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Established in 2003, The Nepalese Children's Trust was initially set up to provide a library for the Prisoners Assistance Nepal Children's Home in Kathmandu, a home for the children of prisoners, many of whom had either been incarcerated with a parent or had been left destitute during the prison term of a mother or father.

Within a short time trustees had raised sufficient funds to support Prisoners Assistance Nepal in a number of other ways including helping to set up a second home in Sankhu, just outside Kathmandu. 

In 2007 the trust achieved formal charitable status (Reg. Charity no. 1119767) and has since then expanded to encompass a number of other projects to benefit children and young people in Nepal.

  

Prisoners Assistance Nepal children based at Sankhu 

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Another Prestigious Award for Indira

Posted November 2019

 

The Nepalese Children’s Trust would like to congratulate Indira Ranamagar, founder of Prisoners’ Assistance Nepal,  on receiving the 2019 South Asian Peace Award at the International Youth Development Summit last week.

 

 

A Message from Purna

Posted July 2019

 

 

Purna Gautam, Headteacher, has sent this message to the Nepalese Children’s Trust and all its supporters:

Dear all

NCT Uk

Namaste, Thank you very much to NCT members, donors, and helping hands to NCT for your  magnificent support to Melamchi Ghyang School since long year. Without you it wouldn't happen again. We have got the best result in the district in the academic year 2075 (2018/19) according to our board examination, which the result was published 2 weeks ago.We secured the district first again.You have been doing  a wonderful job to lift up these deprived people’s life in Nepal through education.We hope we can do even better in the coming days too.

Thank you

With best regards 

Purna

 

 

Happy Birthday Indira

Posted July 2019

 

Indira is celebrating her birthday this week and here she is marking the occasion by distributing mangoes to prisoners in Kathmandu Women’s Prison.

 

 

Earlier in the week the children and young people at the Sankhu Home were given a First Aid course by a team of doctors and nurses from Dubai

 

 

News from Melamchigyang School

Posted June 2019

Purna has announced that the new hostel is now complete. This means that 150 students whose homes are at a distance from the village can now be accommodated. He sends grateful thanks on behalf of staff and students to the supporters who have made this possible.

 

 

 

 

 

Melamchigyhang School - Kitchen/Dining Room

Posted May 2019

The kitchen/dining room is almost finished.  Many thanks to all our supporters who help to raise money for the school. 

 

 

 

More about Purna

Posted April 2019

 

The Republica newspaper has recognised the work of Purna  with a national 'Heroes of Nepal' prize of 1000,000 NR for the school in recognition of 32 years of hard work and dedication.  Well done Purna Gautam !  Only three awards are given every 10 years so this is a significant achievement.  

 

 

 

Fund Raising Event a Great Success

Posted April 2019

Successful  Crafternoon Tea event  by the Craft and Chat group at the Doe Lea Centre raised money towards the building of a new kitchen and dining room at Melamchigyhang School.

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Nepal Japan Library News

Posted March 2019

 

This young visitor has found a comfy place to enjoy her book on one of the carpets purchased for the library by the Nepalese Children's

 

As well as books, the Nepalese Children’s Trust helps to provide educational toys for young visitors to the library. Lego is very popular.

 

 

Melamchigyang School News

Posted March 2019

 

These students, with the help of their Technology teacher, have built a scale model of their school.

 

 

Latest pictures from the Prisoners Assistance Paradise Home in Palpa

Posted February 2019

 

 

The children here are taught about sustainable farming and produce some of their own food

 

Marijuana, the Housemother 

 

 

Melamchi School trip to Lumbini

Posted February 2019

 

Pupils from Year 9 at Melamchi School on a trip to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha

 

 

Nepal Japan Children’s Library

Posted February 2019

 

 


Young children playing with the toys provided by Nepalese Children’s Trust at the  Nepal Japan Children’s  Library and Toy Library. The carpets were also provided by the Nepalese Children’s Trust.  Thanks to all our supporters who helped fund these items.

 

 

Indira and Champa

Posted February 2019

 

 

 

Bhu Champa was only a few days old when Aama, Indira Ranamagar, rescued her after the Nepal earthquake in 2015. She was abandoned by her parents. She was a premature baby and weighed only 1.5 kg. She needed intensive care and nobody thought she would make it. But, with Aama's motherly care and love, Bhu Champa beat all the odds and survived, and thrived! Today, she is one of the most active kids at the Firefly Home.

