Project status: Active The learning center is the first step of our fight against poverty. We are constructing two buildings: 1) a learning center, 2) a volunteer quarter. General principle The learning center will have 3 classrooms. During the day, it will serve as an educational space to improve children’s academic level. The problem […]
Project status: Planning Literacy is our second step of our fight against poverty. Our teaching methodology will take on a hybrid of practical and theoretical education. We will also leverage the internationalism of our volunteers to share stories and experiences with our students from a world beyond Bangthali. The goal is to ensure students […]
Project status: Research Innovation is our third step of our fight against poverty. Background Bangthali has inherited its knowledge of agriculture and land cultivation through generations of storytelling. Yield has not increased significantly as the bottleneck is human capital. Income has not increased either despite the growing demand and prices of goods from the […]
Project status: Research Inclusion is our fourth step of our fight against poverty. Background It’s common in developing countries that women are overworked with manual labour ranging from farming to childcare. They are limited for time and therefore, do not have the capacity to rethink how to make their work more sustainable, productive and […]
We have reached a milestone in our learning center construction. Today, we started bagging the last layer! This means that we filled over 13 layers of bags, compressed them all to < 6 inches, side-tempered them to form, AND stabilized them with barbwire! We’re excited to start working on the bond beam and roofing soon. The rain here won’t stop us!
We have a fantastic update today.. after months of hard work, we finally installed the windows. This happens after the builders compress the 6th layer of earth bag. After the windows installation, earth bagging will be a lot easier due to the smaller bags. That being said, the walls are getting high though!
Our carpenter, Ganesh, built us these beautiful sliding windows. We are overjoyed to report this new milestone.
Congratulations to the team:
Our volunteers, Andrea and Kristy, had a unique chance to experience a Nepalese wedding.
Nepalese weddings are large. There’s usually more than 300 people. Throughout the days leading up to the wedding, the entire village gathered together to make preparations. Sweets were created, potatoes were chopped – all the children and animals knew a feast was to come.
On the day of the wedding, our bride was anxious. She wore gorgeous red and gold and sat patiently, waiting for the groom to arrive. The janti kicked off the celebrations. The groom arrived at the bride’s house with all sorts of instruments and songs. It was a loud and cheerful way to start the festivities.
There was a lot of singing, dancing and traditional ceremonies.
We wish the bride and groom many happy days ahead!
If you’re interested in learning more about Nepalese wedding traditions, this link will guide you through all the intricate details!
Project status: Planning
Literacy is our second step of our fight against poverty. Our teaching methodology will take on a hybrid of practical and theoretical education. We will also leverage the internationalism of our volunteers to share stories and experiences with our students from a world beyond Bangthali. The goal is to ensure students are learning relevant and useful materials, and are inspired to drive their own future.
We will be teaching children a combination of fundamental theory and life skills. Similar to the Waldorf education system, our goal is to develop “free, morally responsible, and integrated individuals equipped with a high degree of social competence”.
Early childhood: children will learn life skills through play, creation and experiments. The focus of these years is to develop the child’s desire and ability to dream, then show them that things are achievable. The classes are focused on using our hands.
Sample lesson: making and performing music using recycled materials
Elementary: children will continue their development mainly through storytelling and discussions. A more structural education (i.e. ‘basic’ academic classes in language, math, history) is also introduced.
Sample lesson: tell us a time you decided to share
Secondary: students are driving their own learning with teachers who are specialists. More ‘abstract’ academic subjects are introduced (i.e. ethics and philosophy, business) based on interest. Lessons will be relevant to life in the village but based on topics that will require critical thinking, judgement and ethics.
Sample lesson: ideas to make a farm more efficient all year round