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Newsletters 2020

Leiden 24-12-2020

Good friends of the Nepal Sammaan foundation,

The situation in Nepal is unclear and partly because of this worrisome. The most recent announcements to date (December 21st) do not give a hopeful picture of the government's approach to Corona. Lower than expected numbers of infections and deaths are reported. However, given the vastness of the country and lack of good communication from some regions, the figures reported do not accurately reflect the real problem. For example, there are no reports about how many people have died due to a lack of food (due to lost income).

The statisics mainly apply to the densely populated parts of the country. There is testing, but that does not give a correct picture either. A test must be paid for, except by health care workers, security guards and poor people; so most people are very likely not to be tested.

In Nepal, the government is also of the opinion that the virus will disappear again. It is recommended to drink turmeric water (turmeric, koenjit, kurkuma, an herb that has been credited with antiseptic properties). The government ignores the information from experts, is the complaint of one of the doctors. For example, there is needless suffering because of the irresponsible attitude of those in power.

The information from Kapilvastu, the region we focus on, is that it is very difficult for the poorest to obtain food due to the loss of their daily income. People have to rely on family and friends who are slightly better off.

The construction of the school in Kotigram has been delayed a lot. It should be ready in March 2020, then October 2020. Now it is time to paint, so the project is almost ready. The Foundation is already making plans for the next project.

We want to build a classroom for 16 girls and 6 boys, who are currently being taught in a small space in a private house. There is a trained teacher, she is paid by the Government. A "Management Committee" has been elected by the parents. In this case, too, there is space to build on a walled site, eliminating the cost of a wall around the school. Furthermore, all dimensions and facilities are the same as all previously built schools/classrooms.

Nepal Sammaan Foundation has entered into a cooperation agreement with the Wilde Ganzen Foundation. They supplement the amounts donated by Nepal Sammaan. For the Kotigram project this resulted in a contribution of 2500, - euro, which means that this project is also fully financed.

The Medical Fund

The application to the Wish Fund of Rabobank Leiden/Katwijk yielded a more modest amount this year than in previous years. Although we came up with a nice and meaningful plan for better healthcare in the Kapilvastu region, it has to be shelved.

This year, the Rabobank Wish Fund has supported small amateur sports clubs in its own region more than before. The Corona situation put many of these groups in financial trouble and it goes without saying that the bank gave priority to these clubs.

But every amount is a helping hand, thanks to Rabobank Leiden/Katwijk.

Many thanks to all good donors over the past year.

Happy holidays and a prosperous 2021 to all.


Annette Donker

Leiden 5-10-2020

Good friends of the Nepal Sammaan foundation,

The last news item was in May when the lockdown still dominated life in Nepal. This lasted from March 24 to June 21. Subsequently, public transport was limited and restaurants were open to a limited extent. As a result, many people from India came to the Kathmandu valley and thus causing a resurgence of the infection. In the May newsletter I already reported the disastrous consequences, especially for the poorest people who depend on a daily income. Rumor has it that there have been many suicides among the poorest part of the population.

Today I find the most recent figures in the Nepalese media, the count on October 3rd is 82,450 infections, 520 deaths and 60,696 patients recovered. But given the state of the population survey, especially in the far west and in the mountainous areas, it is not unlikely that these numbers will be slightly inaccurate.

If we add to this miserable situation the annual landslides and fatal mudslides caused by the monsoon rains, it is a pretty desperate and hopeless situation for many Nepalese.

The government wants to allow tourism to some extent again from September, flights from a limited number of countries with a small number of Nepalese and tourists will be allowed on board. October is the most important holiday month of the year, when there is a large migration because everyone wants to be with family. To what extent that will be allowed, that is still the question. There is, however, a clash of interests between the Government and Religious leaders. The latter group fears that the Gods will punish if ancient rituals are not performed. Precisely Dashain, the great harvest festival where the Goddess Durga is worshiped and Tihar (Deepawali) the festival of light culminating on the fifth day 'Bhai Tika', where a sister blesses her brother(s) by putting a tika on the forehead. Expressions are important for the well-being of the believers if they adhere to the prescribed rituals.

