The pandemic has hit each and everyone in the world and has collapsed the regular day to day life routine of many people around the globe. It’s same here in Nepal too the 80 days of lockdown has passed and now the government is starting to lose the lockdown and people have started to coming back to their regular routine though the positive cases are escalating every day.
The lockdown in Nepal started on the 23rd of March and was continued till June 14th. With the second conformed case on 23rd, the government decided to go for the more than 3 months total lockdown throughout the country, and now the cases have reached more than 5 thousand positive cases and 18 death but the partial lockdown is in operation throughout the country.
In the beginning, people were acting very strangely with the COVID-19 but now it seems everyone has digested the new pandemic and have come to understand the desire so everyone has made a choice to start a normal life again here in Nepal. The partial; lockdown will be effective until the next notice comes from the government.
The services and business which are listed as important for the daily life of people are only in operation such as flooding, health, and so on. The education institution is not yet confirmed when it will operate as its very hard to keep the kids in social distance. Some of the schools in the capital and urban cities have started online classes. A survey taken by one of the non-profit in recent days about the online classes taken by the school is not the best way to run the regular class. More than 60% of the student s are absent in the class and students don’t give proper attention to the curriculum. As for us its kind of daydream to start the online classes as in the village people don’t know how to use the internet properly and more than 90% of people don’t have access to the internet except for the teenager in social media.
For the moment the school likes in the village it’s better to wait for the government to call to start the session.
As Mei kids of Kathmandu are taking online classes and have started the class already here in Kathmandu. MEI children in thori don’t have access to school till now, they are on their homes and taking the normal days. The good thing is that COVID-19 cases have not yet appeared at Thori till now. So the people in the village are on farming as this is the season of farming here in Nepal and some of our children are also helping their parents and their relatives.
We hope to start the new session very soon with lots of hopes and inspiration in our own MEI school till class five from this year. Like to thank all our sponsors, supporters, and well wishes for being with us in this pandemic situation too. And the MEI team prays for your good health and we wish you good health. Good health is the biggest wealth of mankind.
Sponsor a child in Nepal is the motto of free education project run by Maya Education Initiatives. In 2016 new session in school has begun from April. With the new session MEI’s sponsored children in Nepal has reached to 35 in numbers. In this new session, MEI takes 10 more children to attend school as regular as in our calendar. For 35 sponsored children MEI chooses four best schools on the basis of school’s quality education and locality of children. Schools and children details are:
Four earthquake victim child on sponsorship
Four earthquake victim child were sponsored in Kathmandu and sent to Ekata James English Boarding School at Kathmandu, they are:
Yashodha Tamang and
Three sponsored child’s school has been changed at Thori
MEI’s sponsored children from Thori are being sent to three different schools, as two schools are our old ones only, unfortunately three children had to send to another school due to the distance the child have to walk for more than 2 hours and especially in the rainy season it’s tough for them to cross the river while coming to Thori Academy. So MEI is bound to send them to another school known as Sishya Sadan Primary School at Ekshyanagar, Thori. The children who are being facilitated in another school are:
Swastika Praja and
Similarly, other remaining 28 sponsored children are sent to Thori Academy and Emmanuel Eng. Boarding School.
MEI Three Children came First in Class
In the final examination of 2015 three of MEI’s Scholars came first in their respective classes, Avimuni bot from a nursery, Asmita Jyoti from UKG and Seema Karmacharya from class five and other remaining passed out the exam with grade A.
MEI’s losses three sponsored child
Likewise, MEI has to give up some children due to their family problems, like as Sagar BK was sent to India by their family members, Rojina BK shifted to another district with her family. Both the case took place due to unemployment of family members, and they had no other option either than to take the bold decision of going to another place for new life. MEI wishes them good luck for their new life. Our Thori Representative had talk with their families about these children but in the long discussion we could not manage their accommodation even though we managed their food, clothes, schools, medical so in order to fight against this kind of situation MEI is looking forward to build own school in MEI’s own land in Thori very soon!
Like as in Thori, With the beginning of 2016 new session, MEI had to lose another child in Kathmandu also, Seema Karmacharya- who had come to MEI from the homes of Boudha. From this year she was taken aback by her family. MEI TEAM heartily thanks the sponsors of Seema Karmacharya #Daniela_AND_Michael for supporting a needy child in need. MEI team is happy for Seema, after all she got her family back, and we wish her and her family a HAPPY LIFE and BRIGHT FUTUR. In following days if she gets into trouble from her family MEI is always ready to take her back in our MEI family.
