Towards the end of last year, we launched our new Women’s Empowerment Program in Nepal.
In Nepal, women are born into a society where their rights are subordinate to those of men. Girls are often married off at an early age with little or no education, land rights or independent income options available to them. Our initiatives in Nepal, hope to turn the tide against gender discrimination by empowering local girls and women through gender equality and alternative income workshops, educating them on a variety of health topics and providing educational centers where they have the chance to further their education by becoming literate or providing additional educational support for young girls currently enrolled in local schools.
Since the program’s inception, the project as gone from strength to strength. We were fortunate enough to have a female Hindi speaking gynecologist join us who did a fantastic job delivering women’s health seminars to the mothers of the Conversation Club kids and women of Male Patan. Both sessions reached attendance levels well over expectations highlighting the need and want for these type of talks in the local community. The talks covered topics ranging from female reproductive health, contraception, and female anatomy as well as answering lots of questions from the women. There was lots of laughing during the sessions and the women all seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves. We hope to offer more of these sessions to the women in the future with particular focus on female reproductive health.
Over the last two months, we have also started running free English lessons to the women of Male Patan. Every week we have new students who are all so eager to learn and develop their conversational skills. Our volunteers always have a great time working with the women who have a brilliant sense of humor. We do lots of different activities with the women from role-play to interactive games and also just chatting over a cup of tea practicing conversational English. It has been beautiful to watch the women’s skills grow in such a short amount of time and in turn to see their confidence grow. It has been amazing seeing the impact we have been able to achieve in such a short amount of time so it is very exciting to look towards the future of the program.
We also had one of the volunteers run our first ever art class for the women of Pokhara. It was a huge success and was followed up the next week with another very successful turnout. The women were all very proud of their final results.
Other topics we hope to offer in the future as part our women’s empowerment program include business development, financial skills, computer skills, more health seminars, craft seminars and anywhere the program takes us! It is exciting to see the potential of the program and we look forward to seeing it develop to cater for the local community’s needs and interests.
Thank you for your continued support.
All the best
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at GVI Nepal and the GVI Charitable Trust.
Thanks to you, our donors, this year has been a fantastic year. Our main achievement is that we have raised enough funds to cover a year's rent at Children's Paradise Pre-School and Child Care Centre! This has allowed the school to expand and admit more students, therefore increasing the schools income and raising awareness of special needs in Nepal.
The school is now over two floors. Downstairs are classrooms for the nursery class, toddlers play room, a sleeping room and a brand new sensory room for the special needs children who cannot go into normal class. And upstairs houses Lower Kindergarten, Upper Kindergarten and most importantly, class 3 with our three special boys! It is now possible to educate these boys all the way up to class 10 so they can obtain their School Leaving Certificate which is such a vital educational achievement in Nepal.
Thanks to our donor and supporters also, and through our various charity challenges, we have been able to offer the children at the street kids rehabilitation centre two full plates of Daal Bhat a day for a whole year. It's so important that we can guarantee food for these children; it takes a weight of the mind of Aamaa, the mother of the home as well as giving the children the energy they need to develop and excel in all that they do!
What a great year! Here's to hoping next year is just as good.
All the best this holiday season.
GVI Charitable Trust
Our achievement this month focused on our Charitable Trust activity of local rice planting. This year, our volunteers rolled up their sleeves and put in a hard day’s work planting 14 rice fields for a local family in Pame. The volunteers were able to gain constructive experience on the techniques of rice planting, as well as an understanding of communal work. The volunteers worked right next to our partner family in Pame to gain a better understanding of family dynamics as well as cooperation of the whole community.
The rice planting helped to raise funds for our beloved Street Children Home. The volunteers reached out to their own personal community in order to raise 1,53,430NPR ($1562), which was just 71,570NPR ($728) short of our initial goal. The funds are going to be directly applied to moving costs and rent for the new facility the street children have obtained.
