Joe Fisher

Mental Health needs to be addressed

ADDRESSING PARENT CHILD RELATIONSHIP & MENTAL HEALTH

BONG, CHIBBO & PUDUNG

KALIMPONG

The pandemic that lasted for more than 24 months has had dramatic changes in the lives of families- parents and children alike. GFF Helps representatives felt the need for a session that would help promote healthy socialization as well as support effective behavior of children and families. Ms. Dechen Y. Bhutia, a psychologist at Army Public School Kalimpong facilitated the session. The main aim of the session was: 

  • to help parents understand their own roles and responsibilities
  • to maximize positive outcome for children and their families
  • to help parents understand their children’s individual needs and development

The target group for the session were parents of Bong, Chibbo and Pudung villages, that was held on the 13th of May, 19th of May and 20th of May respectively. The session was rewarding as many doubts were cleared and clarifications made. 

‘I thought I could control my child in every way possible, but this session opened my eye. I am truly grateful for attending this session.’

Prisca Rai
Bong Village.
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INTER CENTRE QUIZ COMPETITION IN CHIBBO

Inter Quiz Competition

 

“I really enjoyed guiding the students well and they have done well. We had a good exposure. Thank you for organizing the event.” Milan Bardewa, Coordinator and teacher, Team Chibbo.

An inter centre quiz competition was held in Chibbo for the students of Bong, Chibbo, Kameshi and Pudung in the month of March 2022. The aim of hosting the quiz competition was to evaluate the knowledge of the students- academic as well as beyond academics. Students from class 7, 8 and 9 took part in the competition- and their knowledge was tested from 4 fields namely- general knowledge, sports, history and geography.

Ms. Lisa and Mr. Anthony Thocker attended the event as Chief Guests

The participants had well prepared as they had been guided well by their respective centre teachers. The event was moderated by GFF Helps Representative Ms. Melissa Namchu and made the session interactive, so that the students are not intimidated but to further build their confidence. Questions about Kalimpong were also asked for the students know about their community and society. The first place was grabbed by Team Pudung, followed by Chibbo, while Bong and Kameshi were the second runner’s up. Ms. Lisa and Mr. Anthony Thocker attended the event as Chief Guests and were impressed by the knowledge that the students possessed. They also shared message to the students. This one day event was rewarding to the students as well as their mentors.

 

 

Prizes ready for distribution

“Our team thoroughly enjoyed the competition. Our teacher guided us well. Next time we will stand first!” Lyang Ong, Participant, Team Pudung.

 

 

 

 

Quiz competition preparation

With the finalists

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Completion of Phase III – Self Care Session under Psychosocial Intervention

Phase-III of the psychosocial intervention based on a Self Care Session was conducted on 8th of April, 2022. The session which was conducted at Srijanshil Rehabilitation and Special Educational School for the Disabled – SRSESD, where more than 22 participants participated in the session. The session focused on enhancing self-care and refilling of ones mind with thoughts of affirmation, motivation, praise and celebration of self and one relation to others.

GFF Helps team along with Mr. Rampukat (Clinical Psychologist) and Srijanshil school staff

Out door activity during the Self-Care Session

Self-Care Session conducted by Mr. Rampukar. Phase-III of psychosocial intervention

 

 

 

Ram Pukar Shah in the session

 

 

 

An expertise and effective session facilitated by Mr. Ram Pukar Shah, Clinical Psychologist with Kanti Children Hospital. The three phases of Psychosocial Intervention is completed. Followed by Lobbying for the children with no disability cards and case study documentation of children’s mental disabilities. Carried by follow-up sessions in the next 6 months.

                                                             

Mandevi Nakarmi

“I learnt about yoga exercises and the need to practice such exercises. These trainings are helpful in the long run. I felt at ease after attending this self care training.”

 

 

Samikchya Thapa

I am very happy and I am very impressed with this session. Many a times there are things which we wish to do, but aren’t able. I got the opportunity to share things which I wanted to. There are times when one gets alone and thoughts swirl in my mind. But, today I have learnt in which moments and instances what must be done. My experience was too good.

