The Program

To create sustainable change GFV approaches the project through 4 program areas that are all interconnected

  • Family
  • Early Childhood Development (ECD)
  • Community
  • Education

Bungamati Family House

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BUNGAMATI VILLAGE 

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.



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Family

Creating a Family Environment

"Every child and young person should live in a supportive, protective and caring environment that promotes his/her full potential. Children with inadequate or no parental care are at special risk of being denied such a nurturing environment... In accordance with the predominant opinion of experts, alternative care for young children, especially those under the age of 3 years, should be provided in family-based settings." [1]

GFV, together with its partners, is helping to restructure the care-giving approach for orphaned and abandoned children.

Institutional-style orphanages are transformed into "Houses" that have the capacity to be "home" for individual families.

• Each Family will have up to 8-12 children (siblings), a trained caregiver (mother) and a "grandparent" from the community.

• Each Family will live together in their own set of rooms.

• The Families will interact with and be an integral part the community.

The Bungamati House management team, and the local community are assisted by GFV in creating income-generating activities, necessary for long-term sustainability.

 

Caregiver Training

A Mother is the single most important figure in a child’s life. GFV assures that all Family Mothers are well-trained, either at the beginning of their placement or on-site within the first year. Caregiver Training promotes healthy and happy infant and baby development, leading to a reduction in infant mortality as well as improvements in all aspects of infant and baby development. The program, which emphasizes empowerment of the caregivers, will ultimately enhance the quality of care for infants and children aged 0-6 years.

In 2009, thiry-two caregivers were trained in all aspects of baby and child development and current best practices; recognition of trauma in a child; and the special needs of the traumatized child. There was also esteem-building workshops for the caregivers and improvements to the facilities available for them. By the end of the program, the caregivers were more like "mothers" and are working more confidently and cooperatively in a manner consistent with mothers caring for their own children.

1 United Nations General Assembly, 24 February 2010, Resolution adopted by the General Assembly [on the report of the Third Committee (A/64/434)] 64/142. Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children22.

 

Early Childhood Development (ECD)

Early Childhood Development / Nutrition and Parent Training

Holistic Early Childhood Development is the foundation of a good education, and healthy social development. A strong ECD program is the cornerstone of Global Family Village’s family and education programs. The early years of a child’s life are spent in the creation of a child's first "sense of self" or the building of a first identity. This is a crucial part of children's makeup—how they first see themselves, how they think they should function, how they expect others to function in relation to them.

"A vast body of research has demonstrated that Early Child Development (ECD) programs benefit children, families, and communities. The reduced dropout and repetition rates, improved school achievements, greater adult productivity, and higher levels of social and emotional functioning encouraged by ECD programs make them a highly cost-effective means of strengthening society as a whole by ensuring that its individual members live up to their full potentials." [2]

Preschool – Nursery/ KG (3 1/2 - 6) develops the rudimentary (large motor, reasoning and logic) skills that build a basis for creative thinking and subject matter comprehension and retention.

The ECD program will serve young children from the House along side children with children of the community. Mothers and young children from the "orphanage" and from the community – working, playing and learning together!

2 Benefits of Early Childhood Development, World Bank website http://go.worldbank.org/2AHNORUYE0

 

Community

Community Partnership

GFV believes that the single most important element in creating a sustainable program and systemic social change, is the community.

GFV collaborates closely with the community as primary stakeholder and implementer. GFV only partners with communities where they are invited. GFV is committed to supporting the local community, encouraging inclusion and integration and empowering them to improve their productivity and increase their incomes and ability to provide a community for the orphaned and abandoned children.

GFV assists with expertise and workshops on:

  • Income Generation Activities
  • Green Lo-technology Energy Solutions
  • Best Agricultural Practices

GFV will engage with the community to assess how GFV can best contribute to the local schools to accommodate the incoming children, and help improve their schools.

Education

Local School Improvement Program

GFV is committed to creating and providing a holistic educational foundation that empowers the children’s self-esteem, critical thinking, and works on the issue of educational equity as an avenue towards social inclusion and integration into society. Education (Formal / Non Formal) is the most important component of the GFV program in unifying, equalizing and integrating the community. By learning together the diverse groups slowly gain self-esteem, tolerance, understanding and respect, and the barriers built of ignorance and out-dated beliefs begin to crumble.

GFV believes that all children should have equal access to quality education from early childhood onwards, in their community. Following the successful implementation of the Early Childhood and Family Program GFV will assist the local schools to improve the quality of teaching and learning with Class 1-6 teacher training and materials development for meaningful learning experience. Workshops and training always starts at the lower grades but involves the whole school (student representatives, principal and school committee) and community-at-large with significant commitment and participation at all levels.