Oct 8, 2020

Sabin Makes Beautiful Music

The greatest joy for those of us who work at Ama Ghar is to see our children bloom and grow and develop their talents. Sabin, who came to us after his home and family were lost in a terrible flood, is a great example of this.

Sabin has always been a resilient, good natured boy who is good at sports and pays attention in school, but we had no idea of his musical talent until he began to ask his older brothers to let him play "their" guitars. Actually, none of the boys actually own a guitar, but several guitars have been donated to Ama Ghar, and they are shared by boys and girls of all ages when it's time to play and sing.

There was so much interest among the boys in particular that we hired a guitar teacher to come to Ama Ghar once a week and give lessons, and we have even found an old couch to put on the balcony off the boys' sleeping porch - a kind of a "man cave" where they can play their guitars and sing, much to the enjoyment of all!

Even though many of the children are interested, Sabin stands out because he is so willing to practice and learn... and we always know where he is because he can be heard humming and singing around the house, even when he's doing his chores!

We believe that Sabin's musical development is evidence of the success of our mission, which is not only to rescue these children from difficult situations, but to nurture their growth academically and through music, art, sports and other interests so that they will grow up to achieve their dreams as self-supporting, well-rounded Nepali citizens.

Thank you to all our GlobalGiving donors for your generosity - without you, Sabin would not be singing!

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Jun 16, 2020

Ganga Makes the Most of Lockdown

Sometimes the vegetables are bigger than she is!
Sometimes the vegetables are bigger than she is!

Meet the newest member of our Ama Ghar family – Ganga, who came to us from Sindupalchowk, one of the areas hardest hit by the 2015 earthquakes. Many people in that area have still not recovered from the loss of their homes and livelihoods, including Ganga’s parents, who abandoned her when she was about 10 months old. She was living with her disabled grandfather until she was brought to us after he died in January, when she was 2 years, 9 months old.

She is a very curious little girl and very, very talkative – her grandfather must have talked with her a lot, as she has great verbal skills. Her curiosity leads her to ask questions about everything, from the jewelry someone is wearing to playing with Legos.

As the newest child, Ganga is the center of attention at Ama Ghar and is very comfortable interacting with all of her new brothers and sisters, particularly Sushan, her six year old Ama Ghar brother who sat with her at dinner on her first night at Ama Ghar and was heard to say, “If you live at Ama Ghar, you must study hard!” 

She should have started nursery school at the end of April, but since Ama Ghar is in lockdown from the coronavirus pandemic, she spends her time trying to imitate her older brothers and sisters as they take Zoom classes or are tutored, and then  she enjoys outdoor playtime once they are free. She is everyone's favorite and the older girls love to dress her up and do her hair. She helps with all the chores, including picking vegetables from our gardens.

We want to thank GlobalGiving and our generous donors for the assistance we have received; without you, we would have a very hard time functioning through this pandemic, and little Ganga might not have such a happy home. We thank you, and she thanks you for the opportunity to grow up as a happy, healthy little girl with a bright future.

 

 

 

Ganga "studies" while her sister is tutored.
Ganga "studies" while her sister is tutored.
Ganga likes to help roll out dough for chapati.
Ganga likes to help roll out dough for chapati.
Ganga helps with potato harvest
Ganga helps with potato harvest
Ganga loves her big sister Meena
Ganga loves her big sister Meena
Feb 14, 2020

Srijana's Dream Comes True

Srijana will be able to eat more gelato in Milan!
Srijana will be able to eat more gelato in Milan!

Srijana came to Ama Ghar from the Sisters of Charity, who found this beautiful and brilliant little girl languishing in the streets of Kathmandu with a mother who was mentally ill and unable to care for her. Through the Nepali Social Welfare System, Srijana came to Ama Ghar as a six year old. The rest of her story is a testament to the power of love - and of a small girl's determination and belief in her dreams.

As a child, Srijana quickly became a leader among her peers at Ama Ghar. She was particularly good at math and strategy games... but her biggest talent was her amazing artistic ability. Not only was she the house chess champion, but she created paintings, drawings, even mandalas that looked like the work of an adult artist, much to the amazement of all.

As Srijana grew up, she knew she wanted to use the artistic force that drives her to create a livelihood for herself... the staff encouraged her to be a graphic designer or a website designer or an illustrator - but she discovered that what she really loved was designing clothes! She designed and made clothes for her brothers and sisters, went to fashion design school and was even chosen as one of Nepal's top young talents and her dresses were featured in a fashion show with two other rising stars.

But as often happens with talented young people around the world, the reality set in when it was time to find a paying job. Srijana taught fashion illustration and even worked in the office of a textile factory to learn more about the business of fabric and fashion. She never stopped dreaming that she might one day be a well-known fashion designer like her hero - Nepali fashion superstar Prabal Gurung, with whom she shared a surrname and a vision. She was told that in order to break into that world, she'd have to have an advanced degree and recognition outside Nepal.

Through sheer force of will she applied for and won a scholarship to Raffles Milano Instituto Moda e Design for a ten month intensive Masters course in Fashion Design and Business in Milan. The Ama Ghar staff helped her to get her visa, a donor and mentor pledged to finance her expenses, found her a place to live and sent her on her way... and now she is living with a sweet Italian grandma, studying in Milan and on track to achieve her dreams.

None of this would happen without the support of friends like you. There are so many other brilliant and beautiful children who are lost without this kind of support - when you donate to Ama Ghar you are saving lives and realizing dreams... one child at a time.

Srijana with her designs as a Rising Star
Srijana with her designs as a Rising Star

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