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Childhome with so much love – The Love Company in Pokhara

In January my bpyfriend and I started our volunteer in Nepal at The Love Company. After a long flight we arrived in Kathmandu where we had one night before we took the bus to Pokhara where the orphanage is located. Krishan the manager of the Love Company arranged a pick up from the airport and the accommodation. Everything was really good planned and organised. After one night in Kathmandu took the bus to Pokhara.

After around 7 hours bus drive we arrived well and were friendly welcomed from Krishan, the manager and owner of the orphonage. He brought us to the guesthouse where we stayed for our volunteer time. The guesthouse was good located, only 5 minutes from the lakeside and Krishans home and 15 minutes to the childrenshome. Breakfast we always had at Krishans home and dinner at the orphanage. After some instructions we finalls went to the childrenshome. From the beginning the kids were very very lovely, nice and open minded. After a few minutes we already felt in love with them. They are all very happy, healthy and thankful for living at the orphanage.

Our tasks were bringing kids to school in the morning and picking them up in the afternoon, helping them with homework and enjoying freetime together with different games. Moreover we prepared the garden for growing their own vegetables and supported other upcoming works at the orphonage. It was always a good a atmosphere between the kids and the staff and we enjoyed every second with these lovelies. We laughed a lot and had a really great and unforgettable time together. All kids are so happy and healthy and that is the most important point.

It was a wonderful experience for which we are very very thankful. We really can recommend volunteering at this place. We also think about to repeat it. Thanks to Krishan, the staff and the kids for this unforgettable time.

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Posted: March 19, 2015
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 Posted by at 4:03 am
Feb 152015
 

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An Amazing volunteering experieance

Submitted on 11/24/2014 by Aimee | Yes, I would recommend this program

I have been volunteering in Nepal for 3 months now and this has by far been the best experience. I have only been here for five days and am in love with everything. The children are so loving and intelligent. Everyday when you bring them to school you are hugged and kisses and get to send them off for the day and you get to bring them home for school do some homework and play! They are so smart and loving and always are a good time to be around. most of them have only been in school since they came to the orphanage and have already improved on their studies its hard to believe they haven’t been going the whole time like other children in Nepal. There are 14 children and all of them are so special. Una the woman in charge is amazing with the kids as well and cooks some wonderful Daal Bhatt for dinner. On Fridays they have half days and you get the chance to go play football and have a wonderful time running around with the kids! This is my favorite day. In spite of their prior situations they are extremely happy healthy children now and it is an honor to be with them. Chrisna the coordinator is very great to work with, we have breakfast with him and his wife every morning which is a pleasure. He founded this orphanage and runs it very well. In your off time there is a lot of stuff to do in pokhara, beautiful trekking, time at the lake and much more. I will be back soon to see these beautiful children!

Aimee

USA

 Posted by at 6:36 am
Aug 062014
 

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I first contacted Mr. Krishna Pokhrel during the month of May to volunteer in the orphanage during the month of august. He was very pleased to hear from me and really helpful in all the doubts that I had about the country, the program and the children.

A few days before leaving home, I had to change my flight date due to overbooking, so I told Krishna as a friend of his had to pick me up at the airport in Kathmandu. At first I was worried about arriving to Kathmandu and having no one to pick me up because of the flight changes. I realized that I had nothing to worry about when Krishna’s friend was waiting for me outside the airport. As Krishna told me, I would spend one night in Kathmandu then take a bus to Pokhara the following morning.

When I arrived to Pokhara, Krishna was waiting for me in the bus station, he brought me to the hotel where I would be staying for the duration of the program and then to his house, where I was welcomed as a new family member by him and his wife. He explained to me everything about the program that I didn’t know; we talked about the children, about the city of Pokhara and much more. He told me about the difficulties they had to maintain the orphanage. They are in real need of help, not only volunteers, but also financial help.

The main problem is that a big part of the volunteers that help in the orphanage come from bigger organizations, which means that the program fee that they pay doesn’t go directly to the children. So the best way to do it is to contact directly with Krishna or with The Love Company. I was told that with the program fee that I paid, I was not only covering my needs during the stay (Accommodation, food etc…) but it also covered the nutrition of the children for a whole month and health care too (purchasing medicine). When Krishna talks about the children you can realize how much he loves those kids and that he really cares about them.

