2016

In 2016 our dream became reality. After almost half a year of hard work and struggling we could finish our building construction at the end of the August 2016. In the first week of September the happy day came and we moved to our new "Maitri-Griha" home. With the help of all the staff and volunteers it took us 3 days to complete everything and welcome the children in the new building. A small puja by a monk from “Sechen Monastery” was conducted to make an opening ceremony for the "Maitri-Griha" home. The program was made very small as invitation was done only for the families of the children, members from the project and to some of the friends of “Maitri-Griha”. Each and every individual of the “Maitri-Griha” family is very happy to be in a new and safe “Maitri-Griha” building. We built it strong, fulfilling the criteria of earthquake proof building under the strong supervision of the government. So the terible earthquake of 2015 finally turned in to a happy end for us and the children.


2015

In 2015 everything went fine until on the 25th of April the big earthquake hit Nepal and left the country destroyed and in fear. Many of the families from MG were victims of this devastating natural disaster, loosing their homes or relatives. Luckily none oft the children and staff got injured.
Thanks to the overwhelming immediate financial help of our friends abroad, we could start an emergency aid to the MG families and some badly hit villages nearby, by supplying medicine, food, mattresses and tents.
After the first shock we realized that our MG house, where we started our project in 2006, was severely damaged. It wasn’t possible to run class inside the house anymore, so we builded a temporary shelter outside in the garden. With the beginning monsoon it wasn’t always easy for us to continue the project, but for the kids it was very helpful to have their daily routine back after the earthquake.
Thanks to our Well-Wishers and Donors who supported us financially in this big tragedy, in September we were able to buy a little piece of land to build a new secure home for our children. In December we could take an engineer to this land to do the field survey for the building construction and make a drawing. As soon as we can save up money we will start building a new “Maitri-Griha”, a safe and caring place for our children.
The situation in Nepal is still tense due to political turmoil and protest in the country. All the goods supplying channels are in a still stand condition and there is hardly any fuel and cooking gas available in the market. At the moment only the children who live nearby can visit our day-care centre, for we have no fuel to get the children from far distances by bus.
Even so this year was not pleasant and peaceful hope still remains within us. May 2016 bring peace, prosperity and happiness among all of us.


2014

On 6th of February a tuberculosis screening programm was conducted at “Maitri-Griha” to see if any of our children are having Tuberculosis. The screening was done with “Mantoux TB skin test” and the result came negative to all the children.The parents of the children were invited to attend the program and most of them attended which made it easy for health workers to take the history of the children for a smooth diagnosis.
A roof top maintenance was done on 26th of May where the old roof was completly replaced by a new tin sheet. The old one was rusted and had holes every where so it was difficult to have classes during the rainy time. Now there is no more dripping of water in the physiotherapy and in the advanced class room. The Children can take their class and do exercise happily even when there is heavy rain.
This year five children joined Maitri-Griha Anil,Roshan,Anusha,Phoolmaya and Minkumar.All the chidlren are from near by places like Boudha and Jorpati. Also ,this year two of the children left Maitri-Griha. Angmu and Sanita visited Maitri-Griha for almost three and half years.
For the children from the advanced class we focused more on house hold works like cooking, cleaning, dishwashing, washing clothes and candle making. They showed a good progress in doing this household work.


2013

On the 19th of April Gita Lama our Physiotherapist for a three months training at the “Institute of National Psychology”. It was a very useful training which taught about the psychological barriers in learning and developing skills and showed alternatives ways and ideas for a better and smooth learning. On the 3rd of May the children were taken for a Dental Checkup Program organized by the Mangal Dip School. It was our great pleasure to let the children attend the program which helps maintaining the oral hygiene. On the 24th of October “Maitri-Griha” conducted a general health check up program under the volunteer support of a Dutch Doctor. All the children benefitted from it and good health was maintained.


