini went out together to purchase all the paint materials. They have also bought metal paint so that all the bunk bed frames could be painted too. Ten painters worked hard for a couple of days to get the job done. Instead of bare grey cement walls, the entire house is now painted a fresh very Nepali pink!

We have also provided a new carpet, curtains and bed sheets. Ram and Gopini went out for a second time to buy all these materials in the nearby Bhaktapur market. We’ve chosen for an average quality carpet in a beautiful red color with gold-colored pattern (red is Nepal’s favourite color). In 2018 Laxmi Support also provided carpet in the bedrooms of the previous house; this carpet has now been re-used in the hall on the first and second floor of the new house.

The children are very happy and according to Gopini it is the best house they’ve ever lived in. A huge thank you goes out to all our sponsors for their continued financial support; without your donations we would have not been able to carry out these support projects for the children of Hopeful Home.

Laxmi Support stall on our lane: Unfortunately, all English summer markets were canceled due to the corona virus, so to raise some funds for our projects we need to look for new alternatives. Therefore throughout the summer we’ve set up a mini stall on the lane of our house. It turned out to be a great success! We sell Samantha’s crocheted keyrings of cute jellyfish, little whales and love hearts and also lavender bags. Very popular also were the beautifully handmade mugs, donated by a good friend of Alex and Sam. In addition to our lovely neighbors, who have bought something nice from our stall, there were also a fair number of regular walkers going up to the Moors passing our stall. And it turned out: that nothing can be more fun than to clip a cute little crocheted jellyfish on your backpack. We have raised a wonderful amount of £ 380and as long as the rains hold off, Samantha will keep on crocheting!

Online Stop:Another initiative is the launch of our Online Shop on our website! Bracelets and necklaces from Bali, glitter storage boxes and keyrings crocheted by Samantha. Orders can be placed from the Netherlands and England. If you would like to place an order from a another country, please send us an e-mail. Needless to say that all proceeds will go directly to our projects. Click here to view our new online shop: https://laxmi-support.com/store/

Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with the Covid-19 situation in Nepal and for more news and photos of our projects. Or check out our websiteand YouTube channel.

Big Namaste from us all,
Jolanda, Geke, Sylvia, Ram, Alex & Samantha

Newsletter 11 April 2020

Dear all,

In these uncertain and difficult times, with so many countries in ‘lock down’, we thought it would be good to provide some information about the outbreak of the Corona Virus in Nepal and how it affects our projects. Earlier this year we started up two projects, however unfortunately we’ve decided to put a hold on these as Nepal went into full lock-down on March 23rd. Read more below:

Nepal and the Corona Virus:

Until now, nine cases of Corona Virus have been identified in the country, of which the first infection occurred within Nepal itself. In total, nearly 1,900 tests were conducted. This week the Nepalese government has decided to extend the national lockdown by a further 9 days until April 15. In Kathmandu, all traffic has been shut down, schools and shops are closed, and traveling to another district is only allowed with special permission. This means also that all international and domestic flights have been canceled until then. *

Below you will find more information about the projects we started up in February but have not yet been able to finalize:

Sponsoring ten students of the Taruka Hillside Primary School:

Located in the hills of the Nuwakot district, the Taruka Hillside School has approximately 235 children. As a private school parents pay school fees annually. Some children come from poor families and receive a ‘scholarship’, which means that the school fees are canceled. For this year we have decided to support these children with a new school uniform, books, notebooks and writing materials. We already bought materials for the school uniforms and distributed these to the children. The local tailor will make the uniforms. Unfortunately, the school is currently closed and we can only hand out books and stationary once the children return to school. A few photos of the distribution of the materials for the school uniforms are attached. More photos will follow, once the school has re-opened. 

Distributing materials and some stationary to students of the Taruka Hillside School in Nuwakot


Computer Lab for the Shree Saraswati Adharbhut Senior School:

This school, also located in the district of Nuwakot, has about 200 students and they receive computer lessons from textbooks only. Therefore the school management urged us to provide computers and a printer, so that the children will be able to practice software programs, such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, on the computer. Ram has shopped around and we have found suitable, good quality computers at a tech-shop in Kathmandu. We placed an order for five computers and a printer, however as also this school will remain closed until further notice, we have decided to put this project on hold. Payment for the computers has not yet been made. 

