Wir suchen Paten
Diese Kinder und Jugendlichen der Prabina Stiftung haben noch keine Paten
Geschätzte Pateneltern, Geschätzte Spender, Gönner und Freunde der Prabina Stiftung
Ein intensives Jahr 2021 neigt sich dem Ende – intensiv in jeder Hinsicht und für uns alle. Ein jeder von uns hat sich arrangieren müssen mit den Umständen und Einschränkungen, die das ungeliebte Virus uns beschert hat.
Ein universales Rezept für den richtigen Umgang mit dieser
Situation ist bislang unentdeckt. Jede Nation um den Erdball ringt so gut sie kann in diesem Kampf, alle mit dem Ziel, als Sieger über das Virus hervorzugehen. Experten beraten, Prognosen und Szenarien werden aufwändig berechnet, Menschen protestieren, Menschen werden verantwortlich gemacht, es geht um viel Geld, es geht um das Geschäft mit der Angst. Aber was ist die tatsächliche Essenz? Es geht doch um nichts Geringeres, als dass wir überLEBEN wollen. Eine Naturkraft, die uns allen innewohnt, die uns eint. Das Virus führt uns vor Augen: Wir sind doch eigentlich Gleichgesinnte.
Was uns im Leben scheidet, sind die sozialen Ungleichheiten, die ungleichen Chancen. Ein Umstand, den wir Menschen mit viel Aufwand selbst kreiert haben und täglich aufs Neue tun. In Wirklichkeit sind wir weder ohnmächtig, noch sind es ‘die anderen’, auf den wir den Fingerzeit richten können. Der Grundstein der Veränderung liegt in unserem eigenen persönlichen Denken und Handeln, unseren Entscheidungen. In jedem Moment. So unbequem es klingt, tragen wir doch die
Verantwortung für alles, was wir tun und was wir nicht tun.
Genau hier gilt es anzufangen und Achtsamkeit zu üben.
MITEINANDER macht bekanntermassen so viel mehr
Freude als gegeneinander.
Unsere Prabina Kinder haben im Kindesalter teilweise schon tiefgreifende ebensbedrohliche Situationen erfahren müssen, Situationen, die wir uns nicht einmal vorstellen möchten. Und gegen die das Virus im Vergleich ein Klacks ist. Sie wurden in Umstände hineingeboren, die ihnen nicht die Chancen geboten haben, die sie fairerweise verdient hätten. Privilegien, die wir hier in der Regel haben und uns immer wieder voller Dankbarkeit ins Gedächtnis rufen sollten.
Unsere Kinder sind stark, unglaublich stark. Das, was sie stark macht, ist ihr Lebensdrang. Vergleichbar mit einer zarten Pflanze, die durch den Asphalt drückt und ihn sprengt, durch die ihr innewohnende Lebenskraft.
Mit Ihrer tatkräftigen und realen Hilfe, liebe Pateneltern und Spender, treffen Sie eine bewusste Entscheidung für das Leben. Sie geben mit Ihrer Hilfe einem jungen Menschen die grosse und verdiente Chance auf ein Leben in Würde. Sie tragen ausserordentlich zu einem MITEINANDER in dieser Welt bei. Sie tragen zu so viel Freude, Hoffnung und Leben bei. Schauen Sie die strahlenden Gesichter der Kinder an, sie sprechen Bände.
Herzlichen Dank an SIE!
Last but not least möchte ich an dieser Stelle noch einen
Wechsel in unserer Prabina Stiftung in Nepal bekannt
geben. Frau Mohan Kumari Shrestha hat Anfang Oktober
2021 nach über 30 Jahren den Stiftungsratsvorsitz in Nepal
als Präsidentin abgegeben und ist in den wohlverdienten
Ruhestand getreten. Frau Shrestha hat von Tag Null an die
Prabina Stiftung in Nepal gemeinsam mit Bernhard und
Ruth Rutz aufgebaut und sich mit ihrem ausserordentlichen
Einsatz Tag für Tag hingebungsvoll und tatkräftig für das
Wohl unserer Prabina Kinder eingesetzt. Wir danken Frau
Shrestha von Herzen für die unbezahlbare Arbeit, die sie
für mehrere Generationen junger Menschen geleistet hat
und wünschen Ihr für die ruhigere Lebensphase ganz viel
Gesundheit und das nur Allerbeste!
Ich begrüsse herzlich unseren neuen Präsidenten der
Prabina Nepal, Herrn Sunil Prasad Mool und wünsche
ihm viel Erfolg für den Start in seiner neuen Funktion.
Herr Sunil Prasad Mool war bis im Frühling dieses Jahres
als Manager bei der zivilen Luftfahrtbehörde Nepal
tätig, er ist Autor diverser Bücher im Luftfahrtwesen
und ist in diesem Jahr in den Ruhestand getreten. Vom
innigen Wunsch angetrieben, seine Energie in Zukunft in
Projekte zu stecken, die der nepalesischen Gesellschaft
zugutekommen, sind wir überaus glücklich und dankbar,
Herrn Sunil Prasad Mool als Verstärkung in unserer Prabina
Stiftung zu haben. Wir blicken voller Vorfreude auf eine
erfolgreiche, gute Zusammenarbeit.
Ich wünsche nun Ihnen, liebe Pateneltern, Spender,
Gönner und Freunde, einen besinnlichen Jahresausklang.
Gönnen Sie sich ein wenig Ruhe und Zeit zum Innehalten,
Zeit zum Erholen und Kraft tanken, Zeit zum Reflektieren.
