Within a couple of months, 40 kids in Kathmandu will lose their home and education.
When I was asking friends, around the world, about sharing their situation on a World Isolation Together Facebook group, I was chatting with a special friend, Lila Dhar Bhandari, in Kathmandu. In passing, he mentioned that some of the long-term donors to his foundation have withdrawn funding due to the current crisis.
Lila, for many years, has run what some would describe as an orphanage in Kathmandu, Destitute and Orphan Children Safeguarding Foundation Nepal. He owns a travel company which is how we met. Unlike many of us, along with running a busy business, being a Father and everyone’s Uncle, he maintains a home for almost 40 children who would otherwise be homeless and have no education. Historically, every month involves book-balancing and Lila tops up any shortfall from his own pocket. Now, he has no business and a few of his overseas donors have sadly removed their contribution because they are struggling themselves.
I would not make this request if I did not understand the imminent implications for these children. Soon, the school fees will not be met, then food purchasing will become a struggle (food costs have doubled in Nepal during the crisis as they import mostly from India) and, of course, the home itself will have to close leaving the children with a seriously altered life. None of us have a bottomless pit, but some of us are better positioned to weather these difficult months. I therefore ask if you, or anyone you may know, may be able to help maintain this foundation and help provide these children their home and a good future.
If you can assist, I can happily provide more detailed information for Destitute and Orphan Children Safeguarding Foundation Nepal. Phil Haines, UK