Ghar Sita Mutu, A House with a Heart
Bambino Land is proud to support Ghar Sita Mutu, a home for abandoned children, training program for destitute women and outreach program for needy families in Kathmandu, Nepal.
- We donate a percentage of our annual gross sales to
Ghar Sita Mutu
- We sell Ghar Sita Mutu products that support the house.
The Ghar Sita Mutu Story
Ghar Sita Mutu was founded in 2001 by Beverly Bronson, a volunteer social worker in Nepal, when she found two abandoned brothers aged two and five huddled together outside their tin hut in the streets of Kathmandu. Unable to find anyone to care for the children, Beverly became their guardian and admitted them into a bleak and overcrowded hostel attached to a small school. The boys did not thrive, and she began to dream about providing a home for them and other abandoned children that would also help support and train destitute mothers.
After some initial fundraising and a financial commitment from two friends, Noel Faulkner and Dr. Mark Rogers, Beverly returned to Nepal and rented a 12-room house. Ghar Sita Mutu – House with Heart opened its doors in April of 2001. Ghar Sita Mutu Programs
In addition to our children’s home, we serve hundreds of local children, women and families with our Children’s Saturday Arts Program, Children’s Learning Center, Women’s Training Program, and family outreach programs.
Situation in Nepal
Nepal is a south Asian country of 29 million struggling with poverty and political instability. The per capita income is just $322, and there is no government safety net for citizens. Not nearly enough charitable organizations operate in this country, where so many people are in need. Children and women, in particular, are vulnerable in this society.
Countless children live on the streets of the capital Kathmandu, having run away from indentured servitude or been abandoned by parents. Education is not compulsory and only families who can afford to do so send their children to school. Children as young as five are indentured.
The status of women is low in the society, contributing to frequent abuse and abandonment of wives and children. Women and girls in families often receive fewer resources in terms of food, medical care and education. Only 35% of females are literate, compared to 63% of males. Girls as young as 13 may marry, although the norm is 16. Many women have two or three children by the time they are 18, and often are without a husband.
Few employment opportunity exist for women, with the main source being low-paying job in carpet factories requiring long working hours. Childcare is not available, and sometimes babies are shut up in a room, left alone for long hours. It is not unusual to see children too young to even care for themselves left in charge of their younger siblings.
Structure of Ghar Sita Mutu
Beverly Bronson, a London native, founded Ghar Sita Mutu in 2001 and has directed its expansion since then. She splits her time between Nepal and New York, where she operates a small antiques shop. In the U.S. she works with volunteers to administer the organization, and she oversees a small paid staff in Nepal.
Ghar Sita Mutu is a very lean organization with a small amount of overhead. Beverly is the unpaid director of the organization. Funding comes mainly from individual donors who attend a yearly fundraiser and read her bi-yearly newsletter. Ghar Sita Mutu received its first grant of $5,000 from The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation of New York, NY, in 2007 to start a felt-making project.
Ghar Sita Mutu currently operates with a fiscal sponsor, The Candy Jernigan Foundation for the Arts, which receives and distributes its donations. As an non-governmental organization (NGO), Ghar Sita Mutu has an advisory board in Nepal. The organization is in the beginning stages of obtaining a 501(c)3, which will allow it to operate without a fiscal sponsor and create a board of directors in the America to help guide the organization.