 

 

 

 

Annual School Picnic at Melamchi Ghyang

Posted January 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prisoners Assistance Nepal

Posted January 2019

 

Indira Rana Magar

The Nepalese Children’s Trust has been supporting Prisoners Assistance Nepal since 2003 when some of our trustees visited the Naya Bazaar Home for the Children of Prisoners in Kathmandu. At that time Indira Rana Magar, PAN’s inspirational founder, had a few dozen children in her care but numbers have grown considerably over the years and currently Indira and her dedicated staff are looking after more than 500 children and young people in residential homes throughout the region.

 

Since there is no legal requirement for the authorities to care for children whilst parents are in prison, these homes which not only provide children with somewhere to live but also education, perform a vital role.The alternative is for children to stay in prison with a parent in inappropriate conditions and without any access to school.

 

Two of the homes most recently opened are Mother Earth in Ilam and Manmaya in the Jhapa region.

Mother Earth (photo below) has a focus on sustainable agricultural methods, providing the children with the experience and skills to grow their own food as well as ensuring an all-round education.

      Mother Earth

Manmaya (photo below) provides a home for children who have very recently been separated from a parent in prison and aims to give additional emotional support at this difficult time. The ground floor of the building houses a small school.

       Manmaya 

With so many mouths to feed at an estimated £2 per child per day, it’s not surprising that food bills are a major element of Indira’s budget and the Nepalese Children’s Trust has committed to raise funds for this purpose. If you would like to make a donation you can do so simply by choosing the Donate option from the menu on this website and then clicking on the link. specifying that you would like your contribution to be used for PA Nepal.

 

 

Purna Gautam: Headteacher of Melamchi Ghyang School

 
Posted January 2019

 

                               Purna Gautum

                             

I first met Purna 15 years ago whilst trekking through Melamchi Ghyang with my husband. When Purna  heard that I was also a teacher he invited us to look round the school and we were immediately impressed by the calm, orderly atmosphere and the impeccable behaviour of the students as we moved from class to class.

 

Somewhat to my surprise, the children were all wearing smart blue school uniforms and I wondered how, in that very remote mountain region, it was possible to get hold of such things - and even why it might be considered a priority. Purna explained that he considered it important for the ethos of the school to promote a sense of pride and belonging. As for the practicalities of providing the uniforms, he would make the 24-hour journey on foot to Kathmandu, with a list of measurements, purchase the trousers, skirts, shirts and ties and then carry them back up the mountain! What an example of going the extra mile - literally!

 

Since those days, I’m pleased to say that there is road, albeit one that is often impassable, and the school has grown and prospered under the dedicated leadership of this inspirational headteacher. The academic achievements of his students are unparalleled in the region and in the School Leavers’ Certificate examination last summer, the results were outstanding. This success has led to a big increase in student numbers and, as Purna pointed out in a recent update, this bucks the trend seen in many rural schools to lose pupils to city schools when parents can afford to send them there. In the case of Melamchi Ghyang School, parents are choosing to send their children there from as far away as the capital.

This is also very beneficial to the village economy as Purna purchases locally-sourced food and commodities for the school.

 

From its earliest days, the Nepalese Children’s Trust has been proud to support  Purna and the school by using funds to buy equipment, books and teaching materials and also by paying the salary of one of the school’s 18 teachers. Sadly, the new school library sponsored by the Trust was destroyed, along with every other building in the village, in the 2015 earthquake.

 

In the aftermath of the earthquake, Purna helped lead the way as the stricken villagers struggled to re-build their lives and homes. In an astonishingly short space of time it was business as usual for the school with lessons continuing under tarpaulins in makeshift classrooms. However, almost four years on, much remains to be done and we know that the school is desperately in need of a kitchen and hostel accommodation for the boarders. The Nepalese Children’s Trust is committed to continuing to support this extraordinary headteacher and school through raising funds. If you would like to donate to this project you can do so very simply by choosing the ‘donate’ option in the menu and then clicking on the link, specifying that you would like your donation to be used for Melamchi Ghyang School.