Auf dass Sie im nächsten Frühling wieder kraftvoll Ihre
Energie entfalten können, für ein freudvolles Füreinander
und Miteinander. Bleiben Sie bei bester Gesundheit
und geniessen Sie die Lektüre unseren 24. Newsletters.
Liebe Pateneltern, liebe Leserinnen, liebe Leser, wieder ist ein Jahr vergangen und wir konnten unsere Kinder in Nepal nicht besuchen. Covid hält uns in Atem und schränkt unsere andlungsfreiheiten ein. Damit müssen wir wahrscheinlich noch länger leben (und auch leiden). Mit Prashant Shresta stehen wir über Mail und Video in Kontakt. Er berichtet uns laufend über die Situation in Kathmandu, es geht den Kindern und der gesamten Organisation gut. Das neue Team in der Schweiz unter der Leitung von Andrea Heinemann hat sich gut in die Arbeit eingelebt, der Betrieb verläuft optimal. Wir danken ihr und ihren Mitarbeiterinnen für ihren vorbildlichen Einsatz. Das Sprichwort «nichts ist steter als der Wandel» trifft auch für unsere Organisation zu. In Nepal ist unsere langjährige Präsidentin, Frau Kumari Shresta aus Altersgründen zurückgetreten. Sie war seit Beginn in unserem Prabina-Haus mit dabei, und wir sind ihr zu grosser Dankbarkeit verpflichtet. Unsere Geschäftsführerin berichtet darüber.
Aber auch bei uns in der Schweiz hat sich einiges verändert. Mit dem Rücktritt von Renée Gutiérrez als Geschäftsführerin, ist nun niemand mehr aus der Gründerfamilie im Stiftungs-rat oder der Geschäftsleitung vertreten. Sie können versichert sein, dass wir die Ideen von Ruth und Bernhard Rutz weiterleben lassen werden, wir setzen alles daran. Das ist unsere Aufgabe und unsere Pflicht. Danke an Ruth, Bernhard und Renée! Ich wünsche Ihnen, liebe Pateneltern, liebe Leserinnen, liebe Leser, besinnliche Festtage und nur das Beste im 2022. Hoffen wir, dass sich die Situation im nächsten Jahr beruhigt und wir wieder nach Nepal reisen können. Bedanken möchte ich mich bei Ihnen für Ihre Unterstützung für die Prabina Stiftung. Dank Ihnen und Ihrem persönlichen Engagement gibt es die Prabina-Stiftung und wir sind der Überzeugung, dass dies noch lange so weiter geht.
Education is a basic requirement for human beings. Even the evolution of sapiens from stone to modern era began with experience and education. This means that all the things we do in our day-to-day life are the result of our education and experience. In the context of Nepal, the number of people who are
academically literate has exponentially risen within a decade. In today’s world, even illiterate parents have recognized the importance of a quality education in their children’s lives because they believe that a person with high knowledge is liberated from hard labor and has the power to become an independent person in the future. They spend more than half of their hardly earned income on the education and wellbeing of their children. In rural areas, students even use an electrical wire (tuin) to cross the river to reach their school. It is very dangerous and life-threatening – but they are willing to risk their life to obtain education.
Some decades ago, passing a secondary level was a triumph, and they graduates would easily get skilled and well-paying jobs. They were considered an intelligent person and used to be treated as a
respected member in society. As generations changed, the priority has also shifted: Now, it is very difficult to get a proper job even after completing a bachelor degree because the competition is fierce. Additionally, the mode of teaching and learning has changed as well: I still remember a time, when my principal said to
me, “One-day technology will replace everything and the process of learning will be different.” I think she was right. Although it is challenging, students across the world are accepting and adapting to the challenge of virtual classes. Instead of whiteboards, students keep their laptops or mobile phones in front of them to
The children of Prabina Foundation are also on the
same verge. They attend their online class regularly
without any interruptions. Most of them have obtained
excellent grades in their virtual exams. Students are also
taking the responsibility by helping one another with
their studying. However, now the Nepal Government is
planning to provide vaccine to children below 18 years
as soon as possible (Nepalese above 18 years have
been provided vaccination facility till now), which will
allow some degree of returning to school classrooms
and in-person gatherings. We do hope very much, that
one day the situation will be normal soon so that the
children can go to school carrying their school bags
and meet their friends and teachers in person.
Coordinator Prabina Foundation Nepal
Vote of Thanks
I am so thankful and blessed to get the opportunity to prepare the 24th edition of Prabina Family Newsletter. I would like to thank all the team members of this newsletter for their continuous guidance, motivations, support and effort.
In this newsletter, we have collected the events, celebrations and beautiful moments took place in Prabina family. It includes the celebrations, students accomplishment, articles and many more. I hope you will enjoy the exquisite outcomes and experience of the student.
Student of Civil Engineering
Edition 24 (December 2021)
Prabina Thapa Magar
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.
Health signifies physical, mental and social well-being of an individual. In Prabina, we are concerned about the need for our childrens’ physical, psychological, social health and comfort to move forward with a positive and healthy mindset as they grow. Our children were safe during/ after the lockdown. They receive immediate medical treatment if they need any.
Celebrating first time
Regan Diyali celebrated his birthday for the first time in Prabina House. He was very happy and excited to cut the cake with his friends around.
Repair works in Prabina House
As the floors in the terrace started to erode, it was repaired by placing floor tiles. This will help to strengthen and also look pleasant.
Laptop for Sophiya
As a student of Civil Engineering, Sophiya Shrestha received a laptop for educational purpose.
