Wir suchen Paten
Diese Kinder und Jugendlichen der Prabina Stiftung haben noch keine Paten
Manoj Kumar Rajbhandari
Das Wort des Präsidenten
liebe Freunde der Prabina-Stiftung,
liebe Leserinnen und Leser,
im letzten Dezember hatte ich Ihnen noch geschrieben, dass alles in Nepal in unserem Prabina-Haus im grünen Bereich sei. Drei Monate später ist alles anders, sowohl in Europa wie auch in Kathmandu!
Der Corona-Virus hat auch Nepal erreicht. Die Behörden schlossen wie bei uns Schulen und Geschäfte. Die Boarding-Schulen und Heime wurden angewiesen, die Kinder nach Hause zu schicken. Unser Geschäftsführer, Prashant Shresta, wurde sogar von der sozialen Wohlfahrtsbehörde und von einzelnen Vormunden kontaktiert und gefragt, ob wir den Anordnungen Folge geleistet hätten!
Mit den Kindern, die nach Hause oder zu ihren Verwandten gingen, bleiben wir über unsere Mitarbeiter in telefonischem Kontakt und können so eingreifen, falls Hilfe notwendig wird.
Die Situation ist wirklich unbefriedigend, im Prabina-Haus wären die Kinder sicherer gewesen. Aber nepalesische Vorschriften können und dürfen wir nicht missachten, sonst laufen wir Gefahr, unsere Lizenz zu verlieren.
Ich bedanke mich bei Ihnen für das Vertrauen, welche Sie unserer Stiftung entgegenbringen. Wir setzen alles daran, unseren Kindern zu helfen.
Ihnen wünsche ich gute Gesundheit, geben Sie auf sich acht.
Wir sitzen alle im gleichen Boot, denn COVID-19 kennt keine Grenzen. In Nepal bedeutet nicht zur Arbeit erscheinen zu können, blanko keinen Lohn zu erhalten. Von Anfang an waren wir mit Prashant in Kontakt und haben ihn bei der Krisenbewältigung unterstützt. Leider hat die Regierung in Nepal angeordnet, dass alle NGOs und Instituttionen, die Kinder und Jugendliche in ihrer Obhut haben, diese alle zu ihren Familien oder Vormünder zurück schicken müssen. Somit musste Prashant Folge leisten, so dass derzeit t noch 12 Kinder im Prabina Haus wohnen, von denen die Prabina Stiftung der rechtliche Vormund ist.
Nun ist auch schon ein Monat Quarantäne in Nepal vergangen und die Familien unserer Kinder und Jugendlichen haben kein Essen mehr. Selbstverständlich sehen wir uns in der Pflicht, diese Familien zu unterstützen und dafür zu sorgen, dass ihre Ernährung sichergestellt ist. Einige Familien sind in ihre Dörfer zurückgekehrt, weil sie den Mietzins nicht bezahlen können und um in dieser schwierigen Zeit bei ihrer Sippe zu sein.
In einem gemeinsamen Effort haben wir online Sitzungen abgehalten, um Möglichkeiten zu kreieren, diesen Familien zu helfen. Die Hürden, die die Regierung stellte, erforderten unsere kollektive Kreativität, damit wir sie überwinden konnten.
Einerseits können wir einigen Familien Essensgeld geben, und haben Esswaren in die Dörfer gesandt, wo unsere Kinder sind, damit sie auch Hilfe erhalten. Doch die Ausgangssperre dauert jeweils von 9 Uhr morgens bis um 6 Uhr des nächsten Tages. Während den 3 Stunden am Morgen kontrolliert die Polizei, weshalb man das Haus verlässt und muss zeigen können, dass man zum nächstgelegenen Supermarkt Essen einkaufen geht. Für alle sonstigen Bewegungen braucht es eine staatlich erteilte Sondergenehmigung – die selbstverständlich sehr teuer ist. Prashant hat sich so organisiert, dass er sich mit jeweils 4 -5 unserer Studenten an einem vereinbarten Treffpunkt trifft und ihnen dann das Geld für den Monat Mai gibt. Doch für Familien, wo wir von Alkoholmissbrauch und sonstigem Drogenmissbrauch oder Suchtverhalten wissen, mussten wir uns eine andere Lösung einfallen lassen.
Glücklicherweise sind ein paar Restaurants mit Lieferservice unterwegs oder bieten take-away an. Unter ihnen haben wir einen gutmütigen Restaurantbesitzer ausfindig machen können, der bereit ist, diese Familien mit bescheidenen Mahlzeiten zum Selbstkostenpreis zu versorgen. Die Familien werden von ihm direkt nach Hause beliefert. Wir sind froh, so unseren Beitrag zur Versorgung der Familien in Nepal zu leisten und dies gleichzeitig mit Achtsamkeit zu tun, damit unsere Kinder und deren Mütter es möglichst gewaltfrei durch diese Zeit schaffen.
Die Solidarität, die wir auf der ganzen Welt sehen, einander zu helfen, zeigt sich auch in dieser Krise wieder duch Ihr beharrliches Engagement für unsere Kinder in Nepal. Gleichzeitig freut es mich riesig, zu sehen, wie unser Team in Nepal ein Mal mehr Mut beweist und in meinen Augen heldenhaft für das Wohlergehen unserer Kinder einsteht.
Wir verneigen uns vor den Helden in dieser Zeit – den Krankenschwestern, Ärzten, Sozialarbeiterinnen, Restaurantbesitzer und Allen mit grossen Herzen!
