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A special thank you to Stu Bevan whom I missed thanking in my Annual Review! Stu hosts the CHANCE website and is a great supporter of our charity. 🥰🙏

A very special thank you to everyone who turned out in bad weather for our quiz night at The Keep, in Guildford last night. We had 32 people playing in 6 teams and raised a magnificent £500🙏 It was a most enjoyable evening.

Thank you to Jane and Brian for another delicious beef ...pasta dish with a veggie option and salad, and many thanks to Ellan behind the bar.

It never ceases to amaze me how generous you all are, brining raffle prizes as well as buying raffle tickets, kindness itself. 🥰
The funds raised last night will continue to support Addesh who is in his first year of a four year course in Hotel Management at the prestigious GATE College, in Kathmandu. Jane and Brian have sponsored his education for the past 12 years.
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Email: info@chancefornepal.org if you would like to make up a team (of four to six) Our next quiz night will be towards the end of April.

We are delighted to be involved in our 8th school with the fantastic organisation GMIN, one of our partners on the ground in Nepal who we have been supporting for over 10 years.
I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to Rosy and Peter Gent who donated £6,000 (64%) towards the building of the ...school. This being their third school supported through CHANCE. Last year, they funded the repainting as well as extra books for another school they funded 5 years ago under our maintenance programme with GMIN.
Well done GMIN, for all your hard work in building these schools in remote areas in the west of Nepal 👏
Wonderful to see the school taking shape from the foundations upwards 🙏🥰

Congratulations to the winners of the February CHANCE 100 draw which took place this morning. Enjoy!
1st - Lawrence Nice - £120
2nd - Di Day - £80
3rd - Julie Livingston - £50
Delighted to say we continue to have 100 members. Thank you all for your continued support.

We are delighted to share our ANNUAL REVIEW for 2023. Please click on the link below to view.

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Congratulations to the winners in our first draw of 2024 which was drawn this morning…. enjoy!
1st Don Holiday - £120
2nd Eloise Fitzgerald - £80
3rd Lindsay Slater - £50
Thank you all so much for your on going support.
We currently have 100 members 🙏🥰

The December report from BVS (Burns Violence Survivors.)
I share four cases from the 10 patients supported by BVS in the burns unit during the month of December. They do such sterling work, and are dedicated and committed.

There were 25 food baskets, 64 physiotherapy sessions, 30 ...counselling sessions and 12 ‘Goody bags’ all funded through Chance during the month.

Bhan is 11 months old and comes from the district of Bara, 140kms from Kathamndu.
He is an only child; his father is a farmer and mother a housewife. They financial situation is very poor.
Bhan was outside with his mother who had started a fire to cook on. His father was doing household jobs. His mother left Bhan on the ground whilst she went to collect vegetables from the garden and he crawled towards the fire where tragically he got severely burnt. As soon as his mother heard him cry out, she rushed to him and immediately applied aloe vera onto the burnt area. She then took him by bus to a nearby pharmacy but because his wounds were severe she was advised to go by ambulance to the Makwanpur Shakari Hospital, a 54kms journey. There he received only medication and dressings and was admitted for 2 days. They had no money left for further treatment and due to his wounds being severe and with no adequate facilities for burns of this type, he was then referred to the specialized burns unit Kanti Children Hospital, a further 87kms away for specialised treatment. He suffered 9%, 2nd degree burns to his face. He treatment is ongoing.

Sagar is four years old and lives with his parents in Kathmandu.
He had returned from kindergarten and his grandmother had placed an electric kettle on top of a chair to heat water! She then went to the kitchen to prepare a Horlicks drink for him and on her return, she saw him underneath the chair where she had left the electric kettle. His mother was out and as his father was preparing to go out when he accidently knocked the kettle which fell over Sagar’s lower body. Sagar was wearing cotton pants and when they tried pulling them off, his skin came off. His grandmother applied tomatoes on the burnt area and they immediately rushed him to Kanti Children’s Hospital for further treatment. His grandmother is staying with him on the burns unit. He suffered 15% 3rd degree burns to his stomach, groin, hips and lower back. He is undergoing treatment. Both parents have been unemployed for many years. His treatment is ongoing.

Prakash is 4 years old and comes from the district of Kailali, Bardagoriya, 450kms from Kathmandu. He lives with his father who works the land, his mother a housewife, little sister and grandfather who is mentally ill. His father had gone out. His mother had placed a large pot of sheep fodder on the floor to cool after she preparing it and gone to take a shower. Prakash was playing around and according to his grandfather, Prakash accidentally tripped and fell into the hot pot. His grandfather took him outside and hearing him cry out his mother came rushing to him. She immediately took him to the Dodoghara hospital a fifteen-minute walk, where they dressed his wounds and kept admitted him in for 5 days. His mother felt no progress being made, so both parents brought him to the burns unit at the Kanti, a 450kms journey by bus. He suffered 5%, 1st degree burns to both thighs and his groin. After 17 days he was discharged home.

