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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Asna Child Rehabilitation Home

Asna is the garden of love where flowers of different ages blossom, with this theme of humanity; Asna the Child Rehabilitation Home welcomes you to be a part of this enchanting experience to bring smiles to the face of destitute children who have suffered the consequences of their faith and the long conflict in Nepal.
“ I have come to realize more and more that the greatest disease and the greatest suffering is to be unwanted, unloved, uncared for, to be shunned by everybody, to be just nobody (to no one),” Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997).
As ascribed in the words, we at Asna have sheltered orphans who have been abandoned or are the result of the post conflict where they lack their basic rights of education, health and food. These orphans due to lack proper support are bound to face the consequences; more or less they are left behind with the treachery to rot in the restaurants, hotels and streets.
They are vulnerable and are prune to labor and exploitation. So acclimatizing this, in 2004, RCDP-Nepal established Asna Child Rehabilitation Home (ACRH), an orphanage, in Chitwan. The Home was established to provide food, clothing and shelter to orphaned and homeless children.
The facility from its establishment has tried and successfully provided a loving and caring environment and educated the children where they are also provided with skills training so that one day they can survive on their own in future.
At present, we have 26 orphaned children between the age of 6 and 15. They live in a three storey structure. Asna is currently in need of expansion. There are lots of orphaned children that Asna wants to receive and house within its compound but with the on going constriction of space, Asna searches beyond to see prospect of future and resources.
Theme “Be a smile for a reason donate to bring change in an orphans live and see how beautiful the world is.”

“Asna is the hope of light that shine to bring smiles to the face of destitute children, who have suffered what they didn’t deserve,” Merry Smith U.K
Why support Asna?
Nepal is a developing nation and with in its status of growing population, poverty permeates every corner of the country. Due to the years of civil war and the spread of HIV/AIDS, many children have become orphaned. Many continue to become everyday. There is no state help for the orphaned children. They are left to prey for child labor and exploitation or they’re at the mercy of their relatives and friends.
But most families in Nepal are deprived. They can hardly feed their own children. Helping to maintain others children is beyond the means of most people. The only place to turn to for the orphans is the orphanages. Sadly, most of them are already overcrowded. The orphanages regularly turn away the orphaned children because they don’t have enough space. The ones living in there often live in overcrowded rooms. In some orphanages, the children sleep, study and eat in the same room. To have a small play area is a luxury for most orphanages.
Realizing this fact, RCDP Nepal has been working hard to build orphanages in rural and semi-rural areas. The task isn’t easy where at every step, finding financial resources and the manpower is difficult in Nepal. Still, RCDP-Nepal has initiated an effort and is planning to further expand its network with in the rural areas.
Moreover, In Lamatar, another rural region closer to the capital city of Kathmandu, it has not only built an orphanage but is successfully educating and housing orphaned children.
Come be a part of this life time experience and bring smiles to the faces of children who await your companionship and love to cherish your memories for lifetime.

By Shreedeep Rayamajhi

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