Nov 19, 2019

School+Plus program project update November 2019

We have a Dream
We have a Dream

Realising Children’s dreams

From 1st to 15th November I visited our children in Nepal and together with our treasurer we assisted with the School+Plus program for three days. 

I wish everyone could see and share in the joy these children get from the creativity and support the program offers.

Day-by-day the children supported by IGWR-Nepal have a relatively good opportunity as they have the support of the IGWR-Nepal team; however even these children have a relentless school routine that is quite foreign to that experienced by children in Australia. The quality of education/teachers is (at best) terrible, with rote learning, under-qualified teachers and some of the most boring lesson plans imaginable.

Some of the children head off for school at 6am in order to get extra tuition before school, some have extra tuition after school and then a 1-2hour homework load. All of which lacks creativity and any encouragement for self-expression.

I have a dream, a song to sing, to help me cope with anything

We introduced this ABBA song to the children and asked one of the senior students (Unik as shown in the picture) to teach the song. When we returened three days later, all the children could sing the whole song, and Unik, plus two others on guitars and one more on a drum box had the musical accompaniment sorted.

Giving children a creative opportunity allows them to shine and that is one of the best things that’s being achieved through School+Plus. It is even more important in poorer communities where the daily routine is one of survival, and even those going to school have little opportunity to discover life’s joys.

Announcing School+Plus 2

During our November visit we reviewed all aspects of our operations in Nepal and together with Raja, our Country Director, we’ve decided to start the second School+Plus program and have already chosen a location that is nearby a very poor (and so probably poorly run) government school.

It is however a decision that now requires us to find the support for this next project

We have begun the preparation work and are currently discussing all aspects of the program with the various stakeholders such as the Government School Principal and Local Area Committees. 

We’ve appointed an interim ‘management team’, two of IGWR-Nepal’s senior graduates, to look at potential properties, canvass local families and liase with the local school(s); they will also work with Raja to establish a detailed budget, job descriptions, hiring requirements, policies and procedures.

Currently we anticipate an annual budget for SP2 of around AUD$20,000, however as we will be offering full-time staff positions based on a three year contract we will realisticaqlly have to consider an overall commitment of $60,000.

Join us in making this dream for children come true

o We will be creating a second Global Giving project for School+Plus2 and this will be launched for our December fundraising campaign.

o Christmas is coming – A time for giving

o Each Year I make a Christmas list and allocate an amount to each of my family and friends that I then donate on their behalf to help the children in Nepal. It is a great gift that gives twice and unlike over 80% of Christmas gifts it doesn’t end in landfill.

o We’ll be promoting our Christmas Giving catalogue on our website from December 1st

o And we will be promoting small monthly donations as they all add up together and monthly gifts give us a regular commitment that helps us to make critical budget decisions.

Thanks for the gifts you have already shared, and for the dreams that you have enabled us to make real, we’ll have a lot more to share as we approach Christmas and we hope you might look at donations to our School+Plus programs as you consider your Christmas shopping.

Unik teaches some of the children a song
Unik teaches some of the children a song
Kids delight in creativity
Kids delight in creativity
Leunig's Christmas thoughts
Leunig's Christmas thoughts

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Oct 14, 2019

School+Plus program project update October 2019

What has been achieved
What has been achieved

Next month [November] Peter & Maureen [Chairperson & Treasurer for IGWR Inc.] will visit* our project in Kathmandu and together with Raja [Director for IGWR Nepal] we’re planning to take the NEXT BIG STEP for the School+Plus program.

Having had a success with the program outcomes we’re now ready to establish the program in new premises (rather than in one of the IGWR houses) and hire a full compliment of staff; this will also set the scene to establish a second program hopefully in the 2020-21 budget year.\ 

Our expenses for the 2018-19 budget year amounted to nearly $18,500 and that has been covered through the Global Giving project, so the question we shall be discussing in November is can we now commit to a new budget that is nearly double that amount?

