Today is the start of a new academic year for the Sister Home children. New clothes, new books, new satchels…much excitement, we wish them well.
Report of the 2023 Annual General Meeting
Many thanks to everyone that came along to our AGM last week. You can download the documents by clicking the buttons below.
Sports Day at Dang
Sports day at the G.A.E.S.S. and the Sister Home children excelled again! Not only were there prizes for sports but also for singing, drawing and spelling.
Well done children, and thanks to Sayni and the staff.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Annual General Meeting of Aide Nepal Magnoac (ANM) will be held at 17h00 on Thursday 23 February at Cafe Marcha, Castelnau Magnoac. The Committee warmly invites you to attend this meeting, the first since 2020.
The agenda for the meeting will be as follows:
Apologies for Absence
Approval of a Deliberation allowing ANM to benefit from the will of Lesley Salchert (*see below)
Any Other Business
Please do let me know if you propose to attend (or indeed if you won’t). I shall write separately about catering and other arrangements (it would be wrong to miss the opportunity to enjoy some of Marcha’s specialities). We the committee look forward to seeing you on the day. There is a lot to tell you, both about the past three years and the future of our association.
Charlie Mochan, Treasurer
* Lesley Salchert was a member of ANM. After her death in September 2021, ANM learned that she had donated her moveable property to ANM to be sold to support our activities. This was done, mainly by means of two weekends of “Vide Maison” in October 2021. The proceeds of the sales have had to be transferred to the French Government via the Notaire in Castelnau Magnoac. In order for ANM to recuperate the percentage of the sales permitted under French law, we are required to obtain the approval of the members, in a formal meeting, to accept the legacy.
Christmas 2022 at Didi (Sister) Home
Our aim this year was to provide Christmas treats for the children, and new school clothes for the youngest (who in time-honoured fashion usually only receive hand-me-downs!).
Our fund-raiser was the Aide Nepal Magnoac Christmas Singalong, Over 50 friends and supporters joined us for an evening of carols and Christmas songs, helped by mulled wine and punch, and tasty snacks. We had very enjoyable evening, and greatly exceeded our target of €400 for the event.
A massive thank you to Melodie and Ross Minty for organising the event. Thanks also to members and friends for lending a hand and providing scrumptious snacks.
With the proceeds of the evening, we were able to meet our aim of supplying new clothes for the children, and ensure they enjoyed an enjoyable Christmas dinner. Sayni Chaudhary, who runs the home, sent us this message: “Thank you so much for your support. It is important for our children have a good day ahead”.
Tharu Indigenous People of Nepal
Most of the children supported by our association are of the Tharu ethnic group. This video (without commentary) gives a visual insight into Tharu life. Get a coffee, and watch.
Vieuzos 10 September 2022
Aide les Chats65 has kindly invited Aide Nepal to take part in the Vide Grenier at Vieuzos 65230. Up for grabs will be many quality pre-loved household items, clothes, sports goods and prayer flags.
Please come along and support two local charities.
More details also on Facebook.
Update from Didi Home
Our most recent news from Didi Home (August 2022)
Now with 24 youngsters to accommodate, the Didi Home, built for 12, was bursting at the seams! Sayni has found an annex for the boys, which is about 20 minutes away.
It is spacious and has the advantage of land where the boys are growing maize and keeping hens, ducks and goats.
Every month Aide Nepal Magnoac (ANM) sends NRs 80,000 (£530) to Didi Home to support and educate the 24 children. It is not a vast amount but we have not been able to hold fundraising events, and our resources are drying up! If we are to continue supporting these young people we desperately need more. Just £10 month, or whatever you can manage, will make a significant difference and help give one these children a future.
I know these are difficult times but please, please help if you can.
A child needs your help
Allow me to introduce two recent additions to the Aide Nepal family at Sister Home. The young fellow below is Ganesh Chaudhary who is 11 years old. Ganesh’s father disappeared some time ago and his mother remarried. As is often the case, Ganesh was forced out and survived by begging. He was found by a police officer and taken to Sister Home. Ganesh was a very sad little chap but has now settled in, is going to school for the first time and enjoying life.
The young girl pictured is Rupa Chaudhari, 7 years old. Rupa’s mother died and her father disappeared. She was left to fend for herself and was in danger of ‘exploitation’ when found by the police. Rupa has been at Sister Home for 6 months, is enjoying life now and doing well at school.
Both children are members of the Tharu ethnic group, the majority have Chaudhary as their surname.
Aide Nepal Magnoac is now supporting 24 children at the Sister Home, aged 3 to 12 years. It costs £27 a month to provide a child with accommodation, food, clothing and education. If you would like to help please go to the link below…just £2 makes a difference.
To help, go to our donation page for more information.
This week we will be learning more about Rekha BK (Bishwokarma – untouchable). Rekha is 9 years old, we are not sure of her birthday but hope to find out. She is a Dalit, the lowest of the low in Nepal society. The paragraph below goes into some detail.
Rekha’s mother died of some sickness, possibly Covid and her father then drank himself to death. She was taken in by her elderly grandmother but was malnourished and not allowed to go to school; she faced a very uncertain future. Sayni heard of her plight and brought her to the Sister Home. She is now going to school and making steady progress but as you can see there is some way to go!
“In the context of Nepal, National Dalits Commission defines ‘Dalits’ as “those communities who, by virtue of atrocities of caste-based discrimination and untouchability, are most backward in social, economic, educational, political and religious fields, and deprived of human dignity and social justice (NDC, 2008)”.
Aide Nepal Magnoac is now supporting 24 children at the Sister Home, aged 3 to 12 years. It costs £27 a month to provide a child with accommodation, food, clothing and education. If you would like to help please go to the link below…just £2 makes a difference. To donate in Euros