whether the Maoists, the conservative Congress Party or how the Communists
now rule the country makes no difference to the Nepalese. Those who
come to power organise their own network of mismanagement and ensure
that money goes into the pockets of their own party's politicians. Corruption
is therefore a properly institutionalised system, managed alternately
by the election winners.
Since Nepal was proclaimed the Federal Republic in 2008, the provinces
outside the Kathmandu Valley have hoped to gain more autonomy, but everything
is still decided in Kathmandu today. The provincial governments, which
have agreed on aid projects with foreign NGOs, for example, wait months
for the final approval of the central government, and this waiting period
jeopardizes the contracts already signed or even prevents their realization:
Kathmandu wants to hold the reins of the country as long as possible.
The development of Nepal continues otherwise confusingly. The country
continues to empty itself of its inhabitants: Australia is currently
a sought-after destination for people with education. Five of our then
Children's World children now live in Sydney or Melbourne, while those
who didn't make it far in school work in the Emirates, Korea and Portugal.
One of our girls was particularly smart with her husband: both have
a child and now enjoy the benefits of the welfare state of France after
posing as Tibetan refugees, like many before them.
Abroad, the Nepalese do not integrate at all in their new host country.
They stay among themselves, celebrate their numerous religious festivals
together and try to show their friends and relatives in their homeland
a standard of living on Facebook that is not as rosy as it looks on
the photos, "But they also send money home", and Nepal owes
its material development to them.
Nevertheless, most Nepalese who have stayed at home fall by the wayside:
the country has no proper medical infrastructure, and even in Kathmandu
patients have to wait months for necessary operations that have become
In our Banshigat slum, where we have been working for years, most children
stay healthy thanks to our vitamin- and mineral-enriched milk porridge.
One exception is three-year-old Kayle, who suffers from nephrotic syndrome,
which causes swelling of the body and is fatal without treatment. His
father works on construction sites as a cement and stone carrier, while
his mother roasts corncobs on the street to earn some extra money. These
people, who have nothing at all, have already owed 2000 € to neighbours
and family members. A sum that they will certainly never be able to
repay. After we were able to convince the doctor to waive a fee, we
now take over the 100 € medicines that Kayle needs monthly to get
a chance to heal.
Without the kindergarten the mothers could not go to work and they are
very grateful for it. They have to work hard on construction sites or
serve as housemaids in the households of Indian families, but they can
feed their families alone or with their husbands due to their meagre
A year ago we were happy when the use of plastic bags was strictly forbidden
in Nepal. Politicians and VIPs competed by cleaning up in Kathmandu
in front of the press cameras, and it was then reported who had removed
how many tons of garbage from the Bagmati River on the weekend. Such
articles fill newspapers today more often than ever before, because
the use of plastic bags was allowed again for no reason.
The slum of Thapathali is itself a pure plastic settlement, which is
now firmly in the hands of Korean missionaries. They are a thorn in
the side of the Nepalese government, which is trying to get them out
of the country because they usually stay in the country without visas.
Especially in Thapathali they have great influence: After the service
they distribute food and supervise the school work of the children.
A third of the settlement has been converted, and the new Christians
tell the other slum dwellers about the miraculous healings they think
they have experienced through Jesus Christ. Kinderhilfe Nepal continues
to provide the children here with the enriched milk porridge, pays their
school fees and regularly brings drinking water for the 1500 inhabitants
to the settlement, while Muna at the same time takes care of the health
of the little ones.
In the village of Mudhgku, where we built 20 earthquake-proof houses
after the 2015 disaster, the remaining 60 families still live under
tin huts. We do not have the means to build more houses, but we support
the village as much as we can. Last year we connected the 80 households
to a water source 2 km away, and the inhabitants no longer need to carry
the heavy pots on the long way. Since the water pressure was not enough
for the big laundry, we helped the people of Mudhku to build a washing
place that makes the work easier for the women and at the same time
is a welcome meeting place for them.
In the toll camp near the runway of Kathmandu airport, there is still
pure joie de vivre despite the particularly harsh living conditions.
Our tent school works just like a "normal" school, and the
children expect Muna and Sushma punctually, alternating in the morning
and afternoon. The 50 or so toll people, who have so far been able to
meet their needs right next to their tents, are beginning to enjoy the
advantages of the toilet with septic tank, which we built for the children
not far from the tents. The toilet is available to the whole community
from evening till morning. Everyone has been blamed for the cleanliness
of the place, and surprisingly so far they have stuck to it. We provided
the children with warm clothes and boots for winter. Until now, these
people ate directly from the bowl with their hands. We have given them
plates, spoons and cups in the hope of introducing more hygiene into
their lives, although we know that this eating habit will not be easy
The women were especially happy to buy a pressure cooker because it
saves them wood for their fireplaces. Despite the unhygienic and foul-smelling
everyday life of the former nomads, working with them is what we enjoy
most. We have adapted to their way of life and only change what they
are willing to change. We give them something, they rejoice. If we come
to them empty-handed, we are just as welcome. In the other slums we
constantly feel the expectations of the inhabitants. Not here. Recently
the women said that they could hardly understand that so far away from
their camp there could be strangers doing so much good for them while
they are used to being chased away. They feel especially blessed by
the god Ganesh, the Hindu elephant god of happiness, they say: This
is a kind thank you to all of you who have supported our mission in
Nepal for so long.