 

 

Durga Rana Magar

I am travelling from Thankot as my brother’s guardian. I am very happy and satisfied with the Self Care training provided by you in Srijnsheel School for the Differently Abled Children, in New Naikap. 

Handouts that were given to the parents with the objective to help them receive a future reference in knowing their struggles and finding out solutions

Appreciation and Praise Practice

   

Key Highlights

Self Care of parents and care takers

Eliminate anxiety

Minimize frustration

Stress Reduction

Diverse parents

     

    

   

                                                 

                                                 

                                                          

                                                  

 

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SOLAR PROJECT VISIT

Madalag is a landlocked municipality in Aklan. Most of its towns are remote and do not have access to electricity. The people are living through a traditional lamp that lights the whole hut. The GFF HELPS Philippines Team proposed and

Solar Project- One of the beneficiary of the solar project Mr. Victor.

initiated a Solar Project that would benefit the villagers that do not have electricity. By 2020, 100 families received their solar kits. After two years, we visited them and saw the status of their solar kits. Together with Mr. Saom and Ms. Lisa, we trekked mountains to reach each of them, sometimes under drizzles. We stopped by some houses to rest and eat. While on our way, we met the beneficiaries going down the mountain to buy some condiments in the town. We talked to them and asked them about their solar kits. All of them stated that they benefitted a lot from the solar kits. They don’t need to go to the town only to charge their cellphones. They can continue working with their livelihood even at night because the light is not flickering. Their babies can sleep well because the house is brighter. They can carry their solar kits everywhere because it is handy. We are overwhelmed by their statements and grateful for their hospitability.

 

Solar Project -Wearing rain ponchos before riding on a motor-taxi.

 

We are hoping that while they are waiting for the electricity to reach them, our solar kits will light their humble homes.

 

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English for Village Programme

English for Village Manager and Assistant Manager of the society

As the second phase of the English for Village
project we plan to conduct classes for school
children in Akiririyagala village. In 2019, the first
phase of the project, the classes were conducted by
undergraduates of SANASA campus. However, in the
first level of the second phase project, we are
planning to get support from a third person because
the face to face lectures are not started in the
SANASA campus yet. In the second level of the
project we plan to let undergraduates involved with
the project. It is beneficial for undergraduates as well
to improve their teaching and learning skills.
Classes can be held in the SANASA Cooperative
society building and they will help to find a resource
person to conduct the classes.

 

With Dr. W. Jayasundera, GFF Sri Lanka Representative Hasini Athauda visited Akiriyagala Sanasa Society and met the manager of the society to further discuss the project.

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Shaper Buddy Programme Closing Ceremony

SBP Closing ceremony with GFF Helps advisor Mr. Tharaka Munidasa

 

GFF HELPS Sri Lanka in collaboration with Global Shapers Kandy Hub and SANASA Campus conducted a three month long career guidance and capacity development programme where weekly workshops were conducted for 18 undergraduates from SANASA Campus. These workshops covered 16 modules aimed to equip the participants with 21st century skills and employability skills which will greatly enhance their chance of landing better jobs after the completion of their academic programme.

 

 

MODULES

01: Discovering yourself

02: Mental Wellbeing

03: Confidence building and language proficiency

04: Career Guidance

05: CV Building

06: LinkedIn

07: Interviews/Networking/Etiquette

08: Email etiquette/Meetings/ presentations

09: Work life balance/stress management/planning

10: Digital Literacy

11: Digital skills

12: Financial Literacy

13: Responsible Citizenship

14: Responsible Global Citizenship

15: Leadership & Team building/treasure hunt

16: Healthy Living

 

 

SBP Closing ceremony

Beneficiary feedback

 

 

 

 

 

SBP Certificate of Achievement

SBP Certificate of Participation

This insightful programme marked an end on March 19, 2022 on virtual platform with an evaluation from Global Shapers Kandy Hub, Comments from GFF Sri Lanka and SANASA Campus and beneficiary feedbacks. For certificate distribution we have selected 6 achievers and 7 participants through their performances and attendance. The performances of all the beneficiaries will be further evaluated. 

