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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. 🙂

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!!

We are online ..

and we are very happy about that! Admittedly it took some time, and how do you say?: good things take time 🙂

However, it is unfortunately not on the English side, because for this we would have to buy an additional program, which costs about 100 € 🙁 and we do not want to spend the money for this. At least not at this time. All you need to do is check out the shop on the German page, there you will find cards in English.

Thanks Buddy Caro for making a difference for children in Nepal.

Maybe the wishing bracelets will be a nice Christmas present for you and or your loved ones. Since the Christmas markets are unfortunately cancelled this year, we are dependent on the store and word of mouth for sales.

We wish you a good time and stay healthy.

3x luck made with Love in Nepal

Full of expectation and with joy was our conferencing with Kanchan on June 20th. It was nice to see everyone healthy, to talk and to see our new wish-bracelet.

This is our second order, as we have sold the first “test” order. So many thanks to everyone who has already bought one or more wish ribbons!!!

What’s with the wish-bracelet? They are 100 % produced in Nepal by survivors of trafficking and people without hearing. All proceeds will be used for children in Nepal!

The idea: “Close your eye, make three wishes and a knot for each wish. When the string comes off, your wishes will come true. Our tip: Don’t be shy when tying the knot and pull it tight.)

Designs: There are 4 designs and 2 cards: Bowl Heart, Round Heart, Make Three Wishes and Stylized 3 Knots.

How you can get one? So far, the only way you’ve been able to do this is to contact us: website or FB. The costs are € 10 per band plus shipping.

Share if you care.

Together we are stronger!

The plan was a different one, because we wanted to sign our cooperation or rather the framework of our collaboration directly in Kathmandu. And then came Corona 🙁

And since it is not clear at the moment whether we can travel to Kathmandu in September, we decided to sign our agreement in Hamburg.

The agreement aims to formalize the working relationship between Voice of Children (VOC) and us. VOC works with street children in Nepal to get them off the streets, protect them, educate them and unite them with their families or society so that they can stand on their own feet. Birgit visited VOC during our last trip to Nepal. Many good and important conversations were held, and we learned a lot about the situation and possibilities. Especially about the organization and the many great projects we can support, which was already the case in 2019 through your donations.

And here’s something funny: We were so excited and full of joy that we put the stamp upside down on the first attempt.

Memory Lane 2015 & Blockade

The earthquakes in Nepal in 2015, also referred to in the media as the Himalayan earthquake, occurred in April and May 2015. The first major and strongest quake had a magnitude of 7.8. The epicentre was 80 kilometres northwest of the capital Kathmandu. More than 8,600 people died:(.

In Kathmandu was no power supply for a while and hardly any drinking water. But that was not enough, as we all had to learn.

Blockade

The blockade, which began on 23 September 2015, was an economic and humanitarian crisis that severely affected Nepal and its economy. The background is a dispute between Nepal and India. Nepal has accused India of imposing an undeclared blockade. India has denied the accusations and stated that the supply shortages were imposed by Madheshi protesters inside Nepal.

Nepal is a landlocked country that imports all its oil supplies from India. On a normal day, about 300 tank trucks arrive from India. Since the beginning of the crisis, this number had shrunk to a sporadic passage of 5 to 10 tankers a day, although deliveries of perishable goods such as fruit and vegetables had generally been allowed through.

This meant that people had to queue for hours to have their gas cylinders filled. Often they were chained in long rows to make sure that you got the small reduced amount. Gasoline was in short supply. Birgit saw families in stairwells with fireplaces where food was prepared. Or on built clay stoves in gardens, if you had a garden. In the video you can see students demonstrating against this injustice.

Nevertheless, the journey is also connected with beautiful moments as we can see in the video.

We are on it: fines list in favor of organizations

We have good news to announce: since 27.04.2020 we are on the “list of fines” for the next 2 years. During this time we should have received at least one allocation of money by then. However, there is also the possibility of an extension before expiry. A big thank you to the district court Tiergarten! If you are now wondering what this is all about, here are a few details for better understanding.

What is the list of fines?

A list for organizations that meet certain criteria in order to receive money allocations. Often this is a payment ordered by the court, which goes to certain associations as a donation. It represents the penalty to be paid or a part of it.

In Germany, approximately 130,000 court cases and around 190,000 preliminary proceedings are discontinued every year as a result of a money order. This means that approximately 100 to 120 million euros are donated to charitable organizations. Isn’t that great? In comparison: every year, the German federal states collects over one billion euros in fines. Each federal state decides how high the percentage is. In Berlin, about 20 percent of the fines go to charitable organizations. In other federal states it is sometimes more.

And how does that work?

When a prosecutor initiates criminal proceedings, the outcome is usually uncertain and can take various forms. One of them is the imposition of a fine. With this, the judge or public prosecutor obtains that the alleged perpetrator makes a monetary payment to a charitable institution or organisation.

Which organisations are eligible?

According to administrative regulations, non-profit associations and organizations must be active in the following areas:

  • Youth welfare
  • Prisoner Assistance
  • Victim Assistance

Who decides?

The person concerned has no power of decision over the association, because the judge or public prosecutor decides whether or not the money is to be distributed or where it is to go. Another interesting fact is that about 70 percent of all financial impositions in Germany are assigned by the public prosecutor’s office; only 30 percent by judges. The alleged perpetrator can make a suggestion that a fine should be imposed. In the end, the public prosecutor and the judge discuss whether the imposition of a fine is the right conviction. The public prosecutor supports the judge with suggestions and ideas to find a suitable charitable institution.

Many thanks to the president of the district court Tiergarten. We are very pleased about this development.

United we are stronger – Germany supports Nepal on COVID-19 – Thanks to a French repatriation flight

We received a positive message from the German Embassy in Kathmandu that we like to share with you. 

It is a story about 3.000 PCR-Test Kits, made in Germany, that arrived in Nepal thanks to a French cargo repatriation flight. Together we are stronger. 

More details can be found here: