Wir suchen Paten
Diese Kinder und Jugendlichen der Prabina Stiftung haben noch keine Paten
Manoj Kumar Rajbhandari
Das Wort des Präsidenten
Ende Oktober waren zwei Stiftungsräte und zwei Mitglieder des Management Teams für eine Woche zu Besuch in Nepal. Wir haben mit dem Geschäftsführer des Prabina-Hauses, Prashant Shrestha, das vergangene Geschäftsjahr und die mittelfristige Planung besprochen.
Unseres Erachtens ist alles im grünen Bereich. Die Finanzierung von Kindern, welche eine akademische Laufbahn einschlagen wollen, ist jedoch noch nicht abschliessend geregelt.
Auch haben wir uns mit den neuen Mitarbeitenden des Prabina-Hauses intensiv ausgetauscht. Wir haben versucht, kulturelle Unterschiede aufzuzeigen und wie man mit diesen umgehen kann.
Zurzeit kümmern wir uns um 82 Kinder, 48 Mädchen und 34 Knaben. Alle machen einen zufriedenen und aufgeweckten Eindruck. Die Knaben sind besonders stolz auf ihr neues Haus, welches wir gemietet haben und das nun vollständig eingerichtet ist. Zum Haus gehört auch ein grösserer Platz, wo die Kinder Fuss-, Basket- und Volleyball spielen können.
Am letzten Tag unseres Aufenthaltes haben wir mit unseren Kindern und Ehemaligen des Prabina-Hauses eine Zusammenkunft mit einem Mittagessen organisiert.
Gegen 150 Personen waren anwesend; es war ein grosses Familientreffen, es wurde viel geschwatzt und noch mehr gelacht! Einige Fotos finden Sie in unserem Newsletter.
Ich bedanke mich bei Renée Hernandez Rutz und ihrem Management Team für die kompetente Arbeit.
Zum Schluss noch einige Neuerungen:
• die Pateneltern werden in Zukunft die Zeugnisnoten ihres Patenkindes erhalten. So sehen Paten, wie sich ihr Patenkind in der Schule entwickelt
• im 2020 werden wir für unsere Pateneltern und Interessierte Nepalreisen anbieten:
19. bis 25. Oktober 2020: Besuch Prabina-Haus und Sehenswürdigkeiten im Grossraum Kathmandu
26. Oktober. bis 1. November 2020: Besuch Prabina-Haus und anschliessendes Trekking in den Bergen Falls Sie Interesse haben, lassen Sie es uns bitte wissen, wir finden auch individuelle Lösungen.
Wir dürfen dieses Jahr gleich 3 neue Pateneltern in der Prabina Familie begrüssen. Das freut uns besonders, weil es für weitere 5 unserer Kinder und Jugendlichen bedeutet, dass sie wissen, es gibt Jemanden, der sich für sie interessiert, dem sie ihre Erfolge mitteilen können, zu Weihnachten grüssen und ihren Weg mit Prabina verdanken. Auch wir sagen…
Schon Bilder sagen mehr als tausend Worte, doch Videos sagen mehr als tausend Bilder, denn sie schaffen Nähe und Bezug. Wir möchten Ihnen hier in der Schweiz das Leben und Geschehen unserer Kinder und Jugendlichen in Nepal näher bringen und gleichzeitig den Bekanntheitsgrad unserer Stiftung und unseres Zwecks weiter erhöhen. Deshalb werden wir künftig zusätzlich eine digitale Version des Newsletters mit Links zu Videos der Kinder bestückt elektronisch verschicken.
Ausserdem werden wir unsere existierende Facebook- Seite sowie unseren Instagram-Kanal dazu verwenden, Sie auf dem laufenden zu halten. Als wir im Oktober in Nepal waren, haben die Kinder tolle Bilder und Clips aufgenommen. Wir starten mit der Veröffentlichung in unserer Dezemberkampagne, der Sie auf Instagram sowie Facebook folgen können. Wir hoffen sehr, dass Sie an diesen kleinen Einblicken in das Leben der Kinder und unsere Stiftung Freude haben und Sie mit Ihren Bekannten teilen.
Bitte senden Sie uns Ihre Antworten
Wir möchten einerseits gerne von Ihnen wissen, ob Sie in Zukunft den Newsletter lieber nur noch per Email erhalten möchten, und andererseits freuen wir uns über Ihr Feedback, damit wir uns stetig verbessern können.
Wir danken Ihnen für die Antworten, wünschen Ihnen viel Vergnügen beim Lesen, Videos schauen und hoffentlich ‘liken’ auf Social Media.
Ein herzliches Namaste vom Prabina Management-Team
Renée S. Hernández Rutz
Prabina sagt Danke für das grosse Engagement
Spiritueller Gesang für Prabina
Am 1. November haben die Inhaberinnen und
Schwestern Tatiana und Vanessa in ihrem Yogastudio
Bethsabé in Bottmingen ein allererstes Kirtan abgehalten:
das Singen von spirituellen Liedern, insbesondere
Wechselgesänge, vor allem aus der indischen, yogischen
Tradition. Dieses frohe Beisammensein vebanden sie mit
einer Kollekte für die Prabina Stiftung.
Wir danken Bethsabé und den anwesenden Yogis
herzlich für ihre Spende !
