Joe Fisher

RELIEF REACHES FAMILIES WITH MASK SAFETY

In the midst of the pandemic families of the daily wage workers have lost their livelihood. The ongoing lockdown has left them even more vulnerable in the face of this crisis. The lack of support from the local authorities is an issue, affecting the safety and health of both children and parents.

CDS staffs mobilised to distribute reliefs

 

 

On 24th, June the joint support of GFF HELPS NEPAL and CHILD DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY (CDS) Nepal, reached out to over 30 families of daily wage earners, at CDS office Kapan.

Mother and child from marginalised communities come to CDS office to receive the relief

Keeping in mind nutrition and health deemed necessary to combat the third wave said to largely affect children. Hand tailored masks by the GFF women tailor group were handed out along with the food items at the time of distribution. Relief items were: Rice, sattu (gram flour), and for sanitation – soap and masks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 260, hand-tailored masks prepared by the GFF women tailor group were also provided to the Bal Kumari school. The Child Development Society Education Officer Mr. Govinda BK hands over the masks to the school authorities to be distributed to the children.

Promoting the health and safety of children at the time of the crisis. It is infact the top priority of GFF Helps Nepal and Child Development Society.

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Bringing back the children’s love for reading amidst this pandemic

The GFF HELPS Philippines Team had successfully lent a total of eighty (80) children’s books and eighty (80) drawing materials to the equal number of children from the five (5) schools in the school villages in the District of Banga, namely, Agbanawan, Tabayon and Lapnag Primary Schools and Polocate and Sigcay Elementary Schools in Banga, Aklan, Philippines. It has been more than a year since the pandemic and schools are still not open for face-to-face classes, therefore, the books were collected by their parents during their retrieval of modules in each respective school. It was agreed that their children will borrow the books and could lend it to their younger siblings, do their activities together, ie., drawing, coloring , peer reading while their books are under their care until the opening of classes returns in August or September to which they will return the books to their teachers.

These are LP and the hardworking teachers of Agbanawan Elementary School on July 5, 2021.

This is the second beneficiary of books from Sigcay Elementary School, Sigcay Banga Aklan on July 6, 2021.

It was some time in June when we started communicating with the school leaders and presented our Mobile Library Project with them. We received positive feedback from the five schools and they really showed interest in partnering with the project amidst the pandemic. We then started sorting the books – per level and per genre – according to the needed number based on the beneficiaries per school. We then bought drawing materials in the nearest school supplies in the  town of Kalibo and started packing until we reached the date of the schedule for distribution which was on July 5th and 6th, 2021.

These are LP, School Head, and School Teachers posing in front of the School’s name in Polocate Elementary School on July 6, 2021.

The schedule of distribution came  and we went to these five schools located in the far places in Banga, these were schools located in the villages and we were happy for the warm welcome of the school leaders, teachers and the parents who were present waiting for their children’s books  and drawing materials. The teachers also submitted the list of beneficiaries per school as  a formal form for both the GFF and their school.

 

The teacher and the parents have been sending photos of their children reading the books and doing their activities. According to Sir Kynan, the school leader of  Polocate Elementary School,“It was a good thing that our GFF Mobile Library is back to bring back the children’s love for reading especially this pandemic wherein phones and TV are the only things that the children take time with.”

This is the fifth beneficiary of books from Polocate Elementray School, Polocate Banga Aklan on July 6, 2021.  

This is LP together with the beneficiary, teacher-in-charge, and head of the school in Sigcay Elementary School on July 6, 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

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VACCINATION DRIVE WITH KALIMPONG NGO NETWORK (KANGON)

21ST JULY 2021 & 2nd AUGUST 2021

The Kalimpong NGO Network (KANGON) which is a consort of all the NGOs registered in Kalimpong, organized a private paid vaccination camp on the 21st of July and 2nd August 2021, for the concerned residents of Kalimpong town. This vaccination drive was organized by Kalimpong Covid 19 Support Team (of KANGON) in association with Medica North Bengal clinic. This camp was held in Rockvale Academy, 9th mile Kalimpong and was inaugurated by the Superintendent of Police Mr. Pai.

The superintendent of Police visiting the registration counter

The registrants noting down the required details

 

 

 

 

 

 

The drive commenced a week in advance with the registration process with the setting up of 4 registration counters. In order to provide ease, the first 300 registrants were given a subsidy of Rs. 180 by Kalimpong Covid 19 Support Team, while the rest had to pay the full amount of Rs. 780.

