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A volunteer with some of the children

Volunteers

We have five full-time teachers at the school, but need volunteers willing to help. There are now six classes ranging from our reception/nursery class to Year 5.

If you think you can help out in any of these areas we would love to hear from you. Please contact nell@gorkhalearning.org for more information.

 

 

 Our Clinic
We are running a monthly clinic at Shree Krishna School. This is a preventative clinic where children get weighed and measured and are given simple medicines as required. This clinic is sponsored by Pam Nolan. We would like to say a big thank you to Pam. You can read more about the voluntary work on our volunteers page.

Here you can see Pam helping a child with a particularly painful ear infection.
 
 Reg Gray
Name: Reg Gray
Currently: Local government officer

I travelled to the school and helped to paint, lay flooring and repair the window shutters at the clinic. In all I found the trip a rewarding experience and enjoyed working with and meeting the people of Nepal.I enjoyed learning about their culture and religions and trying their food. I hope to visit again in a few years time.
 
 Caroline Gray
After going twice before I couldn't wait to visit the schools in gorkha again . This time myself and Libby visited various different nurserys to check that the resources were being used properly and also to renew some resources in the nurseries. I once again had a really great time working with the wonderful students and teachers in the schools.
 
 Libby Livermore
After visiting Shree Krishna Primary School in 2009, I couldn't wait to go again! I visited with Nell, Den, Caroline and Lisa, and as before, had an absolutely amazing experience.

Caroline and I visited different nurseries in the nearby area to check how the teachers were using the resources, to give them new resources when required and to continue the work of previous volunteers who worked in the nurseries.

Whilst we were there, we also got to attend a school picnic with the students at Shree Krishna, which was fantastic! The students had a great time playing games, and a wonderful day was had by all.

I'm really glad that I had the opportunity to visit Gorkha again, and I would seriously urge anyone who was considering it to go... You will love it!
 
 Lisa Glandfield,
Lisa Glandfield

Currently: Assistant Headteacher and Early Years Teacher at Arthur Bugler Infant School in Essex

During the summer of 2010, I visited Nepal on my own. As soon as I arrived I realised that I was no longer on my own Nell and Den who run the charity and fellow volunteers Libby and Caroline all welcomed me and were great! While I was in Nepal I got the chance to spend some time at Shree Krishna Primary, which the charity has worked so hard to build, support and maintain. I also worked in a neighbouring village called Biren Chock, in their school called Ratna Ranja. Here I worked in the Nursery Class, auditing resources that had been taken previously, taking in new resources and training the new teacher and children on how to use the resources. The whole trip was a great experience, which I would recommend without a doubt!
 
 Tree Dressing
Hands Around Ladies Morris danced at the annual tree dressing held in Langdon Park by the rangers. They collected a grand total of 49.54 on the day - thank you to everyone who attended for their generosity!
 
 Pat Roberts' Birthday Collection!
Pat Roberts had a charity collection for her birthday, and raised 289! A big thanks to Pat for having the collection!
 
 Donation from the Clifford Chance Foundation
We're thrilled to announce that the Clifford Chance Foundation have donated 1,490 to us!

We will be using this kind donation to fund a teacher for an entire year!
 
 The gift of lessons
We're extremely thankful to John and Jan New for giving the children the gift of education, having paid for a teacher for a week to celebrate their birthdays - thank you!
 
 Jacob's Creek
Jacob's Creek barn dance band played at The Gateway Academy in Tilbury and donated their fee of 250 for a teacher! Thanks everyone!
 
 Amy & Sam,
We both had a fantastic time in Nepal, especially working with, and getting to know, the children and teachers of Shree Krishna Primary School. It was so much fun being able to inspire the children with our mask making project (with some interesting results!) and help them to learn and perform Spike Milligan's famous poem 'On The Ning Nang Nong' (which was hilarious!). It was a brilliant and fulfilling experience, and one that I would recommend to anyone.
 
 Anne Caron-Delion
After fundraising for new digital cameras and a laptop, Anne facilitated a photography and computer project with Class 5. The pupils were introduced to holding the cameras, using the focus and zoom, choosing different angles and positioning subjects for emphasis. They were asked to think of a range of things and places and to photograph, so the images they took reflect local life from their own view.

With the permission of the head teacher, volunteers worked for one week at a time with their groups during periods devoted to art and literacy. Armed with cameras, we took the children into town, across the hillside, to local villages and occasionally into their homes. The children enthusiastically practiced their English, using photography as a focal point. This literacy work was formalized when the children went on to produce individual Powerpoint presentations, writing titles and captions for the pictures they selected.

Aged between 8 and 13, Anusha, Finshu, Sarita, Rupa, Sajana, Anisha, Swastika, Bimala, Sarita, Sanjay, Ranjit and Saroj, who I had the enormous pleasure of working with, took to the cameras, uploading their pictures and navigating their way around the laptop with unbeatable enthusiasm and appreciation. They helped each other along the way and adopted new skills with such speed that it was easy to forget that we had only been teaching them one week - in their second language!

With the new digital cameras, I hope future volunteers (myself included) will assist in more photo-based projects. Photography has the potential to be used in so many ways to nurture the communication abilities and technical understanding of the children of Shree Krishna Primary School. And it could be employed to foster further links with school children in England, some of whom are already pen-pals with Class 5.

The children gave me so much during my stay in their country. They introduced me to Nepali dancing and some of the religious sites of Gorkha, they taught me about their culture including their songs, names of plants, animals and places, and they kept me smiling every single day. Thank you to Shawna Arnesen, Amey and Sam for sharing this rich experience, and to Nell and Den for making it possible. Sarita Aryal and the staff at Shree Krishna in Pokharatok made me feel so welcome, I am very grateful to them - Namaste!
 
 Tree Dressing 2012
Hands Around Ladies Morris danced at the annual tree dressing held in Langdon Park by the rangers. They collected a grand total of 50 on the day which will cover the wages of our teacher Som for nearly 2 weeks!
 
 Bill Fayers, Nepal report
Here's an excerpt from an e-mail from Bill, from Nepal!

''Today is our first day back at school. We have just had another festival, they love their festivals here. The great thing is that as I live with a Nepalese family I get to be involved in everything that goes on ! I suppose the only 'iffy' moment for me was during Dasain (15 day festival) when I went with the family to visit their relatives and, as is the custom, two goats literally lost their heads !! My first thought was that it seemed unnecessary to be sacrificing animals in this day and age (Western thinking) but then when I thought about it I realised that the goats were rather lucky to be in Nepal!

The Hindu religion forbids suffering of animals and so the beheading must be done in one swipe, do animals in Europe get it so easy? And, yes, the meat is eaten during the festival (but not by me).

You will see from the pics that 'my' village, Gorkha, is situated high up the side of a big hill, the valley is full of cloud every morning and from the house we look down on it. It lifts during the day and then the mountains in the pics are lost in cloud and the valley becomes clear.''

Bill is staying in Nepal for over 6 months! So we are hoping to receive some more e-mails from him about his experiences soon.
 
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