Smart in their blue school uniforms

 

Outstanding results in last year's School-leaving Certificate exams

 
   


BBC Top 100 Women

Posted October 2017
 

The Nepalese Children's Trust is very proud to announce that the  BBC has revealed its list of 100 inspirational and innovative women for 2017 and Indira Rana Magar, founder of Prisoners' Assistance (Nepal) Is on it!

She has been awarded this honour in recognition of the 27 years she has spent helping prisoners and their children gain access to each other as well as giving hundreds of children a secure home while their parents are in prison.

"Every child has their unique light, like a firefly in the darkness"

 

 

 

Melamchi 

Posted April 2017

Headteacher, Putnam Gautam, congratulates students at Melamchigaon School on their outstanding examination results.

 

Students in Melamchigaon don't let the temporary accommodation and chilly temperatures get in the way of their studies!

 

 

Nepal-Japan Children's Library

Posted January 2017

 

Children visiting the Nepal-Japan Children's Library for Japan Day  celebrations, try their hand at Origami

 

 

Update from Melamchi 

Posted January 2017

Pupils at Melamchi School are very proud of their uniform

 

Good progress has been made with the temporary accommodation in the village but the piles of rubble are a reminder of the devastation of the earthquake in 2015

 

Undeterred by their temporary shelter, pupils at Melamchi school enjoy their regular Friday quiz

 

Prisoners' Assistance (Nepal)

Posted January 2017

 

Toddlers in a Prisoners' Assistance (Nepal) Home enjoy a game of ball

 

 

Indira about to enter Kathmandu Central Gaol on a mission to rescue three more children

Posted December 2016

 

 

 

Melamchgyang School Library Update

Posted December 2016 

 

Books for Melamchi purchased by the Nepalese Children's Trust

 

 

 

Nepal Japan Children's Library Update

Posted December 2016

We are always delighted to hear news from the Trust's project at the Nepal Japan Children's Library. The library encourages children of all ages and backgrounds, including street children, to enjoy books and to take part in social and creative activities. These pictures show children taking part in Dasein celebrations and making Christmas decorations

 

 

 

 

Official Opening of the New Clinic

in Melamchi

Posted July 2016

 

The brand new clinic building has been opened with celebrations and offerings. After consultations with Dr Kanchha, the Nepalese Children's Trust looks forward to helping to equip and furnish it with funds raised by our generous donors and supporters.

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday Celebrations at the

Prisoners' Assistance Home in Sankhu

Posted 8 July 2016

 

Indira celebrated her birthday in Sankhu on the 4th July. Festivities included music, dancing and a celebratory meal cooked by Indira

 

 

 

 

Melamchi's New Health Post

Posted 27 June 2016

 

Construction work on the new health post is now completed and painting is underway. The structure with a frame and infill means that the building is more likely to withstand seismic shock.

Headteacher, Purna Gautam, has announced that he is delighted that the doors will be opening to the first patients in the very near future.

The Nepalese Children's Trust is now consulting with Purna, Doctor Kanchha and Community Action Nepal with a view to helping to furnish and equip the clinic.

 

 

 

Exam Success for Students

at Melamchi School

Posted 20 June 2016

 

Purna Gautam, headteacher at Melamchi School has reported outstanding results in the School Leavers' Certificate examinations this year with one student achieving the highest possible marks. Of the 33 students who took the exam, 10 achieved the highest  A+ grade and a further 17 were awarded grade A. The remaining students received very creditable B or B+ grades.

Given the extremely difficult circumstances following the complete devastation of the school in the earthquake last year, this is a remarkable achievement and the Nepalese Children's Trust sends hearty congratulations to Purna and all the students.

On his Facebook page, Purna has paid tribute to the hard work of the students, the dedication of his teaching staff and the commitment of the PTA and school management committee. He also thanked the organisations, including the Nepalese Children's Trust and its supporters, who have helped to keep the school going during a very difficult time.

 

 

News from Nepal

Posted June 2016

 

Melamchi

 

The new school term has started and with it a new influx of students, many of them boarders. There are now 259 on the roll and this is increasing the pressure on the makeshift classrooms. Fortunately, work is progressing on the new school with demolition work on the old one now complete and the site cleared ready for the building work to start. The new school will have 18 rooms including a science lab, computer room  music room and library.

