Buddhist Child Home

Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 18, 2011

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Durga's House

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

We decided before we left home that 15 months of holidaying/sightseeing might be a bit much and we should really try and do something worthwhile on our trip. Rajan, the guy in Nepal we booked the trek with, had some info on his website about an orphanage he's involved with so Liz got him to sign us up for two weeks volunteering there. We were both a little apprehensive about what it would be like beforehand, but even after the first afternoon at the home we knew it was a good decision.

BCH is run by a woman name Durga, who's story you can read on the website below, who is an amazing lady. I say runs but the place is really her big family. All the children call her mummy and she treats them all like her babies. And they are all like real brothers and sisters.  This does mean she has 46 children to look after, including one of her own, but they all  really look out for each other which helps her out. During our stay we lived in Durga's house (in an area of 'real' Kathmandu called Jorpati) and went to BCH every morning at 8 to help the kids get ready for school, which starts at 10 in Nepal. Once they'd gone we were kind of on our own for the rest of the day. We went back to Durga's for lunch and then back to the home for 3pm when the kids finished school. Afternoons were great fun. We'd help with homework in the dining hall, play badminton or football in the yard and just generally sit around messing with them. All the girls wanted to play with Liz's hair which led to some very interesting hair dos (no pics, sorry!). One tough things was that all the kids have names beginning with 'S' so we spent a lot of time the first few days trying to remember all of them (i think i got more of them than Liz!)!

We had a brilliant time at BCH and were really sad to leave. Unfortunately Durga got quite sick the last few days we were there and had to go into hospital, but just to show what a great job she has done raising them, even without her there, the children organised an incredible good-bye show for us. Dancing, singing and speeches, tikas and katis (see the pic of us looking like a ridiculous king and queen!) - it was really amazing. The whole experience has made us decide we definitely want to do more volunteering on the trip. As such we've already signed up to do a week in an elephant sanctuary in Thailand and have applied to do 2 weeks teaching ethnic minority children in Sapa, Vietnam.

You can take a look at their website here and let us know if you feel like getting involved, or helping in any way. One thing that we did talk to them about is English books. It's difficult to get good books, either school books or just fiction, in Nepal. We're going to try and get some books together and send them over so if you think you have any books lying around you could donate let us know. We'll try and gather any together with our parents in Ireland and England and ship them in bulk so wont cost you anything really!

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MOD on

NOW wasn't it worthwhile fantastic pics

Lauren on

That sounds like an amazing experience. The photos of the children are beautiful. Let us know how the other volunteer experiences are!

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