On our Facebook page we will continue to share news from Nepal and we hope that we can successfully complete our projects in the near future. This depends entirely on how the Corona Virus will develop in Nepal in the coming weeks / months. We truly hope that the virus will not spread further throughout the country, as the consequences and suffering will be incalculable.

Please do let us know if you have any questions. Stay healthy and safe wherever you are.

Big Namaste,
Samantha Laxmi Support Foundation

Newsletter 23 December 2019

Dear All,

Here we are again with some good news to report from Laxmi Support:

Sponsoring Tihar Festival in Hopeful Home:

This year Laxmi Support sponsored the Tihar festival for the children of Hopeful Home. Tihar is a five-day Hindu festival, which is mainly celebrated in Nepal and some parts of India. It is the second largest festival of the country and is also called the “festival of the lights“, as many lights are lit indoors and outdoors. On the evening of the third day, blessings are given to Laxmi, the Goddess of Prosperity, by burning oil lamps and candles in front of windows and doors to welcome prosperity and happiness into the home. The fifth and last day of the festival is called “Bhai Tika”, where the sisters apply a red coloured rice “tika” to the foreheads of their brothers to wish them a long life and thank them for their protection.

To make Tihar a success for the children of Hopeful Home, Ram from Laxmi Support, together with Gopini Wosti, Krishna and a few other children from Hopeful Home, went out to stock up on groceries. They bought two bags of rice of in total 50 kilos, 6 kilos of sugar, oil, tea, meat, flowers, fruit, potatoes, various vegetables, coconuts, soft drinks, shampoo, conditioners, new underwear for all 24 children, and much, much more. We bought for a total of £ 490, which will also be useful for the weeks ahead. For a full report with photos, read: https://laxmi-support.com/kinderhuis-hopeful-home/akties/sponsoring-tihar-festival-2019

Christmas market at school:

On Tuesday December 10th, we were at the Stover School Christmas market in Newton Abbott, England. The market only lasted two hours, but it was super busy with parents and children attending the market. All week the students had made beautiful Christmas decorations in the class to be sold on their own stalls. There were also games, a raffle, a lucky-dip and much more.

The colourful stall of Laxmi Support attracted a lot of attention. Our stall was packed with Dream Catcher key rings, bracelets and purses decorated with colourful beads from Bali. Pretty bags, delicious tea and other things from Nepal. We’ve sold a lot and Samantha’s crocheted lavender bags and little rabbits were sold out! We raised an amazing amount of £ 135. Big thanks for the “Friends of Stover”, who organized the Christmas market and also to everyone who bought a little something from our stall. Needless to say that all monies raised will go directly to our projects in Nepal.

Tea from Nepal:

At our market stall we sell delicous tea from Nepal in colorful bags (see photos in the attachment). The bags can be purchased for 3.95 GBP (excl. shipping costs from the UK / payment via bank transfer or Paypal). If you would also like to receive tea from Nepal and thereby contribute to our projects, do let us know by sending an email to: laxmi.support@hotmail.com. Thank you in advance for your support.

For the new year we will continue with our projects for the schools and children’s home and we will keep you posted. Follow us on Facebook or visit our website.

We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a healthy and especially happy New Year.

Namaste, Samantha, Laxmi Support Foundation

Newsletter 1 October 2019

Dear all,

After a glorious English summer, it’s time for an update of Laxmi Support:

Market stalls 2019: In June and August Laxmi Support was present at three festivals in the English villages of Ashburton, Staverton and Scoriton. Our blue coloured gazebo came in handy, not so much to shelter from the rain but more to get some shade from the hot summer sun. All three festivals were well attended with a record number of more than 1000 visitors plus the children at the Scoriton Country Show. There were dog shows, flower and vegetable competitions and all kinds of sports activities and games for the children.

In between all this hustle and bustle was our Laxmi Support gazebo decorated with fluttering Buddha flags above a display of colorful things from Nepal, Bali, Thailand, second-hand and new toys, clothing and so much more. Our stall was well attended on all three days and we were able to tell many people about our activities for the schools and the children’s home in Nepal. In total we sold for a marvelous sum of £ 317, which, with deduction of donations to the organizers of the festivals, will go entirely to our projects.

