May 18, 2020

PRAYING GLOBALLY & ACTING LOCALLY

Dear Small World's Family & Friends, Namaste ! 

We believe, Covid-19 is affecting everyone’s way of life globally and even harder challenging has been facing here in Nepal. It’s been over 50 days of lockdown. So far, 273 people are reported as positive for the virus, but thousands more are facing a much larger issue. Already marginalized communities that depend on daily wages are now facing the largest challenge: hunger due to lockdown. Pregnant women and young children are hardest hit by this. Recently, UNICEF warned that “over 4,000 children may die in Nepal in the next 6 months due to lockdown.”

 

In the First Phase of our outreach effort, The Small World, in coordination with local governments (for transparency and to prevent duplication) has provided basic support to the communities we’ve worked with for the last 14 years; these supplies, which include rice, lentils, soap, oil, and baby food, have to date benefited over 2,000 families for 15 days.

 

We also continue to take care of our 35 girls in the Hope Home in Kathmandu and 40 girls for higher education in Solukhumbhu, along with our hundreds of sponsored children.

 

The Small World working Himalayan communities are becoming more vulnerable due to high altitude; mostly just one season crops are growing. In general, people depend on seasonal trekking to work as porters, traveling for construction work, etc., but now all doors are closed with the COVID lockdown.

 

Marginalized communities in remote villages rely on our support now more than ever. To deliver the support is a challenge in itself in this crisis, but we are not giving up. We will continue to support these communities as much as possible through immediate response. This is possible because, as a local organization, The Small World team can reach them faster, their situations are well known to us, and we closely coordinate with local authorities to make bigger impacts on the ground and work together to get through this difficult situation.

 

We are also deeply concerned for long term support, especially for continuing children's education. Our staffs are working hard to provide a safe place to live with free quality education for those who are orphans and at risk, vulnerable children. However, their continuing education, which is already endangered, will certainly be in jeopardy after this pandemic, which could last for many weeks or even months. If you wish to support a child by sponsoring yearly $1000 per child which help to cover meals, education & all necessary support for a child.

 

This project has deep connections and bonds with local community members and the area’s culture and geography. We are working together with local community members to protect and educate children as well as deepen their relationship and respect for their people, culture and land; in essence, during their education, they are not alienated from their social background, language, or culture. In fact, they are given support to value it.

 

We’re doing everything possible to sustain daily operations and provide services to these remote communities. While there’s a lot of uncertainty, we know that we need to adapt as quickly as possible to our changing reality. Now, more than ever, our communities need us. And we need you.

In times like this, we’re reminded of how interconnected we all are. Thank you for being part of our community. Without you, none of it is possible.

 

Stay safe and well,

Karma Sherpa

Mar 31, 2020

New family welcome at Himalayan Hope Home

We are very happy to welcome our newest member of Hope Family Phu Lhamu. She is 2.5 years old. She was born in solukhumbhu , in Everest region, in a family of porter. Her mother gave birth to 2 girls and 3 boys then she died while giving birth to last baby.

Phu Lhamu has 1 elder sister and 3  brothers. Her sister got married in the age of 15 and one (1) brother is adopted by a monastery, 1 brother is working for other people who is only 10 years old while 1 brother about 3.5 years went missing and found dead body in jungle probably attacked by wild animal.

Phu Lhamu is the youngest of all. After the death of her mother, her father married another young girl who is only 19 years old and she already gave birth to her own child. Among all of this Phulhamu was left without much care and attention. Local community members recommended Phulhamu to The Small World at Himalayan Hope Home program for support, while visiting by our team and local police she was found very vulnerable and we rescued 3 weeks ago and all hope girls family are very excited to welcome a cute sister.

Also we are very happy to share you that all our girls at Himalayan Hope home are safe, half of the senior gilrs are moved to Solukhumbu and juniour girls are here in hope safely with newly welcome one.

If you’re able, please make a donation to Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund by The Small World. If you’re unable to donate at this time, there are many other ways you can support us!  You can advocate for us by sharing our mission with a family member or friend. Even a quick mention on your social media would mean the world to us.