The first day that I went to the orphanage I was surprised by the way that the children received me, they all came to me and started to give me hugs and they all had their biggest smile on their face. This made me realize how valuable my presence was for the children. They have tons of love for the volunteers and anyone that comes into the orphanage.

In the morning I brought small children to the school before their school start and in the afternoon I go to school to pick the children from the school to the orphanage back at 3.00 Pm. The afternoons with the children where great and really fun! First they have to do their homework. Some children have difficulties with their homework and they are really grateful if you give them a little help with it, it is really enriching to see them learn and progress. After their homework is done it is super fun to play with the children, boys love play-fighting with volunteers and the girls love dancing and singing.  Here children are so different from what I am used to back home. Every simple game or joke you make brings tons of joy to them; they make games out of anything as they have lots of imagination.

Helping those children not only with my presence but with all their daily needs makes it a life changing experience. Volunteering for The Love Company really makes a difference on those children, but financial help can make it too!

Santiago Mosteiro, SPAIN

 Posted by at 5:10 am
Jul 182014
 

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Excellent Volunteer Opportunity

I volunteered at the Love Company Orphanage in the Fall of 2012. I was very impressed by the kind and loving atmosphere at the orphanage and the excellent care that the children receive. I had very comfortable accommodations as well as plenty of opportunities for socializing after hours. It is pretty easy to meet people in Pokkhara as it is a popular tourist destination.
Prior to my volunteer experience, I did extensive fund raising in order to have more of a positive impact. Mr. Krishna Prassad Pokhrel gave me a list of what was needed at the orphanage. Then, together, we prioritized based on the amount of money we had. I was able to purchase mattresses, bedding, clothes as well as staple foods for the children. Additionally, I purchased fresh fruit and vegetables every day to complement the children’s diet. We also went for pizza on my last day there. Mr. Pokhrel made sure that we got the best price for the things we purchased.
Everyone at the orphanage is very kind and has the children’s best interest at heart. They recognize the importance of education, ensure the children are studying hard and work with the teachers at the school to keep them on the right track.
I have very fond memories of my time in Pokkhara and highly recommend this organization to anyone looking for a wonderful volunteer experience with some very special children.

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  • Program Administration

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  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

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 Posted by at 9:57 am
Jul 122014
 

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As many of you know, Emma and I just spent 2 1/2 weeks volunteering at an orphanage in Nepal. Thanks to some of the most incredible people we have ever met, we had the most amazing trip that even surpassed our expectations. The trip took many twists and turns and we wound up spending most of our time in Pokhara rather than our originally scheduled project. Since Emma never wanted to leave, we cancelled our touring and stayed at the orphanage. I think fate (or, as Krishna said, the universe) brought us to The Love Company Orphanage. Once we get settled back into our lives here, I will post more pictures. But, in the meantime, thank you to Krishna Pokhrel and Santosh Lamsal for all that you did for us and all that you do for the children of Nepal. It was amazing to see how the children at The Love Company Orphanage, all of whom had such troubled beginnings, are so happy and healthy and filled with such love. They truly are a family there and it is all thanks to you. Emma and I (and the rest of the Allegretti family) look forward to continue working together with you. I really hope that, together, we can expand the wonderful work you are doing in Pokhara to help even more children and to start an animal rescue program and more help for the elderly. Since Emma cried for hours after leaving, we can’t wait to see you all again soon!
Jill
USA
 Posted by at 10:25 am
Jun 162014
 