In total, 640 individuals from Kalimpong above 18 years were vaccinated by 10 professional nurses of Medica North Bengal Clinic. While majority of the individuals received their first jab of Covishield, there were few who had come for their second vaccination.

Elderly citizens were jabbed in their respective cars

After receiving the jab, the individuals were taken to an observation room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most of the NGOs took active part in the vaccination drive and were assigned duties, which ensured smooth implementation of the programme. GFF Helps India Representatives took the charge of the registration process while the members of SOGG Bong, Chibbo and Pudung villages actively volunteered in logistics and photo documentation.

Volunteers from SOGG Bong, Chibbo and Pudung taking the concerned individuals for the vaccination.

Several booths were set up to ensure the safety of everyone

 

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Enriching the children’s minds and hearts through stories.

The GFF HELPS Philippines Team continues to provide a quality education through online storytelling with children ages 9-12 from Banga, Aklan, Philippines. Online storytelling is one of the innovative pedagogical approaches that can engage students in deep and meaningful learning. It is a powerful tool to integrate instructional messages with learning activities to create more engaging and exciting learning environments. Thus, we provide stories that revolve around meaningful topics and activities constructed from the topic that will gear them towards the application of learnings. The parents truly appreciate the benefits that their children acquire and do their best to make them involve in every storytelling session.

We make certain that each participant will be able to participate to feel inclusion. We show our appreciation through digital prizes and their smiles indicate their appreciation. We also suggest a better composition of their answers during the lesson to help them present their answers more clearly. We make constructive corrections especially in pronunciation and we always ensure that they understand complex words.

Stella and his brother read together the passage.

It is pleasing to hear their laughs but what’s more rewarding is to see their improvements and that they also serve as teachers of their younger siblings. One of our participants named Stella who has a younger brother said, “Teacher, my mom wants my younger brother to learn too.”

This only shows that their interest was awakened when they see other children participating in our storytelling. We are happy to see them in every storytelling session and their friends and siblings joining them too.

The participants read the keywords from the lesson.

Joe FisherEnriching the children’s minds and hearts through stories.
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Meet Senuri Jayawardena – Sri Lanka Volunteer

Meet Senuri Jayawardena – Sri Lanka Volunteer

I am Senuri Jayawardena, an Environmental Science and Chemistry graduate who is passionate about working towards promoting environmental conservation at a grass-roots level through capacity development of communities. 

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Meet Mei Quie Sherpa – Nepal Volunteer

Meet Mei Quie Sherpa – Nepal Volunteer

Greetings from Kathmandu, Nepal. Shalom and Namaste,

My name is Mei Quie Sherpa, and I am originally from Darjeeling a hill-station in India. Currently, I am pursuing my Master’s in Social Work (mental health) from Nepal. Nepal is a beautiful country and I find myself surrounded with serene geography and a community that is open and loving.

Joe FisherMeet Mei Quie Sherpa – Nepal Volunteer
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Meet Stifhany Salvador – The Philippines Volunteer

Meet Stifhany Salvador – The Philippines Volunteer

Greetings from Aklan, Philippines!

Hello Everyone! I’m Stifhany Salvador, a Licensed Professional Teacher working as an ESL teacher and a new GFF HELPS volunteer here in The Philippines.

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Online Storytelling 2021 – Enriching the children’s minds and hearts through stories.

Online Storytelling 2021 – Enriching the children’s minds and hearts through stories.

The GFF HELPS Philippines Team continues to provide quality education through online storytelling with children ages 9-12 from Banga, Aklan, Philippines. We have been doing this online project for exactly a year now and we have catered almost 15-20 children from different parts of Banga Town since we started last June 2020.

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Vegetable Garden Project – Phase II – Philippines

Vegetable Garden Project – Phase II –  Philippines
Today’s pandemic made the GFF HELPS Philippine Team realize the importance of mental, spiritual, emotional and physical health and most of our projects are bringing great impact to our beneficiaries, especially this Vegetable Garden Project in the different villages in the town of Banga, Aklan.

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Solar-Powered Homes for the People of Galicia Village

Solar-Powered Homes for the People of Galicia Village

The GFF HELPS Philippines is delighted with the successful result of the Solar Project Phase 1 in the Village of Mercedes in the Town on Madalag last December 2020. Upon hearing the beneficiaries’ meaningful testimonies and seeing how the Solar Lights have been changing their lives, we pushed through the second phase in the next prospect village, the Galicia, without any hesitation.  

Joe FisherSolar-Powered Homes for the People of Galicia Village
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