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Promis Qualify project 2020

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Namaste EFL & Promis Project

A warm greeting from Nepal.

I am going to write worth journey of  Baglung for library project-2020.

Baglung is located west part of Nepal. Our destination was to reach Gadikhola and Chiate in Dhorpatan Municipality-6 Nishikhola Rural Municipality-5 in Baglung district in two different direction.  It took us almost 10 hours to reach the village by jeep from Pokhara. We went to Shree Bidhya Bikash Secondary School next day after our long journey where 331 students and teachers were waiting to greet us with beautiful garland. All of them looked very happy and excited. After welcome ceremony, we did handover the books to school. They were very happy. The school had only just few books, It helps school to build a library by providing books. They are very much thankful to EFL and Promis Project. According to teachers, they can teach students properly with teaching materials as the books will be reference to help to teach.

 

On the second day  AFter 2.5  hours driving we reached shree Janajyoti Basic School where  101 students and teachers were waiting for us. it feels worthwhile to reach this school where none of the organizations reached there. The head teacher, other teachers, students and community are glad to receive the precious books. The teacher said that these books help to educate not only students but also whole village and community. The books will be very much useful to students and teachers.

Mina

 

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Greetings from mountains and land of Nepal

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I found a village called at Syangja District.  We have delivered books and stationery in three schools at that region. We have visited three schools named called shree Sharda Secondary and  Shree Shitala Basic school and Shree Janamat Basic School where we did  handover the all books and stationary to teachers and students.

These Schools did not have a library before. Students have only course books.  These three schools have a common problem to be sent students another school by their parents because of lack of resources in school. The Teachers and community think that if they get these kinds of help from different organization in future, students will not leave school.  The libraries will help to control the students to move somewhere else as well as the teachers and students will enjoy the books. They are very happy to receive the books.

Thank you !

Regards Mina

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A new library!

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Namaste

I went Shree Laxmi Basic School. Its close from Pokhara, about 1 hour driving. It’s a small school with about 65 students.  Teachers and students were waiting for us. They greeted as very nicely with red Tika and khata(traditional scarf/ shawl). After welcome ceremony, We did handover the books and stationeries items to teacher. Teacher were glad to get various kind of books for students. School had just few books which was not enough for a library. One of teacher said we have books for a proper library now. They are very much thankful to EFL family

We distributed copies, pencils, erasers and sharpeners to all students. They were so happy to get the stuffs. They showed each other what they got with happily. The beautiful kids of Laxmi Basic school have sent Dhanyabad ( thank you) to EFL family.

A great Thank you to our faithful library friends in Norway for making this possible. We are also very pleased to get help from Candace de Taeye, Canada and Johanna from Sweden.

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Thank you so much all of you!

Regards

Mina

Distribution of reusable menstruation kit in Dhading!

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Namaste EFL & the Board members of Promis Project

A warm greeting from Nepal.

I am going to write you another beautiful journey of Dhading for distribution of reusable menstruation kit. Dhading is located within the bound of Gorkha which had been hit by mega earthquake of 2015. It took us nine hours to reach the village by jeep from kathmandu. We went to Shree Badri Bishal Secondary School which is situated GangaJamuna Rural Municipality-7, Budhathum, Dhading where 225 girls received the freedom kits (Sanitary pads, underwear, soap).

We had a small discussion program about menstruation. It was interesting to hear their stories about the period. They had known about period from their female friends, elder sister and mother at the beginning. They do not talk much about it because they feel shy as they grow in the environment where female don’t expose their problems. The good thing about this place is that the girls don’t need to go to shed in their period but girls are treated as untouchable on that time. They get confused, scared and sad in their first period. They are not allowed in kitchen, worship places and taps. They have certain area to go inside house. Although they sleep same house where their family are, they have cold night in winter.  Their Families provide them only certain clothes.

Some girls explained that they do not drink milk and curd during their period because cow is holy animal. They have to stay away from their homes several days when they get menstruate first time. Sometimes they missed their school during the period. They don’t prefer to go to school on that period because girls don’t get pads in school and they have to spend a long hour in school. There is not an open conversation about menstruation topic between students and teachers.

Although the circumstances are remained, the girls are really happy to get reusable pads. I hope their mentality will be changed through hygiene class and distribution program. They are thankful to all of you who made this possible. I personally very glad to be a part of this program to convey the message to community together we can bring the changes. Thank you Promis AS and Promis Qualify for all of your effort to make impossible is possible.

The Kits are produced by BENI Freedom Kit-Bags.

Thank you

Mina

 

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Skipper Clement school in Denmark

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A huge thank you to Skipper Clement School in Aalborg, Denmark for their generous contribution. Small hands in Denmark help small hands in Nepal.