At the orphanage

Namaste (你好): 作为三个留美的中国大学生,我们一直期望能将课堂上的知识学以致用,为那些需要帮助的人做一些我们力所能及事情。尼泊尔,在世界众多国家中,以它丰富多彩 的人文情怀深深吸引了我们。在网上的许多调查之后,我们通过以前在美国合作过的一家志愿者机构,了解到了在博卡拉的这家孤儿院– The Love Company,并最终选择了她作为我们为期两周暑期志愿者活动的目的地。 经过七小时从加德满都到博卡拉的长途颠簸后,我们见到了Krishna院长,并在他的带领下徒步前往了孤儿院。The Love Company坐落于博卡拉一个不起眼的小村子里。带着一个大铁门,她更似一个大杂院而不像一个孩子们每天生活和玩耍的家。推开铁门,扑鼻而来的异味和映 入眼帘的破旧房屋,滋生了我们心中的疑惑和担忧¬——孩子们是如何在这样的环境下生活和成长的?和热情的十四个孩子们陆续打过招呼后,我们来到了二楼的游 戏室。屋里的地毯看起来也很久没有打扫过了,甚至让我们犹豫了片刻是否应该拖鞋进屋,然而,这时有几个孩子直接盘腿席地而坐,并盛情地邀请我们一起在地上 玩当地的棋类游戏。 看着孩子们生活玩耍的环境,我们不禁对卫生情况产生了一丝担忧。同时,我们也担心孩子过去所面对的困难会对他们造成阴影。听Krishna院长讲,孤儿院 里最年长的孩子是尼泊尔政府从餐馆解救出的童工。由于没有上过很多学的原因,他的英文水品不及身边同龄学生。可是,过去的经历让他格外珍惜学习的机会,每 天放学,他总是最早开始做功课的之一。一坐下来就是两三个小时,一点不会被其他的孩子分心,直到完成所有的功课。 就像这个孩子一样,我们在和每一个孩子的相处中发现硬件上的缺陷并没有影响他们对生活的热情和乐观态度。同时我们也被他们的热情感染着,每天顶着烈日来到 孤儿院后身上的疲倦总是能被他们洋溢着的笑容吹得烟消云散。从平凡中寻找简单快乐的道理在这些孩子们身上被体现的淋漓尽致。 每当看到这些孩子们互相帮助梳妆和洗衣,帮照顾他们的“妈妈”盛饭洗碗,握着很快就要握不住的铅笔一丝不苟的趴在地上学习时,我们不禁地感叹这些孩子如果 有了更好地物质条件,他们的前方是会有多么的不同。 相对于孩子们所面临的困难,我们两周的义工显得微不足道。然而,当更多的朋友们能够加入我们的行列,来到孤儿院亲身送上一个温暖的拥抱,或是从远方递来一 份善款,这股爱心将会更加坚固孩子们前往成功的道路。所以,我们真诚的希望,每一个看到这篇文章的善人,请您贡献自己的一份力量,与我们一起行动为这些孩 子创造一个更好地成长环境。

 
 Posted by at 6:42 am
Apr 182014
 

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Amazing Volunteering experience Abroad at The Love Company orphanage! My time at The orphanage was rewarding one. It allowed me to integrate into the culture rather than to be a spectator, to part of community. I was not a tourist there. Children were great! Age of 4-11 there are absolute bundles of joy and energy.

My day to day routine consisted getting the children ready for school, walking them to school then I had free time to explore beautiful Pokhara. When I bring children from school to Orphanage I helped children with their Home Work and then sport time, playing with them which of course they enjoyed the most.

Thank you to Krishna, Santos, house mothers  Janjita, Apsara for their kindness and hospitality. This was a great experience. I would certainly recommend people to join .

Ryan  from Canada

If you like to email me to know more information please!

 

ryan_mcnaughton@hotmail.com

 

Volunteer testimonial from Shawna Rae

Posted on October 25, 2013 by Thelove

 

My time here in Pokhara so far (5 weeks) has been absolutely wonderful both at the orphanage and all around it. I have never been to a community that is so trusting and honest; it is the perfect place for first time travellers who are getting out of their comfort zone. It is very safe everywhere, even at night, and everything is close by so it’s not hard to get all of the essentials that you need.

 

I had some communication complications between the organization who sent me here and Krishna, so everything was put together very last minute. Despite the time constraint of only 2-3 days of notice that I was coming, Krishna organized late-night pickup for me from the airport, a hotel in Kathmandu, a bus ride to Pokhara, and a hotel for me to stay in by the time I got there. When you’re arriving in a foreign country very late, having everything all set up is more than any traveller could ask for.

 

Krishna and his wife, Parbati, really treat you like family while you are in their country. They understand that there are many cultural differences that you are not accustomed to and they try their best to accommodate you in any way possible. They will also take you on trips to the market place or to places with beautiful views, as well as help arrange things like treks and trips to farther places in Nepal.

 

As for the orphanage, the kids are wonderful. Aside from being super cute, they are very responsible for their age and get joy out of very simple things that most first-world children don’t. They have the imaginations of the early 90s kids and anyone before them because they do not rely on technology for entertainment. They love to do things like go for picnics in the park, make superhero masks out of paper, and play games that involve competition. They sometimes need help with homework and learning English and it is always fun to help them with both. Luxuries that they enjoy are chicken, popcorn, candy, toy cars for the boys, and makeup for the girls. Those items are easy to buy and cheap from a volunteer’s perspective, so it is nice to buy it for them every once in a while (but not too often!).

