Founder Margreta Kerr

Dear Friends:

I’m Margreta Kerr (Maggie), the founder and director of The Rising Child Nepal Foundation and of Aastha House, House of Hope, our flagship program.

I have lived and worked on and off in Nepal since 1984, in jobs ranging from teacher, trek leader, volunteer and consultant for development agencies. Over my many years in Nepal, I’ve helped rescue children who once lived on the streets begging, or worked in menial jobs, often treated like no more than child slaves, for a tiny bit of food and a straw mat to sleep on at the end of the day. I’ve helped rescue children who have worked in jobs ranging from sewing sequins on saris, a skill which requires tiny, delicate hands, to working as a servant in a home at the age of 6. I’ve seen children who were malnourished with big bellies and reddish hair characterising protein malnourishment within weeks of coming to Aastha House begin to get their energy back, smile, play and look like a normal healthy kid again. I’ve helped children with no parents and no hope rise up and achieve great things through good education, proper nutrition, medical care and, most of all, a loving family like home where they feel safe and secure. All with with a very small amount of money by American standards, and a lot of love, are able to rise up and achieve great things through good education, proper nutrition, medical care and, most of all, a loving family like home where they feel safe and secure.

These children have blessed me more than I can bless them. They bless me with their resilience after a childhood of trauma and poverty like no American can comprehend. They bless me with their spirits, with their smiles, and they bless me as I see them blossom, rise up and grow into the children they are meant to be. And I pray that all children who live in poverty can have the same amazing lives these children have had.

The children I’ve rescued have been freed from the dangers of child labor and been given a chance at better opportunities in life. And it is through your support that I can continue to care for many more children who are living on the streets, begging or in dire poverty.

I cannot do this without your continued financial support. I take no salary for my work, and I ensure that all money donated goes directly to the projects. you know where your money is going and see direct results through the children themselves.

Thank you for helping me rescue more Nepali children and provide opportunities that they would never have without your help.

Namaste!
Margreta Kerr (Maggie)