Moving from the general situation in Nepal, to the status of the foundation now.

The Kotigram school, the last project I wrote about in the May letter, has been shut down for a long time, then some activity again and the work stopped again because of the lockdown in Kapilvastu. The intention was to open it in October, but it will come as no surprise that that was also not achieved. The work is not finished yet. However, the Wilde Ganzen foundation with whom I contacted in early 2020 has promised a contribution of 2,500 euros.

More news from the Medical Fund.

I received two stories about support for a medical problem that has been provisionally resolved with the help of the Health Fund.

Shivam Kewat 6 years old, was confined to bed due to respiratory problems. The parents sought help in a local clinic, but it was without any effect. When their financial capabilities were bottomed out and there was no money left for food and transportation, they turned to SSDO for support. With the help of SSDO, he was transported to Anand Lak Hospital in Gorakhpur India. He turned out to have lung problems and slowly with the right medications, he recovered somewhat. More medical help will be needed in the future, but the father, Nandlal Kewat, is very grateful to SSDO for the 10,000 rps they supported him with. The municipality has also promised to make a sum of money available for further treatment.

The following story is about Lalti Bhar a very poor woman who struggled to feed her family of 7 people on a daily basis. Then the moment came when she had to marry off her daughter and borrowed a large amount from the Cooperative, an amount that she unfortunately could not repay.

The only outcome she saw in this black situation was to end her life with poison.

The family did not have a rupee to take her to a hospital. SSDO therefore jumped in and after 7 days of being treated in hospital she was able to return to her family. SSDO now supports her with emotional and mental assistance and help in finding work for income security. They are very grateful to SSDO, said the relieved husband, Narayan Bhar.

The Nepal Sammaan foundation was once again enabled to submit a project for the Medical Fund to Het Wensenfonds Rabobank Katwijk-Leiden. That has become an extensive wish list that I received from SSDO. Very well substantiated. Basically, they want to start medical posts in the region so that a diagnosis can be made locally and then, if necessary, receive treatment at a larger hospital in the nearest city. This avoids spending money on travel and accommodation costs for a survey that can also be done locally.

The target groups are:

  • Pregnant women or women with internal sexual disorders.
  • Children with malnutrition and related diseases.
  • Seniors with eye problems, heart disease, rheumatism and cancer, stomach problems.

In consultation with the Municipality it is possible to realize the use of a space in a Public School as a Medical Post; attract good doctors and, in consultation with the hospital to which they are affiliated, regularly fill the posts for certain days.

To financially support the patients referred to the hospital.

Each case is documented.

In short, this is SSDO's plan to guarantee more good care for the population of Kapilvastu. The management and coordination, the administration of the funds will be done by the board of SSDO. A detailed overview of the expenditures will be sent to the donor organization.

Kind regards,

Annette Donker

Leiden 30-4-2020

Good friends of the Nepal Sammaan foundation,

Let me start with what keeps us all busy and what affects many lives, be it health or social. The virus that controls our thinking and daily life. Measures have also been taken in Nepal, a total 'lockdown'.

Officially there are only 16 infections in Nepal. But there is hardly any testing because no material is available. Another factor is that outside the few large residential centers such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, there are hardly any medical facilities that can act adequately. The poverty and lack of doctors or trained medical staff make it difficult to get a clear picture in this vast country. The hospitals lack everything that is necessary right now, protective clothing, respiratory equipment, ICU departments with trained personnel.

The economic damage is disastrous due to the disappearance of tourism, especially for the poorest of the poor who, at the bottom of the ladder, did get a piece of the crop as a carrier, for example. Many victims will fall into this group, if it is not due to the virus, or because of malnutrition or even outright hunger. A day laborer who is out of work for one or more days cannot feed his family.