Rice planting was a complete success and beneficial on a sphere that transcends all levels of GVI’s goals in Nepal. Apart from providing food for our local community, the activity provided skills and wisdom that our volunteers could not obtain in any other experience. The opportunity also arose for us to further strengthen our bond with the amazing local community of Pame. The ability to work side by side with the residents signifies GVI’s commitment to the efforts of betterment in all aspects of life of our partner communities. Due to hard work from our staff and volunteers regarding fundraising, the message and goal of our project was supported well beyond the borders of Nepal. This opportunity to include our friends, families and past volunteers in our goal further signified the current global drive to improve living conditions for all inhabitants of our earth.
GVI would like to give a big thanks to everyone involved in our most recent charitable trust. We all understand that global improvement for all is an uphill battle, but as long as we stay unified and strong the future will yield an end that will justify our hard work and dedication.
Fantastic news! Thanks to you, our donors, we have raised enough funds to cover a year's rent at Children's Paradise Pre-School and Child Care Centre! This has allowed the school to expand and admit more students, therefore increasing the schools income and raising awareness of special needs in Nepal.
As the last school year drew to a close, the principal of the school faced a difficult choice. Three of her students in class two (the final grade at the school) were set to move on to mainstream school, however that was not possible as they all had special needs. In Nepal, children and adults with special needs are not accepted into society and are usually punished for their disability; so no school would take these children. Buntty desperately wanted to keep the children but she simply did not have the space. A solution to the problem would be for Buntty to move out of the school (she and her family occupied the 1st floor and the school was on the ground floor), in order to make way for 4 more classrooms upstairs, meaning that the special needs children could continue their education at the school. The only problem was that Buntty could not afford to rent another house as well as the school building.
Thankfully, the donation came just in time! Freeing the rent from Buntty allowed her family to move out of the school building and freed up all the extra classrooms!
If the school did not receive this donation, these three boys would not have access to an education. Without Children's Paradise and without this donation, there would be no school for them to attend, no extra support which all of them need so desperately and no chance of a successful future.
Thank you for making this happen.
For nearly 2 years now GVI Nepal has run 'Conversation Club'. It is a club run Monday through to Thursday for an hour after school in a local cafe. Conversation Club or CC as we call it, aims to improve the English conversational abilities of children and adults in Pokhara. We provide fun and exciting activities such as role play flights around the world so our children can learn about different countries and cultures, we also do story and letter writing as well as learning through arts and crafts.
A few months ago, CC became a little bit out of control! There was a two month long school holiday and our children had quite a lot of excess energy which they were bringing with them to CC. This led to the project not running as well as it could. As this is such an important and worthwhile project, we really wanted to turn the club around and get it back on track to achieve our long term goals in helping the children.
That's when things got fun!
First of all, we wanted to split the children in groups defined by their abilities so that the ones who needed a little bit more help weren't lost in the crowd. Our goal is that as a child's English improves, they can move up to the next group and therefore continuing to advance their ability.
We even gave the resources a good clean and tidy, all the pencils were sharpened, new coloured pencils were delivered and each child got a brand new copy book with a picture of their group name in it.
Since we made these changes, our group of students has dramatically increased and we are now at capacity.These children are taught in classrooms of 35 + students (many of them at the government schools where English is rarely heard) and it's so beneficial for them to have the time in the evenings for teaching on a more one to one basis.
Our most recent addition is a brand new group called the Crocodiles! This group is made up of children with extremely poor English who are going back to basics with one to one teaching to help them get the necessary English language abilities to join in with the main group activities. They are really coming out of their shells and hopefully soon they will be promoted to the Rhinos. Conversation Club has got its structure and focus back and volunteers are fighting to help run the show. Every day we have a full house of children (many of them turning up a good 30 minutes early!) who are very eager to learn and converse with our staff and volunteers; such a fantastic achievement and something we, as a team, are extremely proud of.
Many thanks for continuing to support this project.
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