Festivities in Nepal: What if... you have no family to celebrate with?
October is extremely exciting for the children in Bungamati, Nepal. It is almost a month of no school, festivals, and visiting and celebrating with family and community! Tihar (see Italics below) is a grand celebration of life and family! But, what if you don’t have any family to celebrate with? This year, Nabin, age ten watched as one-by-one his peers left the orphanage, for a week with their extended families. No one came for him..... But luckily for Nabin the unique child-care environment created by Global Family Village helps to bridge this gap, for Nabin and others in his situation. With nurturing, caring staff, volunteers and especially community, Nabin’s holiday was full and meaningful! Nabin participated in all the programs and enjoyed all the usual holiday rituals, decorating the House with bright colorful lights, going to all the traditional programs, and daily worship throughout the festival. Nabin also received gifts and traditional meals celebrating with local families who invited him to come join in the festivities.
GFV helps to create a strong family environment, with community friendship, support and inclusion for children in need. Nabin feels that this is his community, where he feels he is cared for, accepted and belongs. This sets this orphanage apart from the hundreds of orphanages in Nepal, where children are isolated from community or neglected or taken from their families.
As the holidays in Nepal are just finishing and just beginning in the west, we thank all the friends and supporters. Your continued support is always appreciated as we strive to sustain this program in Bungamati and begin replication in other areas of Nepal.
Global Family Village (GFV) Teacher Training in Bungamati
There is an on-going series of Teacher Training programs conducted by GFV's Early Childhood experts. The main objective of the training program is to promote basic knowledge on the appropriate methods of supporting children’s learning in ECD centers in Nepal.
In September, an Early Childhood Development teacher-training program was conducted in Bungamati for 13 teachers from different schools. The purpose of the workshop was to provide the teachers with some hands-on experiences in the preparation and use of children’s learning materials. A follow-up workshop to further support the teachers is planned for December.
Tihar is a festival for brothers and sisters, but What if you are a brother without a sister or a sister without a brother. Well, you can make one by accepting someone close to you in your relatives. If nothing works, you find one among your friends and neighbors, it becomes almost as if it was real. Whom ever you made your sister or brother remains so for life, and each year this festival makes your bond stronger. Tihar is a festival of sisters wishing a long life to their brothers, and Tihar is the most popular festival in Nepal. So hold on to your topi (hat), loads of excitement and fun are coming at you now!
Our growing family needs a new home—and they need your help!
Our community partners are building a simple village house where "our" family can live just like other children in their neighborhood. The family is growing and we are expecting the addition of four new children. While the community owns the land and will supply the labor they need funds for expertise, building materials, and supplies. Once the home is built- no more rent! Please help us to help them achieve their goal.
We are proud to announce that all of kids in the family have been promoted to the next grade!
The ECD program also continues to benefit the whole community with 60-children enrolled this year..... A refresher course for primary teachers takes place next week which ensures the quality of education as the program continues to grow. The cost of the teacher training (under $500) was specifically donated by a global giving donor!
We thank you all for your help with making this program a success. With your continued support we can greatly improve the quality of education for children in Nepal.
Thank you from the GFV and GFV-Nepal Boards, advisors and volunteers.