2012

On April the 25th a new well was constructed to improve the shortage of water at “Maitri Griha”. The old well was not collecting enough water and shortage of water brings many hygienic problems.
On 27th of August Dhawa, the teacher, went for a one week training at ECEC (Early childhood education center). And Phurlamu, the other teacher, went there for a three days course. Both of them were happy to attend the training. They got a lot of new ideas regarding different activities, like games, music class and classroom decoration. Also they learned different teaching methods.
On the 30th of April all the children attended the vaccination program at the orthopedic hospital. And on the 28th of November our children attended a Dental health checkup program at Bhaktapur conducted by Suvadra foundation.


2011

From the first of February we totally converted our Resident home in a Daycare center. We came up with the Daycare program to make the parents more involved and active. It’s important that they share the responsibility for their children. Also we could increase the number of children, who can benefit from our support and could start admitting girls as well. These days’ ten children come to Maitri Griha for the Daycare. Some come by foot; others get picked up by car. By 9.30 the class can begin and the children get lectures, physiotherapy and a warm meal at lunchtime. At 4 p.m. the day ends and the children go back home.
The home visiting program it is going well. Most of the children that got a home visit from Geeta, our physiotherapist, are now admitted in the Daycare. Still there are five children who get their physiotherapy at home twice a week.
On the 23rd of September we attended a program of the Rotary Club of Kathmandu midtown in which a van was handed to our project Maitri-Griha to make an efficient Daycare program. It was pleasure for all of us to attend this program and interact regarding the project activities.
We are very much thankful for all the National and International Rotary members and people who are directly or indirectly involved and gave lots of effort to make our proposal succeed. We will do our best to make the best out of this donation and will try to extend our helping hands to more areas where our help is needed.


2010

In 2010 we extended our home visiting programme to nine children who are receiving physiotherapy from Geeta three times a week in their homes. In co operation with “Gharsita Mutu” a candle making program was implemented for the boys in Maitri Griha. After our staff were trained in candle making, they taught the boys how to make candles. This year we sent two children back to their homes. One of the boys, Ram, is working now as a Thanka painter and earning his own money. We welcomed three new boys to our Maitri Griha. One of the boys is coming for day programs so there are still seven residents living in Maitri Griha at the moment.


2009

In 2009 we were very happy that Geeta, one of our caretakers, enrolled in the physiotherapy program at the CP-school in Dhapakhel. After a 6 month program she offered physiotherapy to the boys at Maitri Griha and started a home visitation programme. Now we also have the ability to help girls in need at their homes thanks to Geeta. This year we welcomed one new boy. We sent one of the original Maitri Griha residents, Hari, to another children's home called “Swarga”. This new home can offer him more opportunities for further development. All the children at Swarga join in regular school programs.


2008

Since April 2008 we've had a classroom and a physiotherapy treatment room on the upper floor of our building. In addition to the two full-time caretakers there is also a teacher coming for three hours in the afternoon. She is teaching classes to the children to help them develop their intellectual abilities. Each child has some duties and daily household chores. This helps their physical development. The physically handicapped boys are receiving daily physiotherapy from one of the caretakers.


2007

In 2007 the set-up of the little home was completed. Since then we have focused on helping the children develop skills so that they can be reintegrated into their families. This year three boys could leave “Maitri Griha” and return to their families. Given that he grew up mainly on the streets, we are especially pleased with the progress made by Dhirga. He is now living at home with his family. Three new boys have joined us at Maitri Griha. At the moment there are seven boys living in “Maitri Griha” and one boy, coming for the day care.


2006

In May 2006 we started our project “Maitri Griha” by renting a house and counselling families struggling to raise mentally handicapped children. Once the centre was established, people contacted us to inform us about mentally handicapped children living under challenging conditions in their areas. We took these children into our home, providing them with food, shelter and care. This provision was more than most of these children had ever received. In the beginning we had to improvise: we had no beds, furniture, or even enough clothing for all of the children. But we made sure there was always sufficient food and a warm family-like atmosphere where the boys could relax and begin to enjoy childhood free of stigma. During those first few months we set up the project and renovated the first floor flat in order to rent it to tourists to generate income for the centre.