Evaluation from Government Agencies
Every year, evaluation team from different government offices visit Prabina House for monitoring and evaluation. This is the periodical inspection in which they visit Prabina House Boys/ Girls. They inspect and enquire to check whether Prabina Foundation is working in accordance to the government’s protocols.
National Child Right Council
24 September, 2021: On this day, the member of NCRC; Mr. Sundar Lamichhane (coordinator of homes evaluation committee), Ms. Sunita Shah (child right officer) and Ms. Mina K.C (child right officer) visited Prabina House to inspect whether the Prabina Foundation are working by following the government guidelines. They inspected about the condition of children living in Prabina House.
Social Development Department (Kathmandu Metropolitan city)
8 October, 2021: On this day, four government staff from Social Development Department (Kathmandu Metropolitan city) visited Prabina Homes to inspect and evaluate before yearly license renewal.
DPAC 2020 / 2021
Prabina Foundation Nepal conducted the annual meeting with District Project Advisory Committee (DPAC) members on June 27, 2021. DPAC is a committee formed under the chairmanship of Local Development Office, District Women and Child Office, District Education Office, Local Municipality Office and Social Development Office. This meeting is conduct to inform the committee members about the different activities in Prabina Foundation Nepal. Mr. Prashant Shrestha & Ms. Anjali Thapa presented PowerPoint presentation on the progress records and financial data. There were lots of discussions followed by a few suggestions from them. All the committee member, praised our work and encouraged us to keep performing better.
Shopping / gifts
Sunita and Gyanu buying new clothes during festival.
Abhishek Sunita and Gyanu buying new clothes during festival receiving new clothes.
Laxmi receiving new clothes.
Makar shopping new clothes.
Grade 10 completed
Diploma in Civil Engineering
Diploma in Pharmacy
Diploma in Nursing
Diploma in Electronics
Diploma in Nursing
Bachelor’s in Social Work
Dahi means ‘curd’ and chiura means ‘beaten rice’. It is always celebrated on the month of June. There is an anecdote that having dahi chiura is a nutritious food. This day is considered as the last day of rice planting and praying for good harvest. The end of this day is celebrated by eating dahi (yogurt) and chiura. The Nepal Government has announcaed this day as National Paddy Day. We celebrated this day by having dahi chiura along with banana in our lunch. The sweetness of curd made us energetic and refresh.
Janai Purnima is one of the sacred festival celebrated in Nepal. Janai means a thread and Purnima means full moon. So, it always falls on the day of full moon of August or September. Hindus from Brahmin and Chettri community change their sacred Janai on this day because Janai is chanted with mantras for oblation. Sisters tie Rakhi (a special thread that a sister tie on the wrist of her brother which signifies the love of a sister for her brother) and priest tie sacred thread to people’s hand for their long and healthy life.
This year, we celebrated Janai Purnima on 22 August. Our schools and colleges were closed, so everyone from Prabina House gathered in the terrace to tie a sacred thread. Due to ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the priest could not come, so I, being a Brahmin, tied the sacred thread in everyone’s hand. We also had Kwati (mixed soup of different types of sprouted beans) in our lunch because it is our tradition and is considered to be healthy and nutritious food which help to cure cold and cough. It is made by mixing varieties of beans to energize one’s body. Later on, we enjoyed our day by watching movie in Prabina House.
13 August, 2021: Naag Panchami is the Hindu festival celebrated in Nepal by worshipping God Snake because he is known to be our protector. On this day, we took bath early in the morning and pasted the picture of serpent god in the wall above our main entrance door. Every one of us worshiped Lord Shiva and Lord Bishnu as they are considered to be a part of serpent.
8 September: Teej is the greatest Hindu festival of Nepal which is celebrated by women. It usually falls on the month of either August or September. There is a myth that, Goddess Parvati had fasted on this day by worshipping to get Lord Shiva as her husband and later, she was blessed with a Lord Shiva as her husband. Thereby, both married and unmarried women fast on this auspicious day. Married women fast by praying God Shiva to have a long life of their husband. On the other hand, unmarried women fast by worshipping to get a husband like a Lord Shiva because he is considered to be the most powerful god. They consume foods only after worshipping their husband and Lord Shiva at evening. Before the day of fasting, they eat varieties of delicious foods with their families and relatives. They share their feelings and emotions. In Prabina House, we also celebrated Teej by waking up early in the morning. We took bath and worshipped Lord Shiva. The girls put mehendi on their hands. Caretakers from Prabina House blessed us by putting tika in our forehead. We thoroughly enjoyed this day by eating delicious food and by singing and dancing whole day.
7 October, 2021: Dashain, 15 days long, is a festival of
good wills and positive thought over evil celebrated
by the hindu community. People celebrate this day by
playing in swings, eating delicious foods and by receiving
tika and blessings from elders. So, we also celebrated
Ghatasthapana (first day), by germinating Jamara (barley
grass) because it is considered as a blessing of Goddess
Durga. Our school gave holiday from the day of Fulpati
(7th day of Dashain).
On tenth day (Bijaya Dashami), 15 October, our seniors
put tika in our forehead and blessed us with good wishes
for our upcoming life. At that moment, I thought that I
am already blessed to be a part of Prabina Foundation
because they always make sure that we are happy and
healthy. After the ceremony, we enjoyed our day by
having appetizing food. We also watched comedy movie
in Prabina House with Prabina children.
We feel happy to celebrate all the festivals which helps us
to be aware of our culture.
