Apr 202013
 

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At Children Style Picnic!

At Children Style Picnic!

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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

We have had an amazing time at the orphanage – challenging, frustrating at times… but most of all fun and rewarding.

We were lucky enough to all be here at the same time and forge together well as a team: Nathan and Janet from New Zealand, Rebecca from Sweden, and Mike from England.

We worked hard to make a number of small but significant changes that have made a major difference to the environment, atmosphere and general wellbeing of the children. Central to this was making the orphanage feel more like a home rather than a school or institution, which we did by:

          Turning the classroom into a playroom by removing the bench tables and seating to the dining room, putting down carpet on the concrete floor, putting cushions on the floor, putting up posters and pictures at the children’s level, equipping the room with building blocks, toy chest, reading books, colouring-in and other arts materials. This has become a fun room where the children love to go and play.

          Putting tables into the dining room for the children to sit at for meals. This has made mealtimes a more social event, with quieter and better behaviour.

          Putting carpet down in the children’s bedroom and giving them their own chests for their clothes and personal items.

          Improving the hygiene level e.g. Getting towels placed in the bathroom area, putting a stool at the handbasin so children can reach into it, getting a set of racks by the basin for toothbrushes, toothpaste and soap, ensuring soap is always available in the bathroom and kitchen.

          Putting in place a bedtime routine that changed what was a chaotic time into a peaceful, happy, settling time. This includes time for washing hands, faces, teeth, legs and feet, before spending half an hour reading with the children on their beds and settling them with one book each. The children are now quietly going off to sleep without argument.

          Providing milk and fruit on a daily basis.

          Getting the children warm leggings and stockings for winter.

          Providing lots of tender loving care and attention in addition to establishing boundaries and sanctions to promote good behaviour. The children are now playing much more cooperatively, are sharing more, there is less hitting, crying, destructive behaviour or tantrums, with the place being much calmer and happier as a result.

What we were most excited about was the dramatic improvement in the children’s English. We increased verbal interaction with the children through use of play, arts and crafts, and reading with the children. They love the books with ones like We’re Going on a Bear Hunt being great hits – they are able to recite lines and recognize words, colours and objects.

We very much hope that future volunteers will continue in maintaining what has been achieved so far. Detailed guidelines have been left in the volunteers’ rooms to explain daily routines, provide profiles of the children and advice on what to do.

May your time at the orphanage be as much fun, and as rewarding as we experienced it!

Janet

 Posted by at 10:55 am
Apr 202013
 

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We have had an amazing time at the orphanage – challenging, frustrating at times… but most of all fun and rewarding.

We were lucky enough to all be here at the same time and forge together well as a team: Nathan and Janet from New Zealand, Rebecca from Sweden, and Mike from England.

We worked hard to make a number of small but significant changes that have made a major difference to the environment, atmosphere and general wellbeing of the children. Central to this was making the orphanage feel more like a home rather than a school or institution, which we did by:

          Turning the classroom into a playroom by removing the bench tables and seating to the dining room, putting down carpet on the concrete floor, putting cushions on the floor, putting up posters and pictures at the children’s level, equipping the room with building blocks, toy chest, reading books, colouring-in and other arts materials. This has become a fun room where the children love to go and play.

          Putting tables into the dining room for the children to sit at for meals. This has made mealtimes a more social event, with quieter and better behaviour.

          Putting carpet down in the children’s bedroom and giving them their own chests for their clothes and personal items.

          Improving the hygiene level e.g. Getting towels placed in the bathroom area, putting a stool at the handbasin so children can reach into it, getting a set of racks by the basin for toothbrushes, toothpaste and soap, ensuring soap is always available in the bathroom and kitchen.

          Putting in place a bedtime routine that changed what was a chaotic time into a peaceful, happy, settling time. This includes time for washing hands, faces, teeth, legs and feet, before spending half an hour reading with the children on their beds and settling them with one book each. The children are now quietly going off to sleep without argument.

