Jun 23, 2020

School+Plus 2 program project update J2020

home schooling during Covid-19
home schooling during Covid-19

School+Plus2 and Covid-19 do not mix!

Like many places around the world, Nepal is in lockdown during the current pandemic and that means schools and our School+Plus program is also closed.

We have however adapted, and are meeting this challenge by providing home schooling for the 20+ kids in the IGWR houses and providing essential support (food and educational resources) to those kids locked down at home with family situations that have no income due to lack of work in the current situation,

Post-Covid-19 we will have new challenges

It will take a while for a ‘new normal’ to emerge, and many of the families that we support, and that are linked to our School+Plus program, will need support to get back on their feet again.

Our efforts at present are very much focussed on:

* Supporting the 60+ students that we’re already committed to assisting.

* Providing ‘emergency relief’ to families that have no income due to Covid-19.

* Providing educational support to families that do not have access to schooling during the current lockdown.

 We do not envisage that our planned School+Plus2 project will be viable for at least another twelve months, and that we will then require a whole new restart for the project.

But, we’re making a real difference now.

Our initial School+Plus project with GlobalGiving continues to evolve, and again the primary focus at the moment is responding to the challenges posed by Covid-19.

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/

In order to pool our resources and meet the current challenges we will close this project once this final report has been sent out and transfer any remaining funds to the initial School+Plus project.

We have also initiated some further fundraising requests in order to meet immediate needs for the students in Nepal, and are looking at sourcing both laptop computers and mobile phones so that students can, wherever possible, participate in online learning programs.

And what about the immediate future?

We’re running a campaign to encourage participation in the GlobalGiving July Bonus Day, and this might be our only opportunity for significant fundraising during the Current Covid-19 climate.

And, we are discussing post-Covid-19 opportunities, we all know that the world is changing and perhaps there is a lesson in empathy and compassion that we are learning during the pandemic.

Thank you for already making a difference?

The School+Plus program during the Covid-19 lockdown has been a wonderful resource for supporting children who are no longer able to attend school, and that has also enabled us to assist with emergency relief as we had the team and contacts in place ready to respond.

You may have heard the proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child”; and hopefully you can now see yourself as very much a part of the village that is raising these children and giving them opportunities they would otherwise not have.

Post Covid-19 we might see a more generous approach to “others”.

We still need to be discerning, and discover those places and people that really want to make a difference; many charities have high administration costs, and certainly in Nepal many are quite corrupt in their use of donor funds.

IGWR-Nepal is supported by IGWR Inc. a registered Australian Charity that is run by volunteers and that has no Administration costs, except for bank charges and audit fees.

99.52% of all monies donated goes directly to the operations of IGWR-Nepal

All site visits to Nepal are self-funded by the volunteers visiting, and the team in Nepal is amazing in what they can achieve with each dollar donated. Our GlobalGiving projects do incur a 10% processing fee, however this is balanced by the matched giving days and extras that come from the GG programs.

Thanks for being part of a wonderful village

and we hope you will take time to look at our

School+Plus project page on the GG website

 

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

Awareness is important
Awareness is important
Emergency relief of essential supplies
Emergency relief of essential supplies

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Jun 9, 2020

Project update for June 2020

IGWR House 1 students - home schooling.
IGWR House 1 students - home schooling.

Schooling, School+Plus and Covid-19 

Like many places around the world, Nepal is in lockdown during the current pandemic and that means schools and our School+Plus program are also closed. 

We have however adapted, and are meeting this challenge by providing home schooling for the 20+ kids in the IGWR houses and providing essential support (food and educational resources) to those kids locked down at home with family situations that hove no income due to lack of work in the current situation, 

Here’s a brief report on the current situation from Raja in Nepal:

Currently our older kids are taking classes from 9 am to 11 pm and from 1 pm to 4 pm in house one. The official schoolbooks are not available yet but still we are helping the students in all subjects’ math, science, social, Nepali, computer, and English. We are also helping them with handwriting, spelling, and reading better. Each class is 30 minutes and our House 2 and 3 kids are running the in-home school.

