Since 2004, the Sertshang Orphanage Home has been recognized by the Nepalese state. In the same year, the Sertshang Orphanage Home association was founded in Switzerland, with the aim of securing the financing of the home in the longer term.
Thanks to sponsorship and donations from Switzerland, as well as from Germany and Austria, where two other small associations have been involved in the home since 2005, the children's living conditions and education have undergone continuous improvement.
The presidents of the Swiss and Austrian associations visit the nursery for a few weeks at least once a year. They advise the home director on educational issues, maintain a friendly relationship with the children, check the accounts and ensure that all donations are employed entirely for the good of the children. The Swiss association is exempt from tax, which means that the donations to the accounts of the German and Austrian associations are also tax-deductible.
All donations pass to the orphanage in full, and all administrative costs are borne by the boards of the involved associations.
In the Sertshang Orphanage Home in Kathmandu between 50 and 60 children and adolescents of different ethnicities live together. Here they have found not only a loving and safe home, but they also receive a good education.
The majority of them are orphans and, before they came to the orphanage, their lives were often marked by hunger, violence and neglect. Only very few of them had been to school. The children are accommodated in two houses: the girls’ house and the boys' house. The home, which has a garden and a sports field, is situated in Kimdol, a quiet district of Swoyambunath on the outskirts of Kathmandu.
The children’s home is managed by a Tibetan lady, Methok Lama. She escaped from Tibet with her three younger sisters at the age of 14, and came to Sertshang Orphanage Home after spending several years in a refugee camp in India. She knows from her own experience how children feel without a family, and how valuable a safe home is. Methok is not only the manager, but also a mother and sister for the children and young people in the home.
The small team includes the cook Radhika Karki, as well as a household help. They all live like one large family, which gives the children a great feeling of security. Very early on they learn to take responsibility for themselves and the community. The older children take care of the little ones, and they all help with the housework.
The orphanage is recognized by the Nepalese state, and is financed entirely by private donations.