As you probably know, I have so many stories to tell you about my trips to the front line and the many people we’ve been able to help over the last 16+ years and here is an update on the amazing progress this amazing young man has been making since we met him in early 2016.
Just before I get to that, I know many of you have a huge desire to help and I am aware that I am perhaps not so forthcoming with letting you know how you can do that, so let me share just a couple of ideas with you.
You could donate some money, either on an on-going basis, every now and again, or even just a once off. The money we receive from our kind and generous followers enables us to help people on the front line to rebuild their lives and become independent again. Every cent and every dollar helps.
You could join me for a trip of a lifetime to the frontline. I have just taken a group to Nepal, am taking another group in February to the frontline and will be doing more trips throughout the year.
You could also help by sponsoring someone that we’re working with on the frontline, in the same that Robert does with Harka (you’ll find out about that in the story below).
Now let’s get on with updating you with Harka’s progress (the boy with no arms in the picture below)!
Feb 2016 – Post earthquake in Kathmandu Nepal I was taking a base assessment and visited a disabled school to see if there had been any casualties there. It was the middle of the day and term time, and I found just one boy aimlessly kicking a ball against the wall, head down. I asked the administrator what the situation was.
Harka, 11 years old, had been brought to the disabled school two years previously, both of his arms burnt off to the socket after falling down a hill and grabbing onto a live electricity wire to save himself.
Once Harka was at the school there was no further contact from his family. Abandoned, Harka adapted to life with no arms and learned to write with his toes. But no school would take him. Hence he was alone at the disabled hostel that day. Having no arms he was unable to use the bathroom on his own. Each day he had to watch the school bus collect the other children and he was left behind.
I was determined to solve this for Harka but every idea was stopped by the school until we came up with the idea of paying a caregiver to sit at the back of the class so that when Harka needed to use the bathroom – he could.
The school agreed and a most generous sponsor has committed to funding Harka’s caregiver.
One year on – Jan 2017 Nepal
An excited administrator greeted me at Harka’s hostel and beckoned me to follow her. Harka was standing on the table using his feet to play Bagh Chal, a traditional and very popular game in Nepal.
It’s a fast action hunting board game, two sides taking part: 4 tigers trying to capture the 20 goats who defend themselves by blocking the tigers. It was quite obvious that he was having a lot of fun.
He nodded and smiled and me then returned his focus to his game. I followed the administrator to her office.
She proudly handed me Harkas school report
English, Nepali, Maths, Social Studies, Science & Environment, GK + Moral Science, and English Grammar. Final grade on each subject A+ .Remarks: Outstanding.
I could have cried with joy!
Harka had missed nearly 2 years of formal education after his accident, had been given a second chance at education and he was maximising every minute. The school was delighted. No issues and the carer was doing her job well of managing Harka and his use of the bathroom.
The school also noted that he was talented in extracurricular activities, he was a budding artist and a good footballer.
Harka, his board game over, joined us in the office. He wanted to show me his love of sketching and asked if he could draw my portrait. Paper and pencils appeared and I sat back and gazed out of the window as he worked. The finished product was excellent – he even included my sun glasses perched on my head.
When asked how much he enjoyed school – he beamed – he loved it. ‘Maths’, he said is his favourite subject. Mingma, the lead for Be The Change in Nepal, jumped in and said, ‘ ‘when until you have finished your education, you will be great in my accounts department’. Harka’s smile got even broader.
About to leave the administrator then put the icing on the cake, someone from Harka’s families village had, by chance come to the hostel to visit another student. The administrator had asked the man to pass on to Harkas family the great news of Harkas sponsor and his incredible success at school.
One month later Harka’s father and brother took the long journey from their countryside village to see Harka. There was not a dry eye in the hostel as the family was finally reunited.
From a boy abandoned with no hope to a top student reunited with his family. So many many thanks to Harka’s kind and generous sponsor Robert, who is supporting Harka every step of the way.
Harka’s smile says it all.
Much love from the frontline – Linda x
P.S. Oh, and just before you go…
If you’d like to help like Robert does and become a personal sponsor, then please join this waiting list
If you’d like to donate and help our frontline projects to be successful, then click here to find out more
And finally, if you’d like to find out about joining me on the frontline, click this link for more information