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GFF Helps Nepal completes Phase III – Self Care Session under Psychosocial Intervention

The vegetable gardening project was undertaken to impart the most valuable lesson on the consumption of slow food. Similarly, to encourage the younger generation to consume cooked foods instead of processed food. Keeping in mind health and nutrition that will maintain the health of this generation struggling with multiple option with poor nutritional value. Guiding the students from Bal Kumari school through this project and urging the children to start their very own urban and rooftop gardening. While, GMO seeds were avoided and organic seeds were used in planting of these vegetables within the school compound.

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GFF Helps completes Phase III – Self Care Session under Psychosocial Intervention

In the Nepali society, specially-abled children face a multitude of disadvantages, when it comes to living a life without being frowned upon or called names. While, our community still has not come to a place of complete acceptance of these children. GFF Helps Nepal is making an effort to empower children with disability. In the month of October on the 18th, children along with guardians and the school staff from Srijanshil school were able to participate in a day filled with fun, joy and adventure at the Jawalakhel Central Zoo. This struggling school located in Chandragiri Municipality, for the specially-abled is a school for more than 18 students is in dire need of assistance and support. Here, comes GFF Helps Nepal to support the school in everyway possible. From making a website, school compound and conducting interventions, we are addressing areas of social and emotional gaps that needs to be mended and empowering them by uplifting grieving spirits due to lack of social acceptance and paving way for a normal way of socializing.

It is difficult to take children outside by their parents’ themselves. But, taking them out to the zoo is not only fun,
but the best way to learn about animals and to socialize with
people outside school and home. Personally, I believe that it is essential for our children to
learn outside the classroom. We appreciate what GFF Helps
Nepal has done for our students.

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GFF Philippines October journey

Reading Workshop & Mobile Library

Projects under the Health Programme is one of the things that we are working hard with. We need to engage with a number of people and organizations involving the medical field like Red Cross Philippines, volunteer nurses and even doctors. As we start to call the attention of the people from the medical field, we initiated the Medical Camp Program where collaboration with the Red Cross Youth Philippines (RCY) was done during their Peer Educators Training: HIV Awareness in Kalibo. After a series of conversation with their President, Mr. Errol Ordines, we were approved to collaborate with them to do the Medical Camp. On October 15th-16th, the Philippines Team went in their venue in Kalibo, bringing our Manual and Automatic Blood Pressure Machine and provided a free Blood Pressure monitoring for the 25 members of the LGBTQ since they are the primary participants of the said training. They were really grateful for such service that they seldom do a Blood Pressure monitor for the few months, and they were glad we have this kind of program. We are planning to continue this Medical Camp: Blood Pressure Monitoring and Blood Sugar Testing in the schools, and the community especially those living in faraway villages, i.e., Madalag Town where villagers won’t able to travel down in the center town or can’t even afford service like the Blood Sugar Monitoring.

We continue to provide reading and arithmetic tutorials to a group of kids living in different towns. The support that we give serves as a refresher class for them. The pandemic made them stationary at home and became stagnant in academic progress. We can see the impact of modular learning when we go to their houses and monitor how they answer their modules. As school reopened and kids have been alternately attending schools by sets, the teachers have a hard time teaching them. The kids that regularly attend our home visit and workshops are noticeably at edge among their classmates in school. The parents thanked us for the worksheets that we provided and the company that we gave to their children. Their emotional and cognitive skills have been improving.

REMEDIAL CLASSES

The Department of Education implemented mandatory remedial classes for students who have low marks and do not manifest academic progress. These enrichment classes are conducted during a specific time agreed by the teachers and parents. The GFF HELPS Philippines Team understood the needs of the learners and offered to be a remedial class teacher. The team is consisting of Licensed Teachers who have expertise in General Education and English. We sent a letter of intent to schools, and there are three of them where we regularly visit and conduct remedial classes. Materials like modules are provided by the school, but we also bring our own resources to reinforce. The support that we give to teachers and students were recognized. Parents have been very supportive of their kids and appreciate our efforts. 

“Assisting students to achieve expected
competencies in core academic skills
such as literacy and numeracy.”

GFF HELPS PHILIPPINES

SCHOOL VISITATION AND SURVEY

School visitation gives us a great understanding of every school’s needs. This October, we began visiting schools where we worked before. Most of them had been a beneficiary of the Digital Learning Program and received tablets to support the learning of their students. As we started the school visitation, we saw the main problem that every teacher tries to mend, the poor comprehension and numeracy of the students. Thus, we provided support by volunteering as remedial class teachers. Some of the schools also reported a lack of teaching facilities, like classrooms, to accommodate students. They are hoping for a makeshift classroom to avoid dividing a single room into two. We are glad to work with teachers and to know the situation on the ground. We will provide support within our capacity.