 

Being at the orphanage provides a learning experience not only for the children, but also for yourself as a volunteer. You can learn so much from being around the children and see something that you maybe thought was long gone from your own society. It has been such a refreshing experience for me so far and for the remainder of my stay (3 weeks) I only expect to learn more and come home with great memories and new friendships.

 

If you are concerned about ending up at a “bad” orphanage, I can definitely say that this one checks out. The children are treated very well, their living situation is good, and their bellies are always full. Krishna really wants to help the kids and see them learn whenever possible. He likes them to play games and do activities where they learn as much as possible to help them in their future.

 

So, all-in-all, I would highly recommend volunteering with this specific orphanage. The time they need volunteers the most is during the winter (November-March). They have been lucky enough to get solar panels and a water filter installed by one of the volunteers, but they are still in need of financial support for things like food and rent. So come help out whenever possible and you’ll get an amazing experience out of it!

 

If anyone has any personal questions they’d like to ask me, feel free to contact me here.

 

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Testimonial from Sem and Sherine

Posted on October 24, 2013 by Thelove

 

Volunteering at Love Company, Pokhara

Oct 2013

I have always wanted to volunteer abroad in an orphanage. I narrowed down my orphanage search and contacted Master Krishna of Love Company located in Pokhara. Upon working out on logistic and time, my friend and I took the 6.5hours bus from Kathmandu and arrived at Pokhara. We were warmly welcomed by Master Krishna, who then introduced us to the orphanage and shared about his work with the children. As it was coincidently the big Dashian festival in the country, children were picked up by their relatives, with the exception of a 6 year old boy who was recently brought to the orphanage from the street. Master Krishna and his wife had generously brought the boy along to their relatives to celebrate the festival, and got him a new jacket, keeping him warm from the pouring rain and chilly weather. For a week my friend and I stayed with the children, aged between 3 to 13 from different backgrounds. We helped with letters and numbers, songs and games, arts and craft, and of course snacks and ice cream. Children in the orphanage are very intelligent, and deserve the same cuddles, hugs, attention, love, assurance, and praise. One often embarks on an outreach experience like this hoping and thinking to help and contribute, but I have to say that this past week leaves me feeling that the biggest contribution was made in one’s own life. It had been an amazing one week experience staying and learning with the children.

Sem and Sherine, Oct 2013 from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Volunteer testimonial from Sem in Chinese!

Posted on October 24, 2013 by Thelove

 

Hello Master Krishna

 

Please find below a paragraph I prepared in Chinese from my one week experience w/ Love Company. Let me know if you want it in English. Sherine will be emailing you the Malay language version. Have a nice evening

 

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一 直以來,我都非常渴望能在海外的育幼院從事義工服務。這次我找到了位於博卡拉這個小鎮上的Love Company,並且和院長Krishna取得了聯繫。當一切事務聯絡就緒,我就動身去博卡拉這個離加德滿都大約6.5小時巴士車程的小鎮。抵達之後,受 到Krishna院長的熱烈歡迎,他詳細的帶領我參觀了育幼院和了解他們幫助孩子們的工作。因為剛好適逢最大的Dashian節慶,很多孩子們都被他們的 親戚接回家過節,除了一個剛剛被帶回來的六歲街童男孩。Krishna院長和他的妻子很慷慨的帶著這個孩子和他自己的家人一起過節,還為他添置了一件外 套,讓他不至在這個又濕又冷的節期挨凍。我在育幼院裡待了一個禮拜左右的時間,孩子們從3歲到13歲都有,個個來自不同的背景。我們帶著孩子們認字,數 數,唱歌,遊戲,做美勞手工,當然 少不了的吃點心和冰淇淋。這些孩子們都很聰明,和所有其他的孩子們一樣,他們也都需要大人們的擁抱和關愛,肯定與讚美。常常人們在當義工的時候會希望自己 能夠幫助別人,貢獻自己所得。但是我必須要說,在過去的這個禮拜和 與孩子們在一起的時光,豐滿充實了更多的,是我自己的生命。

-Sem

來自馬來西亞吉隆坡

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Volunteer Testimonial From Petricia

Posted on October 17, 2013 by Thelove

 

 

Bonnie Ohne Kleid

 

Dear Krishna, thank you so so much for all the pictures! At least I have a few pictures now of the children. Happy! I really enjoyed staying with these wonderful children and learned a lot of them. How was the Festival? Did you spend it with all your family? And what about Bardan, did you take him for the days of the festival? Thank you so much for everything and for giving me the chance to stay with the amazing children of the love company orphanage. Patricia

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Testimonial- Everyone was friendly and always willing to help.