2 gefüllte Koffer und dutzende strahlender Augen
Vor unserer Reise nach Nepal riefen wir zur Spende
von Kleidern unter Arbeitskolleginnen & -kollegen der
Baloise Group auf. Kleider für Männer, Frauen, Kinder
in allen Grössen, die nicht mehr getragen werden,
bereiten unseren Kindern und Jugendlichen, sowie deren
Familien Freude und unterstützen diese zusätzlich mit
guter Kleidung. Wir konnten 2 grosse Koffer füllen und
dutzende Augen strahlen lassen…
Vote of Thanks
I am privileged to get this opportunity to bestow my time, knowledge and writing in this 20th Edition Prabina Family Newsletter. This edition comprises engaging contents about life stories, our progress, festival celebration and reunions holding all the Prabina family members together and many other cherished and proud moments.
20. Edition (December 2019)
Mohan Kumari Shrestha
Renée S. Hernández
Anmerkung zum Inhalt unseres Newsletters
Alle Inhalte werden von unseren Prabina Jugendlichen verfasst. Ihre Beiträge – ihre Stimmen – repräsentieren die Essenz dessen, wofür unsere Stiftung steht. Um ihre Authentizität zu bewahren, belassen wir – die Geschäftsleitung – die Inhalte der Jugendlichen vollends im Original, editieren nichts und korrigieren auch keine Grammatik. Die Autorin oder der Autor des jeweiligen Artikels ist mit Namen und Foto vermerkt.
23-26 October, 2019: Mr. Josef Meier, President of
Prabina Foundation Switzerland and Mr. Peter Hertl,
Trustee of Prabina Foundation Switzerland, waswelcomed by Prabina House girls at Prabina House
premises. They met all the staffs and greeted each other.
Later, they also visited boys home for assessment. They
were updated with the progress of the foundation and
discussed further strategies.
Social media and people’s voice
Increasing instances of domestic violence, abuse of power by politicians and other authorities are being reported across the country, which is very shameful.
Many more cases go unreported because of fear. Sexual abuses are not reported because of society, prestige and the future of the girls. When I read the newspapers and watch TV, all I see is sexual violence. Women and girls are not safe whether they are at home, school, street, public transport or workplaces. Even girls younger than 2.5 years are raped and murdered. Some women suffered from mental problems and slit their own children’s throat, sisters- and brothers-in-law cut each others’ heads off, top-level police officers rape schoolgirls and
murder them. When people call out corruption they are punished or ignored. It makes me think whether as humans we are going backwards on our evolution? Where is this brutality coming from?
I have personally witnessed the after-effects of those crimes on Prabina children and teenagers. They are left emotionally distressed, many have attachment disorder, some avoid interaction and most are full of anger inside.
Despite our best efforts to help them, some never recover. It is painful to watch.
Yet we enjoy longer lives, which have become more comfortable in many ways. Mobile networks connect all of Nepal and make it possible to know what is happening in the communities, the nation and enables people – men and women to voice their suffering.
I felt very happy to hear that a college girl reported her father’s rape of their maid, despite her mother’s objections. Similarly, when a schoolgirl was raped and murdered that village stood up for giving that family
justice for the girl. These days even government officials are becoming more and more daring stating openly how they make themselves comfortable using taxpayers’ money.
So, a great deal of public awareness has risen although the politicians are trying to silence the people. However, due to social media, I believe the truth gets victory.
Provided that awareness is raised, because education empowers us all – men, women and children giving us the tools to protest or at least denounce crimes. The government should make sure rape victims and other victims get justice.
Whenever I read about any crimes in the villages or Kathmandu, we try to present the news to our Prabina.
At least, I hope, an attitude could develop within them and thus, should they become victims again, they can does not allow the culprit to roam free.
Prabina Foundation Nepal
Manoj Kumar Rajbhandari
Social media and people’s voice
2 August, 2019: Prabina Foundation organized a social audit for the fiscal year 2017/2018 in Yak Palace, Pulchowk. Mr. B. M. Acharya, social auditor, and his team facilitated by PowerPoint presentation on the progress records, financial data along inquiries and suggestions.
Representatives from Kathmandu Municipality, Social Welfare Council, Child Education Department, National Child Right Council and Ward Office participated in the meeting. With the total of 38 participants, the
purpose of this meeting was an active involvement and interaction between different government agencies, stakeholders, school’s principals from the school where our children are studying, Prabina board members, parents, former and current students.
Mid term evaluation from SWC
Social Welfare Council conducted a mid-term evaluation on April 30 and May 11, 2019. They were a team of 3 members: Mr. Sanil Nepal (Team leader, Freelancer), Mr. Sanjay Mallik (Deputy Director, Social Welfare Council) and Mr. Rukmangat Aryal (Department Officer, Ministry
of Women, Children & Social Welfare). The purpose of this evaluation was to observe Prabina Foundation Nepal’s policies and activities.
Evaluation from government agencies
Different government affiliated bodies visits Prabina house for inspection and evaluation of Prabina’s services before the renewal of organization’s license every year. This visit provides them with in-depth knowledge about the in-take policies, administrative policy/ structure and funding. They also evaluate our services for the child.
