Our News

November 2017

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Blessing of new Sisters and Brothers

 

While Nepal fills up with light, love and colour for the festival of Tihar, a new exciting life begins at Namaste House for all new sisters and brothers.. 

We take this opportunity to thank all of our supporters around the world for these very special 9 years and look forward to sharing many more memorable moments with you all in the coming years. 

 

October 2017

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Onni Children move to Namaste House

On the 18th of October we officially closed the door of Onni House for the last time and the children and staff moved to Namaste House near by to live together with their Namaste sisters and brothers. While we've felt nostalgic about leaving Onni behind, it's merely the walls that have changed - everything else remains the same. The children still go to the same school - the Fishtail Academy and are taken care of by the same familiar staff. As Namaste Community Foundation has been our fantastic local partner for all these 9 years, the children from both houses have lived side by side and already know each other very well. We look forward to the future together now also as housemates! 

October 2017

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Opening of a New Chapter for Onni Children's House

While Nepal celebrates Dashain, one of the biggest Hindu festivals of the year, our wonderful journey in the Onni Children's House current property is slowly coming to an end. As the house lease is expiring, the children and staff of Onni will be moving into Namaste Community Foundation's House near by to join their existing team of 17 children, staff and management. NCF has been our local partner since the very beginning in 2008 and we look forward to the future together now under the same roof as well. The official Farewell party at Onni will be held on Sunday 15th of October. All our Onni family and friends are warmly welcomed to join these memorable celebrations! 

May 2017

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Scholarship Program Distribution Day

While the new Academic Year 2017 is commencing in Nepal, the annual Scholarship Program Distribution Day took place at Namaste Community Foundation.

Every year children who are supported through this education initiative receive new school supplies from books and stationary to bags and clothes but also get their tuition fees and any medical expenses reimbursed.

We are a proud supporter of this great initiative that provides financial assistance to allow children from disadvantaged backgrounds to continue their education in circumstances where otherwise their families could not afford to send them to school, and they may become vulnerable for child labour, begging or human trafficking.

Education, especially for girls, really is the key to a future with choice and a voice! 

April 2017

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March 2017

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Happy Holi Nepal!

On 12th of March Nepal celebrated the festival of colours. Holi is one of the main - and the messiest - festivals of Hindus. Holi welcomes the spring, the colourful season with colourful powders and coloured water people throw at each other. The streets become a colourful warzone for a day while buildings, animals, people of all ages, clothes and faces get covered with a mountain of colours and playful fighting. The Onni boys in the photo started creatively with some incredible face paintings which later on ended up all smeared into one big happy mess. Indeed after taking part in Holi celebrations you're bound to find the coloured powder deep inside your ears and nose for weeks to come!  

February 2017

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Onni's Name Day 28th of February

Today is the official name day for "Onni" in Finland. The name means "Happiness" but also brings to mind an image of a healthy and happy young child with round, rosy cheeks.. Who would have thought 9 years ago just how well this name will come to resemble the incredible journey of Onni Children's House in Nepal. 

October 2016

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Onni Children's House 8th Anniversary

On the 26th of October we celebrated the 8th birthday of Onni. These 8 years together have been eventful, full of fun and laughter. At the same time they've been full of growth and learning for all. During these wonderful years we have become such a close family where everyone knows their special place and role - and extended across and beyond international spheres with volunteers and friends all over the world.

At Onni we have now 15 children who have grown up to be such great characters; confident, intelligent, caring and funny young people - which is not at all surprising when you look at our amazing Onni-staff who look after these children and care for them with every step of the way.  We are very proud and so grateful for all these years.

April 2016

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One Year Anniversary of the Earthquake

One year after the worst natural disaster in Nepal's modern history, people in the earthquake affected areas remain victims of political self-interest and inaction.

Read more.

April 2016

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A Fortunate Farewell..

We welcome Nepali new year 2073 with some very happy news. One of the children at Onni Children's House has been reunited with his mother again, a mother who according to all official reports did not exist anymore. Arbin and his family are over the moon and while we will miss Arbin dearly, we salute life with all of its surprises. We wish Arbin all the best for the future years and look forward to watching him grow.

March 2016

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Happy Holi Nepal!

On the 22nd of March we celebrated Holi. The festival of colour. The festival of sharing love.

"A carnival of colours where participants play, chase and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water, with some carrying water guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fight. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and other musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance."

October 2015

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7th Anniversary of Onni

26th of October marked the 7th Anniversary for Onni Children's House. Due to the hard economic and political situation in Nepal at the moment, this year we decided to keep the celebrations small. A little bit of cake, a little bit of Nepali dance but a lot of appreciation for the wonderful 7 years together!  

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The crisis situation in Nepal deepens

Disagreements over Nepal's new Constitution has brought the country to a standstill. Nearly two months of blockades and protests in the Terai region have stalled the economy, brought transport to a stoppage and led to spiralling prices. Experts say the impact on the economy is worse than the Earthquake.

Read more.

 

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June 2015

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Education Relief Program 

Tens of thousands of children remain vulnerable after the earthquake. Hundreds of schools have been destroyed or are unsafe to use. There are temporary school establishment being used in the hope that these children could at least continue their regular schooling after the devastating events. Read more.

May 2015

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Wind of Change reaches out for the Earthquake Victims

In the face of the trauma and devastation, together with our partner organisations on the ground, NCF Nepal and Namaste Foundation (The Netherlands), we were able to join in the international efforts to help the earthquake victims. After a day-long drive on difficult roads we reached the remote district of Sindhupalchowk, an area east of Kathmandu where most destruction and the highest casualties were reported, to deliver emergency aid packages and tents to the most affected families. Read more.

April 2015

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Earthquake Response

On Anzac Day 25th of April, a 7.9 magnitude Earthquake hit Nepal killing over 8000 people, and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless, vulnerable and scared. The fear of the unknown accentuated further when only 17 days later the country was struck by a very strong aftershock with a magnitude of 7.3, causing a lot less damage but still more loss of life and increasing uncertainty and fear in people's minds. Read more.