Dear old and new friends,
Thank you all so much for your generous donations! You are helping to make the life dreams of all our children come true! We just received the first check from GlobalGiving last week and are so relieved! We have worried very much about having enough money to support the children’s needs including tuition, food, clothing, special lessons, a safe, functioning house and more. Now we know that we have enough support for the next year. We have had various donors over the years since we started Mary Home in 2007. And are so grateful to all of them. For the past 5 years a group of friends and donors from Georgia, USA, have made a huge difference in the children’s lives by sponsoring the tuition for the all the children – special thanks to all these dear friends.
And now, friends and organizations who have wanted to donate but didn’t have a direct way since PayPal and other well-known portals don’t function in our part of Nepal, have a portal to support Mary Home as well. Donors from New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and more in the US as well as donors from Europe are all helping out. Many of you are good friends who have visited and volunteered at Mary Home and know firsthand the needs of the children and how we struggle to maintain the Home. With recent earthquakes, bedbug issues, water problems you have all helped us. We invite you to come visit Mary Home and would be so grateful to welcome you to our home.
We will be preparing reports every 3 months. As suggested By GlobalGiving, we plan to personalize the reports by highlighting a different child in each report. This time we would like to introduce you to Ashine (see photo). She works very hard on her studies and is exceling in all her classes at school. She likes to dance, draw and sing. Ashines’ mother suffered from jaundice and depression and eventually killed herself. Her father suffered from alcoholism and was not able to care for her. So she was removed from her father and moved from place to place before finding a steady home at Mary Home at age three. She is now ten and with GlobalGiving support she is able to continue her education, live in our nice home in Kathmandu and eat a healthy diet. In spite of the hardships she has experienced, she is now a happy, talented, well-adjusted child who can look forward to a bright future.
In conclusion, we value the importance of education, healthy foods and a nurturing, home environment and seek to help each child have a dream and a means to reach it. Thank you for helping us reach our goals.
Much love and gratitude,
Kopila, Anne and Leah