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.
This week the kindergarten class of the Tri-Ratna School in Bungamati, Nepal has been learning all about different occupations. Today they were asked the big question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Each student got up in front of the class and did a presentation on his or hers own dreams for their future.
Global Family Village's program has already had a positive impact on how the children view themselves and how they envision their future. Sabin wants to be a pilot, Swopnil wants to be a policeman, Samikchha wants to be a teacher, Suman wants to join the army, and Looniva wants to be a ghost!
The preschool program that began 3 years ago with 9 children now has 3 classes, and approximately 60 children.
We thank you all for your help in making this program a success. Now we would like to help the primary and elementary programs in the school with teacher training, library books and basic school supplies. With your continued support we can gradually and greatly improve the quality of education available for all the children in the Bungamati area.
Thank you! from the GFV and GFV-Nepal Board, advisors and volunteers
You bet! In 2013, you gave a life-changing gift to Rakesh!
Rakesh (2nd from left), was the first newly "orphaned" child to join Global Family Village about 2 years ago. He didn't have much to smile about back then. Today he is a well-loved leader, greatly appreciated and respected by both his new family and classmates !
Thanks to you! You have made a difference!
The year end approaches with a great opportunity to THANK YOU and our volunteers for supporting Global Family Village in Nepal. Your support has made a great difference to the orphaned children, the preschool and the families of the community of Bungamati, Nepal. Your funding is also making a huge impact as we empower the entire village, preschool and orphanage to become self-sufficient, with hope for tomorrow! YOU have made this possible!
But we are not there yet; we still have a way to go. We are helping to empower the community with income-generation activities and funding to support the orphanage and preschool, so that they can be totally self-sustaining within 5-7 years. We are almost halfway there!
Imagine giving the gift of self-sufficiency to a poor Nepali village! You can!
Make the difference today!
There are a few years left before the community can manage on their-own. They need our continued support, NOW!
We thank you in advance for your time and consideration. You make all the difference in the lives of the children of Global Family Village Nepal.
Namaste, and best wishes for a happy, healthy new year!
Freema Davis and the Board, staff and volunteers of Global Family Village
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, the early childhood program, 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 and the early childhood program will be self-sustaining within 5 years!
Thank you so much! Namaste!
The GFV Boards, Advisors and Volunteers.
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