In Their Own Voices: The Writers of the Himalayan Hope Home – Nothing is impossible if we try! (Volume 11)

“Nothing is impossible if we try!” – Phurbu S.

Please enjoy more essays by our bright young ladies at the Himalayan Hope Home in Kathmandu. Thank you for sharing your lives with us, ladies! Your insights about the impact of education and the importance of providing good education to people in Nepal and in rural villages is so true. You are the future of your country!

When I Was In Second Position Among Them

By Phurba S.

I am in grade six now, and there are 24 students in our class. I am in second position in the class and I feel very happy and proud to be in this position.

When I was living in my village, I used to be in the pass position. At that time, I really didn’t know the power of reading, so, I didn’t study hard.  But these days, I know how important it is to study, so I work hard.

I came to Kathmandu and was admitted to a nongovernment school. The other students seemed very talented. English language was very new and hard for me, but I kept practicing. When I was in grade 4, I got fifth position in my final exam among 35 students. I was very excited and happy to be in the top five. After that success, I got more excited and worked harder. By the end of grade 4, I was in third position.

I realized that my progress was the result of my hard work. Nothing is impossible if we try. I developed more confidence, all the teachers loved me, they said good thing about me. I was very happy and I wanted to improve my position.

Now I am in grade 6 and in our third term examination I got second position where I still remain. I am very happy to be second, even though I want to be in first position of my class. So I am working very hard to get in that position and I believe in my hard work.

When I Had My First Menstruation

By Pasang lhamu S.

When I was 13 years old, I used to be happy when my sisters told me that I would soon become a teenager. Once, sitting together in a group on a Saturday evening, our sister taught us about menstruation. She said that menstruation is a very natural process and a great gift from nature to us girls.

I was feeling little bit different that morning. In the daytime, we went to a jungle to hike. We decided to climb a hill that would take us 3 hours to reach the top. Suddenly my lower stomach started to hurt. I told to my sister and she suggested that I drink some water and rest for a while. I said I could walk and we continued our hiking. I was getting well, the weather was very good, and I enjoyed the birds singing and the fresh air from the jungle. When we reached home, I went to the toilet and I found something different. My underwear was wet, and I had some blood down there. I was surprised, and said, “Oh! I am maturing.” I understood that it was my menstruation. I went to our sister, and she gave me some pads. She also told me how to use them, how we keep our body clean when we menstruate, and not to hide any problem, share all the problems with her. I felt so comfortable and confident.

I had read some conservative thoughts of our country. In the remote area of Nepal, women still have to go to the shed while they menstruate. Some are not allowed to go to into a kitchen or to temples. The people in remote areas make these rules because they think that menstruation is a bad thing. It is dirty. I feel very bad for those people.

I also feel lucky to be with educated people who understand me. I think we have to share our problems with our older sisters or with anyone from whom we can get help.

A Crash in Nepal

By Krishma S.

Monday, March 12, 2012 was a very unfortunate day for the Nepali people and for so many others. That was the day a plane named US Bangala crashed on landing at Tribhuvan international airport in Nepal. It was so dangerous I don’t want to think about it, but we have to face an accident when it happens.

I was very shocked by hearing that terrible news. I also heard that there were a number of M.BBS. students. They had passed their exam and were coming back to Nepal feeling happiness. But who knows the future! Some of the students didn’t even see their parents who had sold their property or taken out big loans to send them away for their studies.

It was a very sad moment to watch the news on TV. I realized that Nepal lost a big number of doctors. And the hard-working parents lost their children, their hope, future and everything. If our country has good universities, why would they leave Nepal to get an education? At the same time, it occurred to me to ask whose mistake caused that accident? Our nation and our people have to take responsibility and think about this very seriously.

 

 

 

The Mukli School: A Journey to Success

In the autumn of 2016 I made my first visit to the school in the village of Mukli. I was visiting the school as a part of my Master’s research on the support structures in rural Nepal that best allow more girls to achieve higher levels of education. During my visit I met with the headmaster, Dil Kumar Rai. After I had interviewed him and seen the school grounds, he took the time to write a personal letter to my colleague and leader of our partnering NGO, The Small World (Nepal): Karma Sherpa. Once I was back in Kathmandu, I hand delivered the letter to Karma. It asked for support to replace the school buildings in Mukli.

