Morgan’s Diary – April 11, 2018
We have made it back to Kathmandu safe and sound! Seeing all of the children again feels like greeting families members you haven’t seen in awhile. Saying goodbye to all of the kids today was an easier process than before. It feels like routine to say hello and goodbye now.
This trip to Home of Hope has been like none other before. I had no major things to build this time, but rather checking up on everything around Home of Hope and of course all of the children. My time at Home of Hope was spent fixing, cleaning, repairing or giving suggestions on how to improve different methods.
I felt content being at Home of Hope and seeing all of the past projects such as the greenhouse, chicken house, installation of the fridge, washing machine and solar water tank running as they should. All of our hard work and generous help from previous volunteers has paid off by seeing these children benefit in their everyday lives.
They collect fresh vegetables from the greenhouse for their meals. They gather eggs from the chicken house to eat, they save left over food in the fridge. When their clothes are dirty they put in the washing machine, and now they are able to take hot showers in the remote village of Ratankot. I feel as though this trip has made me realize that Home of Hope is a fully functioning machine. Everyone and everything at Home of Hope acts as a part of the machine, each working together in harmony.
I can see that Home of Hope has positively impacted our kids, by seeing how much they’ve grown since November, some children have grown 4 cm! Others have more confidence, walk a little taller and hold their heads high. They have a presence about them like they are important, safe and they know that they can achieve anything they put their minds to. Seeing Preeti and Binita come running home to announce their new positions in school made me so happy for them, because I’ve never seen them so proud of themselves. These values in our Home of Hope children is not something that has been taught to them, it is because of their environment.
It was great to be apart of passing along the great fortune that Home of Hope has to the school children of Ratankot. I was able to be apart of Martin Lundstedt’s technical workshop and watch the children learn valuable skills in wood working and sewing that will benefit them in their future lives. They told me they had fun at the workshop and I could see the girls gain confidence in wood working when given the opportunity to participate.
Providing the school children with lunch was a strong moment. To see the kids who are malnourished and underfed be able to eat and leave with full bellies is an experience unlike any other. Our Home of Hope children, and the children of Ratankot are the future of tomorrow, and it has been humbling during this trip to see them strive, progress, grow, and use the tools and education they’ve been given in a positive way.