Global Family Village, Inc

Global Family Village's (GFV) mission is to improve the lives and outcomes of orphaned and abandoned children.
Nov 29, 2011

Global Family Village - Winter 2011 Report

Barbara Cook
Barbara Cook

Namaste GFV Friends!

A heartfelt Thank You for your continuing interest and support!

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and Board Chair, Barbara E. Cook, on October 24, 2011. Memorials around the world have been praising this incredible woman who had devoted herself so generously for those less fortunate, especially woman and children in developing countries. Barbara’s presence brightened any room she was in! She was a whirling ray of sunshine, always smiling and upbeat, while also being so extremely hard-working, dedicated and committed to all her projects, Her spirit will live on in all of us who were so affected by her generosity and love.

On a brighter note we are so pleased to announce that our project in Bungamati is doing very well, despite the setback caused by the collapse of a section of the nursery school. The preschool classes will take place at the Bungamati House until the school building is repaired. See photo: 2) Inspecting preschool damage

It has been about a month and the first family is settling in to their new routine. The family of 4 children and 2 mothers be growing very soon. There are a few orphaned children who have recently been referred, including 8-year old Rakesh whose mother died and father does not take care of him.  The new Mother, Tirthamaya was illiterate and is enjoying her literacy education, with the other children in the kindergarten! (see photo: 'Mother' Tirthamaya is also a preschool student!) She will also be trained and counseled as a caregiver Mother over the course of the year. Sukumaya, who had previously supervised the children at the hostel will be staying on to assist the new mother and ease the transition for the children. See photos: 4) Getting ready for school, 5) Picking vegetables for dinner and  6) 'Mother' Sukumaya helping Pawan with his homework

Please follow our progress at our website (www.globalfamilyvillage.org), front page under Project Update.

We wish you all a healthy, happy holiday season! We hope you will keep us in mind when you start your holiday gift giving!

Namaste.

Inspecting preschool building damage
Inspecting preschool building damage
'Mother' Tirthamaya is also a preschool student!
'Mother' Sukumaya helping Pawan with his homework
Picking vegetables for dinner
Picking vegetables for dinner
Getting ready for school
Getting ready for school
Nov 29, 2011

Global Family Village - Winter 2011 Report

Barbara Cook
Barbara Cook

Namaste GFV Friends!

A heartfelt Thank You for your continuing interest and support!

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and Board Chair, Barbara E. Cook, on October 24, 2011. Memorials around the world have been praising this incredible woman who had devoted herself so generously for those less fortunate, especially woman and children in developing countries. Barbara’s presence brightened any room she was in! She was a whirling ray of sunshine, always smiling and upbeat, while also being so extremely hard-working, dedicated and committed to all her projects, Her spirit will live on in all of us who were so affected by her generosity and love.

On a brighter note we are so pleased to announce that our project in Bungamati is doing very well, despite the setback caused by the collapse of a section of the nursery school. The preschool classes will take place at the Bungamati House until the school building is repaired. See photo: 2) Inspecting preschool damage

Fortunately there is still plenty of room for them because we have only our first family (4 children and 2 caregiver ‘Mothers’ living there.

It has been about a month and the first family is settling in to their new routine. The family of 4 children and 2 mothers be growing very soon. There are a few orphaned children who have recently been referred, including 8-year old Rakesh whose mother died and father does not take care of him.  The new Mother, Tirthamaya was illiterate and is enjoying her literacy education, with the other children in the kindergarten! (see photo: 'Mother' Tirthamaya is also a preschool student!) She will also be trained and counseled as a caregiver Mother over the course of the year. Sukumaya, who had previously supervised the children at the hostel will be staying on to assist the new mother and ease the transition for the children. See photos: 4) Getting ready for school, 5) Picking vegetables for dinner and  6) 'Mother' Sukumaya helping Pawan with his homework

Please follow our progress at our website (www.globalfamilyvillage.org), front page under Project Update.

