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.
All the best
Every day our volunteers go up to our street kids rehabilitation centre here in Pokhara, they help them with their homework and English skills, have a game of football with them and on Fridays, they have a shower. However, the children wouldn't be able to run around the football field without their Daal Bhat power so our aim was to provide the children with a whole year's supply of food; and this is where The Hunger Games began!
Our team 4 staff and 8 volunteers joined forces with a local farm to thrash, sieve and bag 12 fields of rice; thats 300kg or the weight of 3 baby elephants - in other words A LOT! The farm said it would take us about 3 hours to complete the thrashing, 4 hours later and we were about half way through; we had some catching up to do! The Daal Bhat definitely gave the team the power needed to finish thrashing the rice and we got through the rest of the pile in an hour.
Once we had finished thrashing it was time to sieve the grains to remove any leaves or dirt and for us to roll the discarded plants into bails to be transported up the hill. The brave and strong ones amongst the team helped to bail the plants and carry them the traditional Nepali way up to the top of the hill; the Nepali way being using their heads! And whilst they were doing that, the rest of the team were sieving and bagging the rice.
And the total amount is still collated and we couldn't be happier! This means that the children at the street kids rehabilitation centre will have two full (and I mean 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!
Many thanks for filling lots of stomachs this year!
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!
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.
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