In July 2012, Nagarhope acquired 1½ acres of arable farmland in a village 40 minutes’ walk from Nagarkot. Situated in a small rural farming village called Gurung Gaun, this land will serve as Nagarhope’s centre for the years to come. Our initial plan to operate and construct a children’s home in the Nagarkot area is closer to being achieved, but still the mammoth task of design and construction lies ahead. Over the years that follow, we will be working hand in hand with the local community, listening to their needs, as well as working with the Nepali Government, following their directives. Our plan is to house 20 children in this home on a full-time basis and provide for these children through education, a homely atmosphere, extra-curricular activities and voluntary support. Nagarhope Nepal members have had a good insight into both well run and badly run children’s homes in both urban and rural Nepal, and are quite aware of some of the pitfalls that can occur as well as things to avoid. A small volunteer house is to be built adjacent to the home, where volunteers can come and stay, assisting the staff and children as well as having a wonderful opportunity to interact, teach and learn from the children, and gain an invaluable experience themselves.
The actual design and construction of our Home has been years in the planning and thought stage. What to people in this area of the world need? What do they not need? We have always said that we need to cater to the aspirations of the people we deal with on the ground in Nepal. Nagarhope Ireland, as a foreign NGO / Charity, has to be careful not to impose what it sees as the right way to do things. Certain needs are Nepali-centric, certain taboos do not allow for a foreign way of thinking to alter their mind-sets. When in Rome . . .