Medical Camp: Free Blood Pressure Monitoring

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GFF Helps India’s October 2022 meaningful engagement

MOBILE LIBRARY

Like every month, this month too the Mobile Library visits were made in the SOGG Learning & Information Centres of Bong, Chibbo and Pudung. Old books were replaced with new ones in all the 3 centres. This time a new Intern of GFF Helps, Ms. Surabhi accompanied the GFF Helps team. She also got to learn about the project and experienced it for the first time. The students were happy to interact with her and receive new books.

Computer Classes

The computer classes in all the 3 learning Centers have been ongoing since the month of September. While the 2 Centres Bong and Pudung had a computer teacher since the beginning, Chibbo had a volunteer teacher for a month. From 10th October, Ms. Teresa Lepcha has been appointed as a computer teacher in the Centre. The students of all the 3 centres have been learning Computer. GFF Helps India has provided each Centre with basic computer books. The project will end after 3 months of completion.

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

The World Mental Health Day is celebrated on the 10th of October every year. This year a Darjeeling based NGO DLR Prerna had organized a program remarking the day on 17th of October 2022. GFF Helps India Representative, Ms. Nikita Rai attended the program in Drajeeling. The theme for this year was “Make Mental Health & Well Being for all a Global Priority. There were various guest speakers who spoke on various issues, causes, solution and their experiences. Schools, colleges and social organizations were present from Darjeeling and Kalimpong Districts.

MOBILE LIBRARY IN DEBANJAN SHARE GIRLS ACADEMY

Debanjan Share Girls’ Academy is a year old residential girls’ football academy where 18 girls have been accommodated in their hostel at present. It is a collaborative effort of Debanjan Sen Foundation and Share Football Club and is the first residential football academy in West Bengal. Mobile Library Project was introduced to them by GFF Helps India on 19th October 2022. The main aim to implement the project there is not only to improve their English language and vocabulary but also their imagination and creativity. The books were handed over to the incharge Ms. Sushan, who will be coordinating and keeping the records as well. The managing team of Debanjan Share Girls Academy and the girls were glad to have started the project. Every month books will be given to them and reading sessions will be held along with storytelling sessions.

AWARENESS PROGRAM BY IL&FS

GFF Helps India has been collaborating with IL&FS (Skill Development and Training Institute) from the very beginning. There are various courses through which dropout students can get employment through. Awareness programs for these courses have been done before in Chibbo and Dabling villages. Similarly this time on the 21st October 2022, an awareness program was held in Bong village in the SOGG Centre. There were 22 women participants from the Self Help Groups who were active participants of the program. They were mostly interested in the tailoring and beautician courses. Ms. Mamta Cgettri of IL&FS gave clear information about these courses. After the Diwali break, followup needs to be done on these 2 courses. These kinds of skill development and employment opportunities have given direction to those who have dropped out of their school and colleges.

REGULAR HEALTH CHECKUP IN THE VILLAGES

The regular health checkup project started during the CoVID19 pandemic in April 2021. The project still continues to reach the vulnerable section of the society in Bong, Chibbo and Pudung villages. Blood Pressure and Sugar tests are done in regular basis of the sick and elderly population of the villages. The project has made it convenient for the people to take benefit of the health checkups especially for those whose Hospitals and Health Centres are far from their houses and during emergency situations. The Staff of SOGG Bong, Chibbo and Pudung have been volunteering since the pandemic and have been serving their community.

SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOP

As we move towards a digitalized era, there is a need for us to move towards building virtual connection with our sponsors, friends and beneficiaries. Therefore on the 1st of October 2022, to address the need, a seminar on Social media was organised by GFF Helps India where the main resource person was Mr. Joe Fisher (former GFF Helps India volunteer). It was held in the GFF India Office in Kalimpong from 10:30am-12:00pm. The GFF Helps team from Philippines, Nepal and Sri Lanka attend the seminar through online mode while GFF Helps India and SOGG L&I Centre team physically attended the seminar. Mr. Saom and Ms. Minket were also present and were the moderators for the seminar.

Mr. Joe conducted a very interactive session with the participants and covered various important topics such as Capturing great footage, Goals for social media and Case studies. There were many participants’ queries and doubts cleared.