At the Ashburton Grand Fete, 2019

From December this year, Laxmi Support will also be present at the monthly village market of Staverton. This two-hour market is held every third Saturday morning of the month and after four years of attending Laxmi Support is well known in the local community. Up to now, we have sold for £ 113 this year, which will also go directly to our projects.

For a full report and photos:

Ashburton Grand Fete: https://laxmi-support.com/uw-steun/fondsenwerving/ashburton-grand-fete-2019

Staverton Flower Show & Sports: https://laxmi-support.com/uw-steun/fondsenwerving/staverton-bloemen-show-sports-2019

Scoriton Country Show & Sports: https://laxmi-support.com/uw-steun/fondsenwerving/scoriton-country-show-sports-2019

New treasurers: In June this year, Henk Wagenaar, the father of Samantha and our treasurer since October 2011, has indicated, unfortunately he can no longer execute the role of treasurer for our charity and would like to pass it on to someone else. This has been a hard decision, but the time had come. We would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thanks to Henk for all his work over the years. Henk has managed the financial side of numorous projects and was also highly involved in our relief efforts after the earthquakes of 2015. We would like to thank Henk from the bottom of our hearts for 8 years of being our treasurer to the foundation!

Fortunately Geke Kegelaar and her daughter Jolanda from Wapenveld will jointly take over the role of treasurer. The transfer has been arranged with the Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands and we are in the process of changing names and address for the ING Bank. Geke and Samantha have met each other at the ABN AMRO Bank in Amsterdam in 2008 and their friendship has remained ever since. Geke has been a loyal sponsor of Laxmi Support for many years and has also carried out various campaigns for our foundation. For example, this year Geke raised money for Laxmi Support for her sixtieth birthday and in 2008 Geke and her family sold orange-coloured balloons in Amsterdam on Queen’s Day (see report: https://laxmi-support.com/uw-steun/fondsenwerving/ballonnen-verkoop-koninginnemarkt-amsterdam-2008).

The address of Laxmi Support has now also changed and is: Kievitsweg 8, 8191 BG Wapenveld, Netherlands.

Upcoming project: Festival time has arrived in Nepal. The Dashain Harvest festival has already started and will be extensively celebrated throughout the country. The next important festival will be Tihar which will start in November. This festival is also called the ‘Festival of Lights’, as people will put candles and oil lamps in front of their windows and houses for the Goddess of Prosperity, Laxmi, to find her way to the houses. During this time the Kathmandu valley will be beautifully lit with many small lights. For the children of Hopeful Home, the Tihar festival is their most favourite time of the year and will be celebrated with an extra big meal, new clothes and lots of offerings for the Laxmi Goddess. This year we would love to sponsor this festival for the children. More news will follow in our next newsletter.

Follow us on Facebook or check out our website for more photos and stories.

Big namaste,
Samantha, Laxmi Support Foundation

Newsletter 17 June 2019

Dear All, 

It’s been a while, but please find below our update of the Laxmi Support’s activities over the last few months.


Renovation project Annapurna Basic School in Nuwakot, April-June 2019:

On Monday, 17 June, we officially completed the renovation project of this school. Three classrooms were plastered on the inside and the entire school was painted in fresh yellow and blue colours. The families of the children from this school come from the Dalit caste, which is the lowest caste in Nepal. The painter also inscribed the English and Nepalese alphabets, a map of the Nuwakot district, the months of the year and the days of the week on the walls of the classrooms. He also painted on the building outside the national symbols of Nepal. All in all it has made for a beautiful school where the children can follow lessons in a pleasant environment. 


Last Monday Ram from Laxmi Support and his wife Saraswati traveled to the school by taxi and distributed school materials to the children. They also handed out a globe and a Canon printer to the headmaster. Having their own printer is a major step forward for the school, as they’re no longer dependent on the local print shop, which is more than an hour one way from the school. This will save such a lot of  time and money. Despite intense heat, the welcome ceremony at the school was as always fantastic. For a full report and photos: https://laxmi-support.com/scholen/annapurna-primary-school-nuwakot/renovatie-project-annapurna-basic-school-2019

