A Circus with a Soul

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As a gift from Alan and Sarah Nikles, our Swiss friends who are regular donors and volunteers, the Ama Ghar children went to their first circus! But it wasn’t just any circus – it was Circus Kathmandu, which extends training¬†and opportunities to marginalized young people who work with volunteer circus professionals from many countries. The very personal part of this …

Holiday Traditions at Ama Ghar

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We love to celebrate the Nepali festivals at Ama Ghar, as performing these rituals bonds us as a family of various religious and ethnic backgrounds. Traditionally, the festival season starts right after the rice harvest, with a 10-day family holiday of Dashain. Most of the children have aunts, uncles and cousins in their villages, so as many of them as …

Preparing for the Goddess Laxmi

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Tihar (also called Deepawali) is the Festival of Lights, a big celebration in Nepal that falls this year on November 19. In preparation for Tihar, we clean the house and make everything look as good as possible so that we can welcome the Goddess Laxmi, who arrives on the third day of Tihar. The first day of the festival is …