Feb 25, 2020

School+Plus2 program project update February 2020

Kids need help to grow
Kids need help to grow

 

Progress and Preparation

With three months already gone since we launched this project, we have raised $4,182 of our $30,730budget.

Obviously, we have a long way to go before we can commit to lease contracts for premises and hiring of staff; however, the preparation on the ground in Nepal is progressing.

We have enlisted two graduates from IGWR-Nepal who are meeting with the school principles and local administration officials in the area that we have selected for the new School+Plus program.

There a number of meetings required to establish the demographics of the catchment area for the School+Plus program and to ensure local officials are actively supportive of this community initiative.

As always one thing leads to another and we’re now also looking at assisting the local government school to improve its facilities as the overall infrastructure is quite run down and would benefit greatly from some renovation.

What more can we do?

We are planning further promotions in accord with the GlobalGiving calendar and will focus on special days to expand the support for our project; and we also invite those who have already contributed to consider running their own Fundraising Campaign.

Sharing with your family and friends the story of your giving is a great way to inspire others, and there is a simple online tool on the GlobalGiving project page that will enable you to set up a page that you can then share to link in your friends to the project.

Our Budget for 2020 and Beyond...

We are always looking for ways to tailor the demands of our School+Plus programs to fit the resources that come from sponsors and fundraising.

A fully funded program, as shown in the budget extract, requires $30,775 each year.

We have been keeping program costs at a minimum by using resources associated with other IGWR-Nepal operations, and by employing part-time graduates to undertake the preliminary work we’re making progress; however we need to secure a significant amount of the annual budget before we launch the full program. It is a big task to keep going, BUT, it’s all worth it.

Does your giving really make a difference?

The School+Plus program gives kids that special time ‘after school’ where they can share and explore in the security of a ‘family’ group which is especially important when parents are not at home, not there at all, or not really interested.

There is a well-known African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child”; and you are very much a part of the village that is raising these children and giving them opportunities they would otherwise not have.

The school system is Nepal is lacking in so many ways, but the children are as keen, bright and filled with wonder as kids anywhere else in the world. The primary difference between these children and my own is ‘opportunity’; ‘where’ we are born in the world makes a really big difference to our life-outcomes, and to the realisation of our potential.

Your giving to the future of these children helps close the gap between those who have and those who don’t; and that means you are making a difference and a big one; for these children it is a life-giving difference.

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 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

Our Budget
Our Budget
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creativity is delightful
creativity is delightful
thanks for your support
thanks for your support

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Feb 11, 2020

School+Plus program project update February 2020

Kids Thinking about their school reports
Kids Thinking about their school reports

Does your giving really make a difference?

The pictures show a group of the School+Plus kids gathered together to share their term three exam results, consider their progress and to make some plans for their final exams that will come up in about seven weeks.

Many of us will have done a similar exercise within our own family homes with our own kids; but these kids don’t have that luxury.

The School+Plus program gives kids that special time ‘after school’ where they can share and explore in the security of a ‘family’ group which is especially important when parents are not at home, not there at all, or not really interested.

There is a well-known African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child”; and you are very much a part of the village that is raising these children and giving them opportunities they would otherwise not have.

The school system is Nepal is lacking in so many ways, but the children are as keen, bright and filled with wonder as kids anywhere else in the world. The primary difference between these children and my own is ‘opportunity’.

Where’ we are born in the world makes a really big difference to our life-outcomes, and to the realisation of our potential.

Your giving to the future of these children helps close the gap between those who have and those who don’t; and that means you are making a difference and a big one; for these children it is a life-giving difference.

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 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.

School+Plus in 2020 and Beyond...

We are already working on the budget for the next financial year, and seeking to tailor the demands of our School+Plus programs to fit the resources that come from sponsors and fundraising.

A fully funded program, as shown in the budget extract, requires $30,775 each year.

This GlobalGiving project has raised $22,014 and has been running for nearly twelve months. We have kept program costs at a minimum by using resources associated with other IGWR-Nepal operations.

Our School+plus2 project has so far raised $4,177 and so we have a big task ahead to find $30,775 for the next twelve months.

 It is a big task to keep going, BUT, it’s all worth it.

Somehow we constatly rise to the challenge, most probably because we are always inspired by what’s being achieved.

And another delightful benefit of sharing across cultures and across the world is that we share knowledge and awareness that might otherwise not be readily available.

Here, Raja runs a program in the School+Plus timeslot to teach about “coronavirus”; these kids are likely to be better prepared and more aware than some of their teachers!.

Thanks for being part of a wonderful village

Kids need help working things out
Kids need help working things out
The School+Plus budget
The School+Plus budget
Coronavirus lessons
Coronavirus lessons
help and hope quote
help and hope quote

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Jan 15, 2020

Sadly we have to close this project

Helping another
Helping another

Following this report, we will be closing our project “Emergency Relief for families in Kashmir”.

 

Over the last few days two individuals in Nepal that were raising funds for the Emergency Relief project were interviewed by the local police. This is a very real cause for concern, and we appreciate the sensitivities associated with such activities.

 

The involvement of the police in a fundraising exercise that had collected $76 seems somewhat unusual to us here in Australia, however there may be reasons we are unaware of here; India is politically influential in Nepal and portrays Kashmir in a very different light to the mainstream international media.

 

Regardless of the motivations behind the police involvement, and although our intentions are purely of a humanitarian nature we do not want to risk, or bring into any conflict situation the primary work that IGWR-Nepal undertakes, which is looking after needy Children in Nepal and giving them the opportunity of a full-time education.

 

The GlobalGiving appeal has collected $1,148 and it is now our intention to add to these funds via a network of friends and organise the relief we intended albeit for far fewer families than we aimed for.

 

There will be no further reports or follow-ups to this particular project however we are still very much seeking support for our other projects listed on GlobalGiving.

 

We believe it is important that we are no longer visible in supporting the people of Kashmir and hence taking the project off the GlobalGiving site.

 

We are however committed to total transparency in regard to the funds already raised and would normally post a full statement of accounts during the life of the project. We therefore invite all who have already generously donated to contact IGWR-Nepal via their website if they would like a statement of what was achieved once the work of the project is completed.

 

Speaking with Raja in Nepal just the other day was another awakening to how easy we have it here in Australia (even with our devastating bushfires). There are many in this world that need support, they need help to survive, and a lift to give them the opportunity to become self-sufficient; and there are power-hungry agendas at work in the world that do not have compassion as part of their skills-set, rather greed and self-interest seem to trump life’s basic principles.

 

Thank you for you support we hope you’ll understand and will be happy to stay in contact via our web-site, which has no other activity outside of Nepal.

Giving a hand
Giving a hand

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