Evaluation from Child Education Department
Evaluation from Kathmandu Municipality
Evaluation from Kathmandu Municipality
Hiking to Nagarkot
19 May, 2019: SEE (Secondary Education Examination) graduates along two Prabina staffs planned to go hiking to Nagarkot for refreshment after 24 days of computer class. Exploring numerous houses, curvy roads and sceneries along the way on a local bus up to the bus stop, we walked around an hour to Nagarkot tower which is a famous tourist destination. It was overwhelming with the views of beautiful scene of the Himalayan ranges and lush green trees.
Yoga: healthy mind and body
For enhancement towards physical and mental wellbeing, Prabina Foundation organized a Yoga session to all the students of Prabina house including Prabina staffs for 20 days every morning from 5am to 7am. The Yoga session was led by an instructor, Mrs. Rashmi Karki
Khadka from Patanjali.
The handwriting competition was organized by Cosmos Educational Training and Research Centre for school level which had more than 25 schools participating. Saroj Mahat received consolation prize along with cash prize of Rs. 5,000.
Gift from sponsors —————————-
Prithvi Giri receving gifts from Jacqueline and Christian Nolle
Barsha Khadka receving gifts from Jacqueline and Christian Nolle
Anita Tamang receving gifts from Katharina Schmidt
Gai Jatra: a tribute for memories
Nepal, is a country of numerous festivals. Gai Jatra is one of the significant festival among Newar community which lies in the month of August – the following day of Janai Purnima. Newars celebrate this festival to diminish the sadness caused by the demise of a family member.
Prabina Foundation Nepal organized a visit to observe this festival on 16th August 2019. We were total nine students from Prabina House along three Prabina staffs. I along my friends were astonished to view the crowd of people. We were informed that the unpredictable outfit with makeover is worn by male children as a replication of cow, Lord Krishna or a sage. Walking along with the crowd, we were able to witness lots of cows, replicas of cows, humorists and group of people providing participants with food items, milk, money and water. Taleju temple, Kalbhairav temple, Kathmandu Durbar square, administrative building (Gaddi Baithak), historical museum, big bell, small Pashupati temple and Kumari Ghar were few monuments we encountered walking on the way.
All in all, I learnt about various places that we encountered and their respective historical background. I also learnt that Gai Jatra was started by King Pratap Malla whose child died untimely due to which the queen was sympathized severely. To show her that other people also die from various houses, this festival took existence to sow the seeds of happiness into queen’s life not only by this festival but along with funny outfits people exhibit. Lastly, I would like to thank Prabina
Foundation Nepal for giving me this opportunity to take part in the Gai Jatra outing.
Tihar: a festival of lights
Tihar another major festival of Nepal which is celebrated two weeks after Dashain. In Prabina House the children made rangoli (a traditional art using multi-colored sand or powder on the floor). This year Ms. Sadhana visited Prabina House with beautifully wrapped traditional
sweets and dried fruits. On the last day of Tihar, Prabina girls put a seven colored tika and assortment of dried fruits for their brothers of Prabina House and in return Prabina boys gave gifts to their sisters.
Teej: a celebration for women
2 September 2019: Teej is a Hindu festival which is celebrated by girls and woman in Nepal generally for the well-being of their spouse and children and their purification of body and soul. Chiefly, females put on
fasting the whole day from dawn till dusk even without drinking water. Women often stand in long lines to worship Lord Shiva in various Shiva temples especially Pashupatinath. Based on the myth, on this day goddess Parvati (wife) re-united with Lord Shiva (husband). The previous day of Teej, women are invited at their parent’s house to eat lots of delicious food, sing and dance as a way of gathering.
In Prabina House, we celebrated Teej by going to the temple early in the morning and prayed to Lord Shiva. We ate delicious food like Pulao (rice cooked with dried fruits and spices), pickle, cauliflower curry, etc. All ofus gathered to sing songs and danced. We had lots of entertainment via gathering that we did not realize it was time for bed.
29 September 2019: Prabina Foundation Nepal organized a festive gathering with all of its current and former students. This is a yearly function which is held on the first day of Dashain (Ghatasthapana). On this day, one of the Prabina Foundation Nepal’s board member puts Tika (red colored rice seeds), Jamara (barley sprouts), gives blessing and festival grant (money) followed by a feast. It is a reunion program as all the children are able to re-connect, interact, share their
stories and happiness among each other.
Janai Purnima: a thread for protection
15 August, 2019: Janai Purnima also known as Rakshya Bandhan is a popular Hindu festival. It is the day in which a male child who has done Bartamanda (a traditional ritual) changes Janai (pious thread) in the river and promises to be a good person and will always do good for all.
On this day, a priest was invited to Prabina House to put tika on our forehead and Janai for protection. Then, we ate quanti (a soup made out of different types of beans) which was very tasty. Since it was a public holiday in Nepal, all the students watched an interesting movie in
the afternoon. The most interesting part of the whole day was when in the evening all the girls gathered around the terrace and shared their knowledge on the festival.
Yearly Prabina Feast
25 October, 2019: Prabina Foundation Switzerland organized a lunch programme at Hotel Annapurna as a get together event with Prabina Family (former and current students including Prabina staffs). There were 132 participants at the event. Mr. Josef Meier, Ms. Renee Sadhana Hernadez, Mr. Peter Hertl, Mr. Sebastian Hertl, Mr. Juan Ruiz, the Swiss team arranged an interaction session with former students (alumni) to have a dialogue about their current status. All in all, the participants praised about the food and venue as varieties of delicious food was another highlight of the lunch programme.
