Tihar 2076 – Beautiful!

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One of the most beautiful celebrations in the Nepali culture is the Newari tradition of Mha Puja – celebration of the self. Everyone in the family shares a celebratory feast and the feeling of love during Mha Puja at Ama Ghar is overwhelming. The fifth day of Tihar is Brothers’ Day when sisters put tika on their brothers’ foreheads and …

Laxmi’s Path Leads Home

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Laxmi Puja takes place on the third day of Tihar and is the beginning of our celebration at Ama Ghar – and we also celebrate our faithful Ama Ghar dogs with a Kukur Tihar right before that. Laxmi is the goddess of wealth and Vishnu’s wife. To prepare for her visit to our home to bestow blessings, we clean the …

Happy Dashain 2076!

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Dashain, the 15-day festival that is the most important in Nepal, symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Once upon a time, the Goddess Durga rode a tiger and armed herself with magic weapons to battle the demon Mahishasura. After fighting for nine days and nights, Durga finally killed the devil and saved the whole country. Since then, offering sacrifices …

Samjhana’s Feet are Still Traveling

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You know how some people have so much energy they don’t know what to do with it? Well, that has always been the case with our Ama Ghar daughter Samjhana… when she was a small child, she couldn’t stop moving, dancing, singing, playing, laughing… and now that she’s 21, that hasn’t changed at all. She is working on a Bachelor’s …

Moving Up and Moving Out!

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The exciting news – which is somewhat bittersweet – is that Jenuka, Po-Po, Sangita, Rupa and Akriti are all leaving their Ama Ghar home and moving into an apartment in Kathmandu, where they will be pursuing higher education and training. It’s bittersweet because although the girls are really excited, they’re understandably a bit nervous about leaving their house full of …

Falling in Love Again at Ama Ghar

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Ama Ghar visitor Kate Rademacher shared this wonderful story with us – enjoy – it will make your day… “This week is the anniversary of our former foster daughter’s arrival in our home. She was placed with us the day before the 4thof July holiday. The first ten minutes were awkward as we played a game with her on the …

Congratulations, Sabita!

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Please join us in congratulating our Ama Ghar daughter Sabita, who just graduated with a Culinary Arts degree, thanks to you and our friends at the Didi Project… we are so proud of her. She is an extremely hard worker who shared these wise words about overcoming obstacles: “Life does not sound interesting if you do not go through ups and downs …

Monsoon has arrived!

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Monsoon has finally arrived, bringing cooler temperatures – thank goodness – and an opportunity to play in the mud while helping out at rice harvest. We grow our own rice at Ama Ghar, which doesn’t come close to supplying all the rice we need, but it helps. And it’s so good for the children to help grow their food and …