My 10 Days

Small business, Big difference.

Nepal - Kathy Maltsev

Kathy Maltsev after a number of years of working within business and marketing decided that she wanted to use her skills and help those who need her help most. She contacted Our Sansar and volunteered to spend 2 months in Nepal helping establish partnerships with local organisations and do research on best ways how we could help street children over there.
She has been documenting all the meetings, experiences and observations from Nepal in a blog. Here are some of the entries.
“This week I am spending in Chitwan – the area where we want to help the street children. It is estimated that there are about 160 street children here and not much help is available. We want to fill the gap and see how we can help these kids.
I had many interesting business meetings here but the meeting that taught me the most was with a young Nepali girl I met on the bus.
She introduced herself Sweetie and said she had just graduated from school, which makes her about 18 years old. We chatted about my trip and she told me the places I should visit in a nearby village I was travelling to. We said our goodbyes when we reached our destination and then she went home.
I went walking around the pretty little village with beautiful temples and amazing mountain views. About 15 minutes later I saw Sweetie running towards me waving. I was pleasantly surprised because I was getting bored strolling everywhere alone. The poor thing was running to find me in a very hot sun and when I asked what was wrong she said that her mother sent her to accompany me and show me the most important temples in the village. I was really pleased as I didn’t know what I was looking at and the girl seemed like a good company. We spent about 2 hours walking around and only at the end I understood why her mother sent her to me.
The girl’s father left them before she was born. Her mother was ill and sent the girl to an orphanage home in Kathmandu. The girl spent her whole life as an ‘orphan’ relying on the NGO funds for her shelter, food, and education. When she turned 18, the orphanage home told her to leave and because Sweetie is too young to make a living herself she returned to her mother’s village in Chitwan.
But the problem is that Sweetie had never lived with a family and now finds it difficult to live with her mother. She doesn’t know how to make a living in Chitwan because she doesn’t have any skills or qualifications and she doesn’t know who to approach for help.
At the end of the tour, she brought me to her home where Sweetie’s mother was waiting for me. The mother told Sweetie to make sure that I know about how difficult her life is and then told me that Sweetie and I should be sisters. She said Sweetie needs to go to college now and I should help with her schooling fees.
This day made me realise how much damage orphanage homes can do to an individual. Sweetie is a lovely girl and I know that she was grabbing the opportunity as soon as it arose.”