09/19/2010 22 °C
We came back to the orphanage and so it starts again. One of the little ones – she is really one of the older ones – Bhagabati – she is in grade 5 so I guess her age to be 10 but she is a tiny delicate little thing – she has a fever of 101 and very swollen glands. So we take her to get some medicine. How it works here is you don’t necessarily see a doctor - if there is no doctor the pharmacist will examine diagnosis and prescribe medication. We find out not only is she suffering from a high fever but she has something wrong with her tummy. Again this is all due to poor nutrition and impure water supply. We get the medication however this time we will administer the medication. We find out from the other children that many have been sick and have sorry tummies. It comes down to a diet of rice, a few vegetables and white bread. It is not the best situation but there is little we can do but try to help when we are here. The good news is that I have been able to gain some assistance from ENPHO – they will be bringing the two biosand water filters that the boys made for free. I am going to push my luck again and ask them to provide a told of 4 days to work with the orphanage on hygiene and sanitation for free– why not the worse they can say is no but I think they will do it. Raju – he is the guy I am looking for a wife for and he views me as his mother – I don’t know why they see me this way but they do – so I am pretty sure he will help out as I am sure he doesn’t wish to disappoint his “mother” and besides that he needs a wife.
We really cannot eat the food here – the level of cleanliness is not good and we do need to be extremely careful. We will be going shopping for our own bowls, spoons and glasses as well as our own jugs to put boiling water in. It’s bad !!!! One person caring for 3 of their own and 20 other children is difficult and impossible to do.
We started off the morning – or should I say Pat and Jessica did - nit picking – really picking nits out of Bhagabati’s hair – she is just full of nits. In checking the other children – the little ones Mindul and Rachana have nits as well. The rest of the children have a few but nothing major. One of the people who use to volunteer at the orphanage but is no longer still is very involved – she will go pick up combs for each child as well as big bottles of shampoo. Another person who teaches in Nepal and does things for the orphanage as he likes the children will see if he can locate a more effective way of dealing with the lice outbreaks. We do know if the sun shines tomorrow we will be doing heavy duty cleaning and bucket washing all the bedding – a big job but we are up for the challenge. Pat and Jessica have been wonderful and just do what needs to be done.
We did go to the children’s school today to pay the school fees. The fees were really behind or so I thought until I found out the Nepal year runs differently – the school year starts in mid- April ( they follow the Vikram Sambat solar Calendar and they are 57 years ahead so it’s not 2010 in Nepal) - so the total amount for 12 months for 20 children is $4477 – a little more than we expected however we paid the majority of the fees and will send the remainder of the funds once we return. This school is good so that makes the difference.
After doing that we go shopping for cleaning supplies – mops, brooms, scrubbers , etc. etc. The good thing is that are money goes further here then it would at home – so this is good. We also bought a number of garbage cans – the hope is that they will not be broken right away – we are also trying to teach them to throw left over food in a separate container – we can only hope that works.
After we finished that we decide to go shopping for us – off we go to Patan – to see my favourite singing bowl guy. Jessica was able to video Pat with a big bowl over her head – it’s all about the vibrations – this was to relax her. We had a lot of fun – as this guy can go on for ever and tries all sorts of things – and goes on about the healing powers – it was great.
When we finished we went back to the orphanage – nit picking again. Jessica and Pat will become experts at this- they nit picked for 2 ½ hours and still have more to do – I will not nit pick. I know once they leave this job will fall to me – oh yeah !!!
There is a volunteer from Europe who is in Nepal for 3 weeks and she comes in the morning and a bit in the afternoon when the children come home from school – she was shocked that we were actually living in the orphanage. We just smile and say we close our eyes and try not to use the bathroom (There have been a few plumbing issues and a plumber is supposed to be coming – not sure when – it’s Nepali time) Just a little side thing – there is a saying here – bholi-parsi – bholi means tomorrow – parsi means the day after tomorrow – so this effectively means “sometime after the day after tomorrow” – so true !!!
It’s a hard life and the power has just went out again so it’s time to say until later.