With the classrooms badly damaged in the earthquakes of 2015, The Small World had built a bamboo structure to serve as temporary classrooms, but permanent structures were sorely needed. Upon receiving Dil Kumar’s letter, Karma made the Mukli school a priority project.

In the autumn of 2018 I returned to Mukli to visit the school with volunteers from Norway and Sweden. We spent a week living with local host families in the village and working on construction tasks for a new classroom building.

In the summer of 2019 the buildings were completed! Thank you to all of you who have helped support this important and tangible project to improve the educational settings for children in rural Nepal! All that have sent funds, carried stones and been of support are appreciated and thanked. The children are jumping for joy!

Be well,
Sally

 

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new building classroomMukli new school building completedChildren playing in School

Writers of the Himalayan Hope Home: Strong Mothers Raise Strong Girls

Please take a few minutes to read this beautiful, powerful and profound story of a woman’s struggle, her persistence, and her ability to rise above the obstacles of a culture. Out bright young student, Pasang, shares the story of her mom. Thank you, Pasang, for sharing this with us!

I Am a Strong Girl Because I Am Being Raised by a Strong Woman

By Pasang, grade 8

My mother’s name is Dali Sherpa. She lives in village with my grandfather and grandmother. She told me her story, how she got married at the age of 15, and how she tried to convince her parents not to force her to get married, but she was compelled because at that time, girls are very old to get married after 15. She thought she was not ready to marry and she didn’t like the boy she was supposed to marry because she heard that he was already married but his wife died. She escaped from home to avoid marriage. She went far from home which took her 3 days, she stayed there and thought about working to earn some money, but her relatives came there and took her back. She had to marry the boy who was a drunk without any property.

After marriage, she went to her husband’s house, where she found literally nothing and her father in law and mother in law were disabled. She was so sad but accepted everything, thinking that it was written in her fate which she couldn’t change. She worked very hard to be successful even though she was never treated well by her father and mother in law. She worked morning to midnight when she was pregnant, and even after she gave birth to me, things were the same, and she never felt happy there. One night when I was 4 months old she got into a big fight with her mother in law; she was told to leave the house. So, she left, carrying me, and spent two nights in a cottage where dry grasses were stored. Then she thought about leaving everything and going back to her parents.

She was doing well with her parents, running a small tea house, raising me alone and helping her parents. Her husband came to her and she forgave him and they both stayed there. After two years, my sister was born, but when my sister was two years old, our father left home and my mum was alone. My eyes filled with tears when I listened to her story of struggle, but one thing she kept in her mind was: everything will be good one day and she had to be strong now for that. She worked very hard, and later, the villagers who used to gossip about her ruined marriage started praising her. She showed them that a single mother can also raised her children and fulfill their needs.

It is very difficult for a mom to send her child far from her, so when she got information about a way to help in my education through The Small World, she was both happy and sad. But she thought about my future, all the good facilities and quality education that I would get, and she sent me here to Himalayan Hope Home. Now she is proud of me. She built a house with her own income and she is a leader of drinking water and electricity of our village. There are no words which can describe her struggle and how strong she is. She is a model of my life and I always try my best to bring a smile on her face.

 

 

Writers of the Himalayan Hope Home: Travel!

Enjoy some words from the bright young girls who are the Writers of the Himalayan Hope Home in Kathmandu! Here are several essays by the girls on trips, vacation and travel. Cheers!

About My Vacation

by: Pratina

We had a long vacation after our annual examination.

We were very happy and excited to finish our final exam. I washed my uniforms and other dresses on the first day of vacation. The next day, we stayed at home managing our library, cleaning our rooms and some of us helped in the kitchen cooking food. Our younger sisters watched cartoons on TV. When we heard news that we were going to visit Namobuddha, we were very excited.

We were very excited, waiting for the day, and when it finally came, we all were very happy. We ate breakfast early in the morning and got ready for the trip. A big bus was there to take us. We enjoyed ourselves in the bus by singing, and some of us danced in the bus.  On the way, we saw so many beautiful views, different types of trees and our national flower, the rhododendron.  We reached Namobuddha, a cultural, historical and religious place.

