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

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Sunima Barami

Nabina Karki

Suraj

Sunita

Suraj Lama

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

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

 

Khokana Bungamati

On Sunday afternoon, Deepa , Sabrina and I visited Khokana and Bungmati to observe ‘Child Friendly Spaces’, temporary playgrounds set up by different humanitarian organizations to address the emotional needs of children whose lives were affected by the recent earthquake in Nepal. Following are the photo series taken during our visit to the area which was hit hard by the natural disaster, leaving many people homeless.

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Khokana Museum

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Severely damaged and cracked house which is not suitable for habitation

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” आसे, जिनं ग्वाहली याय” “May I help you?”

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Many scaffolding can be seen throughout the alleys

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Little thing is tired and sleepy

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Beautifully carved window. Many of these precious carvings were damaged due to earthquake

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Many lost their belongings and were forced to find shelter away from the place which was once their home

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Cleaning her temporary house built from local wood and tin which she received as a donation

Child friendly Space run by World Vision

Child friendly Space (CFS) run by World Vision

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Children making crafts in Child friendly Spaces. Temporary spaces like these have helped children engage themselves in learning activities

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Children here look forward to these learning activities during the day.

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Wheat fields of Khokana

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Way to Rudrayani Temple

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Deepa gathering information on CFS’s role and discussing possible relief effort that OLE Nepal team could provide for the children

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CFS volunteers with children

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Machindra Nath temple in rubbles. Many religious sites were heavily damaged by the earthquake

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Periphery around the temple

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Craftsmen. They are confident about reconstructing the temples but only if the process is fair and transparent.

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Work has to go on

Solukhumbu Visit: photo series

When the Phaplu airport finally opened after a year-long closure for repair, our team immediately planned a visit to five of our program schools in Solukhumbu last November. We were glad to find the schools and the teachers remain ever enthusiastic about using laptops in classrooms. Our team provided essential technical support at Dudhkunda Lower Secondary School, JanaJagriti Lower Secondary School, Garma Lower Secondary School, Swarnim Primary School and Pike Secondary School. Most of the laptops were in good working condition, and few technical issues were resolved during the visit. Please check out the photo series captured during our trip to Solukhumbu with our Network and System Engineer Mr. Sumit Acharya.

Kids from Dudhkunda Lower Secondary School. OLE Nepal started its Laptop program in this school in 2012.

Mr. Sumit Acharya, our Network and System Engineer helping a school teacher updating E-Paati laptops with the latest content.

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Kindergarten and First grade students of Dudhkunda School. The two teachers take care of those students in the same classroom. Kindergarten kids sit in the left hand side of the room while first graders sit on the right hand side.

Fourth grade students from Janajagriti Lower Secondary school using E-Paati laptops.. The school has a room dedicated for the laptops. There are custom-made wooden racks for laptop storage and charging. They use the laptop once a week for each class.

Teacher helping the students.

Kids enjoying their time outside of the classroom.

Kids from Swarnim Primary School using apricot seeds to learn arithmetic. Their teacher uses different interactive techniques to teach maths to primary level students. This is one of the schools where Government of Nepal is piloting an educational initiative that involves using activity-based milestones rather than regular exams to upgrade students to next grade.

A staff from Phaplu Community School cleaning laptops. Her one kid also attends the same school. She told us that since it is dusty and windy there, laptops need to be cleaned regularly. This is the first school in Solukhumbu district where OLE Nepal started its program. In this school, there is a laptop assigned for each kid, which they can also take home during weekends.

A little boy from Garma Secondary School marching with Khata to offer to OLE Nepal staff. The school had organized a program to welcome us 🙂

A second grade student who has not used E-Paati yet as OLE Nepal has not been able to reach to her school. It is our mission to reach every possible school in Nepal.