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Fair Connections update 

In December last year rather that wait for the company to take off I decided to provide story sacks and the book I have written to schools in Nepal.  It was really important that training was also provided so that teachers understood what the book was about and also the potential for the puppets to be used not only with the book but in other areas as well.  This video clip shows teachers from 5 schools in Kaski being trained in how to use the puppets and story sack. It is really important that I get feedback from teachers about what they like and don’t like about the resources and also what other resources they need to help them make their teaching methods  more child friendly and their schools more fun places to be. From the training provided I realised that for the story sack to maximise it potential it needs to link into the local curriculum and be used as a fun way to engage children.

 

The story sacks were also provided to 14 schools in Lapse Phedi and training was provided by myself, Kiran Bohara and GAN staff – we are currently getting feedback from teachers in Nepal about the puppets and also finding out what resources they also want in their schools to help them improve the quality of education for children in Nepal.  Updates will be shared here but also in the Fair Connections Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so please follow us there

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Prisoners Assistance Nepal ….. A breath of fresh air

Meeting Indira who established and runs PAN was a real honour – she has such an amazing energy and spoke with such passion and common sense it really was inspiring. The work she does campaigning for women in prisons to be able to keep their children with them as well as the home and support centre she runs for children whose mothers are in prison is nothing short of amazing. She has also helped a group of young men establish and run a mountain biking company that do tours of Kathmandu and furthers afield – well worth checking out if you have time to spare whilst you are in Kathmandu and a great way to get to know Nepal better – it’s found just past Sams bar – keep heading out of Thamel and its on your left

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The atmosphere in the home was welcoming and had a warmth and homeliness about it providing a safe space for young people to be young people and grow up in a loving environment. The focus in every room is on learning through play and enjoyment and developing a sense of respect and pride to take into the world …..I’m looking forward to returning and seeing more of the work being done by Indira and her team ….. Ramro sangha bonus

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First day in Pokhara

Well not literally just the first day for this trip ! Quickly dropping my bags of at Mikes Hotel and then out for an excellent lunch at the Moondance. Dorje has done an amazing job of redesigning the space whilst keeping its’ character and charm – the widening of all the paths in pokhara also new.

Excellent to catch up with Dorje and see my best mate Ruth (a proper Dr) who is out here at the minute assessing the candidates for the Gurkha army – a tough tough challenge for those who try. The film Who Would be a Gurkha is well worth watching to gain insight into the process and the emotional journey those who do and don’t get in go through.

I then went to see Ram Kalis new shop on Lakeside which just has to be seen to be believed – all the goods are fair trade and it is just immense – will have to figure out how to post photos ! She now has over 400 women members producing goods for her organisation Women Skills Development Organisation – fantastic to see her organisation flourish – and having her own shop on lakeside will help tackle the problem of people copying her products without the ethical and social element which is the core of her company.

Ram Kali with us in her shop ….. so great to see her company expand looking forward to revisiting her again.

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