Visit to Gorkha

Another crucial task was completed with assessment of the most affected area, Gorkha district. Our team was there last week. We did a thorough assessment of the schools which were severely damaged by the earthquake. After spending almost a week in different places of Gorkha, we came across many schools which were in no position to run their regular classes. Many schools require rebuilding and reconstruction. After scanning through the affected areas in need basis, OLE Nepal team is planning to reconstruct five schools in Gorkha district with generous support from our friends at AirAsia Foundation and from local and international donors. Along with rebuilding of the schools, OLE Nepal will specially focus on providing learning resources to the students through an innovative tool called XO laptop.

We will be sharing detailed information about the relief project soon. Check out some photos taken during the visit:

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Temporary classrooms

A destroyed house

A destroyed house

Students play in front of the temporary construction

Students playing in front of the construction area

Classrooms under the tents

Classrooms under the tents

Collection of rubble

Collection of rubble

Inspecting the temporary classes

Inspecting the temporary classrooms

A teacher runs his class in a temporary classrooms.

A teacher runs his class in a temporary shelter

A child looks through a curtain while a teacher runs her class.

A child looks through a curtain while a teacher is teaching

Destructed classroom building. It happens to be grade 5 classroom

Destructed classroom building. It happens to be of grade 5

Destroyed school premises

Destroyed school premises

Affected neighborhood

Affected neighborhood

Collapsed houses

Collapsed houses

Only thing remaining is the chair

Only thing remaining is the chair

A room fully covered with rubble

A classroom fully covered with rubble

Portraits in relief center


Our volunteers from OLE Nepal have been working with children in Tundikhel relief camp for over a month. They bring interactive learning materials in child friendly XO laptops for the children. The children can explore various learning activities in Math, English and Science in Nepali, English and Chepang languages. The children look forward to using these laptops and they seem engaged in those learning activities. It was enlivening to meet children from various backgrounds , interests and aspirations. While we got to interact with them helping them learn, we also took their interviews along with their portraits.

Photo Courtesy: Sanjog Rai

portraits

Sunima Barami

Nabina Karki

Suraj

Sunita

Suraj Lama

For more pictures from Tundikhel: http://blog.olenepal.org/index.php/archives/1623

Finding calmness in the center of devastation

Tundikhel, an only vast open space in between the city, is now filled with families who lost their homes in the recent earthquake. As we drive, walk or ride pass through the lanes alongside Tundikhel, we can see numerous tents – some donated by China and some made locally by the sufferers. When OLE Nepal team visited the ‘refugee camp like place’ it was heart wrenching to see people in need of necessities required for survival. Many organizations from various backgrounds provided immediate relief effort, such as food, water, shelter, sanitation, etc.

Amidst all the chaos, we at OLE Nepal are particularly concerned about the welfare of thousands of children who have been affected in more ways than one – distressed, displaced and completely traumatized by the scenes of devastations all around them. As we try to rehabilitate communities, it is utterly important to pay special attention to the emotional and physical well-being of these children. Along with their physical safety, their psychological security needed to be duly addressed as well.

With so many schools destroyed, and communities displaced, many children are deprived of education and will be for months, if not years. In this critical time, it is important to give children the space where they can enjoy their time in quality learning and exploring.

Like our previous relief efforts in Kirtipur, Khokana and Bungamati, OLE Nepal is now providing relief to the children at Tundikhel. Following are the photos taken during the first day of our relief effort.

Woman washing her clothes in a unbearable heat.
Woman washing her clothes in an unbearable heat.

A child playing around his tent.
A child playing around his tent.

CFS
Child Friendly Space at Tundikhel.

Children singing their hearts out.
Children singing their hearts out.

Expressing themselves through art.
Expressing themselves through art.

Kids busy in various activities.
Kids busy in various activities.

Learning through a new tool.
Learning through a new tool.

Peter helping out kids in using the laptop.
Peter helping out kids in using the XO Laptops.

Focused and deligent
Focused and diligent.

Many kids showed up.
Many kids showed up at the center.

Working in groups.
Working in groups.

Enjoying the moment.
Enjoying the moment.

Continuing our fruitful effort @ Kirtipur

OLE Nepal’s Earthquake Relief Effort has been sprouting positive results in both Child Friendly Spaces of Kirtipur and Khokana/Bungamati. Our volunteers has been traveling everyday to provide relief for children by engaging them in interactive activities from our education tool. Following are some photos taken during one of the sessions at Kirtipur.

kids
Smiling for the camera.

kids
“I like parts of plants activities of E-Paath.”

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Kids exploring different activities on their laptop.

creating her own artwork
Creating her own art.

i love e-paath
“I love E-Paath.”

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Covered hall at this CFS allows students to let themselves free.

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Kids definitely got some refreshment after using the laptops.

we love watermelons
We love watermelon.

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Group picture with kids at CFS in Navajyoti.

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Group picture with kids at CFS in Janasewa.

