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.
Support to mental health
The adolescent children of Baal Kumari School
Joe FisherEDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP BAL KUMARI SCHOOL SESSION
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
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
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.
Nurturing young minds
Learning with fun
Freedom of expression
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
Educating the educators with psychosocial supporting skills
Community Teacher schools participation in the workshop, Kapan- CDS Office.
A School Psychosocial Support Workshop was conducted on 4th October 2021 targeting teachers from 7 community schools of Kathmandu and Budhanikatha municipalities. Ms. Ganesh Maya Ruth Shrestha a counselor psychologist from Anandaban hospital Lalitpur, Kathmandu facilitated the session.
The workshop focused on orienting teachers dealing with children from vulnerable backgrounds from community schools. The session started with pre-test questionnaire discussion on the general understanding of psychosocial problems and support. 14 participants attended the workshop to understand the psychosocial problems, its identification at school level amongst children, development of effective communication skills, learning the basic psychosocial development theory of Erick Erikson. A virtual follow-up session is to take place in the month of November.
Teachers presenting their work
Joe FisherGFF Helps Nepal strives towards Sustainable Development Goals 4
Hello Everyone! I am Sulochana Thapa born in Darjeeling hills and brought up in Kalimpong, India. Prior to the volunteering programme with GFF Helps, I was working with Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment in Darjeeling. I have specialization in Community Development, Medical and Psychiatric Social Work and worked with organizations such as Bosco Mane (Working with street children), Kidwai Memorial Instiitute of Oncology (Working for children suffering with blood cancer), Asssociation of people with Disability (With a special focus on differently abled children), Pravah (A youth development organization), Hayden Hall organization (Working with Mother and Child Healthcare) Mercy Corps (Worked on school component of WASH). This is my second visit to Kathmandu, Nepal as a GFF Volunteer. Travelling across different places and serving communities gives me immense pleasure and energy to enjoy my work with Glenn Family Foundation Helps. I feel this volunteering programme provided by GFF Helps in Child Development Society, Nepal is a chance to give back to the community. I would like to put into practice the already gained knowledge and experience which I have acquired when I volunteered in 2019-2020. I am excited to start this new journey again and encouraged to conduct WASH awareness sessions with children, working on a project on Eco Brick to reduce plastic waste, assist in reporting and documentation of the organization, conducting training on gastro intestinal diseases and its prevention, conduct personal development workshops for school students.
Villagers contributing to labour to deliver the pipe to the villages
The Teen Ghare water project in Kavre is an initiation of the GFF Helps in collaboration with Child Development Society. The project incorporated a process of an effective selection of the place for water source, generous contribution of both the partners. and an effective channeling of the water ways into the fields of the community people.
The constant support from our benefactors and Panchkhal Municipality tying up for the upliftment of the project resonates sustainability of our contribution, especially at a time of the pandemic (health crisis) and impacts of climate change (water crisis), in Nepal.
Kavre Water Project has been a labourous project but the efforts have been fruitful since the locals are in partnership and in understanding with a sense of community work to empower not only themselves but, the generations to come.
Social media and digital youth are an asset for any nation, when given the platform to utilize it effectively.
Youth engagement and leadership program at a time such as the current pandemic crisis, is imperative given the number of dying opportunities and challenges.
Young people who access to internet in Nepal is at a constant rise.
Under the Youth Empowerment project, GFF Helps Nepal has opened space for young professional in the role of social media internship programs. As, Glenn Family Foundation believes in “Alte Pete” (Aim Higher), GFF Helps Nepal encourage youth to aim higher even at a time of crisis.
A young professional named: Abhishek Rai is currently enrolled as GFF Helps Nepal’s social media intern. The role of a GFF intern embarks the opportunity where the young mind can effectively coordinate with GFF team in terms of social media assistance.
GFF intern successfully led a virtual videography session under the mentorship of GFF Helps Advisor Ms. Minket Lepcha, for the GFF international team in the month of August.
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.
Joe FisherRELIEF REACHES FAMILIES WITH MASK SAFETY
The fact that human beings are complex living beings demands that their body and mind be catered to during any medical visit or camp. This very fact guided us to organize a one-day multi-disciplinary medical visit at Srijanshil rehabilitation and special education school for the disabled located in Chandragiri. The school has almost 20 students with different yet unique needs, and most of them belong to a family of economically disadvantaged sections of society.