Pooja (left) and her new sister Alysha
Since we brought 15 new children to Ama Ghar for sanctuary after the 2015 earthquake, we were only able to add one family member in 2016, our brilliant little nine-year-old Pooja. Pooja has been at Ama Ghar since November of 2016, and we can only say that we feel that she's really come home... she's added a whole new dimension to our family
Pooja was rescued from the streets of Kathmandu by the Sisters of Charity, who referred her to us. She is a very bright child who has adjusted well and is getting good marks at school, but most importantly, Pooja has become a leader of our little "gang" of 8-10 year old girls, making the group even more dynamic with her playfulness and goofy sense of humor.
In addition, she recently showed her leadership skills when the younger children decided to create a dance performance in honor of a visit to Ama Ghar by a group of college students from the US. Pooja quickly took over - helping to organize the other children and write the story behind the dance. She especially delighted in pulling the bag of donated dresses and costumes out of the closet and helping everyone to find the one that best suited the character they played in the performance!
Hundreds of children like Pooja, who have so much energy, sweetness and potential, are lost every day to trafficking, abuse and malnutrition on the streets or in the remote villages of Nepal. Thanks to you and your support, we are able to rescue as many of them as possible and give them a childhood, an education and hope for a productive and happy future.
For this, Pooja thanks you and we thank you - we couldn't do what we do without you.
Pooja (upper right) with friends and guest!