First of all, Namaste and Tashi Dhelek on behalf of all Maitri-Griha family. Here is a Newsletter from 2019. Like every year we are very happy to inform you about the project and activities throughout the year 2019. We do hope you will be happy to read this Newsletter. All the children are doing fine along with our staffs and the children are progressing and staffs are working hard to help the children to have great fun by making good learning environment. Webelieve that having fun at school help the children to make progress and motivate them to be at Maitri-Griha. Of course, your kind and generous support plays vital role in surviving this project. Please keep loving Maitri-Griha and the children.
Maitri Griha is day care home since 2011. To provide day care service transportation is the back bone of the project. As our project location is far away from public transport main station, we are relying on having our own vehicle. After many times repairment of old MG van, we were very much in need of buying new van. In 2019 Maitri Griha could buy new van in support from different organizations (KVK, Wilde Ganzen and SHBN). We would like to thank you all for your great support in purchasing new van. It will support us to move more frequently and we can reach even the children in the far distance.
16 August, the MG area was paved after a long time, It was hard for the van to enter the MG. We need to balance the surface between the road and the entry gate of MG. So, in co-operation with the municipality the road clearance and the road pavement work was initiated.
Now, we can bring the van easily in MG.
On 5th June, we set upwater filter. Underground water at MG contains excessive minerals and iron which was harmful fort he children. With support from Jan and Willemien we coul have pure and safe drinking water at the day care centre.
The Children and the Programme
Parents and MG interaction programme
On 27th July we conduct interaction program with parent. All the parents attended the program, it was open platform discussing in group, they could also ask the MG question and in the programme the parents were advised that how they can create good learning environment for the children at home. They were also told how to expose the children to the society. Still mentally challenged children are not accepted in the society even though there has been drastic change in the perception in the society in recent years. This makes us very happy as well, as we are also working for the sakes of this children. We would like to thank Mr. Vinod Kariali and his team for this wonderful program concept.
There are recently 12 children, at the day care home. Eleven of them visit regularly the day care center and one child come for taking physiotherapy. There are four children at Advance class and 7 children in Basic class. In the Advance class children basically learn to write, read, numerical terms and vocational classes like pottery, making candle and learning to carry out household activities. Beginners class will teach to carry out basic daily activities toileting, dressing and eating properly and at the beginning concentration and focusing on the given task is very important for the beginners class.
In January Nima Tamang joined Maitri-Griha. He is 9 years old and lived with father, mother and with his small brother. His family lives in Simaltar which is 5 km far from Maitri Griha. Originally, they moved from Solukhumbu to Kathmandu in search of proper health checkup and school that is suitable to Nima. Once he was brought in Kathmandu, they took him to Hospital and he was diagnosed with Down syndrome. Then the doctors suggest them to find a special school for Nima. This is how he came to Maitri Griha. His mother does the household work and father work on the construction site, and the whole family is depending upon his income. Hope his mother too can go for work to bring more income in the family, since they still need to take a care of his small brother. He has been doing good progress so far at Maitri Griha.
In July Asbin Bartaula joined Maitri-Griha. He lives with his family in Jorpati. This place is 3km away from our Maitri Griha . Before he came to Maitri Griha. He went to normal school but he didn’t make progress at the school and he was not treated well at school. His parents were looking for the school, where he could feel comfortable. it was coincidence that our school van used to go to one petrol pump for fueling, where his father work. His father learned about MG but refuse to bring his child to MG. He thought it is bad to send his child to mentally challenged children home like MG. Later he was ready to bring his child to us.
Children left “Maitri Griha” in 2019
Ashish Nepal who was at Maitri-Griha for five years, left Maitri Griha because his parents moved out of Kathmandu valley. He was making good progress and he was learning good in the class. Now he is not anymore at our Day Care Center. His whole family moved to Nagarkot which is far away from Kathmandu. It is famous for sunrise and sunset view. We do hope he will be happy with new place.
In 2020 our project will try to find place for the advance class children to go for work. We will cooperate with other organization and work with them. As we are small organization we are equipped with limited resources. So, we need to find the solution to arrange all those grown up children and make space for the small children.
As usual in 2019 also we could welcome some volunteers at Maitri Griha. Volunteers have been the great source for our project. valuable time, skills, concepts from volunteers has been helping our project to learn and grow ourselves besides it is great place for the volunteers for learning Nepali culture very closely and being part of Nepali daily life. So, we are always looking forward to welcome volunteers from all around the world, those who are interested in working with the children and help our staff to develop their skill. In 2020 Nepal Tourism Board is also organizing visit Nepal 2020; visiting Nepal this year will be special. So, we would also like to be a part of Visit Nepal 2020 and promote Nepal as tourism destination. So please be a part of this programme and visit Maitri Griha as well.
Finally, we all MG Family are grateful for your great support of you all. Without your generous support we would not make it. Your trust on us and our dedication on project task will be the best way to keep this project going on.
It has been almost 15 years, since the project started. It is a bond between you all and ours, which bring changes to the life of these children. Who would have been otherwise locked up in the room, many families would have fallen into poverty trap, when they cannot leave home to earn their living; many other brothers and sisters childhood would be miserable.The number of children at MG is just small but, how many household and family members are affected its unbelievable. That’s why we do really appreciate your support for the project. It motivates us to work hard and keep this project alive. Once again from the bottom of our heart, “THANK YOU ALL”
We would like to thank all Institutions, organizations, sponsors, well-wishers, volunteers and friends of“Maitri-Griha” for your support and co-operation during the year 2019. We need your love and support for the year 2020 as well.
We wish you all Happy New Year 2020, May this New Year bring peace, prosperity and success in your life.
Maitri Griha, Gokarneshwor-9, Aarubari, Kathmandu, Nepal
G.P.O. Box: 23741
website www: maitri-griha.org