We learned about the Buddhist religion and monasteries, and we also learned the history of the place: once upon a time there was a prince, and one day he went into the jungle with his friends around Namobuddha.  While visiting the jungle, the prince saw a tiger with her 5 cubs. He also noticed that they were very hungry. The prince was very kind, his friends ran away, but he stayed there and he donated his hand to the hungry tiger and her cubs. Then the tigers ate his whole body. A few years later the same person was born as Buddha in Lumbini of Nepal.

It was very interesting to listen to that story. The surrounding of the monasteries was also very beautiful.  We stayed there for a couple of hours, then we returned home. On the way home, our sister Pema took us to an aviation museum. We got tickets and went inside a big plane. Seeing an international airplane was very amazing. We learned so many things about planes. We also saw so many different types of planes. We were very happy. It was another beautiful holiday trip.

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Journey to Namobuddha and the Aviation Museum

by: Pasang

Our goal was to be at Namobuddha as soon as possible, and after that, at the Aviation Museum. We woke up early in the morning and ate breakfast and started getting ready for our long trip to Namobuddha. Some of my friends took anti vomiting medicine so they would not feel sick on the drive. All Hope Girls knew we were going for a long drive. It was our second long drive. Our first long drive was of 6 hours when we went to Sindupalchowk. Our bus was reserved, and we felt comfortable and lucky. After travelling for 4 hours, we reached at Namobuddha. On the way we all danced, sang and enjoyed watching the beautiful views. We took a group photo that showed our excitement.

The environment was very peaceful, and I was feeling very peaceful while visiting the monasteries. We walked around the stupa, starting from the right side, because of Buddhist rules that we should walk from right side of monasteries or stupas. We visited all the monasteries, and they were all very beautiful with different types of art. The history of Namobuddha was written on the wall, the story of a hungry mother tiger, her 5 cubs, and a prince. The prince sacrificed his life for the hungry mother tiger and her cubs, and Buddha is the reincarnation of that great prince.

We enjoyed the beautiful environment, decorated by beautiful trees, fruits and flowers. We stayed there for 2 and a half hours. On the way home, we went to a museum, which was really different from other any museum, we had visited before.

We waited there an hour for our turn to enter. We entered a big airplane with our boarding pass. In the first room, we were welcomed by an air host, and we watched a documentary about the airplane museum. We visited all the rooms and saw all different types of planes. After an hour inside museum we took lots of pictures and got on the bus to go back home. Our trip home was just as much fun as the drive to Namobuddha.

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Trip to Sindupalchok

by Pratina Rai

We took a vacation after our third term examinations. At that time, we got a chance to visit Sindupalchok. It was my first trip. All my friends and I packed our dresses and gotready. On Saturday morning at 6:30 am, we took the bus.

On the way, we sang songs and danced in the bus because we were very excited. We were passing through Bhaktapur, Sivapuri and Kabre where we had already been. I saw a beautiful jungle, rivers, waterfalls, vegetable farms and different types of houses. We stopped by the Melamchi River for lunch. Then we continued our journey. In some places the roads were very narrow and steep, so we were afraid. The closer were got to our destination, the more excited we were.

Finally, we arrived. There was a hostel like ours and the name of that hostel was Team Nepal. Their house was blue and they also had farms and a garden. I saw their small kitchen and dining room. First of all, we introduced ourselves to our new friends there, and then we rested in their guest rooms. The room was very clean and well decorated.

Next day, the new friends took us for a hike to Batashe Dada. I was very excited for that. I enjoyed all the beautiful views and played with cold water.  They fed us their local food which was very delicious and special for us.

This was my first trip, I can’t forget this trip and friends there, who were very friendly and helpful. I am missing them now, and I am very thankful to our Uncle Karma and Aunt Sonam and to our donors for giving us such a wonderful opportunity.

 

In Their Own Voices: The Writers of the Himalayan Hope Home – Volume 9

Enjoy an essay by the young, bright Dolmi from the Himalayan Hope Home!