Youth Development Workshop
On 7 September, five students from Prabina house had the opportunity to take part in a youth development workshop. I, along with other four members reached the venue at 11 am. When we reached there, a movie named “Hachiko” a very emotional movie, which was a true story of a Japanese dog and a professor.
After the movie, we played a game which taught us the importance of good communication which will help us when we face problems in our life and that we should not give up until we don’t get success. We continued with motivational short movie which taught me that we
should be happy and content with what we have instead of desiring for more.
The last session was practical based where we were given various tasks to be done without using one of our body parts. This activity made me feel grateful that I have a fully functioning body parts which not everyone is fortunate to have.
From this one-day workshop, I learnt that we will face many problems in our life but we should never give up. We should firstly try to find solutions to our problems and we should always try to make our life wonderful, happy and choose a correct path. We should never forget the person who has guided us in life and respect them from our heart truly and not just for show.
Blissful autumn, pleasant air and festival vibes, a perfect time for an outing
On 4 October, 2019: We were nine children (five girls and four boys) from Prabina house along seven Prabina staffs visited Jal Vinayak, Manjushree Park and Karya Vinayak. All of us were excited for the
journey and amazed by the beauty of Kathmandu seen during the time. Firstly, we arrived at Manjushree Park which is beautifully maintained with green plants and flowers. Most people visit here for its scenic views and adventurous caves. We tried to gaze from the entrance of the cave which was locked and we were told that we need to hire a local guide to enter the cave. Then walking downwards from the park, we went to Jal Vinayak temple which is a temple of Lord Ganesh. The temple was under construction after the 2015 devastating earthquake.
After spending some time, we got into the vehicle to visit Karya Vinayak temple which is at a place named Khokana. There we took pictures inside the temple and we prayed God for our well-being. We all sat down for some snacks cooked from Prabina House like chicken
curry, paneer curry, beaten rice, potato chips and cold drinks. After snacks, we started playing games like badminton, skipping, frisbee and hiding handkerchief game. We were enjoying a lot and running around that we felt tired and realized that it was already 4 pm. So, we got into the vehicle and left for Prabina House.
Health check up
On 25 May, 2019, Prabina Foundation Nepal organized a General Health Check-up for all 20 girls and 13 boys of Prabina house. The check-up started form 11:30am to 2:30pm and it was facilitated by Dr. Manjita Bajracharya from Nepal Medical College (NMC). The check-up was
organized to ensure that all the students are mentally and physically fit and safe from diseases.
Firstly, the doctor consulted us to know if we are having any unusual feeling or symptoms which may lead to a health problem. After we explained all our problems, with our symptoms in mind she provided us with a medical solution.
I am very grateful to get an opportunity from Prabina Foundation Nepal and know that our health should be carefully looked into.
Diploma in Civil Engineering
Secondary Education Examination completed
Journey of Life
“Life is a blessing”
My life began with struggle.
I was born on 30 April 2004 in Sotang, Solukhumbu in Eastern Nepal. We were a family of five – mother, father, his elder sister (my aunt), her daughter (my cousin) and me. Unbearable of the domestic violence everyday by father and cruelty by aunt, my mother decided to leave home with me when I was 19 months old to stay with her parents. I stayed for almost 4 years with her in maternal uncle’s house in Okhaldhunga district.
It was an arranged marriage at a very young age with a man of double her age. She had passed Grade 10 before marriage. After splitting up with my father, she managed to study up-to grade XII in a government college from the village. Later, she got appointed as a teacher in a school but she had to get her citizenship card from my father’s place to present it in the school.
My father refused to help her and hence she lost the opportunity to become a teacher.
He is illiterate, freelancing trekker and a farmer. Very
close to my aunt and her daughter, he used to obey their negative instructions to harm my mother via physical and verbal torture. One day, my father forcefully took me to Kathmandu to stay along with aunt and cousin, who humiliated me every time by accusing my mother. I was with my father for five years. Though they were my family too, I felt being treated unfairly. I missed the love and care of my mother.
My mother being aware of the situation took me to stay with her through a legal process with the help of police.
My entry in Prabina Boy’s Home- My stable shelter.
It was sleepless nights for my mother determining about a reliable job that could support both to live and carryout my education. Fortunately, my mother heard about Prabina Foundation looking for a caretaker, thus she applied for it. She was interviewed by Madam Ruth Rutz and Mohan Kumari Shrestha. Being a high school graduate, she was overqualified for the position but approved by Ruth to work and live here with me as I got an entry in Prabina Boy’s Home. It was a sigh of relief to get a safe shelter.
My Education- a doldrums.
Transferring from mother to father and again to mother, my schooling was not steady. I was disturbed from the situation I came through which resulted a weak educational base. Somehow crossing through the vicious circle that I had to face from my own father, today I am able to reach grade X.
For me, my mother’s wish to see me educated and become a successful person later in my life is what
values me the most. Though confused about my career, I am trying my level best to achieve better grades in my
study as I will be attempting S.E.E (Secondary Education Examination) this year.
