We support the Happy Home Children’s Homes in Nepal. Happy Home is a non-profit, locally run organisation, established in 2005 and is supported by our partner organisation in Nepal. In 2010 Happy Home was established as a registered children’s home by the Nepal Social Welfare Council.
There are two Happy Homes, one in Pokhara and another in Chitwan. Happy Homes’ mission is to provide the homeless and abandoned children of Nepal with shelter, food, healthcare and education.
Pokhara Happy Home
The Pokhara Happy Home is located in an area of Pokhara called Chhorepatan.
I originally visited both Happy Homes in May 2015 with my son Jack shortly before the 2015 earthquake. At the time the organisation was renting a property in Pokhara, which wasn’t really fit for purpose. A new Happy Home was under construction, but this was at an early stage at the time. The earthquake later that month basically halted the construction.
I returned to Nepal in March 2016 to see how the project was progressing and see what I could do to help and establish how much money was need to get everything completed. I mucked in and helped with a bit of painting, digging and mixing cement for the septic tank. The project had progressed but there was still a lot to be done.
When completed, the Happy Home in Pokhara will consist of a main building catering for approximately 20 children, with a kitchen, communal room and 5 bedrooms with internal bathrooms. Volunteers will be located in separate accommodation.
Raise Funds for Nepal recently donated £3,500 to the Pokhara Happy Home project and I visited the project personally in May 2017 to see how things were progressing and identify what still needs to be done to get the work completed. I am happy to say that a great deal has been accomplished over the previous 12 months and the project is well on the way to completion.
Chitwan Happy Home
The Chitwan Happy Home is located in Nawalparasi, a small village in the Terai region of Nepal nearby the Chitwan National Park. The development was established by our partner organisation in Nepal, starting life as a single building community library supported by local people and international volunteers, where the local village children could attend after school for additional lessons. Additional land was later purchased and the Happy Home was built.
There are two buildings; a main building which consists of a kitchen and dining room and accommodation for volunteers and a separate building where the children sleep.
Taken from Happy Home website.
“Our aim is to provide children who have either lost their parents through death from illness or accident, or have been abandoned or working in child labour situations with a safe and caring environment, a “Happy Home”. Given that our priorities are equality, understanding and acceptance of people, we have, in the Happy Home, children from a broad range of religious, tribal and caste structures. Living together, working through differences, fostering a family atmosphere, getting a good education, and generally sharing life together is an important part of achieving this priority.
Our goals with these children are to educate them so that they can return home and make a difference in their village. We plan to do this by continually making efforts to bring the children back to their home villages for visits during festivals and holidays, so they buttons/ train a local connection, allow their family to visit them at Happy Home, and finally, once the children are educated, we plan to hire them as regional coordinators or teachers for their villages. In this position, they would have facilities to house volunteers at our facilities, educate younger members of their villages, and generally improve the education, sanitation, and lifestyle of people in their village”.