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Newsletters 2019

Leiden 30-4-2019

Good friends of the Nepal Sammaan foundation,

The foundation's website is under reconstruction. The data from the annual reports are already immediately visible, an important aspect for the clarity of the finances.

The most recent project, the Durga kindergarten, is nearing completion. But my next trip will take place in October. There is now a new leg for the foundation. Thanks to Rabobank's wish fund, the foundation received EUR 2,500 that we intended to use to launch a long-held wish of the local NGO, a 'health fund'. It is a modest start.

The intention is to give those who do not have the financial scope for this themselves the opportunity to seek medical help. Either money for a medicine or support for an examination and treatment in a good hospital in the capital.

It is set up as follows:

Account holder: Sunshine Social Development Organization (SSDO) Kapilvastu
Signature holder: Mr. Tulsi Ram Yadav - Chairperson
                  Mr. Krishna Kumar Shrestha _ Executive Director

Health Fund mobilization committee
Mr. Parshuram Yadav - Coordinator
Mr. Tulsi Ram Yadav - Chairperson (member in the team)
Mrs. Geeta Kewat - Executive member (team member)

The team will have a full right to make a decision for better work. I will be involved in all reporting and overall coordination for it.

As I am used to from SSDO, it looks solid.

I wish you all a good summer.


Annette M. Donker
Leiden 1-1-2019

Good friends from the foundation Nepal Sammaan,

A new year, 2019! I wish you all a very good and healthy year.

And again there is a kindergarten (Durga ECD center) in the scaffolding. Due to the weather conditions, it took some time before the construction could be started, but now the construction is gaining momentum. In June, I officially opened the Janchetna school, the previous project. Also, I inspected the site for the construction of the Durga kindergarten. In Nepal, the seasons determine construction possibilities . . . so we had to wait until the Monsoon was finished. After which, the work was stopped because of the festival month of October. Now it is being tackled at a rapid pace.

This photo dates from a month ago and you can see some other buildings in the background. An area of land was still available on the site of an existing Primary school. It meant that there were no additional costs for purchasing the land.

I received this photo today as a kind of New Year's gift. It is clearly visible that hard work is being done.

Two previously built rooms need maintenance now, i.e. they have to be re-painted. The climate in Nepal quickly affects exterior paint and we want everything to look good. Every five years it has to be repainted if we want to keep the building looking like new. Financially this is all possible because I reserved money for this from the donations.

Thank you very much for your support and I hope to be able to count on you for the much-needed contributions in the coming year.

With best regards,

Annette Donker

For spontaneous contributions:

NL46 RABO 0147 9418 81

in the name of Nepal Sammaan Foundation

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Newsletters 2018

Leiden, 7-9-2018

Good friends of Foundation Nepal Sammaan,

A short news report from the foundation.

Last June/July I visited our youngest project in the Terai, the southwest of Nepal. The Janchetna ECD (Early Childhood Development) has been festively opened and is being used. Unlike the previous projects, the usual painting on the interior walls is missing; instead, interchangable information panels are used as decoration.

Pen and paper and a child are entertained!

A new project is now being started, the Durga ECD room. This classroom will be part of an already existing Primary school on a spacious site, about 300 meters from the village. This Primary school is financed by the government, but unfortunately there is only one official teacher and the school is mainly based on volunteers. But that is always better than no school. The ECD building is completely separate from the other two rooms and has sufficient space. Incidentally, the nursery class has its own paid, trained teacher. The same teacher that these children had already for years under the trees of the village, when the weather allowed.

Old and young involved in the festive event, the opening of Janchetna ECD.

The first two offices that have been built by Nepal Sammaan (Ram Dulare ECD and the Gauri room) have been in use for some years now and require maintenance. At Ram Dulare, the pump must be repaired and the outside walls painted. The Gauri local must also be painted. The climate of Nepal is not very conducive to a long life of painting.

Furthermore, it was decided to build a wall around this room. At first it seemed unnecessary because the school is located in the middle of the village. But in practice, uncontrolled cattle and also delinquent youths caused quite a lot of unnecessary damage. A protective wall and cordoning off the grounds with a fence can solve this problem.

But all the work, the construction of the new school and the aforementioned painting, have to wait until the monsoon is finished.


Annette Donker.
Leiden, 24-5-2018

Good friends and interested people from the Nepal Sammaan Foundation,

A short but positive summer message. In mid-June I will leave for Nepal for the festive opening of the Janchetna school. Maybe you still remember a large number of children packed up in a paintless box. From now on, their new home is ready to receive them in a cheerfully painted classroom.

Thanks to the Imelda Nolet Foundation we can start a next project. The Durga kindergarten room. Now the toddlers get lessons in the open air under the trees, depending on the weather.

Thanks to all private donors, we have built up a good reserve. During my stay I will check the first two schools for defects that have arisen. If there are repairs to be done, the outside must be repainted. Is there enough teaching material? Then, thanks to you, the foundation has the financial possibilities for that.

I wish everyone a good summer.


Annette Donker
Leiden 29-3-2018

Good friends of the foundation Nepal Sammaan,

The ECD center Janchetna is nearing completion. The expectation is to deliver the end of April for use. Maybe you remember the photo taken during my visit last year of several children packed up in a paintless box. This school is intended for them.

