So often children living in institutional homes are deprived of attention, homework help, and good nutrition. After their school day ends, children return to their orphanage and spend the rest of the day with nothing to do, no one to connect with, and a debilitating lack of stimulation to engage their minds.
Decades of research on children living in institutional care has shown that this lack of human engagement and resources is devastating to their growth, development, and mental health. SuMa After-School seeks to meet this critical need for connection and support—both physically and mentally. Our after-school program is the first of its kind in Nepal, offering children the opportunity to explore their own ideas, create through art, connect through music, dance, and play games, and most importantly be with people and educators who treat the children as special, unique, and of tremendous worth. This simple investment of time and energy into their lives makes a world of difference.
Since opening our doors in November 2014 we have already seen incredible changes in our kids. They are healthier, more engaged and motivated, and most importantly more joyful. You can help us open our second after-school program to provide art, music, nutrition and love to 45 special kids.