Will you join hands together to knock remote parts of Kalikot with educational campaign?
According to central bureau of statistics 2008, Kalikot district of Karnali zone has children literacy rate 57.27%, life expectancy 42 years, overall literacy rate 38.47% and 57% of people live under extreme poverty. Kalikot is 73rd least developed district out of 75 districts of Nepal and the only district of Karnali Zone with no single airfield. I do not expect significant improvement since 2008, as these are the places which have been cheated since years leaving people to live with no transport, no education, no electricity, no health facilities, no job opportunities and no option to live life surrounding with miseries. The country has seen so many changes so far, but these areas are still untouched. It is so painful to see children crossing bridges with the help of ropes, which reminds the life of eighteenth century.
Children of Kalikot crossing river with the help of rope
As an aware citizen of the country, we know, dirty politics, negligence of government and cunning leaders have been playing key role to bring the whole country in a stalemate condition. However, people of these area believe it is their destiny and they can't change it. It is all because of the lack of education and lack of education itself is because of ongoing cunning leadership. Probably, keeping these places help leaders to stick in power. Hence, the breaking point could be to knock the people with education.
Naturally, education can't come before food, so if schools provide free meal to kids with some attractions of TV, Computers or some sort of entertainment, people will be motivated to send their kids to school and kids themselves will love to go school. This has been proved by an innovative school, Modern Model Residential School(MMRS), established in 2008 with initiation of Prakash Bista, a very talented local boy of Lalu VDC, Kalikot. Interestingly, this is the place where Yogi Naraharinath was born.
Teriya Magar now in finalist; our hardwork and struggle has paid off, recalls Anita Chhetri Magar, mother of Teriya
Teriya in Magar language means "obedient" and her grand father picked up this beautiful name for his adoreable grand daughter. Teriya started to dance when she was two and a half years' old, says Anita Chhetri Magar, mother of 11 years old, Teriya Phauja Magar, one of the four finalists of DID Li'l cham season 3. It is hard to believe, but it is true whenever any song tuned in radio/TV, Teria started to shake her body spontaneously, says Anita. When she grew up in her village, Haraiya, Rudrapur VDC-6, Rupandehi district, she didn't have any opportunities to showcase her talency except few occasional stage programs and deusi-bhailo, which comes once a year to celebrate one of the biggest festival of Tihar. Anita further says, it was hard to receive warm welcome from any house owners for any deusi/bhailo group in the village without Teriya. Besides her outstanding dancing skill, she is brilliant in her studies too. During my conversation with Anita, she unfolds the interesting story of dancing talent of Teriya's father and herself, which brought them together and married. It sounds like Teriya inherited the talency from her parents too.
Recent performance of Teriya-
When Teriya was five years old, one of her relatives reminded Anita to take Teriya for audition of Khoji Pratibhako ("Talent Hunt") program of Nepal television. They missed the district level audition and went Kathmandu. Teriya succeeded and Anita realised her daughter needs some dance classes to sharp her dancing style and to learn techniques, which may take her next level in future. As a preparation of next round of the program, she came back to her hometown and admitted Teriya in Bageshwori Nrityashala, Butwal. Anita recalls those struggling learning period of Teriya were not that easy. Vijay Phauja Magar, father of Teriya used to bring her daughter to dancing centre from their village to Butwal. he didn't stop even in cold morning of winter season to bring their daughter in dancing centre.
Give Education a Chance in Remote Villages in Kalikot, Nepal(a campaign to raise fund for three free schools)
Kalikot is one of the least developed district of Nepal. In fact it is 73rd least developed district out of 75 districts. Geographically remote district and hardly any presence of government can be realised. Government schools are so ineffective that 40% of enrolled students go to school on daily basis and teachers hardly go school on regular basis. Nearly 57% people are living under extreme poverty and average expectancy of life is less than 45 years.
In 2010, Modern Model Residential School(MMRS) was establish in a village of Thantikot, Lalu VDC-9 to provide innovative education with special focus for extremely poor people, girls and most disadvantaged people of community. It was started with an initiation of a local boy, Prakash Bista with 8 students in an abandoned hut. Within 4 years, students number has raised to nearly 200. With the establishment of this school, people saw solar power, computers, TV and printers and they could realise the development of technology. It brought huge impact in people's life, however school faced financial crisis. Because the school is non-profit making and hence to get any assistance from government is not possible.
To see the huge impact of this MMR school, we have launched an online campaign to raise the funds for this school and to build two other schools at the distance of 3-4 hours of each other. We believe these three free schools will benefit nearly 1000 students and those students in future will further bring at least some change. Eventually, this change will be additive and future of these area will be bright. To motivate people to send their kids to school, schools will provide one time free meal , free dresses and free books. To make school sustainable, schools will have goat farming, a convenient store and printers which will earn for schools. Students will have e-library and internet too to support their study.
The campaign has a goal to raise fund of US $37,000. Initial target of the fund raise was US $47,000. Since Prakash Bista, founder/director of MMR school won Orange County Enterpreneurship Award worth of US $10,000 cash prize, target reduced to $37,000. Hence, the target has reduced to $37,000. Total money will be invested to improve the financial condition of MMR school and for infrastructure of two new schools.
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Nepal set Guinness world record hugging trees by maximum number of people on World Environment Day
Kathmandu, Nepal: While celebrating World Environment Day on 5th of June, more than 2,000 people gathered in Kathmandu and hugged more than 2,000 trees simultaneously. This set a world record of the biggest tree hug. Nepal beat the earlier record of 936 people in Portland, Oregon, last July.
People from different field including members of parliament, students in uniform, office workers and even Buddhist monks joined the grand event and attempted to spread the message of importance of trees. The participants clarified the purpose of huge gathering being the attempt to save the forests and bring awareness among people about importance of green forest.
To recognize the record on Guiness book, the organizers of the event will send photos, video and signed statement from the member of the parliament, who attended the event.
The participants held the trees for 2 minutes and volunteers beat the drums at the National Martyrs and Peace Park, located on northeast of Kathmandu.