Posted on July 29, 2013 by Thelove

 

The most important part of my Nepal trip was volunteering at the orphanage, as this was my soul goal for visiting the country, but having arrived i found that there were other great aspects such as the abundance of beautiful scenery and the diverse activities available for volunteers and tourists. In addition of the beauty of the country the kindness of the people was greatly humbling, everyone was friendly and always willing to help.

 

Volunteering:

 

My intentions for volunteering was to provide a difference in the lives of those that may be be more unfortunate then me. Having chose the love company, it was evident from the start that there was a warm environment provided to both the volunteers and the orphans. The two house mothers in charge of the orphans were great, they provided a very happy environment for the children. I was happy to see that the children were living relatively comfortably, obviously this only being the case due to donations. Although financial aid is crucial in the running of the orphanage (without so i do not think the great environment provided by the love company could be provided), i believe educational aid is of greater importance, this i could not provide for the children. Although the children had an eagerness to learn, having no teaching experience it was difficult to provide them with my intended ambitions.

 

All in all it was a good experience, there is a fair amount of free time where you can go out and see Pokhara, personally i would recommend that if you visit to go with a friend , i was fortunate enough to have another volunteer there with me.

 

Thanks you for everything,

Abdul

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Testimonial from Georgina- Magical Children

Posted on July 7, 2013 by Thelove

 

Testimonial: April/May 2013

My time at the Orphanage was the most magical and memorable experience of my life :) Till this day I think about the loving and open hearted little Buddha children. Their souls are so pure and full of love. I can recall clearly arriving at the orphanage with Master Krishna, I was a little nervous and also excited to meet them. When they all came out from the house, the first thing that captured my heart were their loving eyes and smiles, I felt so emotional and immediately felt a higher love. I cried inside because I have never felt this LOVE, it was pure, real and innocent love. I decided to come to Nepal because I wanted to give my whole heart completely, my all, my everything to the children and the people of Nepal.

Than you Master Krishna for giving me the opportunity to work with the children, thank you Parbati for your delicious break fast, your porridge with bananas was very tasty, especially enjoyed your Nepali tea. I also loved watching the children eat their dinner each night, just being able to eat with them was a beautiful experience :)

I felt welcomed immediately at the Orphanage home and Master Krishna’s home. All the children said hello and then a beautiful moment arose. One of the girls Mamota grabbed my hand and it was so beautiful, I was speechless. My heart was full of love.

The children are all very bright, loving, caring, wise souls. Each of them have a magical and unique character.

I felt they were much older inside, through their eyes I saw wisdom, I saw strength, I saw allot of LOVE.

We had so much fun together, I loved their cheekiness, their play-fullness. These children are very different from children in the western world, they appreciate all they have, because they have little. Each day when I came to the orphanage, the children would run so fast to me and jump on me and hold me and they don’t want to let me go, this was an incredibly feeling :)

I cried so much on my last day at the orphanage it was difficult seeing all there precious faces and having to tell them I am going. I have taken many photos and videos with them.

Nepal is my soul connection and I know I will be back to kiss and hug them all again soon :)

Thank you Master Krishna, thank you Buddha, thank you god, thank you universe for the most heart felt experience of my life.

Thank you to my beautiful children of Nepal for giving me so much LOVE, I love you, Biraj, Dinesh, Susmita, Mamata, Bishal, Manoj, Shristi and Samrat.

In my heart forever you will be :)

With love and Inspiration

Namaste

Georgina xx

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Testimonial from volunteer Alexandra!

Posted on March 30, 2013 by Thelove

 

Namaste,

my name is Alexandra and my hometown is Nuremberg in Germany. I´ve been at the Love Orphanage in March 2013. I still hardly can´t believe, how wonderful it was! Thank you so much Krishna, for giving me this amazing chance!

