Nepal

Keenan’s Kids first started operations in 2008, in Kathmandu, Nepal. This is where Keenan was living and working during the summer of 2008, before we lost her. She lived with a lovely Tibetan family in Bouhda, Nepal. Her Tibetan mother (called Momula) was Tsering Chokey Sherpa. She also had a Tibetan father (called Pala), a Tibetan grandfather (called Popula) and Tsering’s two children who she considered a brother and sister. Keenan loved her Tibetan family, and they gave her much strength, support and love as she pursued her dreams.

Her dreams included studying and working with eastern medicine, which she did at a local Tibetan clinic. She also helped at a local leprosy facility. Throughout all her time there, she was most drawn to the plight of children. It was always the children that captured her heart.

Orchid Garden Nepal (OGN) was a children’s daycare center in nearby Kathmandu. Keenan was introduced to the Director of OGN (Bina), by Vidhea Shrestha, the Program Leader of Keenan’s Tour in Nepal. The children at OGN are from the lowest caste in Nepal. They are very poor, and often, receive their only meal of the day at OGN. The children range in age between 2 – 5 years old. Newborns and children under two years of age are kept with their mothers while working. The work is very hard and many mothers even mix cement with their youngest strapped to their backs. There, Keenan got to know many of the children, and spending time with them brought her much happiness, along with a raw awareness of the struggle for life.

Upon losing Keenan, we felt that the world had lost a beautiful soul that would have contributed much to the world. As a positive counterbalance, we established Keenan’s Kids, a charity devoted to providing food and nutrition to indigent children throughout the world. We know in our hearts, that this will make Keenan smile.

And so, we have started where Keenan left off — Orchid Garden Nepal, in Kathmandu.

Meet Tarpon

Meet Tarpon

Tarpon came to Orchid Garden Nepal at the age of 10. By then, he had already experienced a challenging life. He was born in Pachnthar, in the eastern part of Nepal. The youngest of two children, his father died before he had a chance to know him. His mother, Tara, unable to provide for her children, left them with her parents and traveled to Kathmandu to make a life. There, she remarried and had a son. Throughout Tarpon’s childhood, his mother would return to Pachnthar once a year to visit him and his older brother.

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The Perseverance of Nepal

The Perseverance of Nepal

Nepal suffered a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25, 2015, and then suffered another one of 7.3 magnitude on May 12, 2015. As a result, approximately 600,000 families have been displaced from their collapsed homes. Orchid Garden Nepal(OGN), the children’s daycare center located in Kathmandu and supported by Keenan’s Kids, lies almost equally between the two earthquake epicenters.

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Aftermath of Nepal Earthquakes

Aftermath of Nepal Earthquakes

Nepal suffered a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25, 2015, and then suffered another one of 7.3 magnitude on May 12, 2015. As a result, approximately 600,000 families have been displaced from their collapsed homes. Orchid Garden Nepal(OGN), the children’s daycare center located in Kathmandu and supported by Keenan’s Kids, lies almost equally between the two earthquake epicenters.

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A.J. Delago Tackles Nepal’s Earthquake

A.J. Delago Tackles Nepal’s Earthquake

A.J. Delago was Keenan’s childhood friend that lived next door. They ran races together, they played soccer together and they built snowmen together – they were the very best of childhood friends. A.J. is now in Medical School at St. George’s University. When he learned  of the devastating 7.8 M earthquake in Nepal on April 25th, he knew he had to do something.

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Tihar in Kathmandu

Tihar in Kathmandu

During late October 2014, Keenan’s Kids helped the children of Orchid Garden Nepal (OGN) celebrate the festival of Tihar, through its ongoing commitment to provide food and nutrition to this daycare/school facility.

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A Family Story from Kathmandu

A Family Story from Kathmandu

Sangita and Simron Bhujel were born in an extremely poor household. They lived in a house made of plastic tarps near Chabahil, a district of Kathmandu.

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