Right now, we’re doing everything possible to keep safe the children we are supporting & provide services to our community . Your donation to this fund will help us to protect & feed nutritional foods over hundreds vulnerable children & Girls that we are taking care of everyday.  Your support will help us to prevent them from COVID-19 and provide them recreational & life skills activities.

In times like this, we’re reminded of how interconnected we all are. Thank you for being part of our community. Without you, none of it is possible.

PRAYING  GLOBALLY & ACTING LOCALLY 

Stay safe and well,

Karma and Sonam Sherpa 

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Dec 9, 2019

Thank you for your support in 2019

Mary Christmas and happy New year from Our girls
Mary Christmas and happy New year from Our girls
Dear Small World's Community, Namaste ! 

Thank you very much for your generous donation on Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Because of your generous support. Your support will help us to ensure continuing education for orphaned and vulnerable children; keep girls in school and college who would otherwise be at highest risk of trafficking, especially when staying out of school; empower local communities through locally sustainable development; and continue our working together with international volunteers & high school students, sharing culture, meals, and lasting friendships that result in deeper perspectives for a more enlightened global citizen.

We are very excited and looking forward to working together with you in 2020!  See our “Great News” below! Here are our projects:

# SAFE DRINKING WATER PROJECT IN DEKU, DISTRICT OF SOLUKHUMBU
This project will provide a consistent supply of safe drinking water and eliminate the need for children and mothers to travel to collect water.  Our aim is to bring safe drinking water to every family, send children to school, and give mothers the opportunity for other productive work. This project will benefit over 500 people daily. 

# SUPPORT FOR 100 CHILDREN at Friends of Arhaus Children Home
This project is to support orphans and vulnerable children adversely affected by the Nepal earthquake and who have no educational opportunity. Our aim is to keep children in school, protect their basic right to an education, and break the cycle of the many challenges that children face every day in the remote villages of Nepal, such as hunger, lack of education and health care, poverty, child labor, etc.

# SUPPORTING EDUCATION FOR 25 GIRLS
In the remote Everest region of Nepal, seven out of ten girls drop out of school after grade 10. Other than for reasons of poverty, the prevailing cultural view in Nepal favors sending boys to school and keeping the girls at home to take care of household chores. As a result, the literacy rate of women is just 23%. In 2020, we will be supporting 25 girls in our higher education project

# BUILDING SIX EARTHQUAKE RESISTANT CLASSROOMS in Salleri, benefiting over 300 children every year. 

# PHULELI COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER
We will also be completing construction of the Phuleli Community Health center with plans to operate by the end of 2020. This project will serve the local communities who otherwise have to travel eight (8) hours by road to the nearest hospital for basic treatments as well as child deliveries and health emergencies.

# CONTINUING SUPPORT PROJECTS
•Girls' Higher Education project in Solukhumbu supporting forty (40) girls 
•Himalayan Hope Home, supporting thirty-five (35) girls in Kathmandu. Hopefully, many of you met with our girls in Kathmandu and shared dinner and some beautiful dancing. Thank you so very much for your support and stopping by. The girls love meeting you all!

GREAT NEWS!
Until the end of 2019, our long term donor, Ruth Lightfoot-Dunn, will be matching 100% of ALL of your donations! Any donation you make will be matched! For example, If you make a donation of $100, $500, $1,000, $5,000 or more, she will match it! But the donation must be made by the end of 2019.  Our goal is to raise $50K at year end to realize all our important work in 2020. 

Help us unlock an additional $25K match!
 
Please consider sharing this link:  https://www.thesmallworld.org/matching on social media, and telling your friends and family about our project - or just bring us up in conversation. Help us spread the word about our work and continue to grow our community of supporters like you.

We at The Small World and all the children that you are supporting thank you again and again for your kindness and help that is creating a much better life for so many children. You are helping to create a better world for all of us! 


Thank you and Namaste !   

Karma Sherpa 
Executive Director & Co-Founder 
*The Small World*
Email: karma@thesmallworld.org 
www.thesmallworld.org
The Small World Accomplishment in 2019 

 
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