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Completion of Management Session with teachers & parents of Srijanshil School for special needs

The psychosocial intervention Phase -II

The psychosocial intervention Phase -II has begun at Srijanshil Rehabilitation and Special Educational School for the Disabled – SRSESD. With, the effective facilitation from Mr. Rampukar (Clinical Psychologist) both teachers, parents along with the school principal Mr. Krishna Lamsal, rendered their time and embraced the session with their full attention. The session comprised of courses on how to be an effective psychosocial support and prepare ways of managing the delayed developmental growth in the children. The upcoming session is to focus on Self-Care in the first week of April.

  • Assessment & Diagnosis Session has been completed
  • Preparation of Individual Case studies
  • Training to teachers & Parents Management Session
  • Self Care Training
  • Advocacy& Lobbying
  • Follow-up sessions

 

Mrs. Krishna Maya Bhujhel who is the mother of Kushal Bhujhel comments, “It was good session I will be coming again for the Self-Care session. I am happy!…..I learnt to teach my child small steps in making him self-dependent.”

 

 

 

 

Suriya Gamal’s elder brother Mr. Roshan Gamal’s says, “I desire my brother to learn and grow like most active children. But, shouldering livelihood and household responsibilities gives me very limited time to come for training courses….I learnt that every other person has to undergo schooling for years before becoming more capable. I need to be more patient as the changes will come slow, is what I have understood with today’s course..”

Joe FisherCompletion of Management Session with teachers & parents of Srijanshil School for special needs
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Mobile Library March 2022

The rotation of books continues in school and among neighboring students. The books vary in level to suit the student’s comprehension. This year, we distributed 30 books to Capitan Tazan Memorial Primary School and 15 books to Sigcay Elementary School. Sometimes, we bring books to the children of our beneficiaries. We are always grateful for the help of the hardworking teachers and the support of parents. One of the highlights of this month is the regular reading workshop that we conduct for the neighboring students of Capitan Tazan Memorial
Primary School. Our hard work was noticed by some parents living in the same community and they expressed their interest. They
also want their children to join and asked permission from the owner of the house where we teach.

One of the mothers prepared a big table and more chairs because she’s expecting more participants. We are overwhelmed by the love that these kids show to us. They would always prepare snacks for us and stay with us until a vehicle pick us up. There’s nothing more rewarding than being loved and respected by your students.

 

 

Stifhany and LP together with kids from Capitan Tazan Memorial Primary School. The kids prepared a big table and more chairs for their new friends

Stifhany and LP together with kids from Capitan Tazan Memorial Primary School.

 

 

“Engaging students in authentic reading experiences”

 

 

 

Joe FisherMobile Library March 2022
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Online Storytelling March 2022

“Teacher, where’s my price?” A usual thing that you can hear every session of the Online Storytelling. Parents said that their kids expect virtual prizes to be real one day. Our Online Storytelling to children ages 9-12 years old from Banga, Aklan, every Thursday and Friday afternoon is always productive.

GFF Helps Philippines have regular attendees that grew with them. They have formed a strong bond with these kids that they comfortably share their personal experiences during sessions. This month’s highlight is the story of “The First Woman in Space” as a celebration of Women’s Month. The children learned the role that women played in history. LP and Stifhany always make sure that stories were taken from reliable online sources and activities were engaging. They wanted to show their appreciation to the avid attendees, and they thought of giving them something. They are planning to make the virtual prizes real. They will purchase fruit bundles and deliver them to the houses of the kids. Everyone seems excited to receive their prizes, a sweet treat for their hard work.

