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 life for orphaned and abandoned 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 (Above, proudly showing his picture, backwards!) 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 with 9 children 3 years ago 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
From the Nepali Tihar Festival of Brothers and Sisters wishing blessings and long life, GFV extends this tradition to celebrate the Grandparent Program, and with it– the first completed community-based self-sustaining childcare program in Nepal!
What if you’re a child without a grandparent? Find one among your community and make it real! In a commitment ceremony, some elders become new 'grandparents' to children in need; they all gave and received Tika & Love!*
GFV is helping a children's home to become more family-centered and integrated into the community. The program started with a community-based preschool program. Last Saturday we inaugurated the final component of our model – the Grandparent Program, connecting the elders in the community to the children-in-need who are living in the Family House.
Six "grandparents" were paired with 6 children. The elder community joined in a conversation with the local organizations and the children about the joys and responsibilities of being a grandparent or grandchild, how they will celebrate holidays, visit each other's homes, listen to and tell stories, be respectful, and help each other. Then the grandparents and grandchildren gave each other Tikas *( a finger-print of red powder applied to the forehead) and flowers on heir head, as a symbol of their unique bond, as a show of love, respect and for good luck. It was a very lovely and of course very touching event.
We are looking foward to continuing to help foster these new relationships. We will follow up with these extended families and keep you informed.
We are now ready to begin replicating the model in other areas of Nepal. And, we need funding to do this. Please continue to support us so we can continue to help the kids who need our help!. Thank you so much for your generosity!
Freema Davis & the Board and volunteers at Global Family Village
Imagine giving the gift of family support to an orphaned or abandoned child in need!
YOU JUST DID!
Thank you from Rakesh, Suman, Anita, Subidya, Nabin, Pawan and Shaki!
The yearend 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 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!
Won’t you help us during this time of year by making a yearend donation? Your gift will help Rakesh, Suman, Anita, Subidya, Nabin, Pawan, Shakti continue to grow up with a sense of family and community, and empower the whole community with their own income-generating activities and a flourishing early childhood program.
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!
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, 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 will be self-sustaining within 5 years!
Thank you so much! Namaste!
The GFV Boards, Advisors and Volunteers.
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