Wednesday, 7 October 2015

The Boys' Orphanage @ Parapokar-Durrkot

Uma and I took an early morning taxi ride to deliver a big parcel for one of our sponsored  children, Deepok. The name Deepok or Deepak means Light. It is a very popular name for a boy in Nepal.Within my limited circle of acquaintances, I know at least 4 who are named Deepak/Deepok/ Deepesh/Dipesh. I used to think how can I have so much difficulty in remembering a simple name like Deepak? thinking it was me who keep mishearing the pronounciation! Laugh. ......

During my short visit in April (just before the earthquake),  I met  some of  Uma 's volunteers  who  were  interested in KIKN’S work. They came on some home visits  with us, and saw at first hand the dire  home  conditions  the local children  were living in. Some of them then became interested in our work .Denny M was working in the boys Orphanage @ Parapokar. He went on to sponsor Deepok through KIKN. His friend Alex,  also went on to sponsor a child at Parapokar. KIKN has supporters from across the globe, but they are our first sponsors from outside of UK.  They  both live in Hamburg in Germany.

Parapokar is the oldest orphanage established in Kathmandu   by philanthropy.  It has its schools  in its own ground. The boys' quarter was first set up in its original building followed  by  the girls'  much later. They are strictly run as 2 separate entities, with a fence dividing the schools as well.Only male volunteers  are allowed to work in the boys side and similarly for the girls.

During the earthquake, the old buildings on the boys side were badly damaged. It was not habitable. So they had to move lock, stock and barrel to the outskirt of Kathmandu, a remote village called Durrkot. That included the teachers, and all the resident staff. Uma and I saw many  children, but have no idea the number involved.

KIKN sponsor 5 girls from Parapokar.  I was able to meet them and hand over their sponsors' letters/ cards/treats etc to them personally soon after my arrival.Time was marching on. With the petrol crisis, it was impossible for Parapokar staff to bring Deepok to meet me at  Uma's. Having done  the journey,  I appreciate  the difficulty  they have to fund the journey. In the event we took one of their sick boys to a hospital in Kathmandu  on our return journey .

Deepok is a small 11 year old orphan. He is soft spoken, and is self contained.He seems to be a happy child. He was dellighted to see us. It was totally unexpected. His face said it all. Denny sent a big parcel to me before I left UK. There was a football t-shirt,  always a boy's favourite  plus post cards, photos, giant artist chalks and others. It was so touching to see him standing there holding this pile of gifts that  reminded him of their times together in April. He was overwhelmed. We were too.....

Before we left, we asked him ' do you have any message you want us to tell Denny? He lifted his eyes, burning bright  and said softly ' how is he? when is he coming to see me again? '

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