Prabina Boy’s Home- A complete family package.
I would describe the boy’s home a “companion” and Prabina Foundation a “Family” which I feel blessed for. During the earlier times at Prabina House, I was provided counseling to heal the bad memories. I had never thought I would recover from the fear of my father troubling us and taking me away again. I got admission in school in grade seven with satisfactory grades thus received special tutoring at Prabina House. From being an introvert person, I transformed myself to participate
in extracurricular activities at school, engaged myself learning to help in washing my own clothes, cleaning and cooking at Prabina House. The most loved experience here is Yoga and outings. I can see my confidence level increasing gradually in every tasks I try to do.
Blurred about my career goals yet I look forward to gain a specific vocational training which will help me to get a job so that I can take care of my mother financially by the time I leave Prabina House. Let me hold it till my S.E.E and in God’s hand. My godmother, Myrtha Gantner’s support encourages me to gain confidence as well as secure better grades.
“Life is a continuous journey with joy and pain”
Early Childhood – An unsafe Childhood.
I was born on 28 December 2002 in a village of Sindhupalchowk. Me being born to a family of an alcoholic father was the worst day for my mother. My mother was tortured everyday by my father and his parents which led my mother to leave my father for our safety. I was one-year-old, neglected and malnourished.
The different part of my journey.
Me and my mother started living with my maternal grand-parents. My father did not stop threatening us.
My mother had no choice but to leave for Kathmandu.
When I was four years old, me and my mother came to Kathmandu in search for better life. Few years later, my mother went back to the village and divorced my father.
Kathmandu- a struggle for my mother.
It was difficult for my mother to get a job as she was not well educated. Finally, she was hired as a security guard in a department store. Since children were not allowed in her workplace, she had no choice but to lock me in our rented room. I was scared and cried many times. It was difficult for my mother as her earning was not enough to provide for both of us, so schooling was just a dream for me. She was advised by a friend to visit Prabina Foundation for help.
My entry in Prabina Family- my most memorable journey.
I was very shy and timid, 7 years old. My mother took
me to Prabina House in her work uniform. We were introduced to a white man (Heinz Hasler, the computer teacher from Switzerland) who listened to my mother’s painful story and he welcomed me to Prabina House, where I could stay, eat and study. This was the beginning
to my new journey.
Prabina House – an all-round grooming Platform.
Entering Prabina, I was surprised to see a clean living place with loving caretakers. There were about 18 girls like me and I was introduced to them. They were caring and loving and it was like living with an extended family.
I was not lonely neither scared anymore.
We were taught life-skills like helping in the kitchen and other aspects just to prepare ourselves for future to have an independent living. For the first time – I got to celebrate my birthday, learned about traditions, cultures, and was taken outings for refreshment and exposure. For moral boost we were provided with psychological/ career counseling. Really, Prabina House is a secure place to live in and learn what is necessary for life. My godparents Anouk and Andreas Seiler filled in
the gap of my missing family.
My education -Journey to confidence building.
I was admitted in Deneb Academy which is an English medium school. It was my first ever experience wearing a uniform like other school children, carrying new bag with new books and copies. The teachers welcomed me warmly and encouraged me to participate actively in almost all the school activities which got me selected as school captain to represent, manage students and make plans for upcoming school programs. This was my adventurous journey that helped me to believe in myself and take up new challenges. I passed S.E.E (Secondary Education Examination) with a good score. I told myself “Create your life with no fear”.
My desire to be with my mother.
Being given immense love, care and support at Prabina House, I still longed for my motherly nurturing. After completing S.E.E, I wanted to stay with my mother.
Accordingly, Prashant Shrestha made it possible and agreed to support me for the higher education. I cook meal for us and take lunch to her work place, it is a great feeling to be able to take care and help her with all the skills I have learnt in Prabina House. At the end of every passing we share our daily experience with each other.
My Career Planning.
I am currently studying business management in grade XI and also looking for a part time job to supplement our living expenditure. I am positive to graduate in bank book- keeping as my career.
My gratitude to Prabina Foundation.
Without Prabina Foundation, I would not be able to pursue my education and would never have the courage to study Business Management. I am content with what Prabina Foundation has been providing for me. I have no words to express my gratitude for being protected till date.
Voice of Prabina
Experience of wall climbing
On 14 September, 2019, I went to Prabina Foundation
Nepal at 7:20 am. As said, we will be given an opportunity
for wall climbing hence I was very excited for it. We were
nine participants along three Prabina staffs who moved
towards the wall climbing spot. As soon as we entered
the premises of the wall climbing, it was named as Astrek
Park where I was astonished to encounter a high wall and
numerous climbing ropes hanging from the top and lots
of climbing gears which I have never seen and could not
recognize. There were also different patterned walls,
all very huge and different in shape. There is a picture
of lizard on the wall which is the logo for Astrek Wall
Climbing. There was also a big painting on the wall of a
man rock climbing on the other side of the park.
