Global Family Village celebrates the year-end with Gratitude and Giving-back!
A Wonderful First Year!
Namaste friends and supporters:
The end of our very first year as a community-supported family is drawing near. We are so very proud and wish to thank all of you who have helped make this a reality. In one year we have transformed an institutional-style child facility into a Family of nine with a supportive community! The Early Childhood program, now in its 2nd year, is thriving! Parent and community participation is growing!
During the year we concluded a comprehensive survey that is helping us determine the greatest needs in the community, and develop the overall curriculum for the income-generating activities such as the Homestay Tourism Project, and most recently, the Organic Kitchen Garden Project. The success of these community initiatives will help the local families support the Family House and ECD and ultimately make them self-sufficient.
We are very proud of Global Family Village-Nepal's innovative approach to creating sustainable positive change in the community, and specifically for orphaned, abandoned and children in need.
Photos1&2: There are now 47 children in the preschool program; Photos 3&4:Subidhya (top, center) is hardly recognizable as the same girl who joined the Family just a few months ago. Here she is with her friends from the community at the school picnic, and then performing a dance for the rest of the school community. Photos 5&6: Children from the Bungamati Family House are enjoying their turn at a traditional Nepalese Dal Bhat dinner, in honor of the Dashain Festival, hosted by the Shanti Niketan Ashram, a cooperative where village elders meet, worship and celebrate. The local elders are an important link for the children who have been orphaned or abandoned. The building is next door to the local school. The "Grandparent" component of the Global Family Village program will be fully implemented in the coming year.
Global Family Village Giving Tree!
Nepal is predominantly Hindu and Buddhist but everyone celebrates and starts a new year on January 1st! Global Family Village-Nepal will celebrate the new year by reaching out to the surrounding community with gifts of fuel so that each family has sufficient gas for cooking and warmth during the cold winter months. (It costs approximately Rs 1,500 per cylinder of fuel for cooking and heating, USD $18, that could last for a few months.)
Global Family Village-Nepal will have its own Giving Tree that will be decorated with a tag each and every time a donation has been received and a corresponding gift has been made for the community support.
The children and mother of the House will package, decorate, and disburse the gifts, and they will be the greater beneficiaries as they experience the pure joy and satisfaction of being part of a community and helping others in need.
We greatly appreciate your continued partnership and friendship, and thank you for your support!
A very happy holiday and new year, from our Family to yours!