          Providing milk and fruit on a daily basis.

          Getting the children warm leggings and stockings for winter.

          Providing lots of tender loving care and attention in addition to establishing boundaries and sanctions to promote good behaviour. The children are now playing much more cooperatively, are sharing more, there is less hitting, crying, destructive behaviour or tantrums, with the place being much calmer and happier as a result.

What we were most excited about was the dramatic improvement in the children’s English. We increased verbal interaction with the children through use of play, arts and crafts, and reading with the children. They love the books with ones like We’re Going on a Bear Hunt being great hits – they are able to recite lines and recognize words, colours and objects.

We very much hope that future volunteers will continue in maintaining what has been achieved so far. Detailed guidelines have been left in the volunteers’ rooms to explain daily routines, provide profiles of the children and advice on what to do.

May your time at the orphanage be as much fun, and as rewarding as we experienced it!

Janet

 Posted by at 10:33 am
Mar 132013
 

U.K. Volunteer in Nepal

August 15, 2011

 

I have spent two weeks here at the orphanage and my time here has been absolutely amazing. Getting to know the children has been so much fun-there has been so many laughs and I will have such special memories for ever.

During my time here, I dropped and picked the children from school, helped them with their homework, fetched the water with them and played lots an lots of games. The children are so full of energy and everything you do with them is such fun. I Would definitely recommend doing this as it has been so fulfilling. I am going to be so sad to leave and will miss the children more than ever! I have had the time of my life here – I will definitely be coming back very soon! Thank you

Kate Barkley,  UK

Mar 132013
 

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We are Happy Volunteering

July 24, 2011

We are four Spanish volunteers, have volunteered at The Love Company Orphanage we have no words to explain how wonderful it was being with lovely kids at this orphanage. We have enjoyed every moment with the kids and the staffs. Nisa was wonderful cook and she made very good Nepali traditional food. Santos was very friendly and Krishna is well educated person he is with love and compassion to all. While we were at the orphanage there was a school holiday and had opportunity to know all the kids. Thank you so much for accepting us and gave chance to learn Nepali culture and so much more. you are doing good work and keep on what you are doing..

We highly recommend for those who love children. Since the first moment kids were very friendly and we felt like home. We taught them some Spanish ,English and songs. Kids were always open to learn.

Maria

Mar 132013
 

Volunteer with children asia

August 30, 2011

We really enjoyed our stay at The Innocent Children Home in Pokhara.The two weeks passed by in no time! The kids here are full of energy and curiosity. They are very very open minded and get alone very well together, despite some conflicts. The orphanage house is a nice place with colorful rooms the staffs are very nice and helpful. This county is full of joy . We miss all the kids and will soon come back. Thank you so much!

Myriam and Stefanie
from Switzerland and Germany

Mar 132013
 

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Erin Miller

December 11, 2010

Dear Krishna,
how is everything in pokhara going? the kids still doing well? same volunteers?
here’s my short writing that you wanted:

went back for the second time to visit the kids at innocent children. i was very happy to see everyone, and that the kids were doing well. with 15 kids now it gets pretty busy, apsara and nisha definitely have their hands full! volunteering here is a lot of fun, the kids really seem to like having extra people around to play with. typical day volunteering has some colouring or games, then breakfast, kids to schoool, bit of cleaning then free time, til kids back, homework, games, eating bed. not too too hectic, and really enjoyable. had a fantastic time there, and so glad i went back a second time.

all the best krishna,

Mar 132013
 

Nepal Report
NEPAL 2012

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A report by Leonie Hacker (19.2. – 25.3.2012) and Harriet Fruehling (19.2. – 11.3.2012) retelling our time at the Love Company Orphanage.

Sunday evening we arrived at the orphanage after 6 hours Bus Trip. Excited, because we didn’t know what we have to expect, was the first impression of those lovely children really reassuring.
They involved us directly in their games and their daily structure. Happy, that they have been so interested in us, the two new Volunteers from Germany, we answered every question. The nice atmosphere of the orphanage and also the reason, that other volunteers were staying with us in the house let us finishing our first day with a good impression.

