Though we have more great news and updates on projects in Gorkha and fundraising in UK, one week has made such a difference to our world with UK lockdown and only 24 hours later, Nepal also in lockdown as is India. Though only 5 known cases of Coronavirus, the government made this big decision and strict restrictions apply to protect the nation which has little infrustructiure to deal with the effects of an outbreak. It is not easy for communities as pointed out in one paper ‘Social distancing is a privilege. It means you live in a house large enough to practise it. Hand washing is a privilege too. It means you have access to running water. Hand sanitisers are a privilege. It means you have money to buy them. Lockdowns are a privilege. It means you can afford to be at home’.
We can only hope for better news in UK and Nepal. Take care all.
When Joy first established GDS with Perusotum as Head Teacher, then there has been an aim to help develop teachers in rural government schools. We have funded Teacher Training programmes but this was something different.
Laxman worked tirelessly with Linda and Aidan to arrange a three day workshop at the local education office in Gorkha. Local officials and headmasters were introduced to the programme and then 14 very experienced teachers shared experience and gained ideas from Aidans vast experience. Aidans book ‘Better Classroom Better Learning’ which is written in both English and Nepali, was used as the basis for the programme.
A fantastic programme GDS are so proud to fund
The Gorkha Women’s Association (GWA) once again organised a days meeting for village women of Nareswar to inform them about Women’s Health which GDS was able to fund. A Doctor from Gorkha hospital explained conditions which may cause problems and answered many questions in discussion. Though only 35 were expected the group was double that size and so the session had to be held outside! A fantastic success. Dhal bhat ( curry) was served to encourage the ladies to attend and Caroline was also able to attend the session after an hours rough road journey to reach the village.
Aidan Warlow taught in the UK and in Nepal for many years, has written many articles and books on education and most recently ‘Better Classroom Better Learning’ which is specifically to enhance teaching in Nepal. Aidan is an active member of BRANNGO and recently suggested he was interested in volunteering through GDS.
After Linda met with Aidan at home in Penrith then plans developed for their trip and very pleased to say they have now arrived in Gorkha and were welcomed by GDHEDS committee. There is a busy programme planned so will be lots of updates
Such a simple fundraising idea. Thanks to Olivia and work colleagues for donations to GDS after wearing casual clothes to work. As always, every penny will go to Gorkha. On top of this, Olivia’s fiends who could not attend the recent quiz donated £45 – so kind. Thanks to all