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Happy Reunion

We met Laxmi and the children for the first time in 2015, right after the earth quake. We travelled to meet them 5 times, supported Women and Children Service Center for a bit over 2 years and finally went back to meet up again.

It was really good to meet them all incl. the new children and we will for sure go back again to see how we can support.

Great also to see that many things we bought are still in use! 🙂

The orphanage mooved to a new location that provides them with more space and the opportunity to grew vegetbales. Birgit had to pick a cucumber that was delicious. 🙂

Welcome, every Buddy. We do have our own podcast now.

Hi Buddies,

We hope you are all well! There’s exciting news we love to share with you, because as of yesterday we have our own podcast. This means that we can now be heard on Anchor and Spotify. So you don’t need a Spotify subscription.

You find us here–> https://anchor.fm/bbaier/episodes/Back-in-Kathmandu-and-my-first-ever-Podcast-e18toh1?fbclid=IwAR038JNhpHwhrtvRDxb8tOVAoGCo-B9r4I58kB-JaN6vvnUSOMbtA58093Q

We deliberately decided to do the podcast in English so that our Nepal friends and people from other parts of the world can listen to it as well. Birgit is currently in Kathmandu and will have a lot to report from there. Enjoy and let us know what you think about it.

Happy Father’s Day ❤️🍀🙏🏼

Today we celebrate Father’s Day in Germany. Father’s Day is also known regionally as Herrentag or Men’s Day. It is a custom celebrated in different parts of the world in honor of fathers and fatherhood. Depending on the country and region, it is celebrated on different days.

In Nepal, this day is celebrated on September 7, 2021 and is called Kushe Aunsi is also known as Gokarna Aunsi. This is great, because then we can celebrate the day 2 times 😏😁

Let’s think together about all the fathers who are having an especially hard time providing for and supporting their families right now. Help us make a difference.

International Happiness Day / sukha and 9 more words

First of all, we wish you all a wonderful and happy Happiness Day 2021 and that it continues for you until at least 31.12.2021. Especially in this really challenging and strange time that demands so much from us in every way YOU only deserve the best.

But what does happiness actually mean? Certainly something different for each of us, that much is certain.

Meaning of the word 

The word “luck”, from Middle High German glücke/gelücke (from the second half of the 12th century) or Middle Low German gelücke/lücke, originally meant something like “the way something ends/good turns out”. Luck was therefore the favourable outcome of an event. To be distinguished from this is Glückseligkeit, which is usually explained and understood in connection with a state of (religious) salvation or a high degree of self-satisfaction.

In other languages, there is a clear distinction between the meanings of the words “to be lucky” and “to be happy”. In English there are the phrases to be lucky (“to have luck”; derived from luck) and to be happy (“to be happy”, from happiness). 

Sanskrit has over ten words to describe feelings of happiness, such as sukha for happiness that gives a pleasant sensation, krtarthata for satisfaction after a deed, ananda for joyful bliss, sampad for the pleasant feeling in the body after yoga exercises, for example.

And what it means for us

It makes us happy when we can give children and families some happiness, hope and a future. When we can bring about change through you, positive change. It also makes us happy when we gain your trust and motivate you to join us, when we feel your response and realize that you are interested in our news, follow us on social media, and support our chosen programs through your donations. Thank you for this and please let us know if you have any suggestions or proposals: we look forward to a dialogue with you.

And what makes you happy? Let us know 😊

No income without tourism / Covid-19 consequences

In recent years, Nepal has become a pioneer in conservation. According to WWF, Nepal has been able to almost double tiger numbers and successfully combat poaching. Especially due to the development and expansion of tourism, nature and thus the habitat of many species has gained great importance among the local population.

We cannot even imagine what will happen now due to the loss of tourism as a source of income due to Corona. Poverty is increasingly spreading and the support for the protection of nature is crumbling.

Previously, many people had emigrated to the big cities of India or the Gulf States to work in factories, hotels or on cruise ships. With Covid-19, they are no longer needed and have been sent home – back to their homeland, for example, to the extreme south of Nepal. Here – in the dense forests of the Terai Arc landscape at the foot of the Himalayas – tigers, elephants and rhinos still live. And now more people live here than before. At the same time, the families of the returnees have also been struggling to survive since the beginning of the pandemic.

