Lai See’s journey started in 2008, 9 years later we have achieved so much, but we still need your help!
A very successful year for the charity. With the help of a very generous donation from one of our sponsors early in the year we were able to take the important step of supporting another school, Lubhoo, a small school with 220 children in a poor part of the Kathmandu Valley. During the course of this year we have been able to set up a breakfast club for 100 of the children, purchased 20 computers with desks and chairs and also the requisite solar panels to operate them at all times. We have also been able to provide a basic Science Lab. As a result of taking on a third school we have also been able to increase the number of sponsored children by 7 from the new school bring our overall total of sponsored children to 40, which we have now declared is the maximum we can support with our available resources. Educationally, the results of the children continued to be very good and we had another two undergraduates starting at university.
The year was eclipsed by the devastating earthquake in Nepal on 25 April. KIKN put out an appeal. It was generously supported across the globe. We raised over £16,000 in 2 months. We were able to provide immediate help to our sponsored children and their families by providing some funds to have an additional meal a day and deposits to rent another room where it is safe. With your help we were able to have water purifying plants installed in the school and orphanage and provided help to repair and rebuild the orphanage and houses of some of our sponsored children. The repair work is still continuing almost 9 months later. KIKN was able to start another breakfast club for an additional 100 children @ Jana Sudhar School for the next 12 months with some of the Appeal funding.
In the meantime, KIKN continued to raise funds to provide the ongoing support to the 2 schools with new Science Labs, the purchase of 12 additional computers and its associated furniture for Jana Sudhar School. We were fortunate to be able to keep all our projects going, alongside the relief work we undertook. The number of our sponsored children went up to 34 with some of the children achieving academic success and in others, winning medals in international Karate tournaments.
It has been a challenging year, yet it brought KIKN a higher profile resulting in more funding streams being secured for the coming years.
The charity was able to increase the number of sponsored children again up to 31. There was another very successful year of fund-raising activities, including the Chinese New Year celebration, Charity Cricket Match, Cake sales at Lower Marsh and Annual Dance. With the help of a further grant of £7,000 from Futures for Kids (FFK) solar panels have been installed at Shree Neel Barahi School to enable the computers previously purchased to be used when there are power cuts. The charity has also funded 50% of a computer teacher’s salary to enable the school to recruit to this post. Continued funding for the increasingly popular karate, dancing and english lessons. Increased funding to enable 100 children to take part in the Breakfast Club.
Commenced funding for a breakfast club for 80 nursery children at Jans Sudhar School and provided funding to furnish the school library and computer room. Begun funding a quarterly contribution to rent and subsistence food provision to the Om Disabled Childrens Home.
The charity was able to increase the number of sponsored children to 29. There was another successful year of fund-raising activities, including the Chinese New Year celebration, Charity Cricket Match, Cakes sale at Lower Marsh and Annual Dance.
We were fortunate to receive a grant of £7,000 from Futures for Kids (FFK) to buy 23 computers for the Shree Neel Barahi School. FFK is a charity established by City of London futures traders with the aim of funding small charities in the UK and abroad. We met a director of FFK at our 2012 charity cricket match, and he suggested that we make an application for funding for school computers. During this year we funded the additional school fees required for three sponsored children to continue into the 6th form at Shree Neel Barahi School. Started a breakfast club for nursery class children at the school. Purchased a new generator for the Saves Lives Orphanage as the old one kept breaking down.
The charity held its first AGM on 17th November, when we reported on our first Annual Report and Accounts and launched a DVD video. It has been a very successful year, when the charity has held several fund raising activities, namely Chinese New Year celebration, Curry Evening, Charity Cricket Match, and pre-Christmas dance. In addition KIKN attracted some very generous donors/ Friends which has enabled the charity to further its work in Kathmandu.
The charity now sponsors 26 children, half of whom attend the Neel Barahi School.
The charity purchased 11 computers for the school, and 2 for the orphanage. The dancing and Karate classes have been increased to 4 and 3 classes respectively. The charity hopes to further increase the number of classes in 2013 to benefit most of the children in the school (with 700 pupils).
