Orphanage in Kathmandu needs donation during covid-19 pandemic

SCIF Nepal – A small orphanage in Kathmandu in needs of donation to survive the covid-19 pandemic.

Since 24 March 2020, Nepal is under covid-19 pandemic lockdown. SCIF Nepal – a small orphanage in Kathmandu is not allowing any volunteers / visitors to visit them to avoid covid-19 on the children.

Their main donors Serlyn Lee, Kathmandu Garden House, Eyes on Nepal and Nice Tour Bali are facing financial stress to support the orphanage since March 2020. They wont be able to afford the SCIF house expenses until their travel businesses back to normal.

SCIF Nepal monthly expenses is from 150000 NPR to 250000 NPR (USD 1255 to USD 1680).

Their main expenses is on the house rent which is at 60000 NPR (USD 505) and Food Expenses 80000 NPR (USD 670). Other expenses such as water bill, internet bill, electricity bill, school & stationery fees, medical fees etc, will add on to another 20 000 NPR(USD 165) to 50 0000 NPR (USD 413) per month.

Please visit thier website for donation link in PayPal or you can contact +9779861304486 to donate any amount to thier Esewa (ID =9861304486) or bank account locally.

Website: www.volunteerwork.com

Account name: Supporting Children Initiative Foundation MBI Nepal
Account number: 0141502880524001
Bank Name: Nic Asia
Bank address : Tripureswar Branch Kathmandu
Swift code: NICENPKA

Or,

Account name : Basanta Nepali
Account number: 8507010001883
Swift code: GLBBNPKA
Bank name : Global IME Bank (Nakkhu Branch)

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Today, our lunch is Wai Wai instant noodles with onion and fresh vegetables from our garden. We note that instant noodle is bad for health, however, we are giving it to kids only once in a blue moon. We are not providing it often. Kids love it for sure. To make it healthier, and we add onions and vegetables for better taste and nutrition. Per pack of wai wai instant noodles = 20 rp. For 15 person, we cooked 15 packs. 15 packs x 20 rp = 300 npr (USD 2.60). We are using our limited funds carefully. We are running short on cash for maintaining the children's needs by the day. We will keep you all updated on the house activities and expenses. We seek help and support in any way to fulfill these children's basic needs. Any amount would be very generous and helpful for us. Please visit our website for donation link in PayPal or you can directly contact us on +9779861304486 to donate any amount to our Esewa (ID =9861304486) or bank account locally. Account name: Supporting Children Initiative Foundation MBI Nepal Account number: 0141502880524001 Bank Name: Nic Asia Bank address : Tripureswar Branch Kathmandu Swift code: NICENPKA Or, Account name : Basanta Nepali Account number: 8507010001883 Swift code: GLBBNPKA Bank name : Global IME Bank (Nakkhu Branch) #donationneeded #helpneeded #volunteeringisfun #volunteerwork #nepalnow #kathmandunow #orphanageinkathmandu #orphanage #lunch #dailylunch #nepalifood #nepalnow #nownepal #nepaliculture #kids #orphan #volunteer #causes #donate #change #activism #nonprofit #dogood #charity #fundraising #philanthropy #SocialGood #updates #donors

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Lunch time = Rice + pumpkin + vegetable + dhal + pickles. The boys are preparing the lunch today. It was another typical Nepalese lunch we are having. For todays lunch, the house spent 1200Npr (Usd10) In average it costs us 900Npr to 1500Npr for every lunch. For a month, we will need around USD 10 x 30 days = USD300. The pandemic has been a devastating blow and we are running short on cash for maintaining the children's needs by the day. We seek help and support in any way to fulfill these children's basic needs. Any amount would be very generous and helpful for us. If you wish to help, please visit our website for donation link in PayPal or you can directly contact us on +9779861304486 to donate any amount to our Esewa id (9861304486) or bank account locally. Website: www.volunteerworknepal.com Account name: Supporting Children Initiative Foundation MBI Nepal Account number: 0141502880524001 Bank Name: Nic Asia Bank address : Tripureswar Branch Kathmandu Swift code: NICENPKA Or, Account name : Basanta Nepali Account number: 8507010001883 Swift code: GLBBNPKA Bank name : Global IME Bank (Nakkhu Branch) Every single dollar helps. We are trying our best to cope with this covid-19 pandemic. We need your support to get through this challenging times. Thank you in advance. #donationneeded #helpneeded #volunteeringisfun #volunteerwork #nepalnow #kathmandunow #orphanageinkathmandu #orphanage #lunch #dailylunch #nepalifood #nepalnow #nownepal #nepaliculture #kids #orphan

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Rudraksha Beads | DO’s and DON’T’s – All you need to know!

