Education  Nepal Project #38299

Giving vulnerable children in Nepal an education

by IGWR In Giving We Receive Inc.
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Giving vulnerable  children in Nepal an education
Giving vulnerable  children in Nepal an education
Giving vulnerable  children in Nepal an education
Giving vulnerable  children in Nepal an education
Giving vulnerable  children in Nepal an education
Giving vulnerable  children in Nepal an education
Giving vulnerable  children in Nepal an education
Giving vulnerable  children in Nepal an education
Giving vulnerable  children in Nepal an education
Giving vulnerable  children in Nepal an education
Giving vulnerable  children in Nepal an education
Giving vulnerable  children in Nepal an education
Giving vulnerable  children in Nepal an education
Giving vulnerable  children in Nepal an education
Giving vulnerable  children in Nepal an education
Giving vulnerable  children in Nepal an education
Giving vulnerable  children in Nepal an education
Giving vulnerable  children in Nepal an education
Giving vulnerable  children in Nepal an education
Giving vulnerable  children in Nepal an education
Giving vulnerable  children in Nepal an education
Current Covid stats for Nepal
Current Covid stats for Nepal

A brief summary of the situation in Nepal.

We are still able to keep in touch with our team via regular Skype/Zoom meetings, but it is not the same as being there and renewing our sense of what a wonderful difference our giving creates in the lives of the nearly sixty children we care for.

We are very aware of the challenges being faced in Nepal and this quote from a 32-year-old woman sums up the situation:

Even if food items were available in the market, food prices were increased by 4 times, and we could not afford it. I have two children and I need to earn money each day to provide food to my family otherwise we have to sleep without food. I have no alternative source of income. In our community, we have 30–40 households that are severely affected by this. It is a really very terrible situation for poor families like ours.”

Raja and the team in Nepal are meeting these challenges daily, and have been ensuring our children are safe, cared for and home-schooled during the recent restrictions.

NEWS Highlights

1. We have consolidated our various activities to address the Covid-19 situation, and that’s reflected in the changed Project Title of our GlobalGiving project.

2. We have a new committee member for IGWR Inc. and are really delighted to have Dr Hillary Wallace working with us.

3. We are happy to announce that our recent 3 SEE ( YEAR 10 ) graduates have been Enrolled for year 11- and 12 at Bagmati college, Kathmandu. All thanks to your generosity!

4. We met all our commitments for the last financial year with an income of $126,411. The budget for the year ahead is $170,964 and so we now have a lot to achieve this year.

5. Looking after nearly sixty kids during a pandemic is an amazing challenge, but so far, they are all doing well, and maybe home schooling has been better than what the Nepal Education System offers!

 

                    Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher, can change the world.

                                                                                      Malala Yousafzai

Our story continues to shine in a world somewhat broken

The unfolding of the Covid-19 pandemic has given us all an unwelcome opportunity to look again at the future.

In a world filled with division, selfishness and greed the IGWR story stands against the tide.

We dream of a better future, and we participate in making that dream a reality.

The act of ‘giving’ is the act of creation; it is echoed in ancient wisdom around the globe; and yet we still hear of the major G20 countries hoarding covid-19 vaccines.

To change this ‘norm’, we need to change, and every act of giving and sharing is a step toward that change.

What’s next?

1. We need to share the IGWR story; our website and facebook pages are filled with the reality of individuals coming together to make a real difference. Please take a look, help us improve our story telling and share YOUR story, tell others of the ‘giving’ you are involved in.

2. We want to find more regular donors/sponsors to enable us to shine more brightly; and give more kids the opportunities we have had.

3. The GlobalGiving “LittleXLittle” campaign starts on September 13th, it is a wonderful example of “a little can make a big difference”. and it is an opportunity to add 50% to your gift.

4. Some of us who cannot travel to Nepal are donating our airfares to the work of IGWR-Nepal, it’s a great way to fly.... when you cannot fly! It would be great if this became a trend!

 

And know that we ourselves are changed by what we give....

So, thank you for sharing in making the world a better place for all.

Some of our kids, sharing time in lockdown
Some of our kids, sharing time in lockdown
finished Year 10, ready for college
finished Year 10, ready for college
Dr Hillary Wallace, new to the committee IGWR Inc.
Dr Hillary Wallace, new to the committee IGWR Inc.

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Guardian News Headline
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The situation in Nepal has deteriorated.

Since our last report, the Covid-19 situation in Nepal mirrors what we are seeing day-by-day on the news regarding India. Schools are closed, Kathmandu is in Lockdown, everything is in short supply and many families now have no income.  

“On Wednesday, Nepal recorded 8,064 cases and 246 deaths from COVID-19, the highest single-day fatality, with the death toll reaching 5,657. The country now has over 480,000 total cases.” [20th May] 

Looking after our 60+ children in these circumstances is proving a challenge for our team in Nepal; our board chairperson (Sunita) has Covid-19 but thankfully is recovering. Raja has also managed to bring our four students studying in India back to Nepal, and ensured testing and isolation is in place to keep them (and others) safe. 

So far, we’re doing a great job looking after the children we care for and are going beyond our immediate commitments to answer calls for help from the local community in Kathmandu. The calls for help are increasing daily as the pandemic continues to multiply. 

The World Health Organization tells us that only 0.3% of Covid-19 vaccine supply is going to low-income countries. They are urging countries to consider donating vaccine to poorer nations before vaccinating children, through the Covax global vaccine sharing system. What an act of grace that would be.

Your gifts are multiplying each and every day. 

Ten years ago, some friends of IGWR sponsored a child, last year that child qualified as a doctor.