The charity has started breakfast club for 3 of its sponsored children. It is hoped that with more money raised, we will be in a position to provide breakfasts for the 50 + children who comes to school hungry each day. The orphanage has had new beddings for its 8 orphans, thanks to the help from the charity.
The charitable company ‘Kids in Kathmandu Nepal’ was set up. It has enabled the trustees to fund-raise more widely involving local community groups who have been generous in their contributions in cash and kind. It enabled the school to have its first heavy duty photocopier and a computer, added to the school’s 7 existing computers.
As in previous years, winter clothing was purchased for all the sponsored children. The number of sponsored children was increased to 21
The open day has now become an annual event where all the sponsored children come with their mothers ( The fathers have never attended to date). All the children get on well through shared learning during their English language classes. They were treated to a nice meal with chicken and potato curry. They went away very happy with their winter coats, track suites, jerseys, undergarments, scarves, gloves, hats, socks and school uniforms. These items of clothing are replaced each September when Lai See visits Kathmandu.
New dancing and karate classes have been introduced in the school. Currently there are only 2 classes a week each. It is hoped that more classes will be introduced with increased funding in the future.
Lai See maintained the original sponsorship of the 9 children at ‘Save Lives Foundation’ and further sponsored 9 new children; some of whom are from the state school- Neel Barahi , others through Uma Mathema’s (our local agent ) local knowledge of vulnerable and disadvantaged children living in the area.
10 emergency lamps and specially made tables were purchased for the newly sponsored children to enable them to study at home during the power cuts in winter.
Every sponsored child (18) has received educational materials and help with the school fees for each school term. They have also been given new school uniforms, bags and shoes.
We purchased 2 bicycles for use by the orphans at ‘Save Lives Foundation’ developing their balancing/cycling skills within a protected environment.
A sewing machine was purchased to help the orphanage to reduce expenses involved in providing clothing for the children at the orphanage
English Languages classes were introduced for the newly sponsored children from the state school.
The first open day was held at the orphanage, whereby all sponsored children and parents were invited to lunch. Lai See met up with the mums and renews their acquaintance each time they meet. A big parcel of clothing was given to every child by Uma’s children on behalf of all the sponsors in UK.
Lai See started the sponsorship program for the nine children at the ‘Save Lives Foundation’ orphanage. Through the sponsorship, all their educational needs were taken care of, as well as winter clothing, adequate bedding and groceries. Extra tuition class for English language was introduced.
Lai See gained an insight into the plight of orphans in Kathmandu when she worked in the Nepal Children Centre – the largest orphanage in Kathmandu with over 300 children. Their ages range from 2 months old to 17 years.
With money raised from friends, Lai See was able to provide some play equipment for the nursery room where she worked for a month. With the help of Uma, the host mother at the orphanage, she was able to buy underclothing (2 each) for over a hundred children at the centre. She liaised with the local Rotary club through Uma Mathema which resulted in 2 wheel chairs being presented to the orphanage for use in the care of children with learning difficulties.
Lai See raised funds from friends before her first trip to Nepal. She spent half the funds raised (over £500) on the orphanage (Save Lives Foundation) where she stayed. She was able to purchase winter clothing for the 6 children, 3 months’ supply of grocery, and assisted with the payment of school fees and the supply of educational materials. The purchase of an Inverter (battery-run generator) and its battery were the most useful items for long term benefit, according to Uma, the host mother.
Lai See worked at the HIV & Aids clinic at the Teku hospital. With some of the funds raised, emergency/resuscitation equipment was purchased for the A & E department, plus a printer. Furthermore, 2 electric heaters were purchased for the nurses working in the HIV & Aids clinic.
The equipment was formally presented to the Chief Executive (at the request of the Chief Executive) in the presence of senior management staff of the Teku hospital.
The 2008 trip was the life changing experience which spurred Lai See to undertake annual visits to Kathmandu to help the children she has come across.