Best wishes to everyone completing their Secondary Education Examination this week – especially Krishna, Mukesh, Sangeeta, Anita, Abinash, Sarita, Rashila and Homnath! SEE is the final examination for secondary school in Nepal.
We’re thinking of you & sending lots of love…
“May your dreams be larger than mountains and may you have the courage to scale their summits.” ~ Harley King
It’s Harmony Day! Keep spreading kindness and love one another. Share delicious Dal Bhat with friends. Enjoy your day Herd. We love you!
Share Dal Bhat with friends…
Wash and soak 2 cups of Basmati or Long Grain rice for 5 minutes. Drain rice then boil in 4 cups of water over medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Add butter and fluff with a fork. Cook covered on low heat for further 5 minutes. Set aside. Your Bhat (rice) is done!
Your Dal (lentils) need to be washed and soaked for 10 minutes. Drain lentils then bring to the boil in 4-5 cups of water – add fragrant spices & delicious flavours: ½ tsp turmeric, ¼ tsp asafoetida, ¼ tsp jimbu and 1 tbs ginger paste. Reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
In another pan fry ¾ cup of sliced onions with 1 tsp minced garlic and 2 chillies (to taste) in butter. Stir through lentils before serving.
Serve Dal with Bhat and you have Dal Bhat!
NOTE: Jimbu is the dried leaves of a local Nepali onion species and chives can be substituted. Asafetida (also known as Devil’s Dung or Stinking Gum) is a gum that comes from giant fennel sap. It stinks! You can use onion or garlic powder as a substitute.
The world is such a small place now. When bad things happen the news can easily and quickly travel to our children, wherever they are. This article by Karen Young on Hey Sigmund offers some ideas for conversations that can help them feel safe, and to trust that the world is full of good people who want them to grow up feeling part of a humanity that is loving and good, despite the few that might make the world feel scary sometimes.
Women’s participation in decision-making, leadership and peace-building is essential for Forget Me Not to fulfil our mission to raise children to be thriving, vibrant and connected to family, community and opportunity. We are proud of our work, our team and each other. Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.
Aukland lawyer Hannah Reid describes voluntourism as a ‘colonial mentality’ reports Brittany Keogh at stuff.
“Reid’s concerns about New Zealand school groups volunteering overseas are in the same vein as critics’: it relies on a lack of qualified locals, and instead of teaching a man to fish – so to speak – the volunteer industry is built on communities not being self-reliant.
She says schools should ask two questions: “could the students do this in New Zealand, and would the students do this in New Zealand?”
If the answer to both those questions is no, why would going overseas make it suddenly ethical?”
Australian blogger Isabella Da Ruos, aka The Ethical Wanderer shares her awakening and whole-hearted embodiment of Maya Angelou’s inspiring: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
“Whilst not all orphanages are corrupt, the one thing all orphanages have in common is the inevitable and inherit psychological and emotional impacts that are placed on children… The truth is exactly that, that despite the intentions of orphanage directors, whether they be kind or corrupt, child-family separation causes significant harm to a child’s welfare and future.”
This is Alisha’s story. A young girl in Nepal who was reunited with her family after eight long years of separation with no contact. Her grandmother said it was as if gold had been laid at their feet when their little girl was returned.
This short format was made in collaboration with Image Ark. Directed by Marie-Ange Sylvain-Holmgren and Arnaud Le Borgne.
Trade in your old smart phones and feel the love of helping out our projects on the ground. Technology is really important in the running of things on the ground, it helps us communicate with in-country staff and allows them to capture the work on the ground through pictures and videos.
If you have a smart phone that you don’t need anymore (with or without accessories/charging equipment) you can post it to us at:
The Nanna Project did Christmas a little differently in 2018. Patrick and Nambi organised a terrific party for the children and their guardians. There were games, gifts and a beautiful banquet feast. It was a chance to celebrate all the successes, reflect on the hardships and share dreams about the coming year.
Huge thanks to our lovely friends at Everybody Fed who support the nourishment of the kids throughout the year.
Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support and interest in the Nanna Project. Happy New Year!!