The kids have showers!!Check out the completed water project of the very amazing, generous, driven, caring, determined volunteer Moshen Ansari. Moshen, from Iran, has spent many months at the orphanage now, and will be leaving soon….leaving behind lasting and life changing improvements for the children! Thank you Moshen. You are truly a special person.

The kids have showers!!
Check out the completed water project of the very amazing, generous, driven, caring, determined volunteer Moshen Ansari. Moshen, from Iran, has spent many months at the orphanage now, and will be leaving soon….leaving behind lasting and life changing improvements for the children! Thank you Moshen. You are truly a special person.

Volunteer Julianna presenting a check from Kids of Kathmandu for education costs for our 35 children in Secondary School. On the right and left are the director of the orphanage and the school principal. Thank you to everyone for helping to keep our kids in this very special school.

July 4th 2012

From Volunteer Sophia:

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My mom has been here for a few days now and I think the initial culture shock is ebbing. At first, she was reluctant to leave the hotel (yes I’m staying in a hotel now and I feel very guilty but my back is broken and the bed bugs were the last straw), but now I think she’s acclimated. Today we met with the head of the Bal Vikash school, Surendra, and we brought along the 7 kids who passed the SLC exam. He told them to choose a subject for college (and by choose I mean very strongly suggested they all take management, which I guess I also agree with in terms of flexibility of career and their test scores) the point is, they’re all going to college! It’s now a reality! And just to think when I got to NYCDS, all of them thought they had no future and would be kicked out of the orphanage with nowhere to go. On a different note, mom and I have been running around like crazy women choosing fabrics and designing (aka ripping off other designers)  dresses, tunics, Sewari chemises (spelling?), etc! Speaking of “etc”, a term the kids copy out of their textbooks but can’t even pronounce, I’ve realized many of the kids are nowhere near where they should be in English language competency. Surendra explained this is because they just started attending Bal Vikash so things should even out with time….but some of the older kids are definitely struggling. Their homework is very weird and consists of copying what the teacher (incorrectly) wrote. I often find myself not only questioning the method, but correcting the teacher’s work. Now that I mention Bal Vikash and the meeting earlier today, my mom and Surendra butted heads over Stalin (whose portrait hangs on the walls of Bal Vikash along with Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Mao). Surendra maintains that Stalin was a hero, the gulags were Hitler’s doing, and Stalin’s image has been tarnished by propaganda…..very interesting LOL

June 25th 2012

From Volunteer Sophia:

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IZZZZZ my bday! So I’ve just had a marvelous weekend at the last resort near Tibet, highly recommended, definitely taking my mom when she gets here. I went on the 3rd highest bungee jump in the world at 160 m (about 524 ft), and I saw an amazing and beautiful part of Nepal. I’ve been so upset with the conditions at the orphanage and my own living conditions that it’s tinted my opinion of Nepal a bit, there’s definitely a great divide between touristy Nepal and real life Nepal. Today I emailed Kids of Kathmandu and Hope and Home and some other places, complaining about the conditions; I heard back from Kids of Kathmandu, and I’m reporting back to Andrew from KOK about the conditions. I feel good and like I might actually help the situation. Most importantly, Andrew told me that all the older kids are all set for college and university! They’re not being thrown out on the street like how Shiva, the orphanage manager, told them. Andrew is going to meet up with my mom to give her some letters for the kids. Can’t wait for her to get here, need her support! Can’t help but feel like there’s a bounty on my head here….

June 22nd 2012

From Volunteer Sophia:

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The last few days have been a mixture of flying by and taking forever to pass. I was telling my dad about my crazy “dreams” which I was having, and he informed me these were hallucinations….my second day in Bhaktapur I got awful Delhi belly and the hallucinations were a result of fever and dehydration I’m assuming. I was running to the nasty Turkish toilet every 20 minutes and writhing in pain in my bed all day…I guess a small glimpse of what these kids deal with regularly. I was stupid enough to assume the water they had was boiled and I drank it. In a moment of extreme homesickness, I’m pretty sure I convinced my mom to come. I think Nepal will culture shock her even more than me, but hey, I think everyone should see what one of the ten poorest countries in the world looks like. I love all the kids but they all have pink eye and lice so I’m a bit freaked out to get either of those things…which is ironic because I’m due to take over as the “doctor sister” soon. It’s a hard role but I think I will be very proud of myself by the end. All of this is definitely harder than I expected, but I’ll be a stronger person for it. Now I’m off to bed because I have a 5am taxi to take me bungee jumping and canyoning this weekend!

June 18th 2012

From Volunteer Sophia:

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I think last night a few too many tequila sunrises made me forget my true purpose in Nepal. This morning I’m being taken to the orphanage and I’m not exactly child-friendly looking or feeling. However, once we arrived at the orphanage it was amazing! The kids all ran out and hugged and kissed us, and to my surprise, most of them spoke decent English. We then went into Bhaktapur which is BEAUTIFUL! THIS is the Nepal I’ve been waiting for! I can tell this is going to be an amazing time. I’m already having the best experience!

June 17th 2012

From Volunteer Sophia:

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Ok….I thought I was impervious to culture shock but I guess I’m not! My first day I only saw the area of Kathmandu we were staying in, the back end of the Thamel known as Paknajol, which isn’t exactly charming. But today I went with a couple of Venezuelan girls who were also volunteering on a walking tour from the Thamel to Durbar square. Now I understand why Kathmandu is the city of temples! The first stop was to sign up for this amazing-looking weekend trip 3 hours away from Kathmandu for a 1 night 2 day bungee jumping and canyoning excursion to a place called “the last resort” near the Tibet border. The trip looks and sounds amazing and I will finally get to see some of the more beautiful parts of the country. Along our walk I did an obnoxious amount of shopping (I don’t know how my remaining cash will last me 5 weeks). I’m looking forward to the five weeks with the orphans. We also got our placements today and I’m in Bhaktapur with these 2 Aussie girls Dameila (D) and Angie. They’re both super cool so I’m really happy. It rained for the first time today but it’s been on and off, hopefully it won’t get too much worse than that (said by a naïve American at the height of monsoon season) but I did invest in an umbrella! 


                     Taumadhi square Bhaktapur. With Angie and Aaita

Thank you volunteer Dameila for uploading new images of the kids to your tumblr page! We love seeing their smiling faces!

8 hour brunch and still going. Brainstorming endlessly for @kidsofkathmandu and CITTA with @mdaube #myfriendsaroundtown  (Taken with Instagram)

8 hour brunch and still going. Brainstorming endlessly for @kidsofkathmandu and CITTA with @mdaube #myfriendsaroundtown (Taken with Instagram)

This is Murray. Of @RAMSCALEStudios, our favorite venue in the city and loved by @kidsofkathmandu. #myfriendsaroundtown (Taken with instagram)

This is Murray. Of @RAMSCALEStudios, our favorite venue in the city and loved by @kidsofkathmandu. #myfriendsaroundtown (Taken with instagram)