Sadly, the proposed construction of a hostel, Community Action Nepal, headed by climber Doug Scott, hit snags when plans were rejected by

Government planning agencies. Hopefully, re-submitted proposals which replace the original stone/ clay/ wood building materials with ones deemed more earthquake-resistant, will mean that construction can start soon.

Head teacher, Purna, reports that a new water supply via a 1300 metre long pipe means that two new toilets can now be added to the two existing ones and that on his next trip to Kathmandhu he will purchase two solar water heaters so that two new showers can be installed for the use of the boarding students.

Purna also tells us that, in spite of pre-Monsoon conditions with high winds and storms, trucks carrying food supplies to the village are continuing to reach the village. Once the Monsoon proper begins, deliveries will become impossible so it is important to build up stocks now in readiness.

 

Temporary classrooms

 

 

First day of term

 

 

Message from Purna Gautam, Headteacher.

 

 

 

PA (Nepal)

 

The small library in the Children's Home in Naya Bazaar which was one of the very first projects that NCT undertook back in 2003 is still used and enjoyed by the children. The Trust continues to support this, and the other Prisoners' Assistance homes, most recently with a donation of £2000 for food supplies.

 

Library room at PA (Nepal)

 

 

Nepal Japan Children's Library

 

Children enjoy regular story telling sessions at the library

 

 

 

NCT trustees visit Kathmandu and Melamchi

Posted February 2016

 

Pam Francis, the Chair of NCT, and Gwenda Culkin, Treasurer, are paying a two-week visit to Nepal. They were privileged to attend the wedding of Dr Kanchha Babu Sherpa and his bride, Lisha. Everyone at the Trust wishes the newly-weds a long and happy marriage.

 They also took the opportunity to make a trip up to Melamchi where they were dismayed to see the extent of the havoc wreaked by last April's earthquake but amazed and impressed by the resourcefulness shown by the villagers. Gwenda writes:

The temporary school buildings that Purna, the head teacher, organised within a month of the earthquake are amazing - temporary classrooms, e.g. science lab, study room with lighting, kitchen, dining room, dormitories etc. There are currently 220 children attending the school; 140 of these lodge in the hostel.The nurse works 6 days a week in a temporary building and lives in a small temporary home.' Pam and Gwenda were also delighted to see that the foundations for the new clinic have now been laid.

Consultations took place between the two trustees and Purna to discuss the best ways to help the village continue to recover and rebuild. They learnt that some teachers had left the school to earn higher salaries in Kathmandu or abroad but that many loyal members of staff had worked tirelessly following the earthquake, even during their time off, and for no extra pay. It was decided that these loyal members of staff should be rewarded with a modest bonus.

Our two trustees also discovered that Purna has, from his own pocket, been funding  some of the poorer boarding pupils at the school where parents have been unable to afford the fees. In addition, there have been increases in the cost of stationery, text books, cooking fuel and travel to Kathmandu to purchase resources for the school - Purna who damaged three discs in his spine during the salvaging operation last spring, can no longer make the journey on foot. The Trust agreed to help with these expenses and pay a small additional allowance to Purna for one year.

After a hair-raising return journey to Kathmandu - part of the road had been washed away by heavy rain - Gwenda and Pam organised a fund-raising afternoon tea and tombola event at the Nepal Japan  Children Library. Gwenda described the afternoon as a 'roaring success' and more than £100 was raised for the library.  

 

Makeshift homes

 

 

Lessons carry on in temporary classrooms such as this one

 

 

Two new additions to the PA (Nepal) Childrens' Home in Kathmundu

 

 

 

Knitting for Nepal

Posted December 2015

 

Many thanks to all the knitters. Pam and Gwenda will be taking these wonderful knitted items to Nepal on 23rd January.  There are also several lovely knitted blankets and lots more knitted items, far too many to photograph. 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from

Kanchha Babu Serpa

Trustee of the Nepalese Childrens' Trust

Posted 19 August 2015

 

