At The Courage Journey we are concerned about our long-term impact on the Nepali communities where we work.
Nepal ranks 95th on the Social Progress Index (2016) and accelerating inclusive growth remains a challenge for the country. The two major earthquakes that devastated Nepal in April and May 2015 further disrupted social and economic life, especially in remote poor rural areas where we focus on directly helping 250 children.
Continue reading to learn about how we helped children in Nepal in 2016 and to meet 'our courageous' children through photos and videos.
We are very grateful for the generosity of our friends who helped with us and our supporters at Craftholic CZ, 4bambini, and Herbadent for their wonderful in kind donations.
Do get in touch if you want to join us in making a big difference in the lives of Nepali children.
How we helped in Nepal 2016?
Reconstruction and social progress in Nepal will take time and we are committed to helping over the long-term. We have seen and discussed what the communities we visited need and plan to support them going forward. In 2016 we brought school uniforms and educational games to ~240 students in Dhading as well as warm winter jackets, plush cushions, educational games, and dental supplies to 10 orphan girls in Muktinath nunnery. As an integral part of The Courage Journey Himalayas leadership programme we also spent time with the children and teachers playing creative and educational activities.
School uniforms & educational activities for students in 3 schools in Kalleri, Dhading district
We were delighted to visit Dhading again and to see that the children were still walking around with the Courage Journey school bags. A year and a half after the earthquakes the heavily damaged schools are being reconstructed with government and donor support. Nevertheless the children and schools still need help. Many students, especially girls, ether do not have school uniforms or have old, damaged ones. Having proper clothes, feeling warm and comfortable, is important for students' education and wellbeing.
In 2016, we therefore provided warm, waterproof school uniforms to ~240 students in the 3 schools. Every child had a uniform specially made for them and given directly into their hands. Thanks to support from 4bambini we brought fun, educational board games for the schools to bring a fresh approach to learning and thinking about self and the world. We also talked and painted with the children - it never ceases to surprise us how creative they are!
Big thanks to Chhabi Rabhanat, our Nepali partner, and Deepak Bhujel, our Dhading coordinator, for their support in locally coordinating the making of the uniforms and our visit and for welcoming us to stay in the Dhading community.
The schools we helped in are:
Shree Dhading Lower Secondary School - 137 students (58 girls & 79 boys)
Shree Panchkanya Primary School - 48 students (22 girls & 26 boys)
Shree Shivalaya Primary School - 52 students (22 girls & 30 boys)
Warm clothes and educational activities for orphan girls in Muktinath nunnery
Every year we visit Garge Chyoling nunnery in Muktinath (3,710m), where the nuns take care of and educate 10 orphan girls, aged 7-14 years. The girls did not have winter jackets (and it gets cold high up in the Himalayas!) and have few educational materials.
In 2016, we got all 10 girls warm down jackets to keep them warm through the winters. Thanks to Craftholic CZ we brought them fun, huggable plush cushions (they absolutely loved them!) to double up as cosy pillows and teddy bear friends. And thanks to Herbadent we also brought vital dental supplies (toothbrushes and toothpaste). Finally also thanks to our friends who sent games and puzzles and an air hostess from Air France, who - when she heard about the girls on our flight to Nepal - sent plenty of small creative and logical games for them.
As is tradition we spent several hours with the girls - talking, playing educational games, and painting. They are truly incredible girls. They are smart, eager to learn, kind, and always such an inspiration.