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Sri Lanka focuses towards youth education in October

English For Village Program – Ekiriyagala Village

In order to build up reading skills among the village students, GFF HELPS Sri Lanka actively collaborated with Ekiriyagala SANASA Society and the village to encourage Mobile library with the students. And to facilitate the lack of educational resources within the village, every week a reading sessions with the Ekiriyagala village students are conducted. GFF HELPS Sri Lanka Representative provides the story books for the village students. It has been observed that with such reading practices, they have considerably improved their reading skills and building their story-making abilities. Currently, there are ten secondary students engaged with the Mobile Library project.

GFF HELPS Srilanka conducted the English for village program to enhance the English language abilities of village students. Creative sessions were prepared weekly and activities were conducted according to the structured syllabus. GFF HELPS Sri Lanka team collaborates with Ekiriyagala Sanasa Primary Society and Sanasa Campus. Every Thursday and Friday, the program with Ekiriyagala village Students are conducted.

Alphabet, Colors, Numbers, and phonics were completed by the primary-grade students. And storytelling sessions, grammar lessons were completed by the secondary grade students. To measure the impact of the English for village program, a mock examination for the secondary grade students were conducted. This program is conducted by an English tutor, Mrs. Reshani Tamasha at Ekiriyagala SANASA cooperative society for the kids in Ekiriyagala and nearby villages.

English For Village Program – Udovita Village

On the 07th of October, Udovita SANASA Society was involved in the English for village project. The Srilanka representative was able to communicate with the Sanasa society and the young people in the village and decided to establish the English for village program in Udovita village. During the discussion, the participants were very excited and interested in GFF HELPS projects. In the meeting, a volunteer was interested to start the program with village students. Currently, the program is running with 20 village students. GFF HELPS Srilanka representative engages every week with the program and Udovita village people.

Mobile Library

Technology Capacity Development Workshop

According to GFF HELPS Sri Lanka and Sanasa Primary Society meeting, on the 29th of September, the Technology Capacity Development Workshop was conducted. The main objective of the workshop was to implement a Technology Capacity Development Workshop about the Usage of Smartphones in an appropriate manner and also to promote the importance of technology in society. GFF HELPS Sri Lanka collaborates with the Higher Education Institute Society Linkages Cell (HEI-SL-Cell), Center for Cooperatives and Community Studies (CCCS) & Sanasa Campus. The program was conducted at the Udovita Village with 30 young ones in the village and rural community members. The highest percentage for the training program has been recorded between the age groups of 20 and 29 54.2%. And the least amount is associated with the above 50 age group.

To measure the impact of the program, GFF HELPS Sri Lanka used an online survey. Finally, according to the views of the members of the overall training program, a number of 19 (79.2%) have commented on the program’s explanation. The program has received positive feedback. According to the available data, the 05th graph shows the awareness of the members regarding E-Business, WhatsApp Business, Cyber ​​Security, and the Internet after the program. A higher percentage has gained very good awareness about the above topics. Also, most people were very well informed about the Internet.

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GFF Helps Sri Lanka bridges literacy gaps

English For Village Program

English is used all over the world by speakers of many languages because it has multiple uses and benefits. In order to build up language skills in Ekiriygala Village Students, GFF HELPS Srilanka conducted the English for village program. Learning a foreign language enhances ones cognitive and analytical abilities. There are several factors that make the English language essential to communication in many situations. Week by week, the creative sessions and activities are prepared. GFF HELPS Srilanka team collaborates with Ekiriyagala Sanasa Primary Society and Sanasa Campus. Every Thursday and Friday, the program is conducted with Ekiriyagala Students. We received newcomers for the program. There are primary grades and secondary grades students. Offered activities like helping to improve their reading skills, writing skills, and vocabulary abilities. The children were individually guided to deliver essays and practiced paragraph reading. They learned grammar lessons as well.

This program is conducted by an English tutor, Mrs. Tamasha at Ekiriyagala SANASA cooperative society for the kids in Ekiriyagala and nearby villages. The number of kids is increasing day by day and they are actively participating in the sessions.

Mobile Library

Reading is a good therapy to improve own focus, memory, empathy, communication skills also language skills. In order to build up the confidence in reading English and stories among Ekiriyagala village students, GFF HELPS Srilanka collaborates with Samasa Campus and Sanasa Primary societies, and successfully conducted the Mobile library. In Ekiriyagla Village, there are primary and secondary students engaging with GFF HELPS Srilanka Mobile Library. The main purpose is to build up warm and happy associations with books, increasing the likelihood that kids will find more and more knowledge. Currently, There are 150+ Storybooks, and week by week kids are receiving the books from the GFF HEPLS Srilankan Coordinator. Reading increases vocabulary and can be a good self-esteem to build good communication skills.