Sponsors visit the Annapurna Primary School in Pokhara, April 2019:At the beginning of this year we were approached by John Lindsay, who had the wish to visit a Laxmi Support project during his trip to Nepal in April this year. John, who is from Australia, has been a loyal sponsor of Laxmi Support’s projects for many years. A visit to the Annapurna Primary School in Pokhara proved to be the best option and was arranged. 
On Monday, April 22, John, his daughter and her partner, and two grandchildren visited the school and received a warm welcome from the teachers. They had brought colouring materials for the children and spent a few hours making wonderful drawings with the students. John and his family and also the children and teachers of the school thought it was a great experience, or as in John’s own words: “One of the Biggest Highlights of our Trip!” We would like to thank John and his family for their enthusiasm, time and effort. Read more about John’s experiences here: https://laxmi-support.com/uw-steun/vrijwilligerswerk/vrijwilligers-annapurna-primary-school/sponsors-bezoeken-de-annapurna-primary-school


School materials for the Annapurna Primary School in Pokhara, January 2019:

At the start of this year, Marjolein from the Sonmar Foundation asked us if we wanted to donate writing materials and two clocks also to the Annapurna Primary School in Pokhara. Marjolein has been one of Laxmi Support’s volunteers at the Annapurna Primary School in 2009 and afterwards has set up her own foundation. We are delighted that Marjolein also continued to support this school in recent years. Marjolein purchased and distributed all kinds of materials for 140 Euro, such as notebooks, pencils, coloring books, colored pencils, two clocks etc. for the children. All kinds of things that are very useful at school. We would like to thank Marjolein for the wonderful cooperation and commitment. For a full report with photos: https://laxmi-support.com/scholen/annapurna-primary-school/akties/schrijfmaterialen-2019


For the upcoming summer months, Laxmi Support has booked a spot at the summer fetes in the English towns of Ashburton, Staverton and Scoriton. Our stall will be full of colourful things from Nepal and Bali and lots of second-hand and new toys, children’s clothes and books. Thumbs up for a good sale and lots of English sunshine!


Big thanks to all our sponsors. The appreciation of our actions in Nepal is enormous! However difficult to convey, this is why we refer to the attached ‘Letter of Appreciation’ for our renovation project at the Annapurna Basic School in Nuwakot. This letter is for all our sponsors, without your support we would not be able to carry out our actions, so therefore a huge THANKS!


For more information and photos, have a look on our Facebook page or our website( translation button available).


Big Namaste,

Samantha, Laxmi Support Foundation

Newsletter 10 July 2018

Dear All,

As promised, please find below a follow up newsletter of our actions that we launched in April of this year.

School uniforms for two primary schools:
Recently new school uniforms were distributed to the children of the Annapurna Primary School and the Raluka Devi Primary School in the district of Nuwakot. The children of these two schools come from the lowest class of society, called Dalits. In April this year, Samantha purchased the blue fabrics for the shirts and skirts/ pants in Kathmandu and Ram brought the materials up to Nuwakot to hand it over to the local tailors of the two villages. It took several weeks for all 55 uniforms to be finalised. Ram travelled once more to Nuwakot to check on the final result and has made many pictures of the happy children in their new school clothes. For full report with photos, visit: https://laxmi-support.com/scholen/annapurna-primary-school-nuwakot/school-uniformen-voor-twee-scholen-2018

Ashburton Grand Fete:
On Sunday afternoon, July 1, the ‘Grand Fete’ took place in the village of Ashburton. As the day started with heavy rain, it was questionable whether the market would continue. Luckily around noon the sun broke through and it turned into a successful afternoon for the Ashburton Grand Fete. Various activities were organized, such as a dog show and folk dancing for children. Laxmi Support was present with a colorful market stall and our revenue was as much as £ 106. For full report with photos, see: https://laxmi-support.com/uw-steun/fondsenwerving/ashburton-grand-fete-2018

New home for the Keshab Thapa family:
In the newsletter of 1 October 2017 we informed you about the loan we have provided to Keshab Thapa and his family for building a new house. Keshab, his wife and two small children have lived in corrugated iron shelter over two years after their home was badly damaged by the eartquake of 2015. Now we can report that their new home is finished and that the loan has been repaid for almost half. It is a brick house with two rooms. A hallway leads from the front door to the back door in between the rooms. The roof is made of the corrugated sheets that we have provided after the earthquake for building a temporary shelter. The wooden window frames and doorposts are made by Keshab himself. We are delighted that finally Keshab and his family have a roof over their heads. A photo of the new house has been added to this newsletter.

In November we have planned to distribute warm fleece jackets to two primary schools in Nuwakot. One fleece jacket will cost around £5. A donation towards this project would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!