We wish you all a healthy, happy holiday season! We hope you will keep us in mind when you start your holiday gift giving!

Namaste.

Inspecting preschool building damage
Inspecting preschool building damage
'Mother' Tirthamaya is also a preschool student!
'Mother' Sukumaya helping Pawan with his homework
Picking vegetables for dinner
Picking vegetables for dinner
Getting ready for school
Getting ready for school
Oct 4, 2011

Global Family Village - Fall Report

Damaged school area
Damaged school area

JUST IN! Bungamati School Collapse!

A section of the Tri Ratna (Bungamati Cooperative) school building collapsed last Tuesday, the 27th at approximately 6 am, perhaps due to the heavy monsoon rains and the recent earthquake. Fortunately it was before class and there were no injuries. The 2nd floor library was severely affected, as were the kindergarten rooms below. As soon as the Dashain holidays are over, the kindergarten children will be shifted back to the Bungamati House and remain there until there is a safe structure in place.

The unofficial damage report is estimated at approximately $ 6,200, not including labor. Global Family Village would like to assist repair the building. If you would like to help us rebuild the school rooms please keep in mind that GlobalGiving will be matching all donations, for 1 day only, October 19th! Starting at 12:01 am EDT. (There will be more photos and further information on the school repair in the upcoming Update Newsletter, due October 15th.)

 

GFV- FALL 2011 UPDATE

Thank you all for your participation and support of Global Family Village in Nepal. Because of you, we have been able to make very exciting progress with our project! The Bungamati House is now being run by the community cooperative and Global Family Village-Nepal are on-site advisors.

We are proud to introduce the new family that is moving into the Bungamati House! In keeping with the GFV model, the family consists of children who were living in the existing hostel or orphanage; some are full or half orphans, and others may have parents but need assistance with Boarding and/or school. They will be joined soon by 2 more young children, about 4 years old, who have been identified as orphans and are in need of a nurturing family situation. The big difference for the "hostel" children is that now the children will live as a “family” with a Mother. The former supervsor of the hostel, Sukumaya Lama will move with the children. She will be joined by Ms. Tirtha Maya Maharjan, a widow who will eventually be the new Mother. She had previously been employed as a construction laborer, carrying bricks on her back all day. She is now too old for that type of manual labor. Global Family Village will be training her for a minimum of 1 yearin literacy and in being a “Mother" for traumatized children. The children and the Mother are encouraged to see themselves as an integral part of the family group, as well as the community.

 The 6 children who were living in the hostel (pictured above, from left front) –Binita, 18 years old, grade 10, from Sindhupalchowk, Nepal. Binita has parents but they are very poor, don’t live together and can’t take care of her. Pawan, 5 years old, kindergarden, is being supported by his parents who live in Chitwan.  Reshma, 3 years old, lower kindergarden, from Kathmandu. Her father cannot work due to physical problems. Her mother has a tailoring shop in the Kathmandu. From Left Back: Pasang, 16 years old, grade 9.  Pasang is a full orphan. She lost both parents at a young age. Rohan, 15 years old, grade 10, from Salyan, Nepal. Prakash, 15 years old, from Sindhupalchowk, Nepal. Prakash’s father had left the family and is believed to have died.  Mother left Prakash alone and married someone else.

 Early Childhood Development (ECD) Program

Our ECD program continues to do very well. There is a constant flow of volunteers.  This is a great help for the teachers and a wonderful cultural experience for the volunteers. We are always happy to find positions for people who are interested in coming to Nepal and experiencing our program first-hand. Please feel free to contact us at globalfamilyvillage@gmail.org.

 

TREK NEPAL 2011

GFV Vice-chair, Anda Bruinsma is leading an exciting mountain Trek in Nepal, to benefit GFV beginning Oct 12th, preceded by a visit to Global Family Village's project site in Bungamati. You can follow the progress of the amazing fundraising effort and the trek on the Trek Blog.

Bungamati Family House - 1st 6 children
Bungamati Family House - 1st 6 children

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