The doctor to population ratio for the whole country is 0.58 per 1000, in Australia it is 3.52 per 1000.So, the extra doctor we have brought to life in Nepal is very much what is needed now in this time of crisis, and into the future.

Your gifts make a real and ongoing difference, and as we can now see it is a life-giving difference that continues to give life. 

Our older students are providing home schooling to the younger ones during the lockdown, and again it serves as a delightful example of how our giving to one has a ripple effect to others. 

The lesson we’ve learnt is that we can all make a difference, it might look small to us, but it can have huge implications for others. And perhaps if we set the example, then our governments and other governments will slowly awaken to the reality that only when we are looking after everyone are we looking after ourselves.

  Live for yourself and you will live in vain; Live for others, and you will live again.

                                                                                         Bob Marley

So, what more can we do? 

The global unfolding of the Covid-19 pandemic has fuelled a disturbance in all that was previously seen as normal, and perhaps slowly we are awakening to a new perspective of ‘normal’. This awakening will take time, for it requires a global cooperation that was not a characteristic of the old normal.

But we can make a difference now, and the more help we can get, the more help we can give. 

 Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher, can change the world.

                                                                                  Malala Yousafzai 

Our budget requires us to prioritise. 

In the year ahead will focus on seeking more sponsors to help us meet out commitments. Our budget is $171,000 and less than 50% of that comes from regular committed sponsors.

Due to Covid restrictions and travel restrictions our capacity for fundraising initiatives is somewhat limited, however there is a rising feeling of compassion in the world and we’re optimistic that this will result in more people wanting to help and make a difference. [More details of our budget and expenses are available on our website] 

And we will reach out to do more if we can. 

o We have a waiting list of children in need and as new sponsors join us so we will be able to secure the schooling for those children hoping we can help them. 

o We’re planning to buy one or more Oxygen Concentrators as insurance due to the lack of available medical care in Nepal. These can be used at home and be loaned out to the wider community. 

o We are also making up food parcels for families that no longer have an income due to the Covid-19 crisis. 

However, these initiatives are very much dependant on the generosity of those that can help and join us in our efforts to make a difference in Nepal.

Thank You for your generosity, Thank You  for sharing in making a difference and Thank You for giving kids a chance.

Peter H (IGWR Inc.)

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

                                                                               Barack Obama

 

                             

Covid Stats for 22nd May
Covid Stats for 22nd May
Guardian News commentary
Guardian News commentary
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safe, home schooling

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Kids go back to school
Kids go back to school

Our Kids are back in School.

After nearly a year away from classes our kids are happy to be back at school.

The Coronavirus situation in Nepal is still very unstable, but we’re taking every precaution to keep the kids safe as they return to classes.

In meeting the challenges of ‘lock-down’ our team in Nepal, supported by our older students have maintained a home-schooling schedule throughout the time the kids have been at home, and we feel they have had an amazing experience that has perhaps put them on the front foot as they return to the school routine.

And the support that we have received from sponsors, supporters, friends and those contributing via GlobalGiving has been amazing. We appreciate that many of our supporters are also facing difficult times, and yet the generosity continues to flow and give these kids a chance.

Over the last twelve months we have not been able to visit our team in Nepal, however, we’ve maintained regular ‘ZOOM Meetings” to ensure we have a clear picture of how things are progressing and the changing needs, and demands, that come with looking after some 60+ children.

The New Year was welcomed with a time of sharing and a meal on the roof of ‘IGWR House One’; and like the rest of the world, we too are hopeful that this new year will be one that opens up some refreshing post-Covid opportunities. We must however also be prepared to re-enter lock-down as Nepal is still recording cases in the thousands.

Maybe 2021 is a time for us all to more fully appreciate the gift of life, the fragility of life and the dependence we all have with each other.

When it is your turn and someone, a health worker, gives you a little jab so you have the protection you need...

Then think about giving a little to those who might receive life from you, a little vaccination to those who are suffering from the pandemic caused by greed.

If you visit our website, you will see we have plans to hold a fundraising event on March 13th; it is our 2020 event re-scheduled and hopefully this time we might just make it happen. Although as I write Western Australia has just started a five-day lock-down, so “the best laid plans” are open to change at anytime in the world of today.

"Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind."

So much has already been achieved with your support and as we glimpse the light of vaccinations, so too we look ahead to bringing more life to those who continue to suffer the pandemic of poverty.

 

With your support we’ve given kids a chance

we’ve graduated doctors, nurses and physiotherapists,

we’ve put teachers in schools

and have graduated students in the fields of hospitality, business management and banking..

But we also have 60+ kids still in school and college

kids full of hope

full of wonder, potential and eager to learn

eager to become

and these kids give thanks that YOU care…..

For it is your generosity that makes the difference.

 

We are looking forward to more celebrations, and more milestones in 2021. And some of our kids will move from school to college, some will go home to their remote villages and some will start work.

In the midst of our everyday cares and worries we have managed to spare a little for others and that is life giving to all. May the year ahead also be a time for you to celebrate, a time for re-creation and so too a new beginning.

We all have so much to learn from the energy of Children, they have not yet been dampened down by the responsibilities of alduthood; However when we sit lightly with possessions, and stay open to the abundance around us, then we can playfully join in life-giving games again.

So perhaps as we move into a post-Covid possibility, we should all be more open to sharing of ourselves, like kids in the playground of life.

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’re behind with fundraising events, but perhaps we are heading toward a more compassionate world; perhaps the era of “giving” is becoming infectious.

Peace & Love, Peter H

celebrating a New Year
celebrating a New Year
YOU are Amazing
YOU are Amazing

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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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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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