Ein herzliches Namaste vom Management Team
Corona (COVID-19) Psychology
Spreading Namaste Culture! COVID-19 has affected communities all over the world – also in Nepal. Our government has rescued 175 Nepalese students from Wuhan, where the virus broke out, and from other cities in China at the request of parents. The number of Corona cases are rising alarmingly in our neighboring countries especially India. Mumbai being the hotspot where migrant workers and other workers are starved and locked down – including Nepalese workers. The number of Corona victims is spreading around the Indian states especially also due to hardliner religious communities. Some travelled to Nepal, bringing the virus. Nepal’s open border with India, the flow of migrant workers returning from India, China, Arabian countries and also from developed countries and even tourist havocked Corona spreading in Nepal. Slowly till date the Health Ministry of Nepal reported 16 cases, 1 recovered and zero deaths. I doubt the number is truthful. Government with limited resources distributed masks and also increased awareness about prevention and precaution around the virus. We have been in lock-down for over 25 days and I believe it will continue for a while. Although the government got equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from China to combat Corona, it is not sufficient to keep us all safe. People are scared because for them, Corona means they die. Many migrants in Kathmandu went back to their villages to be safer or at least to die in their own community. Imagine what they must be going through emotionally. At the same time, people are hoarding food an essential goods which further fuels the panic. The government is distributing essential goods and medicine to very needy people. Yet many of them are difficult to reach due to Nepal’s challenging geography. The economy is regressing, as everywhere else as well. In Nepal we depend on tourism a lot, which is obviously the market that has dropped to zero and is said to take years to recover from the impact of COVID.
In Prabina Family, for the students staying with family, we carried out awareness session about protecting and preventative measures with students and their families. We are providing additional monetary grants and essential goods for our students and their families. Our social workers and other team members are in constant contact to check up on them and make sure they are well. In Prabina House, the girls, boys, supervisor and the caretakers are staying inside Prabina House at all time. We have stored food, medicines and other essentials for 3 months. They are healthy and happy. It is not easy to make children stay home, so we are encouraging them to do yoga, gardening, craft practices and many more activities to boost their mental well-being and the staff’s too. The rest of our team (social workers and office workers) are working remotely from our homes. This crisis is taking me back to April 2015 when the earthquake away lives and destroying properties. Although impactful and drastic, COVID will pass and I choose to stay positive. I am also amused to see our culture of greeting with a “Namaste” being practiced worldwide as a hygenic way of greeeting each other. Lastly, I wish all of our Prabina Family members, our godparents, sponsors, supporters and well-wishers to stay safe and stay strong. Our joint effort in keeping a physical distance to each other for protective reasons will save the day!
Prashant Shrestha Coordinator Prabina Foundation Nepal
Vote of Thanks
I feel fortunate to propose a vote of thanks towards Prabina Foundation for providing me this opportunity to contribute in 21st Edition Prabina Family Newsletter. This edition includes new intakes in Prabina family, achievements of students in various categories, youth development sessions, excessive excursions, practical camps and team building activities. On behalf of all the students of Prabina Foundation, I owe a special gratitude to all the godparents and staffs for their unconditional love, support and dedication. We all feel nurtured and privileged to be a part of Prabina family. I hope you will like this 21st Edition Newsletter.Suman Puri Civil Engineer in the making
21. Edition (May 2020)
Mohan Kumari Shrestha
Renée S. Hernández Rutz
Anmerkung zum Inhalt unseres Newsletters
Alle Inhalte werden von unseren Prabina Jugendlichen verfasst. Ihre Beiträge – ihre Stimmen – repräsentieren die Essenz dessen, wofür unsere Stiftung steht. Um ihre Authentizität zu bewahren, belassen wir – die Geschäftsleitung – die Inhalte der Jugendlichen vollends im Original, editieren nichts und korrigieren auch keine Grammatik. Die Autorin oder der Autor des jeweiligen Artikels ist mit Namen und Foto vermerkt.
Please welcome our new Prabina student Ashmita!
Visit to Fun Park
07 January, 2020: Children along two Prabina staff went for a day out to Kathmandu Fun park. The children played different games like bumper cars, merry go round, bounce castle, columbus and boat ride. They were all in smiles when they got to ride the horse and the train that circled around fun park for the first time.
Visit to Rautahat
22- 25 November 2019: Rautahat is one of the seventy-seven districts of Nepal. It lies in the South Eastern Nepal. Three Prabina students – Bhawana Chalise, Purushwottam Gautam and Santoshi Gautam all live in Chandrapur Municipality, Rautahat district. During this visit to Rautahat, we met all the student’s family members and became aware about their living situation. We visited their educational institutions and collected information about their academic progress.
27 March 2020: Makar Tamang came to Kathmandu for the first time from his home village in Okhaldhunga. He was glad to meet his two sisters; Anita and Nirmala Tamang. During his visit, he was happy to receive new clothes and shoes.
An architectural wander
01 January 2020:Six children along two staff from Prabina House went for a historical visit to Bhaktapur Durbar Square which is 13km East from Kathmandu. The children first visited Siddha Pokhari (Ta Pukhu) which is 171m long, 73m wide and about 3m deep and is one of the oldest traditional ponds in Bhaktapur. The children visited Bhaktapur Durbar Square (the ancient Bhaktapur kingdom) which is almost 380 years old. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site as well. They observed the museum constituted of pre-historic and traditional artefacts. In pottery square, our children observed the pottery workshops where they were able to see potters making pots of different shapes and sizes. Then, our children got immersed in the sweet and rich taste of Juju Dhau (king yogurt).
25 January 2020: The Valley-Wide Inter-School Handwriting Competition was organized by My Beautiful Handwriting Nepal on Saturday. Saroj Mahat received consolation prize for the second
time along with cash prize.
6 February 2020: Dhana Kumari Magar who is currently studying in grade 10 participated in various school competitions and won one gold medal in speech competition and three silver medals in annual exam, spelling and quiz competitions respectively along certificates.
