May 2021 - Report for the year
We are weathering the Covid-19 storm.
Once again, the year has been dominated by Covid-19, and in Nepal that has been a quite different situation to what we have experienced in Australia. In different countries around the world the effects of the pandemic have created various challenges and responses that clearly show how some peoples are better equipped to help others in need.
Thanks to the support of friends around the world IGWR-Nepal has continued to support some 60+ children, keeping them safe and providing home schooling for those living in IGWR houses, and supporting the families of those living at home when parents have lost jobs or medicines are needed.
That has obviously been quite a challenge, just look at the news images from India and appreciate that Nepal has many similarities.
There is always something to celebrate.
* Great to see smiling faces as the new year is celebrated in ‘house one’. And, yes, they have a different calendar in Nepal!
* Home schooling has been good for the kids as can been seen from this extract from Raja’s monthly report:
“Yesterday we have received result of Kapil and Kismat. This was pre board exam of their grade 4 and 5. As per the result both are doing well. Kapil has got 3.42 out of 4 and Kismat has got 2.25 out of 4 where in 2nd term result Kapil got only got 2.50 and Kismat got 1.45. Their final exam is scheduled from last week of May month. Our Tutor and some older kids from IGWR 2 and 3 are helping younger kids in their final term preparations.”
* And for those of us who sponsor and support the kids we too can celebrate making a difference.
The picture on the left is from a remote part of Nepal, what one of our ‘graduates’ calls “heaven”; Yubraj is now there working in a bank thanks to the support he has received from IGWR.
Your support is not just changing lives, it is giving life to those who would not have such opportunities without our help.
* Perhaps this an example of how we might establish a ‘new normal’ after Covid-19; sharing what we have so that others might also enjoy life as we do.
A brief look at the numbers behind IGWR-Nepal.
Our food bill for the children is $24,000; that sounds a lot! But it is only $923 per child for the year or $17.75 per child each week.
RENT & UTILITIES $19,600
The IGWR Cupboard
ready for lockdown
250 Kg of rice.
60 kg of lentils.
10 kg of salt.
25 kg of beaten rice
30 kg of Soybean balls
40 litre of cooking Oil
350 Biscuits packets
10 litres of Sanitizer
6 bottles of cooking Gas
For the year ahead we have a working budget of: $171,000
Giving is the act that gives life.
The chart shows where our income came from for the last financial year; and in doing the sums, we can see that we received $108,506.
With a budget for the year ahead of $171,000 that means we’ve a lot to do in order to close this gap.
Currently our regular committed sponsors/donors give us secure funds of $50,506. This means we need to find some more regular sponsors to enable us to become financially sustainable, and that must be the focus of the year ahead.
Covid-19 has provided some lessons for us all, we are discovering that we actually are all in the same boat.
And we cannot fully enjoy our wealth and health until both of these basic conditions are a reality for all. We are imprisoned by the pandemic and our way out is to bring healing to everyone.
The words of St Francis echo today as they did in the 13th century; “it is in giving that we receive”, and that applies to vaccinations and to giving a child an opportunity for education, for both will create a better tomorrow for us all.
Domain's quarterly House Price report showed that for the 2020 December quarter, Australia's national average price for a house was $852,940.
And, a thousand words...
Maybe we are all in the same boat!
April 2021 - News in Brief
The Situation in Nepal
The infection rate has fallen steadily, from an average of 3,000 daily cases in October to about 300 in January. Last week, Nepal recorded its first day since August without a Covid-related death.
Amid the pandemic, the ruling Communist party has been preoccupied with infighting. Despite a large majority, the prime minister, KP Sharma Oli, dissolved parliament in December and called for early elections in an apparent bid to renege on a power-sharing agreement with a rival – a move his opponents claim is unconstitutional.
But even as the health risks appear to recede, the economic fallout from the virus has been dire. Levels of unemployment and personal debt have soared, particularly for those working in tourism ‘and the informal sector. [Guardian 11th February 2021]
We are still busy, and making plans......
We are planning our 2021-22 budget without any provision for developing rural school infrastructure projects, and we still have the School+Plus program on hold. This is a reflection of the reality both globally and in Nepal.
It is unlikely that we will be able to send teams to Nepal untill much later this year at the earliest.
However, we continue to provide three homes for children/students and are supporting sixty kids in full-time education.
During the pandemic we’ve all realised how dependant we are (globally) on each other; and we’ve also learnt to ‘work remotely’; so maybe as we break through the pandemic, we will actually be better equipped to make an even bigger difference; and when a new ‘normal’ emerges many more will want to reach out and help those less fortunate than we are.
What can you do to help?
