Home and Community for Orphans in Nepal

 
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The GFV program and family keep growing
The GFV program and family keep growing

Meet our new children!

Bungamati Family House welcome six orphaned children to their House.

The Global Family Village model of care for orphaned and abandoned children is well underway! Recent additions to the first family were brought in once the GFV supporting programs of community development and early childhood education were well developed and strong. Of the eight children (one more child is on his way) now living in the Bungamati Family House 7 of them are orphans and 1 child is supported by a mother and father from the community who cannot take care of him on a daily basis. The selection of children represents our belief in the importance of community values and integration. All of the children will grow up together, not as orphans, but as a family in the Bungamati Family House with a strong sense of family and community support. 

The Central Child Welfare Board of Nepal brought a young girl and her younger brother to us. Their father died and their mother, unable to cope as an impoverished widow, committed suicide. They, and all the other children (and the Mother) will have ongoing psycho-social counseling so that they can heal from their trauma and begin to form healthy bonds of attachment. It is our commitment that the children feel nourished and loved.

Early Childhood program is thriving!

The early childhood program is not only thriving, it is also becoming more supported locally, both financially and with volunteering parent participation. This is an important step towards this program's success and sustainability.

Working in partnership with the community!

Global Family Village-Nepal conducted a family survey in the Bungamati area, in July. Our goal is to better learn the strengths and needs of the overall community, and individuals within it. We sought information regarding their knowledge, perception and habits on the following topics: Issues around family and women's rights; early childhood development and education; child rights; orphans and widows; and nutrition and health. The information collected from the survey will allow GFV to enhance community development and economy with relevant education, workshops and income generating programs. It will also foster community participation in the early childhood development education and family programs. This participation is critical to meet our goal of sustainability.

The community needs our support now and for the next couple of years, while they take full ownership of the program and the program becomes sustainable. Then the model will be successful and complete; the children will be truly well-integrated family and community members. At that point the program can be replicated in other villages in Nepal where there are orphaned, abandoned or needy children living in an institution without the advantages of a family or community.  

Please continue your support and follow our progress at our website (www.globalfamilyvillage.org), front page, bottom under Project Update.

Namaste from the Boards of GFV and GFV-N in Nepal

Family representatives learning about Tourism
Family representatives learning about Tourism

  We are very proud of this achievement which recognizes our innovative approaches to implementing the community-based Bungamati Family House and Early Childhood Program, and THEN improving the local economy and empowering the community so that it can support and sustain the project!

 Introducing the "Bungamati Home Stay Project" 

 Global Family Village-Nepal and its community partner, the Bungamati Cooperative Society recently launched the HOME STAY PROJECT in partnership with the Nepal Tourism Board. The HOME STAY PROJECT is designed to bring tourism to the Bungamati area and to offer tourists an opportunity to stay overnight with a village family.

On 12 May 2012, 50 participants from the community, ­including politicians, local organizations, district representatives, teachers and members of the Cooperative, came together for an orientation program. Representatives from 14 families (mostly women) then signed on for a 7-day training session on hospitality and home stay, which covered such topics as providing­ Nepali authentic cuisine, house keeping, sanitation, health security, communication, and comfort for western tourists.

How it works.....

 GFV-Nepal and the Cooperative will:

  • Manage reservations for the Home Stays in Bungamati;
  • Follow up the services and security for the tourists; and
  • Coordinate promotion and marketing with travel and trekking agents.

For these services GFV-Nepal and the Cooperative will receive a 10 % commission towards sustaining our project in Bungamati!

We greatly appreciate your support and generosity. Please continue to remember us. Even small donations can make a big difference in the program, and ultimately for the disenfranchised children in Nepal! GlobalGiving donations will be matched on June 13th in honor of Father's Day!

Thank you so very much!

Namaste, Freema Davis and the GFV Board of Directors


Silver Mountain School of Hotel Mgmt. presents
Silver Mountain School of Hotel Mgmt. presents

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Photo 1: Early childood program at Bungamati House
Photo 1: Early childood program at Bungamati House

Namaste GFV Friends!

Thanks to all of you, the Global Family Village pilot is on its way!

