Kathmandu’s Monkey Temple

We strongly encourage our interns to take periodic days off from the children and the home and get out into the surrounding area to experience the unique culture and atmosphere of the area. This is an account from an intern who did just that while staying at the CHI home in Kathmandu, Nepal.

I recently had the opportunity to visit Kathmandu’s famous “Monkey Temple”. The real name for this ancient hilltop religious complex is Swayambhunath, the Tibetan name meaning “Sublime Trees”. Continue reading

Kindergarten in Kaliyampoondi

Kids are cute, but these kids are ridiculously cute. Their smiles are infectious and their giggles quickly become viral. It doesn’t take much to start them going – a look, a sound, the slightest touch, and the giggles erupt. They rapidly spread from one to another until the whole room is vibrating with laughter. Continue reading

A very special Anniversary

Yesterday, July 14th, we celebrated Fred and Bonnie Cappuccino’s 60th Wedding Anniversary and the launch of Child Haven International’s Diamond Jubilee Endowment Fund.

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During the 60 years of their marriage, Bonnie and Fred raised their own 21 children, 19 adopted from around the world. They have also nurtured and provided loving care for thousands of formerly destitute children and women in India, Nepal, Tibet and Bangladesh. With their guidance, over the past years, CHI has assembled a future transition team which is intimately familiar with the people, philosophy and inner-workings which make Child Haven truly unique and effective. Continue reading

The Empowerment of Women

One of Child Havens goals is the upliftment and empowerment of women. We strive to do this in several different ways. We employ destitute and disabled women in our children’s homes as caretakers and helpers. Often these women also have their own children who need help too. Mother and child both come to Child Haven where they receive plenty of healthy food, a safe place to live, quality education (often for the first time) and a new family to grow up with. Continue reading

GUEST POST – How CHI Changed Me

This is a Guest Post from Adrienne Mavalwala. After raising money for CHI through a bottle drive that her children held, Adrienne and her family volunteered for a mini internship at our children’s home in Kaliyampoondi, India. She and her husband and their three children spent two amazing weeks with the staff and children – helping out, having fun, and learning a great deal. Here is a little piece of Adrienne’s story – read more on their personal family blog – Five for India. Continue reading

Top Ten Hints for a great CHI Fundraising Party

The Diamond Jubilee is fast approaching and we at CHI want to encourage all of our supporters to gather their family and friends for a fundraising party (a pot luck, BBQ, drinks, or even just dessert) and then tune into Bonnie and Fred Cappuccino’s webcast at 5pm EST on July 14. Continue reading

Education is Key

With such a massive population, a good education becomes all the more important if you want to compete for a job in countries like India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. The job market is not keeping pace with the ever expanding population and students are having to seek further and continued education to compete for limited employment opportunities. Where a bachelors degree may have been sufficient in years past, now a masters degree is the minimum in some fields of work. Vocational training has also become increasingly popular over the years, providing students with a usable skill set immediately applicable after graduation. Continue reading

Smiles for Miles

Life can be pretty difficult at times. This is true for everyone, everywhere around the world, but maybe a bit more so for people who are living well below the poverty line in overpopulated developing nations. But no matter where in the world you are and no matter how desperate your situation may seem to be, you can always find a child with a smile. Continue reading

GUEST POST – A week in Nepal

This is a guest post from Rene Cappuccino (repeat CHI intern and volunteer). This post originally appeared in her personal blog –  www.repurposedredhead.com – in June 2012.

Namaste from Nepal! Due to the new visa regulations for Tibet, I was unable to accompany the rest of my group on that portion of the trip. Instead I remained in Kathmandu, Nepal at the Child Haven International children’s home. It has given me the opportunity to briefly live the life of an intern again and get to know the children and staff a little bit better. Continue reading

Top Ten Ways to Help

Want to help Child Haven International? Here are our Top Ten ways to lend a helping hand both figuratively and literally. We assist children and women in developing countries, who are in need of food, education, health care, shelter, clothing, emotional and moral support – and so can you. Here’s how!

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