Melamchighyang was one of the mountain villages worst affected by earthquake this year. All the houses, school, health post and monastery were destroyed. 3 people died, 4 severely injured. Everyone (about 500-600 people) was homeless at the initial stage of post-earthquake, but with the financial help from the Nepalese Children's Trust and other charities, a temporary shelter has been built for everyone. They are in a safe condition at the moment.  It's the monsoon season in Nepal now. Access to nearest city is limited by ongoing landslides and damage to the road. Enough foods and medicine were stored before the monsoon to ensure people have enough to eat. The school is running in a temporary classroom. There are 240 students attending the school right now and about 80 students live in a hostel. The food is provided by the school for those who live in the school hostel. The electricity is down. The school is using a generator to provide electricity and a temporary health post is running by solar electricity. Some of the poor families are facing a financial crisis. They have lost everything they had in their life. There has been very little help from the Government. 

 

I have been speaking with my parents every week. They are in a better condition now. They are still recovering from the experiences they had to face! The monsoon will be over in about a month. After the monsoon, it's time for everybody to start rebuilding. It's going to take time for us to rebuild what we have lost, but I am sure it will be rebuilt even better than before. However, we need help from everybody. Nepal is a country of poor people but we never lose hope! We hope we will rebuild our country better and stronger.  Please help us to rebuild our country and our heritage. Thank you everyone for your kind support.  

 

Kanchha

 

 

 

 

Melamchi Appeal Update

Posted 7 August 2015

 

Students having a lessons in a makeshift classroom

 

Life Goes On

It is now almost 4 months since the village of Melamchigyang was devastated by the earthquakes which wreaked havoc in large areas of Nepal. The village now faces virtual isolation again with the advent of the monsoon but, thanks to the efforts of the villagers, the crossing over the river was rebuilt sufficiently to allow trucks to reach Melamchi in time to deliver 6 months' supply of food.

Purna, headteacher of the school, has reported that pupils are back in lessons, accommodated in 10 temporary classrooms. Villagers and students hunted amongst the ruins of their village to salvage tin roofs and wooden floorboards to construct makeshift classrooms and are now trying to find ways of insulating them and making them more robust until the school can be rebuilt.

Donated sleeping bags, mattresses and a diesel generator have meant that the hostel pupils can be housed in tents at night.

Kanchha has reported the very good news that the midsummer event organised by his fellow doctors at Bangor hospital raised £3000; this money is earmarked to help with the eventual rebuilding of the clinic.

Once again everyone at the Nepalese Children's Trust, on behalf of the people of Melamchi would like to thank all our generous supporters for their donations, good wishes and prayers

 

 

 

Melamchi Appeal Update

Posted 21 June 2015

 

 

Children playing cricket

 

This photo of the 'road' to Melamchigyang illustrates the problems faced by those trying to deliver aid

 

Life slowly begins to return to normal in Melamchigyang

Once again everyone at the Nepalese Children's Trust, on behalf of the villagers of Melamchigyang, would like to say a huge thank you to our many supporters for their generous donations to the post-earthquake relief efforts. Very slowly, and in spite of extremely difficult weather and transport conditions, progress is being made in helping the people of Melamchigyang return to some sort of normality.

The Nepalese Children's Trust has worked in partnership with Community Action Nepal, Ketaketi, Belgium and Yolmo Connect to provide food, temporary shelter and medicines as well as making a small grant to each household to help replace possessions lost in the earthquake. In addition, £3000 has been provided towards erecting a temporary school and dormitory and a further £3000 for books, equipment and food for children attending the school. A grant of £600 has been made towards the cost of solar panels.

We are happy to learn that the school, thanks to the tireless efforts of its headteacher, Purna Gautam, is now up-and-running and that two trucks carrying food and books were able to navigate the hazardous track to the village; a further two were unable to cross the monsoon-swollen river but were able to unload at a neighbouring village from where goods could be carried on foot.

The long-term goal of rebuilding the school and clinic with the help of our partners remains very much in the forefront of our minds too, of course.