MEI is in need of new sponsor
In the case of Sponsor’s too with the beginning of 2016 MEI has to face some drawbacks as well. Since some sponsor had to leave the children due to their financial problems and personal problems. Especially MEI had to lose five sponsors from the USA. Since most of the sponsors were students and they had a visa problem in U.S. The U.S. sponsors are taking the break from MEI till they get stable again. To overcome the economic crises in the charity MEI is in emergency need of new sponsor’s for the children who have lost their current sponsor. MEI hearty thanks all the U.S. sponsor’s who had sponsor MEI children and supported our charity up to now. Our well wish is always with you #DEAR_SPONSORS. Once again, Thank You for believing us, supporting our free education charity and giving the children the gift of education, you will be always in the hearts of our charity #the_sponsors_from_US and #Daniela_AND_Michael
In 2015, MEI was grown up from 10 sponsors to 20 sponsors in Switzerland and it’s due to the generosity of our new sponsors and hard word of our Europe coordinator Mrs. Sina Tanner. MEI hearty thanks all the sponsors who had sponsored, sponsoring and gladly looking forward to your continued support because of your support the children and their families are gaining back their lost hopes. Because of your generosity, MEI has been able to save 35 children and give the gift of education to 35 children. “You are their hero, father, mother, guardians and life saver”
2015 turned out to be successful year to Maya Education Initiatives
Likewise, MEI runs women empowerment and skill built workshop “ free beauty parlor training” in association with Nepal Government. All of the participants were awarded the certificate of training. In the workshop various kinds of the session were conducted as speaking in the group, business enterprise establishment, phone call handling and customer handling etc.
It is been horrific experience to see the city once we cherish have broken down. Nepal is a third world developing country with very little help from a goverment. Most people are under poverty. Many people we know seem terrorized by seemingly endless series of aftershocks. Many women and Children under fear, chaos and cryin for help. The money raise will go towards helping people of Nepal. It will help them to give refuge to people who have lost their homes. It will provide with first aid, food, water and emergency help as needed.
As of right now we are focusing on most effected area of Nepal such as Sindhupalchok, Gorkha and other remote places where people are getting very little attention. 100 percent of your funds will go directly towards helping earthquake victims mostly women and children. MEI Team has successfully helped 8 remote villages. Among the 8 villages we helped FulpinDanda, Sindhupalchok was the worst with more than 90 percent homes and everything the locals own being destroyed. MEI next big project is to rebuild homes for this suffering victims. He want to rebuild 33 homes before monsoon (rainy) season washed away the village. Please find us in Facebook to know about our latest impact in Nepal. This page is organize by Maya Education Initiatives a non-profit organization in Nepal which has been providing underpriviledge children with free education, educational supplies, food, cloths and healcare for last three years in Thori, Parsa Nepal. As of right now we have 15 rescue team member in Nepal including registered nurses. Please visit www.mayaeducationinitiatives.org to know more about MEI. PLEASE HELP EVERY DOLLAR WILL MAKE A HUGE IMPACT FOR THE PEOPLE OF NEPAL AT THIS CHAOTIC AND DEVASTATING TIME. Namaste and Thank you !!
Ms. Sina Tanner, Head Representive for MEI, Switzerland and Germany visits Thori
Sina Tanner from Switzerland with her friend Yanik D. Sousa visited all the families of MEI scholars. She also gave out Christmas presents from Sponsors and MEI to all the kids of Thori. They also visited both partner schools of MEI, namely, Thori Academy and Emmunuel English School. Her visit has raised high hopes and brought bright smiles to the faces of the villagers residing in Thori. And, a lot of kids are waiting eagerly to become a part of MEI.
Women in Business, Switzerland published an article about MEI and our contribution during Nepal earthquake. It has a short story of fundraising in New York by MEI founder Jotsna Tamang and her journey to United States. Thank you to our dear friend SiMone for her contribution. To know more please follow the link http://issuu.com/womeninbusiness/docs/wib_15_6_auszug
Every child and a community have the right to be educated no matter where s/he belongs to. Every child or youth matters because they are the significant treasure who would illuminate future of the nation. Likewise, the children and villagers of Thori, one of the remote regions of Nepal, are far behind the access to educational books. Keeping in mind the fact that education is an essential tool for the transformation of society leading it to positive development, MEI (Maya Education Initiatives) has pledged to dedicate and devote itself to establish community library at Chowk Bazar in Thori by coordinating with the BSW or BASW students who are doing internship with MEI from various colleges of Kathmandu.
Thori Village is located in Parsa District towards South – East of Nepal. MEI’s Community Library Establishment Project aims at playing the role to advance and enhance the quality of reader’s educational experience making them easy access to the library and its resources. The core agenda of the project is to provide adequate books that are required for the community and aims to run adult learning center. It also seeks to evoke awareness among the youth of the urban areas about what it pays to have the death of the academic resources which they have not experienced yet. Thus, MEI has decided to call upon students from colleges to offer a helping hand engaging themselves as a volunteer in our internship program.
The reason why we chose Thori for this project is its condition of being underdeveloped in different sectors and the backwardness in the educational system. Our project commits to enlighten the community through academic resources of our Community Library. We believe that this project also plays a vital social role by bringing readers together from different castes and cultures around the community which ultimately cement the social harmony among people. Our vision is to provide children and a community; a sense of limitless possibilities to be the hope of tomorrow through educational opportunity.