Congratulations and Farewell
“Some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heartwarming!” – Joseph B. Wirthlin
Prabina Foundation had organized a ‘Congratulations and Farewell Program’ on 14 August 2021 for grade 10 graduates and those who completed their studies respectively. The program was filled with dances, songs, stories, and many more fun activities. These activities were performed by Prabina students which made it even more special. Spending 13 years of my life at Prabina Foundation, I have a lot of memories to hold on to. I clearly remember my first day at Prabina Foundation, a clueless, scared little girl who was unaware how her life would change. Reflecting back upon my journey at Prabina
Foundation, it has empowered me with the best education and the confidence that I carry today. It has taught me to dream and work hard to achieve it.
The farewell program made me realize that my beautiful journey at Prabina Foundation came to an end. As people say ‘Farewells are the new beginnings’, I am excited to explore the new possibilities. I am extremely grateful towards Prabina Foundation for their endless love and support.
Bachelor in Social Work completed
The day I felt like bird
13 October, 2021: Covid-19 has adversely effected people all around the world. People isolated and quarantined themselves in order to prevent suffering from virus. Here in Prabina House, we also followed the safety precautions. We stayed at home for more than half year without going out of our home. As the Covid-19 cases started to downfall, Prabina Foundation took us to Dakshinkali Resort for refreshment purpose. We started our journey at 10:30 am and the resort was only one-hour drive from our place. We followed the safety health measures throughout our journey. We sang songs in bus. We felt like a bird being freed from a cage as it was so long that we had not seen the outside world. On our way to the resort, we saw paddy farming, Taudaha Lake, Chovar Hill and magical view of greenery. The resort was full of flowers and plants which helped to refresh me. We played tug of war and pulled until the opponent group fell. It was filled with so much fun. Luckily, no one got injured. Likewise, we played lots of games until we were tired. Afterward, we had a delicious food which instantly erased our tiredness. We clicked lots of pictures because there is a saying, “Pictures helps to rejuvenate the memories”. At 5:00 pm, we returned to Prabina House. Thank you Prabina Foundation for such a lovely day, we thoroughly enjoyed this day. We felt energizing, refreshing and euphoric.
Career counseling helps to make decision on ones career path. So, on April 10, 2021 Prabina Foundation conducted an individual career counseling and group counseling to all the Secondary Examination Education (SEE/ grade 10) appearing student. There were total 8 Prabina children. The objective of the session was to help us choose the best suitable course for our higher secondary education. The session helped to acknowledge us what to peruse further. With the help of counseling session, I found management as a best compatible subject for me and opt for it. All thanks to Prabina Foundation for conducting prolific sessions.
Dashain is the greatest festival celebrated by Hindus. In the past, Nepalese used to celebrate Dashain four times a year-in winter, summer, spring, and autumn. But, they could not always manage to celebrate it four times, so they started to celebrate it twice a year, i.e., in autumn and spring. Dashain in autumn is widely celebrated than Dashain in spring because they used to sow paddy before autumn and used to harvest it after the autumn
season. In between those times, they were free, so they used to celebrate by gathering with family, relatives, and friends. It is also a festival celebrated by honoring the Goddess Durga, the goddess of will-power, strength, knowledge, and triumph. Every year, on the day of Ghatasthapa, Prabina Foundation organizes a program
by inviting all the current and ex-students. So, I was also invited to the program. I was so delighted to see all the friends, seniors and juniors, in the Prabina premises.
Seeing them made me remember my happiest moments with them. We shared our feelings and experiences we have faced in our life. The moment was a bit nostalgic. We then put tika on our foreheads and received blessings, money (to buy new clothes for the festival) and jamara (a yellow-hued plant formed from diverse maize and barley seeds) from Prabina team. Afterward, we had delicious lunch and shared good wishes to each other before
leaving. Meeting them gave me a different kind of energy and positive vibe. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all the Prabina members and our Godparents for always being kind and welcoming. Thank you so much for holding our hands and guiding us on the right path of love and belongingness.
Bachelor’s in Business Studies completed
Children’s Day celebration
14 September 2021: In Nepal, Children’s Day is celebrated on September 14. The main aim of celebrating this day is to protect the rights of the children. As children are considered the future pillars of the nation, these rights include education, protection, non-discrimination, and many more. We celebrated this day in Prabina House with Prabina children. It was a joyful day. Children showcased their talent by dancing, singing and performing drama.
I also gave a speech on why we celebrate this day. We also played games. The best moment was when we were bestowed with gifts and cake. It was so much fun while cutting the cake. We took some photos to capture our happy moment. During dinner, we had lentils, chicken, pickle, rice, and sweets. At the end of the day, everyone’s tummy was big, and we had a big smile of satisfaction in our face.
First, we all sang Jingle bells together. Then, I danced with my friends. The younger Prabina sisters danced with pompoms in their hand- it was so cute! Then we wrote our wishes and stuck them on the wishing cloud and exchanged gifts. We also gave away self-made cards for all Prabina staff and they looked so amused and happy while receiving it. My favorite part of the program was the wishing cloud because all Prabina staff and children wrote their wishes and stuck them on the chart paper. Later on we got to hear everybody’s beautiful wishes. The program was enjoyable, funny at times and also emotional. This opportunity to host and perform was a wonderful moment to give back our love to Prabina Foundation.
Our beautiful day ended after a very yummy dinner. This day was truly a memorable moment for me and I am sure for all Prabina children too. I hope all enjoyed the program and I would like to participate more in upcoming celebrations with my fellow Prabina friends, brothers and sisters.
15 October, 2021:
According to ancient anecdote, people used to fly kite to show gratitude to Hindu god for showering rain during monsoon season for good harvest. Since it is a part of our culture, we also celebrated this culture in Prabina House. After putting tika in Dashain, our Home’s warden, Mr. Basanta Khadka flew kite and taught us how to fly.
