Kalpana
  • One of our first orphans, Kalpana is now 16 years old. She is a wonderful young girl, very kind and affectionate and often behaves like a little mother to the younger children.
  • She endured a very hard life before arriving at LBU. Her father committed suicide when she was 8 years old and her mother became very depressed, started drinking alcohol and died one year later.
  • After the death of their parents, Kalpana, her two older sisters (both of whom are now married) and a younger brother, Krishna, (who is now living with her at LBU) stayed for one and a half years with their uncle. A simple farmer with children of his own, he accepted an offer from a refuge in Kathmandu to take care of the children.
  • Unfortunately, this refuge was a shameful place. The children, as witnessed by Florence Krief during her work there as a volunteer, were malnourished, often beaten and were not enrolled in school. Kalpana stayed there for nearly 18 months until she was taken back by an aunt, who decided to reunite her with her brother at LBU.
  • Originally, Kalpana had little opportunity to go to school. On her arrival, we enrolled her in class I. It was not easy for her because she was much older than the other children in her class and she is also very dyslexic.
  • Kalpana worked hard and we supported her every step of the way. She managed to pass her class 10 final exam (equivalent to GCSE) and is now studying to become a dental hygienist.
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  Kalpana in the bad orphanage
 
 
   
   
  Shortly after being
rescued in 2002
 
 
  Kalpana today
Kalpana at the hospital with her favourite fruits
 
 
Kalpana after the operation with Dr David Gateley and below, visiting London before going back to Nepal
  • When she was seven years old, Kalpana suffered third degree burns over nearly half of her body, following an accident with boiling water.
  • In early 2002 she underwent reconstructive surgery to release a burn contracture and, in September the same year, a Nepalese surgeon performed additional surgery to improve the mobility of her arm and neck. However the intervention was not wholly successful and Kalpana ended up with more scars.
  • We then decided that she should have her next operation in London. This took a few years to organise.
  • To start with one of our trustees approached Dr David Gateley who is an eminent specialist in reconstructive surgery. We asked him if he could go to Nepal and examine Kalpana to assess if it was possible to improve her mobility and the appearance of her scars.
  • In 2012, Dr Gateley and his colleague, Dr Farida Ali, met Kalpana and suggested different types of interventions. Kalpana decided to opt for the least invasive operation.
  • The next step was for us to agree a date for the operation and above all obtain visas for Kalpana and Rolak to come to London. At the end of January 2014, Kalpana and Rolak finally arrived in London. Kalpana underwent a very successful operation which rebuilt her confidence.
  • This whole process did not cost Child Action Nepal anything as one of our trustees paid for Kalpana's trip and stay in London, and above all we were extremely fortunate that Dr David Gateley waived his entire fee and also we did not have to pay for Kalpana’s stay at St George’s Hospital in Tooting in South London.
 
   
 
Dependra
  • Dependra was only three years old when his parents died. Because they were both working, they had sent him to live with his grandmother in her village for a while.
  • His parents and his one-year-old brother had remained in Balaju, an area of Kathmandu. It was a very cold winter and with no central heating Dependra’s parents decided to burn some coal and close all the windows. The smoke slowly killed the family as they slept, except for his mother who died in hospital three days later.

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  • After that, Dependra went to live with his maternal uncle. He started school at four years old but when he was five his uncle decided to put him in an orphanage in Kathmandu.
  • The orphanage suffered economic difficulties and approached us for help. They wanted us to take six children but they were not all orphans and all had families who could take care of them except Dependra, who joined LBU on the 31st May 2009.
  • He is a very smart boy. He started in the nearby school with the other younger children of LBU2. But we now have moved him to the school where our older children go.