GIRL’S ORPHANAGE The extreme lack of care facilities for children in Nepal is a major factor in the distressing living conditions for so many displaced children. The establishment of an orphanage for girls has been a VCN project that was finally realized with celebration in Kathmandu on October 7, 2009. With the cooperation of Paropakar Orphanage, the first and most honored social program and NGO established in Nepal (1953), VCN constructed and supports this new home, providing secure living space for twenty-five orphaned girls. Our goal is to provide a respectable, comfortable standard of living that these orphans can enjoy and proudly celebrate as their “home”. It is most likely that these homeless girls would soon have been victims to child trafficking, if not for our rescue. Now, bonded together in harmony and beautifully adjusted to their home environment, every child is a reminder of our purpose. This year the girls demonstrated tremendous academic success and every day they celebrate their new lives with optimism and joy. Even a few minutes spent in the company of these children dramatically underlines the success of this project. While VCN continues to financially support the or phanage, The Paropakar Organization manages all levels of care and education for all of the children and does so with the same integrity and pride shown by VCN. Supervisors and assistants give full, loving attention to these children and insure their well being with daily reminders of how important they have become to everyone involved with their new lives.
BOY’S ORPHANAGE From the beginning, VCN made efforts to assist the orphans with donations and college scholarships. These days VCN continues with the same commitment to improving the lives of destitute orphans. Paropakar Orphanage can claim well-deserved credit for many achievements, including the initial inspiration for VCN's social work many years ago. A visit to that orphanage in 1984 inspired two visitors to Nepal who are now VCN board members. From the beginning, they made efforts to assist the orphans with donations and college scholarships. These days VCN continues with the same commitment to improving the lives of destitute orphans. Paropakar was the first social organization and orphanage established in Nepal (1953) and it has managed to continue its service to children and the helpless, but is mainly dependent upon meager donations from the public in Nepal. The dedicated management team of this organization has served thousands of children through the years and VCN feels privileged to participate in their noble cause with provisions and contributions that directly improve the quality of life for the orphans. Our donations of clothes, educational equipment and supplies, medical care, sports equipment and housing improvements through the years have greatly improved the orphanage environment. Our efforts have provided these children with a feeling of pride in their home and in themselves, effectively challenging the social shame of being an orphan child in an impoverished country. By far, the most essential provision from VCN has been continuing college scholarships for those orphan boys who excel academically and have the drive and desire for higher education. Without further study, these bright young men will have little opportunity and good minds will be shuttered for life. With sponsorships, they have the opportunity to change their circumstances and seek a life of purpose and contribution