Two fund-raising events for Melamchigyang are scheduled for the next two weekends. The first on Sunday 21st June, Raise the Roof for Nepal, takes place at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek from 11 am until 3pm. Entry is free and details can be found at yolmoconnect.info@gmail.com or on the charity's facebook page. The second event is on Saturday 27th June when Reach Out For Nepal is being held at Moel Siabod Cafe, Capel Curig, near Betws-y-Coed.This is an all-day mountain activities event - for details email john@chasingthelight.co.uk 

 

 

 

Melamchi Appeal Update

Posted 22 May 2015

 

Temporary shelter constructed from tarpaulin supplied by the Nepalese Children's Trust

 

It is now a month since the village of Melamchi was flattened by earthquake and inhabitants are working hard, with support from the Nepalese Children's Trust in partnership with Community Action Nepal, to get their lives back on track.

Relief efforts have been seriously hampered by landslides on the road to the village making it impossible for any sort of vehicle to reach it with food, tents, medical supplies etc. Porters have been able to get through, albeit with considerable difficulty, and the Trust has been fortunate in being able to commission a helicopter on two occasions, to transport vital aid to the village.

The situation now, we are informed, is that every family has temporary shelter using tarpaulins purchased with the help of our donors; a small number of surplus tarpaulins were passed on to the people of the neighbouring village of Nakote. There is sufficient food in the village currently for the next few weeks and in addition, a grant of 13,000 rupees (approximately £85) has been made to each household to help replace possessions lost in the earthquake.

Although the immediate needs of the villagers are now met, there will clearly be a need for financial and other support for some time to come. The Nepalese Children's Trust is committed to helping with the rebuilding of the village and our long-term plans include contributing to to the replacement of the school and clinic.

Thank you to all our generous donors - the people of Melamchi are so grateful for the material help they have received but also for the many messages of support and prayers.

 

 

 

 

Melamchi Appeal Update

Posted 5 May 2015

 

 

 

Villagers welcome the arrival of aid purchased by supporters of Nepalese Children's Trust

 

 

The monk, Nima Dhindu, based in Kathmandu who arranged the helicopter on behalf of the Nepalese Children's Trust delivering tarpaulin, blankets, tools and medicines paid for from supporters' donations

 

 

One of the many building destroyed in the earthquake

 

We would like to say a huge thank you to all our many supporters who have responded so generously during the past week to our appeal for donations for the relief work in Melamchi. Within hours the donations started to come flooding in and so far they amount to over £12,000.

Because the NCT has, for a number of years, been supporting the school and medical services in Melamchi, our first reaction was to focus on rebuilding the school and clinic; we soon realised, though, when we saw the shocking pictures of the village which had been totally flattened by the earthquake, that the first priority must be to help with providing emergency shelter and medical help.

To this end, we have been working in partnership with Community Action Nepal (CAN), the charity founded by the climber, Doug Scott and heard yesterday that, so far, 10 tents, 300kg of food and some basic medical supplies have been delivered to Melamchi. We have been informed that currently the villagers have sufficient food for a week and that more deliveries will be made in the next day or so. Access to this area is very problematical because of landslides - the track to Kathmandu normally used is dangerous at the moment and, although CAN is arranging for a team of porters to carry supplies, it is taking longer.

On the plus side, reports from Melamchi, suggest that the villagers are making great efforts to help themselves. We have heard that people are salvaging building materials from the flattened houses to build emergency shelter and that the clinic nurse has been coping well with injured villagers ( the most severely injured were transferred by helicopter to Kathmandu earlier in the week). Kanchha ( the young doctor sponsored by the NCT) has heard from family and friends in the village that people are working hard to begin to rebuild their lives and that Purna, the headteacher is focussing his efforts on setting up a temporary school in a marquee. Kanchha has also stressed the need for latrines to be built to replace the ones destroyed in the quake to prevent outbreaks of disease. We are also planning to channel extra help to the two families worst affected - one who has lost the father, the main source of income for the family, and another who lost a son who was training to become a science teacher in the village school.

Some of our supporters have also enquired about the Prisoners' Assistance children's homes in Kathmandu and Sankhu that NCT helps to support. We have heard that Indira and the children are safe although the home in Sankhu has been damaged. We thank those who have sent money for PA Nepal and would like to assure them that this money will be transferred in the next few days.

 

Earthquake

Posted 27 April 2015

 

 

The beautiful village of Melamchi is completely devastated. Over the past 24 hours the Nepalese Children's Trust has raised almost £3000 in donations to help with food and medical supplies, but more money is needed urgently. Thanks to those who have already donated. Please share with family and friends to help raise more money to rebuild this village.