Before I arrived, I was a little bit excited how my daily life would be there and if the children would like me. As it tourned out, there was absolutely no reason to worry. The children and the whole team, consisting of Krishna, his wife, the two housemothers Sanjita and Absara and the teacher Santos, welcomed me with open arms and a bright smile! So it was very easy for me to acclimate. My daily routine was as follows: After a delicious breakfast, prepared by Krishnas lovely wife Parvati, I walked to the orphanage to bring the children to school at ten o´clock. Then I had some free time until 15 o´clock, when I picked up the children from school. After a snack at the orphanage, I learned with the children and helped them with their homework. Then we played, danced or drew until dinner, which I had together with the children. Sanjita is a really great cook! The work with the children is so much fun and really rewarding, I miss them all very much. I just can recommend everybody, who is thinking about volunteering in Nepal, to go there! Pokhara is a beautiful city, surrounded by spectacular nature and there are lots of opportunities to get to know Nepali culture and people. Everyone tried to enable me as many great experiences as possible. But the most amazing thing of all was to meet these cute and adorable children and the whole Love Orphanage team. I am so deeply thankful! It was an experience I will never forget in my whole life and I hope very much I will return one day. If you have any questions, I would be glad to help!

In Peace and Love,

Alexandra

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The gate way!

Posted on February 13, 2013 by Thelove

 

Na-mas-te !

 

My name is Sean Molloy and i reside in Brisbane, Australia. I have been with The Love Company as a volunteer since the 3rd of December 2012. I have enjoyed every minute spent helping the children progress in their education and extra-curricular activities. As soon as I arrived to meet the children at their home I felt very welcomed and Ra-yul was the first to grip my hand. It took me a while to learn all of their names but soon it became easy and they each have a unique personality and smiles from ear to ear. I am learning just as much from these amazing children as I hope I am teaching them. My time is divided between visiting the children at their home and teaching a variety of subjects in English at the local government school, Shree Barahi Primary and Secondary. This is also the school that nearly all of the love company children attend. The first day teaching at the school was daunting as I have had very limited teaching experience previously and I wondered how the children would react to my arrival. They were all very friendly, receptive and interested in knowing where I came from and who I was. The children, even at primary school level have a good grasp of the English dialect, which is a credit to Shree Barahi and its teaching staff. My confidence is growing each day along with my very limited command of the Nepali language. The students are very intelligent in their allocated subjects and it is my hope to try and bridge the gap between their knowledge of the same subjects taught in Nepali and English.

 

The teachers at the school are dedicated and loving people who all strive to give their students an excellent education combined with a promising future. It was a privilege and an honour to work at the school and I hope that future volunteers (with or without teaching experience) have the opportunity to work with such a wonderful group of people and are rewarded knowing they are contributing to the development of these brilliant young Nepali children.

 

If a consistent number of international volunteers and teachers were to spend some time in Pokhara they would have the chance to explore the region’s rich and vibrant culture, delicious ‘lake-side’ cuisine and unforgettable views of the Himalayan region, made perfect for hiking and trekking adventures. But most of all, volunteers would have the chance to invest in the future of these bright young children who love to learn, and it is by far the most rewarding and satisfying feeling to contribute in such a small way.

 

A word of advice to those interested, it is important to bring some instructional subject material to teach from. Most of the teaching material is predominantly in Nepali so it pays to come prepared. In saying this I adapted quite easily teaching English subjects to students of various age groups once I knew their level of the spoken and written language. I would recommend this type of adventure to anyone wishing to visit or holiday in Pokhara Nepal and it is my hope to return again one day.

 

Thank you to Krishna and the Love Company for this incredible opportunity, I feel truly blessed to have met you all.

 

Love Sean

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Testimonial- many exploring opportunities!

Posted on November 25, 2012 by Thelove

 

Namaste! Hi! My name is Abbey and I am a volunteer at The Love Company Children Home, in Pokhara, Nepal. If you are interested in volunteering with children, living in a beautiful and outdoorsy village, and having daily opportunities of exploring – this is for you!

