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Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund - You Can Help

Nepal suffered a 6.8 aftershock just a few hours ago that brought more destruction, and the death toll is at 2,500 and rising. Our kids, like most of the country, will be sleeping outside again tonight, and have no electricity or water, but they are safe.

If you would like to help, please consider giving to our Earthquake Emergency Relief Fund. 100% of donations will be used by our team on the ground to provide immediate relief of food, water, and shelter, and long-term reconstruction in our local community.

7.9 Earthquake Devastates Nepal

On April 25th, a 7.9 earthquake struck 50 miles outside of Kathmandu. We are so relieved to report that all of our children and staff our safe. Our after-school building is also still standing with no known damage. 

Most of Nepal has been sleeping outside as strong aftershocks continue. There is no water or electricity, internet and cell service is sparse, but we are grateful that our family and friends are okay when we know so many other are not.

We are coordinating efforts on relief support and will be sharing how to help soon.

 

Walk the Walk

Walk the Walk

There's a 1200-year-old, 500-mile pilgrimage in Spain called the Camino de Santiago...and two friends of Sunsar Maya just completed it. Kevin and Serena McClain are, self-admittedly, not the most 'outdoorsy' type, so when they announced their intentions to walk 30 days through Spain, their group of friends got together and decided to have a little fun with it. 

A Visit to Nepal

A Visit to Nepal

Our great friend and Sunsar Maya supporter, Alice McGowan, her sister Emma, and grandmother Jackie decided to go on a different kind of trip this summer. They laid out the possibilities and, among many different countries, they (well, grandma really) chose the last one on the list, Nepal! They had all heard a great deal about the children of Sunsar Maya, and now it was time to see it for themselves. Here is Alice's account of their experience and time spent with our kids.

Our Kids Shine at their New School

Our Kids Shine at their New School

In early 2013, the children of Aruna's Orphanage transferred schools and started at the Emile Academy. We are so happy to see how the children are improving in this amazing environment. The Emile Academy uses the Montessori method of teaching, and focuses on different talents and strengths of each child. There is also an wonderful student-run greenhouse and garden that provides much of the produce used for the hot lunch program. The strong academics helped the school place in the first division of the Nepal Excellence Examination last year. After the first-term results, many of our children are showing great improvements in their grades and we expect that trend to continue.

Students Supporting Sunsar Maya

Students Supporting Sunsar Maya

Since January, Sunsar Maya has been working with a small group of middle school students at The Grove School (a public charter school) in Redlands, California. Through the school’s community service program, a group of young students learned about Sunsar Maya’s mission and projects in Nepal and immediately created a  support group to help send the children of Nepal to school.

Art Show and Auction for Sunsar Maya

Art Show and Auction for Sunsar Maya

Creative love for Sunsar Maya! Earlier this month, Christine White decided to use her talents to raise money for the children of Sunsar Maya. Christine is an incredible artist and had her first solo art show at Wave Lengths Salon and Gallery in Redlands, CA. The evening included an art show, silent auction, and presentation about Sunsar Maya. Christine graciously offered her piece, “Swords into Ploughshares,” up for silent auction, and donated the proceeds to Sunsar Maya. The auction was a great success and raised $200 for our organization.

The Newest Member of the SuMa family

The Newest Member of the SuMa family

We'd like to introduce you to the newest member of the Sunsar Maya family. Meet Aabashek. Two-years-old, soft-spoken, but always loves to be in the mix. You'll usually find him tumbling, flipping, rolling, and asking to be tossed higher and higher again. In the words of Eileen, a volunteer that spent five months at Sahayogi Samaj, he's just a "rad little dude." Aabashek isn't quite ready for school, but we are starting to fundraise for his education and beginning a fund for his future college or trade school of choice. Next year, he'll join his brothers and sisters at Play Group, where he'll supplement his gymnastics with a little reading and math.

Adventures in New Carpet

Adventures in New Carpet

When Jehan and Jamesn(two of Sunsar Maya's co-founders) first arrived at Sahayogi Samaj Nepal orphanage in early 2011, two things immediately caught their attention, the amazing little people that so willingly walked into their arms for greetings and hugs, and the old, worn blue carpet throughout the house. Since the children spend most of their time on that carpet (playing reading, or resting) it was obvious that it needed to be replaced.