Before climbing, Dhana, one of us, guided with yoga
and some stretching. After warm up, two instructors
from there provided instructions to climb – we should
climb the wall pushing our body up with our toes and
leg muscles and grab on the higher level using our
fingers. Then, put on the climbing shoes and harness
to start climbing. My friends were taking turns to
climb. During my first try, I was scared to climb so sadly
I gave up climbing 2-3 steps. I could see my friends who
climbed till top so I slowly gained confidence through
Prabina staff’s encouragement and persuaded for my
second climb. While climbing the second time, I collected
lots of power and self-esteem to finally climb the top
successfully. Additionally, I climbed the other side of the
wall and reached the top and rang the bell. After getting
down from the top, I wanted to climb again and again. I
had a lot of fun and loved climbing the wall.
This was a fun and adventurous experience for the first
time in my life. I have never been to a place like this.
This day will be remembered because it was a golden
opportunity for me. I want to thank Prabina Foundation
Nepal for choosing me. I am very happy and proud of
myself for climbing the wall successfully and taking over
Social Work Camp
31 May, 2019: Golden Gate International College
organized 2 nights and 3 days Social Work camp from 31st May to 2nd June 2019 at Chautara – a municipality in Sindhupalchowk district. The camp was organized to
provide a field visit experience for the 1st year students of social work which is very important for awareness for a trainee who wants to become a social worker.
On the 1st day of camp, being appointed as captain
for the camp, I was very eager to take responsibility
and guide my fellow trainees through out the camp.
All the trainees and teachers gathered in the college
premises and departed in the morning and after 6
hours we reached Chautara. We had our lunch and then
we conducted a program in a government school by
introducing ourselves with the students of class 3 which
had 23 students all together. We started interacting
with the students and also taught them some safety
boundaries about good touch and bad touch. After
almost 3 hours of interaction and games, we ended the
day by giving a gift to the most interactive student of
On the 2nd day of camp, with a motive of finding the
economic status of the people, we had to conduct a
survey by visiting the homes in the locality. We found
out that farming and bhatti (a local restaurant) was the
common source of income. Questionnaire was the key
survey technique to find the problems they face mostly
which was alcoholism, gambling and sanitary pad
On the final day of our camp, we spent interacting with
the local people and in the afternoon we returned back
Going to the field as a trainee for the first time and doing
a survey was just a perfect reason to justify why I chose
social work for my bachelor’s degree and becoming a
social worker. The experience made me aware about the
people residing in Chautara and insight information on
the prevailing social problems. I am very grateful to be
given an opportunity to share my experience.
Bachelor in Social Work
Bachelor in Social Work
Kathmandu Funpark, one of the oldest yet famous amusement park is situated in the Exhibition Road,
Bhrikutimandap in Kathmandu. It is one of the best places for children to play various games, enjoy and relax. It was a surprise call from Prabina Foundation for 7th September for an outing to Kathmandu Funpark and I was very curious to know what and where Funpark is?
Me and my mother reached Kathmandu Funpark at around 11 am and met other children and gathered together for the entrance tickets for everybody. I was amazed to see the crowd of people from the entrance of the park. Me and my friends played interesting games like merry go round, dashing cars, ferris wheel and hitting the target. After playing games, we then had biscuits, juice and a banana for snacks and said goodbye to my friends.
It was my first time inside the Funpark and my eyes were
wondering everywhere with excitement. It truly is an unforgettable moment for me. Due to excitement of sharing my experience, I forgot to mention that we were total seven children along two Prabina staffs. I would like to thank Prabina Foundation for giving me this interesting opportunity to visit such fun and lovely place.
Mega Brainiac 2019
In today’s world, everybody is busy in making their
lives more comfortable and luxurious. The dreams of
people have come true with the development of new
technologies every day.
On 21 September 2019: My college (Nepal Mega
College) at Babarmahal, Kathmandu conducted a oneday
event by fourth year students. The “Mega Brainiac
2019” was a competitive business platform among BBS
and BBA students with a vision to “explore your mind”.
Seven individual students from each college
represented respective positions (human resource,
entrepreneur, marketing, finance and public relation) in
the program with a purpose to make new generation
aware about the importance of business management at
present market, develop and nurture their mind with the
help of technical ideas organization beholds.
Later, the program dealt with the group case study
among eight different colleges. The winning college
was awarded Rs. 15000 with trophy and certificate of
participation to each participant. The second and third
winning colleges were awarded with Rs. 10000 and
5000 respectively. We were supported by NMB Bank,
Nepal News, Mega Bank, Landmark Education and
Century Bank and was telecasted on News 24.
In a nutshell, the program was challenging for us as
organizers to be able to share ideas and make friendly
environment through enhancing the modern teaching
and learning environment of the college and to make the
students technically sound with an ability to compete in
the business market.
25 April, 2019: Career counseling in other words is also
known as career guidance which is designed to help
an individual in choosing, changing or leaving a career
and is obtained at any stage in life. Since the counseling
plays a vital role in a teenager’s life, especially for the
one who has just passed out SEE (Secondary Education
Examination) because this is the time when he/she
decides what subject they want to choose to transform it
into an occupation.
Therefore, Prabina Foundation Nepal organized a
two-day career counseling session from April (25-26),
2019 for five of SEE graduates so that we can be clear
to choose the right and bright career for our upcoming
future. We were provided this counseling session from
an organization named “Career Disha Nepal” which is
a first holistic career counseling and coaching project.
