We are so proud of our Ama Ghar “alumni” who came to us as small children, grew up at Ama Ghar, gained a great education and have gone out to support themselves as productive citizens. This is our mission at Ama Ghar, and these young people are living proof that it works.
Subash, who will finish his architectural degree this year, has become an “earthbag builder specialist.” Earthbag construction is a new method of earthquake proof construction that came to light after the disastrous quakes in April and May. Subash has been offered a number of lucrative opportunities to help build these houses out in the remote villages, and he even conducted three workshops for a group of national and international aid workers who are involved in reconstruction work.
He came home to Ama Ghar and told Bonnie Auntie how much he appreciated all that Ama Ghar had given him, including his childhood spent playing with Legos, which stimulated his architectural mind. He was especially thankful for Bonnie’s brother Ti, who taught him and the other boys the value of taking care of their tools, how to work as a team and to be proud of every project they do and complete it to the best of their ability. It was especially sweet when he said “ I even included Ti Uncle’s lessons in the workshops!”
There are other great stories, too – Ama Ghar alumna Kalpana Thapa is now a hostess for Bouddha air and flies regularly. Parbati lost her job after the earthquake but now has a new job as a barista, as she loves coffee and spends hours on-line learning to make coffee foam art. Menuka is very engaged with her teacher training and Mangel just started a job as a cook’s helper to get some experience on his CV after completing cook training.
Manju is working nights at a call center while she is deciding her next step and Meena is working on an internship.
All our older students taking Bachelor’s degrees are doing well, too – and they’re enjoying their new laptops so generously donated through the efforts of our hardworking friends at Ama Ghar Suisse.