It is very especially important for children to read as much as possible because the effects of reading are cumulative. Recently got newcomers for the Mobile Library and they are really interested in the Facility. They are gradually improving their reading skills through the mobile library. GFF HELPS Srilanka hopes to expand the Mobile Library to more Sanasa Primary Societies.

Capacity Development Workshop

GFF HELPS Srilanka collaborates with Higher Education Institute Society Linkages Cell (HEI-SL-Cell), Center for Cooperatives and Community Studies (CCCS) & Sanasa Campus. The workshop was based on Usage of Smartphones in an Appropriate Manner for the Udovita Village and young ones in the village and rural community members in order to fill the discrepancies due lack of technical knowledge.

The main objective of the workshop was to implement a Capacity Development Workshop about the Usage of Smartphones in an Appropriate Manner and also to promote the importance of technology in society. GFF HELPS Sri Lanka aims to provide necessary knowledge and workshop where it is needed. It is essential to have the knowledge to have a proper usage of social media and create awareness about E-Business, E-Communication, etc.

For that GFF HELPS Srilanka and Sanasa Primary Society had a meeting to plan and discuss the Capacity Development Workshop. So we hope to conduct it on the 29th of September 2022 with 45 young people in Udovita Sanasa Primary Society Cooperative Building.

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GFF HELPS INDIA BUILDS ON MAKING STRONGER SOCIETIES

CENTRE MAINTENANCE BONG AND CHIBBO

The SOGG Learning centres of Bong, Chibbo and Pudung have been in function for more than a decade. The Open Learning and Information centres are used not only by the students but the community as a whole for various productive purposes. For awareness programs, training sessions, health camps, etc- these centres act as the main venue- where beneficiaries gather under one roof and a host of activities are organized.

For the smooth and efficient functioning of the centres, maintenance is deemed necessary. GFF Helps India has been on the forefront for the upkeep of the centres. In the month of August, SOGG learning centres of Bong and Chibbo received support from GFF Helps India for maintenance work- plastering of the centre walls as well as repair of main gate. The staff of respective SOGG learning centres volunteered in the process that has helped to achieve good results, which is a reflection of strong team work and good coordination among the beneficiaries. It has also helped instill a sense of ownership- that will help in the proper use of the centres and the resources.

TEACHERS DAY CELEBRATED ON 5TH SEPTEMBER 2022

On the 5th of September, every year in India, Teacher’s Day is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and therefore to appreciate the contribution made by teachers to society. Dr. Radhakrishnan was a renowned scholar, recipient of Bharat Ratna Award, first Vice-President, and second President of independent India. On the occasion of Teacher’s day, the students of SOGG Learning centres of Bong, Chibbo & Pudung honored their respective teachers by putting up a cultural performance, offering Khadas or traditional scarf and presenting a token of appreciation.

GFF Helps India representatives happened to be in Pudung for Mobile Library project, and they too were felicitated by the students. The sight of senior students guiding the juniors, team work and their contribution in the program is a marker of good guidance and teachings.

IL&FS IN CHIBBO

IL&FS is one of the largest talent development centres that attract young talent from the rural areas of Northeast India. The main aim of the centre has been to provide local people with skills development and employment opportunities. GFF Helps has been working in collaboration with IL&FS for many years- organizing awareness programs for the beneficiaries of SOGG Learning centres of Bong, Chibbo and Pudung. These programs help in empowering women, providing job security to young adults and employment opportunities in various sectors.

On the 9th of September, an awareness program under the leadership of Ms. Mamta Chettri of IL&FS was held, wherein more than 35 women members of different Self Help Groups took active part. Information on Nursing, Tailoring, Health and Wellness were covered and disseminated.

The participants of the session were keen on the training program offered by IL&FS. As a follow up of the session, the coordinatior of Chibbo Learning Centre will be further coordinating with the staff of IL&FS.

LEGAL AWARENESS IN BONG

Although Kalimpong is a picturesque hill station, it is not devoid of social evils. To educate the local residents, a legal literacy program was held in Bong village on the 9th of September. The aim of the session has been to empower the poor and disadvantaged sections of society to seek and demand justice services. The key resource person of the program was Mr. Bishal Mangrati, Secretary of District Legal Services Authority. More than 40 local residents of Deorali, Bong took part in the session wherein many of their doubts were clarified.