We can only hope that at the end of April life will regain its old form, although the influx of tourists will not continue for a while. Last year there were more than a million visitors, and tourism was and is virtually the only source of income in this poor country.

New project

The latest project, the next ECD center (Early Childhood Development), is the Kotigram project. A classroom on the site of an existing Primary School, so that there are no costs for land purchase. And the transfer to further education will also be very easy. Here, 17 boys and 14 girls will receive pre-primary education from a trained pre-school teacher. It is paid by the Government. The location is 8 km south-east of Taulihawa, the regional center.

Medical fund

Two patients have now been helped with money from the Medical Fund. A 53-year-old man, Ramshankar Khatie, who has suffered from kidney failure for a long time. Working on his land took more and more effort and he took out a loan that he could not repay. That meant that he had to sell his land and 4-room house. Despite many requests, he received no financial support anywhere. Until he came into contact with SSDO (our local partner). He received 10,000 rps (approx. 80 euros), which he can use to currently alleviate the emergency. Every week he gets dialysis 3 days a week in the nearest big city of Butwal. Dialysis is free for people with insufficient financial resources, but he must pay for transport to the hospital and meals. That is why the contribution of SSDO / Nepal Sammaan is needed.

Then there is the case of Soluchani, a girl of about 10 years old. She broke her hand in an unfortunate way and the family could not find money, either from family or from friends, to have her hand treated professionally. She was afraid, she said, that she would have to go through life as deficient. But this family also came into contact with the SSDO and was supported by the Medical Fund of the Nepal Sammaan foundation. Costs 5000 rps (approx. 40 euros).

In particular, the Medical Fund will be called upon to address the worst need of the poorest as soon as the lockdown is lifted. Especially the most vulnerable and weakest will need to be helped to gain strength. That is why donations for this part of the Nepal Sammaan foundation, the Medical Fund, are very welcome.

If you want to know how the selection procedure is to qualify for financial support, see the website www.nepalsammaan.nl under the heading "Medical Fund".

Thank you very much for your attention and contributions,


Annette Donker

Newsletters 2019

Leiden 29-11-2019

Good friends of the Nepal Sammaan foundation,

Tuesday, November 26, during a well-organized meeting of the Rabobank Wensenfonds, many foundations and associations were provided with funds to support their objectives.

Nepal Sammaan Foundation was delighted. 4000 euros were allocated to the Health Fund. Money with which opportunities can be developed to be able to offer better pregnancy before and after care and infant care to the poorest.

Festive opening - Durga school

The Durga school. The festive opening of the last project.

The construction took longer than usual due to bad weather conditions last fall. And given the flight prices, October was also a good month for my personal finances to travel.

The children of the Durga school unpack the presents and enjoy the treat.

In addition to the visit to the Durga school, we also visited two previously built schools. Ram Dulare, our first project and the Gauri school from 2015 where a wall has now been erected to protect the building.

We, Parshuram of the local NGO and I at the time, went on a motorbike to the Ram Dulare project, a journey on paths that had no more than a wheel width. At the river we had to cross, the engine was put on some boards and sailed over. While Parshuram and I waded through the water to our knees. A journey that then took about three hours. Now we were driving in a 4x4 on wider roads, although full of holes and lumps, and were on the spot in an hour.

The building of Ram Dulare looked well maintained, a new paint and in addition the problems with the pump were solved. The welcome was warm.

The reception at the Gauri school was very warm. The kindergarten teacher had dressed beautifully and showed us her efforts in the form of home-made dolls and games.

Een 'selfie' met Sarita, de kleuterleidster en ondergetekende

I found it very special to see Sarita again, at the time a young girl who then had the courage to speak at the opening about the importance of educating young children. Her intelligence was striking and I was very sorry to realize that this girl would not continue learning. Her father would not allow it. But she was also present and because Parshuram had spoken to her father in depth, she was now studying at a college in Taulihawa. She cycled back and forth to the town every day, twice a one and a half hour trip. To be at the reception this day, she had skipped her lessons. The next step in her development, she said, will be the University.

