Report Prepared by the members of GPE Nepal team: Jen Concepcion (Project Director), Bryan Acuna, Sophia Alfaro, Chelsea Gow, Andrew McMahon, and Meena Barakam
Welcome back to Global Peace Exchange’s website for Project Nepal ’17 updates. For the 6th year now, we are enthusiastic about our return to the village of Meghauli, Chitwan. This year, we are a team of six students, two students from Birmingham-Southern College along with four others from Florida State University, who are all dedicated to carrying out sustainable initiatives in this rural town. Throughout the following two months, we will be consistently working with the members of this community to engage them in environmental awareness, English education, Youth Empowerment and Health & Sanitation. GPE Project Director Jen Concepcion will be leading a group of five GPE volunteers to implement the various sustainable projects in Meghauli, Nepal.
In order to do so, we are continuing our partnership with the amazing non-governmental organization known as Clinic Nepal, founded by Hari Bhandary approximately 20 years ago. This organization actively works to improve the conditions in Meghauli by providing access to clean water, proper waste disposal, affordable health care and education. Hand in hand, we hope to combine our visions in the interest of the kind folks within the village, as well as providing a means for cultural exchange between the members of our team and those of the community.
In a meanwhile, Meena Barakam, GPE volunteer from Birmingham-Southern College, has started working on a different project in Ashako Kiran Kindergarten in Daldale, Nepal. Report from Daldale Project: GPE Project Nepal has hit the ground running here in Daldale since last Thursday. We have continued the project that six other volunteers from France started three weeks ago. The goal is to create educational art on the walls of the primary school in the nursery room, LKG room, and UKG room. The volunteers from France have already made beautiful paintings of the alphabet accompanied by a picture for each letter, fruits, vegetables, numbers, and some jungle animals as well. It is such a pleasure to see the children come and try to learn from the paintings! In addition, they have repainted the walls in blue and white and washed the paint off of the doors and window frames and applied new paint in vibrant colors. We have begun to draw and paint the seasons in the LKG room as well as the parts of the body and the Nepali alphabets in the nursery room. Accommodating the requests of the teacher of the school, we will start to draw and then paint different types of animals and insects in the LKG room as well as the multiplication tables in the UKG room. We hope to get the older students involved in the painting process and the teachers have also agreed to help to get the job done in good time! We are very excited to see the finished product, and we hope the paintings will help the children to learn for many many years to come!