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Washing machine

When?

April 2022

What is the problem?

A household with 13 children and 3 adults has been living without a washing machine for 8 months. The previous one has finally given up after several repairs. Ever since then, the laundry has been done by hand. That takes a lot of time, which could be better spent on other things.

What is the solution?

Purchase and installation of a new washing machine; the bigger the better.

What is the result?

Clean laundry, no more handwashing and way more time for other, more important things.

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Wilco and Cas

Today our ambassador Wilco van Rooijen and his best climbing mate Cas van de Gevel start their very special expedition: after 3 weeks of acclimatization on the Mera Peak (6466m, Nepal) they go as ‘clean’ as possible to the world’s third highest mountain, the Kanchenjunga (8586 meters, Sikkim, Nepal).

We are very honoured that Wilco and Cas want to support 4 Smiling Faces with their expedition. We want to use the proceeds to make scholarships possible for at least three young people without any safety net, so that they can have a bright future.
Will you help us, just like Wilco and Cas? 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 https://ap.lc/a64Sq 

#4smilingfaces #kanchenjunga2022

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New website

We are more than proud of our new website, which was made for us for free by Remco de Waal of Remwerk. 🙏🏽 Remco, what a great gift you have given us! We are very happy with it.

Come and have a look at 4smilingfaces.com… it is bilingual…

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Angry

No words really
Speechless
Dazed and upset
Unbelievably angry and sad
😢😥😡🥵😱

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International womansday

Girlpower uit Nepal.
You go girls!

💪🏼❤️🙏🏽

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Birthday

Today is 4 Smiling Faces’ birthday: 13 years old. Proud of everything we could and were allowed to do. Grateful 🙏🏽 for all donations, help and support from everything and everyone. Never thought we’d get this far. With your help we can go much further in the future.

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She wants to study

This year in our fundraising we ask for your special attention for Sachina, a super smart pupil of the after-school care SHCOP. She will take her final exams next year and after that she would really love to continue studying. Unfortunately, her family was unable to finance that. That’s why we want to support Sachina.

Will you help us help her?

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At last

At last, the time has come. I’m going to Nepal, and this time I am not going alone; one of our board members will come along to see with his own eyes, for and with whom 4 Smiling Faces has been working since 2008.

So after more than 3 years, it will happen: Nepal, we are coming. We are very excited about it. Originally, the plan was to go at the end of 2019, but due to circumstances that became spring of 2020. Then corona came, and the world turned upside down. Like everyone else, we fell back on WhatsApp and FaceTime to keep in touch with our children and friends in Nepal. That went well, but nothing beats being able to look each other in the eye.

That will happen this spring. We will visit the children and talk to them. How have they fared in the past two corona years? How is their health? Are their parents (if they have any) back at work? Have they fallen far behind in school? Can they find their feet again now that the measures in Nepal are reversed? What are their concerns, and what can we do to address them?

Time will tell. We are so looking forward to meeting everyone again.

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Thank you

As a charity, 4 Smiling Faces regularly receives large and small donations. As a result of an application, a promotion, a birthday or just sometime completely out of the blue. The latter often comes from anonymous and/or unknown donors, who we can’t contact because we don’t have their details. Always nice to receive, but hard to thank.

Therefore, here is a public thank you to all anonymous and unknown donors. We are very happy and grateful for your generosity. With your donations we can offer even more children and young people in Nepal a promising future. For that they and we are very grateful to you. 🙏🏽

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Dear Tashi

As one of the recipients of our scholarships, you are currently very busy with the last part of your bachelor’s degree in hotel management. That brought you to a 5-star hotel in Dubai, where you’re currently doing an internship since October. If I understand you correctly, it is very hard work, you learn a lot, you really enjoy it and you make a lot of new friends. That sounds good and you deserve it!
4 Smiling Faces is very proud of you! You have always worked hard, tried your best and you more than live up to our trust in you. Your dream of further supporting your father with his work in the DRC after graduation and eventually starting your own hotel is getting closer and closer. I am convinced that your dream will come true one day and I would like to be one of your first guests.
Just keep going, and you’ll be fine. You are a textbook example of why our way of helping really helps: we offered you the opportunity and you grabbed it with both hands and are really making something of your life.
You go guy 💪🏼
We are very proud of you.

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Future

So far 4 Smiling Faces has helped 9 young people with a scholarship to a promising future: their education has been completed or is in the final phase. They are working and earning their own income. They shape their own lives. That’s why we do what we do. In order to offer even more children those kinds of opportunities, we need your support. Will you help us to help them?

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Challenge

For many the start of the new year is a time of new years resolutions and new challenges. That becomes even better if you link it to a good cause, such as 4 Smiling Faces 😇. That way you help children in Nepal to a promising future. They (and we) would love that. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Prithvi Jayanti

Today is Prithvi Jayanti in Nepal, the annual commemoration of the birth of King Prithvi Narayan Shah. He was the first king of a unified Nepal starting in the mid-18th century by uniting the petty kingdoms into present-day Nepal.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everybody.
May this new year be much, much better.
Let’s make it something beautiful together.
And… be kind to and understanding with each other!

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New beginning

In 2021 we requested special attention for Sabina in our fundraising applications. She is a promising pupil of the after-school program SHCOP. She was eager to continue studying, but her family was unable to finance that. Fortunately, we succeeded in raising sufficient funds and Sabina has now started the extended school program Plus 2 Business Management. Good luck Sabina.