Very moving.

The kindergarten teacher of the Gauri ECD

The Kotigram Project

The newest kindergarten, Kotigram, is being built on the site of the existing Primary School, so there are no costs for acquiring land. Construction has already started. The classroom will soon accommodate 17 boys and 14 girls.

In early 2019, in addition to the ECD projects, a Health Fund was set up at the Nepal Sammaan foundation. I already wrote about that in the August issue. On the website www.nepalsammaan.nl under the heading Health Fund you can see how it is set up and how the selection takes place.

Now I met Ram Kishor Mauryia, five years old.

His body does not produce enough red blood cells, which is why he receives a blood transfusion every two months until he is old enough, around the age of sixteen, to undergo a bone marrow transplant. His older brother has already registered as a donor when the time comes.

How to discover the patients in this poor area. The local NGO, led by Parshuram, set up Radio Kapilvastu with volunteers years ago. Communities in all corners of Kapilvastu could follow the broadcasts with their small transistor radios. Craftsmen from Kathmandu came to initiate the volunteers. Now they are trained and paid employees.

As soon as Foundation Nepal Sammaan had set up the Health Fund, radio reporters went into the country and knocked everywhere on the doors to discover serious patients. There are many cancer patients who after diagnosis are without any medical supervision due to lack of funds.

Untreated stomach ulcers, kidney stones, broken limbs, in short, the list is long. And on one of their journeys, they also met Ram Kishor who was glued to bed and hardly participated in life around him.

With the help of our fund, he was examined at the Kanti Childrens Hospital in Kathmandu and diagnosed. Now he has already received some blood transfusions. The importance of the Fund is clear and expansion of the financial possibilities too. The Nepal Sammaan foundation will do everything it can to impressively expand this fund.

Have a good December month!


Annette Donker

Leiden 14-8-2019

Good friends of the Nepal Sammaan foundation,

In the spring report I stated that thanks to the wish fund from Rabobank Leiden / Katwijk an amount was received to start a 'Health Fund'. The intention is to pay for medical treatments and / or medicines for people who cannot afford it themselves. In the meantime, 4,500 euros (556,465 rupees) have been deposited in the fund and so far three people have been helped from that fund.

  • a mother of a young family who ended up in hospital after an improperly treated miscarriage due to a septic shock, a serious condition that would result in untreated death. She can now take care of her family healthily and well. Cost 10,000 rps is 80 euros.
  • A man with typhoid fever, cost 20,000 rps is 160 euros
  • The broken hand of a young boy is treated professionally, so he will not go through life with a deformed hand, cost 10,000 rps is 80 euros.

The selection of patients who submit a request is as follows:

  • Local government, SSDO board, Health Support committee, health facilities involved in the program implementation. The committee makes decision on the basis of doctor's prescription, local government recommendation letter, and request letter of the patients. So all the documents will be sufficient to clarify reality of the patients.
  • Committee use to supervise the economic status, may discuss with the doctors so I hope there will be no more issues or check and balance.
  • SSDO itself is good and transparent organization having its financial and administration policies so SSDO board will have full responsibilities to make check and balance.

The local organization with which the Nepal Sammaan foundation cooperates is SSDO, Sunshine Social Development Organization. For more information, see their Organizational chart.

Our project, the construction of the Balram ECD, has been taken over by the Nepalese Government. Occasionally the government takes its responsibility and builds a classroom or school in a poor area. Another project was sought by SSDO and it is not difficult to find a place for a project in this area.

The next Nepal Sammaan project will be the construction of a kindergarten, the Kotigram ECD (Early Childhood Development) in Gothihawa village 8 km south-east of Taulihawa. The toddlers are now sitting outside in the open air for lessons and in bad weather, people move to a private house. There is a trained teacher who is paid by the government. The group consists of 17 boys and 14 girls. Every year between 30 and 40 children are expected to be able to teach in this ECD. The foundation will be laid on October 30 a.s. and the work will start on November 1. It is hoped that this building will be completed by the end of March 2020.

