Supporting a Community school in Nepal

There are hundreds of community schools in Nepal. Many of them are run by the local community and the government of Nepal provides most of the funds to run the school. Many community schools in Nepal are also supported by some national and International Non-governmental organizations. Shree Mahankal Secondary School is a local government school located at Kavre district, Nepal. The school is situated at Dev Bhumi village development committee at Bela, Kavre, Nepal. Nepali Host Family and Hamromaya Nepal first ran project at the school to help the local children. In September 2013, we organized a Medical outreach at Shree Mahankal Secondary School with the technical support of Kathmandu university Dhulikhel hospital. Now coming in 2014, we have supported this school again and this time to transform its classrooms. This school was established in 1990. It has about 350 students and twelve classrooms.

Our project to support the community school

The classroom walls looked dirty when we first visited the school in 2013. The colors had faded and it looked like the classrooms needed immediate improvement. The Principal of the school told us that it had been more than ten years that the classrooms haven’t been painted. Our organization, Nepali host family and Hamromaya Nepal decided to change the classrooms of the school by giving it a new paint. We provided funds to the school for painting of all twelve classrooms. Hamromaya Nepal wanted to provide the school new study materials as well. So study material of different subjects like English, Science, Math, Geography and other were handed over to the school Principal. Different maps of the world, maps of Nepal and educational materials were provided to the school.

After the paint, In order to improve the classrooms more, we supported the school by providing new classroom management furniture’s. The classroom management furniture includes a table, a chair and a cupboard for every classroom. As every classroom will have a cupboard so it will be useful for the teachers to store student files and reports safely in the class. As classroom management can be very costly so many community schools in Nepal do not have it. Our organization will continue the projects to support the community school in Nepal.

Government school in Nepal

The condition of government school in Nepal is not good compared to the private schools. The budget given by the government of Nepal for the local community schools is inadequate. Many government schools in Nepal suffer from many problems. The two major problems of the government schools in Nepal is lack of resources and management. The Painting of the classrooms and the donation of the classroom management materials and the educational materials to Shree Mahankal Secondary school at Kavre has helped the school in many ways. Our support has enabled this community school to uplift its physical infrastructure.

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Holi festival in Nepal (festival of colors)

The Holi festival in Nepal is celebrated every year with Great Spirit and joy. This festival of the Hindus also called the ‘festival of colors’ falls on the month of March. The Holi festival is celebrated in Nepal and also in India as it holds cultural significance. According to historical belief, Holi is celebrated in the spirit of ‘victory of good over bad’.

Nepalese people celebrate the Holi festival in Nepal by throwing different colors and water at each other. People gather together at houses or streets and play Holi. The colors can be red, yellow, green, blue, black etc. The youngsters and small kids make water bombs filling water inside plastic bags or balloons and throw at each other. Everyone from the neighborhood, friends, family come together to play Holi and color each other, throw water at each other, eat ‘bhang ko ladoo’, sing and dance. Some youngsters go crazy and throw water balloons called ‘lola’ at strangers as well but as most people enjoy this colorful festival so people might forgive the mischief of the youngsters.

So spraying water, playing with water filled balloons, putting colors on each other is the main attraction of the festival and also it brings people together. Holi is observed as a national holiday in Nepal and celebrated for two days in which in Kathmandu and the hilly regions it is celebrated on the first day whereas in the Terai region of Nepal, on the second day.

Festival of lights (Deepawali) in Nepal

Nepal is a land full of cultural diversity as people following different religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and other religions live together in harmony. The month of October – November sees a lot of tourists in Nepal because it is the main trekking season and today we are going to tell you one another good reason to travel Nepal in October – November.

The two great big festivals of the Hindus of Nepal, Dashain and Tihar (Deepawali) fall during the month of October – November. The first big festival Dashain is celebrated for 15 days and the second big festival Tihar (Deepawali) is celebrated for 5 days. Dashain falls between late September to mid October and Deepawali falls between late October to early November.

During last October, some of our volunteers got to witness the great Nepali festival of Tihar (Deepawali) and celebrate it in Nepali way. There were three Australian volunteers in Nepal working in an orphanage with 40 kids. The children of the orphanage celebrate the festival every year by visiting different houses and showing their dancing and singing talents in order to raise funds.