Today, a few weeks later we are laughing about our unsure feelings in the first days. We have now a second family!
We are enjoying playing, eating, teaching and talking with the children and do the same with their friendly house mommies.

Pokhara made it easy for us to feel “at home”.

Our day structure starts every morning with a breakfast together with the children, the volunteers and the mommies.
After helping them to dress up for school we are bringing them all together to school.
Now our free time is starting. We use those hours for washing clothes, reading a book, meet with other volunteers or just for having a cup of tea.
Around 2 o’clock or 2.30 we pick up the children and and bring them back to the orphanage. Until the dinner is starting we help them with their homework, train them in spelling or new vocabularies and play with them.
Dinnertime is around 5 o’clock and we made them, like before every eating time, washing their hands. Because it gets dark outside really soon we use the last minutes outside for playing before we go into the house for drawing, dancing or just listening to music.
Around 7 o’clock we are helping them with cleaning their teeth, washing hands and feet and look that they change clothes.

We got to know the kids really close and we are sometimes surprised that this happened in such a short time. We both would never want to miss our time in the Love Company Orphanage and we are happy about our experiences in Nepal.

We want to say THANK YOU to Krishna, Santos and the two House Mommies. They are all doing a great job and we are glad, that the children are having them.

We will miss you all, Leonie & Harriet

 Posted by at 8:38 pm
Jan 072013
 

Welcome to TLC NEPAL!
The organization ‘TLC’ was set up to help match volunteers with our projects working with children in our orphanage in Pokhara, Nepal. TLC facilitates services not only in Pokhara and the surrounding villages but also in the Kaski, Tanahu, Baglung,and Syangja districts of Nepal.

In order to facilitate our work with some of the most needy children in Nepal, The Love Company desperately needs volunteers from all over the world to help with our projects, spend time with our children and themselves have a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience.
The Love Company offers an excellent, safe and friendly environment to stay and work in villages, getting to know the real Nepal. The satisfaction of our volunteers is always foremost in every project we run.
Why Choose The Love Company?

We think that our volunteer programs are unique compared to others. We believe that we provide a premier service that is transparent, cost effective, personal and flexible, making us different from other volunteer organizations. We are not affiliated with any volunteer organizations nor do we receive any government or charitable funding, meaning we are currently entirely dependent on the help of volunteers.
TLC believes that progress is impossible without change; and exchanging the knowledge is the best way of developing our nation. We can learn from our volunteers just as they can learn a lot from us about our traditions and culture.
The Love Company focus on all activities like social, cultural analysis, traditional resources, child care, Nepali music, teaching basic hygiene, teaching English language, teaching gardening etc. If any volunteers wish to help in any other way, we will be very happy to facilitate this.
For more information on our projects please visit Projects.

Founding The Love Company
Whilst still at school, Krishna Pokhrel ‘Padam’ was advised by his American volunteer teacher that he saw him helping the children and poor people of Nepal in the future.
True to this prophecy, Krishna was himself became a volunteer teacher in a high school for two years, firm in his belief that all children are entitled to an education.  During this time he gained increasing knowledge and skills to be able to help others.

After his two years volunteering and teaching in high school he became a trekking guide. During his treks he visited very remote villages and poor families of Nepal who have no clean drinking water, where many children get sick because of very poor personal hygiene. Many of these children had no opportunity to go to school.
So, keeping all these things in mind, Krishna set up The Love Company and the Innocent Children’s Home which currently looks after 9 children. Now he is trying to build on this success by providing even more children with food, shelter, medical care and schooling through his efforts with The Love Company.

‘TOUCH THE HEART OF NEPAL AND NEPALI PEOPLE BY SERVING AND VISITING.’

 Posted by at 8:47 pm