There is still a gap in the budget, I will make every effort to find beneficiaries to resolve this.

Mid-October I will be leaving for Nepal again and will certainly be able to make a positive report as a result of my visit.


Annette M. Donker

Nepal Sammaan Foundation

P.S. for spontaneous donations here the bank details; NL 46 RABO 0147 9418 81 in the name of the Nepal Sammaan Foundation

Leiden 30-4-2019

Good friends of the Nepal Sammaan foundation,

The foundation's website is under reconstruction. The data from the annual reports are already immediately visible, an important aspect for the clarity of the finances.

The most recent project, the Durga kindergarten, is nearing completion. But my next trip will take place in October. There is now a new leg for the foundation. Thanks to Rabobank's wish fund, the foundation received EUR 2,500 that we intended to use to launch a long-held wish of the local NGO, a 'health fund'. It is a modest start.

The intention is to give those who do not have the financial scope for this themselves the opportunity to seek medical help. Either money for a medicine or support for an examination and treatment in a good hospital in the capital.

It is set up as follows:

Account holder: Sunshine Social Development Organization (SSDO) Kapilvastu
Signature holder: Mr. Tulsi Ram Yadav - Chairperson
                  Mr. Krishna Kumar Shrestha _ Executive Director

Health Fund mobilization committee
Mr. Parshuram Yadav - Coordinator
Mr. Tulsi Ram Yadav - Chairperson (member in the team)
Mrs. Geeta Kewat - Executive member (team member)

The team will have a full right to make a decision for better work. I will be involved in all reporting and overall coordination for it.

As I am used to from SSDO, it looks solid.

I wish you all a good summer.


Annette M. Donker

Leiden 1-1-2019

Good friends from the foundation Nepal Sammaan,

A new year, 2019! I wish you all a very good and healthy year.

And again there is a kindergarten (Durga ECD center) in the scaffolding. Due to the weather conditions, it took some time before the construction could be started, but now the construction is gaining momentum. In June, I officially opened the Janchetna school, the previous project. Also, I inspected the site for the construction of the Durga kindergarten. In Nepal, the seasons determine construction possibilities . . . so we had to wait until the Monsoon was finished. After which, the work was stopped because of the festival month of October. Now it is being tackled at a rapid pace.

This photo dates from a month ago and you can see some other buildings in the background. An area of land was still available on the site of an existing Primary school. It meant that there were no additional costs for purchasing the land.

I received this photo today as a kind of New Year's gift. It is clearly visible that hard work is being done.

Two previously built rooms need maintenance now, i.e. they have to be re-painted. The climate in Nepal quickly affects exterior paint and we want everything to look good. Every five years it has to be repainted if we want to keep the building looking like new. Financially this is all possible because I reserved money for this from the donations.

Thank you very much for your support and I hope to be able to count on you for the much-needed contributions in the coming year.

With best regards,

Annette Donker

For spontaneous contributions:

NL46 RABO 0147 9418 81

in the name of Nepal Sammaan Foundation

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Newsletters 2018

Leiden, 7-9-2018

Good friends of Foundation Nepal Sammaan,

A short news report from the foundation.

Last June/July I visited our youngest project in the Terai, the southwest of Nepal. The Janchetna ECD (Early Childhood Development) has been festively opened and is being used. Unlike the previous projects, the usual painting on the interior walls is missing; instead, interchangable information panels are used as decoration.

Pen and paper and a child are entertained!

A new project is now being started, the Durga ECD room. This classroom will be part of an already existing Primary school on a spacious site, about 300 meters from the village. This Primary school is financed by the government, but unfortunately there is only one official teacher and the school is mainly based on volunteers. But that is always better than no school. The ECD building is completely separate from the other two rooms and has sufficient space. Incidentally, the nursery class has its own paid, trained teacher. The same teacher that these children had already for years under the trees of the village, when the weather allowed.

Old and young involved in the festive event, the opening of Janchetna ECD.