10 March 2020: During sports week 2020 organized by St. Xavier’s College, Kabita Bhujel secured first position in Badminton Competition and received gold medal along with certificate.
13 March 2020: Nepal Mega School organized medal distribution programme for annual exam toppers and various other categories. Our students Asmita Mahat, Nimti Sherpa, Sunita Gajurel, Aayusha Basnet, Sajana Tamang, Salina Yonjan, Sandhya Tamata, Shristi Tamang, Hutaraj Basnet received medals on that day.
Moral teaching and learning
18 January 2020: Senior Prabina children (4 boys and 5 girls) were invited to a youth development programme related to moral information sharing and awareness sessions. There were other participants from various schools and organizations. An interactive session was carried out to share our understanding from the movie shown earlier. Various team building games were played to learn and become aware about the slogan ‘together we stand, divided we fall’.
Children receive medical treatment whenever necessary. Our social workers also observe for need for psychological counselling and organise it accordingly.
COVID 19 & lockdown
Prabina children received continuous orientation on Corona virus and its prevention. Just before the lockdown from the Nepalese government, the legal parents/ guardian of children residing in Prabina House took their children. In the mean time we too received a notice from the government to send the children to their legal parents/ guardian if they had any. Prabina Foundation also distributed some money to our children during this period as a relief fund to buy and stock food. For children living outside Prabina House, we are in constant touch with them, updating their information and helping them.
Activities in Prabina House
Starting everyday with yoga
Orientation on prevention during COVID-19 by Kanchan Karki, Prabina House Supervisor
Engaging children in different recreational activities
Keeping themselves occupied indoor
Additional aid during lockdown
Supplied food stock for Srijana and Nischal Khapangi Magar’s family during lockdown
Rojina Khadka receiving financial aid
Radhika Khanal receiving financial aid
Visit to Fun Park
25 November, 2019:
Santoshi Gautam had been suffering from frequent ear pain. She was taken for doctor’s consultation. The doctor shared that she has a hole in her left eardrum and has tonsillitis too. She needs to be operated for a surgery after she turns 18. The doctor prescribed few medicines and requested to visit him after seven to ten days.
27 March, 2020: Nima Tamang was taken for a dental checkup carried out for few sessions. He was taken to Samaj Dental Hospital, Baneswor.
Congratulations on getting married!
Shanta Gautam with her husband
Shivaraj Basnet with his wife
Merry little Christmas
25 December, 2019: Christmas is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a special day of exchange of happiness, care and harmony. Every festival or occasion teaches us good things. We should cherish every moment because it may not be the same as before even though it comes again.
In Prabina House, we celebrated Christmas filled with excitement and love. The programme room was beautifully decorated with snowflakes made of ice-cream sticks, Christmas tree with lights, bells, cards, etc. It started at 4 pm. We were around 40 participants. All of us watched a motivational movie for half an hour, then enjoyed singing and dancing in Christmas carols which created a lively atmosphere among all. We played various games such as Chinese whisper, making animal sounds, number game, rope chain, 7-up etc. which was fun as well as taught us the importance of coordination and time management. The moments were full of Christmas vibes. Christmas presents were exchanged among all the children of Prabina House. Later, we had a delicious feast.
Dhana Kumari Magar
Traditional treats on Makar Sankranti
15 January 2020: The movement of the sun from one zodiac sign into another is called Sankranti. As the sun moves into the Capricorn zodiacal sign known as Makar and is named as Makar Sankranti. Among other eleven Sankrantis, Makar Sankranti (also known as Maghe Sankranti) is a major harvest festival celebrated in Madhesh and Tharuhat of Nepal. Magar people celebrate this festival as New Year. On this day people eat ghee (clarified butter), chakhu (made of concentrated sugarcane juice), til laddu (sesame seed mixed with molasses syrup), sweet potato etc. This festival is celebrated according to Nepali calendar which always lies on the first day of Magh. With joy and happiness, we celebrated this festival in Prabina House. We played various team building games with my friends. As a traditional aspect, we ate delicious foods like chakhu, ghee, sweet potato, til laddu, etc. with all the Prabina children. We all were delighted to celebrate this festival together in Prabina House.
A month long religious tale
10 January – 09 February 2020: Swasthani Brata Katha (book) is a sacred holy book containing Hindu tales. Comprised of 31 chapters, the stories are depicted about various Hindu Gods and Goddess. The story of goddess Swasthani and Shiva is mainly focused, Swasthani is the Hindu deity known for miraculously granting wishes made in a solemn state by the pure. Therefore, people spend a month long fasting and worshipping to Madhav Narayan situated at a place named Sankhu about 17 km North-Eastern corner of Kathmandu. This month-long fasting is a ritual taken especially by woman and some men for family wellbeing or getting a good spouse. It is believed that wishes are granted if people fast during this month long meditation, however the rules are strict and uncompromising. People who do not fast also visit this temple at least once in this month to Sali Nadi (holy river) where Goddess Parvati bathed during her month of meditations dedicated to Swasthani. Every night between the month of January and February, family members gather around and recite one chapter of the story till the 30th day.
Every year, after dinner all Prabina children and staff gather around to listen to this mythical religious story in Prabina House. All of us gather around the reader and listen to the stories, teaching us religious way of life, moral values and many more. Even though we listen to the stories every year, it never fails to illuminate me and always look forward to listen to it next year.
Colorful celebration of victory
09 March 2020: Celebrating the symbolic victory of good over evil: this colorful festival “Holi” is celebrated among Hindus which has a religious background as well. Holika, Prahlada’s evil aunt, tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her. Holika was wearing a cloak that made her immune from fire, while Prahlada was not. As the fire roared, the cloak flew from Holika and encased Prahlada, who survived while Holika burned to death.