Through this program, we hope the participants of the program can demand accountability, justice and effective remedies at all levels in unforeseen circumstances. Such useful information will help realize their problems and can thus procure justice through legal means.

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Green education and women empowerment for GFF Helps Nepal

Supporting School for Specially-Abled Children

The GFF Helps Nepal team had previously conducted a Psychosocial Intervention at Srijanshil School for Special needs children from February-June of 2022. The same has been documented in terms of assessment of all the students, which were converted into Case Studies for future reference of each child. additional support was provided by Mr. Rampukar Shah (Clinical Psychologist) and Mr. Krishna (School Principal). Regular follow-up sessions with children from the school and regularly supporting school authorities in website update which was created and supported by GFF Helps Nepal team. The websites are regularly updated.

Vegetable Gardening Project with Community School

A Chinese proverb states: “He who plants a garden plants happiness”.

The vegetable gardening project intends on imparting young learners to experience out of the classroom gardening hands on knowledge. Class eight students from Bal Kumari community school have been taking the lead in this educational project While, Phase I focused on cleaning and uprooting, Phase II took longer as the process of sowing took longer.

Social and Emotional Learning Project Supporting Adolescence from Community Schools

Adolescence stage of one’s life is crucial for one’s developmental growth or degrowth. As, pointed out by Yeager who finds, effective programs for adolescents focus on mindsets and climate. Taking the model of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) this project focuses on making classroom environment more positive. Allowing children to accept themselves and the difference that they share. While, tending to the bigger picture of making young people contributors to their communities. Ms. Mei Quie Sherpa conducts the SEL Sessions with class VI students. The ongoing sessions are based on World Bank SEL model for young adolescence. For the past three days sessions were focused on Self-Awareness exploring of one’s strengths and weaknesses.

Women Empowerment Project

Women in today’s modern Nepal have been both appreciated and challenged to be independent and earn a living. With the objective to empower women with underprivileged backgrounds. GFF Helps teamed-up to work on a cushion cover making project for a pre-order of over 100 with women across Kathmandu Valley. While, the women team were given a limited time of two weeks to completed this order, the results are commendably successful. Each of our four women who completed this challenge were given their payment and have indeed received a hefty satisfaction and joy along with it.

Emotional Learning at Children Homes Bourghandi

The weekly emotional learning session at Bourghandi Children has been ongoing. We have seen fruitful results as more and more number of children have been taking interest in our sessions. The month of September focused on understanding waste management and becoming responsible individuals for the society. While, our major focus being on emotional learning activities such as: Painting, singing

Fruit Tree Plantation in Bal Kumari Basic School

GFF Helps Team organized a Tree Planting Activity with the children of Shree Bal Kumari Basic School on 21st August 2022. The prime objective of this project was to impart in community school students the hands on learning experience outside of the classroom. It is expectant that sowing goods seeds will bear fruits of joy and abundance. Four different types of fruits seeds have been planted in the school ground they are namely: orange, guava, Japanese persimmon and kumquat.

Supporting CDS Day Care Centre

In the month of September, GFF Helps Nepal has been able to provide support to our PNGO CDS in taking care of children at Day Care Centre. One of the meals for the children was provided by Ms. Sulochana Thapa (GFF Helps Volunteer). Supporting the Day Care Staff when necessary and tending to the needs of the children has been constant as a means maintaining harmony between the PNGO’s partnership in Nepal.

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Art is the way forward for GFF Helps Philippines

Online Storytelling

Kids have been going to school now, and most of them do not have classes in the afternoon. Our schedule is befitting this situation, and we still maintain the number of attendees. The presentation was changed a little as activities are constructed in a way that they will exhibit their critical thinking. We skipped games and formulated activities based on real-life situations. They spend most of their time thinking and reasoning. Most of the kids are in a higher level already and they liked the activities. The younger ones are coping with the changes but still showed great understanding. We are happy to hone the minds of these kids into thinking critically.

“Gives students the power to express themselves through multi-literacy modes.”

Reading Workshop & Mobile Library

“Enhancing the opportunity of access to library resources.”
“Engaging students in authentic reading experiences”

We continue to visit the students from Capitan Tazan Memorial Primary School located in Ugsod Village in the town of Banga. These kids are related to each other and live in the same neighborhood. The opening of classes already started, and these kids were also going to school for a half-day class. In the afternoon, they spent time with us with activities to enhance their vocabulary. We saw how they improved every day, and this motivated us to collaborate with schools. We noticed that most students in the Elementary level especially in the lower section, are non-readers. The Government implemented Remedial Classes for these kids under their assigned teachers. We understand the work that teachers do every day and how they struggle to juggle all. We sent a Letter of Intent to the School Principal of Banga Elementary School to volunteer as Remedial Class Teachers for a specific section. It was approved and we will begin in the later part of this month. We are always happy with the trust that the schools have in us.