WWF: “Until 20 years ago, Nepal was considered a hub of poaching and illegal wildlife trade. But determined conservation measures, which comprehensively involve the local population, have had an impact. Nepal was able to almost double its tiger numbers and successfully combat poaching. The transboundary Terai Arc landscape – at the same time one of the most biodiverse and most fragmented and threatened ecosystems in Asia – was able to recover.

Now, new cases of rhino poaching are threatening the conservation successes of the entire region. In addition, the search for food and firewood is driving people deeper and deeper into the forests. Six people have lost their lives in tiger attacks in recent months alone. They had surprised the animals in each case at their prey. The danger that the tigers will subsequently be killed out of grief, revenge or anger is great.”

Corona in Nepal threatens people – living in urban or rural areas – as well as nature. 

(picture credit: Birgit Baier, most pictures are taken on the way to Annapurna Base Camp

Nari Dibas = International Women’s Day in Nepal / 08.03.2076 😏

Women’s Day in Nepal is written as ‘Nari ko Diwas’, which is known as Nari Diwas in the Nepali language. The ‘of’ means ‘ko’, which is not necessary to pronounce when writing a phrase as a noun. Nari means ‘women’ and Diwas means ‘day’ in the Nepali language, while the counterpart ‘Nar’ means ‘male’.

International Women’s Day in Nepal is held every year on 8 March to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also a day used to highlight persistent gender inequality and call for further change.

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The theme of International Women’s Day 2021 is – “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World”.

UN WOMEN.ORG:

“The theme celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is also aligned with the priority theme of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, “Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”, and the flagship Generation Equality campaign, which calls for women’s right to decision-making in all areas of life, equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end all forms of violence against women and girls, and health-care services that respond to their needs.

Women stand at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, as health care workers, caregivers, innovators, community organizers and as some of the most exemplary and effective national leaders in combating the pandemic. The crisis has highlighted both the centrality of their contributions and the disproportionate burdens that women carry.

Women leaders and women’s organizations have demonstrated their skills, knowledge and networks to effectively lead in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. Today there is more acceptance than ever before that women bring different experiences, perspectives and skills to the table, and make irreplaceable contributions to decisions, policies and laws that work better for all.

Majority of the countriesthat have been more successful in stemming the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic and responding to its health and broader socio-economic impacts, are headed by women. For instance, Heads of Government in Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, New Zealand and Slovakia have been widely recognized for the rapidity, decisiveness and effectiveness of their national response to COVID-19, as well as the compassionate communication of fact-based public health information.

Yet, women are Heads of State and Government in only 20 countries worldwide.[1]

In addition to persistent pre-existing social and systemic barriers to women’s participation and leadership, new barriers have emerged with the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the world women are facing increased domestic violence, unpaid care duties, unemployment and poverty. Despite women making up a majority of front-line workers, there is disproportionate and inadequate representation of women in national and global COVID-19 policy spaces.

To uphold women’s rights and fully leverage the potential of women’s leadership in pandemic preparedness and response, the perspectives of women and girls in all of their diversity must be integrated in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes in all spheres and at all stages of pandemic response and recovery.

Additional information related to the United Nations Observance of IWD 2021 will be made available on UN Women’s website closer to the date. The hashtags for social media will be #IWD2021 and #InternationalWomensDay.”

Notes

[1] As of 8 November 2020. These data are compiled by UN Women based on information from UN Permanent Missions; only elected Heads of State are taken into consideration

German Ambassador in conversation with human rights activist.

A few days ago we received an email from the Embassy in Kathmandu with a link to a discussion between Roland Schäfer (German Ambassador) and Ms Mandira Sharma (lawyer) on transitional justice and human rights in Nepal, which we would like to share with you.


What is it about?

„Lawyer and Human Rights Defender Mandira Sharma co-founded Advocacy Forum in 2001, a non-governmental organization that works to promote the rule of law and to uphold international human rights standards in Nepal. Mandira was born in a remote area in western Nepal and was the first woman in her village to become a lawyer. She has a PhD degree. She did her Master of Law at the University of Essex in United Kingdom. She has worked for grassroots organizations advocating on behalf of prisoners, defending the rights of people in detention, and fighting against torture and ill-treatment and for proper legal representation of all prisoners, both political and non-political. In 2006 Mandira Sharma won the Human Rights Watch prestigious Human Rights Defender Award. ” (copy from YouTube movie description).

Food-Bank #1 or: more than a warm dish 🙏🏼🌞❤️

Every day the food is freshly prepared by three people. The team goes to the hospital twice a month to be checked for the Corona Virus. “If we feel we are at risk, we check more often.” explains Madan Poudeyal in charge of Rainbow Volunteer Club and therefore the program.

