Photos left & right: Søren Viit Nielsen http://bluedandelion.net/viit/kathmandu_bungamati.htm
The village of Bungamati, Lalitpur, Nepal is the site of GFV’s first family/community model. After visiting numerous villages Bungamati was chosen because it met and exceeded all our criteria. The community welcoming and open to participating in a community-based project, it was in a village setting yet easily accessible (about a 30-minute ride south from central Kathmandu); it already had established many of its own community cooperatives (including a school and center for the elderly); and the Bungamati Creative Society requested a partnership to transform their hostel into a more family family-centric environment.
Bungamati is a traditional Newari village, dating from the 16th century – where not much has changed over the last couple of centuries. Although the majority of the community are farmers, it is mostly well-known for havingsome of the finest wood-carvers of Nepal! It is also famous as the winter home of the Red Machhendra god of Patan who resides every winter in a powerful, Shikhara-style temple.
BUNGAMATI FAMILY / COMMUNITY HOUSE
GFV, together with its partners, is helping to restructure the care-giving approach for orphaned Global Family Village-Nepal (GFV-N), together with its partners, the Cooperative Society of Bungamati (CSB), is helping to restructure the care-giving approach for orphaned and abandoned children at the Bungamati House in Bungamati.
GFV is helping the CSB community with consultation to implement and sustain the Family/Community model, and with funding to do so, for 5 to 7 years.
The Bungamati House was rented by GFV, for an office and the beginning of the program. Currently the Early Childhood and Family are situated there. It is anticipated that the community will be assuming this responsibility as it grows in capacity.
The House has 18 rooms on 1.5 ropanis (almost a quarter of an acre) of land, with sufficient areas in the back and side for play areas and a kitchen garden.
The house has the capacity to be ”home” for 3 families, each consisting of up to a maximum of 8-12 children (siblings), a trained caregiver (mother) and a "grandparent" visitor from the community. Each Family will live together in their own set of rooms. Very importantly, the Families will interact with and be an integral part the community.
Follow the progress at "Project Update" (from front page)