During my trekkings through the mountains of Nepal we stayed in simple lodges. I noticed small young children working there. They gathered fire wood, hauled heavy backpacks and carried heavy baskets everyday to earn their bread. Once I asked my guide about this and he had a perplexing response: "Many parents are too poor to take care of their children, so they make them work in the lodges in exchange for food and shelter." Although surprised, his answer was not much different than my guess. One time I came across a bright kid during my trekking adventure. I noticed some different but encouraging behaviour in this child. The boy worked all day to take care of tourists: he carried their backpacks, gathered wood for the fireplace, cleaned rooms where tourists stayed and took care of food and drinks for them. In his "spare" time he talked to tourists. This helped him to learn to speak English and some basic arithmetic. Seemingly luckier than many other kids, however, without any extra help this boy will also lead the life his parents and forefathers did, work hard his entire life, without any hope of creating a better future for himself.
Later I enquired my guide about the situation most kids are in the region. He understood exactly what I meant because he also came from a similar background. But he was fortunate enough to be able to attend school, because he received a scholarship. One of the teachers saw his potential and stimulated him to go to university. The doorway to a better future was opened. Nowadays he received his master degree in Kathmandu, is working as a guide during trekkings and also serves as an initiator for Nepali Children Organisation. Encouraged and highly impressed by his contribution we decided to carry out plans and projects for the less fortunate children. Ram Prashad Sedhain is arranging the Nepali side of the foundation whereas I arrange the Dutch part.
Ram is the initiator and motivator for Nepali Children Foundation. Coming from a similar background he understands the importance for children to have a be so they can have better lives. He is committed to make the project a success and provide children better opportunities, so that they can have a meaningful and productive life in future. Currently, he is involved with organisaton in many different ways:
Just recently, he finished his degree on ‘Financial Economics’ form Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu. He wishes to work as a social worker in his birthplace Madanpur in near future.
The goal of the foundation is to help disadvantaged children by offering them a safe place to stay and enabling them to receive an education so that they are able to create a better future. Another goal is to involve local Nepali people in helping them to maintain the foundation without any financial support from the west.