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!
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.
In light of the recent earthquakes in Nepal, our team has been busying providing much-needed relief efforts in and around Pokhara.
On Saturday, the 2nd of April, our team loaded up two trucks with supplies and headed for Phujel, Gorkha. One of our staff members, Lok, went with and accompanied a team from Himalayan Encounters to help oversee the distribution of goods to those in need.
The care packs consisted of goods that our volunteers spent the previous days collecting and putting together from a donation stand set up outside of Himalayan Encounters.
Each care packs consisted of:
First aid essentials (rehydration salts, bandages, antiseptic, paracetemol etc.)
Toothbrushes and toothpaste
Hygiene and Mental Health Information Leaflets
Food (rice, Daal, soya beans, clothes, jerry cans) and
Equipment to build a shelter.
On the 8th of May, we were able to send out another two trucks to Kavre, which is one of the hardest hit areas and has received very little aid.
GVI Nepal Projects Update
In terms of our projects, everyone is back at work and helping to provide some comfort to our beneficiaries through the resumption of everyday life. Some of our volunteers helped to put together a presentation explaining what an earthquake is, methods for coping after a traumatic event and the importance of keeping up personal hygiene to reduce the spread of disease. So far, we have received a great response from the community and will continue to deliver these presentations over the next couple of weeks.
We still have a long road ahead of us with some experts expecting it to take 10 years for Nepal to get back on its feet. Our next phase after providing initial relief will be to contribute to the massive task of helping to rebuild Nepal.
Thank you for your continued support.
All the best
Towards the end of last year, we launched our new Women’s Empowerment Program in Nepal.
In Nepal, women are born into a society where their rights are subordinate to those of men. Girls are often married off at an early age with little or no education, land rights or independent income options available to them. Our initiatives in Nepal, hope to turn the tide against gender discrimination by empowering local girls and women through gender equality and alternative income workshops, educating them on a variety of health topics and providing educational centers where they have the chance to further their education by becoming literate or providing additional educational support for young girls currently enrolled in local schools.
Since the program’s inception, the project as gone from strength to strength. We were fortunate enough to have a female Hindi speaking gynecologist join us who did a fantastic job delivering women’s health seminars to the mothers of the Conversation Club kids and women of Male Patan. Both sessions reached attendance levels well over expectations highlighting the need and want for these type of talks in the local community. The talks covered topics ranging from female reproductive health, contraception, and female anatomy as well as answering lots of questions from the women. There was lots of laughing during the sessions and the women all seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves. We hope to offer more of these sessions to the women in the future with particular focus on female reproductive health.
Over the last two months, we have also started running free English lessons to the women of Male Patan. Every week we have new students who are all so eager to learn and develop their conversational skills. Our volunteers always have a great time working with the women who have a brilliant sense of humor. We do lots of different activities with the women from role-play to interactive games and also just chatting over a cup of tea practicing conversational English. It has been beautiful to watch the women’s skills grow in such a short amount of time and in turn to see their confidence grow. It has been amazing seeing the impact we have been able to achieve in such a short amount of time so it is very exciting to look towards the future of the program.
We also had one of the volunteers run our first ever art class for the women of Pokhara. It was a huge success and was followed up the next week with another very successful turnout. The women were all very proud of their final results.
Other topics we hope to offer in the future as part our women’s empowerment program include business development, financial skills, computer skills, more health seminars, craft seminars and anywhere the program takes us! It is exciting to see the potential of the program and we look forward to seeing it develop to cater for the local community’s needs and interests.
Thank you for your continued support.
All the best
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at GVI Nepal and the GVI Charitable Trust.
Thanks to you, our donors, this year has been a fantastic year. Our main achievement is that we have raised enough funds to cover a year's rent at Children's Paradise Pre-School and Child Care Centre! This has allowed the school to expand and admit more students, therefore increasing the schools income and raising awareness of special needs in Nepal.
The school is now over two floors. Downstairs are classrooms for the nursery class, toddlers play room, a sleeping room and a brand new sensory room for the special needs children who cannot go into normal class. And upstairs houses Lower Kindergarten, Upper Kindergarten and most importantly, class 3 with our three special boys! It is now possible to educate these boys all the way up to class 10 so they can obtain their School Leaving Certificate which is such a vital educational achievement in Nepal.
Thanks to our donor and supporters also, and through our various charity challenges, we have been able to offer the children at the street kids rehabilitation centre two full plates of Daal Bhat a day for a whole year. It's so important that we can guarantee food for these children; it takes a weight of the mind of Aamaa, the mother of the home as well as giving the children the energy they need to develop and excel in all that they do!
What a great year! Here's to hoping next year is just as good.
All the best this holiday season.
GVI Charitable Trust
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