We have thankfully received word that, following the devastating earthquake which struck on the 25th April, all of our friends in Kathmandu are OK. Neither the Haven on Earth Orphanage or Krishna’s schools have been directly affected.
We will publish a fuller account of the situation as soon as we are able, but in the meantime we will continue to keep all of those involved in our thoughts and prayers.
In August 2014 Stuart and I had the joy of visiting friends in Kathmandu, Krishna and Sunita Adikari. They are the leaders of the White Eagle work in Nepal and are both totally committed to the ideal of the brotherhood of all people of every religion in the world. They are equally committed to the ideal of brotherhood in action and practical service in the community. Nepal is one of the ten poorest countries in the world and there is a great deal of very evident poverty in the city of Kathmandu. Krishna is headmaster of the Higher Valley School in Kathmandu. This is a fee-paying school, but he gives many bursaries to the children of poor families. In addition he has a separate school for those who are unable to pay school fees. During our days in Kathmandu we were taken to visit this school. We had such a warm welcome from them and were given a lovely demonstration of the pupils dancing (see pictures). The school is in a hired building but on a busy main road. Krishna’s plan is to find another building which is safer for the children.
During our visit we were asked to officially open Krishna’s Orphanage which is named Haven on Earth. He has 24 boys and girls living in this home. It is well equipped but again is rented and Krishna has the hope one day to be able to build a permanent home for this delightful family. A third visit we made during our time with Krishna was to a colleague who has a home for severely mentally and physically handicapped people. We were asked to help distribute blankets and food packets for the 20 residents there.
Krishna is very much in need of more financial support for all his endeavours and so we have promised that Star Action will do what we can to help. We have already had some donations which we have been able to forward to Krishna.
Krishna has told us that volunteer helpers in his school are always welcome. Accommodation would be in the school teachers’ (pictured above) dormitory area. Donations of around £10 to cover full board would be very welcome. This may well appeal to gap year students.
Ways you can Help
We already have a group of friends in the Netherlands who are holding fund-raising events and have sent money to us to forward to Krishna. This has been most gratefully received. You may have ideas yourself about how to raise some money for the poor of Nepal, or would like to visit and offer practical help in some way. Please email Stuart at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas and any offers of help.