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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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