Help Us Build a New Room

Did you know our girl’s room is full? We are at maximum capacity.

In Nepal, young girls who are orphaned or abandoned are often abused and neglected and can end up in child marriages or trafficked. We want to help more girls avoid this reality. Even while we were in Nepal in May, we had to turn away a young girl who badly needed a safe space because the bed capacity is full.

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Welcoming a New Family Member

The young children who enter the Bandipur Children’s Home arrive with fear in their hearts. They are often leaving a life of child-labour, abuse, and neglect, and they don’t know what to expect. But what greets them is a family, and a community that is endlessly supportive and loving.

During our recent visit to the Home, we were able to witness the arrival of the newest family member, a 9-year-old boy. Witnessing him in this unthinkable state of transition from one kind of life to the next was something none of us will ever forget. And watching the other children respond to this new addition with empathy and sensitivity was so powerful it brought tears to our eyes. Seeing this love in action, we left the home knowing that the work we’re doing is meaningful, impactful, and absolutely life-changing. 

Including this new addition, we now have 13 wonderful children who depend on our support. Many people have asked us about sponsorship over the years, and we are excited to announce that in the upcoming weeks we will be launching a sponsorship program that will help you support one of our amazing children, and give you the chance to get to know them all a little better. 

This visit left us so inspired and empowered to continue this valuable work, and we hope you’ll join us on this journey. Your support has a huge impact on this family of amazing young men and women who deserve the very best.

If you haven’t yet, please join our email list, or contact us to find out how you can get involved.

We’re Going to Nepal!

In a few days Marcie, Carmen, Spencer, Zoe, and Vanessa are going to Bandipur to visit the children’s home, and we couldn’t be more excited!! We’ll spend about a week in Bandipur, providing support and encouragement to Dipak and Krishna, and making sure everything at the home is running smoothly.

Over the years, the responsibilities have often exceeded what one young couple in Canada and one young couple in Nepal could be expected to carry. Now, we have an amazing team in Canada who are creative, inspiring, and endlessly supportive. And in Nepal, this special little home has become an example to the district authorities, with a remarkable standard of care for what is typical of a children’s home in Nepal.

This is because of you! So thank you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your boundless support and encouragement, your faith in us, and your continued donations.

A special thanks to Spencer and Zoe’s school, Richard McBride School for organizing donations for our trip, and a huge thank you to the anonymous someone who paid for Spencer and Zoe’s flights.

We are so encouraged by your support, and are looking forward to giving you a first hand report on how things are going in Bandipur!

Partnering with Heritage Valley Assembly

We’re excited to be partnering with Heritage Valley Assembly! In the next few months, we’ll be sending funds to Nepal through this amazing Edmonton church, and will be able to issue tax receipts for your donations.

The timing couldn’t be better! 6 of our children have just been accepted to the best private school in the district, so your continued generosity and support is making it possible for us to pay tuition fees, and give these kids the best chance at a successful future.

If you would like to donate to our project, please send a cheque to:

Heritage Valley Assembly

p.o. box 22588

Southbrook

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

T6W0C3

Please specify “Bandipur project” in the memo.

This is a temporary arrangement so we encourage you to send your donation while you can get a tax receipt!

If you feel personally compelled to sponsor one of the children’s school fees, please get in touch. We’re so proud of these young men and women, and we want to give you the opportunity to support them in this meaningful way. 

Planning a Spring Visit

Who, and how many of us can go depends on you!

Friends of Bandipur is planning a visit to Nepal! It’s been a year since our last visit, so we’re excited to visit again soon and get a first hand account of how things are going. We’ll check in with children to ensure they’re happy and healthy, provide support and encouragement to Dipak and Krishna, and verify that the home is running smoothly.

If you want to get involved, contact us and let us know you’d like to donate towards our home visit. Or head over to marcierohrart and check out some gorgeous products.  You can buy a gift for a friend, or for yourself, and feel good about it. Proceeds go towards supporting the home, and for the next few weeks, will fund our travel expenses so we can make sure these kids continue to grow up in a safe and joyful home.

Who is Your Hero?