Relief efforts at Khokana and Bungamati

Last week, our team members had visited Khokana and Bungamati areas to observe the situation of the people, particularly of the children. After understanding the critical environment of the area, our team decided to carry on the relief effort to help children engage in learning. OLE Nepal in collaboration with Loo Niva Child Concern Group is taking forward the relief effort at their child Friendly Spaces (CFS). Volunteers from OLE Nepal and Loo Niva oversees the session and helps children invest good time in learning.

Following are the photos taken during the sessions:

orientation
OLE Nepal team members providing orientation to volunteers from Loo Niva on using the XO laptop.

children playing around
Many children from near by area come to this CFS during the day.

children waiting
Children eagerly waiting for their laptop session.

Children on XOs
They seem more comfortable on the floor while exploring what’s in the laptop.

Peter coaching children on using the laptops.
Peter coaching children on using the laptops.

busy in laptops
Investing their time in quality learning.

happy faces
Happy faces 😀

focused
Learning in groups.

child friendly spaces
Children having fun time at the CFS. Teachers and volunteers are actively involved in engaging children in many interactive activities.

Learn more about Loo Niva here

Sindhupalchowk: ruins and relief

On May 20, I travelled from Kathmandu to Liskankhu, Sindhupalchowk to help with a relief program. Sindhupalchowk is one of the most severely damaged districts by the earthquake. It had been less than two months that I had travelled the same area admiring beautiful lush villages. Now to see the same villages turned into rubble was heart-wrenching. But it was also relieving to see see people coming together to help each other. Many temporary housings were built along the way on locals’ effort and I was also able to witness a relief program, that was very well-managed by the village committee.

Most of the houses have been destroyed by the earthquake. Even the houses, standing upright are damaged from inside and unliveable

Most of the houses have been destroyed by the earthquake. Even the houses, standing upright are damaged from inside and unliveable

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Two girls holding flowers to welcome relief workers. A temporary housing on the background.

Two girls holding flowers to welcome relief workers. A temporary housing on the background.

temporary housing built by locals

temporary housing built by locals

People carrying relief materials to their homes.  Buddhist shrine at the side of the road.

People carrying relief materials to their homes. Buddhist shrine at the side of the road.

people waiting in line for relief materials

people waiting in line for relief materials

volunteers carrying relief materials

volunteers carrying relief materials

Since most of youth have gone abroad for employment, it was common sight that old folks had come to receive relief materials.

Since most of youth have gone abroad for employment, it was common sight that old folks had come to receive relief materials.

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also mothers with young babies

also mothers with young babies

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“Our school is 2 hrs away. The school is damaged by the earthquake. We don’t know when we will be going to school again.”

damaged wall of school roof

damaged wall of school building

education materials inside classroom damaged by the earthquake

education materials inside classroom damaged by the earthquake

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A severely damaged school

A severely damaged school

roofs are crumbled

roofs are crumbled

Landslides like this pose big threats as monsoon is coming

Landslides like this pose big threats as monsoon is coming

 

Bringing smiles in innocent faces

Sabita and Sawal started setting up the laptops and slowly passed each one around. All the children in the room seemed very excited and happy to see the green tool placed in front of them. And that was exactly what we wanted – to see them children smile and enjoy their time amidst the fearful situation.

They sat in a group of three and started trying out different activities and lessons from E-paath. Children are unsure when their schools will resume but these sessions definitely help them spend their time in quality learning. OLE Nepal is conducting these relief efforts in different places. Following photo series show kids involved in exploring the educational tool at Kirtipur. We are available in two centers of Kirtipur; Navajyoti Primary School and Janasewa Higher Secondary School between 11 to 3.

School premises
Navajyoti School is one of the centers where we are conducting our relief efforts for kids.

Sabita and Sawal
Volunteers Sabita and Sawal setting up the laptops.

sabita helping kids
Sabita helping little girls navigate the mouse around the screen.

progress and Brosen
Progress Maharjan helping his brother Brosen Dongol learn lessons of grade two. Brosen will soon be enrolled in two and these sessions will give him an idea about the lessons he will soon be studying in school :)

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Sisters babysitting their small brothers.
Aastha and Kaushiki exploring the interactive learning materials with their brothers.

little ones
We feel good to see them investing their time in quality learning.

group photo
Time for some group photo. We had kids from different age groups and they were very talented.

teacher e-paath
A volunteer teacher at the session who is actively helping to run the program. We also passed a package of E-paath to the teacher so that he can use this interactive activities in his class.

passing through the rubbles
Passing through the rubbles to reach our next destination – Janasewa Higher Secondary School. Most of the old houses in Kirtipur has collapsed due to earthquake.

collapsed houses
Many houses were destroyed leaving countless people homeless.

tilted house
Dangerously tilted house in the alley of Kirtipur.

destruction
A town in Kirtipur had many old and culturally rich houses which now is not suitable for habitation.

camps
Many of the families are living in tents and are still not sure how long they will be there. With monsoon approaching soon, they are worried about their permanent shelter.

janasewa HSS
Child friendly space at Janasewa Higher Secondary School had majority of children coming in during the day. We had divided our sessions into two, so that children can make maximum use of the educational tool.

girls in laptops
Learning never stops.

learning never stops
Learning helps children forget what they experienced and motivates them to look forward to new things.