Thank you again to everyone who has participated in supporting Global Family Village (GFV) through GlobalGiving.
As you know, our mission is to help disenfranchised children reach their full potential through family-centered, community based homes– thriving and becoming productive members of their society. To accomplish this mission we must create and prove our sustainable community-based model. We are very pleased to report great progress has been made these past few months.
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS
We are proud to announce a most significant event towards reaching our goal of a sustainable community program. On June 3rd, Global Family Village-Nepal signed a partnership agreement with the Cooperative Society of Bungamati (CSB), Bungamati Village, Nepal. This is the threshold culmination of all our efforts since moving to Bungamati over a year ago.
The agreement acknowledges that the Global Family Village model and Early Childhood Development (ECD) program are a community-based activity to be “owned” and run by the cooperative, with assistance and support from GFV for 5-7 years or until fully sustainable.
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT (ECD) PROGRAM
Our ECD program is filled to capacity with 38 children, ranging from 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 years old. We have three teachers, 3 helpers and 3-5 on-going volunteers. We are continuing to demonstrate the importance of learning-by-doing and creative skill development rather than the rigorous rote learning long accepted in the local community. Teachers, volunteers and ECD experts continue to meet regularly for training and planning sessions. (Photos 1-6)
It is projected that by early July 2011 the ECD Program will have moved into classrooms within the Tri-Ratna School complex, right next door to the Bungamati Family House. (Photos 7&8) All teachers, helpers, students, furniture and supplies will leave Bungamati House. It will be more convenient to have all the education components together. Over the next few weeks the necessary renovation to prepare the space will be completed.
Parent Community Meeting
Even though it was planting season, over 20 parents responded to our call for a community/parent meeting. Since previously reticent parents expressed satisfaction with our "learning-by-doing" (verses rote) instruction methods, we used this opportunity to introduce the concept and significance of parent participation. Many parents are illiterate and had no understanding of their importance nor how they could be involved. Together, we talked about helping by telling stories, listening to children, overseeing activities, making snacks, cleaning after class, and involving school talk at home – thereby feeling program ownership and pride. They were so proud to take a picture for this Update. (Photo 9)
THE BUNGAMATI FAMILY HOUSE
Our original lodging plans are back in place again. Now that the ECD program will be moved to the school building facility, there will be sufficient room in the house for 3 families. (The Bungamati Cooperative Society decided to use their existing hostel/orphanage to house 16 students who had been rescued from child labor in the carpet industry. CSB receives an income from the rescuing agency that will be used in part to help support our families in the House.)
The search now begins to identify the first family "caregiver" while simultaneously identifying the children to become part of the first family.
Thanks so much for your support of the children of Nepal, and the implementation of our model concept that can potentially help many children in many countries. Right now we are seeking funding for 2 Caregiver’s salaries ($145 will provide one month's salary for a caregiver "mother" including all benefits). We are also seeking funds to support renovation for the preschool classrooms and play area.
GlobalGiving’s second Bonus Day of the year is coming up! On June 15th, GlobalGiving.org will be matching all donations at 30% up to $1,000 per donor per project while funds last.
Please visit us, on the website (www.globalfamilyvillage.org) or in Nepal!