To our English-speaking friends
Dear Friends and Sponsors,
SEA feels the time is right to share a few photos and update you on some facts, and most of all to ask for your generous support.
First meet Ram Maya and Phool Maya, our latest “additions” in the SEA Home.
Before being shifted to our personal, home setting in Kathmandu, these two children had studied for a year in the government school Shree Liti School in Dhading; they come from the most destitute families in Nepal.
Then meet Ankit, Simran, Anjali and Anu who have been part of the family for a year.
These four children, who had been mistreated, neglected or exploited as child labor, are now working very hard to get good grades at school.
Bikram, Sudip and Sanjay moved into the Home in July 2011.
These three children are former street children who have fled domestic violence and alcoholic parents. Today, they are model students.
Tara, who manages the house, gives the fifteen children or so living in the Home a mother’s love.
The impression you get when visiting the SEA house after school is one of happiness, sharing and constant caring.
Schedule permitting, children help in the kitchen in a very joyous atmosphere.
When I started writing this letter on behalf of SEA I was going to use a fairy tale style: “Once upon a time, in a country of mountains and valleys, of beautiful temples and many gods, lived a large and very happy family….”.
It would not have been that far from the truth.
However, at the same time, we must keep in mind that Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world and that some of these children have lost their family. They are living at the SEA house because their parents could not take care of them. They were or would have been on the street like too many children in Nepal without SEA.
SEA sponsors some fifty children at the moment.
- In Kathmandu, it provides one safe and comfortable house to live in, caring and guidance
No longer undernourished, troubled or lacking the educational skills and caring atmosphere a child needs, their results have been impressive.
- In Bangalore (India), it rents one 3-bedroom apartment to shelter its university-level students when they continue their education in India.
Jyoti, Naren, Shankar, Samjhana live in SEA apartment in Bangalore; Pasang joined them in August.
- Additionally, it provides support for boarding and scholarships.
Eleven kids are sponsored as boarders in the little hostel which was set up last year by the Director of Shree Liti (Dhading) in partnership with SEA.
Fifteen kids are sponsored as day scholars at Shree Liti, Heartland Children Academy (HCA) or other schools in Kathmandu.
SEA also has a higher education scholarship program in Kathmandu for students who have completed 10th grade.
Santosh studies at Seabird College in 12th grade.
All of them study very seriously.
Very importantly, SEA has a commitment to bringing these children to the maximum of their potential through EDUCATION.
In 2012, Raj Kumar completed his Business Management Bachelor’s degree at Garden City College in Bangalore, India,
Raj Kumar, Fourth from the right
In 2012, Shree as well completed his 4-year engineering degree education at the National Institute of Technology, NIT, Warrangal, India,
Pramilla is in the third year of the Bachelor of education at the International School of Tourism and Hotel Management in Kathmandu.
Pramilla in 2012
Samjhana, Naren, Shankar and Jyoti are pursuing a course leading to a Bachelor of respectively Pharmacy, Hotel Management, Commerce and Business Management in Bangalore, Rajindra is in the second year of the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program at the Institute of International Management Science in Kathmandu.
Pasang entered into the first year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree program at P.E.S. in Bangalore. Sarita is planning to pursue a course leading to a Bachelor of Hospitality Management in Kathmandu.
Satikcha, Santosh, Nirdesh, Anga and Neema are high school students.
As students are getting older and finish their secondary education, we are faced with new financial challenges: college expenses and university expenses for our brightest students like Pramilla, Samjhana, Naren, Shankar, Jyoti, Rajindra, Pasang, Sarita, Satikcha, Santosh, Nirdesh, Anga, Neema and others.
We should also mention higher costs of living, economic and political chaos in Nepal, and high medical expenses for one of our children, but the bottom line is that WE NEED NEW SPONSORS in order to give our children a complete course of education, a chance at a career they will be successful at, and a real opportunity to live happy, healthy and productive lives.
Any gift will be immensely appreciated. Sponsoring a child is of course an option.
Keep in mind that 100% of proceeds go to education, housing and care of our children in Nepal.
SEA has no administrative overheads: all adults involved in this project in France and USA are volunteers. Only the staff employed on location to run the house is paid.
SEA c/o Christiane Michels