Through its sponsorship program Reach Out Nepal provides shelter, food, education & clothing for our children in Glen Buds Secondary School and Hostel to the end of Class 12. On completion of secondary school students who pass certain requirements may continue to be sponsored at college or a vocational Course.
Some 23 children and young adults between the ages of 6 and 20 are sponsored in Kathmandu. Ten of the 23 are still at school and so attend the Glen Buds Secondary School which caters for children up to Grade 10. The 13 sponsored children who have finished year ten study in different Educational Institutions - 8 continuing to live at the Glen Buds Hostel and 5 live in or nearby their College.
Reach Out Nepal has been looking after these sponsored children and young adults at Glen Buds since they were quite young. Initially they all lived together in an orphange, HURESU, which was specifically for Reach Out Nepal sponsored children. As the children grew older and their eductional and other needs became more difficult to manage from Australia, the decision was made to transfer the children at HURESU to Glen Buds School and Hostel. This is a larger hostel and our sponsored children live with the other un-sponsored children there. The children settled quickly into their new surroundings with lots more space, both in their rooms and in their playing area. As a welcome to their new home Rhonda Taylor, a member of the RONEP Committee, with some help from her generous friends, made each child and our two maids a beautiful hand-stitched quilt (see photo in 'About us'). Rhonda then set about making or collecting one for each of the other children who lived in the Boarding School along with our children.
The girls sleep in a three storey building while the boys have their own building above the dining room. A Girls’ warden and a Boys’ warden supervise them and look after their daily needs. A chef is employed in the kitchen and one of the original maids from HURESU works there too. There are three large playgrounds where they can burn up some energy and it is close to an Olympic size swimming pool where they can go in summer.
Reach Out Nepal is now helping our older sponsored children in Kathmandu to transition to life on their own. Nola Ainsworth has been their 'mum' for most of their lives and like any mum, Reach Out Nepal is wanting the very best life for these young people.
Each sponsor pays $240 a year or $20 a month
At Glen Buds Boarding School each child requires a minimum of 8 sponsors up to School Leaving Certificate (SLC) level to cover the costs of accommodation, food, education and basic needs; more funding is needed for higher education as it is very expensive so currently we subsidise, through fund raising and donation.
All our children are happy & healthy and take care of one another. They go to school or College six days a week, eat their two basic meals of dal bhat daily & are all diligent in their studies. There is not much excitement in their lives except when we visit and take them shopping using extra money donated by sponsors or on a cultural outing yet they are all very aware of the opportunities that are being provided through the generosity of the 178 sponsors and they are very grateful.
In 2014 we took 3 parachutes for the different projects. A parachute is a huge circular piece of parachute material that has lots of games associated with it and which the children loved. A Committee member donated the parachutes and another friend's money was spent on buying tin trunks in which the children can store their clothes.
The school is still struggling to make ends meet as it has taken in several needy women and their children. Two boys have leukaemia and as the school is next door to the Children ’s Hospital the two mothers work in the Hostel so that they have quick access when necessary. Many basic items such as solar heating, water tanks, science and sporting equipment are on the list to be purchased when funding is available.