Nov 2, 2020

Thank you, Educating Girls to educate the world

Greetings from Solukhumbu with view of Mt. EVEREST
Greetings from Solukhumbu with view of Mt. EVEREST
Dear All friends and supporters , Namaste ! 

I hope this emails finds you well.   I am very happy to share you about the current situation from from field in Solukhumbu about how our girls are doing during this COVID-19 pandemic as a human, economic and social crisis affecting everyone, and Nepal, like the rest of the world, has not been spared. 

With the rapid rise of coronavirus infections, Nepali governments have adopted measures to curb the spread, by closing markets, businesses and educational institutions for more than 6 months. The potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on girls’ education are numerous and diverse. In a country like Nepal even though the government tried to implement distance learning more than 80% families cannot afford to pay for internet, laptop or smart phones so many children are missing out on education this year.

Samjhana, grade 9 when this pandemic started and schools closed, she thought it will be just for a few days and we will be back to school but now it’s been almost 8 months and schools are still closed. It’s tough for her to get in online classes because since Kathmandu is hotspot for COVID, now hope girls are shifted to Solukhumbhu in Everest region and our elder sisters are teaching younger sisters there and girls are very happy learning from sisters with good motivation and everyone trying to teach each other and staying together as a lovely sisterhood.

Here, in the Everest region, besides teaching and learning, our girls are also actively participating in helping at our construction project site learning painting, hiking great Himalaya, cooking, and dancing. They love solukhumbu and everyone love you for all your generous support, helping to educated girls by keeping in school who otherwise will have at high risk of trafficking, child labors, abuse, child bride, early high child death rate and continue the circle but with your generous support together we are trying to break down the barriers that girls are facing many challenges here in Nepal.

During this pandemic, our very important work to keep girls safe and educate the world became more important than ever. Therefore, I like to extend tons of thanks for your most wise investment on girl’s education & supporting our mission.

We need your support more than ever! Please consider telling your friends and family about our work—you can share this link on social media, or just bring us up in conversation. Sharing with your community why you chose to support our organization, in your own language because they know you and understand better than anyone else.

Please Consider Making a Gift for Girls Education Today ! 

Thank you  and Namaste ! 
Karma & Sonam Sherpa 
Director & Co-Founder
The Small World
www.thesmallworld.org

Hope girl Painting at project site
Hope girl Painting at project site
Love from Hope Girls
Love from Hope Girls
leaning together as a sisterhoods
leaning together as a sisterhoods

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Oct 23, 2020

over 500 women and their families received support

I hope this email finds you well. Here, we like to share with you updates from fields and thank you for your generous donation to Seeds of Hope " Self sustainable Covid-19 relief program in Nepal.

Right now, in South east Asia Nepal became Covid Hotspot and everyday on average two dozen people are dying .In addition to the coronavirus pandemic, Nepal is facing multiple other challenges . People can't work and they can't earn. As in the rest of the world, food is more expensive because of interruption to supply lines with the country in lockdown since March 2020. But in Nepal, it is much more fatal.

Over four months ago, we have iniatated locally driven Covid-19  relife sustainable program called " Seeds of Hope" self sustainable relief program.  In this program, we been able to support over 500 women and their families with your geneorus support in most remore region of Solukhumbu district in Everest region. 

Now most of those crops are ready for harvest. Walking from home to home to assess the program’s progress, our field mobilizers and agriculture experts are happy to report nothing but happiness and success stories.

While we are all facing our own sets of challenges and learning to live with the “new normal,” it is inspiring to know that over 500 families in Solukhumbhu are sharing the joys of self-reliance and independence from growing their own food and knowing that they do not have to depend on unreliable food aid. Also since lockdown from December all school are remained closed so this our program also been great asset to teach thier children about agriculture and great moment of working together with mother and all family members as a beautiful program since all other jobs like trekking porters, construction, school and many other work in Himalayan region are still closed down due to the Covid-19. 

The village women have been sharing how working in the farm and tending to the gardens of beans, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, and many more crops, is actually giving them mental peace and joy. “Every morning as we tend to our little growing seeds, it gives us hopes that our days can be much different than what it used to be,” Sita from Loading village said. Many women are planning to sell their excess vegetables in the Saturday markets and expand their farming into actual businesses, while others prefer to preserve their excess vegetables for winter.

Kamala glowed with happiness as she shared her story with us. “I always dreamed of being self-reliant, but I got married early and ended up growing kids and fully dependent on my husband. Life is hard because my husband is working abroad, but income is not good and with the pandemic I was very worried for our future. When I got these seeds and the training, I was confident that I can do something on my own. Today, I am very happy that everything seems to be growing fine despite a lot of monsoon rain here. I am planning to sell the vegetables and generate some income because this is a lot more than my family can consume.”

Some basic skills taught, e.g., how to start seeds properly, pruning, 3G cutting, adding the right amount of compost fertilizer, use of raised beds, etc., were just some of the new ideas the farmers learned during the training. For example, they were happy and surprised to see the difference between the amount of tomatoes grown traditionally and after 3G cutting.

Overall, the women accepted the program wholeheartedly and, as a result, not only have fresh, healthy, home-grown foods on their plates, but also have exciting possibilities for a bright new future, food security, and happiness to share with their families.

What has proven to be very beneficial are the groups that were formed, each consisting of 25 women, with two key leaders from each group. The leaders are the liaisons between the Small World team and the women and contact us if anyone needs additional support from our experts. The women have very much enjoyed this arrangement because they can easily share their stories and problems and find solutions in their groups. Through this, the women are empowered to find workable solutions, build relationships, establish trust and independence, increase self-esteem, self- reliance, and a stronger community, all vital qualities, especially during the world pandemic.

