Global Family Village, Inc

Global Family Village's (GFV) mission is to improve the lives and outcomes of orphaned and abandoned children.
Apr 5, 2016

Report from Nepal - Almost a year post earthquake.

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Report from Nepal - Spring 2016

It's not over yet!  

Almost 1 year post earthquake disaster, and Nepal is still being bombarded from all sides. The 6-month Indian blockade brought the country to its knees. And it's not over yet. The diesel and gas situation has not fully eased. People are still lining up at the fuel stations and for cooking gas. There is talk that the situation will worsen. On the 28th Kathmandu experienced a sand storm that was so strong and damaging that many quake victims lost their shelters­– leaving thousands homeless again!

Peoples' fears and worries have not subsided. In fact, due to the earthquakes, the numerous aftershocks (425 over 4.0 as of April 4th!!) and Indian blockade, Insomnia is becoming chronic in Nepal, according to the New York Times Republica on March 24th. Symptoms of post-traumatic syndrome for children is more difficult to diagnose and, if left untreated it is more likely to cause problems later in life.

To help alleviate the damage to children who are too young to comprehend what is happening, Global Family Village is continuing to reprint and distribute the book Gita and Shyam, The Day the Earth Shook. It is a coloring book with a guide for teachers to help young children (and their parents & teachers) who have experienced the earthquake to understand and cope with their feelings. Equally important the same book helps children to be prepared in the likely event of another massive quake in Nepal. To date, with your help over 70,000 books have been distributed to children in the hardest hit areas. The response to the book has been overwhelmingly positive. Even older children and parents love it. In Falpin, Sindipulchowk, an impoverished area that was very badly hit, children of all ages were sharing just a few coloring books! (see enclosed photo). Wouldn't it be great if it were made available to every young child in Nepal? There are 34,000 Early Childhood Development Centers in Nepal, with about twenty-five 3-5 year olds at each. 850,000 copies will do it!

NEW HOUSE, NEW SCHOOL, NEW HOPE!

At home and back to work for kids in Bungamati.

Our partner in Bungamati, the Cooperative Society of Bungamati has been very busy. Despite incredible setbacks, the new home for the children is almost built. The children of the Bungamati Family House are very proud of their new home. (brick building in the background). The 5 pre-school classrooms are all finished. All the teachers have received extensive follow-up training, headed by Dr. Loren Weybright. Unfortunately, the older children are still waiting for their classrooms.

There has been an outpouring of support for this cultural landmark village. Some major funding has been received for the rebuilding of the ancient temple. But so many individuals lost their livelihoods or use of their houses. The HomeStay program that was helping to support the children's home no longer exists, as all the homes that were being used are partially or totally destroyed.

We are pleased that we could have played some role in the progress that's been made. We remain committed to continue, as you can see there is still great need.

We thank you for your continuing support. Together, we really can make a difference.

Namaste from Freema Davis and the staff and Board of Global Family Village-Nepal

New House, New Pre-school
New House, New Pre-school
Temporary Shelter Classrooms
Temporary Shelter Classrooms
New Classroom for Young Children
New Classroom for Young Children
Falpin, Sindhipulchowk
Falpin, Sindhipulchowk

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Feb 29, 2016

Strengthening Relationships - Building Support

Sharing earthquake healing book with
Sharing earthquake healing book with 'Grandmother'

GFV-sponsored children, as many children around Nepal, read the storybook Gita & Shyam, The Day the Earth Shook, to their 'Grandparents'. Due to the low literacy rate in Nepal many parents and granparents are unable to read the book themselves, and found it useful because it contains a lot of information that is helpful for them to know about during and after an earthquake.

REPORT - NOVEMBER 2015 through FEBRUARY 2016

Soon after the devastating quakes in Nepal, neighboring India imposed an undeclared economic blockade. Daily essentials such as food and transport fuel, cooking gas, medicines etc. were not allowed to enter Nepal. All activities came to a halt including the reconstruction of destroyed homes and the delivery of daily essentials and medicine to the earthquake victims. During this critical time, it was the INGOs and the NGOs who came to the rescue of the Nepalis during their darkest hour. CHHATRAPATI FREE CLINIC, HIMRIGHTS, and GLOBAL FAMILY VILLAGE-NEPAL were instrumental in providing immediate medical care, food packages, temporary shelter, community support, early childhood and school support to the earthquake victims, supported by Global Family Village through GlobalGiving and other friends.