Proposed Budget                                                       

Premises Lease                                            4000

SPP Manager [full time]                                7000

3 X Part Time Instructor                                7200

3 X assistants                                                3600

Cook/Housekeeper                                       1200

Stationary/Art supplies                                  2500

Food (Daily Meals)                                        3500

Furniture/Maintenance                                  2000

Medical/health programs                               1500

Training & Program development                 1500 

Total                                                              34000

Following our November visit the budget will be finalised as we establish location, staff and any other variable costs.

With the introduction of a full-time program manager we can also begin the process of full documentation so that the School+Plus program can be ‘packaged’ for implementation at other centres.The manager will also have responsibility for communicating with our program supporters and extending that base to gain the additional finances required for the program.

 

We have hada number of visitorsand all of them enjoy participating in the School+Plus program.

 

A group of Australian Medical Students, a group of students from New Zealand and two lots of volunteers from Australia have all led School+Plus activities, and each has brought something special to the Children, and all have received much joy in return.

 

A great example of the creativity that illustrates the School+Plus program is a promotional video produced and directed by IGWR senior students who all assist in the program.

 

The one minute video can be seen on our YouTube Channelat the following link;

 

School Plus video

Thank you- to all who support this program and who share with us in making a real difference in the lives of the children in Nepal.

IGWR [In Giving We Receive] is run by a team of volunteers and 99.52% of all monies donated goes directly to the operations of IGWR-Nepal

* Note: Our visits to Nepal are all self-funded; every dollar donated to the program goes into the program, as those who administer the program funding and oversight are all volunteers.

Enjoying School+Plus
Enjoying School+Plus
Program outcomes
Program outcomes
Another School+Plus student
Another School+Plus student

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Aug 29, 2019

School+Plus program project update August 2019

Happy Faces
Happy Faces

Happy faces, here some of the children are heading off to an outdoor activity as part of the School+Plus program; and as a picture paints a thousand words, the looks of delight on their faces is very much a testimony to the value of the School+Plus program.

Each month the program selects a theme for the children’s activities, and these are designed to raise awareness and give the children a hands on appreciation of everyday practicalities that go beyond the rote learning of the average Nepalese classroom. August-October themes will look at Food, Festivals and Celebrations. [Wish I was there!]

The children built a model of a water filter system, the kind that sits on most rooftops in Kathmandu, and again the picture tells us much about the program. Not only are the children gaining practical understandings but the very act of making a model is using recycled materials and empowering their own creativity.

Throughout the year we welcome many overseas visitors to the School+Plus program and this also provides an opportunity for valuable interaction with the children. Some medical students from Australia spent an afternoon running activities for School+Plus and to hear their comments as they completed their afternoon is really inspiring.

To know that we can make a real difference in today’s world is an empowering ‘knowing’; and all who contribute to this program are a part of making that difference.

In June we again managed to run the program under budget and expenses were kept under $1000 for the month. We are aware however that we are running without a full-time program manager and our premises rent is covered as we are using one of the IGWR-Nepal homes for the program. We also have an additional expense for painting the program rooms coming up.

During September thru November we have a number of scheduled visitors that will see first hand the work of the School+Plus program; in addition, both Peter (Chairperson) and Maureen(Treasurer) will visit the program as part of the six-month IGWR-Nepal audit cycle.

All these visits are self-funded as part of the voluntary commitment of those who help to run the overall operations of IGWR-Nepal. We are committed to going beyond the usual model of charity work; we work very much with a spirit of philanthropy, an appreciation of the gift that is the essence of common humanity and with a knowing that every individual can make a real difference in the world.

We do not really appropriate things ourselves until we actively hand them on to others. We have to find the Love, and then give the Love away. The Art of Letting Go: Living the Wisdom of St. Francis

Thank you for joining in the activity of IGWR, for supporting our School+Plus program, thank you for all that you give and for the inspiration that ripples from your generosity. Thank you for making a real difference in the lives of our children in Nepal

Water theme for the program
Water theme for the program
Building a water filter
Building a water filter
Visitors helping with the program
Visitors helping with the program
School+Plus instructor
School+Plus instructor

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