Oct 16, 2020

School+Plus 2 program project update October 2020

Covid-19 stats for Nepal
Covid-19 stats for Nepal

Coronavirus continues to keep kids in Nepal locked down!

 It is amazing how well the IGWR-Team, and children, in Nepal are managing the pandemic. With schools and colleges in lockdown we are continuing to provide home schooling, and schooling support to some sixty children.

Overall, the situation in Nepal is still not under control, and Covid-19 cases are rising daily: there were 4,392 new cases recorded on the day this report was prepared!

With the major national holiday of Dashain about to start there will be an increase in mobility and social gatherings that could exacerbate an already critical situation.

Dashain (Dasãi, ) is the longest and the most auspicious festival in the Nepal annual calendar, celebrated by Nepalese people, along with their diaspora throughout the globe. It is very much the ‘Christmas’ celebration equivalent and we will giving the students an opportunity to have a break and celebrate even in their lockdown situation.

 

We are continuing to focus our reporting via our initial School+Plus project and you can check out the project page and reports via the following link:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/after-school-support-to-30-needy-kids-in-nepal/

 

We are also sharing stories via our website and Facebook pages, and are happy to give supporters any further information on request.

And although we are living through difficult and challenging times, we are making a real difference for the children we support. 

We hope you can fully appreciate that it is your generosity that's making the difference, and so again we thank you  for your generous support.

We need your support now more than ever to get us through these difficult times, and some of our sponsors are also experiencing financial hardships.

If you can share you story of giving with friends and encourage them to also be a part of this valuable community that would be awesome.

With Covid-19 restrictions we cannot hold fundraising events, but perhaps we are heading toward a more compassionate world; perhaps the era of “giving” is becoming infectious.

Peace & Love, Peter H

Preparing for Dashain
Preparing for Dashain

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Oct 3, 2020

School+Plus program project update October 2020

students dancing
students dancing

School, School+Plus and Covid-19

Schools are still in lockdown, and so we are still home-schooling for the kids in Nepal...

Our older students are providing school classes for the younger ones and are also doing as much of their own studies as possible via online learning.

So, this report has little to report by way of changes, the situation remains very much as per the last report. We are therefore providing a few glimpses to show you what a difference You are making to the lives of these kids.

You might find it easier to view the PDF report, or see th ereport on our website as the text and images will be more easily lined up in the full report.

A picture of students dancing; dancing on the roof, learning new moves, exercising during lockdown; for these kids Covid-19 is not a restriction, nor the end of normality; rather it is a challenge to be encountered.

We've posted some images to emphasise th e"family" nature of IGWR-nepal, and that includes all of us the contribute to that family life; perhaps you might glimpse this as 'your' family photo!

 

A beautiful image and text from one of our senior students shows how much they have grown in the IGWR-Nepal family, and the text "When the root is deep, there is no reason to fear the wind" speaks volumes for the power of education.

 

And some final reflections......

I’m writing this from a friend’s flat in Sydney, having a week’s break from minding grandchildren in Canberra, and still locked out of heading back to Western Australia.Two weeks rent for this small apartment would sponsor a child to live in one of the IGWR houses for a whole year; another two weeks rent, and the school fees and other expenses would be covered.

We might not be able to close the gap between Rich and Poor, for we are all different and there will always be those richer and those poorer.

BUT We can build bridges. And we must build bridges so that the rich do not destroy themselves in their greed.

 Thank you again, for your generous support.

Now we need your support more than ever to get us through these difficult times, and some of our sponsors are also experiencing financial hardships.

If you can share you story of giving with friends and encourage them to also be a part of this valuable community that would be awesome.

With Covid-19 restrictions we cannot hold fundraising events, but perhaps we are heading toward a more compassionate world; perhaps the era of “giving” is becoming infectious.

Peace & Love, Peter H

IGWR 'Family Photo'
IGWR 'Family Photo'
thoughtful reflection
thoughtful reflection
happy memories
happy memories

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Jul 28, 2020

Project Update for July 2020

Aljazeera headline
Aljazeera headline

The Coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate all aspects of life in Nepal, as this article from “The Diplomat” narrates:

COVID-19: Nepal in Crisis

The coronavirus crisis has brought to the fore — and exacerbated — a number of the Nepali state’s long-standing weaknesses.

Until late May, Nepal was an outlier in South Asia and the world for its low number and slow rise of confirmed COVID cases. The country went into relatively strict lockdown on March 24 and cases remained under 1,000 up until May 28. However, cases have increased over 10-fold since then as tens of thousands of migrant workers began returning home from India, which eased its internal travel restrictions on June 1”

The work of IGWR-Nepal continues during increasingly difficult times although (as per our previous report) we are unable to make any progress with plans for improvements in rural schools.

Our current efforts are very much focussed on the 60-70 children that IGWR Nepal looks after and we’re managing to provide home-schooling for those children that live in the three IGWR houses in Kathmandu, as well as providing support for those families of children that can no longer work (or attend school) due to the Covid-19 situation.

The situation in Nepal ( and other “Least Developed Countries – LCDs) is certainly much more acute than we are experiencing in Australia ( and other Developed Countries) so there is an even more urgent need for us to assist where we can and share what we have with those who do not have the opportunities we have.

We joined the GlobalGiving(GG) July Bonus Day and were pleased with achieving a $3,500 bonus that added to the generosity of participating donors, however our efforts were directed to our other GG project as that is very much the immediate concern and greatest need.

Although we are all living in uncertain times, we continue to plan and explore possibilities for a post-Covid-19 future, and look toward a different and perhaps more generous future that appreciates more the interrelatedness of humanity based on what we are experiencing at the moment.

So, what next?

1. Please stay in touch via our website and see what we are achieving already, and what new initiatives emerge from the Covid-19 experience.

2. Now is perhaps a good time to introduce friends to the support you are giving for the benefit of children in Nepal; we are learning that the answers to life are all about helping one another.

3. And stay safe, look after yourself, and wherever possible give someone else a hand.

 

When “I” becomes “We”, even “illness” becomes “wellness”

Thank YOU

WHO Covid stats for Nepal
WHO Covid stats for Nepal
home schooling
home schooling

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