Our News

September 2021

Vaccines for staff

Excellent news! All our staff has now received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. We are relieved, happy and excited for them for the brighter and healthier future that lies ahead ☀️

August 2021

 

Meet Deu Maya 🧡

Deumaya is one of our Onni graduates. We tell her story with her permission.
Deumaya came to us in 2008 as one of the first Onni children. She was 8 years old.
When we first met her in her home village, the entire family had just experienced severe trauma, events unimaginable to any family. We were touched and humbled to be able to help her deeply traumatised single mum by offering a safe home for her two young ones, Deumaya and younger brother Ganesh. Accepting help was an act from a loving mother to finally be able to take care of her own health, whilst knowing that her children would be well taken care of and offered an education - something that especially for girls in Nepal can not be taken for granted.
Throughout the years at Onni, we were privileged to watch Deumaya grow to become the incredible young lady she is today. Deumaya was always the responsible, kind and considerate big sister in the house, caring for the young ones and helping out wherever she could. Not to mention her determination and top marks at school! And her beautifully quirky sense of humour. Indeed we were priviledged to watch her fragile smile slowly turn into full happy bloom, to see her beautiful soul opening and starting to flourish and trust life.
Throughout the years Deumaya and Ganesh have kept in touch with mum and their two older brothers who’ve been caring for the mum. They have regularly visited their home village, never losing connection to who they are or where they are from.
Today Deumaya lives independently in a peaceful village nearby Pokhara where she works as a Montessori teacher for Maya Foundation - a grassroots initiative established by our dear ”Uncle” Narayan, who used to work at Onni. Narayan, who is like a father to our children. Since graduating Year 12 with great grades, Deumaya has also started university studies with Bachelor of Business Management.
Words can not express how incredibly proud and grateful we are for her. To see our work come full circle like this is exactly what we set out to achieve in the beginning - this is our dream coming to fruition.
We thank YOU for all your support on the journey with these children and look forward to sharing many more stories of success in the coming years 🧡

August 2021

Another 5 students graduate Year 10

After one of the hardest years in Nepal, these incredibly resilient, smart, hard-working young minds have managed to graduate Year 10, which is the last (and most demanding) year of compulsory Secondary Education in Nepal.
For these students it has been a very long year filled with online learning, uncertainty and regular setbacks, yet they have done it - securing great grades as well! Upward and onward they go!
Our hearts are bursting with love, happiness and pride - Go Champs - the world is your oyster!
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July 2021

Immediate Relief for Covid-19 and Floods' Victims

We are happy to share with you that Wind of Change has been involved in helping families affected by the devastating floods in the Bhalam area near Pokhara. 12 desperate families (67 people) received basic food supplies such as rice, lentils, cooking oils and spices. We have also donated some essential items for two community health posts, who are helping the villagers to fight Covid-19 with basic sanitary items from face masks and shields to hand sanitiser, gloves and oximeters.

Thank you for your continuous support toward our work in Nepal.

June 2021

Devastating Floods

Monsoon disasters are adding to the extreme emergency situation in Covid-ridden Nepal with devastating floods and landslides claiming lives and livelihoods. The continuous exploitation of natural resources in the name of development has taken its toll on this vulnerable country and made it more prone to disasters during the rainy season.
Nepal you are in our hearts and thoughts 🧡

May 2021

Devastation in Nepal

We know for many of you Nepal has been front of mind with the devastating news pouring in from the Indian subcontinent. The situation is certainly very serious with the increasing numbers of new cases and deaths, and the severe shortage of oxygen and hospital beds.
While lockdown continues, we pray for the situation to bounce better soon. We are fortunate to report that all our beneficiaries in Pokhara are safe and healthy. All our loved ones are okay 🧡

April 2021

Meet Aasish ❤

Aasish is one of our Onni graduates. We tell his story with his permission.
Aasish came to us in 2009 as a 9-year-old boy. His mum had fallen severely ill and the wider family couldn’t cope with taking care of him. Instantly we knew that given this new opportunity with a safe home, education, care and guidance, Aasish was a child who would go far in life and make himself a bright future. We knew that with his determination, dedication, cleverness and kind heart he would always excel in whatever he decided to do.
Throughout the years at Onni, we were privileged to watch him grow to become the incredible young man he is today. He was one of the big brothers of the house, one that the others could always rely on - whether to have their back at school, a strong member of the soccer team or fixing anything and everything around the house. Indeed we always thought Aasish would become an electrical engineer or a mechanic just to explore his gifted nature and talent as the handyman.
Then he fell in love with food beyond eating, discovered his true passion and took it to the next level. We started receiving the most delicious curries from the kitchen where he was learning from the best, Punam mummy. Our tummies were sold.
Today Aasish lives in Kathmandu after graduating from Year 12 with us with great results. He’s undertaking a degree in Culinary Arts and loving every moment of engaging in his passion. We are so incredibly proud and grateful for him. To see our work come full circle like this is exactly what we set out to achieve in the beginning - this is our dream coming to fruition.
We thank YOU for all your support on the journey with these children and look forward to sharing many more stories of success in the coming years.

