Newsletter no 1 2018
Ekerö the 20 of February 2018
Hello, Namaste and Thashi Delek
In this newsletter you can among others read a Thank you to everyone from the KMCH Nepal, some reflections on the past year,and most interesting a letter from Italo who is in Kathmandu studying Nepali, but first
Thanks from the KMCH Nepal
KMCH Nepal´s annual report for 2017 begins with a thank you to all the sponsors from the Chairman Chembal Lama. It is quoted below.
"Happiness is not something readymade; it comes from your own actions.
2017 was a year of change and uncertainty across the world. For KMCH it was great year indeed. Our work in the areas of Education, Healthcare, has benefitted many children of Humla, Nepal. We are always at the forefront in terms of providing quality education to the children. Our work involves creating fine learning environments so that the most marginalized children can reach school and get quality education.
Most importantly, we were able to offer the kind of education that WE envisioned when we first started KMCH – with honoring the rich cultures of our villages, respect and love for nature. And we did this because of the amazing people that support us – our children, teachers, DONORS and friends of the KMCH who give their time, money and energy so that WE stay strong.
Thank you for all that you do to support our mission. It would be almost impossible for us to thank each and every one of you personally for all that you give to KMCH, or to demonstrate the ways in which your support helps our students and faculty. We do want you to know, however, that you are making a true and lasting difference in the lives of these young people, and that we are deeply gratified.
We at KMCH, dreamed of the children's lives are shaped by their education. Time has changed. And we're determined to ensure that every child, in bumble bee, gets a high quality education and the chance to write their own futures.
Chembal Lama, Chairman of KMCH Nepal.
It is only for us in the KMCH Support Group to agree and work on as best we can.
Chembal has, as appeared from previous newsletters, long ago left the monastic life. He is married to a girl from Sikkim and is the father of a baby boy. He runs a travel agency- www.hiddenparadiseadventure.com and sells crafts from, among other things, The Himalayas via the Web at:- http://norgayhandicrafts.com /.
Reflections over the past year from the KMCH Support Group
2017 was a good year. Together with contributions from our friend group in Switzerland and from the Australian aid organization, ADARA GROUP, we have been able to cover the variable costs of school home and to start some investments. We have started to collect building materials to a second floor at one of our houses to get more space and also to be able to accommodate more children. Building materials are stones from the surrounding area and wood that is cut and sawed on the slope above the school home.
|In the background you can see the house that will get a second floor.||Here the timber is sawn||and here lies some of the stones that will be used.,|
We have invested money to educate a few people from the KMCH and some villagers in planting and caring for fruit trees. We have also bought planting equipment and cuttings for planting. This is a project that is not only limited to school home. We expect that the acquired knowledge is spread to nearby villages and could hopefully be the start of a key process area involving the establishment of orchards and, eventually, even reforestation.
(Now the food from Tibet comes per truck. From Simikot still all transports are carried out by horse, donkey, goat or yak.)
We have a few sponsors who have been with us from day one, and many other loyal donors. It is gratifying. However, we can note a slight reduction in contributions from individuals in 2017. This is a trend we must turn. Thanks to contributions from mainly the Family Olofsson Foundation and the Foundation New Hope we are, however, very satisfied with the outcome of the past year.
We must not forget the "internal" generated extra income that this year, as in previous year, has come from the sale of Pär Nords book "LPP-solved on the spot. Men traveling together. "and from Eddy Sandberg's sales of self-made KMCH-nest boxes. (The book is only in Swedish so the title is just a straight translation.)
During the year 47 children lived at the school home, 27 girls and 20 boys. The number of children is highest in the classes 5 to 8. In these classes 30 of the 47 children are. The children from the KMCH often have very prominent positions in their respective classes. That many of our children are skilled to dance and play we have taken note of the times we've visited the school to home. They have often been asked to dance at festivals at the monastery.
Industrious studies both inside
and outside gives result.
It seems that not only children from the KMCH are talented in singing and dancing. In last September, the Nepal Ministry of Education appointed our children's school, Shree Mahaboudha Secondary School, to be the best "performing community school in remote areas of all Nepal". As mentioned in the previous newsletter, the school became last fall even named as one of the best public schools in so-called "remote areas". We hope that these awards will make it easier for the school to receive a permit to teach even in classes 11 and 12 so that our children don't have to travel to Kathmandu to study after grade 10. We know that the School Board is working for that.