The first two offices that have been built by Nepal Sammaan (Ram Dulare ECD and the Gauri room) have been in use for some years now and require maintenance. At Ram Dulare, the pump must be repaired and the outside walls painted. The Gauri local must also be painted. The climate of Nepal is not very conducive to a long life of painting.

Furthermore, it was decided to build a wall around this room. At first it seemed unnecessary because the school is located in the middle of the village. But in practice, uncontrolled cattle and also delinquent youths caused quite a lot of unnecessary damage. A protective wall and cordoning off the grounds with a fence can solve this problem.

But all the work, the construction of the new school and the aforementioned painting, have to wait until the monsoon is finished.


Annette Donker.

Leiden, 24-5-2018

Good friends and interested people from the Nepal Sammaan Foundation,

A short but positive summer message. In mid-June I will leave for Nepal for the festive opening of the Janchetna school. Maybe you still remember a large number of children packed up in a paintless box. From now on, their new home is ready to receive them in a cheerfully painted classroom.

Thanks to the Imelda Nolet Foundation we can start a next project. The Durga kindergarten room. Now the toddlers get lessons in the open air under the trees, depending on the weather.

Thanks to all private donors, we have built up a good reserve. During my stay I will check the first two schools for defects that have arisen. If there are repairs to be done, the outside must be repainted. Is there enough teaching material? Then, thanks to you, the foundation has the financial possibilities for that.

I wish everyone a good summer.


Annette Donker

Leiden 29-3-2018

Good friends of the foundation Nepal Sammaan,

The ECD center Janchetna is nearing completion. The expectation is to deliver the end of April for use. Maybe you remember the photo taken during my visit last year of several children packed up in a paintless box. This school is intended for them.

In mid-June I will leave for Nepal for the festive opening.

Of course there is again a short report with photos.


Annette Donker

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Newsletters 2017

Leiden 10-12-2017

Good friends of the foundation Nepal Sammaan,

Good news from Nepal. The construction of the fourth kindergarten classroom is in full swing. Maybe you can still remember the photo of about 20 children crammed together in a space of about two by three meters? The community itself has saved years to buy land to build a real kindergarten. Now they can follow the developments of the construction on a daily basis.

It took a long time before the construction could begin. Because of the heavy rainfall that plagued Nepal in the late summer, building was impossible. Then in October the great religious holiday month. And the attached photos show that the work has continued over the past month.

I therefore expect to be able to open this new building in March or April.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this success.

We wish all good end of year celebrations and a good and prosperous 2018.


Annette Donker

Leiden 21-3-2017

Good friends of the Nepal Sammaan Foundation,

It has been a month since I returned from a stay in Nepal, of which one week in the Terai, Kapilvastu. Time to inform you all about my experience.

There was a warm welcome in the village of Banskhor, where the Janki locale was built according to the usual and official sizes of approximately 6 meters by 7 meters, with toilet and water pump. As we are slowly growing to expect, the school is beautifully painted inside and out; it's very pleasing to the eye.

The opening of a school is always a celebration. Everybody is wearing their most beautiful clothes. Everyone gets a small cup of fresh water and a little cookie to increase the excitement.

I speak of remote vlogillages but that's actually relative. The correct word is unreachable. If there was a better road to reach such a village then it would not be so remote at all. Then it would be, perhaps, just ten minutes from the main paved road, instead of a multiple of that. In addition to the financial consequences for the government, I say cautiously, the monsoon does not do much good to the small and narrow roads.

A subsequent project was found soon. A teacher pointed us to a community where the parents took the initiative themselves 10 years ago to teach the children. One of the residents offered a corner of his house and the well-trained kindergarten teacher was paid by the government. But the corner is certainly not cheerful, two by three meters for a limited number of children while there is no room for the rest of the children in this village.

So we commence another search for the necessary finances. Around 15,000 euros are needed. I am confident and convinced that this school - the fourth one! - will be ready to show off next year.

The picture speaks volumes, so I do not need to add a word explanation.