Prabina Foundation is very much aware that we were
unknown about the trending/ current professions
available in Nepal. We came to know that there are
numerous professions we can choose except trying to
be a doctor, nurse or an engineer.
This career counseling guided me to realize that we
should oversee our capability to choose an appropriate
career for a better future. This counseling session was
a golden opportunity for each of SEE graduates who
participated. Thus, I want to thank Prabina Foundation
Nepal for organizing this session with a vision of making
ourselves independent and have a future secure.
Dashain: a festival of its own
29 September – 8 October, 2019: Dashain is the biggest
festival of Hindus in Nepal that marks the victory of truth
over evil. It is a ten-day festival (Ghatasthapana to Vijaya
Dashami) that brings all family members together every
year to put Tika (red colored rice seeds) and Jamara
(barley sprouts), where we share happiness with our
family, friends, relatives and neighbors.
Similarly, Dashain is celebrated in Prabina House since
the first day (Ghatasthapna) when all the current and
former students were put Tika, Jamara and festival
grant followed by delicious buffet. Gradually most of
the children from Prabina house go to their houses for
celebrating Dashain with their families or relatives. We
(5 girls and 4 boys) celebrated in Prabina House. We
visited Bhadrakali temple on the third day of Dashain.
On the fifth day (Panchami) of Dashain, all nine of us
along with 3 Prabina staffs walked around 30 minutes
to visit Maitidevi Temple. Though it was a sunny day, it
was a pleasant feeling while walking because there were
less vehicles on the road with decrease in pollution. The
temple and its nearby area was beautifully decorated
with flowers and colorful electric lights. We also had
local sweets and played bamboo swing.
The following days were joyfully spent playing card
games, singing songs, dancing and watching lots of
movies at Prabina house. Somewhere during the times, I
missed my friends from the house and wondering what
could it be like to be at home but at the same time, I was
fascinated to spent wonderful days at Prabina house.
On the sixth day of Dashain, we visited to Jal Vinayak
Temple, Manjushree Park and Karya Vinayak Temple. We
even had a dry picnic where we spent few hours playing
various games like badminton, skipping, frisbee and
other games. On the tenth day, 8th October also known
as Vijaya Dashami, again nine of us gathered to put Tika
on our forehead, Jamara and were given blessings along
with money from three Prabina staffs. We ate lots of
delicious foods this festival.
22 April, 2019: I attempted SEE (Secondary Education
Examination) this year and was waiting for my result.
During the free time before result, I was invited for basic
computer course at Prabina house. During the training
period, I was able to learn three computer topics which
included MS-Word, MS-Excel and MS-Power point in
more detailed manner.
The training period was spent with lots of knowledge
gaining that I not only learnt three office packages but
also learnt other computer terms and terminologies.
Living at Prabina House
I am Bhawana Chalise who attempted SEE (Secondary
Education Examination) and waiting for results. At that
meantime, I was invited to Prabina House for a computer
training and other recreational activities for a month as
I live in Rautahat. It was 19th April, 2019 when I arrived
for the very first time to Prabina House. When I reached
there, the house supervisor received me towards the
room which I would be sharing with the other children.
I was shown the bed where I will be sleeping for the
At first, I felt a bit awkward to interact with other girls
though they seemed to be the same age as mine but
gradually we introduced ourselves. After some chat with
them, I felt they were like my own sisters and enjoyed
their company. It was a delightful moment when all the
little and elder girls hugged me.
All the girls start their day with yoga every morning
for one and a half hour because yoga makes our
body healthy and mentally focused. On the third day,
basic computer course initiated to be provided to five
students who attempted SEE. We introduced each
other because the other participants live in Kathmandu.
We were able to learn basic yet very important office
packages like MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and
etc. during the 24 days training period.
Additionally, we were also provided with career
counseling programme on 25th -26th April by “Career
Disha Nepal” for two days at Prabina house. It was very
important and well thought out programme for Prabina
Foundation to facilitate a career counseling session to
make us aware about which subject is appropriate for
the SEE graduates to study for career building and the
trending professions available in Nepal. Later on 19th
May, we went for a hiking along Prabina staffs for around
four hours to Nagarkot as a refreshment.
The Prabina House children possessed their own daily
routine for cooking, cleaning bedroom, washing clothes,
utensils, etc. which impressed me. All the caretakers
and Prabina staffs showed me love and cared for me like
every other Prabina House children.
I am glad that I got an opportunity to stay for a month
in Prabina House and learnt computer, received career
counseling for an appropriate career decision and
hiking which was exciting for me. I would like to thank all
the Prabina staffs for all the moments I spent in Prabina
House. It was a lovely feelin
Youths for Social change
Every year my college takes their social work students
to different places as a part of our rural camp. This year
40 students along 3 camp supervisors were taken to
Bahrabise, Sindhupalchowk. The camp started from 15th October to 24th October, 2019 with the theme “Youth
for Social Change”.
During this 10 days’ camp, I gave welcome speech
at the opening ceremony. We did social mapping to
locate various places within the community and got
to experience transect walk. We conducted survey
evaluating the relief distribution program done by Nepal
Jesuit Social Institute (NJSI) after earthquake where we
discovered that most people did not know about NJSI.