We helped our partner orphanage to de-institutionalize their hostel – creating a family with their existing children within their facility, and encouraging strong community ties, so all the children will now be able to grow up with a family, within a community.

• To support the Bungamati village and encourage integration, there are continuous community activities, and a popular early childhood program with about 40 community children. (See photo)

• The little family is growing; there are now 6 siblings with a Mother, and plans for adding more children as the family is ready. By design, not all the children in the family are full orphans; some of them are half-orphans (1 parent, which is often worse for a child in Nepal) or community children being supported by the community or families. It is believed that the combination of orphaned, half-orphaned and community children will be the most advantageous for the orphaned children, in terms of being accepted and becoming an integral part of the community as they grow up…. The first orphan child to join the existing group, Rakesh is doing extremely well. He is delighted to be part of a “family” and loves his brothers and sisters, who dote on him (See photo).

Elders from the community will soon become “grandparents” and everyone will have psychological counseling as they learn to live as an extended family that supports one another.

• Now, critical to the ultimate success and sustainability of the program is continued involvement and participation of the community. To this end Global Family Village is helping to support workshops and income-generating activities that will be beneficial to the whole community as well as the Bungamati Family community, so that the project can remain funded, supported and sustainable. Currently, there are 3 programs being introduced– 1.) Producing and selling bio-briquettes* (see photos), 2.) Tourism promotion and a village home-stay program, and 3.) Nutrition education and organic gardening.

It is the community that has identified the need and viability of the income-generating activities. A small percentage of all profits are designated for the support of the orphaned and needy children. This will help make the program financially self-sustaining.

This community education and empowerment is by far the most important phase of the program.

The community needs our support now and for the next couple of years, while they take full ownership of the program and the program becomes sustainable. Then the model will be successful and complete; the children will be truly well-integrated family and community members. At that point the program can be replicated in other villages in Nepal where there are orphaned, abandoned or needy children living in an institution without the advantages of a family or community.  

Please continue your support and follow our progress at our website (www.globalfamilyvillage.org), front page, bottom under Project Update.

Thank you again. Namaste.

*With the rising price of gas per cylinder and kerosene, livelihood is becoming a daily struggle for most urban people…..Firewood, which makes negative impacts on users and environment and is an unsustainable energy source, is mostly used as domestic fuel in rural areas. Briquette production shows a potential market for locally produced alternative source of energy for heating and cooking……Beehive briquette, produced from any kind of agro-forest waste is one of the widely used briquettes in Nepal.

Photo 2: Rakesh (right) , with his "brother" Pawan
Photo 2: Rakesh (right) , with his "brother" Pawan
Briquette making in Bungamati
Briquette making in Bungamati
Barbara Cook
Barbara Cook

Namaste GFV Friends!

A heartfelt Thank You for your continuing interest and support!

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and Board Chair, Barbara E. Cook, on October 24, 2011. Memorials around the world have been praising this incredible woman who had devoted herself so generously for those less fortunate, especially woman and children in developing countries. Barbara’s presence brightened any room she was in! She was a whirling ray of sunshine, always smiling and upbeat, while also being so extremely hard-working, dedicated and committed to all her projects, Her spirit will live on in all of us who were so affected by her generosity and love.

On a brighter note we are so pleased to announce that our project in Bungamati is doing very well, despite the setback caused by the collapse of a section of the nursery school. The preschool classes will take place at the Bungamati House until the school building is repaired. See photo: 2) Inspecting preschool damage

It has been about a month and the first family is settling in to their new routine. The family of 4 children and 2 mothers be growing very soon. There are a few orphaned children who have recently been referred, including 8-year old Rakesh whose mother died and father does not take care of him.  The new Mother, Tirthamaya was illiterate and is enjoying her literacy education, with the other children in the kindergarten! (see photo: 'Mother' Tirthamaya is also a preschool student!) She will also be trained and counseled as a caregiver Mother over the course of the year. Sukumaya, who had previously supervised the children at the hostel will be staying on to assist the new mother and ease the transition for the children. See photos: 4) Getting ready for school, 5) Picking vegetables for dinner and  6) 'Mother' Sukumaya helping Pawan with his homework

Please follow our progress at our website (www.globalfamilyvillage.org), front page under Project Update.

