Fifty boys, orphaned in the twin earthquakes that shook Nepal in 2015, now find refuge in a newly constructed hostel in Dhading, Nepal, courtesy of Sewa International.

In his speech on June 3, 2017, at the inauguration of the hostel, Dr. Sree Sreenath, Director, Complex Systems Biology Center and Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and president of Sewa International, USA, said that it indeed takes a village to raise a child, and that the name of the Dhading Hostel — “Amako Maya Chatrawas” should live up to its promise as the “Abode of Mother’s Love”. He said that local children and youth should interact with students at the hostel and become their brothers and sisters. He urged local village mothers to provide “vatsalya” (love and care) to the orphaned children and treat them as their own children. He said that hostel facilities would be utilised for community development activities such as vocational and skill training (tailoring, health and hygiene, etc.) VZTsGpW

Seen in this picture where Dr. Sree Sreenath is addressing the audience are, among others, Bhim Dhungana, the newly elected Mayar of Dhading, who has promised a newly paved road to the hostel — as the current road offers very poor access; Shiv Mishra, Sewa Columbus (Ohio, USA) Coordinator who is originally from Nepal; Shyam Parande, Chief Coordinator, Sewa International, India; Llama Jugdol of the International Buddhist Federation, Nepal Representative, and Chief Guest on the occasion; and Mr. Goel, the Nepal Chatravas Committee Member.

At present, one of the challenges is that the road to the hostel winds through very difficult terrain in the mountains, and the last mile approaching the hostel is extremely difficult to traverse.  The construction of the hostel was challenging because all construction material had to be carried by workers over the ‘last mile’, and since labour in the mountainous terrain is hard to find the construction of the building was time consuming.  Mayar Bhim Dhungana has promised a newly paved road to the hostel.

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Dhading, Nepal, where the “Amako Maya Chatrawas” hostel has been built to accommodate fifty children who were orphaned after the earthquake in 2015.

Nearly five hundred people attended the inauguration, and the local youth had organized events showcasing the talent of youngsters in the village.

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Seen in this picture is the young audience watching the cultural programme organised for the occasion. Nearly 500 local people and dignitaries were present on the occasion.

Sewa International is committed towards the development of Nepal and specially its young generation. This is one of the many steps to ensure our vision of strong and happy Nepal.