Jul 28, 2020

Project Update for July 2020

Aljazeera headline
Aljazeera headline

The Coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate all aspects of life in Nepal, as this article from “The Diplomat” narrates:

COVID-19: Nepal in Crisis

The coronavirus crisis has brought to the fore — and exacerbated — a number of the Nepali state’s long-standing weaknesses.

Until late May, Nepal was an outlier in South Asia and the world for its low number and slow rise of confirmed COVID cases. The country went into relatively strict lockdown on March 24 and cases remained under 1,000 up until May 28. However, cases have increased over 10-fold since then as tens of thousands of migrant workers began returning home from India, which eased its internal travel restrictions on June 1”

The work of IGWR-Nepal continues during increasingly difficult times although (as per our previous report) we are unable to make any progress with plans for improvements in rural schools.

Our current efforts are very much focussed on the 60-70 children that IGWR Nepal looks after and we’re managing to provide home-schooling for those children that live in the three IGWR houses in Kathmandu, as well as providing support for those families of children that can no longer work (or attend school) due to the Covid-19 situation.

The situation in Nepal ( and other “Least Developed Countries – LCDs) is certainly much more acute than we are experiencing in Australia ( and other Developed Countries) so there is an even more urgent need for us to assist where we can and share what we have with those who do not have the opportunities we have.

We joined the GlobalGiving(GG) July Bonus Day and were pleased with achieving a $3,500 bonus that added to the generosity of participating donors, however our efforts were directed to our other GG project as that is very much the immediate concern and greatest need.

Although we are all living in uncertain times, we continue to plan and explore possibilities for a post-Covid-19 future, and look toward a different and perhaps more generous future that appreciates more the interrelatedness of humanity based on what we are experiencing at the moment.

So, what next?

1. Please stay in touch via our website and see what we are achieving already, and what new initiatives emerge from the Covid-19 experience.

2. Now is perhaps a good time to introduce friends to the support you are giving for the benefit of children in Nepal; we are learning that the answers to life are all about helping one another.

3. And stay safe, look after yourself, and wherever possible give someone else a hand.

 

When “I” becomes “We”, even “illness” becomes “wellness”

Thank YOU

WHO Covid stats for Nepal
WHO Covid stats for Nepal
home schooling
home schooling

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Jun 23, 2020

School+Plus 2 program project update J2020

home schooling during Covid-19
home schooling during Covid-19

School+Plus2 and Covid-19 do not mix!

Like many places around the world, Nepal is in lockdown during the current pandemic and that means schools and our School+Plus program is also closed.

We have however adapted, and are meeting this challenge by providing home schooling for the 20+ kids in the IGWR houses and providing essential support (food and educational resources) to those kids locked down at home with family situations that have no income due to lack of work in the current situation,

Post-Covid-19 we will have new challenges

It will take a while for a ‘new normal’ to emerge, and many of the families that we support, and that are linked to our School+Plus program, will need support to get back on their feet again.

Our efforts at present are very much focussed on:

* Supporting the 60+ students that we’re already committed to assisting.

* Providing ‘emergency relief’ to families that have no income due to Covid-19.

* Providing educational support to families that do not have access to schooling during the current lockdown.

 We do not envisage that our planned School+Plus2 project will be viable for at least another twelve months, and that we will then require a whole new restart for the project.

But, we’re making a real difference now.

Our initial School+Plus project with GlobalGiving continues to evolve, and again the primary focus at the moment is responding to the challenges posed by Covid-19.

You can check out the project page and reports via the following link:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/after-school-support-to-30-needy-kids-in-nepal/

In order to pool our resources and meet the current challenges we will close this project once this final report has been sent out and transfer any remaining funds to the initial School+Plus project.

We have also initiated some further fundraising requests in order to meet immediate needs for the students in Nepal, and are looking at sourcing both laptop computers and mobile phones so that students can, wherever possible, participate in online learning programs.

And what about the immediate future?

We’re running a campaign to encourage participation in the GlobalGiving July Bonus Day, and this might be our only opportunity for significant fundraising during the Current Covid-19 climate.

And, we are discussing post-Covid-19 opportunities, we all know that the world is changing and perhaps there is a lesson in empathy and compassion that we are learning during the pandemic.

Thank you for already making a difference?

The School+Plus program during the Covid-19 lockdown has been a wonderful resource for supporting children who are no longer able to attend school, and that has also enabled us to assist with emergency relief as we had the team and contacts in place ready to respond.