 

There are currently thirteen children, ages 4 – 11, six girls and seven boys. Two house mothers live there, Upsada and Sanjita. They take turns cooking and cleaning. If you were to volunteer here, they give you a (nice) room to sleep in and a (clean) western bathroom. Responsibilities of a volunteer include: waking up and playing with the children in the morning before breakfast and afterwards, helping the children clean-up and get ready for school. When it is near the time school starts, another responsibility is to walk the children to school. After that “free time” until 3:00pm – which is nice if you enjoy exploring and going new places. Lakeside is a twenty minute walk away! Lakeside has many attractions, among them are restaurants and bars along the lake, shops, adventure shops, and of course Lake Fewa. You can walk, bike, or boat around it! It is quite beautiful! After exploring or relaxing, you pickup the children from school and walk back to the home. When you arrive, you eat a snack and then work on homework before free time. After that is dinner and more free time before bed. At the end of the day you will have a balance between the children and your own time!

 

I decided to go here to Pokhara because I have never been here and wanted to learn about the Nepali culture. I have enjoyed my stay and getting the chance to learn. People here in Pokhara are very friendly, generous, and willing to help. On all my walks and adventures, I have been greeted by people of all ages saying, “Namaste! How are you?” People are genuine, warm, and curious! They want to know where you are from, great conversations have been had with strangers.

 

Upon my arrival I was greeted by Krishna, the manager of the house. Such a sweet and gentle man! Making sure my travels were safe and sound and introducing me to Santos (a teacher who volunteers at the home) the house mothers and all the adorable children. Talking and listening to him, I realized that his heart is for the children. He has given so much of his time and money to the childrens home, knowing this is a comfort. Volunteering at an organization where the owner is passionate about the cause, the children – is evident here! I am grateful for the opportunity I have here, to work with the children in a foreign country and still have the time to explore.

 

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The Love Company needs volunteers from all over the world to help with our orphanage and our work, to spend time with our children and to have a “once in a lifetime” experience.

The Love Company needs volunteers from all over the world to help with our orphanage and our work, to spend time with our children and to have a “once in a lifetime” experience.

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 Posted by at 12:58 pm
Nov 032013
 
Testimonial: April/May 2013 My time at the Orphanage was the most magical and memorable experience of my life :) Till this day I think about the loving and open hearted little Buddha children. Their souls are so pure and full of love.  I can recall clearly arriving at the orphanage with Master Krishna, I was a little nervous and also excited to meet them. When they all came out from the house, the first thing that captured my heart were their loving eyes and smiles, I felt so emotional and immediately felt a higher love. I cried inside because I have never felt this LOVE, it was pure, real and innocent love. I decided to come to Nepal because I wanted to give my whole heart completely, my all, my everything to the children and the people of Nepal. Than you Master Krishna for giving me the opportunity to work with the children, thank you Parbati for your delicious break fast, your porridge with bananas was very tasty, especially enjoyed your Nepali tea. I also loved watching  the children eat  their dinner each night, just being able to eat with them was a beautiful experience :) I felt welcomed immediately at the Orphanage home and Master Krishna’s home. All the children said hello and then a beautiful moment arose. One of the girls Mamota grabbed my hand and it was so beautiful, I was speechless. My heart was full of love. The children are all very bright, loving, caring, wise souls. Each of them have a magical and unique character. I felt they were much older inside, through their eyes I saw wisdom, I saw strength, I saw allot of  LOVE. We had so much fun together, I loved their cheekiness, their play-fullness. These children are very different from children in the western world, they appreciate all they have, because they have little. Each day when I came to the orphanage, the children would run so fast to me and jump on me and hold me and they don’t want to let me go, this was an incredibly feeling :) I cried so much on my last day at the orphanage it was difficult seeing all there precious faces and having to tell them I am going. I have taken many photos and videos with them. Nepal is my soul connection and I know I will be back to kiss and hug them all again soon :) Thank you Master Krishna, thank you Buddha, thank you god, thank you universe for the most heart felt experience of my life. Thank you to my beautiful children of Nepal for giving me so much LOVE,  I love you, Biraj, Dinesh, Susmita, Mamata, Bishal, Manoj, Shristi and Samrat. In my heart forever you will be :) With love and Inspiration Namaste Georgina xx