It was my first time experience and I felt so amazing
17 July, 2021: Technology has changed the whole scenario of the world. It has replaced copies, books, pencils and many more. It is now the basic knowledge that anyone need to have in their life. Even to work in a small shop, basic computer skill is a must. Prabina Foundation always makes sure that we learn basic computer skills, so that we can compete in competitive job market in future.
Our computer classes were held with the help of, Basanta Khadka (Prabina IT student). There were total 13 children from grade 8, 9 and 10. The class ran for 5 days and each day we learned for 2 hours. We learned about Photoshop, MS Word, MS Excel and PowerPoint. Overall, the class was fruitful, interesting and knowledgeable. I would like to thank Prabina Foundation for thinking about our future and keeping this kind of important classes to boost up our skills.
21 and 28 August, 2021: Career Counseling is a kind of counseling done by professional career counselor to help choose a best career suitable for a person. It plays an important role especially in the life of teenagers like us because majority of teen choose wrong career paths due to lack of guidance.
Prabina Foundation organized a career counseling program on 21 and 28 August, 2021. The whole session was of 10 hours. There were 3 facilitators from Paila Nepal and 17 children from Prabina Foundation to participate. The objective of this session was to build our confidence, to know about our strength and weakness and to choose the best career suitable for us. They explained the difference between work, job and career. We also did a personality test, also known as the Big Five personality traits. It was termed as the “OCEAN.”
O= Openness (a person’s openness to new ideas and experiences).
C = Conscientiousness (a person’s ability to be goal-oriented and organized).
E = Extroversion (How much a person is energized by the outside world).
A= Acceptable (How much a person prioritizes the interests of others over their own)
N= Neurotism (a person’s level of sensitivity).
I was very excited and thrilled to take this test. We filled in the answers by marking our responses. After that, we played a game in a group, and the motive behind playing that game was to see how much we could coordinate in a group because coordination and cooperation are the important things that one requires in any job field. Luckily, our team won the game.
On our next day, the results of the personality test were distributed. Out of 50, I got 22 in openness, 28 in conscientiousness, 0 in extroversion, 12 in acceptable, and 7 in neurotism. I was surprised and satisfied with my result because it really showed my true personality. Most of the children were also satisfied with the marks they obtained. We ended our session by writing down the things we would want to be in the future. That was a kind of manifestation and reminder for us to stay on our path. I chose to be a teacher in future because I want to share the knowledge I have obtained till now. Thus, I would like to thank the Paila Nepal for such a wonderful session which helped me to know myself better. I would also like to thank the Prabina Foundation for organizing such a fruitful program.
Course of Life
Sunita GajurelGrade 12 completed
““I believe, after every sunset, there is a sunrise”
Being raised by a widowed mother and her tragedy
I was born in Rautahat district, which is 172.7 km away from Kathmandu valley. My father died due to a brain tumor when I was just 4 years old, so I do not have any memories of him. As far as I can remember, his death brought disaster to our family. My mother was all alone and there was no helping hand to support us. Our economic condition was exceptionally low because all the property we used to possess was sold while treating my father’s illness. Though my mother was emotionally unstable, she always used to smile in front of me and my younger sister.
Woe following woe
Despite being illiterate and unemployed, my mother had the responsibility to look after me, my sister and my grandparents. We used to face difficulty to get a meal. We used to erase our hunger with water for many days and night. Sometimes, our neighbors used to call my mother to work in their field to sow or harvest crops, and in exchange they would pay. So, I also used to follow and help her in the field. Our hands used to get wounded, but there was nothing we could do. At the same time, my grandmother started suffering from asthma and my grandfather started to suffer from eye problems, which made it harder for her to manage the expenses.
Being a single parent, my mother had no financial and emotional support, but she never thought of remarriage. Her only vision in life was to educate me and my sister. From cleaning others house and washing their dirty clothes, she worked whatever work she got to nurture us.
Joy after wary
In 2017, our prayers were heard. One of my relatives approached Prabina Foundation to support my education and they agreed. It was the happiest day of my life because my mother no longer had to worry about my education. It was a huge relief for us, especially for her.
With the support of the Prabina Foundation, I continued my education in an English-medium school where I obtained good marks. I studied management in higher secondary level. Hence, I have basic knowledge of business and economics. Currently, I am waiting for the results of the grade 12, and I am hoping to get the best result.
My best memories
During the 3 month break, after Secondary Examination Education (SEE/ grade 10), I went to stay in Prabina House. They welcomed me warmly and made me feel like home. I made new friends, received new clothes and I was very happy. They fed me delicious and nutritious food that I had never had in my life. Those foods and clothes made me feel how blessed I am to have Prabina in my life. They also provided basic computer courses, which I know will obviously help in my further educational and professional life. I also learned about cooperation, mutual understanding, discipline and harmony.
My future plan
I want to be an accountant in the future in order to be an independent and self-sufficient person. I want to make my mother proud and help her financially because she has done lots of hard work to nurture me.
My gratitude: My godmother and Prabina Foundation Nepal
I am very thankful to my loving godmother, Christiane Bordin, and the Prabina Foundation for coming in my life as a guardian angel. I would not be here today without their love and support.
Megha MandalGrade 10
““I believe life is a stage of a butterfly, which always begins with a caterpillar.””
My early childhood before Prabina Foundation:
As far as I can remember, I used to live with my father in Gaushala, Kathmandu. I used to play in the dirts on the streets. My mother died 2 years after giving birth to me.
