New GFV Video Release!!!
Video Social Documentary Photographer, Karen Ande visited Nepal in February of this year and spent two weeks in Bungamati photographing our project, and the children! She created a great short video that shows the GFV program in action! Watch the video here or at our website. Check out Karen's photography at www.andephotos.com.
Recently, our caregiver “Mothers” received training on child growth and development. Women from the community also participated in the training to further their own parenting skills. Other news from the community includes the expansion of our Home-Stay program for income generation, and continued plans to initiate additional income generation projects, which will help support the Family House and ECD center. And the elders of the community are continuing to support our program and their special connections with the children (see photo)
The Bungamati Family House has 2 new volunteers, Ms. Thi-Lan Johnson from Albany, CA (see photo) will be joined this week by Jessica Smith from Australia. Thi-Lan brings with her experience in living abroad, working with children, and a rich background in art and music. We are excited to have them both. Everybody benefits in a rich exchange of cultural and knowledge. (We are currently expanding our volunteer program and welcome volunteer and intern inquiries.)
Back in the U.S., interest in Global Family Village has been growing. Our Executive Director, Ms. Freema Davis resides in Berkeley, CA when not in Nepal. She has been facilitating outreach events in the Bay Area to gain support of the project. She has generated many new supporters and recruited two interns, Ms. Sunita Stablein, Master of Social Work student at Humboldt State University, and Ms. Jasmine Frye, Master Social Work student at the University of California Berkeley.
Your support is very necessary and appreciated. Your donations helps us to help the community so that the project will be self-sustaining within 5 years!
Thank you so much! Namaste!
The GFV Boards, Advisors and Volunteers.
Greetings from Bungamati Village, Nepal where Global Family Village children and community-based project are thriving, thanks to your support!
We are very excited to share with you our latest news of the launching of the Bungamati Home-Stay program in partnership with the Cooperative Society of Bungamati! Local farmer-women were trained to open up their Newari homes for tourists seeking an authentic stay in an ancient Nepali village home. This project provides income for the community, as well as helping to support the children’s home as ten percent of the overnight fees go to support their Bungamati Family Home for orphans and disenfranchised children!
So far 10 women have graduated from the Hospitality program and now have their homes available for tourists! They have hosted the first round of guests, who raved about the experience: staying in a Newari village, connecting with the community, visiting the school and family home; seeing first hand where their contributions were going from their homestay fees. This marks a significant step towards sustainability!
Now, our newest projects in development include partnering with the community to develop a café and an art gallery to showcase the local woodworking artisans. Stay tuned for developments in this latest community endeavor.
Our existing family of seven children and two “mothers” are doing well. We are continuing to strengthen the children’s sense of family by partnering them with elders in the community who will be their “grandparents”; this also strengthens the community and enriches the lives of the elders. We are continuing our work with the children proving them education, family, health care, and nutrition.
We need your support to continue our work and to replicate our innovative model of orphan care in other regions in Nepal. There are thousands of orphaned and abandoned children who need your help in bringing Global Family village to their community, giving orphans a family, home, education and community. Please donate! Participate in our upcoming matching grant day June 12, 2013. On this day, Partner Rewards Bonus Day, donations made through GlobalGiving will be matched up to $1,000 per donor at 40%!! Thank you for your support!
(Photos below courtesy of Karen Ande)
Namaste friends and supporters:
The ECD program at the Tri-Ranta Cooperative School is growing!
There are now 65 children enrolled in the ECD program at the Tri-Ranta Cooperative School. With this growth comes the need for continued teacher training and additional educational materials. Our classrooms are cold and dark in winter and the children need a safe outdoor play area.
Many parents in the community are seeing the benefits of our holistic early childhood development program and wish to enroll their children. We do not want to let these families down!
We are very proud of Global Family Village-Nepal’s innovative approach to creating sustainable positive change in the community, and specifically for orphaned and abandoned children.
Early childhood development makes such a difference in the lives of children, please donate today!
We greatly appreciate your continued partnership and friendship. Thank you for your support.