February 2021

So proud to present our first Year 12 graduates

These beautiful, bright young souls have now received their final exam results from Grade 12 and officially graduated from High School with flying colours!
We’ve been privileged to walk alongside them since day one, and can’t express just how proud and happy we are for who they have become, and for the resilience they’ve shown throughout the years, especially under the challenging circumstances of 2020. Congratulations! The world is yours ❤️

January 2021

New Year New House

We welcomed 2021 with a move to a new, smaller property in Ratnachowk. The new home is freshly renovated, close to schools and also has space for a vegetable garden. The new neighbourhood is quiet and provides tranquil atmosphere for studying.

November 2020

World Children's Day 20th November

Happy World Children's Day!

"A day to re-imagine a better future for every child".

November 2020

Visit to Seinäjoki Soroptimists

Director's greetings from the Seinäjoki Group of Soroptimist International. Our work in Nepal has been one of the lucky recipients of their generous support during the years towards empowering children.
It was great to finally meet ”face (mask) to face (mask)” and share the latest stories from afar - both metaphorically and quite literally. Lucky warm feelings and happy emotions are not bound by rules and restrictions. Love was in the air..

October 2020

12 Years of Onniness

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 12 YEAR OLD ONNI  ❤ This year it was different, but nonetheless warmly celebrated in hearts and minds across the world.

 

October 2020

Happy Dashain Nepal!

Happy Dashain to everyone who celebrates 💖

The festival that usually brings families together from near and far to gather around this auspicious time of worship and big celebrations. This year it will be different. But nonetheless we will carry the love and memories of our loved ones in our hearts. All our children will celebrate together.

August 2020

One more 10th Grade Graduate for the Onni Project

We are beyond delighted to share some wonderful news with you in these otherwise tough times. One of our Onni girls has officially passed her Secondary Education Examination with an excellent GPA of 3.45.
The SEE is a major academic challenge every Nepali student needs to undertake in Grade 10 to graduate from school. From here on it’s a personal choice for the next path - whether to proceed with Grade 11 and 12 or engage in vocational training or the workforce.

We are so incredibly proud of our hardworking students!

April 2020

Wind of Change reaches out in the fight against Covid-19

The current situation strikes hard globally, but no doubt disadvantaged countries like Nepal can experience the potentially devastating consequences harder still.

In this long fight against Covid-19, Wind of Change has pledged further support to the people of Nepal by participating in the funding of 73 PPE packages (Personal Protective Equipment) and 5000 face masks for the front line healthcare workers in Gandaki Hospital, the only government hospital in the Pokhara region attending to the virus.

A big thank you to our wonderful partner Namaste Community Foundation for being a key participant administering this support whilst always working tirelessly to enable life and justice across the social spectrum.

October 2019

11 Year Anniversary Celebrations

And so has another year officially elapsed with our projects in Nepal! Children are becoming young adults, students are slowly becoming graduates and us adults - well, nothing's changed right! However, we are  increasingly proud of our wonderful bunch of youngsters..

On the 26th of October we packed the jeep full of food and goodies, filled up a bus with loud singing and cheering, and headed outside the city's huzzle and buzzle to the peaceful Dipang Lake for a picnic and a play. The park quickly filled up with music and dancing, heated games and lots of laughter! A heartfelt thank you to all of you, who have been walking this incredible journey with us. Without your continuous support none of this would've been possible.

June 2019

Congratulations to our further 3 Secondary School Graduates!

So incredibly proud of our 3 Onni Graduates who after a hard year of studying on Grade 10 have passed their Secondary Education Exams with flying colours. Next step for all of them will be commencing Higher Secondary School with year 11 and 12.

Yet it still feels like yesterday when we almost 11 years ago walked to school together for the very first time, for their very first day at Fishtail Academy..

The World is Your Oyster!

 

May 2019

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Scholarship Distribution Day at NCF

Providing a child an opportunity to Education is at the core of our work.

Wind of Change is a proud supporter of this great program that provides financial and medical 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. 

Thank you all for supporting us to support them!

March 2019

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Happy Holi

 

During this ‘Festival of Colours’ all people - young and old - throw colour powder and water to each other on the streets. This Hindu festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. And of course, indulge in good food as always!

October 2018

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Wind of Change Celebrates 10 years of successful work in Nepal

26th of October 2008 was the day we first cut the ribbon of Onni Children's House, the little blue house in Pokhara that later became our flagship project. That day 11 disadvantaged children started a new life with access to education, safety, health and well-being and unconditional love. Later growing to 16 children, Onni Children's House has been a home and safe haven for these young ones to grow and develop towards adulthood in a supportive environment. Today 10 years later we have intelligent, brave, capable and caring young adults in our hands who now have every opportunity to do well in their independent life. In the meanwhile we have also been providing education to children who live at home through a Scholarship Program as well as been involved in running a very successful Hearing Clinic for beneficiaries with hearing loss or impairment.

We are massively grateful for these years, especially to our dedicated local staff as well as our partner organisation Namaste Community Foundation. They've done an amazing job with everything. And as always, a huge thank you to all our supporters from all over the world without whom our work would have never been possible.  

May 2018

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Scholarship Distribution Day

Another successful Scholarship Distribution Day at Namaste Community Foundation.

Wind of Change is a proud supporter of this great program that provides financial and medical 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.

Thank you all for supporting us to support them!

April 2018

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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.