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. 🙂
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.
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.
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 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:
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.
Since 24th of March the Government of Nepal has locked down the country. All schools, colleges, market, industries, cinemas, etc. are closed including restrictions on mobility for the public and businesses. The government has decided to halt the operation of international and domestic flights till May 15 as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19.
The country has 13 labs that are functioning to test of Corona Disease spread over 7 provinces of Nepal.
Due to lack of vehicles thousands of people have gone and are still going back to their villages by food. Migrant families are having massive problems to get food in the cities, because they are very much dependent on their daily wages as they work from day to day.
The supply of necessities in the major cities, including Kathmandu are available but the prices of daily commodities rose. Daily wage earners have lost their job and they do not have other source of income besides waiting government support. In this crisis mainly elderly people, children and people with physical disabilities are suffering most. The government has established a Corona relief fund to support affected people and appealed to support through relief fund.
Our partner VOC (Voice of Children Nepal) is working on creating and distributing hygiene packages for families living in remote villages. We are supporting this initiative, to help ensure that the virus doesn’t spread more in Nepal. More details to follow. Thanks to all of our supporters. With your help we can make a difference.
The semester is over and work has started for us. We got many good and important insights: for example, how we best communicate (website, newsletter, social media, direct marketing), when and valuable information on donation behavior in Germany, for which we are very grateful.
The first thing we did was revise our website design because it was no longer up to date and user-friendly. Now it is easier to see what we stand for, what we do and how we can be supported.
Next we take care of our newsletter and social media. If you know someone who would like to support us here, please refer to us.