Education
 Nepal
Project #12122

Educate Orphans & Vulnerable Children in Nepal

by Global Family Village, Inc
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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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Little mice help Nepali children heal from trauma.
Little mice help Nepali children heal from trauma.

More than four months have passed since the first major earthquake and its aftershocks hit Nepal. Today, Nepal is facing the destruction left by the earthquakes, and addressing a long period of physical and emotional recovery.


At Global Family Village-Nepal we have decided to concentrate primarily on helping to support the children who were traumatized by the disaster. In this regard we have translated and adapted a children's story/coloring book, Gita & Shyam, The Day the Earth Shook that tells the story of a small group of cute mice characters who are experiencing an earthquake and the aftershocks. (See samples enclosed of the English version and the Nepali version that we adapted.) The book helps children, young and even old (and parents and teachers) learn about the facts of an earthquake, the aftershocks, and how to cope with their post trauma experience. It is also being used as a guide for earthquake preparedness for children and their guardians country-wide! We have printed and distributed almost all of the second edition of 50,000 copies. (The first edition was a smaller test pilot run.) We have successfully reached most of the children who are staying in relief camps in the damaged districts in Nepal. We then distributed the books through many schools and organizations which work in the field of children's rights such as UNICEF and Umbrella Foundation. We are still hoping to reach many more children. Your support enabled us to help so many children, and for that we are deeply thankful and grateful.


The monsoon rains arriving so soon after the earthquakes had created landslides and left even more families without homes or safe schools. Your funding contributed to help build a temporary school for the early childhood program before the rains hit. The children are experiencing some relief from the fear and anxiety, and are well on their way towards leading a normal life again, thanks to your kind support.


Luckily for the children we have had a US volunteer at the Family House. Mary Brazer, who served for a couple of months last year and came back after the quake to be with her 'Nepali family' again. She helped out and took good care of 'our' children during that difficult time. Also from the US, Dr. Loren Weybright, who came last year to work with the teachers at Tri Ratna School in Bungamati, came back again, post-earthquake for about two months to help train the teachers working with the traumatized children in very primitive make-shift classrooms.


Last Sunday, Father's Day was celebrated in Nepal. But what if you do not have a father? Thanks to our Grandparents Program, our children have someone to celebrate with. Although, the children and their 'grandparents have an opportunity to meet every Saturday, they took this day as an opportunity to get together and celebrate as a family. A supportive, caring and loving family is so valuable and important, especially during difficult times.


Although there is so much more to be done, Nepal is slowly recovering. The monsoon is over and the sky is getting brighter. You can see "We will rise again!" on many t-shirts, walls, stickers and street signs. Through good times and bad we feel you walking with us along the way.


Namaste from Freema Davis (US Executive Director,) Alon David (Volunteer), and the Global Family Village Boards and Staff in the US and Nepal

BFH kids & their
BFH kids & their 'grandparents' on Fathers' Day.
Dr. Loren helps teachers & kids post-earthquake.
Dr. Loren helps teachers & kids post-earthquake.
Children countrywide are benefitting from the book
Children countrywide are benefitting from the book

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Love trumps disaster
Love trumps disaster

A disastrous earthquake in an already impoverished country followed by a one-two punch of water-shortage and devastating rains. And then, top it off with yesterday's quake and the seemingly never-ending aftershocks.... What can a small organization or a few individuals do?

When the first quake hit, the Chhatrapati Free Clinic was well prepared, positioned on the ground and already working to help victims. They have been involved in earthquake preparedness for the last 15 years! GFV's initial response was funding support this great organization. Shortly thereafter team efforts were being mobilized throughout the country as well, and there were additional critical problems to address, like protection from the elements, water and food for the survivors. The Chhatrapati Clinic handled all "our" funding, first for their immediate emergency use (and also for safekeeping), while together we decided on the most immediate and effective way we could contribute to the relief efforts. We distributed the money to the most effective and trusted groups that were concerned with getting aid to areas not being addressed by the government or large organizations. For example, aside from medicine and first aid materials for the clinic and local distribution, we donated funding for supplies to help a volunteer group that was searching for tarps and sewing them to make temporary tent-like shelters for immediate distribution to the remote areas where thousands were without shelter from the heavy rains. We supplied large quantities of rice and other food to remote villages, and just before the second quake we helped send out relief packages to families in remote areas that were still waiting to receive aid. As previously mentioned, the Bungamati Cooperative Society school building was badly damaged and not salvageable. We committed to pay for partition walls for a new temporary shelter so that the school can open for classes next week. The partitions will later be incorporated into an earthquake-safe building. It's important for the children to normalize their lives as soon as

I feel honored that I was here in time to help oversee the funding allotment on your behalf. I felt and appreciated your support in all ways. At this point, all the funding for the first response has been allocated.

Today's headline in the Nepali newspaper Republica, 'Psychological disorder rampant among people post-quake'. This is especially true for the children, and critical because it affects every single child in the country! Now we need to concentrate our efforts on their recovery. In this regard GFV will shift its focus to concentrate on the children, and from here-on-in, funds received by GFV will be directed by us toward the emotional healing, heath and safety of the children who have been so traumatized. We are collaborating with others to create and distribute relevant programs to help teachers, parents and children overcome. And, no surprise, additional funding is needed! Thank you so much for your continued support.

Namaste.

Freema Davis and the Boards of GFV and GFV-Nepal

* Thank you to Brian Sokol for allowing us to show his incredible photograph. www Briansokol.com

Friendship Letter
Friendship Letter

Dear Friends,

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

GFV kids with
GFV kids with 'grandparents'


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

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Organization Information

Global Family Village, Inc

Location: Berkeley, California - USA
Website: http:/​/​.www.globalfamilyvillage.org
Project Leader:
Freema Davis
Berkeley, CA United States