In mid-June I will leave for Nepal for the festive opening.

Of course there is again a short report with photos.


Annette Donker

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Newsletters 2017

Leiden 10-12-2017

Good friends of the foundation Nepal Sammaan,

Good news from Nepal. The construction of the fourth kindergarten classroom is in full swing. Maybe you can still remember the photo of about 20 children crammed together in a space of about two by three meters? The community itself has saved years to buy land to build a real kindergarten. Now they can follow the developments of the construction on a daily basis.

It took a long time before the construction could begin. Because of the heavy rainfall that plagued Nepal in the late summer, building was impossible. Then in October the great religious holiday month. And the attached photos show that the work has continued over the past month.

I therefore expect to be able to open this new building in March or April.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this success.

We wish all good end of year celebrations and a good and prosperous 2018.


Annette Donker
Leiden 21-3-2017

Good friends of the Nepal Sammaan Foundation,

It has been a month since I returned from a stay in Nepal, of which one week in the Terai, Kapilvastu. Time to inform you all about my experience.

There was a warm welcome in the village of Banskhor, where the Janki locale was built according to the usual and official sizes of approximately 6 meters by 7 meters, with toilet and water pump. As we are slowly growing to expect, the school is beautifully painted inside and out; it's very pleasing to the eye.

The opening of a school is always a celebration. Everybody is wearing their most beautiful clothes. Everyone gets a small cup of fresh water and a little cookie to increase the excitement.

I speak of remote vlogillages but that's actually relative. The correct word is unreachable. If there was a better road to reach such a village then it would not be so remote at all. Then it would be, perhaps, just ten minutes from the main paved road, instead of a multiple of that. In addition to the financial consequences for the government, I say cautiously, the monsoon does not do much good to the small and narrow roads.

A subsequent project was found soon. A teacher pointed us to a community where the parents took the initiative themselves 10 years ago to teach the children. One of the residents offered a corner of his house and the well-trained kindergarten teacher was paid by the government. But the corner is certainly not cheerful, two by three meters for a limited number of children while there is no room for the rest of the children in this village.

So we commence another search for the necessary finances. Around 15,000 euros are needed. I am confident and convinced that this school - the fourth one! - will be ready to show off next year.

The picture speaks volumes, so I do not need to add a word explanation.

The weather conditions in this subtropical part of Nepal - much sun and an invasive wet period - quickly affect the paint of buildings. Therefore, the first school which was built will soon need to be painted.

Thank you for all your involvement and donations. Every amount helps.


Annette M. Donker
Leiden 9-1-2017

Good friends of the foundation Nepal Sammaan,

My sincere regards and best wishes for a healthy and happy 2017.

The Janki Project, a kindergarten in the village of Banshkor, 8 km southwest of Taulihawa, center of the district Kapilvastu, southwest Nepal, has been finished. It's the familiar story, toddlers sitting under the trees to follow daily education. Education is not even possible in various weather conditions. Too hot, too cold and too wet are the obstacles to the progress of education.

The cost of construction of this school totaled EUR 15,000.

Thanks to an unrestricted gift, construction could begin in the early summer of 2016 and in the last two weeks of February I go to Nepal to attend the grand opening.

Of course, I will report back about all of this. A good intention for this coming year to try to get together a sum for a fourth local nursery school in a village where the children hope for shelter for their daily lessons. Again, I hope I can count on your support.

Every little bit helps; so any amount is welcome.

Cordial greetings,

Annette M. Donker

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Newsletters 2016

Leiden, 25-06-2016

The Janki project.

Construction of another kindergarten has started. The pictures show a "puja" prayer service prior to the laying of the building's foundation. An important moment in the Hindu community.

The school's full name is Janki Early Childhood Development Centre, a long and hard to pronounce name, abbreviated to Janki ECD Centre. The kindergarten is located in a village called Banshkor and like the previous projects, this project is also in Kapilvastu, southwest Nepal. Here, too, he need for a school was great, as the children sat outdoors; too hot in warm weather; too cold in the cold months; and too wet in the monsoon.

Banshkor has about 200 households. The number of children for the class is 35, average number in most villages of this size. 17 boys and 18 girls from 3 years receive thier Primary Education in Nepali because that is the language of instruction in secondary education. Their mother tongue Awadhi is inadequate. The building is one classroom with the standard dimensions as prescribed by the Government in feet, which is converted 5:50 meters at nearly 7 meters. A bathroom is adjacent to the back of the building and there is a pump for clean drinking water.

Furthermore, the budget was earmarked for a carpet, cushions to sit on, some learning tools and toys. The property will be fenced in. The land for the project was donated by the VDC Village Development Committee and is registered with the Central Government in Kathmandu as the property of the school.

Our sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who has contributed to the creation of this building. If this school is taken into use at the end of the year, we are going to look forweard to the next project. The projects are not that hard, everywhere you have children in the open class, be it at kindergarten level or primary school for children aged six to twelve years.

There remains alot of work to be done and specifically the search for additional funding.