Astok is 10 months old and an only child. His father works as a migrant worker in Dubai. His mother and Astok live in Dang in Western Nepal. His mother had heated up oil to give Astok a massage, (This is a common practice mothers do). She put the hot pan on the floor to let it cool for a few minutes whilst she got busy with some household chores. Astok was playing around and accidentally stepped on to the hot oil which splashed all over his whole face and head. His mother rushed to him and applied tomatoes on the burnt area. Immediately, he was rushed by scooter to Tulshi Bal Hospital, in Dang where he received first-aid treatment. On the same day, he went by jeep to Butwal Amda Hospital where he received dressing only. As this hospital didn’t have the facilities to treat Astok he was transferred via plane to Kathmandu and the Kanti Children’s Hospital. He has now returned home.

All names have been changed for protection and permission granted from the parents.🙏

Thank you so much for your wonderful support throughout 2023.
I am humbled by your kindness, generosity and love for our Nepalese projects. 🙏
May I wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and may 2024 bring good health, peace, happiness and hope across the world 🙏🥰 Barbara xx

Brilliant MHN, another emergency medical mission by MHN - well done 🙏🥰

I would like to thank Jane Lewis and Ivy Tan who through CHANCE fund the ‘Magic Read’ programme we have with MHN. Books on health and hygiene were given out during this emergancy relief.

Congratulations to the winners of the December draw for the CHANCE 100….enjoy!
1st Richard Stokes - £120
2nd Andrea Matthews - £80
3rd Jenny Clegg - £50

Thank you all so much for your on going support.
We currently have 100 members 🙏🥰

Congratulations to the winners of the November draw for the CHANCE 100….enjoy!
1st - Judy Luck - £120
2nd - Patricia Nice - £80
3rd - Sally Adams - £50
Delighted to report we have 100 members! Thank you so much for your wonderful support.🙏🥰

A very special thank you to everyone who turned out in bad weather for our quiz night at The Keep, in Guildford last night.

What stars you all were! We had 23 people playing in 5 teams with 10 unable to come and we still managed to raise an incredible £415.

Thank you to Jane... and Brian, the landlords of The Keep for a delicious beef pasta dish, with veggie option and salad, and thanks to Audrey behind the bar. So many of you contributed to the raffle, kindness itself 🙏.

The funds raised last night will support Aadesh, now in his first year of a four year course in Hotel Management at the prestigious GATE College, Kathmandu. Jane and Brian have sponsored his education for the past 12 years. I took a short video of Aadesh when I was in Kathmandu last month, in which he thanked Jane and Brian and all the support from the quiz teams. Please email: info@chancefornepal.org if you would like to know more about making up a team and joining us for one of our fun quiz nights. ❤🥰

The Stupa at Boudhanath, Kathmandu. A World Heritage Site…….where I made many koras each day of my stay. A very special place…….. I am missing you 🙏❤️🙏

Congratulations to the winners of the October draw for the CHANCE 100….enjoy!
1st - Sharon Brockway - £120
2nd - Kjell Tholo - £80
3rd - Paul Lynch - £50
Delighted to report we have 100 members! Thank you so much for your wonderful support.

A very special day at VFN making momos! Wonderful to be back after a four year absence due to Covid travel restrictions.
They are a super bunch, so polite, such fun, a positive vibe runs throughout the house under the excellent leadership of JP and Maan both in their final year of ...Bachelors.

The momo process is a long one - everything is made from scratch - everyone takes on a roll and I was given my orders! Chopping, rolling out the dough, the art of filling the parcels, not easy, my filling kept escaping to the amusement of everyone. The highlight was in the tasting, absolutely delicious. With 16 hungry mouths to feed, hundreds were made, plus a chicken broth made from the bones of the chicken. No corners cut, the homemade tomato, chilli and peanut satay were utterly delicious too.

Thank you everyone for such a special day. I loved every minute of my day with you.
Wishing you all a wonderful Dashain and Tihar 🙏🥰💕

Today was my visit to Sneha’s Care, which Chance has supported for the past 5 years with funding 1000 rabies vaccinations a year. Rabies still kills many people. Sneha Shrestha, the founder is an incredible and dedicated lady and runs the centre with the help of 19 staff and a few volunteers. ...Today there were 158 dogs in the centre. All was quiet until Sangbo Lobsang, who accompanied me, opened the gate to be welcomed by all 158 dogs who came bounding towards us, barking and wagging their tails. Being a tad frightened of dogs, I first clung on Sangbo’s arm and then Sneha’s 🙏 feeling very brave! Once we were inside, they settled quickly and calmness ensued once more, during which I had the chance to talk to Sneha about her work.

The last time I was here, four years ago, there were many volunteers, but since Covid the numbers have fallen dramatically, the same goes for some of the dogs finding new homes in Nepal or abroad. Only one dog left the country this year was adopted by a German couple. A few years ago 6/7 dogs were adopted each year.

