Children
 Nepal
Project #11629

Help Disadvantaged Children and Adults in Nepal

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
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The Stelly
The Stelly's students working hard

Dear Supporters, 

We are so excited to bring you news about the construction of a brand new Early Learning Center (ELC) in Bandipur that has been made possible by donations and the hard work from a group of Canadian school students. 

Here's what happened:

26 students and teachers from Stelly’s Secondary School, Canada arrived in Bandipur with seven days to build a three room ELC.  After meeting their Nepali construction team, touring the site and listening to the locals speak about the many benefits that the new building, the group was eager to start.

On the first day, students and teachers were split up into teams and quickly learnt how to lay bricks Nepali style. Thousands of bricks had been delivered to the site and needed to be moved closer to the building area so some groups formed a human chain and started passing them along the line to their new location, it was great team work. The other team was responsible for mixing the cement. After a few hours and a few sore fingers the students were in the swing of it and were working independently.

It didn’t take long for the building to take shape. By the third day, we were ready to start putting in the door and window frames. The students had picked up a few new Nepali phrases and were really working well as a team with the local construction workers. Every now and then local children, as well as the odd goat and dog, came down to check out what was going on.  

We averaged seven layers of bricks each day and were feeling pretty confident that the walls would be finished before the seven days were up!

After the walls reached a certain height, we had to install a bamboo scaffolding to help us lay the bricks right to the height of the roof. The goal for the Stelly's students was to build the full height of the walls and then the locals would finish off the roof. On the final day, we were able to lay the last bricks.

The opportunity to work alongside the Nepali locals to build a centre for the benefit of a whole community is an amazing experience and achievement.  

Thank you for your donations that make projects and progress like this possible. And a huge thank you to the Stelly's students for all of their hard work and commitment. This centre will be used for many years to come in Bandipur. 

With Gratitude,

GVI Nepal 

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The new outdoor classroom
The new outdoor classroom

Dear Supporter, 

We've done so much construction work in recent week and it is making such a difference!

Towards the end of last year we constructed the posts and roof of the outdoor classroom with the goal of turning it into a classroom suitable for whole class activities. Our volunteers have constructed seating under the shelter of the classroom so that there is plenty of space for a whole class to sit.  

It really is a wonderful new area and is being used for so much more than was originally intended. The younger children have a sheltered area to eat their lunch and it's also a great space for our women's workshops. We've already used the area to do some first aid training for local women!

Another issue at the Little Daffodils School is the seats and tables inside the classrooms.  Many were badly in need of repair.  Our construction volunteers went through every table and seat in the school and repaired them.  No more wobbly and unstable tables in the school now! This has made it a much safer and more effective environment for the students to work.

Anyone who has been to Nepal would know that table tennis tables are very popular.  Not the wooden folding tables many of us are used to but concrete tables that are found outdoors and are a favourite recreational activity.  Thanks to the work of our volunteers along with some of the locals, we have completed a table tennis table for the students to use. They are really excited to have something new and different to do during break times and of course facilities such as this keep the students active and engaged. The table tennis table grew such interest as it was being built  that we even had an opening ceremony.

Another great task that was completed was new cupboards for the Male Patan childcare centre where we work. The children had nowhere to store their belongings so the new cupboard created a place where they can come to the centre each day, read their name label and store their bags in their own space. It means the centre is tidier and more organised and the children are able to develop independence as they organise their belongings.

Storage space for the boys at Streets Rehabilitation Centre has been an ongoing issue.  Our volunteers have constructed boxes that will slide under the boys’ beds and can be used for storage. This not only creates space but also allows the boys to have their own personal area for storge contributing to their own individual identity, something that can be affected when living in a shared living environment.

There's always plenty happening for our construction volunteers and the sense of achievement they feel and the gratefulness of the local people make each project very worthwhile. 

Thank you for you donations, that help get projects like this off the ground!

With Gratitude, 

GVI- Nepal

The table tennis table opening ceremony!
The table tennis table opening ceremony!
Storage units!
Storage units!
Everyone wants a turn!
Everyone wants a turn!

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Dear Supporter, 

Conversation Club is a group of local Lakeside children who come together to work with our volunteers four afternoons a week. The main aim is to improve their English language skills through conversations and activities based on a range of topics.  We aim for the children to expand their vocabulary and become more fluent in their conversational English. 

