A HOME FOR EARTHQUAKE AFFECTED CHILDREN IN SOLUKHUMBU
In January 2019 we broke ground on the site for our home for 100 children from the Solukhumbu. In May 2019 we were well on our way and in the midst of construction. In February 2020 the building was on to the third story. Despite lockdowns and pandemic challenges, construction moved ahead as planned in 2020, and the Home is now open and housing 25 children! School terms began in early April 2021 and these kids (many for the first time) are getting an education.
Thanks to all our donors who have helped us realize this ambitious and important project, and an extra big thanks to our supporters at Arhaus for contributing over $112k to this important project!
You can view a photo album compilation of work on the home over the past 2 years HERE.
Watch a video about the project kick-off here https://youtu.be/LFvLMYdNfgU
May 2019 – construction is well underway.
February 2020 – three floors in process
The mega earthquake of 2015 that killed 9,000 people, destroyed 288,000 houses, and internally displaced 188,900 people, marked its third post-earthquake anniversary on April 24, 2018. The Solukhumbu region was hit hard, since it was one of the closest districts to the epicenter. Nepal’s Central Government, due to economic reasons, did not declare Solukhumbu as an emergency district. Because of that, recovery has been slow and is still ongoing, although today a high coordination between local government and development organisations has developed.
Since the Nepal Earthquake, we have been very busy providing much needed relief efforts, including rebuilding schools, family houses, and access to clean drinking water. During the course of our work, we have seen deeper challenges post-earthquake that especially concern the children who have suffered the loss of their families and homes. These children are at serious risk of child abuse, trafficking, and childhood marriages. It has been three years, but still many children have not been able to return to any form of schooling.
In this regard, local government and the Authority of Reconstruction of the Central Government department has extended the call for support from nonprofit organisations working in the district.
OUR NEW PROJECT IN SOLUKHUMBU DISTRICT
We have initiated another project to support more of these at risk children. Our plan is to provide a safe place for them to live that would be very similar to our Himalayan Hope Home project in Kathmandu, but with a larger capacity for the benefit of about 100 boys and girls. They will have a safe place to live; nurturing, and loving caregivers and support staff; and access to education.
Slow recovery in the wake of large disasters has high risk factors to children, making them more vulnerable than ever. These are defenseless children at risk of permanent dropout from mainstream education, ultimately making them more susceptible to the risks of trafficking, forced child labor, early marriage, and abuse. There are hundreds of children still awaiting much needed support. With the local government calling out for local NGOs to help support these children, The Small World takes accountability for these children who, if not taken into refuge, are in direct threat of exploitation and abuse.
The Home PROVIDES:
– 20 dormitory rooms for children’s accommodation to benefit up to 100 children
– 5 Rooms for teacher quarters
– 3 Rooms for staff
– Kitchen & Dining rooms
– 2 rooms for office and meetings with guests
– Separate toilets and showers for girls, boys and teachers
– 24 hour running drinking water installation
– Library and computer lab room
– For sport, volleyball playground, football playground, badminton field, table tennis games, etc.
– Auditorium capacity for up to 150 children
-Land for the children and staff to grow their own vegetables and food for sustainability, as well as to teach agricultural skills to the students.
We need your generous support!
The Small World is requesting to all our generous donors, supporters, and volunteers to help support our first year of operations at the Friends of Arhaus Children’s Home. Sponsorships of kids in need are much appreciated.
$50 will help to buy school books and supplies for one child.
$100 will help to cover school uniform expenses per child.
$300 will cover the yearly school tuition fees per child
$1000 will cover all the expenses for one child for one year.
$4,000 will help to cover 50 children annual tuition fees.