The prices of many essential supplies have increased due to the changing economy caused by Covid-19 and we’re doing the best we can to keep up supplies to the kids and families this project has been supporting.

Home schooling also provides us with some new challenges; our older students need access to computers for online study and the smaller kids need school supplies and tuition. 

Our team in Nepal, guided by Raja, are doing a wonderful job: in IGWR houses 2 and 3 all Herald students are taking regular online classes and others are getting ready for exams. And one of former teacher of NIBS school is giving 2-hour special tuition to our year 10 students every day.

Project Budget and Financial considerations

When we started this project around 18months ago we had a budget of $15,000 and since that time we’ve helped many children from families that needed support in order to give their kids the opportunities most of us have enjoyed.

Now in 2020 we’ve updated our budget to provide a full School+Plus program and that requires a $31,000 commitment.

However due to Covid-19, we are now running in an ‘emergency relief mode’ and much of our funding will be used to support the changing circumstances associated with the pandemic. 

The new project target shown on the GG project page reflects the following:

2019 School+Plus Budget                      $15,000

2020 School+Plus Budget                      $31,000

Covid-19 Relief Budget                           $15,000

Total                                                        $61,000

 

And we intend to use funds raised in the current situation to provide the following support for the kids in Nepal:

          Home Schooling for 20+ children in IGWR Houses

          Tuition fees for year ten students

          Tuition fees for primary students

          Purchase of Computer equipment for home schooling

          School supplies/stationery

          Food & Essential supplies for families of students with no income.

 

How much of my money actually goes to the kids who need it?

 

Many charities have high administration costs, and certainly in Nepal many are quite corrupt in their use of donor funds.

IGWR-Nepal is supported by IGWR Inc. a registered Australian Charity that is run by volunteers and that has no administration costs, except for bank charges and audit fees.

99.52% of all monies donated goes directly to the operations of IGWR-Nepal

All site visits to Nepal are self-funded by the volunteers visiting, and these visitors are always inspired by the team in Nepal and amazed at what they can achieve with each dollar donated. Our GlobalGiving projects do incur a 10% processing fee, however this is balanced by the matched giving days and extras that come from the GG programs.

Essential supplies for families in need
Essential supplies for families in need
Children's awareness of Covid-19
Children's awareness of Covid-19

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Mar 31, 2020

Rural School Improvements - Update march 2020

News from Nepal
News from Nepal

This is a very brief update as we’ve not been able to make any progress due to the current Coronavirus pandemic.

Keith, who is leading this project had to cancel his visit to Nepal (due in April) and likewise, Peter H (IGWR chair) also cancelled; so there has been little opportunity to progress with the planning.

Restrictions in Nepal are catching up with most of the world, so most people are staying home, and travel is restricted to essential trips only.

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. [Leo Tolstoy]

 

Hopefully we’ll all make use of this enforced pause to plan ahead and perhaps to make changes to what we do, and how we do it.And although we’re looking forward to moving forward with this project, it might be that this world-pause will give us an even better chance of success in the future. 

The world is certainly being presented with an opportunity to re-think, and to realign with values are healthy and life-giving for all.If we learn from C-19, we might finally see that we are all connected, we must therefore care for each other if we want to care for ourselves. 

The team of volunteers that together make up IGWR, and the team on the ground in Nepal are already breaking down the boundaries that keep so many in poverty. As we live through the C-19 shared experience I’m optimistic that the world might become more empathetic, and those of us that ‘have’ will share more with those that ‘have not’.

As we wait it out in our “stay-at-home” isolation it is a good time to check-in with the IGWR-Nepal website, and also see what ‘s happening day-by-day via Facebook.

It’s also a good time to plan for future fundraising, and to share YOUR story, for as we share with others why we give, and why we care, so we invite them to look at the same questions for themselves.

Thanks for being part of a wonderful village

Confucius quote
Confucius quote
village quote
village quote

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