The orphan with whom it all began…
Sometimes you meet someone who changes your life. I met Ombir for the first time in the summer of 2014. A very positive and happy boy with a lust for life. I asked him, “What is the thing that you would like the most in the whole world?” “Love,” he answered. I slumped to my knees and embraced his fragile body. In his beaming eyes, I saw a child looking back at me. A golden smile on his face and beaming eyes. At that moment, I saw the enormous power and the potential of giving as little as love to just one child. An 11-year-old boy’s greatest dream was something as simple as love. This answer changed his life.
Ombir was born in a very small village in the south of Nepal. He lived with his parents and younger brother in a hut made of bamboo. Ombir grew up in pure poverty and with only one meal a day, the chance of survival was small.
After his father died, Ombir’s sick mother brought him here. Here, Ombir received what he needed. Shelter, food, education and love. Lots of love! But above all, a chance of a better future.
April 25, 2015, the day that Nepal was hit by a devastating earthquake. As a result,the orphans lost their homes and slept for weeks in a tent on the nearby lawn. One thing was for sure. Somebody had to stand up and take care of these children. I had no papers, no experience, no money and I didn’t speak the language. To me, this didn’t matter at all.Hearing the orphans crying on the phone and seeing the fear in their eyes whilst the tears were streaming down my cheeks, I knew for sure what I had to do. This was the time for me to stand up, to quit my studies in Psychology and my job and to move to Nepal to take care of these orphans.
With the greatest dream of building a new home, because every child deserves to grow up in a safe and loving environment. And yes, we need your help!
For as long as one of these children, with an outstretched hand, is asking for nothing more than love, my mission will continue!
Be the change you want to see in the world.
Perhaps you’ve seen something from the Ombir Foundation in the media over the past few weeks. For example, we had an interview in the following Dutch newspapers: Algemeen Dagblad, Metro News, De Postiljon (Zoetermeer en omstreken) (Zoetermeer and surroundings) and Mick Bröcker was also a guest of Humberto Tanon on the popular television talk show RTL Late Night.
Would you like to contribute to the construction of a new orphanage home in Nepal? Make a one-off donation today or become a FRIEND of the Ombir Foundation – starting at €5 per month, you can put your impact on cruise control.