Photo assignments. Photography workshops during students vacation. Photography classes with Year 12, as a preparation for their Mass Media final school exam.
The NAG, Nawa Asha Griha, Home of New Hopes, is a home for street children, in Kathmandu, Nepal.
In the beginning
In 1992 Nicole Thakuri-Wick visited Nepal for the first time, she was 23 and wanted to help street children have a better quality of life. After working for a short time as a volunteer, she decided to start „Nawa Asha Griha“ (NAG). This was established in Sept.1993 with the help of Swiss donations and “Les enfants du Nepal” (France) who continue to support NAG to the present day. Nicole started with 6 children in a rented room, and this has now expanded to become the present day NAG.
Now with 200 boys and girls aged 1 to 20 years the home has become a thriving community. Up to 150 children from the slums are transported by the NAG bus to attend the NAG school, which is recognised by the state, on a daily basis. They also receive a nourishing lunch with the NAGers.
Despite NAG’s growth over the years, the home still possesses a family atmosphere. The strong help the weak and the older children help look after the younger ones. A duty plan adds to the daily structures, e.g. washing dishes, sweeping the pathways, cleaning the grounds and common rooms.
Furthermore, NAG supports an additional 350 children in various local government schools.