Do you have a personal hero or mentor that you want to recognize? Marcie has an exciting art project in the works that will give us a unique platform to share stories of everyday awesomeness. Send us a message and tell us who you’d like to nominate as your own personal hero. This has to be someone who directly impacted your life, or someone who you credit for helping you become the person you are today. Include a short write up of who you respect and admire for their “everyday awesomeness” and include their picture. They’ll be honored in a very special way.

We’re hoping for 1000 responses, so ask your family and friends to participate! Stay tuned for the next step of this exciting project.

Ways You Can Get Involved

The last year has been one of the most challenging for the Home in Bandipur, and for Friends of Bandipur here in Canada. Faced with a tough local inspection, we all endured months of red tape, home improvements, and a crazy amount of stress for the Panthi family (who run the home). Finally a few months ago, they received their updated papers, and official permission to keep the home open!

This was a big relief for us, but right on the heels of one challenge overcome came another huge stressor. Last December, we lost our partners who facilitate all our donations, and have had to face the task of running a home from afar, without a way to send them money! We’re now navigating the complexity of running a children’s home from across the world with no additional monitoring, no conventional way to send funds, and unable to issue tax receipts to our loyal donors.

We’re working towards a new partnership with another NGO, but for now the kids need your help! They have school fees, they need new clothes, and they need to be fed healthy food. This costs around $30,000 CAD a year. We also need to raise $18,000 to construct the upstairs room for the girls. This is a stipulation from the local authorities, who are expecting progress this year. It will also be a wonderful change for the growing girls, who are currently sleeping in a very cramped room.

Here are a few ways you can help us keep the home open and the children thriving.

Donate!

We are working hard to ensure that every penny you give goes to financing the kids in Bandipur, and making sure they are happy and healthy. We are accepting direct e-transfers, so contact us for our email address. While we can’t offer you a tax receipt at this time, you’ll know you’ve bought a school uniform, paid a medical bill, or helped build the girls a new room.

Buy Art!

If you like art, head over to marcierohrart. Every dollar from every piece goes to a good cause, since you’ll be supporting the Bandipur family, and the young family who works tirelessly to support them. Marcie also takes commissions.

Collaborate!

Are you an artist? Let’s talk about ways to network and collaborate. We need help with graphic design, videos, etc.

Join Us!

We’re currently looking for a campaign manager for our 2018 fundraising drive. Get in touch if you’d like to join Friends of Bandipur in an active role. Or if you’d like to get involved as a volunteer, we have a lot of work to do and we’d love to hear from you.

Network and Share!

Share our story (and our website or Facebook group) with your friends and family, and ask them to get involved.

Pray!

Pray for the kids, for Dipak and Krishna who have dedicated their lives to looking after them, for Marcie and Carmen who’ve supported the home in every possible way for the last 10 years, for the Friends of Bandipur members working to keep the home running smoothly, and all our donors who make this project possible. Also pray that we’ll find the right partners soon. Thank you!

Join the Mailing List!

Check our website and Facebook group for updates, and join our mailing list so you can stay up-to-date on what’s happening in Bandipur.

Let’s Build an Addition!

This year, one of our main goals is to expand the girl’s room, which is currently very small and cramped. We want to build a third floor onto the children’s home, giving the girls a lot more space, and allowing us to accept a few new children.

If you’d like to get involved and help us kick-start our goal to raise $18,000 to get this addition off the ground, visit marcierohrart to check out some gorgeous art. Browse a while, and buy something lovely for a friend. You’ll be helping support a great cause! Proceeds from items sold will go towards daily operations, and help us meet our fundraising goal to give the girls a new room.

 

New Beginnings

Welcome to the new website of Friends of Bandipur, a small group of young professionals working to help provide shelter, safety, education, and emotional and physical support to 13 orphaned or abandoned children in Nepal.

Over the past 10 years, Marcie and Carmen Esau have been in partnership with a Nepali couple in the small mountain town of Bandipur, Nepal. They’ve worked tirelessly to provide hope for these children through all the ups and downs of new additions to the family, renovations to the home, and earthquake scares. Through multiple visits to Bandipur, they’ve provided support, moved projects forward, and maintained a close connection with the children. For more on the history of this project, visit Hope in Bandipur.

Now Friends of Bandipur has added a few new faces to share the load, and make sure the children have everything they need to grow up in a loving and happy home.

We’ll be posting regular updates on the home here, as well as new opportunities for you to get involved, so check back often!