Kind regards,

Annette M. Donker

Nepal Sammaan Foundation
Updates of ECD Building
Leiden, 23-06-2016

Good friends and followers of the Nepal Sammaan Foundation,

A summer message: meaning a sunny message. Two months ago, we received the news that the funding came through for the the construction costs for the third ECD (Early Childhood Development) Centre, the Janki kindergarten.

The time has come, construction has started. The pictures show the laying of the foundation, which is accompanied by a religious gathering (a puja, prayer service).

Construction will take several months, depending on the monsoon. If the rains are too intense, then the construction will be delayed. But it is almost certain that the school will be ready for use at the end of the year. I will definitely inform you all again.

In the meantime, thank you for all the contribubtions and support we received.

Kind regards,

Annette Donker

Nepal Sammaan Foundation
Dear friends and acquaintances,

It has been some months ago now that Nepal was severely affected by a series of earthquakes.

My request for donations in order to give some relief, received response in the form of 2700 €.

Thanks to all generous donors!

What was done with the money so far:

It was my wish that children should be able to go back to school on a daily basis.

For 250 children the local foundation Friends of Sankhu (since 1991 a relief organization in the Sankhu area) purchased schoolbags, stationary and writing materials.

The schoolbuilding in the picture is still standing but on the inside many repairs had to be carried out in order to be able to recommence school-sessions.

The children who were beneficiary to this program came from those families who had lost everything; who are still living in a tent or under tarpaulin and have not been able to restore their houses yet.

With their daily school-program the children not only receive education but also a sense of normalcy, of daily routine is slowly being restored.

Thank you again.

Foundation Nepal Sammaan gladly gave its support to Attie and Willem de Jong's (from Dordrecht) fund drive.

Together with their friends and acquaintances they sent enough money to Nepal, so that an entire village of 160 families could be provided with 25 kilos of rice per family. Rice stocks had become unusable through rubble and mud; and the next harvest is still months away.

Hunger and distress aleviated again for a group of people.

Fantastic result.

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Newsletters 2015


Following the disasters that hit Nepal, a severe earthquake twice within a short period of time, a campaign has been started by a foundation. Resulting in just over 2000 euros collected.

Of which 1200,- has already been transferred, of course, to the foundation Friends of Sankhu in Sankhu.

1200 euros is the equivalent of 156,000 Nepalese rupees over—a sum that can allow many children can attend daily lessons again, albeit in a tent.

The website address of the Friends of Sankhu is www.fos.org.np

For many years this local foundation, co-founded by a Nepalese anthropologist who received his doctorate in Leiden, been active in their immediate environment and also now in the hardest hit part, Sindhupalchowk.

It is the intention and our wish that this money is spent on the restoration of daily education, purchasing chalkboards, textbooks, notebooks and writing pads and, if possible, cushions to sit on.

Once we get an accounting of the this money has been spent, it will be published here.

Many thanks to all those who gave generously.


Annette Donker
Dear friends and acquaintances of the the foundation,

By now, everyone knows the news of what happened in Nepal. A major disaster. In addition to the loss of many lives and the grieving families, there is also the loss of cultural heritage. The tourist attraction, upon which the weak economy just about subsided, for lack of trade.

What is in store for Nepal? No one can envisage that yet.
In the region Kapilvastu, there is little or no destruction or loss of life. That means that our project has survived this disaster. I believe that it is correct to continue forward in the established manner: building for a strong, future generation by continuing to provide educational opportunities.

Hopefully I can continue to count on all of you.

Best regards,

Annette Donker

The completed construction of the school in the village of Gauri

Posted by adonker on Sunday, 1 February 2015.
Dear readers,

Last December, I went back to Nepal for the festive opening of the kindergarten in Gauri, a village about ten kilometers from Taulihawa (the local municipality). That does not sound far, as the crow flies, but over bad roads it takes a lot of time to get there. The welcome was heartwarming as usual: just about the entire village population met us and escorted us (three members of the Nepalese Organization SSDO and myself) to the school building in the middle of the village.

The school is a very spacious building and with a good toilet and a water pump on-site for clean drinking water. The kindergarten teacher was very pleased with the accommodations. She stressed that the work now would be so much nicer than in the open air (should the weather permit teaching). We handed the kids a metal box full of toys, so that not only the roof over the head was an improvement, but also the possibility to keep busy. With, among other things, dolls, toy cars and plastic parts to be fitted together.

For the festive event, tea was distributed for everyone and yhr children received biscuits. Another project to look back on with satisfaction. A thirteen year old girl from this village, who spoke English very well and gladly talked with me, told me that a Primary School was nearby (only 2 kilometers away from the village). Years ago, UNICEF built a primary school at a strategic location between the various villages on a junction of roads, so that the youth from the area never more than 2 to 3 kilometers have to walk for a good education. The children of the school Gauri can effortlessly transition to Primary Education.

Incidentally, on my way back to the airport (50 kilometers away) I saw a field with at least ten circles of students and the teacher in the middle. There is still plenty to do to get more children under roof for their daily lessons!

Many thanks to all who donated to this project to bring it to a successful conclusion.

Kind regards,

Annette Donker

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