Roshan Lama is the 11 years old son of Padam Lama and Basanti Tamang coming from East Nepal. The father did not tell the whole truth when he admitted his son to Namo Buddha School a couple of years ago with one month deposit for the tuition.
He never came back to visit his son nor pay for his studies since.
We know that Padam has a serious drink problem and that he used to regularly beat his wife and son. Since Roshan's mother left home and now lives somewhere unknown, the father is incapable of looking after the small boy. The school does not have the heart to turn the child away and so has quietly been looking after him since then.
Puja Thapa, 8 years old, is the daughter of Rajendra and Rita Thapa from North East Nepal. Last year they admitted Puja as a boarder in Namo Buddha School paying the first month of tuition. The parents have never come back to visit their daughter since that day and have moved.
Puja's grand mother lives alone in Kathmandu. She is poor and in poor health and is unable to look after the child. She pleaded with the directors to keep her safe at the school.
Sujal Adhikari, the 8 years old son of Shyam and Sabina Adhikari, comes from a rural area about five hours from the school. The parents admitted Sujal as a boarder two years ago in similar circumstances to Puja with a small deposit for school fees.
They have never returned.
Many efforts have been made to contact the parents without success. The address given is no longer the family's home and no-one, including the small child, knows where the parents could possibly be.
As Social Services do not exist in Nepal, only the worse can be expected for abandoned children.
It is no good getting angry about what is happening.
With the recent traumatic events that struck Nepal, there will no doubt be more cases like these.
As our lovely and wise Marilyn said to me, "at least the parents of these three children cared enough to leave them in a safe environment rather than abandon them on the streets of the capital" where they would become street children vulnerable to child trafficking. And this is a sad fact. A recent article in The Sunday Times Magazine (Aug 23) exposed the reality of bogus orphanages "cash cows", something that l have talked about for years.
I just feel more determined than ever to stay positive and do whatever we can to make a difference to as many as we can, bearing very much in mind that the help offered has to be sustained and is sustainable.
The more money we raise in donations, the more we can do to help. I would like to personally thank those generous souls who are supporting us in our endeavour.
If you would like to help make a real difference to more children in Nepal, here are some ways you and your friends can assist.
A child's education as a Boarder Student including all books, notebooks and pencils costs £650 per year (a standing order of £54 per month )
A child's education as a Day Student including all books, notebooks and pencils costs £500 per year (a standing order of £42 per month )
A set of "bunk Beds" for two boarders including mattresses, pillows, 2 sets of linen and a blanket each costs £120
A school bench and writing desk set for four students costs £65
Two sets of uniforms for one child including sport gear costs £60 per year
To repaint a whole classroom costs £45
Small £5 monthly donations collectively will make a huge difference to many children.
These ideas of costs are based on children attending Namo Buddha School in Etay.
Fees in other schools in different parts of Nepal are substantially more.