Since our last update we have been to Nepal with photojournalistic team Fotocause and Khusi Hona advisor Leona Toussaint from South Africa. We went to work with Mamaghar Home in Hetauda, Nepal to install a library and solar voltaic system at the home. We also took the kids out for a fun day, which included a picnic and swimming. Take a moment to check out the photo series by Fotocause here.
We recently finished up a two-week tour of several of our projects in the north of India. We got to spend time with the kids, directors and staff of the organizations we work so hard to support. We had the opportunity to disperse funds for projects ranging from education, food, healthcare and facility development. The journey took us to Delhi, Jaipur, Dehradun, Rishikesh, Varanasi and Mau.
One of the highlights of our time was kicking off the construction of a vocational center in the Mau red light district in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. We were honored to have received funding for this project through our partnership with We-Care.com. You can read more about the experience by founder of Khusi Hona, Matthew van Rooyen through a story series being published in the We-Care blog here.
At the end of July we will be joined by our first full time volunteer staff member, Emily Carroll. Emily will be coming to India to start training as the Khusi Hona volunteer coordinator. Emily has been a volunteer with us since we started and we honored to have her join us full time.
We have received confirmation for our first voluntourism pilot mission that will be happening August 14th to the 29th. We will be taking a small group of American high schoolers, parents and teachers from the Woodstock Day School in Woodstock, N.Y. on a Khusi Hona experience to several of the homes we support as well as a few cultural sites. The exciting news made it all the way to Woodstock Times; you can read the article here.
To date, we have funded over 65 life saving projects at 9 organizations in India and Nepal, impacting over a thousand lives. Our innovative “weekly feature” crowd-funding platform sees 100% of the donations go directly from the donor to those who need it most. We strive to continue this model daily, but we can’t do it without your ongoing support. Thank you to all our partners and to our donors for funding all these projects. Please be sure to check out our current “weekly feature” and see how you can directly impact the life of a child today.
People often ask us “how can we get involved?” There are several ways – you can volunteer, start a school chapter or club, spread the word on social media or hold an event and of course by donating to support our cause to help build awareness about and raise funds for orphans and abandoned children across Southern Asia. A BIG thank you to all of our supporters, volunteers, ambassadors and partners – we couldn’t make all this impact without you!