We wish you all a healthy, happy holiday season! We hope you will keep us in mind when you start your holiday gift giving!

Namaste.

Inspecting preschool building damage
Inspecting preschool building damage
'Mother' Tirthamaya is also a preschool student!
'Mother' Sukumaya helping Pawan with his homework
Picking vegetables for dinner
Picking vegetables for dinner
Getting ready for school
Getting ready for school
Damaged school area
Damaged school area

JUST IN! Bungamati School Collapse!

A section of the Tri Ratna (Bungamati Cooperative) school building collapsed last Tuesday, the 27th at approximately 6 am, perhaps due to the heavy monsoon rains and the recent earthquake. Fortunately it was before class and there were no injuries. The 2nd floor library was severely affected, as were the kindergarten rooms below. As soon as the Dashain holidays are over, the kindergarten children will be shifted back to the Bungamati House and remain there until there is a safe structure in place.

The unofficial damage report is estimated at approximately $ 6,200, not including labor. Global Family Village would like to assist repair the building. If you would like to help us rebuild the school rooms please keep in mind that GlobalGiving will be matching all donations, for 1 day only, October 19th! Starting at 12:01 am EDT. (There will be more photos and further information on the school repair in the upcoming Update Newsletter, due October 15th.)

 

GFV- FALL 2011 UPDATE

Thank you all for your participation and support of Global Family Village in Nepal. Because of you, we have been able to make very exciting progress with our project! The Bungamati House is now being run by the community cooperative and Global Family Village-Nepal are on-site advisors.

We are proud to introduce the new family that is moving into the Bungamati House! In keeping with the GFV model, the family consists of children who were living in the existing hostel or orphanage; some are full or half orphans, and others may have parents but need assistance with Boarding and/or school. They will be joined soon by 2 more young children, about 4 years old, who have been identified as orphans and are in need of a nurturing family situation. The big difference for the "hostel" children is that now the children will live as a “family” with a Mother. The former supervsor of the hostel, Sukumaya Lama will move with the children. She will be joined by Ms. Tirtha Maya Maharjan, a widow who will eventually be the new Mother. She had previously been employed as a construction laborer, carrying bricks on her back all day. She is now too old for that type of manual labor. Global Family Village will be training her for a minimum of 1 yearin literacy and in being a “Mother" for traumatized children. The children and the Mother are encouraged to see themselves as an integral part of the family group, as well as the community.

 The 6 children who were living in the hostel (pictured above, from left front) –Binita, 18 years old, grade 10, from Sindhupalchowk, Nepal. Binita has parents but they are very poor, don’t live together and can’t take care of her. Pawan, 5 years old, kindergarden, is being supported by his parents who live in Chitwan.  Reshma, 3 years old, lower kindergarden, from Kathmandu. Her father cannot work due to physical problems. Her mother has a tailoring shop in the Kathmandu. From Left Back: Pasang, 16 years old, grade 9.  Pasang is a full orphan. She lost both parents at a young age. Rohan, 15 years old, grade 10, from Salyan, Nepal. Prakash, 15 years old, from Sindhupalchowk, Nepal. Prakash’s father had left the family and is believed to have died.  Mother left Prakash alone and married someone else.

 Early Childhood Development (ECD) Program

Our ECD program continues to do very well. There is a constant flow of volunteers.  This is a great help for the teachers and a wonderful cultural experience for the volunteers. We are always happy to find positions for people who are interested in coming to Nepal and experiencing our program first-hand. Please feel free to contact us at globalfamilyvillage@gmail.org.

 

TREK NEPAL 2011

GFV Vice-chair, Anda Bruinsma is leading an exciting mountain Trek in Nepal, to benefit GFV beginning Oct 12th, preceded by a visit to Global Family Village's project site in Bungamati. You can follow the progress of the amazing fundraising effort and the trek on the Trek Blog.

Bungamati Family House - 1st 6 children
Bungamati Family House - 1st 6 children

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Freema Davis

El Cerrito, California Nepal

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Map of Home and Community for Orphans in Nepal