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International Women’s Day Celebration with GFF Helps India

Paarticipants and GFF Helps India team in Kamshi, Kalimpong

 

On the 8th of March 2022, GFF Helps India organized International Women’s Day celebration in Bong, Kamshi, Pudung and Chibbo villages. The programs were held in collaboration with the SOGG L&I Centres in their premises. Women of the respective villages were felicitated by the staff of SOGG and GFF Helps. Cakes, sweets and snacks were provided to the participants. 

GFF Helps India team took part in the Bong and Kamshi village’s celebration. Apart from the informative session on International Women’s Day, a fun session for the women was organized where they sang and danced. The women were dressed up in saree (traditional outfit) especially for the occasion. Women of these four villages are mostly homemakers and engage in farm based activities. Their lives revolve around their children and family. They rarely have time to go out for their houses for leisure. Therefore this program provided them time and space to celebrate and rejuvenate themselves.  

The main aim of the program was to create a platform for women of the village to come together and celebrate womanhood and their contribution towards their society.  

 

Women of Chibbo interacting with each other during the Women’s Day Celebration

Women in Bong enjoying their dance session

One of the women participants in Bong village said that “Thank you so much for organizing the program and making this day special for us”.

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S U P P O R T T O B O U R G A N D I C H I L D R E N H O M E

 

A reading session conducted by Ms. Sulochana with the junior most children from the Children’s Home.

GFF Helps Nepal team Ms. Sulochana Thapa and Ms. Mei Quie Sherpa have been supporting the children from the child home in terms of their emotional development and upgrading them in terms of the character development and educational sessions that help enhance their wellbeing. This month we conducted reading sessions with the juniors and and reflection and relaxation session with the entire groups of children. Regular Friday session with children based on games, moral science, reading session and relaxation activities to improve the emotional and mental health of children.

 

Key Highlights

– Regular Friday Sessions
– Reading Exercises
-Reflection Sessions
– Games for refreshment
-Relaxation exercises for Mental Health

 

The sessions comprises of games and other activities to uplift the spirits of children living in the orphanage.

The sessions comprises of games and other activities to uplift the spirits of children living in the orphanage.

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WOMEN EMPOWERMENT PROJECT PRODUCTION OF ECO-FRIENDLY ITEMS

 

 

GFF Helps Team meets the ladies who has been sewing bags

It is quite difficult for several ladies to work after getting married. Due to family responsibilities and cultural norms of becoming a home-maker. However, these three ladies have broken the stereotype and are part of this project where they work for themselves besides having to shoulder a mountain of responsibilities. Reusable bags are eco-friendly and the materials of the product are adaptive to all kinds of printing, which is the major marketing strategy for selling. Apron’ making materials is being prepared by Mrs. Anju. The first phase of canvas items production is complete.

Sulochana Thapa, GFF Helps Volunteer is measuring and cutting cloth for Aprons in process.

Key Highlights

– Women Empowerment
– Financial freedom
– Skill upgrading
– Youth engagement

 

 

 

Detailed measurements being taken for preparation of the items.

Bags and Apron made of canvas reusable items in the process of designing.

Mrs. Samina and Mrs. Sanikala are a part of this project while, in terms of marketing these will be sold with of these ladies along with other women with potential to sell. Designing of the canva items with floral images and selling across of the materials with the support of the women group is ongoing at present.

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EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP BAL KUMARI SCHOOL SESSION

 

Mei Quie Sherpa, GFF Helps Nepal Representative addressing the students on Mental Health Workshop

A good mental health and the impacts of bullying is negatively correlated. The session indented to focus on understanding the impacts of bullying on mental health. Children of Bal Kumari school Kapan will be engaging in the further sessions, where similar issues
faced by children in their lives, will be discussed with the help of a mystery book. These issues will be written by anonymous and discussed in the class openly. Unmasking the unhealthy experiences and giving it a channel to address those grieving moments within the safe circle of school and classrooms.

 

Key Highlights
Addressing bullying
Support to mental health

The adolescent children of Baal Kumari School

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