A girl at refugee camp shows her copy of the book
"There are some things that once you've lost, you never get back. Innocence is one. Love is another. I guess childhood is a third."
- John Marsden
Though the media has lost interest in the Nepal earthquakes, the effects linger on. Aftershocks still continue and the children of Nepal live in a world of lost innocence and lost childhood, where they never feel quite safe, despite the best efforts of those who love and care for them.
To help children deal with the afternath of these disasters, Ama Foundation has joined with Global Family Village, a U.S. based charity that supports community based alternative care of children, to print and distribute a childrens' coloring book called "Gita and Shyam: The Day The Earth Shook."
There are 66 resettlement camps throughout earthquake affected areas, and the storybook will be given to children, teachers, counselors and caregivers in each of these camps, thanks to all of you who donated to our Earthquake Relief and Displaced Children's Funds.
"Gita and Shyam" was first published in English in 2008 by the author, Chandra Ghosh, and funded by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network in the U.S. It has been readapted for other natural disasters and translated into Spanish, Japanese, and Hindi. Dr. Kishor Shrestha, Board member of Global Family Village-Nepal led the adaptation and translation of the story to fit the Nepali context. The storybook was reviewed by experts at the Ministry of Education, and revised with the full collaboration of the author, Mrs. Ghosh, and the illustrator, Erich Ippen.
As part of our mission to help children traumatized and displaced by the earthquake, Ama Foundation joined with Global Family Village to fund the first printing of the book and distribute it to the most severely affected districts. The are 66 resettlement camps throughout earthquake affected areas, and the storybook will be given to children, teachers, counselors, and caregivers in each of these camps.
It was your gift to the Ama Foundation Displaced Childrens' Fund that made this possible, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Our next goal is to put this book in the hands of every elementary school child in Nepal - we'll keep you posted on our progress.
This young man has already started coloring!