by the end of November 2013 elections took place in Nepal, although
they were overshadowed by acts of violence rivalling parties. They tried
everything to reach their goal: they used children for election campaigns
as well as hectoring and corruption. The Maoists lost votes, as the
conservative Nepali Congress won the most votes closely ahead of the
Communist Party. The Members of Parliament have to form a government
and to devise the constitution.
Only 25% of the 30 million Nepalese people had the right to vote as
the majority of inhabitants is not registered. Only two-thirds eligible
voters actually voted: although most of them are analphabets, the citizens
of Nepal do know that the politicians cannot keep their unrealistic
promises. The corruption of the middle-class and the upper-class became
an inherent part of the country and takes away any hope of the poor
to achieve a better life. For half of the Nepalese, who have less than
1 $ per day and try to take care of their family, politicians belong
to another species. 50% of the population does not even have a toilet;
half of the children is undernourished.
That's why we focused on the major goals of our work: taking care of
the children in the slums with nourishment to enable growth and explaining
the necessity of hygiene to their mothers. We mainly work in three slums
and only act in other ones where necessary. Our health-point in the
kindergarten of Banshigatslum became one of the main meeting points
in the area. As soon as the children learned the alphabet, they go to
school and we pay the school fee. Comparing the slums of Banshigat and
Thapathali, we can see the difference our work can do: after 5 years
the people of Banshigat are a lot healthier, have more dignity and appreciate
our work as the 1500 inhabitants of the Thapathalislum only slowly evolve
and sometimes show their anger if anything does not go the way they
want. This was shown when we distributed winter jackets for the children:
many parents did not write their children's names on the list, therefore
we did not have enough jackets and the crowed got anxious. This was
one of the moments, where the situation seems to get out of control
One week later at a medical check-up for the children, policemen turned
up and to our surprise they told us they were protecting us. Maybe it
was because of a robbery of a German tourist in Kathmandu a few days
earlier. We also to our work in the camp of the nomadic people of the
Maute, where - although they only spend half a year in Kathmandu, it
is very clean and they appreciate our support. The distribution of medicine
for the children of Thapathalislum a few days later was very quietly.
Women in the area begin to confide in our work and appreciate the support.
As in Banshigat we distribute the mash with vitamins and minerals to
the children and provide 1500 people with drinking water. We also could
arrange an education meeting for female hygiene. We gave them medicine
against mycosis and the advice to let their men take part in the treatment.
Sushma is teaching in Banshigat, Muna takes care of the health of the
slum children and Sija founded a youth club in Banshigat. Girls and
boys came up with a show and performed it in front of 250 elderly people
in the only old people's home in Kathmandu. The old people's home does
not correlate with the hygiene standards in European ones, but it really
is a home for the elderly people. It is placed in an old temple, the
inhabitnas are well cared and the can be outside all day, if they want
and still can. After the show, children gave sweets and fruits to the
elderly people, where we also put an 100 rupee in. They were very happy
and some of them danced with the children at the end.
Altogether there 700 children we take care of by nourishing, teaching
and medical caring. About 3000 adults also benefit from our work, especially
by the drinking water. We found out, that taking these people and their
problems seriously is the most important thing for re-establishing their
dignity. This is only possible thanks to your financial support.
Many thanks to all of you! We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy
new year 2014!