Part 3: Visit to Prisoners Assistance Nepal (March 2018)

Prisoners Assistance Nepal runs a children’s home in Sankhu, right at the outskirts of Kathmandu, some 26 kilometers away from the city, about an hour and a half rough road drive.

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The home is right up in the mountains!  So peaceful and serene!  Fresh air finally!  the kids helped us carry our bags to the home.

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The children end up in prisons because their parents have been serving sentence in jail and nobody else is able to take care of them.

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Photo from www.indiraranamagar.com

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Photo from www.indiraranamagar.com

When Indira rescues children, they are taken to Prisoners Assistance Nepal’s children’s homes where they get an education and they get to enjoy their childhood.  They also learn agricultural skills and how to take care of animals.

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Photo from worldschildrensprize.org

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Photo from worldschildrensprize.org

Lovely young ladies at the home!

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These young ladies is so so cute and love their photos taken!

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The kids just love to take photos of themselves!  Such innocent smiles!  Such cute faces!

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The children love to dance to Indian and KPOP music!  Indira is one graceful dancer!

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The kids started dancing the second they heard some music!

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This boy is so cheeky, kept dancing and smiling in front of the camera!  One day, we hope to see you on Nepalese telly!

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Awesome view!

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Pres’ first encounter with baby goats!

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The kids say their prayers before meals.  Indira taught them well!

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Dal bhat tarkari is the most typical Nepalese meal.   Dal is a soup made of lentils and spices, served over boiled grain, bhat—usually rice with vegetable stew, tarkari. Condiments are usually small amounts of extremely spicy chutney or pickle, very similar to Indian food I would say.  We all had chapati, yum!

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This young boy next to Pres is very cheeky!

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We prepared cotton bags and wrist watches for all the kids at the home!  We’re surprised they know how to tell time, even this young lady next to me!

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The cake thankfully was enough for everybody!  The kids nicely lined up for their share while Indira was slicing the cake.

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The kids were all waving at Indira while we headed our way to the other home.  They call her Aama; that’s Mother in Nepalese.

Thank you very much, Lila Regmi for driving us to the children’s homes!  The best driver in Nepal!  As we said, if you can drive in Nepal, you can drive ANYWHERE!

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Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same — with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.”  ― Mother Teresa

 

 

 

 

 

Part 1: Visit to Prisoners Assistance Nepal (March 2018)

It was both our first time to fly to Nepal and we do not know anybody from there.  Pres and I just recently connected with one amazing woman with a heart of gold who takes care of people in prisons across Nepal including their families.

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Pres and I are very fortunate to have had this rare chance to finally meet Indira Ranamagar in person and to spend an entire day with the children under the care of Prisoners Assistance Nepal!

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Indira grew up in extreme poverty in rural Nepal and had to fight to be able to attend school.  It is commonplace for Nepalese families to send their sons to schools and just have their daughters take care of the family home and help out with the chores.

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Though she first began working with prisoners as early as 1990 along with human rights activist Parijat, Indira officially founded Prisoners Assistance Nepal (PA Nepal) in 2000, a non-profit organisation providing basic needs of prisoners and their families that has rescued over a thousand children from cramped and dirty prisons with less than basic facilities.

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Over half of Nepal’s population lives below the poverty line and women do not have the right to education.  Most these uneducated women get married off at a very young age and with no education, they are often used as tools for drug trafficking.  When they get arrested, their children are forced to stay with their mothers in jail.

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Photo from www.sinchew.com.my

Pres and I decided to pay Indira and these children a visit and spend some time with them.  Thankfully, Indira had one Saturday off and she toured us to 3 of the homes under the care of PA Nepal.

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All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.” ― Tahereh Mafi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 2: Visit to Huong La Orphanage in Bac Ninh Province Vietnam (10 December 2017)

The kids look so very happy – they smile and laugh and dance non-stop!  We commend Sister Hai and the rest of the sisters for the love and care they untiringly show these kids; it just radiates in their faces!  As John Bunyan aptly put it, “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”  Bless your kind hearts!

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Our young ladies, dancing to their favourite songs!

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Auntie Nha, teaching the kids some dance moves!

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Our cutesie little dancer, dancing with Auntie Nha!

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Auntie Nha, teaching the kids how to gesture a heart!

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This little boy is one of the youngest residents of the orphanage.  He loves to cuddle!

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With Tri and Pres and this super cute little angel!

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He’s one happy boy!  Though he is unable to speak, he is always smiling!

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Lovely smile from this one lovely lady!

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The kids love the camera!

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When we were heading out, she called me to show me her favourite toy.  We will come back soon so we can play together!

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This young lady loves being cuddled!

And this was how the kids bid us goodbye; so nice of them!  We will come back soon to see you all again!

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Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children.” — Diana, Princess of Wales