This posting is a gathering of the latest happenings in the lives of my friends in Nepal that don’t always make mainstream media.
First up is the leadership role that Rato Bangala School (RBS) has been taking in the training of teachers on how to handle traumatized kids returning to school. Not surprising RBS is taking on this role, it’s founder is SIRC’s co-founder Shanta Dixit.
Nawa Marga is a package of lesson plans that help schools ease students back into regular activities and help them to cope with the inevitable trauma resulting from the earthquake. For more information on the program, check our Karkana Asia’s website.
A team from Disaster Psychiatry Outreach (DPO), USA, conducted a session for Rato Bangala teachers last Sunday, in preparation for the return of kids to school on May 30,2015. DPO members Dr Jeffrey Taxman, Dr Namita Rajouria Malla and Dr Ram Mahato are shown.
Sticking with the school kids, Kutumba (one of my favorite Nepali bands) gave a concert at the GEMS School in Kathmandu to give the kids a good time, and to generate funds and donations for schools across Nepal who need the basics: pencils, paper, copybooks, study books etc.
And more kids having fun at the Art Aid Nepal’s program at the Children’s Art Museum in Kathmandu. Art is good for the soul!
I picked this photo up from the Spine Nepal facebook page – many folks who have ever lived between Bhaktapur and Banepa will recognize this statue of Lord Shiva, perched on the hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley, before heading down the hill to SIRC and Banepa.
Nepal’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation last week unveiled a list of goodwill ambassadors which includes Shailee Basnet – one of the Seven Summits Women’s Team. I had the pleasure of meeting Shailee at one of the SIRC fundraisers I along with Nikita, Binay and Rozina organized last year to raise funds for Ram’s Wheelchair Yaatra. Shailee has been appointed as one of the goodwill ambassadors to promote tourism in Nepal. No better woman.
You can read more about it in this Nepali Times article.
If you can spare 45mins, listen to SIRC’s co-founder – Kanak Mani Dixit – speak at St Mark’s Church in Regent’s Park, London on May 22, 2015 about the earthquake and its repercussions for Nepal. Link to video. Besides being co-founder of SIRC, he is editor of Himal magazine in Nepal and a social activist. He always has interesting things to say and stretches my mind.
And finally a few photos from Rashil who lives in Banepa. I met him also through Ram’s Wheelchair Yaatra – he was Ram’s sarangi instructor and it turns out, is an ex-member of the band Kutumba! It’s a small world.