Meena´s report ;

“Namaste

I went Nishikhola Rural Municipality in Baglung district in the collaboration with karma flights’s 3 volunteers and staff by jeep for library inauguration for 4 days. We left at 5.30am on 16th Janaurary.  After 9 hours driving, we reached in first school called Annapurna Basic School in Harpe where Teachers, student, guardians and other people were waiting for us. They greeted as very nicely with red Tika and marigold flowers. After welcome ceremony, we did handover the books to school where there are about 200 students. They were very happy. The school had only just few books, EFL project has been helped to build proper library. They are very much thankful to EFL.

On Second day, we started our journey at 7.30am. The driver has driven us 1.5 hours from Devisthan to Nisi where there is a big school called Gyanendra Secondary School with 750 student.  Teachers, students, guardian and other people arrived in school on time. Nisi village is Magar village(Magar is one of indigenous people of Nepal) Luckily we got a chance to celebrating their festival called maghesankanti which is one of big festival for them. They were celebrating 4 days there and it was beginning of the day. At the same time of inauguration the program one of parliament member of this area joined in our ceremony and he praised EFL work.

Third day, we went Shree Janapriya Basic School in Bengri. This school is situated on top of the hill. After 2 hours steep up, we reached the school. We participated in the assembly with the students.  it’s a small but beautiful school. We distributed books for 105 students. After school’s assembly, all students, teacher, guardian and president of school and other people were participated in program. We did inauguration of library with new books. The people are very happy to get the books as a donation. The principal of this school said that we do not get help enough for school cause of far away from road. It’s hard to carry everything.  After talking about the importance of the books we left from there.

Thank you so much for all the support to Skipper Clement and  EFL.  All Schools and the local committee are grateful towards to Skipper Clement and EFL.  Your every penny will count. Please keep supporting.

Regards

Mina”

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Rapport fra Nepal; Promis project 2018

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Julebrev fra Nepal

Under følger en rapport fra Education For Life, Nepal. Denne oppsummerer resultatene av vårt samarbeid, sammen med PROMIS AS, for 2018.

Dette har vært et utrolig spennende prosjekt og vi har nådd ut til 1000 unge jenter langt vest i Nepal. Dette er et område som er vanskelig tilgjengelig geografisk og på begge ekspedisjonene har Meena brukt 4-6 dager for å komme fram til landsbyene. Dette området ble valgt fordi her står de gamle tradisjonene svært sterkt i lokalsamfunnet.

Meena er utdannet sosialarbeider og er svært dyktig i arbeidet hun har utført. Hun rapporterer at «The freedom kits» ble mottatt med nysgjerrighet, flauhet og takknemlighet.

Mange av disse jentene har ikke hatt noen form for bind og har kun tørket seg med skjørtene sine. Dette har vært et stor hygienisk problem og mye av undervisningen gikk med på å snakke om hygiene.

I tillegg har de fått opplæring å bruke bindene vi har distribuert. Dette er tøybind som brukes om og om igjen. Mange av disse jentene har heller aldri sett eller brukt en truse.

Til tross for at dette er et stort tabu tema i Nepal, har Meena klart å skape en trygg arene for jentene hun har undervist og hun kan fortelle at jentene hadde mange spørsmål.

Som prosjektleder er jeg meget fornøyd med prosjektet. Dere har vært med på å nå jenter som har en meget tøff hverdag og bidraget deres har bedret tilværelsen for 1000 jenter. Dette har også ringvirkninger til de jentene som ennå ikke har fått menstruasjon. Disse jentene som har mottatt undervisning, vil igjen fortelle sine yngre søstre hva de har lært. Forhåpentligvis har vi nådd ut til flere 1000 jenter.
Det tar nok ennå en stund før jentene slipper å ligge ute i hytter når de menstruerer, men vi har tro på at informasjon og undervisning sakte, men sikkert kan skape endringer.

Tusen hjertelig takk for deres bidrag. Dere gjør en enorm forskjell !

Hilsen Øydis Raddum, leder Education for Life.

UNIVERSAL CHILDREN’S DAY 2018, Skipper Clement School, Denmark

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On the 20.th of November Skipper Clement School in Aalborg, Denmark, celebrated Universal Children’s day 2018.

A very big thank you to all students, teachers and parents for the effort made to raise money for schools in Nepal.

The total raised was 21,343.50 dkk; 3 260 USD

The older students arranged a Fair for Nepal, while the younger arranged a sponsor run.

Helping hands from students in Denmark to students in Nepal.

THANK YOU SO MUCH !

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What EFL has accomplished so far ;

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EFL has been operating since 2013. A short summary what we have accomplished so far ;

Provided books to 78 libraries.

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In addition to this we have repaired schools, built school toilets, provided uniforms for students, run hygiene programs, established 2 computer labs, provided bookshelves and school benches.

This year we have provided 1000 freedom kits to young women in rural Nepal.

During the earthquake we spent approx 36.000 USD on medicine, food, tents, corrugated iron plates for building schools and houses.

