Friends of Indreni is a U.S.-based for-purpose organization dedicated to supporting neglected and impoverished children in the areas of education, health care and housing. Our primary focus is in Nepal, with expanding interest in several other under-developed countries. In Nepali, “Indreni” means “rainbow”, a perfect metaphor for these children: after the storms of adversity, very often a rainbow will appear, filled with opportunities for a hopeful future.
Our primary focus is the Indreni Home for Children in Nepal, established originally by Indreni Ltd-Ireland. We currently support one home housing 30 children. The home provides secure shelter, nourishment, and a loving atmosphere for the children, along with education at a local private school.
While these children may not be orphans, they have been rescued from living on the streets where they were exposed to all the risks and dangers found there, including drugs and sex trafficking. Our goal is to provide a safe and healthy place to live where they can begin to experience the love and guidance that all children need to become competent and self-sufficient adults. Wherever possible their parents remain a supportive part of their lives.
As the children grow and mature, both young men and women will be encouraged to become involved in different community service projects, based primarily around helping the elderly and giving guidance to younger children. As part of our mission, we also support projects to teach the children about contributing to long-term sustainability in this impoverished region. Our purpose is to endow each child with meaningful education or vocational training so that when when they transition into society as adults, they will be self-sufficient and have the skills to improve quality of life for themselves and their community.
During the school holidays, children are taught to sow and plant a vegetable garden in the front yard of the home. This small garden complements the much larger organic garden project already underway. The vegetables grown in these two farms are enjoyed in the meals prepared for the children, and the money saved helps fund the further education of the children. In April of 2013, Maria Escosa and two volunteers, Sue Schepps and Richard Downs, visited the Indreni Home where Sue and Richard offered to finance a chicken farm to provide a new way for the children to learn more about the concept of sustainability.
In addition to our primary commitment in Nepal, our vision includes a goal to help other like-minded charities improve the lives of disadvantaged children around the world. While located in diverse regions of the world, the projects that we support have two fundamental components in common. First, they serve the educational needs of impoverished children, providing them with the skills they'll need to contribute to their society and build their futures as adults. And second, they are predicated on direct participation by the individuals they serve – everyone involved has a hand in building their futures together.
In 2012, we learned of a new organization dedicated to ensuring the sustainability of Peru’s last Incan community, the Q’eros, who live in isolated villages high in the Andes Mountains. The charity, Willka Yachay, is dedicated to providing local education to empower the next Q’eros generation to become community leaders who will elevate their collective standard of living, guide their community toward sustainable modernity, and revitalize their cultural identity.
Friends of Indreni has been helping Willka Yachay with the construction and outfitting of a high school, along many other needs. This is a meaningful project for us and for the parents of the Q’eros community, who are committed to helping in every way possible, including hauling the building materials to the building site and doing much of the construction themselves.
A third area of interest to us is the Damas Salesianas Day Center for Women in Naranjo, Costa Rica. This organization provides educational opportunities to the women who work in local coffee fields and to their families. Our grant to the organization was for the purchase of musical instruments for the children, a continuation of Maria’s involvement in a project that began many years ago when she was able to help them finish construction of the center itself. Today they have a beautiful facility where women learn cooking, sewing, and other skills, and provides their children with lessons in music.
Immediate one-time gifts or multi-year pledges of any amount can be made by cash, check or credit card. You can also make a memorial or tribute gift in honor of someone.
Make a Recurring Gift
Contribute yearly with a monthly contribution of $30, $45, $60 or more to the Friends of Indreni. Recurring gifts of any amount provide us with predictable income without the need to invest in other outreach communication – that way more of every dollar goes to program support. No amount is too small to make a difference!
An example of what your monthly contribution could provide:
|$50 per month – Food for one child|
|$75 per month – Food & shelter for one child|
|$100 per month – Food & shelter & schooling & uniform for one child|
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Your financial contribution to Friends of Indreni supports our efforts to provide shelter, nourishment, education and tutoring. We offer several options for you to make your contribution and appreciate gifts at any level.
Friends of Indreni is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. IRS Tax ID #27-2348882. Your gift is tax-deductible in the United States to the extent allowed by the law.
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Contribute yearly with a quarterly contribution of $50, $150, $250 or more to the Friends of Indreni. Recurring gifts provide us with predictable income without the need to invest in other outreach communication – that way more of every dollar goes to program support.
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