The Life of a Street Child in Boudha


It’s 7:50 am as I head up to the top of my street on my way to work. This is Boudha, Kathmandu, and as I approach the main road there’s a young boy, maybe 8 or 9 years old, with a small burlap bag to his face, eyes rolling back in his head as he inhales intoxicants.  I sigh, but don’t stop this morning.  Instead I think, ‘Maybe today his day will be a bit easier.’

“Street children” can be the focus of many assumptions.  We may see them as victims, thieves, beggars, or addicts, or, more times than not, we choose not to see them at all. Instead, it is easier for us to notice other children who pass us under adult supervision, or in school buses.

Children find their way to the streets in different ways – mostly due to severe poverty in the home, but also abusive family situations, trafficking, or even by choice.  In some cases, the situation they find on the street may be more desirable than life at home.

Wise consideration is needed to help these children – such as a hot meal, a warm coat,  legislation to prevent shop owners from selling inhalants to children,  good role modeling, or a safe place to sleep at night. Our new project, Volunteer Foundation Nepal’s Papa’s Home, receives funding from   C.H.A.N.C.E for Nepal (UK), for food and warm clothing.

Shenpen Street Children aims to help where we can, while maintaining wise, appropriate action.  We invite you to join us in our endeavors by making a donation that will support our work with street children in Boudha, and at Papa’s Home.

By Tracy Joosten

Two young boys enjoying a warm meal of dal bhat for dinner thanks to cooperation of VFN and Shenpen.
The street children of Boudha gather together for a meal on a late summer evening. 
Children's Day at Papa's Home

All across the world Children’s Day is celebrated in many ways, and there is no exception for one of Shenpen’s projects - Volunteer Foundation Nepal, lovingly referred to as Papa’s Home, where this special day for children was celebrated for the 22 children living in this home on September 14, 2013. There were lots of fun and games for these 22 children, including pin the tail on the donkey and a private talent show.

The celebration ended with cake, which seems to be loved by children wherever we go in this world. But the most awaited part of the celebration at Papa’s Home was the prizes- crowns, chocolates, and all kinds of candies. It was special for Anamika Aryal, Shenpen Project Coordinator to be part of this fun, smiling, happy day, and even to be one of the organizers of this fun event!

Mata Tirtha Old Age Home Takes on a New Resident

Tulsi Maya Kachhayapati is 94 years old and has lived at Mata Tirtha Old Age Home for the past 12 years, coming there from her home in Bhaktapur, one of the three ancient cities in the Kathmandu valley. Like many of the other 18 women living at Mata Tirtha, her story is a bit sad, but one with a comfortable ending.
Tulsi Maya was brought to the home by her own relatives, pretending to have found this woman living on the streets, with no one to care for her. As with many elderly in Nepal, Tusli was abandoned by her own family, who were either unable or unwilling to offer her the care she needed. But the good part is that there was a home for her, where she is cared for with daily food and basic medical care as needed. 

Through private funding, Shenpen offers funds to Mata Tritha for daily food, but this funding ends in another month. We would like to continue offering daily food to these women at Mata Tirthar, but need support from people like you. To make a donation to help support these women, click here.

Bring Color and Joy to the Lives of Others!

Shenpen has benefited over 3,000 people and 1,000 dogs in their work in 2012 and 2013 alone. Shenpen depends on donations from people such as yourself that support the projects we monitor in the areas of Health, Education, Street Children, The Elderly, Animals, and Skills Training for women in Nepal. This fall we are highlighting Shenpen Street Children and encourage you to bring color and joy to the lives of street children and other disadvantaged people in Nepal by making a donation to one of our projects.
Rangjung Yeshe Shenpen
PO Box 21277, Kathmandu, Nepal
Telephone: +977(981)3496294

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