Our recent topic, Around the World, gave the children an opportunity to discuss a range of information as well as expand their general knowledge.

When we started our topic, some of the children could reel off many facts about some countries but didn’t really understand what they were discussing. “Nepal is a land-locked country” one of the children said, reciting from her school textbook, but when asked what she thought that meant, she didn't really know.

The children worked in groups with one or two volunteers to help out each group. Their first task was to think of 3 countries they would like to learn about and then write a list of things that they would like to find out about that country.  The children were also invited to write anything they knew already about the country. 

That night the volunteers got to work!They researched, found pictures, compared notes and found lots of information based on what the children wanted to find out. There’s no doubt some volunteers improved their general knowledge that night!

They researched, found pictures, compared notes and found lots of information based on what the children wanted to find out. There’s no doubt some volunteers improved their general knowledge that night!

The volunteers returned to their groups the following day and shared the information being sure to explain new words carefully and in context. A great resource was the new world maps. The children had a great time finding the countries they were learning about. Words like “landlocked” then made a lot more sense.

The next step was to share the knowledge. Each group did a presentation on their chosen countries.  The opportunity to present to a group can be challenging enough in their home language, but these children did well sharing the information with the rest of the group in English.

The final session was a quiz.  The information the children had learnt about and shared over a two week period became the focus for a team quiz.  We were amazed about the amount of information they had retained.  It was also a good indicator that the children had learned a good range of new words as well as lots of fun and interesting facts.

Exposure to English in an interesting and meaningful context can lead to expanded vocabulary and improved fluency, this topic at Conversation Club was a good example of this.

Thank you for your continuous and generous support! We can't wait to see the children grow and flourish in 2016!

With Gratitude, 

GVI Nepal

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Our volunteer, Sara, with the girls
Our volunteer, Sara, with the girls

Dear Supporter,

This month saw the very exciting beginning of our new girl’s computer classes. This is something our base has been hoping to start up and with plenty of new volunteers on childcare and women’s empowerment we were finally able to do it.

A lot of Nepali children learn about computers but never have the opportunity to actually use one. Giving these girls the opportunity to get a head start with computers will hopefully help their chances in the long run in terms of getting better jobs or being able to access more information online. We started small with a few girls from our Conversation Club at local internet café. Now we have three classes; beginners, intermediate and advanced. The younger girl’s starting with mouse skills and the older girls are learning the basic on how to use the internet to search for information for school assignments.

With a new staff member on board, we have now been able to start working on a long-term plan with a curriculum including goals for each class to be achieving. So far the classes have been a huge success with all the girls attending regularly. Soon we hope to expand the classes to our Women’s English workshops and also give the boys on our childcare projects a go too!

Thank you for your ongoing support!

With Gratitude, 

GVI-Nepal

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Community Liason, Lok, handing over the rent money
Community Liason, Lok, handing over the rent money

Dear Supporter, 

Thanks to your donations as well as a fundraising effort from one of our former volunteers and her family and friends, we have managed to enough funds to pay rent for the entire year!

The home currently has 11 children ages between 6 – 14 years of age. They have all run away from their homes for a variety of reasons and ended up on the streets of Pokhara. The children are now safe in a caring home, where they have regular, healthy meals, clothes and an education. The children are always full of energy and are keen to learn.   

The children and staff of the Street Children’s Rehabilitation Home have been living in a wonderful, rented home for the last year. This location has been so much better for everyone because it is more spacious and homely. There is also an outside area where they can play and do their homework. Recently, the house mother has begun to grow vegetables in the garden and the children love to help.   

By paying rent for the home, it has meant that the children have a stable and consistent environment that they can call home. It also offers them all the space and facilities they need, as well as plenty of outdoor space for playing and gardening. The outdoor area is also used every day as part of our childcare programme.

We would like to thank all our donors and volunteers, and particularly Sushil, for her fundraising efforts for the home.  We are grateful that we are able to support the home in many different ways.

With Gratitude,

GVI Nepal  

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Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: Exeter, Devon - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.gvi.org
Project Leader:
Kate Robey
St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom

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