The future of Singla and Khorla rests in the hands of the next generation. A good school education therefore plays a major role. In 2008 Som Bahadur Gurung and Therese Baenziger started the children's project together in Thankot, 15 km outside of Kathmandu. 6 children from Singla who come from poor or difficult family backgrounds were taken into a private house. The children still live in the house as a large family and are looked after by 3-4 local adults.
In order to guarantee the future of the children and their families from the children's project, T.Bänziger founded the Friends of Singla Nepal foundation on May 13, 2016 together with Margrit Gyr and Nadja Kramer, based in Lyss (Switzerland).
Today 15 children from 4 to 20 years of age live in Thankot and attend a bilingual (Nepali-English) private school. A child attends the local public school. After the 10 official school years, 4 girls from the children's project entered a multi-year college education so that they can learn a profession in the health care sector.
The schoolchildren and students live together in Som Bahadur’s large household, in a private house. The FOS-Nepal Foundation supports and finances this children's project with the help of sponsors from Switzerland. FOS enables them to graduate from school, helps them choose a career and supports them financially.
A child costs around 600 euros / CH per year. Sponsors are always welcome whether short or long term.
As the number of children in the house increases, so does the work. 1-2 housemothers work in the house (Maya and Sukmaya).
Maya Gurung 2020
Maya, Mohan Raj and the mother
Maya, has been working in the children's home since 2009. She comes from Khorla and has an 11 year old son who also lives in Thankot. Maya is responsible for the organization in the house and is the left hand of Som. The second housemother, Deepa, with her 5 year old daughter lived in the house for the last 5 years. Now she has chosen a different path and has moved out. Her daughter remains in the children's project. Maya's mother often lives and works in the children's project as well. She lives in Khorla, a small mountain village near Singla, and comes to the house in Thankot to help out from time to time.
2020 the 4 female students from the Medical Collage, Lalita from Khorla has been new since 2019.
The FOS Foundation enables them to graduate from school, helps them choose a career and supports them financially.
Pushpa Raj is married and has 2 boys. After an apprenticeship as a locksmith, he now lives and works in Cyprus. His wife Susmi and the 2 boys live next to the children's project in Thankot.
Jit, the eldest of the 4 brothers, has 2 children and lives and works in agriculture in Singla. He supports Som in his projects in Singla.
Bir Bahadur is married. He has a daughter and a son. He lives and works near Thankot.
Suk Bahadur graduated from the Military Academy in India and is deployed in the Nepalese Army in India. On his home leave he visits the mountain village Singla and visits Thankot.
We also financially supported students like Suman and Sonja in their training to become teachers. Both live and work today in the mountain village of Singla.
Maya with Saili, wife of Shere. Sisana and her two brothers are frequent visitors to the Thankot children. Since the death of her father in 2019, the foundation has been supporting the 3 children and the widow Saili
After the devastating earthquake in April 2015, the old house had to be demolished. For about a year, the extended family lived in a makeshift arrangement made of bamboo and corrugated iron, which was leaking everywhere.
With the help of the privately organized donation campaign in Switzerland, a new house was built for the children and they could move into in May 2016. Thank you for your generous support.
the old house
the temporary bamboo house
the new house
In the small house on the right there are 2 guest rooms for volunteers and a classroom for the children.
There are also people from Singla or Khorla living in the children's home who need some kind of support and help, be it medical or for other reasons. Maya's mother, for example, looks after the chickens and actively helps in the house and garden, or Som's father from Singla was taken in and looked after in the house in December 2018. He knots practical carrier bags from old rice sacks. In the summer of 2019 he returned to Singla.