Education  Nepal Project #11629

UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal

by Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)
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UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal
UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal
UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal
UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal
UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal
UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal
UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal
UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal
UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal
UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal
UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal
Building the exterior walls
Building the exterior walls

Dear Supporters, 

GVI Nepal has been working with the Street Children’s Rehabilitation Centre for a number of years now. Our work at the centre has been focused on providing an educational programme for 2 hours per day, 5 days a week. Due to our long-standing relationship, we chose to support the home in their efforts to establish a new, permanent home for the children.

Why is there a need for a new home?

The current home where the boys live is small, it is just one floor of a three story building. At the moment it is shared by the house mother, her daughter and  8 boys who are aged between 6 and 16.  The boys all sleep in one room. The new home will provide more indoor space including more bedroom space, larger living areas, an extra toilet and bigger bathroom area. The kitchen and eating area will also be larger.

When we offered our support, during the early stages of planning, it was decided that we would initially help with the security aspects- an exterior wall and gate- of the building and the local, skilled labourers would start work on the foundations and walls of the new home. The construction of the new home is now underway and it is being overseen by a committee from the Home.

The importance of the exterior walls

The wall and the entrance gate will provide security once the children have been relocated to their new home, but it also serves an important purpose during the building phase. During this time, the wall and gate are a vital barrier to keep the building site cordoned off and keep the building materials stored on site safe. In the long term, it means that there is secure space for a large play area as well as a vegetable garden.

Future Plans

Once the building of the house structure is complete by the local workforce we will be able to provide support with plastering, painting, structuring the outside play area- we have the idea to install a basketball court- and supporting the development of the garden.

We will keep you posted!

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Our new class at Little Daffodils
Our new class at Little Daffodils

Dear Supporters, 

Towards the end of 2016, we took on the task of working with the nursery class at Little Daffodils and we are very pleased to report on the progress that we have made so far. 

In a little over two months, we have seen some significant development.

The original program had little, if any, exposure to books and reading.  We know from research that exposure to books is one of the best ways to develop children’s vocabulary and attention span so we introduced a reading time to the program. The children have developed to the stage where they have a good interest in books and are able to sit and look at a book independently as well as listen to a short story.  Importantly, exposing the children to the culture of reading is something we are keen to achieve and we will encourage them to take this with them to their next school level.

Songs and rhymes are also significant in developing children’s English skills. It not only exposes the children to new words but also rhyme and rhythm.  This supports the children when they use expression in oral language as well as developing a grasp of phonics which is so important for spelling.  Songs with actions reinforce the words and also helps with kinesthetic development. We have been pleased to see the children joining in more and more with the songs and rhymes and it’s also great to see the teachers join in too.

We have also introduced a tooth brushing program. Each child now has their own toothbrush and as a group, the children brush their teeth each morning.  Our construction volunteers have made tooth brushing stations to ensure the tooth brushing is done in a hygienic and organized manner.  We also did lessons about the importance of brushing teeth and we will continue to reinforce this.

Although its early days with our participation in the nursery program we are already seeing development in the children. They are able to spend increasing periods of time at a task and are also responding to stories by pointing, laughing, and joining in with repetitive words. We are seeing the children waiting more patiently, excited to brush their teeth and responding to songs with enthusiasm.  The teachers have reported that they are learning new things and are pleased with the input we have had in the program.  We are looking forward to building on the start we have made and in particular supporting the teachers with their professional growth.

Thank you for your continued support to our project!

With Gratitude, 
GVI Nepal

Story time at Little Daffodils
Story time at Little Daffodils
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Focused Learning!
Focused Learning!

Dear Supporters, 

We have been focusing on making improvements to the structure of our child care program at Male Patan- both the physical space and the way we run things. 

Physical Space

Our construction volunteers have been very busy refurbishing the classroom with the aim of making it feel more like a functioning learning area rather than a local hall where lessons are held. We can see how the local staff and the children have a lot more pride and sense of ownership of the space. 

The main tasks that we focused on are doing repainting, making cupboards, reorganising the physical layout of the centre and developing extra resources like a sensory board, see-saw, shape boxes and large dice. 

Structure of the Lessons

Not only have we been making changes to the physical area, we have also taken a look at how we do things. We have changed the structure of the day from rotating groups where children are doing different things at each station to a structure where everyone is working on the same focus. The idea is that the children are benefitting as much as possible from the support of both volunteers and local staff and we can all focus on the same learning objectives at the same time. 

So for example, with the story reading aspect of the program, everyone is reading together. Children are not distracted by other things going on in the room. Reading is what is being focussed on by everyone at that time. We use visual stimuli such as puppets and iPad stories to reinforce meaning and to create interest for the children. The result of all these things is that children are far more focussed on listening to the stories being shared.

Getting the Thumbs Up

The local staff have expressed their enjoyment in the new program structure, which is an important achievement for us. Their enjoyment has led to improved participation and the general feel is more of a partnership in teaching between volunteers and local staff. We have had visits from the local committee as well as the local area minister and together with parents and school staff they have all expressed their happiness with the way the classes are run.

The biggest indicator however, is with the children and we are observing greater participation, interaction and confidence in the group as a whole.  

Thank you for your continued and generous support!

With Gratitude, 
GVI Nepal

Happy children, staff and volunteers
Happy children, staff and volunteers
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Our wonderful group of Healthcare professionals
Our wonderful group of Healthcare professionals

Dear Supporters, 

Recently we welcomed a group of 11 healthcare workers from the UK to our project here in Nepal. During their time here they ran workshops on First Aid and healthcare camps at 6 different locations, reaching 290 people. 

The team visited several hospitals ranging from small private clinics to large government hospitals including the hospital in the village of Bandipur which was affected by the earthquakes in 2015. It is still being repaired but is functioning.  These visits and tours included an opportunity for professional discussion with the local doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers and helped our volunteer team gain an understanding of the challenges that are faced in hospitals and clinics in Nepal.

Health Camps

The team also ran health camps in a variety of areas- mountain villages, rural farming areas, and local urban areas. Some of the camps were run alongside local doctors and nurses and all were run in conjunction with interpreters. The team was able to identify some trends in healthcare needs which will become the basis of future preventative education programmes for GVI. Working together in the health camps gave the team an opportunity to share expertise and learn from each other. 

Workshops

The team ran several workshops, some of these came out of the issues that were identified from the health camps such as pelvic floor exercises. There was much laughter from both the nurses and the local women as they learnt a little technique involving a balloon to help tighten pelvic floor muscles. Other workshops were based on topics such as developing First Aid skills and exercises to address neck and back issues. Workshops were held for both children and adults and the team made the workshops fun and interactive.

The group came together as a positive team and displayed professionalism and commitment. They were well received by the locals and their time is much appreciated not only by GVI but also the local communities. We look forward to building on their work with our future volunteers.   

With Gratitude, 

GVI Nepal

  

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The Stelly's students working hard
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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Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)

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Tyrone Bennett
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