The dogs are rescued off the street, many with injuries, either hit by a car and abandoned, or fighting amongst themselves. Once rounded up, they are brought to the centre and are given an anti rabies vaccination, neutered, treated against distemper and released back into their community after three days. Those injured stay for as long as deemed necessary, usually around three weeks for their wounds to heel, as you can see by the photo of Sete. Two femail vets and a veterinary nurse come twice a week to operate .

Today was my visit to Sneha’s Care, which Chance has supported for the past 5 years with funding 1000 rabies vaccinations a year. Rabies still kills many people. Sneha Shrestha, the founder is an incredible and dedicated lady and runs the centre with the help of 19 staff and a few volunteers. ...Today there were 158 dogs in the centre. All was quiet until Sangbo Lobsang, who accompanied me, opened the gate to be welcomed by all 158 dogs who came bounding towards us, barking and wagging their tails. Being a tad frightened of dogs, I first clung on Sangbo’s arm and then Sneha’s 🙏 feeling very brave! Once we were inside, they settled quickly and calmness ensued once more, during which I had the chance to talk to Sneha about her work.

The last time I was here, four years ago, there were many volunteers, but since Covid the numbers have fallen dramatically, the same goes for some of the dogs finding new homes in Nepal or abroad. Only one dog left the country this year was adopted by a German couple. A few years ago 6/7 dogs were adopted each year.

The dogs are rescued off the street, many with injuries, either hit by a car and abandoned, or fighting amongst themselves. Once rounded up, they are brought to the centre and are given an anti rabies vaccination, neutered, treated against distemper and released back into their community after three days. Those injured stay for as long as deemed necessary, usually around three weeks for their wounds to heel, as you can see by the photo of Sete. Two femail vets and a veterinary nurse come twice a week to operate .

Lastly, during my day at Triple Gem, I sat in on Class 8 as they enjoyed an extra curriculum glass on Biodiversity which has been implemented by Triple Gem School, the first school in Nepal to run this pilot programme. The organisation iLearnabout UK already has this programme running in schools ...in Africa with great success and Lama Kondan is keen to have the programme in his school.
Dilu, the assistant head who took the class was brilliant and it was a joy to see how engaged the children were. Lots of interaction and explanation by Dilu. I feel the programme will be a great success. 👏🥰

After the joyous singing by many classes, it was the turn of the milk distribution which CHANCE has supported for the past 10 years. The children then enjoy their tiffin, followed by a quick nap for one!
Thanks to Linda Dixon of Paper Projects in Cambridge who gave me hundreds of packets of ...stickers for the younger children here as well as for the burns unit at the Kanti. That visit will be on Thursday.
Thanks also go to the many knitters, over 20 of you who loved making the dolls, which after so many years of my bringing them to Nepal, thousands in total have become part of Chance’s signature. Class 1 ,2 and 3 all received a gift of stickers and dolls. 🥰❤️💕

Such a joy for me to revisit Triple Gem School yesterday after a four year absence. Lama Kondan, the excellent headmaster, warmly greeted me and we discussed the various programmes Chance supports at the school. I was then entertained by Class 2 who wanted to sing me this song, so sweet. ...👏🙏🥰 Have your sound turned on

A great result!
Thank you to everyone who took part in our CHANCE quiz last night at The Keep, Guildford. We raised a brilliant £460 with 32 people taking part 🥰. Massive thanks to Jane and Brian, the landlords at The Keep who tirelessly organise these fun quiz nights as well as providing... a complimentary and delicious light supper. My thanks to Ellie, behind the bar who did a sterling job keeping everyone’s glass topped up.

The Keep have funded the education of Aadesh for the past 12 years through these quiz nights. Aadesh has now just started a four-year course at the prestigious Global Academy of Tourism and Hospitality Education (GATE) in Kathmandu. Aadesh, now aged 19 is a clever and switched on young man whom I’m sure will go on to achieve great things in his life.
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Thank you so much Janet Davies and fellow knitters for knitting me over 70 dolls destined for the burns unit at the Kanti Children's Hospital in Kathmandu. I will personally deliver them with others when I make my visit at the beginning of October. You mentioned how much everyone enjoyed ...knitting them, knowing that a pair of tiny hands will love them too 🥰 I will be sure to take photos.
A photo of some of them from Janet and friends.🥰🙏

Congratulations to the winners of the CHANCE 100 draw for September. Enjoy!
1st - Dosanjh Jatinder - £120
2nd - Viv Woods - £80
3rd - Geraldine Williams - £50
I am delighted to say we still have 100 members

Congratulations to the winners of the August draw in the Chance 100 Club which was drawn this morning at the Cranleigh Golf & Country Club. Enjoy!
1st Adrienne Golightly - £120
2nd Caryl Davey - £80
3rd Liz Hodge - £50
I am delighted to say we now have a full house of 100 ...members.

Thank you Sneha's Care. CHANCE is delighted to support your wonderful organisation.