Graduates from Hope Home create a micro-business enterprise to support self-sustainability
Hope Home parent Nepal believes in utilising resources and capabilities to provide sustainability. The children are trained from a young age to participate in roles and responsibilities and all the children have a part to play in the everyday running of the home. The older children act as a strong role model for the younger ones with everything running smoothly.
Being the second poorest South Asian country, Nepal has many social and economic challenges. One serious issue is for young adult Nepalis gaining employment. The cost of tertiary education, without any Government support available, provides serious barriers. Even when people receive qualifications, there are few employment opportunities or low wages when employed. Many are forced to leave the country to find work in neighbouring countries and this has a destabilizing impact on both the family and society.
Two brothers, who were raised by Hope Home, demonstrated the benefits of growing up with the house parents when faced with a serious problem as adults. They were forced to find a solution when their sponsorship could not cover the final year of their tertiary studies. This meant that their aspirations had been dashed and they sadly were unable to complete their courses of Hospitality and IT.
As they were without any family of origin to support them, they decided to return to Hope Home and seek Nepal and Sapana’s advice. Together, with the home parents mentoring them, the young men started a micro-business right next door to Hope Home. Their dream now is to one day have their own house and shop, but right now it is a fledgling business.
Their business is a Nepali tea house. This they also live in and work from using electricity and water supplied from the adjacent home. They have rented a large parcel of land to build the tea house and have planted an adjoining market garden. They sell the produce to the home and to the local community from the tea house. There is no waste and any vegetation that is not for human consumption is fed to the pigs at Hope Home. This too is a sustainability project as the sale of the pigs is used for grocery expenses for the home and the pigs love any leftovers available.
Aussie visitors enjoying delicious Nepali Tea at the tea house with Phillip and Abraham and Uttam GC.
Tea house success
Tea House where many come to visit, drink tea, buy small items and vegetables and play Carom.
The Tea House is a very popular place for the locals to come and relax. With the addition of a Carom board in 2018 – a popular national game, business has multiplied. This has become a natural place for friendship and community.
L-R; Abraham, Safal, Sandip and Phillip at the Tea House with the market garden behind