The weather conditions in this subtropical part of Nepal - much sun and an invasive wet period - quickly affect the paint of buildings. Therefore, the first school which was built will soon need to be painted.

Thank you for all your involvement and donations. Every amount helps.


Annette M. Donker

Leiden 9-1-2017

Good friends of the foundation Nepal Sammaan,

My sincere regards and best wishes for a healthy and happy 2017.

The Janki Project, a kindergarten in the village of Banshkor, 8 km southwest of Taulihawa, center of the district Kapilvastu, southwest Nepal, has been finished. It's the familiar story, toddlers sitting under the trees to follow daily education. Education is not even possible in various weather conditions. Too hot, too cold and too wet are the obstacles to the progress of education.

The cost of construction of this school totaled EUR 15,000.

Thanks to an unrestricted gift, construction could begin in the early summer of 2016 and in the last two weeks of February I go to Nepal to attend the grand opening.

Of course, I will report back about all of this. A good intention for this coming year to try to get together a sum for a fourth local nursery school in a village where the children hope for shelter for their daily lessons. Again, I hope I can count on your support.

Every little bit helps; so any amount is welcome.

Cordial greetings,

Annette M. Donker

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Newsletters 2016

Leiden, 25-06-2016

The Janki project.

Construction of another kindergarten has started. The pictures show a "puja" prayer service prior to the laying of the building's foundation. An important moment in the Hindu community.

The school's full name is Janki Early Childhood Development Centre, a long and hard to pronounce name, abbreviated to Janki ECD Centre. The kindergarten is located in a village called Banshkor and like the previous projects, this project is also in Kapilvastu, southwest Nepal. Here, too, he need for a school was great, as the children sat outdoors; too hot in warm weather; too cold in the cold months; and too wet in the monsoon.

Banshkor has about 200 households. The number of children for the class is 35, average number in most villages of this size. 17 boys and 18 girls from 3 years receive thier Primary Education in Nepali because that is the language of instruction in secondary education. Their mother tongue Awadhi is inadequate. The building is one classroom with the standard dimensions as prescribed by the Government in feet, which is converted 5:50 meters at nearly 7 meters. A bathroom is adjacent to the back of the building and there is a pump for clean drinking water.

Furthermore, the budget was earmarked for a carpet, cushions to sit on, some learning tools and toys. The property will be fenced in. The land for the project was donated by the VDC Village Development Committee and is registered with the Central Government in Kathmandu as the property of the school.

Our sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who has contributed to the creation of this building. If this school is taken into use at the end of the year, we are going to look forweard to the next project. The projects are not that hard, everywhere you have children in the open class, be it at kindergarten level or primary school for children aged six to twelve years.

There remains alot of work to be done and specifically the search for additional funding.

Kind regards,

Annette M. Donker

Nepal Sammaan Foundation

Updates of ECD Building

Leiden, 23-06-2016

Good friends and followers of the Nepal Sammaan Foundation,

A summer message: meaning a sunny message. Two months ago, we received the news that the funding came through for the the construction costs for the third ECD (Early Childhood Development) Centre, the Janki kindergarten.

The time has come, construction has started. The pictures show the laying of the foundation, which is accompanied by a religious gathering (a puja, prayer service).

Construction will take several months, depending on the monsoon. If the rains are too intense, then the construction will be delayed. But it is almost certain that the school will be ready for use at the end of the year. I will definitely inform you all again.

In the meantime, thank you for all the contribubtions and support we received.

Kind regards,

Annette Donker

Nepal Sammaan Foundation

Dear friends and acquaintances,

It has been some months ago now that Nepal was severely affected by a series of earthquakes.

My request for donations in order to give some relief, received response in the form of 2700 €.

Thanks to all generous donors!

What was done with the money so far:

It was my wish that children should be able to go back to school on a daily basis.

For 250 children the local foundation Friends of Sankhu (since 1991 a relief organization in the Sankhu area) purchased schoolbags, stationary and writing materials.