You may have heard the proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child”; and hopefully you can now see yourself as very much a part of the village that is raising these children and giving them opportunities they would otherwise not have.

Post Covid-19 we might see a more generous approach to “others”.

We still need to be discerning, and discover those places and people that really want to make a difference; many charities have high administration costs, and certainly in Nepal many are quite corrupt in their use of donor funds.

IGWR-Nepal is supported by IGWR Inc. a registered Australian Charity that is run by volunteers and that has no Administration costs, except for bank charges and audit fees.

99.52% of all monies donated goes directly to the operations of IGWR-Nepal

All site visits to Nepal are self-funded by the volunteers visiting, and the team in Nepal is amazing in what they can achieve with each dollar donated. Our GlobalGiving projects do incur a 10% processing fee, however this is balanced by the matched giving days and extras that come from the GG programs.

Thanks for being part of a wonderful village

and we hope you will take time to look at our

School+Plus project page on the GG website

 

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/after-school-support-to-30-needy-kids-in-nepal/

Awareness is important
Awareness is important
Emergency relief of essential supplies
Emergency relief of essential supplies

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Jun 9, 2020

Project update for June 2020

IGWR House 1 students - home schooling.
IGWR House 1 students - home schooling.

Schooling, School+Plus and Covid-19 

Like many places around the world, Nepal is in lockdown during the current pandemic and that means schools and our School+Plus program are also closed. 

We have however adapted, and are meeting this challenge by providing home schooling for the 20+ kids in the IGWR houses and providing essential support (food and educational resources) to those kids locked down at home with family situations that hove no income due to lack of work in the current situation, 

Here’s a brief report on the current situation from Raja in Nepal:

Currently our older kids are taking classes from 9 am to 11 pm and from 1 pm to 4 pm in house one. The official schoolbooks are not available yet but still we are helping the students in all subjects’ math, science, social, Nepali, computer, and English. We are also helping them with handwriting, spelling, and reading better. Each class is 30 minutes and our House 2 and 3 kids are running the in-home school.

The prices of many essential supplies have increased due to the changing economy caused by Covid-19 and we’re doing the best we can to keep up supplies to the kids and families this project has been supporting.

Home schooling also provides us with some new challenges; our older students need access to computers for online study and the smaller kids need school supplies and tuition. 

Our team in Nepal, guided by Raja, are doing a wonderful job: in IGWR houses 2 and 3 all Herald students are taking regular online classes and others are getting ready for exams. And one of former teacher of NIBS school is giving 2-hour special tuition to our year 10 students every day.

Project Budget and Financial considerations

When we started this project around 18months ago we had a budget of $15,000 and since that time we’ve helped many children from families that needed support in order to give their kids the opportunities most of us have enjoyed.

Now in 2020 we’ve updated our budget to provide a full School+Plus program and that requires a $31,000 commitment.

However due to Covid-19, we are now running in an ‘emergency relief mode’ and much of our funding will be used to support the changing circumstances associated with the pandemic. 

The new project target shown on the GG project page reflects the following:

2019 School+Plus Budget                      $15,000

2020 School+Plus Budget                      $31,000

Covid-19 Relief Budget                           $15,000

Total                                                        $61,000

 

And we intend to use funds raised in the current situation to provide the following support for the kids in Nepal:

          Home Schooling for 20+ children in IGWR Houses

          Tuition fees for year ten students

          Tuition fees for primary students

          Purchase of Computer equipment for home schooling

          School supplies/stationery

          Food & Essential supplies for families of students with no income.

 

How much of my money actually goes to the kids who need it?

 

Many charities have high administration costs, and certainly in Nepal many are quite corrupt in their use of donor funds.

IGWR-Nepal is supported by IGWR Inc. a registered Australian Charity that is run by volunteers and that has no administration costs, except for bank charges and audit fees.

99.52% of all monies donated goes directly to the operations of IGWR-Nepal

All site visits to Nepal are self-funded by the volunteers visiting, and these visitors are always inspired by the team in Nepal and amazed at what they can achieve with each dollar donated. Our GlobalGiving projects do incur a 10% processing fee, however this is balanced by the matched giving days and extras that come from the GG programs.

Essential supplies for families in need
Essential supplies for families in need
Children's awareness of Covid-19
Children's awareness of Covid-19

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