This Christmas and New Year, we are raising funds for our own version of the Hunger Games (minus any form of dystopia) ours is for actual food. Our Street Kids Rehabilitation Center houses children who cannot live within their own family environment. The aim of the center is to give them the education and support needed to either return to their families or begin a career.
Currently, the center houses twelve children who are at the center for a variety of reasons, some may have run away and others are there as their families could not afford to feed and educate them. This is our chance to guarantee full stomachs for an entire year.
When we are successful in this initiative, our next step is to extend our recycling programme out into the local community of Pame. It is a very small village but, like all places in Nepal, it suffers greatly from litter pollution. If we can create a recycling centre in the village, we can hopefully improve the quality of the environment as well as educating the local community and encouraging them to be self-sufficient.
Thank you for all your help and support in 2013, we really couldn't do any of it without you!
All the best
More exciting news this month on how your donations are being used in Pokhara.
We have been working with the Street Children’s Rehabilitation Centre since July 2012. Every Friday afternoon we would take the children to a near-by water hole for them to shower and wash their clothes. However, in March 2013 this became harder to do so as there was a huge water shortage that effected Pokhara when a large Seti river flood broke many surrounding pipes. We found ourselves waiting several hours to wash to the children and their clothes. When monsoon came we were able to collect rain water for their showers and washing but unfortunately monsoon has come to an end and we need more water for the children. With the donated money we will use this to help connect the home to the government water supply and we have purchased a 1000 litres tank for reserve purposes. As the children had to visit the water hole daily for drinking water we have also purchased a euro-guard filter so safe drinking water and to help improve their health. The filter will allow the mother of the house to insure all the children are not becoming ill from dirty water.
The children from the home now have access to more water to help with hygiene and clean drinking water to stop illnesses. The home is very grateful to have the extra tank to store water especially as we are coming into the dry season and more water shortages.
For 8 months now we have been teaching a 11 year old girl who has Spina Bifida whom you might remember meeting in our report a few months ago. After working with Nikita for only a couple of months we realised that she needed to have much better support in the sitting position. Nikita did not change positions very regularly and we noticed in a recent physiotherapy assessment that we needed to prevent her scoliosis from worsening, so we decided that the best idea would be to have made a supportive chair and table high enough and wide enough for a wheelchair to fit under. We were able to have a chair and table made to measure and Nikita now is able to enjoy her lessons more in a supportive chair.
Nikita is very happy with her new table and chair and she has told us that now she has a supportive chair her back isn’t so painful after a school day. She is working very hard now to build up her upper body strength in order to help her to move independently from her chair to the floor with the volunteers.
None of this could have been done without you so thank you
Nepal Country Director
I’m happy to share with you two great donation reports for this project from the field!
We work in a school situated in a small village outside of Pokhara. Many women in this area did not have the opportunity to attend school when they were younger and cannot afford to go now. We have discussed with the school principal about holding a women’s class on his school grounds to give these women better employment opportunities and so that many of them can help their children study. The principal is giving us his full support and has built us an office. Furniture has been purchased and is in the process of being made within the local community so we are also being able to put back financially.
We also work in a Street Children’s Rehabilitation Centre and due to the high amounts of energy with the 10 children that live there we have been holding a morning sports program. The children have been learning about team work and have better attitudes with some of their excess energy being burnt off. However, the children have been getting a few foot injuries due to the lack of proper sports footwear. They love the sports program and we can see how much it has helped them, therefore it was important that we find a way it could continue with less injuries. The purchase of proper football boots had become a necessity.
Thanks to you, the kids are now playing football with out foot injuries and love looking like professional players. The furniture for the women’s class is still in the manufacturing process, however the school staff are excited for the opportunities it will bring to the women in their community.
As always, we are incredibly thankful for your support.
We have been working with the Street Children’s Rehabilitation centre since June 2012. The centre takes in children that have for some reason left their family homes and begun a life on the streets. The centre makes ure that each of these kids has access to an education, hot food, a caring environment, and a roof over their heads.