The other mythical story shares that Lord Vishnu (the protector of the universe), took the form of Narasimha – half human and half lion to kill Hiranyakashyap (king who is fond of wealth). Hiranyakashyap earned a boon from Lord Brahma that made him virtually indestructible. Therefore, at dusk Narasimha took Hiranyakashyap at a doorstep, placed him on his lap and then eviscerated and killed the king with his lion claws. In Nepal, Holi is also known as “Fagu Purnima” and is a national festival as well. Also marking the end of winter and welcoming summer, people walk through their relatives, friends and neighborhoods to celebrate Holi by exchanging colorful powders and spraying colored water on one another. It is believed that the combination of different colors at this festival takes one’s sorrows away and makes life more colorful. A popular activity in Nepal is the throwing of lola (water balloons) at one another.
Due to fear of COVID-19 and following much needed precautions, this year in Prabina House we celebrated Holi only by putting colored powders to one another. We sang songs, danced enjoying the moment. Delicious meal like meat curry, paneer, pulao (rice cooked in spices, vegetables or meat) etc. were eaten by us. Holi, for me, is a day representing only happiness and to welcome colorful moments in life.
Journey of Life
Dhana Kumari Magar
My life began with struggle
I was born in Mugu District, one of the most remote districts of Nepal. Even though being born a girl in a small hilly village, my birth was cherished in the family. But that happiness was just a phase and did not last long. I was just one and half years old when I was playing with my friends. Suddenly, I fell in the field where there were disposed broken glasses. Unfortunately, there I lost my right eye.
Traveling in hopes for vision
My parents took me to many hospitals but every visit gave us the same disheartening news that I had no chance of getting my eye back. Probably I was destined to live with one eye. When I was 5 years old, we moved to Kathmandu for hopes of a better life. My parents started working at construction sites. The pressure of working hard all day and never having enough to feed the family stressed my father. He started drinking and soon enough became an addict. He used to scold and hit my mother and younger sisters. When I think about those days, his loud voice still gives me shivers.
Desire of Study
I was 9 years old and still never went to school. I longed to go to school but time and situation didn’t allow me. Since, both my parents went to work, I had to feed and take care of my 2 little sisters the whole day. I always wanted to study.
When I was 10 years old, my neighbor, who worked in Social Welfare Council, referred me to Prabina Foundation. Finally, I was admitted to school but bullied as ‘the girl with one eye’.
My entry in Prabina Foundation Nepal
After some time, Krishna Shrestha and Prashant Shrestha came to observe my home and took me to Prabina House for better life at the same time, provided my two younger sisters with education support. In April 2013, I entered Prabina House. I was very happy to see such a wonderful and pleasant home. Everybody was welcoming. I found an ideal home, Prabina House. I was loved.
I was already 10 years old when I was in grade 1. I completed grade 1 with good grades but it was difficult for me in English medium school. So, I went to government school for girls and upon request to the school by Prashant Shrestha and I was promoted to Grade 4. With Prabina Family’s support and encouragement when I was in grade 5, I performed my best and ranked first in my class. I got promoted to grade 7. Being a 16-year-old, I am now studying in grade 10.
Opportunities in Prabina House
We girls in Prabina House are fortunate to receive education and other activities to grow ourselves. Our field excursion and individual counselling builds our confidence to choose the right path.
My new vision
In September 2013, Ruth, Sadhana and Mohan Kumari Shrestha took me to eye hospital for my eye treatment. After all examination, the doctor told my right eye could be replaced with an artificial eye. I was admitted in the hospital for a week with care and financed by Prabina Foundation. Even though I received an artificial eye, I feel content as I no longer look like ‘one eyed girl’ any more. Prabina Family gave me a new life.
Career counselling class taught me to choose right career. I am interested in agriculture field. I hope that the further counselling classes will provide me better understanding in career planning. My gratitude to Prabina Foundation Nepal/ Switzerland Prabina Foundation has given me new life. Thank you, Andrea Schmutz, for supporting me all these years. I am very grateful to Ruth, Sadhana and the whole Prabina Foundation team in Nepal who have supported, cared and loved me. Everyone has supported me in every phase of my life.
My words: I gained in Prabina House
‘Yesterday I cried because I had no shoes. But today I saw a man without a leg’- meaning we should stay satisfied with what we have because there are many with much less privilege.
(Text guided by Tracy Ale)
Sarbajit TamangGrade 9
I was born in a remote village called Pokhali in Okhaldhunga District. It is a hilly region in Eastern part of Nepal. Being born in a motherless poor family, our family was incomplete. My father and I lived with our grandmother. I spent my childhood with grandmother, going to a local school, playing stones, mud with friends and running up and down the hills.
I felt miserable when my grandmother told me that my mother died minutes after I was born. She passed away due to extreme cold and improper care at my maternal uncle’s house. Even after 8 years of my mother’s death, my father was still depressed for losing her.
Orphaned without a choice
My father went to foreign country to earn money and only came to meet us once or twice in a year. I was unsure about it. One day, my father remarried and brought his new wife home. I knew that she was my step-mother. Father and step-mother left grandmother’s house to live separately. But, I didn’t go as I did not want to leave my aging grandmother alone and helpless.
My step-mother gave birth to a son. We were all happy. Slowly my father could not continue working and started taking loans. After two years, in April 2015 my father’s depression got worse and eventually he committed suicide. The villagers said that it was the result of not being able to pay back loans.
Bounded with responsibilities
After my father’s death, my step-mother and her son moved with us to stay together. Since my step-brother was small, my step-mother’s day went by looking after him. Thus, every day, I did every household works including farming. It was tiring but I had no other choice.