We are determined to reach out to more women in need in spite of the challenging world and local situations. Without your support, however, none of this would be possible. We are very thankful to everyone who has helped us to reach these families and bring new hope and enormously beneficial change to their lives. 

Namaste & Thank You.

Karma Sherpa
Executive Director & Co-Founder 
*The Small World*
Email: karma@thesmallworld.org 
Jun 8, 2020

Together we can get through this pandemic

Migrant worker moving to Village
Migrant worker moving to Village

THE SMALL WORLD COVID-19 UPDATE:

Our Primary / Emergency Relief Support Program 

The Small World has to date provided over 500 families with relief food, especially families of trekking porters, day construction workers with lost jobs, single moms, young children, and elderly people who lost their jobs and urgently need our support.


Challenges 

Here in Nepal, COVID-19 cases are rapidly increasing every day, mainly because thousands of migrant workers are returning home from lost jobs in India; unfortunately, most of them are infected. We expect that the Nepal government will soon declare a medical emergency with more limitation on services and movement.

Right now, though, hunger is a much more serious challenge than coronavirus, and guaranteed to be an issue long after the pandemic is over. After lockdown in the district of Solukhumbu (where our girls receive higher education at our school), over three dozen people have committed suicide; in the rest of Nepal, over 900 people have committed suicide, and yet we have just ten deaths from the virus so far. According to the World Food Program, an estimated 4.8 million people in Nepal were struggling with food security before the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, UNICEF warned that “over 4,000 children may die in Nepal in the next 6 months due to lockdown.”  

 

Secondary and Sustainable Relief Support Program 

We have had comprehensive discussions with the communities we provided with food relief support, and they have requested help in farming, a skill with which many of these families have never been involved or had experience. 

Meanwhile, more than two months of lockdown have halted transportation with drastic effects; it is estimated that returning to normalcy could take a minimum of a year or even two for the resumption of normal daily construction work, daily labor job opportunities, and trekking jobs for families. 

We have also realized that providing food relief support is not a permanent solution, so we have come up with a support program with the project name, “Seed Of Hope.” With this program, we plan to help communities grow their own food by providing seeds, orientation, and basic training by agricultural experts for seasonal farming, cash crops, kitchen gardens, organic compost, and organic pest control.

 

“Seed of Hope” Beneficiaries 

We are initiating this program in the Solu-Dhudkunda Municipality area, which is divided into eleven (11) wards, and forming mothers’ groups. There will be 20-25 women in each group and so far, 350 women have requested our support.  Every member will receive seeds and support from agricultural experts; many of our girls from the hostel and their families are also participating. 

Our program is actually not a training for individuals - it is in fact a beautiful family program. Every mother or family member who participates in our farming program will take this training and education to their home and share it with everyone there, especially the children.

With schools closed and online education not accessible for these children, at this point, we feel the best education for them is to become involved in growing their own food and learning about the new possibilities that farming presents.

As you know, road track opening and road construction in remote areas has been a highly prioritized effort in the last couple of years, with less focus on agriculture.

Thus, our goal for this program is to not only function on a practical level as described above, but also as a powerful organized movement. In this campaign, our goal is to motivate local communities and local government to focus on creating and bringing much more investment into the agricultural sector.

We at The Small World have 'been there' long before the news cameras arrived, and we’ll be there long after the cameras leave. Through our continued commitment, we have learned a great deal through years of experience and have the acumen and know-how to help our communities become more resilient to future disasters.

The Small World, which is a locally run organization, has the experience and skills to execute relief efforts on the ground quickly, easily and safely for people in urgent need in remote communities. We feel that we have proven our expertise with our success in previous difficult challenges, deeply understand community needs, and are well prepared to make a big difference in this current crisis. Unfortunately, when disaster strikes, recovery efforts led by The Small World and Karma Sherpa, who lives and works in affected communities, are often taken for granted, and thus are largely overlooked and underfunded.

 

Seeds of Hope on Radio Program.

 

We are excited to announce that we are partnering this program with local Radio Himal FM and Khumbu FM, which has coverage of the entire area of eastern Nepal. This will be a ten-minute radio program to be broadcast for a month. Every day, we will talk about the Seeds of Hope program and share details about our mission and how we are taking action.

We plan to share the stories of women and mothers' groups who are participating in our program and focus on their stories and feelings in their own words. There will be interviews with local governments, including Mayors and Ward Presidents, to draw attention to much needed support for the agriculture sector during this pandemic.

We also will feature stories from children that will inspire other children to learn about farming and working with their mother on the farm, plus other stories which have never been shared before.

In this Seeds of Hope radio program, we will bring in agriculture experts to share their ideas and knowledge. Many local community members can directly contact these agriculture experts through this radio program and ask questions. Our goal is to reach over three million people in Province No. 1 with this important program!

Budget:

The estimated budget per family is US$30; this includes more than ten seed varieties, the advice of agricultural experts, group formation or activation of existing support groups, media campaigns, and awareness programs. Our goal is to raised $30,000 reach directly one thousand (1000) women and their families, especially their children.

We believe there is a very good chance of success with far reaching impact, especially since our philosophy of providing opportunities to women and mothers is and always has been of prime importance; this is because their connections with family members and community are fundamentally the most active and energetic, and whose impact often reaches into neighboring communities.

 

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We need your support more than ever and our community need our support more than ever.

Thank you very much.
The Small World 

Receiving women relief support from Small World
Receiving women relief support from Small World
Foods relief support providing
Foods relief support providing

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