GVI has been working with Ama, the house mother, to help improve these children’s lives through helping them study, having fun with arts and crafts, a sports program, and keeping up good hygiene.On Fridays we take these kids to a small spring where they can shower and we can help them wash their laundry as the centre has no running water. After the showering and washing is complete, we all take time out to have a snack together. The snacks vary from fruit and biscuits to noodles and chips, with all having some kind of rubbish once the food has been eaten. On each of these outings we have tried to teach the children that picking up after themselves is very important, and helps to look after their environment as well as being responsible citizens.Each time we visit the spring though it seems more and more people are notable to pick up after themselves. We want the kids to be able to visit a cleana rea for their washing and showering day, and also to be able to pass on the importance of cleaning up to others.
So now on Jungle Shower days we take along extra plastic bags and we hold clean up sessions. Whilst some children are busy doing the washing with som evolunteers, the other kids and volunteers are helping to clean up the area. We do litter collections and sweep off the steps and cement areas to prevent people from slipping on dry leaves and debris.The kids are learning a valuable lesson as well as showing other locals that usethe spring that littering just shouldn’t be done. We all have a long way to go with cleaning up but the kids are really enthusiastic about helping out and can see the difference they are making. They’re learning to keep up this great habit at homeand at school and passing on a great lesson to others.
All children deserve to grow, learn, and live in a clean environment and these kids, along with our very helpfulvolunteers, are helping to make a great start for the people in their local community!
Nikita has Spina Bifida and is 11 years old. She had been a student at Children’s Paradise Preschool, a centre run by Buntty Gurung that assists children with disabilities, from the age of 22 months until recently when her family wanted to give a mainstream school a try. Unfortunately the school wasn’t a great fit for someone with Nikita’s special needs. Nikita has very limited movement and sensation from the waist down, which makes it very hard for her to get around. The only wheelchair she has access to was made for a full grown man, which means she cannot reach the wheels to use it on her own. Due to these issues Nikita needs help throughout the day just to get around.The staff at the mainstream school have not been taught how to assist a student with such disabilities and the students are uneducated on children that are physically different from themselves. This left Nikita in a very sad and awkward position at her new school. Her parents withdrew her from class as they learned of these problems arising. Not sure what to do next with their daughter, they left her at home with a family member to watch television or, when no power, to sit in the sun and to watch her little brother go to school every day. Nikita’s education stopped.Buntty continued to stay in touch with Nikita’s family hoping that she could help them find a solution. Then GVI arrived! Buntty had stated from the start that she’d like our volunteers to work one-on-one with the special needs children at her preschool and she explained what was happening with Nikita. She asked if she could convince Nikita’s parents to bring her back to Children’s Paradise would we work with her. Of course the answer was “Yes! Absolutely yes!”After we’d met with Nikita’s family, and Buntty continued to discuss the options with them, we finally received the amazing news that Nikita would be returning. Her parents have signed her up through a private program that will let her sit her exams and study at her grade. To say Nikita is flourishing would be an understatement. Ady was our first volunteer to begin working one-on-one with Nikita, slowly assessing her levels in subjects, having fun with arts and crafts, and helping her to interact and socialize with others again.Ruth, our Project Manager and a Physiotherapist, has put together a basic exercise plan for Nikita to do with the volunteers to help her work on her upper and lower body strength. Volunteer Adele has now started with Nikita and will take over when Ady leaves. The girls are constantly noticing an improvement with Nikita’s confidence and can see how happy she is to be studying again. The highlight of our visits to the centre is seeing Nikita’s huge smile and her passion for learning. When discussing with Adele what her favourite thing about her project was she replied “Knowing that if it wasn’t for us Nikita wouldn’t be getting an education. It really feels like we’re making a difference.”It’s not only making a difference for Nikita but also for Buntty. She takes in and treats each child as her own and her heart was breaking over Nikita missing out on so much. Now you can’t wipe the smile of Buntty’s face every time Nikita’s name is mentioned.
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