Just a village boy
When all hope seemed lost, my uncle and Namgel Sherpa (tour guide) told me about Prabina Foundation which provides education for the poor and underprivileged. The neighbors of my village also convinced me to forget the past and focus on my studies. So I left for Kathmandu, where my eyes widened seeing big buildings, cars, buses, bikes for the first time. Since I was born poor, in a remote village, coming to Kathmandu, was like a dream. Here, I entered Prabina Family. It was the moment when I felt this is the right place for me to brighten my future. Supporting my will to study, I was introduced to my godmother, Katharina Odavic.
Journey of my education
First day of my school, I was delighted to wear proper school uniform, new bag filled with text-books and notebooks. I was delighted when I saw everyone wearing the same uniform. Firstly, I stayed one year in Himali Boarding School’s hostel. Later in 2017, Prabina Foundation established homes for boys where was shifted.
Prabina Boy’s Home
Our boy’s home is a nice home with separate beds and good food. We have different activities from yoga to excursion and even sports.
My Future Plan
I want to join vocational education in order to utilize my knowledge and skills later in my village. I want to make Prabina Foundation and my godmother proud.
I bestow my heart of thankfulness to Mrs. Mohan Kumari Shrestha and Mr. Prashant Shrestha who gave me guidance to brighten my future. I am also thankful to my godmother, Katharina Odavic, with whom I found motherly love. I am also grateful to all Prabina staffs
who have been listening to me and supporting me all these times.
(Text guided by Latisha Maharjan)
06 – 15 January 2020: Every year Prabina Foundation Nepal organizes winter camp for the students during their vacation. The camp was organized to acquire essential learning and gain practical knowledge besides academic syllabus. There were 20 participants in senior group with lots of interesting sessions.
Age, change and hygiene
10 January 2020: Christmas is celebrated Hygiene seems to be low in practice in underdeveloped countries. It is essential to carry out personal hygiene. The hygiene session was facilitated by Sajja Singh from Yuwa Nepal (an organization working for and with youths). Children learnt about puberty in girls starts from the age of 8 and in boys from the age of 10. The session also covered detailed information about menstruation in girls – its starting age, reason and the ways of cleanliness. It is a natural process and not a taboo.
13 January 2020: A motivational story sharing session was conducted for the first time. The speaker was Khem Raj Puri who himself was a street child. He spoke about his struggling story since he was 6 years old. Through hard times, struggle and dedication, he now runs an organization providing education and rehabilitation to the children rescued from the streets. His life story was interesting yet emotional which taught that everyone should contribute back to the society.
First ever 3D experience
14 January 2020: The 3D movie hall is comprised in B.P. Koirala Memorial Planetarium, Observatory and Science Museum. There were 24 participants including Prabina staff. The first ever 3D movie wearing glass was a wonderful new experience. The movie’s name was “Space Junk”. At first, the movie frightened everyone as the 3D effects looked like the junks were passing right in front. The movie was about the spaceship’s waste metals and satellites that stopped working which has become leftover overcrowding the earth’s orbit. It is also a science museum where different machines showed practical demonstration of air, electric and magnetic waves. There was magic mirror (concave and convex), dynamo, a piano to step on. It was interesting talking to the humanoid robot named Fulmaya.
Musical vibes cherishes life
07 January 2020: There are numerous benefits of music. For instance, it helps to express our feelings through songs and refreshes our mind. The music session in the winter camp was interesting. All the participants sang a Nepali song named “Ukali Chadula”. Everyone sang the song in a melodious way.
Dance is an art and a natural therapy
6-15 January, 2020: The benefits of dancing is perpetual. It flourishes one’s physical, mental, and social health. Dance session was conducted every day during winter camp for all the senior participants. The dance session made the children aware about coordination, utilization of our facial expression, with numerous types of steps and flexibility.
An identity of our own
12 January 2020: During winter camp, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Equality (SOGIE), Consent and Respect was an important session. Children became aware about good touch and bad touch with examples. Everyone learnt that people are distinguished according to their gender roles and their identity. Children also learnt the safety measures to get aside of harassment. The information sharing among all the participants turned out to be knowledgeable because it is not much talked about in schools or at home in Nepal.
Creativity at its best
08 and 12 January 2020: Two different craft sessions were carried out during winter camp. The children were taught to make wind chime out of unused CD’s (compact disk), thread, transparent tape and colorful papers for various shapes. The concept of making the wind chime was utilization of available spare resources. The children also made paper cards by sewing with colorful threads. The children were surprised as the card turned out to be attractive than the normal cards.
Introduction to various professions
09 January 2020: Vocational training is also known as career and technical education (CTE). Career Disha Nepal (an organization helping youths become independent and choose professions based on strength, interest and guiding) facilitated this session. The children had an overview about different types of professions available in Nepal that helps for a secured career and maintain livelihoods. They played games that made children aware about various professions with their respective roles. The facilitators explained about the criteria of studying and applying for that particular profession.
Story writing and narration
06 January 2020: All the participants got a chance to write their own creative real/ fiction story in the story writing and narration session. Narrating story in front of other participants helped the children speak in confidence. All the stories were interesting to listen.
6- 15 January 2020: During nine days of winter camp, painting session was conducted everyday. All the participants learnt to use color pencil, paint brush and painting colors in a proper way. They were given opportunity to express their imaginations through drawing and painting. Every day they drew different pictures and filled in with color pencils or painting colors.
Juniors winter camp
09-17 January 2020: The junior winter camp was conducted for eight days with 17 participants. This time during winter camp, the juniors were introduced with “Abacus” which is also called counting frame. It is an ancient calculating tool used in Europe, China and Russia to count. This was very new to the students and some struggled to keep up but they all enjoyed learning Mathematics in a fun new way. Everyday there were various knowledgeable classes like moral story, personal hygiene, art and craft, fun games, drawing and cartoon.