Rudraksha Beads: The most sacred and auspicious beads


The rough seed about a size of marble wearing by Sadhus and monks in India and Nepal has raised curiosity to others who does not know about it. It is call Rudraksha and it is the most powerful and auspicious bead that you can find in this continent.

What is Rudraksha?

Rudraksha seed is the product of Rudraksha tree, also known as Elaeocarpus ganitrus (Scientific name).

Rudraksha is a combination of two Sanskrit words call Rudra (another name for Lord Shiva) + Aksha (tear drop).

So, Rudraksha simply means Lord Shiva’s tears.

It is said that the tears are a result of compassion that Shiva felt when he meditated about the endless suffering of humans. In essence Rudraksha offers humans freedom from suffering and a union with the divine
Aksha in Sanskrit also means Shiva’s eye.

Rudraksha is regarded as the most sacred bead in Hindu society, widely used by great Yogis, saints, sages, monks and religious people from Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, China and across Asia.

Facts about Rudraksha Tree:

The actual Rudraksha Tree. Source – Wikipedia
  • Elaeocarpus Ganitrus Roxb is the scientific name for Rudraksha tree.
  • More than 300 species of Rudraksha trees have been found in different part of the world, including Nepal, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea, Northern Australia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China and Taiwan.
  • Rudraksha tree is generally 10 to 30 meters tall. Trees, leaves and flower are either grey, green or white in color.
  • Rudraksha leaves looks similar to mango leaves. These leaves have anti-bacterial properties making it beneficial for treating wounds, headache, mental disorders, migraine and epilepsy.
  • One Rudraksha tree yields up to 2000 fruits a year.
  • Rudraksha flowers are nearly about 6-inch-long and white in color which grow in bunches. November – December is the best time to see flowers and fruits come up on Jan – Fe. The fruits are green color and nearly 1 inch in diameter shaped like berries. These fruits fall off after complete ripening. The outer skin of Rudraksha fruit has many great medical importance, mostly used treating patient suffering from fever, cold and dry cough.
  • Rudraksha from Nepal and India are considered of best quality and values.
  • Naturally, Rudraksha can be found 2000 meter above sea level. In Nepal they even grow in hilly region up to 3000-meter altitude.

Rudraksha Mala


Rudraksha beads are made into a necklace or mala with a string. A necklace consists of 108 beads and one Bindu, which allows for the flow of positive energy.

Benefits of Rudraksha

There are multiple benefits a person can gain from Rudraksha. From spiritual and physical well-being to treatment of various diseases. Simply wearing Rudraksha beads as necklace or wristband can help bring positive life energy in your body. Rudraksha is an important part of meditation and spiritual practices.

  • Rudraksha guides one along the path of truth, clarity and purpose.
  • It reduces stress and negativity while achieving peace of mind.
  • Aligns your vital energies and bring balance and harmony with nature and cosmos
  • Rudraksha is scientifically proven to cure physical as well as emotional disorders and is extremely beneficial even in the treatment of optic, neurotic, digestive and cardiac related issues.
  • Rudraksha also protects one from negative energies like ghosts, evil spirits and other such malefic components.
  • Because of its electromagnetic properties, Rudraksha can play a positive role in stabilizing heartbeat and improving blood circulation.
  • Rudraksha beads alleviates depression, eliminate anxiety and has anti-aging properties.
  • Wearing Rudraksha helps one to escape from untimely death.
  • Rudraksha helps you attain truth and ultimate enlightenment.

Do all Rudraksha have the same power?

There is no doubt every Rudraksha are powerful with unique properties. The varying faces of beads correspond to different deities. One therefore needs to select proper Rudraksha based on one’s horoscope and requirements.

Find more information about its power and properties on “Benefit of Rudraksha”.

Can everyone wear Rudraksha Mala?

There are no restrictions on wearing Rudraksha. Anyone and everyone can wear a Rudraksha regardless of their gender, age, nationality, and caste.

Which Rudraksha to wear according to Zodiac Sign? READ HERE.

Is woman allowed to wear Rudraksha?

