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Every year long time sponsors, Arlene Miller and Hewie Powell pull out all the stops and host a big Valentine's Day Party to raise money for the Mitrata-Nepal Foundation! It is a homemade pizza lovers' dream, great conversation and a marathon for Hewie the pizza maker! This year the party was rescheduled to March 10th and there was a big crowd as usual. We so appreciate their hard work every year to support our kids! Such a creative way to raise money!
Our partnership with Karma Thalo has grown through the years! The Karma Thalo Foundation is a medical team of professionals who travel to Nepal annually to deliver healthcare services to the poor in Nepal. They have operated a clinic in Lisankhu, Nepal for many years. They organize and operate multi-day clinics providing immediate medical, dental and vision care.
For the past several years, they have provided a medical clinic for our children in Kathmandu. The children come from our poorest families, have low BMI’s that put them at risk for disease and do not get regular healthcare. More recently, Karma Thalo began funding extra nutrition and support for the Contact Center children too.
Join us for our annual Trivia Night, an evening full of fun and interesting pop culture trivia and beautiful handmade Nepali handicrafts and the opportunity to gift our children necessary clean water, protein and a few treats!
Proceeds will fund water and after school activities for our Contact Center children as well as field trips, pizza and momo parties and an ice cream social for our 118 children.
Our partner organization in the Nepal, the Bhuvaneshwori Satyal Foundation (BSF), staff met to share stories of 2017 and take time to focus on their needs and plans to grow personally and as an organization in the new year. BSF Board President Yogesh Satyal shares his thoughts on their get together. We are eternally grateful for our partnership and shared vision for our children.
With young children in is so important to encourage them to love learning and to develop an interest in education and gaining knowledge about the world, science and how to become successful in life. So at our Contact Center they make a special day for celebrating the Goddess Saraswoti, a Hindu deity of knowledge and enlightenment. The children at the Contact Center and their teachers were offered puja (honoring the Goddess) and received blessings. They had a special vegetarian meal of kheer (milk-rice pudding), puri, channa with vegetables, and mixed fruit salad prepared in yogurt – all a typical nutritious meal prepared during pujas.
As I reflect on this year 2017, I am full of gratitude and amazement! What a great year we have had!
Our partner organization, BSF, has made great strides in management of our programs in Nepal, providing the support services we need to help our children become successful in life. It is not an easy task! Imagine caring for the needs of 118 children! They take children to doctors, create empowerment programs, serve as liaison with the many schools we work with, counsel children and families, provide career and life skills support and handle all crises!
Stories are powerful. They not only tell a narrative, they capture our imagination and impact our hearts. We at Mitrata-Nepal Foundation for Children have an incredible opportunity to tell the story of our organization and the ways in which our work changes the lives of our children.
Many of you have already seen Amy Benson and Scott Squire's documentary, Drawing the Tiger, which focused on the overwhelming challenges faced by the people of Nepal, as seen through the lens of the Darnal family. Last month Amy returned to Nepal to shoot their third documentary about the Darnal family. And since Mitrata is now helping some of the Darnal family members, we, too, are included in the Darnal family story.
I really do hate to go. The trip this year has been wonderful. There are many great memories with the sponsors Jacque Richmond, Pam and Ralph Caraffa, Angie Schutz, Nancy Williger and Reva Meadows. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with the kids, the adventures in Pokhara and the hospitality of the BSF staff. They are amazing working with the kids every day in spite of all the traffic, pollution headaches and the notorious redtape of the bureaucracy of schools and government.
I get this question a lot. The answer is yes! When I come to Nepal it is a priority to meet individually with every child we sponsor to see first-hand the child’s condition.
I also take pictures and videos to send out to the sponsors when I get back to the USA and give out the letters and gifts that the sponsors have sent with me to Nepal. It is really a fun thing to do, even with the challenges of shy kids who have trouble talking on camera and the difficulty getting a quiet space with enough light for filming. It does take a lot of time since we have 85+ sponsored children separate from those in our Contact Center!