Most heart wrenching moment:
My father was an uneducated and drunkard man who used to beg people just to drink alcohol. We used to sleep in streets. Often I slept starving as my father would be too drunk to feed me. Lots of time, I ate food from the street thrown by other people. I got to eat clean food only when someone used to donate. I also used to wear clothes thrown by other people.
A light in my dark life:
I entered Prabina Foundation when I was just 5 years old. Someone felt pity over me seeing my situation and he thought about how vulnerable it is for a girl to have that life. So, he convinced Mrs. Mohan Kumari Shrestha to keep me in Prabina House to safeguard me and my future. Within a day, she accepted me and took me to Prabina House.
Difficulty in adjustment:
It was very difficult for me to adjust to the new environment in Prabina House because it was unfamiliar to me. Before entering Prabina House, I never ate in plates and also I had never seen toilets in my life. In Prabina house, I was told to use the toilet whenever I had to excrete or pee, but I did not feel comfortable, so I used to excrete and pee wherever I wanted to. But, the caretakers never yelled at me; instead, they taught me discipline and manners. My seniors also helped me to behave well.
My education: A journey toward independency
When I was in the street, I saw girls of my age going to school carrying their school bags, wearing the school uniforms and holding their parents’ hands. I always dreamt of going to school the similar manner. I was admitted to Deneb Academy in grade nursery. It was an English medium school. I wore a new school dress and carried a bag filled with new books and copies for the first time. There were elder sisters in Prabina House, who were like my guardians. They used to drop me off at school. That feeling was different yet beautiful and magical. Whenever I remember those moments, I often get nostalgic. My teachers warmly welcomed and introduced me in the classroom. When I was in grade 5, I often used to get bullied because I used to fail in exams. So my school was changed to Padmakanya Higher Secondary School (Nepali Medium school) to pursue my further education because this was a girls school. I was comfortable studying there with other girls and they also helped me in my studies. The environment there was very friendly and everyone guided me very well.
An unforgettable day of my life:
It was the day when the children of Prabina Foundation studying in grade 8, 9 and 10 were told to give presentation on the career they would like to pursue in future. At that moment, I was nervous but I tried my best to give presentation with confidence. Everyone was impressed with my confidence. I felt especial when everyone praised me with kind words. Hearing those praises, I felt like I was flying.
My strength: Prabina Foundation
My godparent, Stefan Huberli, and Prabina Foundation are my protector who always supports me in my thick and thin. I feel blessed to have them. The girl who used to walk barefoot in the street to beg money and food, is now educated and mature.
My future plan
Now, I am studying in grade 10. My study is going well because everyone in Prabina House guides me. In future, I want to study agriculture and want to work as an organic farmer.
Voice of Prabina
25 September 2021: Futsal is one of the refreshing games which helps people to stay physically and mentally fit. It is the best exercise that anyone can do to live a healthy lifestyle. Prabina Foundation organized a futsal game on September 25, for an hour. All children were excited to play futsal. Especially, children from Prabina House were happy because it was the first outdoor game for them after Covid-19. There were total 14 children.
We went to Royal Futsal which is located nearby Prabina House. At first, we changed our clothes and were divided us into three groups. I was so excited and delighted to play. After the game, I was tired but that tiredness was filled with happiness. Everyone wanted to play more but due to time limit we had to return back hoping to play soon. However, everyone had a smile on their face. While returning, I realized about the importance of teamwork because the team which played by coordinating well with each other won.
Art is a creative skill a person uses to show their talent,
imaginative world and emotions. Every Saturday, I along with my 14 other friends participate in art class for one and half hour. Our teacher’s name is Brish Gurung who is a professional artist. Till now, he has taught us sketching and color painting.
We have learned so many techniques of sketching. I made a sketch of beautiful bike using the technique for which I got praised from everyone. I was unaware of the concentration level required while sketching. We also learned to make greeting cards for Dashain. At last, I want to thank Prabina Foundation for giving us the opportunity to learn something new from our hobby.
Extra curriculum activities
Extra curriculum activities play a vital role in children’s life to develop their social skills, confidence and leadership because those skills are crucial when children enter adult life. Every Saturday for 1 hour, Ms. Mamata Gurung, who is very friendly and kind comes to take an extra curriculum class. In this class, we learn creative works like arts and crafts. We also play different games like ‘Know Your Friend’ to develop our social skills.
We sometimes read story books and sometimes we make things from clay. One day, we watched a movie which was very
informative and educative. There are so many things that I have learned in this class which I know will help me in my future. All thanks to Prabina Foundation for conducting these kinds of activities to boost our potentials.
Music is an art. It helps to soothe our mind and helps to charge us with energy. Every Saturday for two hours, I participate in guitar class with other children. Our teacher’s name is Degan Rai. He is guitar student and shares his skills with us. He stays calm though we make mistakes. Before starting our class, we do some hand exercise. He teaches about the tune and cords and lets us play the guitar.
Till now, we have learned to play more than three songs. This is the class I would never like to miss because I feel alive whenever I play guitar. During my free time, I spend most of time practicing guitar as it is my hobby. I am grateful toward Prabina Foundation for organizing and giving us an opportunity for extra curriculum
classes for us.
Momo (Dumpling) day
“Yummy in my tummy”
4 September, 2021: Momo is the favorite food of all Prabina children. So, one day all Prabina children gathered in Prabina House to make momo ourselves. I had never made momos in my life, so I also learned to make it. At first, it was quite hard, but slowly I learned.
From making perfect dough to prepare flavorful pickle, we coordinated with each other with joyness in our heart. While steaming, the aroma of momo made us drool. It was so much fun to cook together. At last, the momo was delicious and it was worth our hard work.