The 3rd, 4th and 5th days of Deepawali are the main days where children and youngsters go to different houses of their neighbors, friends or relatives to play Dheusi and Bhailo. Dheusi and Bhailo is the typical act where they sing the typical Dheusi and Bhailo songs and other Nepali songs. They dance with music and some people even play Nepali musical instruments like Madal and even western instruments like Guitar. They go to houses after houses and entertain the people living in the house. This is done because of the cultural reason and for fun. The people living in the house can also sing and dance and they exchange good wishes among each other. They can play Dheusi and Bhailo for a short time or it can go for hours as well. By the end of the Dheusi and Bhailo, It is a tradition that the people living in the house have to give some money to the people who came to the house to play Dheusi and Bhailo. The people who came to play Dheusi and Bhailo leave the house by giving blessings. This is also the festival when people get to play with firecrackers, play cards, meet distant relatives, and eat varieties of food, sing and dance. The festival brings everyone together and celebrates good time with family and friends. The joy of the festival drives everyone happy from children to elders.

Another big significance of the festival is that Hindu people worship goddess Laxmi (the goddess of wealth) by making every corner of the house bright. They light candles, oil lamp, and colorful lights and decorate the houses. Even the streets get decorated. This is why Tihar (Deepawali) is also called the festival of lights. In the 3rd day of Tihar, people worship cow which is holy and seen as the form of goddess Laxmi. In the 4th day, people worship bull. The 5th and the final day is Bhai tika or brothers and sisters day where the sisters put 7 colors tika on the forehead of the brothers, worship them with garland made of special flowers, give them sweets, fruits and different varieties of food to eat. In return the brothers have to give some money or present to the sisters.

During the festival of lights our volunteers who were in Nepal especially got to be a part of the festival and experience it from close. One of the volunteers, Lauren spent most of her time with the kids of the orphanage by giving them a helping hand in preparing many things needed for the festival celebrations. She made garlands, went with the children to different houses to play Dheusi Bhailo and made many Nepali brothers at the orphanage. We saw Lauren even got a Henna tattoo on her hand which the orphanage kids made for her. Nepalese ladies get Henna tattoo especially during festivals and different joyful occasions. So Tihar or Deepawali is the festival which you should not miss if you are planning to travel Nepal.



volunteers making MoMo for the kids

It was a day filled with excitement as we were making momo’s for the kids of the orphanage. Momo is a popular dish, which every Nepalese love and anyone who visits Nepal must taste it. We were making momo’s for about 35 kids of the orphanage and the staff’s. Actually the plan was of one of the Danish volunteer who was working at the orphanage and another volunteer, Lauren decided to go ahead. It was not a simple task as making momo’s takes long time and lot of work like chopping vegetables, making sauce, making dough, giving shape to momo’s and other things was needed to be done.The volunteers were making momo for the first time and it was also the first time that the children at the orphanage were making momo at their home.

The volunteers bought the necessary ingredients from nearby shop and we started up with the preparations at 3 PM which was already late. Cutting, chopping, preparing this and that takes long time and we were making momo’s for about 45 people in total. It was so nice that some of the older kids came up to help, some chopping onions, chopping cabbages, some making dough. When the onion was killing one’s eye, the next kid was ready to help finish chopping onions. It was fun working as a team making momo’s but we were not sure if we would be able to finish making it on time and feed the kids as the dinner time was around 6.30 pm. After 5 hours of work finally it was at 8 pm when we gave the first set of momo’s  to the smaller kids. Then we gave momo’s to the older kids.

We were not sure how many momo’s to make and could not estimate but we did make a lot of momo’s and all the kids were full and happy at last. Yummy! the momo’s were really good and it gave us immense satisfaction that we did it and the momo’s were the best made! The volunteers left for their host family at around 9.30 pm. What a good moment it was, mostly we were happy to see the kids eating lots of momo’s and asking for more and more.

volunteering with children in Nepal

Well it’s a bit hard to write about my experience as a volunteer here because I just got back from Annapurna Base Camp trekking. I went to Annapurna Base Camp trek and Poon Hill trek, did it in 10 days with my friend and saw the REAL Nepal. I am about to leave Nepal tomorrow. But I am thankful to Nepali Host Family; you really made me feel like home. I volunteered in two placements during my stay in Nepal. In the school, I was during the exams, so I helped the kids with some info and ask them a lot of questions to think about. In the Orphanage, I went after school to help the kids to prepare for their exams.

I am impressed how bright and kind are the Nepali children. I learned to be honest and to observe because this way I can help even when they don’t know how to ask for help. I taught some things which I teach back at home in Bulgaria, some Leadership training skills. The volunteering work at the orphanage gave meaning to my Nepal stay.

I will miss you all
Gabrovo, Bulgaria.