Three Siblings

Three Siblings

From Rachel Saliba

The cost of education, school supplies, clothing, transport, food and medicine for three Nepali siblings.

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It was a tearful phone call from a scared and vulnerable Nepali girl that is prompting this fundraising attempt. 

This is a story that is sadly so familiar, however, the need is as real as ever.

In 2013, three young Nepali children were sighted by a traveller looking dishevelled and in need of a bath, clean clothes, and food. With further enquiries, it was established that the three siblings were not in any formal education, were smashing rocks for a living and living in less then safe conditions. Their eldest sister aged 14 years was married off and just disappeared. No one, not even the parents knew where she moved to despite the marriage being with their consent.

With enquiries made, it was the generosity of a Youth Hostel manager in another district that allowed the siblings to live in their facility, start school and be supported by the minimal efforts of two donors (with the parents’ consent and ongoing contact). Truthfully, the costs were never really covered. It was the hospitality of the Hostel owner that allowed the siblings to remain, usually at their own expense. It is not a wealthy facility, it is, however, managed with an authentic purpose to help, with all the needs of the children met in a standard worthy of children. Love is not absent in this Hostel and neither is the conviction that children have rights to education and the freedom to choose how to live their own lives.

Seven years later, T (the eldest of the three) has completed her 10th grade education and is wanting to continue her studies in nursing. Her two siblings are respectively finishing their primary education. Pressure from the parents for T to return to the village and marry are increasing despite her young age and against her wishes. With COVID19 impacting the hostel, the finances for ongoing support are not available. Over the years, there has been no success in sourcing out the resources needed through funding or NGO’s to continue to support the siblings. The provision now remains from one donor and it is not enough.

Finances are needed now more than ever to allow the two siblings to finish their rightful education, and for T to continue her studies which is her single focus while remaining at the Youth Hostel with her siblings. Marriage for this young life should not be an option against her will, especially when all that is needed is resources / finances to support her endeavours to study.

Please feel free to donate any amount and pass on to your networks. The finances will go entirely to cover the costs of education, school supplies, clothing, transport, food and medicine so that these siblings can remain housed together and continue on the path of success they have worked so hard for. 

Stay safe and thank you for considering this appeal in challenging times.

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