Raja and the team in Nepal have achieved so much, and have kept the children safe and home-schooled during the most challenging times of 2020. As we move beyond Covid into a new-normal we anticipate that even more will be achieved.
We’re planning new vocational training programs for children graduating from high school and once it is safe we will again look at supporting rural schools that require assistance.
Each year when we budget our commitments we know we need more regular sponsors, and this will be our focus for the next few months, so please, tell your friends and maybe hold a small party to show your friends that fundraising can be FUN!
And, follow us via our web-site or social media pages so that you can see the very real difference YOU are making in the lives of others.
Thank you for all you do in sharing the work of IGWR-Nepal.
Your generosity gives kids in Nepal a chance,
a possibility have some of the blessings we have.
And that in turn enables them to be part of a new and hopeful tomorrow,
a tomorrow that will be better for us all.
We're still in lockdown, but also still smiling.
Check out our brief newsletter below.
We prepare this brief report for the GlobalGiving contributors that support our GlobalGiving project for the School+Plus program.
This issue is very much a brief sharing of images that show that we are making a difference and that's reflected in some happy faces...
School+Plus and Home Schooling
A brief update on schooling during lockdown October 2020
Brief AGM Report
a catch-up on News August 2020
We provide this brief report on the year to one of our sponsors and share it here as it provides a quick read and catch-up on what's been happening.
June 2020 Newsletter
We’re living in strange times.... isolated and yet somehow more aware of others; at times it feels like we’ve paused ‘normal’, and that’s given us a chance to think, or rethink!
In Kathmandu our 60+ kids are living with the same uncertainties that we are, without the safety-net of a welfare system, and with fragile health and support services.
And yet it is not all downside, the air in Kathmandu has improved so much that the mountains are now visible from the city on many occasions.
And perhaps that’s a great metaphor for us to reflect on; during this pause we have an opportunity to see beyond our everyday ‘norm’; we have a chance to reconnect with things somewhat distant, and we are again drawn to the beauty that is always there if only we can see it.
We hope this newsletter gives you some added inspiration as we look together toward a new tomorrow, a better future for all.
March 2020 Newsletter
Coronavirus is already having an impact on the operations of IGWR and our friends....
We’ve had to cancel events & visits planned for March-May:
x Our “Night in Nepal” fundraising party has been cancelled.
x SUMMIT’s “Pure Youth Adventure” tour of Nepal cancelled.
x KB’s Visit to Nepal postponed till further notice.
x Lia, Peter & Leanne’s visit postponed till next year.
x Peter H’s bi-annual visit cancelled.
And Raja has the additional daunting task of caring for our 60+ children/students, which includes making provision for extra cleaning, personal hygiene, health monitoring and social interactions; and ensuring that we have food & necessary supplies as shortages take hold and many business close.
We have to prepare for possible cases of infection and associated requirements for isolation and that will mean taking kids from the IGWR house and placing them in other more isolated premises, with associated care/nursing.
The School+Plus program will be maintained as an in-house program during the current situation to avoid having groups in close quarters; and wherever possible IGWR-Nepal will assist those who need additional support during the coming months.
There are some real challenges that we will have to face.
*Food prices are going up as the selfish panic-buyers take more than they need, and leave others going without.
*Some of our kid’s families will be out of work, and they have no financial reserves, they will need support to keep going.
*The Australian dollar plunged to an 18-year low of 55 US cents as the global economic outlook
*In Australia our focus must be on raising funds to support the IGWR operations and that will require all of us to do that bit more and look for new ways to raise awareness and funds for our work in Nepal.
Remember the “LittleXLittle” Campaign from
9pm Monday March 23rd to 11.59am Saturday March 28th
PERTH WA time
With the coronavirus outbreak hitting almost every sector in Nepal, it can lead to cut down of 5,210 to 15,880 jobs in the country, depending on how the epidemic develops.
Himalayan Times 7th March
Even though there are no overt signs of a health crisis, Nepal’s economy has already been hit hard and the impact is expected to worsen in the coming months as tourism collapses and air travel is further curtailed.
The Asian Development Bank’s ‘COVID-19 Economic Impact Assessment Template’ released this week lays out the best- and worst-case scenarios for countries in the region. For Nepal, the bank predicts a loss of up to $322 million.
Nepalli Times March 12th
Our full newsletter also has some more interesting and inspiring stories;
***Read Sallu's story and how she's achieved a full
report with A+ for every subject
***Check out Raja's visit to Kasmir
***Reflect on the silver lining associated with Corvid-19
***And discover FOUR things we can do together to
make a difference in these troubled times
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School+Plus program October Update