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
Fortunately there is still plenty of room for them because we have only our first family (4 children and 2 caregiver ‘Mothers’ living there.
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!
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