Wearing Rudraksha is not limited to men only. Both men and women can wear Rudraksha as scriptures does not discriminate on the basis of caste, creed or gender.

In fact, 7 Mukhi (faces) is blessed by Goddess Lakshmi, 9 Mukhi by Goddess Durga, 18 Mukhi embodies Bhumi Devi (Mother Earth) while 2 Mukhi shows Gauri Shankar and Shiva in harmony.

DO’s and DON’T’s of wearing holy Rudraksha

Here are some do’s and don’ts of wearing Rudraksha mala if you wish to get maximum benefit out of it.

Do’s

  • Become a vegetarian
  • Avoid touching Rudraksha with metal, gold and silver as it brings impurity. Once impure Rudraksha will have to be cleansed again before wearing.
  • It is recommended to clean Rudraksha every six months.

Don’ts

  • Avoid drinking alcohol.
  • Avoid eating meat.
  • Refrain from killing anyone.
  • Avoid touching Rudraksha with metal, gold and silver as it brings impurity. Once impure Rudraksha will have to be cleansed again before wearing.
  • Don’t wear Rudraksha mala while going to funeral or baby birth ceremony.
  • Don’t share your mala with any and don’t use it as ornaments for showing off.
  • Avoid mixing different types of Rudraksha.

Selecting a Rudraksha

Selecting a Rudraksha is not an easy task because each Rudraksha have it own unique features and importance. We suggest you to make consult with Hindu Gurus about Rudraksha and its suitability for you.

It is believed that great Rishi (Yogis) introduced Rudraksha in Nepal and India. Indonesia produces about 70% of the Rudraksha in the world followed by Nepal (20%) and India (5%). Rudraksha from Nepal is considered the best in the world because of climate, size, color, durability and religious belief. Nepali Rudraksha are costlier than Indonesian and Indian Rudrakshas however there are no vast differences on their physical properties.

1 to 21 multifaced Rudraksha can be found in Nepal. One or two faced are very rare to find while 5 faced ones are the most common. One has to be above 14 years of age to wear it. Modern technology now allows for changing the shape and size of Rudraksha which is quite unnatural and unethical. Please be careful of purchasing such types of Rudraksha as it will do more harm than good.

Rare Type of Rudraksha. Read here for more. Please contact us if you need a genuine supplier.

Rudraksha for Chinese

Chinese people are very fond of buying Rudraksha. It is one of the most sought-after items for Chinese visiting Nepal. Chinese believe that Rudraksha offers a good “FENG SHUI”, which is a must for one’s physical wellbeing and positive energy.

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Nepal Laws: Basic Requirements to run orphanage / child care home in Nepal

House requirement:

According to the current Nepal law for operating an orphanage / child care home in Nepal, the house conditions and structures should be as following:

  1. The house for orphanage should be Earthquake resistance   .
  2. House must be nearby school, hospital and police station.
  3. House should have enough rooms and comfortable room for the children.
  4. House should have compound and proper playground.  
  5. Toilets /bathrooms should be separate   for boys and girls.
  6. Rooms should be open and light and air passing.
  7. Boys and girls bed rooms should be in separate flour.

Rooms required for SCIF NEPAL:

Currently, we are managing a small orphanage house in Kathmandu – SCIF Nepal. And according to requirement by Nepal Government, we need below rooms requirements.

NORoom NameQuantityRemarks
1.Girl’s Room2 roomsMaximum 4 children in a room.
2.Boy’s Room2roomsMaximum 4 children in a room.
3.Study Room1 room 
4.Kitchen Room1 room 
5.Dining Room1 room 
6.Store  room1 room 
7.Office Room1 room 
8.Library  & Computer  Room1 room 
9.TV/ Function Room.1 room 
10.Medical Room1 room 
11.Manager/staff room1 room 
 Total Room13 rooms 

Staffs / employees:

NoParticularQuantityEmployee TypeRemarks
1Care Giver1RegularLadies
2Teacher1Regular 
3Manager 1Regular 
4Children counselor1Regular/ partial 
5Helper1Regular/ partial 
6Medical Person1Regular/ partial 
7. Sport and Entertainment  person1Regular/ partial 
 Total Required  Staffs7  

Medical Requirements:

  1. Orphanage management should be sure if child has any health problems or not before to keep t new child in the orphanage. And need to do health checkup of new child before to keep child.  Need to prepare individual files to keep medical report of every child.  
  2.  The general health checkup should in every 3 months for every child and medical report of  every child should keep nicely.
  3. If any child has any serious health problem or suffering from any communicable diseases, should to take him/her hospital as soon as possible and should provide special take care according to doctor’s advice. A child who is getting sick, should keep her/ him separate from other children with proper take care in medical room.     