Voice of Prabina
A memorable tour
20-23 January 2020: Tours are undoubtedly joyous and cheerful. One should travel long distance at least once a year. However my school does not organize overnight tours. Understanding our scenario, Prabina Foundation decided for a 4 days tour (Lumbini and Pokhara) for 7 such students. Early morning, we made our first move from Kathmandu on a van. After few hours, we stopped by a place named Malekhu for breakfast. Continuing the drive along the view of Trishuli River, we took our lunch at a hotel in Narayanghat, Chitwan District. We spent a short amount of time inside CG Shashwat Dham (a spiritual garden) which lies in Parasi District. The architectural structures constructed amazingly with the presence of both Hindu and Buddhist values, a peaceful and religious place to be in. Enjoying the songs playlist on the way to Lumbini, we checked in the hotel. An evening walk to Mayadevi Temple (birthplace of Gautam Buddha), we held a sigh of relief and tranquility of the temple. We could not miss a morning visit to Mayadevi Temple. Even the second time there was a heart relieving feel. Lumbini holds numerous Buddhist monasteries built by different countries across the world. We visited monasteries from Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, China, France, South Korea and Germany. That day after lunch, we headed towards Pokhara. On the way, I could relish the sunset from a place named Palpa. It was quite a lengthy travel to Pokhara was tiring, so we had our dinner and went to bed early. Splendid sunrise view from top of the Sarangkot tower was worth getting up early in the morning and walking uphill. The gradual sunrise resulted shiner mountain ranges like Annapurna Massif, Fishtail Mountain, Dhaulagiri range, and Manaslu. That very day, we visited to lots of places like Bindabasini Temple, Mahendra Cave, Bat Cave, Seti River Gorge/ K.I Singh Bridge, Gupteshwor Mahadev Temple, Davis Fall. Amongst all, Pokhara Planetarium and Science was interesting for me because we were able to watch an astronomical documentary and observed various science related inventions. We, then visited International Mountain Museum which had a wide area exhibiting the people of mountains and mountaineers. Our final day at Pokhara called for a 9 am boat ride to Fewa Lake. In the middle of the lake is a temple (Taalbarahi) where we worshipped and returned from Pokhara. After 3 to 4 hours drive, we reached Malekhu for lunch. Then we headed back to Kathmandu. In this four days tour, Pokhara became my favorite place. I am glad that I became a part of this tour as I gained lots of information and learnt a lot to share with my friends. (Text guided by Latisha Maharjan)
19 – 29 February 2020: My college organized an industrial visit to Butwal as well as internship in Manipal Teaching Hospital (Pokhara) with two of our teachers. The first day went by traveling to Butwal by bus. The next day, we visited Asian Pharmaceuticals and Siddhartha Pharmaceuticals. The representatives started with a brief introduction of the company and also made us aware about the establishment date and the products they manufacture. We were exposed to production, labelling, packing, quality control of drugs as well as all the equipment used while producing medicines. Our tour comprised of visit to Lumbini and Pokhara with a stop in CG Saswat Dham. On the same day, we visited lakeside for refreshment with our teachers. Likewise, we went to Manipal Teaching Hospital to attend an orientation programme. We learnt the establishment date and rules and shifts of groups. From the next day, we had our shifts in various units every day for four hours in the outpatient department, inpatient department, bulk pharmacy, pharmacovigilance centre, medication counselling centre and drug information centre. We were also exposed to various services such as functioning, adverse drug reaction, therapeutic committee, management and storage of drugs in pharmacy. We also observed dispensing practices in hospital pharmacy. During our free time, our teachers took us for sightseeing at Sarangkot, Mirror House, Bat Cave, Mahendra Cave, Davis Fall and Begnas Lake. Mornings are especially meant for boating on Fewa lake. So we went for boating and dropped by Taal Barahi Temple which is in the middle of the lake, performed prayers and returned back to Kathmandu. This 10 days’ tour was an overwhelming experience for me as it is my first tour outside Kathmandu Valley. During my academic span, I got a chance for internship which will help me achieve better career goals. Visits to lots of interesting places made the tour more informative.
Diploma in Pharmacy, 3rd Year
Real time experience
15 January- 11 March 2020: I am Ramila Gyapak currently studying PCL (Proficiency Certificate Level) Nursing 3rd year at Stupa College. According to nursing curriculum of Midyear and Gynecology Nursing I, II and III, we have to perform practical in hospital to gain practice and have real life experience towards becoming a nurse. This was an opportunity to learn and also complete my practical which was graded. With 37 classmates and 4 teachers, we traveled to Birgunj (135 km South of Kathmandu). Arrangements were made for food and lodging in a girls hostel for all the students and teachers. The room was on sharing basis with appointed roommates for two months.
Narayani Sub Regional Hospital located at Birgunj, Parsa District was my allocated hospital for duty. I was appointed for the morning shift for one month and night for another, in the Delivery Ward. I had a chance to utilize my theoretical studies into practical efforts. The women who gave birth were mostly aged between 18 – 25 years. The wards were mostly occupied with almost 6 deliveries per day. During our shifts, we came across different situations and the hospital’s staff, doctors whilst our teachers guided us throughout our duty in handling such situations. I provided informal as well as personal health teachings to the patients as well as the patient’s families. I was relieved to perform and submit my evaluation on time.
I always wanted to help people and guide them with medical assistance which now with this learning, I am able to perform. I feel confident enough to move forward with the skills and knowledge that I have gained during my nursing study.