Myself

by Dolmi

It’s me Dolmi. I am in grade 4. I am 10 years old. I feel very happy and lucky in this new home because I am very safe and free here. When I lived in my village, I had to work very hard. I had to wake up early in the morning, and go to cut the grass, and feed grass to our cow and grain to our hens. I lived with my grandmother and two uncles. I love my grandmother very much, and I know she also loves me. 

One day, surprisingly, she told me that I was going to Kathmandu to study. I didn’t want to leave my grandmother but she told me that, “your studies are very important, so you have to go.” I came to Kathmandu and met new friends. It was difficult to adjust to the new place in the beginning, but I got lots of love from everyone.

Now I am in grade 4 and I am doing very well in school. I like to participate in different programs. Last week I participated in a dance competition and I got first place. I won the prize, and I felt very happy. I have a goal, which is to be a good dancer.

We are learning to help other people in our life at Hope Home. I would like to work to improve life for poor people when I finish my studies. Thank you.  

Report from the Field: Mukli School Project with Volunteers

by Sally Wier

Namaste and autumn greetings from Salleri, Nepal! I am currently doing a 2.5 week trip in the Solukhumbu to visit current and future project sites for The Small World USA and our partnership with Nepal NGO, The Small World. I am writing from Salleri, the district capitol of Solukhumbu at the Girls’ Higher Education hostel. Internet was set up here for the first time about 3 months ago, so I am able to send this from the villages. The girls are doing well and are a pleasure to be with. They are practicing English with me, and I practice my Nepali with them. Many thanks to our supporters for keeping this wonderful program afloat!

Over the past week I had the pleasure to travel along with 12 volunteers from Sweden and Norway to one of our project sites in the Solukhumbu. We trekked to the remote, rural village of Mukli and helped with labor to construct a new earth-quake resistant school building with three classrooms. We worked for four days and spent the nights with two different local host families in order to allow the volunteers to experience the true Nepal. We were joined all along the way by several staff from The Small World including Chhyamba Sherpa, Sonam Sherpa, Dawa Sherpa and Ram Gurung. It was a meaningful trip that allowed this school to receive badly needed support and the volunteers found that what they gave came back to them in far greater quantity. The end of the 4 days of work culminated with a farewell program with the school principal, Dil Kumar Rai, other teachers and students in attendance. Volunteers were thanked with speeches and blessed with the gift of golden khatas (scarves), marigold flower leis and tikka (red paint on the forehead). Local students perform traditional dances for the volunteers and everyone joined in dancing together at the end of the program.

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Volunteers from Sweden and Norway in Mukli in front of the new school building currently under construction. 

The next morning we traveled back to the town of Phaplu by jeep. The volunteers are now enjoying a Himalayan trek for several days while I visit a number of project sites and make plans for future work on the ground.

Being here in person is a powerful and very tangible reminder of the room for aid in this beautiful country. The souls and hearts of the people are so incredibly big, despite them having few material resources. But as I told all the girls at the hostel today, and the children in Mukli, if you study hard and make education a priority, you can have dreams as big as you wish. With hard study and a positive attitude you can be anything you want. I know these children can dream big. And we can help support them as we dream.

Namaste!

 

 

 

 

 

New Address for TSW USA

Namaste!

Happy autumn. In this time of seasonal change, we have a change as an organization as well. We’ve moved and have a new address. Please note this change for your records or if you intend to donate by sending us a check in the mail. We are now at:

The Small World USA

2600 S County Road 5 E

Monte Vista, CO 81144

USA

Blessings!

In Their Own Voices: The Writers of the Himalayan Hope Home – Volume 8

Please enjoy October’s essay by “Hope girl” Krishma about a trip for the Himalayan Hope Home girls to another part of Nepal!

Review of My First Trip

by Krishma

I will always remember the wonderful day when we went on our first long trip out of Kathmandu valley for two days, to the Sindupalchok district.

After a five hour drive we arrived at a home like our home. We were very happy to meet with new people. We were welcomed by tea, biscuits and lots of other local fruits. The place was almost the same as our Solukhumbu home, but we have been in the city area for six years, so we were very excited to enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful environment.

Students of that home became our friends very quickly. Their lifestyle was totally different from ours. They grow vegetables, and raise buffalo and goats. Their vegetables were very fresh and organic. We all were very interested to see their local life.