Read more about the year 2017 in our annual report when it is published on our website some time before the annual meeting on March 24.
Letter from Kathmandu (By Italo)
Boudhanat January 19th
Along the main street through Boudhanat many small fires are burning. The street vendors are trying to keep warm and even now when it is eight p.m. they are still hoping for some customers.
During the days in January the days give us a pleasant 15 degrees, but after 4 p.m. the temperature falls down to a few degrees above zero. The nights are even colder. The newspapers often write about the cold. The Kathmandu Post had a picture from the hills close to Kathmandu showing how some young people had fun in the snow. But as a contrast the paper also printed a photo of four women in a village in Jumla, the mountainous province next to Humla, struggling with heavy backpacks through the snow. Their shoes were not suitable for winter weather.
Every Day the papers reports about new victims for the cold in the Therai, the area that form the border to India. The Therai saw massive flooding during the monsoon last year and tens of thousands of people lost their homes. We find the victims from the cold weather among these people. They all belong to the Dalit, the most vulnerable group in the Nepalese cast and class society. The Dalits are at the bottom of the social scale.
Boudhanat January 30th
I asked Prahal, a teacher in three different schools in Kathmandu, about his expectations and hopes with the new government taking office in a few weeks. How can I have any hopes he said, we have heard their fine words before. We have a very good constitution, he continued, but the ideas usually stay on the paper.
Nepal had three different elections last year. These elections to the local, provincial and now in December to the national parliament were carried out, according to international observers, without any signs of manipulating the voting process. We have many times seen the complete opposite in other countries facing the same problems like Nepal.
(On the photo you see the Stupa at Boudhanath.)
The newspapers write every day about the two winning parties, the Nepalese Communist Party and The Nepalese Maoist Party, and their plans to form a lasting government.
At the same time the Nepalese Congress Party is licking their wounds and do like losing parties usually do, they search for scapegoats. But the party leaders fight back and promise to be a very strong opposition party for the coming five years.
We hope that the two parties now can work together during the next five years. What Nepal now need is a long period of political stability. One of the main tasks for the new government is to start a real fight against the widespread corruption. Mr. Oli, the next prime minister, said in a speech the other day how the corruption slowly is eating us from the inside. The newspapers often write how the corruption affects the Nepalese society. The Kathmandu Post a few days ago wrote about a policeman taking bribes (18000 Rupees) from a motor cyclist, who had caused an accident. The man hoped he would escape prosecution. The policeman was caught and his name was published.
The same paper also told how a minister in the former government accepted a large sum of money from the government to get medical treatment in Japan. I am not so rich said the minister. The paper also published his financial status and most people in Nepal would say he is a very rich person. The paper asked if taxpayers money should go to pay for his treatment.
Boudhanat 5th February
The days are getting warmer. In the afternoon the temperature doesn't rush down to almost zero anymore. The prices at the vegetable market have increase quite a lot. This is a result of the cold winter. Almost half of the vegetables sold are imported.
Another sign of the end of winter and the approaching spring is the number of tourists visiting the Boudhanat Stupa. At the Shenchen Monastery the monks prepare for Lhosar, the Tibetan new-year.
From the Monastery we hear how the monks are blowing horns and in the yard they practice ritual dances. At the same time as Lhosar is celebrated there is a big Hindu festival at Pashupatinat, a sacred place for Hindus, and up to a half a million visitors are expected.
(To the right you see part of Pashupatinat)
Finally a few words to you, who for a long time have been longing for to study in Kathmandu. You should know that there are a number of possibilities. At the Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Boudhanat you can study languages like Tibetan, Sanskrit and Nepali. You can also study many subjects relating to Buddhism.
During the summer semester Rangjung Yeshe Institute offer intensive courses in Nepali. There are also language courses during fall/winter/spring semesters.
Maybe you worry where you would live? There are many hotels and Guesthouses in Boudhanat. I have stayed at the Shenchen Monastery Guest House. This is a lovely place with a quiet garden and a small Good vegetarian restaurant. Information about RYI can be found at www.ryi.org
Losar - the Tibetan New Year.
On February 16 we leave Fire bird year 2144 and enter the Earth dog's year 2145. Losar is one of the most important feasts of the Tibetan culture and thus also in the part of the Humla where KMCH works. LOSAR is a combination of what Christmas, New Year and birthday is for us. In the Tibetan culture they do not celebrating the particular birthdays. All the celebrations are concentrated to LOSAR, which lasts for several days.
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