03-13 December, 2019: My college organized 10 days survey camp for 5th semester students to Kharipati, Bhaktapur. The main motive is to provide the students with knowledge about all the major surveys like road survey, bridge site survey and topographic survey. The instruction committee directed us to follow the rules and regulations and perform the task assigned by them. We got to learn about selecting the best possible road alignment, road routes, widening of road, laying horizontal and vertical curves and description about super elevation. The instructor informed us about the positive and negative obligatory points. After the instruction, me along with my group began to select the best route within the boundary limit of provided area. We studied about the preparation of topographic map, which was tedious and a challenging practical. We were assigned to prepare topographic map within the rime boundary which must include the study of either hill or valley, artificial points, natural ground points and other necessary arbitrary point within bounded area. We studied about levelling which is mainly concerned with the reduced level. It simply is concerned with vertical control levelling. It is performed to know the actual height from the mean datum sea level and also the height difference from one point with respect to another. We also went to a place named Muhan Pokhari and selected the possible way to construct a bridge and noted the criteria to be fulfilled during the survey. Our main motive was to know its flow curve, flow level and type of river. Viva and submission of data to the teachers were one of the source of evaluation. The last day ended up lighting a campfire, singing songs and dancing. The camp taught me about basics of major surveying. It was a pleasant and memorable moment for me.
Diploma in Civil Engineering
Precious moments cherished
24-28 December, 2019: Learning is not only a part of study. Visiting different places and research also helps students to gain knowledge and information of such places. Our school organized 5 days and 4 nights educational tour to Pokhara, Palpa and Lumbini for grade 7 to 9. We were 46 students and 5 teachers. From Prabina House, 4 of us (Sameer Sharma, Laxmi Tamata, Sarbajit Tamang and myself) joined the tour. Our first destination was Pokhara. We visited places like Bengas lake (third largest lake in Nepal), Bindhyabasini Temple (sister of Goddess Durga), Mahendra Cave (a large limestone cave), Bat Cave, Devi’s Fall. We did boating in the vast Fewa Lake and visited to Taal Bahari Temple which is the middle of the lake. Evening walk at lakeside was other refreshing evening moment. On the Christmas Day, we went to amusement park and played various fun games. Our second destination was Palpa. We gathered around in Tundikhel and took sun bath for a little while. We moved to Palpa Durbar (palace) and observed the museum with different Nepalese traditional belongings which was rebuilt and opened for public in 2008. We hiked to Srinagar Hills and sighted beautiful mountain scenario. Our last destination was Lumbini. Firstly, we went to the birthplace of Gautam Buddha (Maya Devi Temple) where his first 7 steps after birth is preserved. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lots of monks were in meditation and doing prayers. Then, we moved towards World Peace Pagoda. It was such a peaceful place which had a soothing feel. We headed towards Phulbari Garden and zoo of Butwal. On the way to Kathmandu, we visited Shashwat Dham of Parasi District where we observed beautifully designed architectural structured statues, the religious museum and spotted aarati (light offered to God/ Goddess) inside the temple. For me this was the first outing with my friends out of Kathmandu, so it was memorable. It is a precious learning of new places and its own stories.
Journey in and across Nepal
05- 15 January 2020: Darjeeling (West Bengal) and Sikkim (Northeast India) are one of the two popular tourist destinations of India. They are known as the home of glaciers, high mountain peaks and numerous Buddhist monasteries. As these places hold many information, my school organized a 10 days tour to Eastern Nepal (Illam) and North Eastern India (Darjeeling, Sikkim and Mirik). Before the start of our journey, me and my friends were already excited to travel different places. Since it was my first trip outside Nepal, I had a mixed feeling on how the trip was going to be? The journey started in the evening to Pashupatinagar (499.4 km from Kathmandu) – a small town in Illam District of Nepal. Chilly winter night and shivering atmosphere outside demanded for a warm cup of tea in the morning. We reached Illam and had our breakfast. Then, we hired a vehicle to enter Sikkim (India) and reached in the evening. Then, we went for an evening walk followed by dinner. I was eagerly waiting for the next day to visit Banjhakri Falls and Energy Park. The Banjhakri Falls situated in the middle of the park along with the portraits of a shamanic healer (who worships spirits living in the cave). Around the falls, was an amazing sight to see. It had well laid out trails to wander along with gazebos placed at convenient spots to soothe weary legs while our eyes continued to marvel over the gushing streams and falls. A dragon-adorning splash pool was there in the middle of the park as well. We also visited Do-drul Chorten, the most significant and perhaps the biggest stupa in Sikkim surrounded by Buddhist art and culture. Each day, the tour was getting exciting. After a wonderful stay and experience in Sikkim. We headed towards Darjeeling. Those winding roads, beautiful natural sceneries, the tea gardens, thick fog surrounding the green trees- WOW! That was awesome. A beautiful shiny morning with cool air from between the hills- we all were ready for the sightseeing. We visited Tiger Hill (2,573m from sea level) known for its panoramic view of Mount Everest (8,848 m) and Mount Kanchenjunga (8,586 m) together. Then we visited Rock Garden. Running inside the huge garden, we surely did burn a lot of calories. That toy train ride, the beautiful sightseeing, that evening at KFC and late night gossips with friends was memorable. We visited Mirik, a small town of Darjeeling, where we experienced a jungle safari for about an hour. The following day, we all headed towards Illam where we settled down in a lodge. We went to Kanyam (a tourist destination in Illam) where we experienced horse riding and enjoyed beautiful scenery of the tea garden. The night was entertaining as we did camp fire, danced and sang uncountable songs. The next day we started our journey back home, on the way we spotted Tista River reaching Kakarvitta (the border of Eastern Nepal). On reaching back home, I recalled the memories of those snow covered mountains, beautiful hills, waterfalls, parks and monuments, those beautiful evening with friends, the KFC meal and singing all the way in the bus. I was mesmerized at the beauty of nature. Something so spectacular which I have never witnessed before. This tour was one of the fascinating experience I have ever had as a pupil of Bright Future School.