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

The kids learned about “The First Woman in Space” and the roles that women played in history

Joe FisherOnline Storytelling March 2022
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Mobile Library March 2022

GFF Philippines continue to rotate books in school and among neighboring students. The books vary in level to suit the student’s comprehension. This year, they distributed 30 books to Capitan Tazan Memorial Primary School and 15 books to Sigcay Elementary School. Sometimes, they bring books to the children of their beneficiaries. They are always grateful for the help of the hardworking teachers and the support of parents. One of the highlights of this month is the regular reading workshop that they conduct for the neighboring students of Capitan Tazan Memorial Primary School. Their hard work was noticed by some parents living in the same community and they expressed their interest. They also want their children to join and asked permission from the owner of the house where they teach.

Stifhany and LP together with kids from Capitan Tazan Memorial Primary School. The kids prepared a big table and more chairs for their new friends.

“There’s nothing more rewarding than being loved and respected by your students.”

One of the mothers prepared a big table and more chairs because she’s expecting more participants. GFF Helps Philippines are overwhelmed by the love that these kids show to them. Children would always prepare snacks for them and stay with them until a vehicle would pick them up.

Joe FisherMobile Library March 2022
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SUPPORT TO BOURGANDI CHILDREN HOME

GFF Representative Mei Quie Sherpa interacts with children

Children homes in Kathmandu are filled with children with emotionally painful histories. Although their basic needs are met such as – food, water shelter,
clothing and education. A psychosocial support mechanism is seen to be missing in these helping homes. 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.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
Educational
Nurturing young minds
Learning with fun
Freedom of expression

Joe FisherSUPPORT TO BOURGANDI CHILDREN HOME
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SUPPORT TO SRIJANSHIL SCHOOL (FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN)

 

 

 

An online meeting, with Mr. Rampukar (Clinical Psychologist ( M.Phil.)Trained in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (NIMHANS, India) Consultant at Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Kanti Children Hospital). A step into planning and disussion for the psychosocial support and intervention and referral mechanisms mobilization for children with special needs.

Nepal is a sovereign nation that respects and promotes the rights of all, especially for individuals with special needs. This maybe true, however, the government of Nepal has not been able to identify and provide effective assistance and cost benefits to children in specific. The budget allocated for mental health under the health budget is said to be less than 1%. While, children in schools such as Srijanshil with both mental and physical disabilities are in dying need of interventions that can be a sustainable gateway in learning to become independent for children for years to come. Similarly, interventions that can help train both teachers and parents in learning to self-care.
A meeting was held virtually due to the increasing Covid cases in the same week. Mr. Rampukar (Clinical Psychologist) Shah from Nepal an expert in this field along with the school principal (Mr. Krishna) of Srijanshil School (for children with special needs) was held to consult the necessary interventions that can mend the lack of
awareness, skills and connections for the wellbeing of children with special needs.

 

Srijanshil School Intervention
Support to Srijanshil School (for special needs children)
1) Assessment
2) Tests of each child
3) Training to teachers &
parents
4) Self Care Training
5)Advocacy& Lobbying
6) Follow-up sessions

Joe FisherSUPPORT TO SRIJANSHIL SCHOOL (FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN)
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EMPOWERING YOUTH HOLISTICALLY – AWARENESS PROGRAMME IN DABLING, KALIMPONG

An awareness and motivation programme was held for the students of Dabling village on 12th February. The purpose of the programme was to inform the students about different postal schemes, vocational training programmes, information on health during emergencies and a motivation talk. The resource persons came from
different departments including Indian Postal Service, ILFS, Dr. Robin Rai representing Red Cross Association and Ms. Minket Lepcha. 34 students took active part in the session and thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the activities that were conducted as a part of the programme. The session ended by providing certificates to the
participants followed by lunch as some of the students had come from far off villages.

“Thank you for a lovely
session! We thoroughly
enjoyed. It was very
informative and just what
we needed.”
-Seath Lepcha, Dabling

Interactive session with Miss Minket Lepcha

Dr. Rai conducting sessions

Joe FisherEMPOWERING YOUTH HOLISTICALLY – AWARENESS PROGRAMME IN DABLING, KALIMPONG
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ADDING COLOURS TO DAY CARE CENTRE (CDS) WALL PAINTING

GFF Helps Nepal’s partner NGO- Child Development Society works at the forefront to promote and protect the children belonging to
improvised backgrounds in Nepal. The Day Care Centre that renders to the basic needs of these children during the day, while their parents or guardians are out in the brick and carpet factories working hard. These groups of preschooler are taken care in the CDS office building, which consists of two room which lacked educational and child friendly learning space.

