Children
 Nepal
Project #6724

Home and Community for Orphans in Nepal

by Global Family Village, Inc
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Children in action: Having a great time!
Children in action: Having a great time!

NAMASTE!

Thanks in great part, to our donors and friends, we are proud to report that our partner  family of children living in the Family House are thriving and becoming increasingly closer with the native community people. It is not only that the Aunty has bonded with the children and treats them like her own children or that the designated grandparents took good care of the children during and after the earthquake and aftershocks. To our delight we have been seeing the children living in the Family House taking the initiative and  involving themselves in helping the community people living in temporary shelters as well as their designated grandparents.  The boys love helping in various activities repairing and rebuilding the house (photo above). Rakesh (12 years) led a group of children in rebuilding a small temple inside the school premises. Nabin (11 years) has become an avid photographer. Shakti (11 years) has become the Goal Keeper of the soccer team. Anita, aged 12 has been teaching/helping young children in the nursery class.

Dr. Charles E. Thompson from the US visited the project site last month observed the program and talked with the children and Grandparents. He made the following comments after his visit... “I see the Grandparent component as of great importance. That is the deepest, strongest 'community connector' for your children beyond bonding with neighborhood peers and each other and your staff. I think the 'heart-connection' your children experience, separate from, but in addition to the education and housing, is the most efficacious 'healing agent' granting them the greatest possibility of healthy, meaningful future lives in family and community and nation.”

For the past 4 months Dr. Loren Weybright from the US has been a residential teacher trainer at Tri-Ratna Cooperative School, Bungamati. He has been organizing teacher training programs, developing strategic plans and working with children including those living in the Family House. Dr. Loren has recently prepared a Postcard series of the Golbal Family Village children's activities. (Please see attached postcard series).

And now, we are meeting with a Woman's Group who may be our next partnering village. We are very excited to be expanding the program. Stay tuned.

Your continued support is greatly appreciated, especially in the coming days as we are planning our expansion.

Thank you so much. Namaste!

Kishor Shrestha, Country Director and GFV-N Board and Freema Davis, US

Anita Assisting in Nursery class
Anita Assisting in Nursery class
Children rebuilding a small temple
Children rebuilding a small temple
Newly rebuilt temple
Newly rebuilt temple
A child receiving medicine and a "story book"
A child receiving medicine and a "story book"

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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 and preschool buildings
New house and preschool buildings
Temporary Classrooms
Temporary Classrooms
Falpin, Sindhipulchowk
Falpin, Sindhipulchowk

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We're Re-building!

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 helping children heal.
Coloring book helping children 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

 

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Global Family Village, Inc

Location: Berkeley, California - USA
Website: http:/​/​.www.globalfamilyvillage.org
Project Leader:
Freema Davis
El Cerrito, California Nepal

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