An escape to nature
31 January 2019 – 01 February 2020: Kathmandu City comprises of concrete buildings, vast population, numerous vehicles and undoubtedly a centralized spot for trade and business. The busy schedule definitely calls for an escape to mother nature. Being thoughtful of it as an important factor in a student’s life, my college organized an overnight hiking to a place named Chisapani. On 31st January, the hiking started around 8 am from a place named Sundarijal (15 km Northeast of Kathmandu) dividing all the students into various groups led by seniors. After walking for an hour, we stopped to Mulkharka for lunch with varieties of food. After some rest, we headed straight upwards to reach the end point of village entering through dense forest of Shivapuri National Park. Walking inside the woods with a touch of cool air, uniquely chirping sounds of birds, beautiful sceneries was an overwhelming moment. The forest walk indulged my heart with a sigh of relief by absence of pollution and unwanted noise of vehicles. Around 5 hours of walk, we reached our destination where we were welcomed with snacks and refresher from the hotel. That evening we played entertaining indoor games, danced and enjoyed and sang Nepali folk songs near the camp fire where we introduced ourselves with our participants. We had a dinner of organic vegetables which was an extra ordinary food experience for us. We went to our rooms and shared about the first day hiking experience with the roommates. On 1st February, we played games like musical chair, paper dance, etc. after breakfast. We were engaged in various recreational activities till lunch. After the final organic lunch, we walked some uneasy paths downhill. On the way back to Sundarijal, we saw a new hydro power project undergoing construction. Finally, we were able to reach Sundarijal after 4 hours of walk. Our college bus picked us to return college. The tiring walk took me into deep sleep early in the night.
This hiking experience for me was purely a refreshment and a close approach with the nature that still exists. This was an opportunity to learn staying in a place away from technologies and embrace the nature, to live out of comfort zone and make a bond among people.
Shambhu Tamang Bachelor in Environmental Science (2nd year)
Due to the lockdown in Nepal these six students cannot complete their education this year. Among them these two, who would have finished in April.
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Alumni Success Story
Prabina Thapa Magar was with Prabina Foundation from 1998 to 2015. She was shy and lean but transformed into a charming and healthy lady. Today she is one of the executive members in Prabina Foundation Nepal and works at the Asian Development Bank in Kathmandu, her dream job. The unbelievable quiet lady tells us what makes her life beautiful and happy. Truly, she is an inspiration to Prabina Family. Interview with Mohan Kumari Shrestha.
Your early years?
I was born in a family with ailing grandfather, alcoholic father, cunning uncle, one brother and a little literate mother. All of us lived in a small house which was in dilapidation condition. My mother supported all of us doing odd jobs. Sometimes, we had only one meal. It was horrible to think back.
What did you miss in your early childhood?
I miss playful childhood like other children in my neighborhood. I could not help but be angry and gloomy myself.
What was the miracle that happened to you to become the person you are today?
The year 1997 was a miracle year that changed my life and my family. In that year, Bernhard and Ruth visited our home and were shocked to see our living situation. My mother humbly pleaded them if they could educate me and my brother. Immediately, they agreed and asked Mohan Kumari Shrestha to arrange quality education for us.
In April 1998, with the permission from Bernhard, Mohan Kumari Shrestha admitted me in a good boarding school where I lived and studied from nursery till grade 10. I completed grade 10 with good grades. I was little disappointed as I was not allowed to participate in sports activities due to my feeble health. I fainted a few times.
In 2011 to 2012, I lived in Prabina House and completed grade 12. I received good care and enjoyed being with girls of my age. I was very thin and was even diagnosed with tuberculosis. I received good treatment and balanced diet which made me healthy to move on further in my life.
In 2013, I moved to my family and completed bachelor’s degree in management with full support from Prabina Foundation. Later, with self-financing, I also completed master’s degree in business studies specializing in finance. It was not easy, yet it boosted my confidence and morale.
I did not know career planning. I had passion to earn money. After completion of my grade 12, Prashant Shrestha arranged me to work in UN-Habitat as an intern for 3 months. This was the start-up of my career which I carried studying further side by side.
I worked part time as an administrative assistant in CORE International for 3 years. Later I worked as a full time office secretary in Air Transport Project Preparatory Consultant in airport. Today, I am working in Asian Development Bank as an operation assistant, my dream, my goal. I got the job on my own competing with all potential candidates. I realized my potentialities with pride. I was more baffled when Mohan Kumari Shrestha congratulated me. I told myself, “now I can fly high”. I am ambitious too.
“To me success is achieving your desired goals” Your best years of life and the worst years? – My best year was 1998, when Bernhard and Ruth became my godparents for my education and wellbeing. – My worst year was in 2015 when the deadly earthquake flattened our home making us homeless. Define yourself in 3 words. Self-esteemed Disciplined Goal oriented What difference in Prabina House have you found during your stay and today? No doubt, Prabina House is a complete house for development of students besides education. Prabina Family made me strong, healthy and a confident individual. When I look today, the students are lucky to have good education, extra activities, good health care, yoga sessions, individual counselling, career counselling with lenient and affectionate coordinator, Prashant Shrestha. Sometimes, I feel they are pampered whereas we were disciplined by Mohan Kumari Shrestha. I believe that discipline is a must to build our successful life. How do you feel being an executive member of Prabina Foundation Nepal? I feel privileged and honored. Your strength? First my mother, a strong woman who guided us towards a proper path. She smiles even in distress. Whenever I meet Mohan Kumari Shrestha, she tells me that I am an amazing asset of Prabina Family. Her appreciation has become my strength to move forward and make her proud again and again. Your future plans? I have to work hard for stable career and give quality life to my parents, especially for my mother. Also, I have to be financially independent to settle myself. Your message to Prabina students? Stay strong, stay focused, never lose hope and work hard to be a successful person. “Talking with her regarding her step by step journey in her career made me proud of her achievement” Mohan Kumari Shrestha Co-Founder of Prabina Foundation
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