Feb 13, 2021

Our vision is gradually becoming reality

Skill and School Counceling Day
Skill and School Counceling Day

India is in the process of gradually easing its strict SARS-Cov-2 restrictions. What does this mean for our Keshwa Child Welfare Center project?

After we were suddenly stopped with the adoption of our “brand-new” programs by the pandemic in spring 2020, all major programs will start in the coming weeks: Skill Development, followed by our new inclusion school and then the ChildLine service. We have never completely stopped looking after the poor people in the villages (outreach program), Disability Welfare and Women Empowerment programs.

In February, the Skill Development Programs with licenses from the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and the National Small Industry Corporation (NSIC) will kick-off. The last details are just being clarified and then annually around 300 young people and women will begin their professional training as self-employed tailors or beauty therapists.

For our unique inclusion school in Sonbhadra District, we are now firmly expecting school to start on March 1, 2021, according to the announcement by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Uttar Pradesh. It is the first school of its kind and we will gradually start with children from nursery age to 5th grade in our modernly equipped center. We expect around 100 children in school in 1-2 years. It will take some time, because we start from scratch. An unbelievable offer for the children from poor families together with handicapped children.

To run the school, we also had to buy a piece of land, which is next to our center. On 6,600 sqft, we have enough space for games and sports and over time we want to use a small part as agricultural cultivation area or planting area.

Finally, some more positive news: The local government in Robertsganj has decided to repair the dilapidated road to our center and implemented it immediately, so that we are now easily accessible by vehicle. This is also a sign of appreciation and recognition for our offer and our work.

We would like to pass this recognition and appreciation on to our donors who make this work possible. Thank you so much.

Skill and school counceling Day
Skill and school counceling Day
Road Construction
Road Construction
New land: School playground and planting area
New land: School playground and planting area
Library with books for students
Library with books for students
Jan 14, 2021

Report Winter School 2019-2020 in Saldang

Saldang School in early winter times
Saldang School in early winter times

Preliminary remark: Since the schools in Upper Dolpo are remote and there is no or hardly any telephone contact and the Internet is not available, detailed reports on the school periods for the winter schools can only be provided with a long delay. We kindly ask for your understanding. The Winter Schools in Saldang and Nyisal are completely financed by the HUMAN Foundation. The Dolpo Tulku Charitable Foundation (DTCF) is our administrative partner in Nepal.

Before I focus on the 2019-2020 winter period, I would like to briefly provide a current overview of the Corona-situation. In Kathmandu, the Covid numbers are slightly increasing again. There is no lockdown, but the situation is getting worse. However, the Upper Dolpo situation in Saldang and Nyisal is good.

People are still scared about the corona virus but were even more worried in the summer. The autumn harvest was good, and people have enough to eat during the winter. Summer schools in Upper Dolpo began in July, but Government teachers were not allowed to go to Dolpo. So only the private teachers paid by the NGOs gave lessons to the students.

Although no corona infection was detected in Saldang, people were heavily affected by the pandemic. Picking the “healing” fungus Yartsa Gunbu was not allowed. Many people did not have a chance to earn some money with it, also because the border to China / Tibet was completely closed. The Dolpa-pa could not trade in their goods. Usually the Dolpa-pa need flour, sugar, butter, tea, clothes and shoes, while they offer their special animal wool and Yartsa Gunbu for trade. The herdsmen had to leave their Yaks in Lower Dolpo because they were not allowed to stay there or wanted to return to their villages.

Overall, the Winter School period 2019-2020 was successful. The session started November 5th 2019 until March 31st 2020 from 9am to 4:15pm. In total 70 students attended (28 boys and 42 girls) from Nursery to class six, two more students compared to the year before. All students came from Saldang village.

During this session 32 students who live nearby the school, stayed with their parents and other 38 students lived in the school. One teacher served as Tibetan teachers, where students were educated about Dolpo cultures, language, and reciting prayers. The other teachers revised the regular main subjects of the summer session, like Math, Nepali language, English, Science, reading and writing. Two kitchen staffs and some local caretakers provided food and took care about the students in the school.

The Winter School Management and the parents were happy with the results and the progress all children made. It is a very promising sign that the same number of students attenden the winter school as in summertime.

 The School Management Committee found: “The winter school is very effective in keeping our old religion, culture and tradition alive and in developing the knowledge not only of the children in the school, but also of the community. It helps to change and reduce the bad habits. The winter school has also helped to preserve traditions and culture and to keep the experience of the summer lessons in memory.”

 As every year, the villagers provided the food for the staff and the students and we pay them for it.

Your donation makes all these happen. Thank you so much.

Winter landscape in Saldang
Winter landscape in Saldang
Students in Saldang School
Students in Saldang School
Jan 7, 2021

Kick-off with Container shipment

Some students with their school bags
Some students with their school bags

The aim of our new project in Nigeria is to renovate the entire Amuro / Mgbom school complex for around 1,700 students. This will be a multi-year project as the total cost of the renovation will be around USD 200,000 and the financing can only be done in several stages.

As the project kick-off, a lot of materials for the school were collected in the Munich region in Germany and sent in a container by ship to Lagos and from there by truck to the Afikpo region. Afikpo is a very rural and poor region in Nigeria, so many things that we take for granted are not available there. Or you can only get it as cheap goods from China with a short durability, which then ends up in the garbage.

Transporting the container by ship was problem-free. However, there were significant delays in the port of Lagos, among other things due to the unrest and protests in Nigeria. With patience and money, however, this problem was also solved, and the container arrived at the school in mid-December. The children were absolutely thrilled, something like this has never happened before. A lot of necessary material could also be made available for the school itself. Here is a brief overview of the essential goods:

  • Approx. 1,100 school bags (with 1,200 kg)
  • Approx. 2,500 pieces of kitchen utensils weighing 1,500 kg (pots, pans, dishes, glasses and much more)
  • Approx. 18,000 pieces of school supplies weighing approx. 3,000 kg (pencil cases, pens, books, exercise books, paper and much more)
  • 600 toys
  • 200 soccer balls and 200 other balls
  • Several mattresses for the children to rest during the lunch break
  • In addition, nearly 9,000 kg of clothing were distributed to the teachers and needy school families.
  • Approx. 300 kg of tools as well as screws and nails.
  • 12 laptops

Several wheelchairs and crutches could be donated to the hospital.

However, it is not our approach to send goods to Nigeria on a regular basis, as the costs are significant. We want to put the ten school buildings in a condition that the children can receive reasonable lessons. First, it is a matter of boring a well, for which the first preparatory activities have started, and we hope that this well and thus a water supply can be completed in a reasonable timeframe. Water is also a prerequisite so that we can even start with the construction work. Otherwise, we must buy the water at high cost. In principle, however, at the Amuro/Mgbom school there is a lack of infrastructure, as there is no electricity, no water and no sanitary equipment at the school. We therefore also need generators, for example to be able to operate the laptops at all.

The next report explains the general conditions and the costs of renovation planning. But at least the beginning has been made, but it also increases the hope of the people in the villages.

Each single child wants to get one
Each single child wants to get one
They are so happy getting their own bag
They are so happy getting their own bag
The first Computers in the school
The first Computers in the school
First activities to bore a well
First activities to bore a well
 
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