We are very grateful to all of you that have contributed and hope to keep up this important work in years to come.

THANK YOU !

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2 new libraries in Nuwakot !

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Namaste

EFL team is glad to deliver books during the monsoon. Two libraries have been set up in Nuwakot at this time. After 8 hrs drive by Jeep from Pokhara, we had reached a nice village of Nuwakot called Bhattagaun. The majority of the people of Tamang ( ethinic group of Nepal) live there.  This is one of district which  was badly affected by mega earthquake-2015. We had reached this place on 19th September. We had got nice welcoming hospitality there.

Shree Tindhare Secondary school was partly damaged by earthquake. They had got help for repairing class rooms from another organization. There are 450 students in school. EFL has been provided books for library. Primary level students have got stationery. They are very happy. They have sent big thank you to all donors and supporters. Teachers and students are very happy. They had only few books for small kids before but now they have books for secondary level and teacher material books too. According to teachers. It will be easy for them to teach students from now.

Shree Bageshwari Primary is small school with 86 students. The school has been received several books. All kids got stationeries item (pencil, eraser, pencil cutter, colors etc). Kids were very much happy to get it. They had celebrated this occasion as a festival.  They showed their stuff to their friend and family with happy face. According to Head teacher of there EFL is the first organization to reach there and distribute books and stationeries in this school.

Best regards Meena Karke

 

A special thank you to our regular library -supporters ! You monthly contribution makes this possible !

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3 schools far west in Nepal and the Promis Project !

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Namaste EFL and Promis Project

Being a woman, I feel fortunate to be able to work in women’s health. This is my third visit to remote villages in the far west of Nepal to distribute sanitary pads to women and girls who are kept out of the house during menstruation. I have been working on Phase 2 of this project alongside EFL and the Promis Project.

 

During their periods, girls and women are compelled to spend their nights in menstrual huts where the floor is soaked in monsoon and freezing during the Winter season. Women are always afraid of snakes and drunks at night.

A small hut is shared by 5/6 girls or more. During one of our workshops, one of the girls said very sharply, that they do not have enough room to stretch their legs- all the class laughed.  The hut is dark and airless. They have to spend 6 nights in there, and on day 7 the girls can go home.

 

When the girls were asked why they need to go into huts during the periods, it is because there is a strong belief amongst the communities that women are impure and God will be angry if they are in the house and touch the things and cattle during the period. They are not allowed to touch anything inside house. They are afraid, they believe bad things will happen if they do not follow or break the rules. Local people believe in God, apart from believing in God, the they have a fear of being isolated from society, of people no longer wanting to talk to them or come to their houses. To stop this from happening the girls are compelled to follow these strict rules during their periods.

Most of the girls said they never talk about menstruation with their mother. They learn by seeing their older sisters, aunt, mother or female friends go through their periods. Even if they have a lesson about periods in their text books, sometimes teachers scrap this part of the lesson. Girls do not feel comfortable to learn about periods in front of the boys. Boys also feel shy and uncomfortable to talk about this subject which is still seen as ‘taboo’.

During their time in the hut, women and girls suffer from diarrhea, suffocation, snake bites and pneumonia. Many girls also have known to die from suffocation and snake bites.

The hut is very small and there is no window. Once the girls close the door, there is no clean air coming into the hut. The hut is quite away from the home so they are not able to keep themselves or the hut clean.

Not all girls can afford hygienic sanitary pads. Using rags and cloths as an alternative to pads is common. If they need sanitary pads, they have to walk very far to get them.

Girls and teachers are very pleased to have re-usable sanitary pads which EFL and the Promis project have provided them. These pads were made in Katmandu “Freedom Kits ” from Beni Handcraft. Teachers added that previously the girls were using piece of clothes as pads but now they will use EFL kits. It looks manageable because there are holders and multi layers in the re-usable pads. They are hygienic and can be kept clean.

The girls, women and teachers are very thankful to EFL and the Promis Project.

Mina

 

EFL would like to send a huge thank you to Promis AS, Promis Qualify AS in Oslo for making this possible. They have provided Freedom Kits for 1000 girls in the remote areas in western Nepal since January 2018.

1000 girls have been educated about menstruation and received a packet that have made their daily life easier. This will hopefully lead to more openness towards women and menstruation. In the long run, we hope this discrimination against girls out of home during their period will end and the tabu will decrease. 

We belive The Freedom Kits are one step closer to an improved life.

 

Meena visited and had lectures in 3 different schools;

Shree Bindeshwori Secondary School
Ramaroshan Rural Municipality 7
Sutar, Achham Nepal​ ;
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Shree Nepal Rastriya Secondary school
Ramaroshan rural Municipality-2
Chapamandu,Achham Nepal;
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Shree Parbarti secondary school.
Mangalesen Municipality -12
Chhapdanda Achham, Nepal ;
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