The Himshikara Socio-Cultural Society and the Nestling Trust are now in a position to work together to create a home for some of the most vulnerable children of Nepal. Himshikara has supported the Nestling Trust’s director, Susan Hamblin in her volunteer work in Nepal for the past five years, and a bond of trust, determination as well as friendship has been forged. The task ahead has a strong foundation.
Detailed plans were drawn up and tenders from several contractors were considered. Permission to build was obtained from the government office. In April 2015, just one week prior to the earthquake, the Nestling Trust together with Himshikhara NGO appointed SMT Construction (P) Ltd. to begin construction of the children's home.
After the earthquake the Government of Nepal stopped all new building, to await publication of new building regulations. Furthermore plans had to be resubmitted to Pokhara Municipality Office and the Government engineers in Kathmandu, seeking permission to construct. Finally eighteen months later on 12th September 2016 the foundation stone of the Children's Home Sarangkot was laid and building started.
The land is on a hillside so careful consideration to a land survey was key to ensure the most appropriate section of the site is used for the home construction.
The Nestling Trust has purchased an extra 11,000 sq. ft. in order to provide space for building workshops where practical skills such as carpentry and tailoring can be offered to the children. It will also allow more space for a larger play ground area.
We are confident that the chosen contractor will comply with Nepalese health and safety regulations and Himshikhara and the Nestling Trust will use our best endeavours to ensure the contractor works accordingly.
Our two Nepalese Trustees, Bijen and Subash, as well as Krishna, a college lecturer in Pokhara, who, until recently, managed a small rented home for rescued children, will also monitor progress and quality.
Himshikara have approval for the project from the Social Welfare Council of Nepal, the Nepalese authority responsible for the development and management of children's homes in Nepal.
Our first rough estimate for building the home in 2013 and prior to the land survey was £50,000.00 - inevitably this has now doubled, and we have raised the required £100,000 thanks to our amazing supporters.
On 12th September 2016 the foundation stone for the Children's Home was laid.