During the past 3 months the combined organizations have collaborated their efforts for maximum effect. They are proud to report that:

  • 16 awareness programs at VDC/ward level on issues of human rights, women’s rights, child rights and protection, health and sanitation, and preventative crisis measures have been established to address the issues of earthquake-affected victims. Included were awareness programs to sensitize women on the budget allocated by the government for women’s issues. The women have committed to follow up with ward office and citizen ward forum. Similarly, women groups of Siddipur and Lubhu were committed to organize the sensitization programs for the adolescents and women in coordination with Ward Citizen Forum.
  • The Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in Lubhu and Siddipur that were established for helping children to cope up with the psychosocial problems faced by the children in post earthquake have been handed over to the community! In these spaces, the children are able to reduce their mental stress by interacting and playing with their friends and peers while their parents are able to take care of other household work, returning to jobs, manage food and water, reconstruction of their damaged houses, re- establishing their livelihoods, assisting their neighbors and community in recovering.
  • 21 HIV infected children of Safalta HIV Children's Home in Kirtipur were provided with a month’s supply of nutritional food and personal hygiene supplies.
  • 200 earthquake victims in the outskirts of Kathmandu District and 220 more in the remote Jalbire in Sindhupalchowk District received warm blankets.
  • 50 new mothers were provided with food packages and blankets,
  • 200 bundles of roof sheets were delivered to the poor earthquake victims in Kathmandu and Lalitpur. This includes 16 bundles to Bloom Nepal School, Lubhoo, Lalitpur District, 5 bundles to Kankeshwori Primary School in Kankeswori, Kathmandu.
  • 550 families of Bigu are receiving some 1650 bundles of corrugated zinc sheets while this report is being written. The undeclared Indian blockade caused much delay in distribution of the roof sheets in this remote village as transportation of the goods was not possible due to the acute shortage of fuel.
  • The fourth edition of the Children's Coloring/ Book (11,000 copies) were re-printed and distributed to children and families. Books were also made available to Child Workers in Nepal (CWIN) which runs Child Helpline 1098 (in Kathmandu, Hetauda, Nepalgunj, Pokhara and Biratnagar).

The earthquakes, extreme weather and then the Indian blockade had made the lives of 23 million Nepalis precarious. GlobalGiving friends responded to this humanitarian crisis whole-heartedly. Thank you all for showing up!

Namaste. With gratitude from Bijaya Mali (Chhatrapati Free Clinic),  Anjana Sakya (HimRights), Kishor Shrestha (Global Family Village-Nepal

Zinc panels for Bloom Nepal School, Lalitpur
Zinc panels for Bloom Nepal School, Lalitpur
Women learning about budgeted funds
Women learning about budgeted funds
Child Workers in Nepal (CWIN) read healing book
Child Workers in Nepal (CWIN) read healing book
New zinc roof
New zinc roof
Child Friendly Spaces sustained by community
Child Friendly Spaces sustained by community
Dec 30, 2015

Nepal Report - Healing and Hope

We
We're Rebuilding!

Namaste and a Happy New Year!

We're re-building!

The Bungamati community has been very busy repairing and re-building. Some new classrooms have been built and a new home for the children is under construction!

Even under the extremely difficult circumstances in Nepal,  Global Family Village was able to help thousands of children. With your help and generous support Global Family Village-Nepal (GFV-N) printed and distributed 70,400 children's "healing" , coloring books, Shyam & Gita- The Day the Earth Shook (see link below) to 28 local organizations that were involved in the earthquake relief. The book has reached children in 12 of the 14 affected districts–in displaced persons camps, child safe places, temporary learning centers and a few existing schools. We are working closely with the government, and the Central Child Welfare Board. The book has been used by counseling groups and counselors working with the psychological aftermath of the earthquake. Our country director, Professor Kishor Shrestha, has provided training to over 40 school teachers from Kathmandu valley, on the use of the book. So far we have received very positive feedback from everyone who used the book, and especially from children who simply loved it!

GFV-N brought professionals to train teachers in our Bungamati programs, improving the development of the whole school and the community children. We have seen continued progress in the relationship between the children at the Family House and their local community and their Grandparents.

GFV-N partnered with two local organizations to continue helping the victims of the quake. Together we provided free medical support, food and shelter through our Disaster Support for Families in Nepal project. We will continue this as long as there is a need.

We have many hopes and plans for the coming year.  We plan to continue printing and distributing more books and guiding the teachers and parents....  We would like to help support the Bungamati community to finish the new house and move the children into their first real home.... And we would like to replicate our model of community-based, sustainable family care to other communities in Nepal.

We are so grateful that you have helped make a difference in so many children's lives. Together, we are succeeding!

Please, please continue your support!

Naya barsha ko suva kamana  (Happy New Year in Nepali) from

GFV & GFV-N Board and staff in USA and Nepal, and Alon David, Volunteer

Coloring book helps children understand and heal
Coloring book helps children understand and heal

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