No moving forward in Nepal's difficult political situation.
United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon's envoys are still working
unsuccessfully on peace building between the Maoists and rivalling parties.
The Maoist army of rebels, who handed in the weapons years ago, would
like to join the National Army although other parties reject this request
strictly. As the traditional parties will not move any step towards
the Maoists although during last elections they missed the absolute
majority very closely, the UN refuses to name the number of liberation
combatants remaining in the jungle. The government suspects UN's commission
to favour the Maoists and therefore would like to see them draw back.
Consequently, the political situation is blocked and leads to never
ending debates instead of governing.
Water deficiency and up to 16 hours without electricity are paralysing
urban life as people are just trying to stay alive. The crime rate is
raising: it almost became popular to rob public transport and killing
people by burning buses. Criminals are often released shortly after
their arrest due to overcrowded jails. The majority of the Nepalese
cannot afford staple food anymore as the prices are almost as high as
in Europe. Rice and water are mostly the ingredients of the daily menu,
sometimes supplemented with lentils or other vegetables. In 20 years
of experience of working in Nepal we have seen the cohesion between
ill-nourished children and their later achievements in basic education.
Damages caused by deficiency of vitamins and minerals in the early childhood
cannot be compensated only a few years later. As their mothers are often
ill-nourished as well, their breast milk cannot provide all the necessary
components to enable a healthy upgrowth. Therefore we are aiming to
support as much infants as possible with baby oatmeal, which is supposed
to provide necessary ingredients. Unfortunately the costs for the baby
oatmeal are far too expensive for most Nepalese. But still, infants
getting the baby oatmeal are getting stronger and are growing much faster
, which is nice to see. Therefore we extended the nutrition program
and the medical support to two more slum areas. Djayanti from Banshighat
and Sija were happy to introduce Sri Kumari und Maya to their new work
in the slums of Palpakot und Smakhusi including taking care of healthy
food and hygiene. Sija is responsible for health care and is handing
This time the women from Banshigat, who acted regarded us with suspicion
in the beginning, prepared a small party to thank the Kinderhilfe Nepal
for supporting the slum. These women are now able to work and therefore
earn money to make up their daily living as their children are looked
after in our kindergarten. As we were making plans for the future we
decided to install electricity in the slum area of Bangshighat by June.
The current electricity is built on lose cables, which can cause electric
shocks due to charged tin roofs. A secure electricity will cost us about
1000€, which we think is a good investment.
In Banshigat we furnished a new class room for children belonging to
the ethnic group of the Maute, who are mostly nomads living in tents
and usually make a living by sending their children begging. A raising
number of Maute families are spending the winter in slums to start tramping
around in spring again. Last November we were able to convince the parents
to send their children to our school for free education instead of bagging.
Fortunately this deal worked! Although the children are difficult to
teach as they are very lively and badly educated, Sija is noticing a
huge progress as the children are able to keep themselves clean by now
and enjoying education a lot. Even out of school hours, the pupils are
supported by their teacher Ramesh in doing their homework.
Furthermore we are supporting a dozen students from the former "Children's
World" in completing their studies in health care for the next
two years. Deepak is doing his Bachelor in Psychology in Thailand; Goma,
who is blind, is finishing her BA in English in Dehli, and Tenzing,
Smita and Rita are busy studying physical therapy and nursing in Bangalore.
The 45 students were are supporting in the slum area Pathivaras by taking
care of their school fees are evolving.
Sija is attending a course in Psychology for children, which is usually
only offered to employees of kindergartens in wealthy neighbourhoods.
Her gained knowledge is also used to improve our other staff members'
Thanks to your support we are able to help the poorest members of the
Nepalese society in the slums of Kathmandu and give those children a
Many thanks for your support and all the best!