“Enhancing the opportunity of access to library resources.”
“Engaging students in authentic reading experiences”

Group Workshop: Arts and Crafts Day

The Group Workshop was inspired by the Summer Program initiated and facilitated by Willyn and Michael last 2019. It was held in different towns in Banga, Aklan. When the pandemic started, everything was halted. We decided to do it again but in smaller groups. The Episode 2 of this Group Workshop is Arts and Crafts Day. We invited kids from the Town of Kalibo and the Town of Banga. The Flores Family lent us a wide and comfortable place for free in their place in Banga, Aklan. The kids participated in making different crafts made from scratch materials. They also watched informative videos about the different seasons and made a drawing of their favorite ones. We also had a reading workshop outside the Bermuda grass where we sat and read books. The kids showed exemplary skills in comprehension and craftsmanship despite most of them being levels 0-1.

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Storytelling Gala Session

It was during the pandemic that the storytelling session had begun and it was these stories that got us together. All respective representatives and volunteers got together and they started narrative storytelling sessions online in their respective countries. It has been two years that the pandemic has lessened but the relationships that we made during those times has got us really good bonds with children. Some of them stayed and some of them grew together with us. It was in the month of August that ‘A storytelling Gala session’ was organised where all the four countries came together along with their children and they shared stories of their culture wearing their traditional dresses. This was a perfect example of unity in diversity and they learned each other’s food, dress and songs.

GFF Helps India has been an active collaborator with the SOGG Learning centres of Bong, Chibbo & Pudung. They have been working in tandem on various thematic areas. Particularly in the field of education, GFF Helps India and GFF Helps Nepal have been organizing collaborative story telling session that targets the children of SOGG Learning centres since 2020. The main aim was to engage the children during the lockdown, when schools had been closed for a prolonged period of time. Other goals of the session have been to spark children’s imagination and stimulate curiosity, to help them build confidence and develop oratory & listening skills.

GFF Philippines have conducted storytelling sessions for their Philippino children and their sessions are always moral based and ends with an activity so that the children can remember the moral of the story. The children were very keen and excited to meet children from other countries.

GFF Sri Lanka is gradually going into the foray of telling stories through their English for Village Programme or Mobile Library. In the GFF HELPS Sri Lanka team, there were six students and they performed various kinds of performances. They wore Sri Lankan National costumes. Students have sung the Sinhalese song” Mage Ratata Dhalada Himi Saranai” Song (My country is the shadow of Dalada) and One student performed storytelling of the country song, another one delivered a speech about Srilanka, and there was a brief introduction about Sri Lanka. Finally one student played a Sri Lankan traditional music by using the traditional instrument in Sri Lanka.

On the 27th of August, a Grand Story Telling session was held online for the children of India, Nepal, Philippines and Sri Lanka, at the behest and guidance of a well known story teller- Ms. Minket. The aim of the session was to help children explore and understand the cultures of other participating countries, to inculcate the spirit of community and to help bring about positive influence inside the participant’s heart. 

The participants presented aspects of their respective cultures. Team India, represented by the children of Chibbo Learning centre performed a mime (guided by Mr. Raymond- an assistant teacher of SOGG centre Chibbo), a dance and made a short and succinct presentation on India. Mr. Jimmy, Ms. Priya & Ms. Vanessa (Freight System), Mr. Saom attended the session and . The curiosity filled and the occasion was graced by Sir James Keir, Ms. Priya and Ms. Vanessa (Freight System). Mr. Saom opened the session and gave a brief introduction about the storytelling while Miss Minket Lepcha moderated the session. They all appreciated the children’s efforts. The session was full of fan fare and excitement. As a marker of appreciation, the children were given a certificate of participation. 

Sessions like story telling have been a useful marker to assess the children’s progress and over the years, the children have learned about team work, polished their presentation skills, language skills which was evident on the grand story telling session. We hope to organize similar events for the children that will lead to their intellectual growth and help them develop social skills. 

GFF PHILIPPINES WITH THEIR CHILDREN

GFF INDIA WITH THEIR CHILDREN

GFF SRI LANKA WITH THEIR CHILDREN

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