MEI is in need of support and cooperation from volunteers and interns of BSW/BASW in book collection campaign. MEI has decided to collect all the available books and resources from the various government bodies, associations and the stakeholders who are corresponding to the library and publication business. By doing so, volunteers would be benefited in many ways.
Most importantly, they will get an opportunity to explore themselves in a new arena bringing about best out of them by engaging themselves in various creative tasks. They will be assisting by MEI coordinators and teachers while being at the work site. While doing so, they are expected to feel free to inquire any essential information regarding the work and responsibilities.
Volunteers are also encouraged to share their perspectives and ideas which they think are necessary. It can also help them in establishing positive work habits, teamwork, team coordination, leadership and attitudes which is very much important for their successful professional life. Furthermore, we assure volunteers that our internship program will prove to be very fruitful in your future endeavors. MEI is very much sure of the fact that our internship program is really worth making volunteers realize the importance of being liberated through education so that they would also make an effort to make easy access of education all around the remote areas of Nepal. We eagerly look forward to getting your helping hands for the success of our community library establishment project 2017.
MEI’s first phase targeted is to engage students from at least 10 colleges in the campaign and on the way to our campaign many colleges students are participating in our campaign. By this time 8 colleges have already started to work in our campaign, as they are as follows:
K & K International College
Texas International College
Pushpalal Memorial College
Reliance International College
Morgan International College
Bajra International College
St. Lawerance College
By now, MEI has successfully has collected more than four thousand (4000) books for the first community library in Thori, Parsa from the help of our coordinators, internship students, supporting organization and well-wishers.
Glimpse of our successful campaign:
A concept brought by MEI and Initiatives were taken by the young and energetic internship student from different colleges have run the successful campaign and which lead the campaign to collect more than 4000 books for the community library in Thori.
At the moment MEI is looking forward to raising the funds for the community library building renovation or building the new building from the locally available resources like wood, mud, sand, pebbles, cement and aluminum. The costing of the materials and labor is shown below:
Sand: 3 trucks
Pebbles: Quater Truck
Cement: 50 sacks
Stone: 1 Truck
Aluminium: 8 Rolls
Total Costing for the renovation of Community Library is ……………. we have got $ 500.
Plans for the renovation or building the new one, 2nd Week of January starting the workflow until the 4th week of January or by the latest 2nd week of February 2018. By the 3rd to 4th week of February furnishing the building and the opening ceremony of a community library.
Making plans for community library establishment project
Making proposal for colleges to participate in campaign
Recruiting and Assigning Coordinators for the Campaign
Visinting colleges as first approach and taking the date for the meeting
First attended meeting and keeping the propposal to college to discuss in thier board
Follow up to colleges for the positive decision to participate in Community Library Project campaign
Final meeting for the participation of colleges in the campaign
Visiting the college BSW classrooms and giving the presentation to students to convince them to participate in the campaign
Taking the students in MEI office for first meeting
Making arrangement for the students to work in their plans and strategies
Preparing all the essential materials like as charts, photos, and videos on social media
Guiding the students in the field on their first attempt to go to all the classrooms with an appeal to donate books for community library project
Assigning meeting and task to students on their success or failure on the campaign
Making the 2nd and 3rd plans and sometimes reassuring the students to keep the positive vibes
Follow up and meeting the students up to 4 to 8 weeks before receiving the collected books
From this Campaign, MEI was able to collect 3500 books from 11 different colleges
Likewise, for the major and good books, MEI coordinates with different libraries, organization, embassy, and publication. In the process was able to collect 800-1000 books which are internationally renowned and valuable for the community library
And, if we convert all the books collected to monetized than it’s market value will be almost $25000/-
The amount of money spend on the campaign $1500/-
Tea and Coffee
More over most important and that cannot be compared to money si the awareness campaign was successful and The Community Library Establishment Project 2017 was able to aware:
Direct Students: Avg. 800 students of 11 colleges = 8800
Colleges and other staff: Avg. 15 staff of 53 institutions = 795
Student Leaders: 3 of each party 9 Leaders
Social Media: 11 colleges students facebooks groups, twitter, messenger = almost 200 thousand people
NOTE: Min. 5 students participated from each college on the campaign. Assume 1 person has Avg. 1000 friends in social media and that participated students posted the content regularly as #ThanksGiving to he/her friend for donating the books in own social media profile and in groups.
With the beginning of 2015, new session has started from April. MEI scholars reached to 25 in numbers. In this new session MEI seven new kids got opportunity to attend school as regular as in our calendar.
Among seven of them the mother of Arpan Timilsina was the most the happiest person in the world on that day since when our current president Mr. Govinda told her that her son is also selected she cried loudly in the meeting and that was the tears of happiness so thanks to our generous initiatives and sponsor ; nevertheless MEI team is highly motivated, energized with the sprite of our Europe coordinator Miss Sina Tanner since she has worked and given her out most effort so MEI was able to get seven new sponsors in short period of time. MEI team is very hopeful in getting more of support from our supporters, initiatives and sponsors in the falling days to come.