The above letter is one of 25 letters that was written just last month by a kindergarten child from Tri Ratna School in Bungamati, Nepal to a new friend in a kindergarten class in Berkeley, California. I will be delivering the letters to the Berkeley children tomorrow morning. The intent of the letters was for children to be experiencing friendship and tolerance through learning about differences and similarities in other cultures. Now they will also have a new friendship opportunity– to reach out and support another child from a distance.
We know that the school has survived the quake but we do not yet know the extent of the damage in the ancient village surrounding it. It is critical at this time that children feel the support of others as they struggle to cope with the loss of important sacred temples, family members, their homes and the fears that every aftershock creates.If you would like to write a letter or send donations to Nepal to show your concern, support and generosity, I will personally deliver your messages and see that the funds go to the most needy. Thank you and Namaste from myself and the Boards of Global Family Village and Global Family Village-Nepal
Namaste! As the year is coming to a close we are all so grateful. The children at the Bungamati Family House are grateful that they now have nearby 'grandparents' of their own, and the grandparents are equally happy that they have yet one more grandchild to love! (Yes, there are grandfathers too but they weren't around when the photo was taken.) We at Global Family Village are thankful that you, our friends and supporters have helped this to happen. Children who were feeling isolated and traumatized are now experiencing the support of a family and community! The Early Childhood Program also continues to grow. A new teacher was just hired. A volunteer, Lauren is spending 3 month with the children to help the overall effectiveness of the teaching and learning! From our family to yours, we wish you a very happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous new year! Your continued support is always welcome. Please keep in touch, come visit or volunteer, and of course financial donatiions are always helpful as we begin the prcess of replicating the model so that more children can benefit. Again, sincere thanks from the GFV and GFV-Nepal Board of Directors, staff and volunteers. www.globalfamilyvillage.org