School as we know is a second home to every learning child. This project focused on not only beautify in the walls of Day Care Centre but it also focused on wall art that is educational and a motivating factor for both teaching and learning individuals within the walls of Day Care Centre. As, the name goes “Day Care”, it symbolizes a caring space for the overall well- being of the children in the Centre.

 

STEP 1 CLEANING & SCRAPPING &SMOOTHENING

STEP 2 WHITE WASHING & BLUE PAINTING                                                 

STEP 3 WALL SKETCHING

STEP 4 WALL ART 

 

 

 A YOUNG GIRL IS FASCINATED BY THE WALL ART DRAWINGS AND TAKES A SNEAK PEAK AFTER HER SCHOOL HOURS, WHILE THEY WERE PAINTING.

Joe FisherADDING COLOURS TO DAY CARE CENTRE (CDS) WALL PAINTING
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BUILDING MEMORIES – ONLINE STORYTELLING 2022

GFF Helps Philippines team regularly conducts digital storytelling to children ages 9-12 years old from Banga, Aklan, every Thursday and Friday afternoons. It has been a routine, and they always look forward to it. Stories were carefully selected from online sources, and we make sure that activities align with them. We wanted to show our appreciation to the avid attendees, and we thought of giving them something. We purchased some Lego bricks and distributed them to 10 children that actively join every session. For two weeks, our stories revolved around building skills and activities. The kids proudly showed off their talents in building things using Lego bricks. Alterations of themes are also considered so that kids won’t be stuck on the same page that’s why we plan on making more presentations for honing building skills in the following weeks.

PH ONLINE STORYTELLING – THE KIDS
ENTHUSIASTICALLY PARTICIPATE IN THE
ALTERNATE READING OF PARAGRAPHS IN THE
STORY “WHEN I BUILD WITH BLOCKS”

Joe FisherBUILDING MEMORIES – ONLINE STORYTELLING 2022
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MEET HASINI ATHAUDA – SRI LANKA REPRESENTATIVE

I am a graduate of Environmental Science and currently reading for my MSc. I am passionate of project implementation with a sustainable approach. Before joining with Glenn Family Foundation, I was working in an apparel factory in where I have realized the importance of sustainable approach of project implementations. I am a member of Rotaract Club of University Alumni from where I developed my community management skills. Through my current academic pursuit, I apprehend that for sustainable development we need to satisfy human needs while sustaining the capability of natural systems to provide natural resources for the economic and social growth.

In a developing country such as Sri Lanka which is a biological hotspot we need to focus on economic growth and livelihood development while sustaining natural resources.

ABOUT GFF Sri Lanka

GFF HELPS Sri Lanka empowers vulnerable communities in collaboration with SANASA Campus based in Kegalle, which is a Non-State co-operative sector university that offer certificate courses, diplomas and degrees in fields related to Science, Business Management, Information Technology, Languages and Education. SANASA Campus has been developed as a community-based university following the
participatory and community development principles and practices of the SANASA Movement; which follows a cooperative philosophy among its membership and to the community with the goal of uplifting communities in a way that encourages local empowerment and local ownership. Since the beginning of the partnership in 2019, GFF HELPS has successfully conducted number of projects such as English for
Village program for school children in the area, IT skills development project which resulted in establishment of an IT department for the underprivileged youth, Shaper Buddy programme which is dedicated to improve the employability of undergraduates in the SANASA Campus and first-aid training workshops.

 

Joe FisherMEET HASINI ATHAUDA – SRI LANKA REPRESENTATIVE
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