Vision

Taking care of children

The purpose of Nepali Children foundation is to give children, coming from financial poor families, a chance to study. Nepali Children foundation will provide for these kids in many ways: offer them a place to stay, healthy meals and enabling them to attend primary and secondary school. During their school period, from the age of 4 to 16, these kids are free to attend school without feeling hungry and without any pressure of their families to generate income. These circumstances make concentrating in school possible. After this school period they are able to learn a profession or go to university.

In return Nepali Children will ask the kids to help out with daily chores during their spare time. It is a normal practice in Nepal: everybody has to help in preparing meals, gardening or cleaning. Nepali Children foundation expects no financial contribution in anyway from these kids or their family. Nepali Children foundation expects parents of these kids to contribute by offering labour.

We want parents to be involved in creating a better future for their children. This ensures Nepali Children will become self supporting.

Social structure – social network

All activities of Nepali Chlidren foundation are based at Madanpur. Madanpur is a small village 35 kilometer out of Kathmandu. Most inhabitants are self supporting farmers. The harvest is enough to feed their families . The villagers have a basic lifestyle, spent most of their lives in Madanpur in close knit social structures. This is true for most villages in Nepal.

The Nepali way of living and working is central to the ideas of Nepali Children foundation. The Nepali live in close knit social structures, helping each other whenever and wherever possible.

Ram Prashad Sedhain grew up in Madanpur. He attended primary school there and knows a lot of people. Using his contacts he will enlist villagers of Madanpur to build and maintain the Nepali Children foundation. It benefits them as well. How are the people of Madapur able to help:

  • help in caring for the kids
  • help in cooking meals
  • maintaining the Nepali Children home
  • gardening, to provide food/vegetables
  • working as porters during trekkings
  • promote Nepali Children foundation in Kathmandu at travel agencies and hotels

In exchange for their help, they can leave their children at our home, or get paid.

Self supporting

The main idea is to help Nepali Children foundation to get started with financial aid from The Netherlands. Once it is operating, Nepali Children foundation should be able to continue without the financial backing from The Netherlands. The consequence is there will have to be some means to generate income. Even without the help form the initiators, the foundation should continue on its own. Self supporting means:

  • A vegetable garden for growing the food we need
  • Keeping farming animals for milk
  • homestay for tourist (in return for money)
  • trekking for tourists
  • Selling handycrafts (www.NepalWebshop.com)

In the near future, Nepali Children foundation will extend its activities with:

  • organic coffee farm
  • organic fruits farm

Social trade - permanent team of staff

The basic idea is having a permanent group of people from Madanpur acting as the staff where everyone has a specific role.

In exchange for the staffs labour, they receive in return what they need. Effectively it reduces their worries and enhances the stability of their family live. We expect them to be able to take care of all their children in the future. Basically we assume they allow their children tot receive proper education.

The staff will permanently inhabit Nepali Children home helping out the villagers who participate in the project. Act as hosts for the visiting tourist, cooking meals, in fact managing the day to day operations of Nepali Children. Thus they are responsible for the continuation of Nepali Children foundation. Using the individual capabilities of each member is the basic idea behind this. For example marketing Nepali Children in Kathmandu with travel agencies and hotels to attract tourist suits one person. While another person is better at maintaining crops in the field or cooking meals.

Parents of children in Nepali Children can participate in similar ways.

Financial independence

Interest in Nepal are absurd high. The poorer you are the less faith the banks have in you. Getting a loan to invest is almost impossible for Nepali. The amount of interest is based on the trustworthiness of the person in the viewpoint of the bank! That means the poorer you are the higher the interest rates. Interest rates of 25% are not unusual!

The consequence is Nepali Children foundation will start without any loan.

High interest rates create social inequality.

An example: A tailor needs a new sewing machine which costs NPR 10000. He has not enough money so he gets a loan with an interest rate of 25%. He actually pays NPR 12500 over the time of a year. So he pays NPR 2500 too much for the sewing machine. The manufacturer of the machine receives NPR 2500 more then the actual value. The gap between rich and poor is created. The manufacturer has the opportunity to invests NPR 12500 to buy new machines. Again he sells sewing machines with high interest. His income is growing with a cascading effect, he is increasingly getting richer at an ever more growing rate! The tailor on the other end has to work harder to pay for the extra 25% interest, labour which could have been used to raise income for his family. But he already had to work 7 days a week. So paying for the rent means there is less income for his family. He is actually getting poorer. The tailor also experiences a cascading effect, but a negative one!

So, never loan money from someone or a bank but work together as a community.

Sustainability

Nepali Children foundation operates with sustainability in mind. Most people only think about environmental sustainability, but sustainability means a lot more:

  • social sustainability: is the sustainability in any kind of relations. You can always depend on each other. A close knit community is the basis to survive hard times, but also enables personal development and development of the community as a whole.
  • financial sustainability: is a financial healthy system. This means everyone can meets their financial needs without the need for any external financial sources (loans).
  • ecological sustainability: using natural resources optimally, without the use of chemicals and with as little waist as possible. This means a vegetarian way of life using biological produce from local crops.
  • health: Sickness will be dealt with using the knowledge of the people using herbs and complementary health care as much as possible.

Altruism

No living creature (like myself) wants to suffer, but instead strives for happiness. But what is happiness? I experience happiness when I try to help other people or animals no matter if they are friend or foo. Only pursuing once own happiness without regard for anybody else, will not be satisfying on the long run.

In one word: compassion, unconditionally without regard for your own profit. In doing so you have an eye for the well-being for everyone and everything. Your actions are geared towards mutual trust and cooperation and not for maximizing your own benefit.

The core of altruism is to strive for the well-being of others (man and animal) without regard for your own benefit. The essential part of altruism is to think about the well being of all livings on earth without thinking about your own profits. This means you pay attention to animals, the natural environment, living circumstances, humans, religion and processes of fabrication. World is an holistic system you can only change by altruism.