Keshav is great for keeping me up to date on the goings on at the SCI Hostel. Here are the latest stories. Everyone is well and happy as you can see!
The students were also invited as special guests to the local Teej party put on by their neighbours in Jorpati. Teej is an annual festival that especially celebrates women where the colour red is worn as a sign of love. I’ve attended a few of these parties in the past and they are full of singing, dancing and general hilarity – it’s a blast! These ladies not only partied, they also donated food and Nr 2,000 to the Hostel – very generous!
Earlier in the month, the newly acquired ground-floor apartment closeby to the existing Hostel, was renovated to provide a ramp at the front door as well as accessible showering and toilet facilities.
The second hostel is finished and received it’s first two students!
Keshav, Rishi and the board members have also been busy raising the profile of the SCI Hostel. Recently, they had a visit from the Deputy Mayor, the Inspector General of Nepal Police and the Senior Superintendent of Nepal Police, a retired Brigadier General of Nepal Army, the Secretary General of Disabled Human Rights Centre as well as a local government representative.
Phew! That’s some visit from those in high places! It enabled Keshav, Rishi and the board members to demonstrate the clear need for governmental support for their Hostel and all people with mobility issues. Specifically, they asked for government land on which to custom-build a SCI Hostel, rather than continuing to rent two apartments. We shall have to see how their request is taken. But the visit was deemed to be a great success given the visit was reported on 20 local newspapers and national TV. It helps to build awareness when distinguished guests visit!
Two weeks ago, they had a return visit from the Deputy Mayor and a member of Nepal ex-Police Family Forum who on behalf of a Nepali family in the UK, donated Nr. 250,000 (CAD$2,800 ) to the SCI Hostel. This allows for more stability for the SCI Hostel, ensuring the students can receive funding, and therefore schooling for the coming year. The visit was celebrated with yummy plate of dal bhat – the national dish of Nepal consisting of rice, dhal, greens and a curry. Yum yum.
I have to say, I am dead impressed with Keshav, Rishi and the Board for their continued work in raising awareness for the needs of those in wheelchairs, and the importance of their continued education. It’s my honour to be associated with them. आदर !