Testimonial: April/May 2013
My time at the Orphanage was the most magical and memorable experience of my life :) Till this day I think about the loving and open hearted little Buddha children. Their souls are so pure and full of love. I can recall clearly arriving at the orphanage with Master Krishna, I was a little nervous and also excited to meet them. When they all came out from the house, the first thing that captured my heart were their loving eyes and smiles, I felt so emotional and immediately felt a higher love. I cried inside because I have never felt this LOVE, it was pure, real and innocent love. I decided to come to Nepal because I wanted to give my whole heart completely, my all, my everything to the children and the people of Nepal.
Than you Master Krishna for giving me the opportunity to work with the children, thank you Parbati for your delicious break fast, your porridge with bananas was very tasty, especially enjoyed your Nepali tea. I also loved watching the children eat their dinner each night, just being able to eat with them was a beautiful experience :)
I felt welcomed immediately at the Orphanage home and Master Krishna’s home. All the children said hello and then a beautiful moment arose. One of the girls Mamota grabbed my hand and it was so beautiful, I was speechless. My heart was full of love.
The children are all very bright, loving, caring, wise souls. Each of them have a magical and unique character.
I felt they were much older inside, through their eyes I saw wisdom, I saw strength, I saw allot of LOVE.
We had so much fun together, I loved their cheekiness, their play-fullness. These children are very different from children in the western world, they appreciate all they have, because they have little. Each day when I came to the orphanage, the children would run so fast to me and jump on me and hold me and they don’t want to let me go, this was an incredibly feeling :)
I cried so much on my last day at the orphanage it was difficult seeing all there precious faces and having to tell them I am going. I have taken many photos and videos with them.
Nepal is my soul connection and I know I will be back to kiss and hug them all again soon :)
Thank you Master Krishna, thank you Buddha, thank you god, thank you universe for the most heart felt experience of my life.
Thank you to my beautiful children of Nepal for giving me so much LOVE, I love you, Biraj, Dinesh, Susmita, Mamata, Bishal, Manoj, Shristi and Samrat.
In my heart forever you will be :)
With love and Inspiration
Namaste
Georgina xx

 Posted by at 3:41 am
Nov 032013
 
At The Love Company orphanage

At The Love Company orphanageMy time here in Pokhara so far (5 weeks) has been absolutely wonderful both at the orphanage and all around it. I have never been to a community that is so trusting and honest; it is the perfect place for first time travellers who are getting out of their comfort zone. It is very safe everywhere, even at night, and everything is close by so it’s not hard to get all of the essentials that you need.I had some communication complications between the organization who sent me here and Krishna, so everything was put together very last minute. Despite the time constraint of only 2-3 days of notice that I was coming, Krishna organized late-night pickup for me from the airport, a hotel in Kathmandu, a bus ride to Pokhara, and a hotel for me to stay in by the time I got there. When you’re arriving in a foreign country very late, having everything all set up is more than any traveller could ask for.

Krishna and his wife, Parbati, really treat you like family while you are in their country. They understand that there are many cultural differences that you are not accustomed to and they try their best to accommodate you in any way possible. They will also take you on trips to the market place or to places with beautiful views, as well as help arrange things like treks and trips to farther places in Nepal.

As for the orphanage, the kids are wonderful. Aside from being super cute, they are very responsible for their age and get joy out of very simple things that most first-world children don’t. They have the imaginations of the early 90s kids and anyone before them because they do not rely on technology for entertainment. They love to do things like go for picnics in the park, make superhero masks out of paper, and play games that involve competition. They sometimes need help with homework and learning English and it is always fun to help them with both. Luxuries that they enjoy are chicken, popcorn, candy, toy cars for the boys, and makeup for the girls. Those items are easy to buy and cheap from a volunteer’s perspective, so it is nice to buy it for them every once in a while (but not too often!).

Being at the orphanage provides a learning experience not only for the children, but also for yourself as a volunteer. You can learn so much from being around the children and see something that you maybe thought was long gone from your own society. It has been such a refreshing experience for me so far and for the remainder of my stay (3 weeks) I only expect to learn more and come home with great memories and new friendships.

If you are concerned about ending up at a “bad” orphanage, I can definitely say that this one checks out. The children are treated very well, their living situation is good, and their bellies are always full. Krishna really wants to help the kids and see them learn whenever possible. He likes them to play games and do activities where they learn as much as possible to help them in their future.

So, all-in-all, I would highly recommend volunteering with this specific orphanage. The time they need volunteers the most is during the winter (November-March). They have been lucky enough to get solar panels and a water filter installed by one of the volunteers, but they are still in need of financial support for things like food and rent. So come help out whenever possible and you’ll get an amazing experience out of it!

 

 

 Posted by at 2:06 am