We spent our first day at their home, talking with new friends and enjoying time with them. On the second day, they took us for a hike and we climbed a hill. It was a very happy moment. We climbed up for two hours to reach the top. The fresh air, beautiful views and the big rivers were very interesting. We enjoyed it very much.

We ate local food there, enjoyed their company, and promised to meet them again. While we were getting ready to return home, we all were very sad because we were leaving our new friends. We promised to call them often and hugged everyone, and took the bus back to Kathmandu.

This is the first time I went out for so long with my sisters to a new place, and it was very wonderful. I will remember those days forever.

 

In Their Own Voices: The Writers of the Himalayan Hope Home – Volume 7

Please enjoy August’s essay by “Hope girl” Pasang about her goal to become a doctor. Thank you for sharing your hope to help those in your village and all of Nepal through medicine, Pasang, as well as sharing your experiences of the challenges the people of Nepal face due to impacts from the recent earthquakes. We support your dreams!

MY GOAL IN LIFE

By Pasang

I am in 7th grade, and it’s time to think about my goal. I have heard that people without goals are like monkeys without a tail. So, I have a goal in my life, and my goal is to be a doctor.  When I was in grade 5, I didn’t think much about my goal, I just used to enjoy myself and read my book. I didn’t worry about the future, only the present.  My teacher used to ask me, “what is your goal?”   I used to reply, “I want to be a pilot. I used to think about flying high in the sky in an airplane. But I was wrong, because it wasn’t my goal, just something I’d heard about from others.

I know that being a pilot is not a greater or lesser goal than being a doctor. They are equal, but I just want to do something that will be beneficial for my village and my villagers.  I think I can better serve my village by being a doctor.  They don’t know that they need an airplane for transportation. If they need to leave their villages, they go by walking, whether it is a journey of one minute or two hours. But I have seen many people die due to lack of a good doctor. So, I plan to become a doctor and go to my villages and help my people. Not only my village, but the whole nation. I want to be a good doctor and I’m working hard to achieve my goal.

I knew I want to be a doctor when the earthquake occurred in 2016 and many people died due to the lack of doctors. Thousands of peoples’ lives were ruined due to lack of medical treatment. At that time, we were not able to do anything to help. We just watched the news and prayed for them. Everyone was saying they wished they could do something to save them. We saw that it took the armies a week to rescue people in very remote areas.  Many people died of their injuries.

At that time, I was thinking that if I was a doctor, I would be able to save many people who were dying due to lack of simple treatment of their wounds. People were crying and searching for food, clothes and shelter. Many people were donating needed items, but they were not able to minimize their pain of losing relatives. From the day I saw the dire situation I was inspired to be doctor, and one day I will be doctor. So, I am focusing a lot on science and math in school.

I am grateful to everyone who is supporting me to achieve my goal.

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Learn more about Pasang’s support systems at the Himalayan Hope Home.

You can help her and other girls we work with by donating today!

Join us to work on improving medical facilities in the rural village of Phuleli in November! Learn more…

In Their Own Voices: The Writers of the Himalayan Hope Home – Volume 6

Please enjoy July’s essay by “Hope girl” Phurba. Thank you for sharing your hope to give back to your own people through being a nurse, Phurba!

My Aim in Life

Phurba

Class: 6

Different people have different aims in life. In the same way, I have also an aim. I have wanted to be a nurse since I was very young. In our country there are so many people who are not getting proper health treatment, and they die in their early age. My mom passed away because of not getting good health care in our village when I was just seven.

I faced so many problems in my life after my mom left us. My father remarried. Life was not easy, but fortunately I got a chance to stay in Himalayan Hope Home and the opportunity for a good education.

I don’t want to see any people die in their early age and their family suffer through big grief. I want to help people in those remote areas and save them. I know I have to work very hard to make my dream come true.

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You can learn more about the opportunities provided to Phurba and her “sisters” at the Himalayan Hope Home here.

You too can help contribute to the betterment of medical services in rural areas like where Phurba is from by traveling with us in November to the village of Phuleli! We will be working together with community members to construct a new health post and community center. Learn more.