Dance is something that makes me feel alive and active. I believe in spending quality time in something productive rather than sleeping. Every Saturday Ms. Sushma Rai comes to Prabina House to teach us dance. She has divided us into two groups. One is for senior children 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM and another one is for junior children from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Before starting the class, we do some stretching to warm up our body. Then, we learn some steps to perform in a song. We practice until we remember the steps. All of us enjoy the class by having fun. I am so grateful towarda Prabina Foundation for running such fruitful classes to help us stay active.
Public speaking and leadership play vital role in our life. Prabina Foundation never misses a chance to make us productive, so they organized an online session every Saturday during the time of Covid-19 lockdown.
We discussed about many topics including caste discrimination and effects of Covid-19. Those sessions were very helpful and kept us aware of current situation of our country. With the help of those session, I have developed my skill of public speaking, leadership and communication. I also received a self-help book as a gift for being punctual and active in all session. All thank to Prabina Foundation for their continous effort to make us skillful.
22 May, 2021: Memory game helps us to boost our concentration, focus and our visual awareness. Due to pandemic of Covid-19, we did not have any extracurriculum classes, so our Home Supervisor, Ms. Kumari Khadka and Mr. Basanta Khadka conducted a game
called ‘Memory Game’. The rule of the game was to remember the things placed outside the room and jot down in paper inside the room. I won the game because I remembered more than others. Overall, the game was informative and helped my mind to stay active.
Reintegration with family
Roman Majhi (center) with his stepmother (left)
Kalidas Basnet (center) with his aunt (left)
Nimti Sherpa (right) with her sister (left)
Radhika Bhattarai (right) w Nimti Sherpa (right) with her sister (left) ith her mother (left)
Ayush Basnet (left) and Ayusha Basnet (center in red) with their uncle
Serenity in nature
April 9, 2021 – April 13, 2021: While studying in grade 12, we were taken on an educational tour on April 9, 2021, to Mustang and Pokhara.
April 9, 2021: Our journey started from our college, Saipal Academy. Students gathered on the premises and started the journey. I was thrilled to travel to a new place with my friends. On the first day of our tour, we headed towards Beni. It is 299 km away from the Kathmandu valley. Since our first destination was Muktinath Temple, we spent the night and started our journey the very next morning.
April 10, 2021: We reached Marpha, Mustang, at 3:00pm. The place was ravishing. Though the lifestyle of Marpha was difficult, I was attracted to the unique culture and tradition because it was quite different from anything I had ever seen in my life. I was overwhelmed with the beauty of the place. Majority of people depend on apple farming and tourism to sustain their lives.
April 11, 2021: The very next day, our journey began toward the sacred place, Muktinath Temple. Both Hindus and Buddhists from all around the world come to worship and visit this place. There is a myth that whoever takes bath in 108 taps of the temple, they will be liberated from all the sins they committed in their life.
Afterward, we returned to the hotel and started our journey toward Pokhara. This city is one of the famous international and national tourist destination. I found the place safe and cozy. The view of the lakeside Pokhara was mesmerizing as the beautiful view is still in my mind. I think it will remain forever in my heart. Water that reflects the rays of the sun and the fish that swims freely in the water was exquisite and serene. I felt like living there forever.
April 12, 2021: On the last day, we went to Talbarahi Temple by boat. While boating, I felt relax and fresh because I got a chance to get closer to the nature. Talbarahi Temple is located in the middle of the lake. There is a myth that the first king of Kaski, King Kulmandhan Shah, was a devotee of the Goddess Durga. He saw a dream of a temple in between the lakes, so he decided to build the temple over there. It is famous among Hindu devotees.
After that, we went to visit the Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa). The place was peaceful and the view of Phewa Lake, Himalayan ranges and Pokhara city was amazing. The view made me feel ecstatic. That night, we enjoyed by dancing and singing till midnight.
April 13, 2021: Next day we were to return to Kathmandu. So, we packed our bag and left the beautiful city by keeping the beautiful memories vividly inside our heart. Those 5 days of my educational tour helped me to explore and learn about the lifestyle, traditions, culture, and beauty of my country, Nepal. I would like to thank Prabina Foundation Nepal for giving me this opportunity.
Days to remember forever
22 – 27 March, 2021: I am currently studying Travel and Tourism in grade XII at New Millennium College, Dhumbharai. Our college organized a tour to Mustang from (22-27) March, 2021 which was filled with mesmerizing moment and happiness.
22 March, 2021: I along with my classmates and teacher
gathered in college and started our journey in the bus. We felt pleasure to see many landscapes, waterfalls, forests, and villages on our way. We saw world’s second highest bungee jump in Baglung district where we had our first night stop.
23 March, 2021: Next day after breakfast, we headed towards Kalika Bhagwati Temple and Rupse Fall. The roads were narrow and scary. However, there were magnificent view of Kali Gandaki River, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri mountains to distract us from fear. We reached Jomsom and had our dinner after some refreshment.
24 March, 2021: It was the final day for us to reach our main destination, Muktinath Temple. It’s a holy place for Hindus and consists of 108 Dharas (taps) where many devotees take a bath, in the belief that the holy water cleanses their sins. It’s a tourist destination where people can reach by flights, trekking or by bus. We visited Jharkot village and spent our night over there.
25 March, 2021: Following day, after having breakfast we left for Marpha village. We took bath in hot spring pond. It was so relaxing. We had dinner and then we went to Pokhara. We were very tired, so we went to bed right after having dinner.