It was my first time participating in a monologue where
I talked about the impact of foreign employment on
family members like father, sister, daughter, wife and
friends. We organized focused group discussion along
with awareness program at Khursanibari and Sunkoshi
Bazaar and discussed about women empowerment,
suicide prevention, agriculture and drinking water.
We also conducted a cleanliness session to clean
surrounding area of the school. Moreover, getting
a chance to experience rafting for the first time at
Bhotekoshi river was the most fascinating part of it,
being in the middle of the river with so many waves
clashing onto the raft. Rafting always was my dream
which finally came true and was a thrilling experience.
Camp to Sindhupalchowk was a great learning
opportunity. This camp for me was coming out of my
comfort zone and I learned to face my fears with people
and enhanced public speaking skills. I learnt to take
responsibilities and to work together in a team. I also
learnt more about my friends and create a good bond
Bachelor in Social Work
Godparents with children
Josef with Nima and Sajana
Peter and Sabastian with Lucky and her mother
Alumni Success Story
Born in Assam, India from migrant father. She was two years old, when her father died leaving her two siblings (elder sister and younger brother) and her mother.
Rekha, a successful alumn counts herself lucky and happy. She is a cheerful and dynamic lady with vision who was with Prabina Foundation from 1999 to 2011. Currently, she is happily married with two sweet daughters.
How was your early childhood?
It was sorrowful. I was four years old when I came to
Kathmandu with my elder sister to live with my maternal grand-parents. I was sad to leave my mother and baby brother in India. As a child I was playful with smiles and could interact with people easily.
How were you brought up in orphanage (Bal Mandir) in Kathmandu?
Interesting question. My grand-parents being
themselves the priests were not capable of sending me
and my elder sister to school because the income was only limited to provide food for the family. That was when a store owner suggested Bal Mandir for us to be admitted as orphans to live and study.
How was your childhood orphanage?
Great. We were living with 200 children of different
ages, eating together, playing together and roaming
together in the spacious yard of the orphanage. It was an
Studying was my passion. I studied in a school that was
meant for orphans and poor people. The school was within the orphanage building and it felt like living in a cage. We were not allowed to step out from the premises
and not even allowed to meet my grand-parents which seemed unusual.
It was 1999, I was lucky to enter Prabina family. I lived in
Prabina House and studied from grade six in an English medium school which changed my life. With support from Prabina Foundation, I completed Bachelor’s degree in Management.
Any happy moments in your journey of life with Prabina family?
A lot. Let me share one by one:
After I was integrated with my mother and brother in
Kathmandu, I was also studying. Gabi and Mohan Kumari
frequently visited to make sure that I was fine.
Rekha with her husband.
“Be positive in all situations and evolve with time.”
The happiest moment was when I met my Godparents
(Verona and Walter) during my schooling. My mother
gave birth to me but I received the light of life from my
Godparents. They are loving, caring, sending me letters
and presents from Switzerland till now. They brought
changes in my life and taught me love. They even came
to Kathmandu to visit me. I am still in contact with them.
They loved my family.
I was on top of the world when I got married to the man
I dearly loved. It was a memorable moment since
Prabina family arranged my marriage ceremony in a
The happiest moment was mothering my first daughter.
My Godparents showered me with lot of baby clothes. I
feel very lucky.
Your marriage was love marriage or arranged one?
Thank God, it was love marriage. My family and my
husband’s family resided in the same building but
different rooms. There we used to see each other quite
frequently and got to know more about him when we
ultimately fell in love with each other. My grand-parents
were conservative as my man was older than me. Anyway
my grand-father read our horoscopes and found that he
was the only right person for my good future. Actually it
proved true. My parents (Walter), my husband and Ruth
and Bernhard were behind my successful and happy life.
Were you honest about your childhood status with your
Marriage is for life long journey. I believe in honesty. So, I
put my life story like an open book. Luckily my husband’s
sister happened to be supervisor in S.O.S Children’s
Village (an orphanage) that eased them to understand
me. Today, me and my husband are caring out my aging
mother. I have a happy family.
I was not sure about my career but I was determined
to work to supplement my mother for household
expenditure. Right after passing high school, Mohan
Kumari Shrestha arranged me a job as a book keeper
in a carpet factory. I went to college in the morning and
worked after college. The owner was good, the salary
was good and I was happy that I was a big help to my
After marriage, I worked as an accountant in a reputed
college. It was a good experience and also it helped us
to live a comfortable life with less stress.
Today, I am self-employed. I help in my husband’s
hardware shop which is in our residence as well. I love it as I can look after my daughter when she returns from school and my mother-in-law. Thank god, our business is growing (touch wood).
Define yourself in three words?
Hard-working, visionary, leadership.
How do you define life?
Life is beautiful. It is a series of miracles. Be positive in all situations and evolve with time.
Your secret of successful and happy life?
Love is the key to my successful and obviously a happy life.
Any sad moment in life?
Yes, the disastrous earthquake in 2015 that demolished
our business and everything we had. Thanks to my
godparents who helped us to re-establish our business.
We are very lucky.
We are planning to go to Switzerland to visit our
godparents to pay our gratitude, express our love and
thank them for what they have done to bring positive
changes in our lives.
Your message to Prabina children?
Develop confidence in yourself, work hard but honestly the success is yours. Thank you Mohan Kumari Shrestha.
You are our caring guardian.
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