Let's Open a World of Opportunities for these Children

Ruth Speirs Start Date: May 7, 2018 - End Date: Sep 15, 2018

My Travel Story

by: Ruth Speirs Start Date: May 7, 2018 - End Date: Sep 15, 2018
Hello Munchkins!
This September I am taking part in orphan care at a monastery in Nepal. Due to the political situation, social economic conditions, inter-caste discrimination and lack of education and awareness, the number of orphaned, abandoned and destitute children are increasing incredibly.

Our Mission
Our goal is to ensure the children feel safe, to provide a place they can call 'home', and to give them a healthy and happy upbringing. We want to give them an education and the resources they need to build a brighter future for themselves. When it comes to volunteering with children, their rights, needs and wellbeing need to come first. 

My Role
As a volunteer I will implement educational word games, teach english, play with the children and assist wherever else I should be required; meal preparation, temple & monastery maintenance, etc.

Donations
The money collected from this fundraiser will go towards resources, orphanage centre, meals at the orpganage, medical check ups for the children, as well as the accommodation and flight expences needed to make this trip possible. 

Outcome
Unfortunately family-care is not always a viable option for every child in the world, hence we provide an important social service that is otherwise not being provided by other parts of society. The demand on centres such as this is often greater than the resources they have access to and volunteering will provide an important source of additional support so that a greater number of children in need can have better access to education and care.
 
As for what do I get out of this? Well, as Joey Tribianni says "There are no selfless good deeds". My brain will get a great dose of serotonin and other feel-good chemicals for sure. From this volunteering experience I hope to learn about the culture, traditions, and history of Nepal.... and perhaps learn something new about myself. I hope to build new relationships with people and to immerse in new experiences.

Together let's open a world of opportunities for these children :)