26 March, 2021: Every one of us were thrilled to explore the beauty of Pokhara. We visited Phewa lake, Tal Barahi Temple, Peace Pagoda Stupa, Davis falls, Gupteshwor Mahadev Temple, and International Mountain Museum. These places were filled with a collection of artistic, cultural, historical, and scientific importance. We enjoyed the serenity and captured some moments to make memory.
27 March, 2021: On this day, we returned to Kathmandu. On the way, we went Begnas Tal to have lunch. We arrived
Kathmandu valley at 6:30pm where our journey ended. Those 6 days of the tour were wonderful and unforgettable. My heartfelt thanks to Prabina Foundation for supporting me because without them, I would not be able to travel such splendid and impeccable place.
Alumni Success Story
Radhika Jalu was supported by Prabina Foundation from the year 2011 to 2016. She continued her education in grade 10 by living in Prabina House and pursued Proficiency Certificate Level (PCL) in nursing for further study. Subsequently, the journey with Prabina Foundation ended after she received license of nursing. Once a despairing girl, she became independent and completed her Bachelor’s in Nursing on her own. Now, she is self-sufficient person who is working as a staff nurse in Dhulikhel Hospital.
How was your early childhood?
I lost my mom when I was just 2 years old. At that time, my father was suffering from some kind of mental disease. So, my grandmother took my responsibility to nurture me. I often used to feel sad seeing my friends with their families because I never got to feel the warmth of a mother’s lap or a father’s hug.
I studied in my village’s school until grade 3. When I was
studying in grade 3, one uncle from my village took me to a children’s home situated in Kathmandu because my
grandmother was financially weak. She realized that she could not nurture me with quality education and food. So, she also sent me there without any hesitation for my bright future. The organization was sponsored by some Japanese people. I lived there for 5 years and I studied till grade 8. Unfortunately, the Japanese people became contactless, and due to lack of funds, the children’s home was closed.
What did you do after that?
After that, one of my relatives decided to keep me with them. It was very hard to adjust. However, I continued my education. I had nothing to give them in exchange for the food, shelter, and clothes they provided me. So, I used to help them with household chores.
How did you enter Prabina Foundation Nepal?
One of my relatives knew about this organization. With his help, I entered Prabina Foundation and continued my education in grade 10. I stayed in Prabina House with other children. I was thrilled to see clean personal beds and the healthy food they provided.
I used to score brilliant marks in exams in my previous English-medium schools. When I came to Prabina Foundation, they decided to admit me to a Nepalimedium school where other students from Prabina House were studying. I found it easy to understand and the teachers also helped with my studies.
For higher secondary education, I chose Proficiency Certificate Level in Nursing (PCL nursing). I feared thinking I would not pass the entrance exam because of my poor English. But, the Prabina Foundation helped me by providing three months of training to prepare for entrance exam in an institute. After that, I passed the entrance exam with full scholarship. I left Prabina House only after passing the license exam of nursing. I worked in home care for a year to gain experience and in order to be eligible for a Bachelor’s degree in nursing. I completed my Bachelor in Nursing by earning myself because I was able to pay the fees with my own income.
Any moment you lose hope in your life?
Despite being strong emotionally, one day I lost hope in my life. Just after completing my School Level Certificate (SLC), I suffered from a breast tumor. I became frantic and hopeless. I spent my days and nights in despair. At that moment, Prabina staffs stood
by my side and embraced me with love and support. With their help, I got treatment and recovered, which made me feel like I got an another new life.
“Believe in miracle and do not relinquish your dream. Do your
best and trust the process.”
What are the clear things that you remember as a childhood?
I would like to share one incident from my childhood. When I was studying in grade I, I was not allowed to enter the exam hall as my school fees were not cleared, I felt ashamed and sad to stand alone on the school ground because all of my friends were inside the exam hall. I returned to my home weeping. After a few years, I continued my education in the Kathmandu on sponsorship. I returned back to visit my village during the time of a festival where I met my old principal, who refused me to enter the exam hall. The anger was still in my heart, so I did not talk with him. Nevertheless, he was happy to see me being educated. Today, I think that was
a funny childish incident.
What were your most joyous fulfilling times in Prabina House?
Every day and every moment was joyous in Prabina House with good food. The jolliest moment among them was when Mrs. Mohan Kumari Shrestha gave
permission to continue my education in nursing because it was my dream since childhood.
Any obstacle in your career?
I was reintegrated with my family after completing my PCL nursing. That moment, my father’s illness had recovered. I thought I would easily get a nursing job, but I was wrong. It was so hard that I had to stay at home being unemployed for a whole year. I was depressed and anxious thinking that even after being educated, I was not able to do anything for the welfare of my country’s people, and my whole motive behind studying nursing was wasted.
What are you doing right now?
I am working as a staff nurse at the ICU in Dhulikhel Hospital (Kathmandu University Hospital), which is located near my rented room.
How much do you earn?
I work 8 hours per day and earn Rs. 40,000 (Nepali currency) per month.
Any future plan?
I am so thankful and grateful to the Prabina Foundation and my sponsors, Mark and Nadine Thommen Queloz, for supporting me till I became independent. Now, I want to continue my education by studying for a Master’s in Nursing because I believe it will help me to progress more in my professional life.
Any lesson you learned in your life?
I learned to be optimistic, dedicated and independent.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Now I am a self-sufficient person who earns well enough to live a quality life. But, there is still more to do in life. In 10 years, I see myself being independent and stronger than before.
Your message to Prabina children
Believe in miracle and do not relinquish your dream. Do
your best and trust the process.
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