Jun 9, 2021

Big challenge during Covid-19 pandemic

On March 1st, 2021 we were so happy that we could start inclusion school classes in our Keshwa Child Welfare Center in Sonbhadra. Despite government restrictions due to Covid-19, 25 children attended daily lessons.

At the beginning of April, we had to close our Keshwa Child Welfare Center again, as the second corona wave had broken out in India from then on. According to the media, dramatic scenes have taken place in certain regions of India. In Uttar Pradesh, too, there were sometimes high infection rates, illnesses, and deaths.

We were therefore only partially able to look after some families as an emergency program. As of the beginning of June all regular programs are still not allowed to be carried out. The environment in our Keshwa Child Welfare Center is thankfully not that severely affected by Covid-19, as we are active in a rural area. However, the effects for the locals are quite large.

However, we can use this difficult phase to carry out minor maintenance work on our center, such as plastering the outer wall and fencing our new property.

What is next now?

It is not possible to give an exact forecast as to when the government will ease the restrictions again. But we very much hope that there will be a new opportunity to restart our programs in July, especially the inclusion school and the skill development program. Our child emergency program will probably not be able to start before September / October, as various agreements with the authorities are still necessary and travel restrictions within India for onsite visits to be expected for some time.

Let us keep our fingers crossed that the pandemic in India will ease off as quickly as possible. We are wholeheartedly with all people who are affected by the pandemic and of course we are happy, when our project work again fully benefits the people in need.

As we are not working in the medical field, we currently have limited options, but do not lose confidence. We continue to pay our permanent staff their wages so that their families do not have to suffer from the pandemic.However, this also means that our expenses will only decrease slightly, since wages and infrastructure costs are almost the same.

Support families with severe Covid-impact
Support families with severe Covid-impact
Plastering of outer wall in Keshwa Child Center
Plastering of outer wall in Keshwa Child Center
May 13, 2021

Winter School in Nyisal - Report 2020

Children say thank you to Human-Stiftung
Children say thank you to Human-Stiftung

Preliminary Remark: The villages and the schools in Upper Dolpo are located in one of the remotest mountainous areas in the world and there is no or hardly any phone contact and Internet is not available. This said, we only can deliver detailed reports of the school sessions for our winter schools with 9-12 months delay after the school period ended. We need to give the school coordinator time to write and provide their reports once they come to Kathmandu. Thank you for your understanding.

The winter session at the Shree Yangjer Gumba Basic School in Nyisal started on November 2019 and was completed end of February 2020. The sessions mainly focussed on reading and writing aspects on the three core language subjects: Tibetan, English and Nepali and also served as remedial courses for other subjects and preperatory classes for the students. Beside that, the winter classes serves as the coaching classes for struggling students and also let the students be involved in extra-curricular activities to fulfill their learning needs and well-being. Examples are chess, puzzles, dance lessons, singing and art classes.

A total of 34 students attended the sessions and the students came from the villages of Musil and Lhuri and from Nyisal, were the school itself is located. The winter season has a huge significance for the people of the Upper Dolpo as the annual festival of Sonam Lhosar falls in this season. 

Together with the school management we appointed three teachers and one cook for the winter period. The session was coordinated by Ms. Phurba Sango Gurung, while teaching English to the students. The other teachers Nyima Tashi Gurung and Lodoe Namgyal Lama trained the students in other languages and subjects.

The three teachers differentiated the levels of the students as per their grades and skills. The students were facilitated accordingly. The Tibetan lessons helped students to learn more about social and cultural aspects. All people in Upper Dolpo follow the same culture, so winter classes are always very special for the students and the community in this regard. For graded learning, the teachers grouped the students in beginners, intermediate and advanced skills.

The school is located above the altitude of 3,800 meters, the region experiences heavy snowfall. Here is the daily routine of a school day:

08:30 am - 09:00 am Morning assembly

09:00 am - 12:00 am Morning classes

12:00 am - 01:00 pm Lunch time

01:00 pm - 04:00 pm Afternoon classes

04:00 pm - 04:15 pm Afternoon assembly

At the end of the winter class the teachers conducted an assessment. The evaluation helped in comparing students level. All students made remarkable progress and formed the baseline for the summer classes.

The villagers played the role of guardians during the winter class. Their contribution in terms of materials and other resources were limited. The villagers supported with firewood, potato and other supplies as per their convenience. In general the school was under-resourced and was not capable of proving food to all students. Some students need to get food from their home. This is why we will improve the situation in the future.

The school management is very happy that the HUMAN-Stiftung decided to take over the expenses for the winter school in Nyisal from 2019 on, because the former sponsor was no longer able to support this school. 

Overall we successfully managed the first winter school period and decided to increase the financial support from the winter school period 2020-2021 on. In the meantime, this school period ended and at least we received a very short message that everything went well. Unfortunately we need to wait again for several months. If Covid allows, it is planned that I will visit all schools in Saldang and Nyisal and our new small school project in Lhuri in September 2021.

More details about the school project in Lhuri will follow in our next report.

We higly appreciate your support for our winter school projects. Without your help, the schools would not work in the winter period.

School in winter times with little snow
School in winter times with little snow
Students with Yaks in the background
Students with Yaks in the background
During sunshine it is better to study outside
During sunshine it is better to study outside
Apr 22, 2021

Water supply for the Amuro/Mgbom School

Opening ceremony, hand-over to School Management
Opening ceremony, hand-over to School Management

Imagine: There is a school in your town / city that was founded in 1953. After almost 70 years, 700 students are attending Primary School and 1,000 students are going to the Secondary School. Imagine further, that there is no water and no toilets at this school, neither for girls nor for boys, nor for the teachers. This was the case at the Primary and Secondary School in Amuro / Mgbom, district Afikpo North, in Ebony State, Nigeria besides many other infrastructural problems in December 2020.

This was our starting point.

As the first construction measure, now we built a water supply for the entire school complex with 1,700 students, 80 teachers and assistants. The children can get drinking water at any time. The people from the school kitchen also benefits from it. This is a big step forward and creates an enormous relief for everybody.

After preparation and drilling began at the end of December, we were able to hand over the water supply system on February 26 to the school management as part of a small ceremony. We drilled a borehole 100 meters deep and the water will be pumped into a 4,000-liter water tank. As we cannot use a central power supply, we have to operate the pump with a small generator. The water is of very good drinking quality. The children, teachers and the kitchen staff are happy with the water supply. There are in total 10 taps available on the school ground, five for primary and five for secondary school.

Ultimately, the availability of water is of great importance for our planned renovation work, as otherwise we would have to buy the water at a high price.

The beginning has been made. The next phase will be the renovation of a dilapidated school building and the installation of sanitary facilities. Missing toilets are a major challenge for the large number of students and teachers. We hope that these measures can be implemented in 2021 and 2022. But all depends on generating enough funds for it.

Without you, nothing can be changed. Thank you very much for your support. 

PS: Plastic cups were only used first day. Children will get and use their own bottles every day.

Blessing by Management and teachers
Blessing by Management and teachers
Finalize work at water station (in total 10 taps)
Finalize work at water station (in total 10 taps)
4,000-liter water tank with generator
4,000-liter water tank with generator
First time students received water
First time students received water
 
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