The schoolbuilding in the picture is still standing but on the inside many repairs had to be carried out in order to be able to recommence school-sessions.

The children who were beneficiary to this program came from those families who had lost everything; who are still living in a tent or under tarpaulin and have not been able to restore their houses yet.

With their daily school-program the children not only receive education but also a sense of normalcy, of daily routine is slowly being restored.

Thank you again.

Foundation Nepal Sammaan gladly gave its support to Attie and Willem de Jong's (from Dordrecht) fund drive.

Together with their friends and acquaintances they sent enough money to Nepal, so that an entire village of 160 families could be provided with 25 kilos of rice per family. Rice stocks had become unusable through rubble and mud; and the next harvest is still months away.

Hunger and distress aleviated again for a group of people.

Fantastic result.

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Newsletters 2015


Following the disasters that hit Nepal, a severe earthquake twice within a short period of time, a campaign has been started by a foundation. Resulting in just over 2000 euros collected.

Of which 1200,- has already been transferred, of course, to the foundation Friends of Sankhu in Sankhu.

1200 euros is the equivalent of 156,000 Nepalese rupees over—a sum that can allow many children can attend daily lessons again, albeit in a tent.

The website address of the Friends of Sankhu is www.facebook.com/friendssankhu/

For many years this local foundation, co-founded by a Nepalese anthropologist who received his doctorate in Leiden, been active in their immediate environment and also now in the hardest hit part, Sindhupalchowk.

It is the intention and our wish that this money is spent on the restoration of daily education, purchasing chalkboards, textbooks, notebooks and writing pads and, if possible, cushions to sit on.

Once we get an accounting of the this money has been spent, it will be published here.

Many thanks to all those who gave generously.


Annette Donker

Dear friends and acquaintances of the the foundation,

By now, everyone knows the news of what happened in Nepal. A major disaster. In addition to the loss of many lives and the grieving families, there is also the loss of cultural heritage. The tourist attraction, upon which the weak economy just about subsided, for lack of trade.

What is in store for Nepal? No one can envisage that yet.

In the region Kapilvastu, there is little or no destruction or loss of life. That means that our project has survived this disaster. I believe that it is correct to continue forward in the established manner: building for a strong, future generation by continuing to provide educational opportunities.

Hopefully I can continue to count on all of you.

Best regards,

Annette Donker

The completed construction of the school in the village of Gauri

Posted by adonker on Sunday, 1 February 2015.

Dear readers,

Last December, I went back to Nepal for the festive opening of the kindergarten in Gauri, a village about ten kilometers from Taulihawa (the local municipality). That does not sound far, as the crow flies, but over bad roads it takes a lot of time to get there. The welcome was heartwarming as usual: just about the entire village population met us and escorted us (three members of the Nepalese Organization SSDO and myself) to the school building in the middle of the village.

The school is a very spacious building and with a good toilet and a water pump on-site for clean drinking water. The kindergarten teacher was very pleased with the accommodations. She stressed that the work now would be so much nicer than in the open air (should the weather permit teaching). We handed the kids a metal box full of toys, so that not only the roof over the head was an improvement, but also the possibility to keep busy. With, among other things, dolls, toy cars and plastic parts to be fitted together.

For the festive event, tea was distributed for everyone and the children received biscuits. Another project to look back on with satisfaction. A thirteen year old girl from this village, who spoke English very well and gladly talked with me, told me that a Primary School was nearby (only 2 kilometers away from the village). Years ago, UNICEF built a primary school at a strategic location between the various villages on a junction of roads, so that the youth from the area never more than 2 to 3 kilometers have to walk for a good education. The children of the school Gauri can effortlessly transition to Primary Education.

Incidentally, on my way back to the airport (50 kilometers away) I saw a field with at least ten circles of students and the teacher in the middle. There is still plenty to do to get more children under roof for their daily lessons!

Many thanks to all who donated to this project to bring it to a successful conclusion.

Kind regards,

Annette Donker

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