Food and Nutrition:

Food, clothes, Health, education, entertainment and are the basic rights of every one. There are some basic requirement of food and nutrition for childcare home.

  1. The food for the all children must be fresh, clean, healthy and nutritious.
  2. Food should be arranged for every child minimum four times (breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner) according to children’s age.
  3.   Kitchen and dining room should be clean and should be separate.    
  4. The food should be prepared by involvement of house management, kitchen person and senior children of the house.
  5. There should be food menu in the house and menu should be hanged or attached where everyone can see the menu.
  6. The house management can’t force to the children to have any kind of food if they don’t like to have.

Education and Uniforms/clothes:

  1. Every child has right to go school and orphanage should create the environment to go school and for study for every child  of  the house. If any child has not started school in her / his age management should be prepared for his /her school and have to admit school from new session.
  2. If any child is not able to school soon, management should create the environment for study and to learn in the house. 
  3. House should provide enough time for children to do their homework and for their study.
  4. All children should have enough clothes and uniforms according to seasons.
  5. The uniforms and clothes should be clean and healthy for the children.

Children Capacity/ Number:

There should be capacity for minimum fifteen children to operate the orphanage or Child care Home in Nepal according to the current low for Operation and management of Residential Child care home. Orphanage management can keep more children by arranging enough source for the new children.  (Before children capacity was minimum ten children).

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High Altitude Sickness (HAS)

High Altitude Sickness (HAS) is a phrase used to describe the health condition especially among trekkers when they reach a certain higher altitude. HAS is usually prevalent for those trekking in high Himalayan region beyond 2500m altitude.

When gaining altitude, body will need to adjust or acclimatize to low oxygen availability and decreasing air pressure. Failing to adapt to this change in pressure and oxygen can impact one’s health. The risk of HAS increases if you are at 2500m or higher. It takes anywhere between 12 hrs. to 24 hrs. to suffer from HAS.

Anyone is prone to suffer from HAS, no matter how fit, healthy or strong one is both mentally and physically or irrespective of one’s geographical origin.

Causes

The main cause of HAS depend on

  1. how quickly you move to a higher elevation,
  2. how high you go up,
  3. the altitude where you sleep,
  4. the amount of liquid consumption to avoid dehydration

Symptoms

The common symptoms of HAS are a combination of the following:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Shortness of breath
  • Problems with sleep
  • Loss of appetite
  • Inability to walk
  • Change in behavior
  • Decrease in body oxygen level

Prevention

The basic prevention measure to avoid HAS is proper acclimatization. You need to acclimatize with increasing height gain, climate and weather gradually as you go up higher altitude. Gaining altitude slowly and gradually is the best way to prevent HAS.

Secondly you have to monitor the symptoms of altitude sickness and treat early. If you happen to suffer from any of the symptoms, the best thing to do is to immediately go down to a lower elevation.

It is important that you follow the guidelines and advices provided by your trekking guide.

Based on our long experience, trekkers should move up slowly, monitor body’s responses and share your feeling and experiences with your experienced guide while on trek. Drinking lots of water, garlic soup, local herbs recommended by your guide etc are also some preventive strategies.

Care and Treatment

If you are trekking with Best Tour, you are in safe hands. Our guide closely monitors our clients behavior, appetite, body temperature. A separate record is kept of all our clients by our well qualified guide. This helps to determine the condition our clients are in. We also check oxygen level with the help of oximeter.

When going trekking in the Himalayas, Best Tour provides enough soup, energy bars and fruits. We also offer enough water to prevent dehydration and keep you warm. 

We also administer proper, prescribed medication if the situation gets worse. All our guides are trained in offering first aid, so they are experienced in treating HAS.

If trekkers condition takes turn for worse, we immediately conduct emergency rescue services from the mountains to bring them directly to place where well equipped hospitals are available

Recommendations

Walk Slowly

Listen and follow Guide’s instructions

Drink enough water

Consume sufficient amount of energy and carbohydrates

Drink plenty of soup

Take proper rest

Sleep well

Climb down to a lower elevation if you suffer from HAS

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