Enjoy the amazing summer, namaste,
Samantha
Laxmi Support Foundation

Newsletter 10 May 2018

Dear All,

On April 22nd we returned from Nepal. Once again it was an exciting and inspiring journey. The answer to the question whether Nepal had fully recovered from the earthquake of three years ago, we can say that quite a lot of construction work has been carried out so far and a lot of building works are still ongoing. However, so much has still to be done and much needs to be done differently. We visited a few villages outside Kathmandu, called Sankhu and Changu Narayan. Both villages were badly damaged after the earthquake. Fortunately many houses have been rebuilt and the sound of construction work was still predominant on the streets. We noticed the same situation in the district of Nuwakot. The government has provided a sum of 2500 Euro to each family, to be given in three different instalments during the building process. It’s true to say that with the soaring prices of building materials this amount is not sufficiënt to built a simple two room-house and many families had to take out expensive loans, that will take them years and years to repay, if ever.

Time for news of our projects:

Backpacks, Sandals, Writing Materials and Sports items:
The first week we stayed in the center of Kathmandu from where we could focus on the schools in the Nuwakot district. Two afternoons we went out shopping at the wholesalers of medieval area of Asan, a maze of small streets packed with tiny wholesale shops amongst high buildings. Sunlight never reaches the ground in these small dark alleys. We purchased backpacks, sandals, copies, pencils, sharpeners, erasers and sports items for a total of 230 students divided over four schools. In the early hours we left with two 4×4 jeeps to Nuwakot. One jeep was loaded to the gills with our purchases and the second jeep was for the team, myself and family plus Ram and Saraswati and their two-year-old daughter.

The journey up to the Trisuli River went smoothly. After crossing the bridge the jeeps climbed up the hills and the road became unpaved and extremely dusty. Some delays occurred, when a truck in the middle of a hilly road broke down. Luckily there was enough space to pass the truck on the mountainside, but some heavy work had to be done to roll away large boulders and level out small stones and grit. After half an hour or so, we jumped back in the jeep and continued our journey to the village of Newarpani, where we distributed all the things to the children of the first school. Over the past three years the 90 children of this school have had their lessons under a simple corrugated roof. Fortunately, building works for a new school have started, so the end of this harsh situation is in sight. It was rewarding to see that several children were wearing the fleece jackets that Laxmi Support had distributed in November last year.

The second school is located twenty minutes farther on the next hill in the village of Simle. The children of this small school are part of the lowest caste of society, called Dalits. For the past three years these children have been taught in a corrugated iron cabin, which is boiling hot and terrible noisy in the rainy months and freezing cold in the dry months. The iron cabin does provide shelter from the wind, but the majority of their lessons are done outside on a wooden bench. The heavily damaged school is still there but will soon be demolished to be replaced by a new school. The children were so delighted with all the things we brought them. It is difficult to understand that besides a wooden table and bench there is hardly anything else in this school. The children will also receive a new school uniform, which is currently made by the local tailor. More on this to follow later.

Time to travel to the third school in the village of Budhasing. These children also come from the very lowest caste and on our arrival many villagers came out to watch. A long speech was given by the head of the school and Ram highlighted to all the students that attending classes to learn to read, write and do maths is really quite essential. We hope that this support motivates the children to keep on going to school. School uniforms are also made for these children by the local village tailor. Full report on this will follow shortly.

Late in the day we visited the fourth and last school, also located in the village of Budhasing. Since 2007 we supported this school and therefore it was wonderful to return and to meet everyone. Part of this school has been demolished and is being rebuilt. The second part is still in use, but here too there is hardly anything in the class rooms other than a wooden bench and table. The children neatly lined up to receive the backpack, sandals and writing materials. The sports articles were also a great success and a little boy was a superstar in trying out the hoola-hoop.

In total we were able to support 230 students, young and old, who were all delighted with all the gifts. It was a tiring but truly fantastic day! For full report with photos, visit: https://laxmi-support.com/scholen/schooltassen-sandalen-voor-vier-scholen-nuwakot-2018

Day out with the children of Hopeful Home:
In the second week of our trip we stayed outside Kathmandu in the historic village of Changu Narayan. From here we walked to the children’s home, Hopeful Home, which was a beautiful walk with many things to see. However, the orphanage was much further than we had expected and our girls were quite tired at the end of the day. It was great to see Gopini and the kids again and Anneloes and Juliette quickly made new friends.