With your support, we have provided children in three slums of Bhaktapur with a hot meal, water, masks and a delicious dessert. Sometimes there is a sweet treat or fruit. 🙂

Also families in need were supported with food, water and masks. A mother who gave birth to a baby two days ago was supported. She is 25 years old and gave birth to her third child in the slum shelter. “When we visited her, we found that she does not have enough warm clothes, blankets and food for the baby. We supported her with blankets, mats, food and clothes. In addition, we were also able to support a pregnant woman.”

In the slum of Lokanthali, a temporary learning center was set up and a staff member was hired to take care of the sanitation, hygiene and education of the children. However, this program is not supported by us, except for the notebooks that were printed with our help.

On 12/14/2020 our 14 day support will expire. We hope to collect enough funds to support another two weeks because it’s more than a hot meal for children and families. It is reaching out, building trust and giving hope.

(Picture credit: Rainbow Volunteer Club)

Day #2 or the story of lentils, cauliflower and carrots🌞

On 03.12.2020, we had rice, lentil, cauliflower and carrot salad. Food is generally scarce and children in slums have little chance of getting healthy and tasty food.

Many people have lost their regular employment opportunities due to the corona pandemic. As a result, families and their children are forced to live with limited food supplies. The Free Hot Meal program helps people who do not have enough to eat – every day for as long as funds keep coming in.

The goal is to provide as many children as possible with warm meals. We thank all our supporters. Without you we would not be able to support our local partner to keep this important program running.

GIZ about the Himalayas / We also support solar energy👍🏼

Rural areas in Nepal suffer from a poorly developed power grid. The most sustainable and simple solution: electricity from water and sun.

“The landscape of the Himalayas is a special challenge for Nepal when it comes to power supply. Especially in the remote areas it is difficult to connect to the power grid. Renewable energies offer a solution: sun and water are abundant. With the help of solar and hydroelectric power plants, thousands of people in Nepal now have access to reliable and sustainable energy supplies for the first time. Particularly important for the mountainous country: the plants function even without being connected to the central power grid.

Also at Manoj Thakur the power was constantly out. The Nepalese migrant worker had returned to Nepal after many years in Kuwait to set up his own hairdressing business in his home district of Ilam, in the very east of the country. Power cuts interrupted his work several times a day. The solution: a solar system on the roof of his store. To do this, Thakur had access to a credit fund for renewable energies and advice from experts: “I was afraid I would have to give up my business. Now I no longer worry. I can live on my income,” he says. The reliable power supply was implemented as part of a project of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is implementing it in cooperation with the Nepalese government.

Renewable energy: Reliable, sustainable and economic.

Manoj Thakur’s hairdressing salon is not an isolated case: thanks to the project, over 140,000 people in Nepal now have reliable access to sustainable electricity. This benefits not only private households but also public institutions such as hospitals. The interconnection in island networks, so-called “mini-grids”, offers them reliable power supply independent of the public grid. The project thus not only solves existential problems, but also contributes to climate protection: More than seven tons of CO2 are now saved every year”.

How can you support us? By donations for the purchase of solar plants.

Light or electricity are not the norm in many parts of Nepal. This means that much wood is burned in stoves to produce light. This is obviously not good for many reasons: soot formation in the house, but also deforestation of the forests and it is still dangerous.
Up to 70 diseases can be attributed to the open fireplaces, which are used for cooking, heating and lighting. Diseases mainly of mothers and children.

What we do: Supply houses in remote areas with solar panels to provide light for the houses. Help them to help themselves.

Solution: Installation of 1 solar system per house including 4 lamps to be installed. For 250 € we get: 1 x solar light source, the set consisting of: Solar cell (40W), 4 LED lamps, battery and cable, multi charger, transport, installation and maintenance training.

(pictures: Birgit Baier)

Berlin angel & we are in good company!

With great pleasure we can talk today about a new location for one of our donation boxes 🙂

From a box in the basement to a new place in Zehlendorf, into the waiting room of the speech therapy Dorrte Hielscher. The box is not alone, next to it are flyers in German and English and our wishing bracelets can also be found if required.

We think we fit in well, feel very comfortable on the shelve and wish the Tierheim Berlin (on the right side) all the best.

Our very special thanks go to speech therapist Britt, who made it happen. It is a particularly wonderful feeling when we meet people who are proactively committed to us and participate.

MANY THANKS BRITT!!