Like in many parts of the world, football is one of the most captivating sports in the hills of Kalimpong. Every child has played football once during their childhood but due to lack of proper guidance and motivation, many of them are unable to pursue their goal in the field of sports. Especially during the COVID19 lockdown the children were not able to go to school and play their loved sports with their friends.
International Sign Language Day is celebrated on 23rd September every year. The theme for the International Day of Sign Languages 2020 is “Sign Languages are for Everyone“. The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) has issued a Global Leaders Challenge to promote the use of sign languages by local, national, and global leaders. Keeping this theme, GFF Nepal, GFF India and GFF Philippines got together to celebrate the day. During the weekend i.e. 26th and 27th September, storytelling sessions were held where GFF HELPS Philippines Local Representative, Miss Lady PeaceRemaneses who is a volunteer with Deaf community in her hometown taught children an American sign language.
The GFF HELPS Philippines hosted a 2-hour webinar about Online Teaching to twenty-five (25)
employed and unemployed individuals who came from different areas of Western Visayas, Philippines
with Ms. Lady Peace R. Remaneses as the Resource Speaker.
Willyn CarrascalGFF HELPS Webinar: ‘Steps to Becoming An Online Teacher’
A group of 11 enthusiastic and motivated youths representing Symposium On SDG Committee from Kathmandu University, Sustainability Week Kathmandu, Child Development Society and Delegates of Global Goals Model United Nation have launched the weekly webinar for the implementation of the each and every SDG with their emerging issues in the context of Nepal against the backdrop of Covid19
Willyn Carrascal‘Connecting the Dots’ – a Series of Webinars for Young People
In India, the whole trajectory of the Covid19 infection is moving upwards more sharply. Recognising the importance of diet in maintaining immunity, we at GFF HELPS India started a Vegetable Garden Project, drawing inspiration from GFF HELPS Philippines’ project.
Willyn CarrascalStarting the ‘Vegetable Garden Project’ in India
In the time of pandemic, it is essential to strengthen our immune system – and vegetables are one of the main sources to it, as the health benefits of these are enormous. People are starting to recognize the importance of growing their own food at home; and it is not new to the rural communities of Aklan.
Willyn CarrascalVegetable Farming in Aklan, Philippines
A study titled ‘Rapid Systematic Review: The Impact of Social Isolation and Loneliness on the Mental
Health of Children and Adolescents in the Context of COVID19’ found that due to the social isolation (as a measure to contain COVID-19 transmission), young people were as much as 3 times more likely to
develop depression in the future with its impact on mental health expected to last up to 9 years later.
The investigators pointed out that there will be a spike in the young people suffering from or seeking
help for mental health issues.
Willyn CarrascalTeens’ Cafe – Providing a Safe Space for Adolescents
Apart from taking nutritious food, physical activity is very important in order to stay healthy. Yoga being a practice for physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing was originated in the ancient India. It is one of the ways to stay healthy during the times of COVID19. Children normally have an active life than most of the adults but given the situation in this pandemic, even the students are not as active as they used to be
during the pre-COVID19 era. They are now forced to stay indoors and there is not much movement in their daily lives.
Willyn CarrascalYoga and Evening Walks for Boosting Immunity in India
Bong, Chibbo and Pudung are rural villages in Kalimpong, India. Most of the people inthese villages are economically disadvantaged with low education levels, which has led to a lack of awareness about various services that the government and private sectors are providing.
Joe FisherPostal Department Information and Awareness – India