We wanted to organize a day out for the children and Gopini suggested to go to the recently opened aviation museum, located in an actual airplane, Airbus 300-330. The visit was a great success and afterwards we treated the kids to pizzas in a restaurant, something they never ever experience. All 20 pizzas were eaten in no-time, even though we completely forgot to put the spicy chili on the table, Nepali kids do not have a meal without it. After the pizzas we crossed the street to visit a beautifully restored historical garden, the ‘Garden of Dreams’. While queing at the entrance we were told that no children were allowed in the garden after 12 o’clock! And there we were with more than 20 children! The manager was called over and after solemnly promising that we would all behave properly, we were allowed to enter the garden, which was full of colourful flowers and exotic trees. The little chipmunks in the trees and in the grass stole the show and spotting tadpoles in the pond was a joy. We finished the day off with an icecream for all children after which it was time to hop back on the bus, which we hired for the day to bring the children back home. Fabulous day and we hope the kids will remember it for a long time! For full report with photos, see: https://laxmi-support.com/kinderhuis-hopeful-home/akties/dagje-uit-with-the-children-2018

New mattresses and bedding for Hopeful Home:
During our visit to the house of Hopeful Home we discussed with Gopini what kind of support was needed. It was not difficult to notice that the mattresses, or actually the blankets filled with cotton, needed to be replaced and the bedding was old and worn. The children sleep in bunk beds, with two or three children per bed. We prepared a list and a few days later we returned to the wholesalers at New Road to purchase all the things together with Gopini. We bought new blankets, mattress covers and also 25 cushions for in the ‘library’, where they make their homework on the cold cemented floor. At least with the cushions it will be so much more comfortable. All the things were loaded into a van and we drove on to Bhaktapur that same afternoon to purchase new mattresses, this time actual real mattrasses! Pillows with pillow cases and last but not least new carpet for the bedrooms, so also here it’s no longer a cold cemented floor. Red colour carpet for the girls and grey for the boys bedroom. As a very last thing, we bought a new iron machine, because Krishna, one of the oldest boys in the house, had told us that theirs was broken. An ironing board was not necessary as the top of a wooden cupboard is used as such. A few days before we had to leave for England, we went back to Hopeful Home for our final visit. The children were so so happy with their new mattress and warm blanket. Sleep well, sweet children! For full report with photos, see: https://laxmi-support.com/kinderhuis-hopeful-home/akties/nieuwe-matrassen-en-beddengoed-2018

Having said it so many times before, I will keep on saying it: all this support cannot be arranged without the generous donations from all our sponsors!! Thank you so very much on behalf of the children of Nuwakot and Hopeful Home and from all of us at Laxmi Support! You brought so much joy to all, if you could only imagine! Check our website for photos and extensive report and follow us on Facebook and spread the word.

Big Namaste,
Samantha
Laxmi Support Foundatio

Newsletter 16 March 2018

Dear All,

Wednesday next week we will travel for three weeks to the fascinating Himalayan country of Nepal. Vaccinations have been done, visas prepared and travel bags almost packed. A large travel bag is stuffed with warm clothing for the children in the mountainous district of Nuwakot and for the children’s home in Jhaukel, such as knitted hats, sweaters and scarves, jackets and toothbrushes etc, all this will end up very well.

In the first week of our stay we will travel by 4×4 jeep to the schools in the villages of Budhasing and Newarpani in Nuwakot. We will see and discuss what best ways we can support the children and also whether there are still families who can use extra help with the reconstruction of their homes after the earthquake of almost three years ago. Both schools have started rebuilding parts of their schools and we might be able to contribute a little in this area as well. We also look forward to meet again the family of Keshab Thapa, who was able to rebuilt his family home by using an interest-free loan provided by Laxmi Support. In the second week we want to visit the children in Hopeful Home. We booked three nights in a rural guesthouse nearby Hopeful Home and hope that we will be able to walk to their house.

We very much look forward to visiting this beautiful but poor country once again and are curious to see how much restoration work has been carried out in and around the Kathmandu Valley after the April 2015 earthquake.

That is it for now. Please follow us on Facebook and keep an eye on our next newsletter. More to follow…..

Take care,
Samantha & Alex
Laxmi Support Foundation