Umbrella welcomes such visits! We hope that these visits are a positive signal that the 10 year civil conflict really is over, that peace has returned to Nepal’s villages, and that many families may now be in a position to take their children home. The Umbrella Foundation Newsletter October 2007 Dear Friends of the Umbrella Foundation, October is the month of the major Hindu festival of Dashain. In a celebration of the triumph of good over evil, Hindu’s all over the world (and especially in Nepal) offer sacrifices to the goddess Durga, and pray for a prosperous year ahead. Families wait in a tutorial room to pick up children to go home for Dashain Umbrella used this opportunity to make detailed records about each child’s family’s circumstances and we plan follow up visits to many villages in the coming months. If we find that families are willing, and schools are open, Umbrella looks forward to reuniting many conflict displaced children with their families in the coming year. The Hindu goddess, Durga, defeats the evil We believe that whenever possible, demon restoring harmony to the world children should be with their family. Goats are slaughtered, tikka (red paste on the forehead) is given and received, and when humanly possible every Nepali tries to get back to his/her village or home to be with family at this time of year. Dashain visits for 100 Umbrella children More than 100 Umbrella children received visits from their parents or relatives over Dashain, and travelled with their families to their villages to celebrate the festival. Umbrella children meeting their relatives in (Compare this with last year, when only 36 Sagarmatha playground children had Dashain visits). Visit from an African Storyteller Celebrating Dashain There was great excitement on Sagarmatha playground, early on Saturday morning as Of course the majority of children living the children prepared for the arrival of under our wonderful Umbrella do not have Won-Ldy Paye, a storyteller from Liberia, families to return to and so we wanted to here in Nepal visiting Lincoln School, who make sure they too had a special Dashain! kindly offered to come to our orphanages and spend the morning with the children. Viva Bell gives tikka to hundreds, helped by visiting Lincoln School teachers Umbrella children also performed to entertain our African guest. Dashain Party On Friday 19 October, all Umbrella The children squealed in delight when children gathered on Sagarmatha Won-Ldy Paye acted out the story of Head, playground for a Dashain party intended to Body, Legs, and they hooted in a mixture of give every child tikka (a red paste of shock and glee when in full traditional vermillion powder, rice and water) and to costume Won-Ldy Paye performed the bid farewell to the many children leaving Crane Dance. that day for their villages. Our wonderful volunteers helped the children decorate the yard and organized games to keep the children busy and happy. Lincoln School teachers, Viva Bell, Susan Burns, Peggy Keough, Cindee Robertson and Won-Ldy Paye, a visiting story-teller from Carolyn Callaghan Liberia, performs the Crane Dance Drums and maracas were handed out and Not the best zoo in the world, Kathmandu the children, led by Won-Ldy Paye and Central Zoo is also not the worst. Some some visiting teachers from Lincoln animals do live in quite cramped quarters School, tried some African rhythms and but the zoo is well maintained, and has a dancing. A wonderful morning was had by surprising offering of large and small all. animals from Nepal’s amazingly diverse Huge thanks to Won-Ldy Paye for his visit, animal kingdom. The children love the zoo the children enjoyed it so much and it is so and many found the courage to enjoy important to expand and enrich their lives elephant rides and boat rides. Huge thanks with such experiences. to our energetic volunteers who make these The Umbrella children are taking part in a special treats possible. world-wide art project based on Won-Ldy Paye’s popular children’s book, Head, Body, Legs. We will share the finished products with you when this project culminates in May 2008. How lucky our children felt to see the tiger at the zoo One good turn deserves another Early in October when Jacky Buk, our African rhythms with Won-Ldy Paye in country director, met Steven and Connor, Sagarmatha House, Swoyambhu, Kathamndu two young Irish men volunteering at a destitute orphanage in Kathmandu, Jacky was happy to offer them the use of our Zoo visits wonderful Medical Clinic in Annapurna Over Dashain break, many of our House, so that the 10 children living in the volunteers took the opportunity to bring the house where Stephen and Connor are children on visits to Kathmandu Zoo. volunteering could have full physical medical checkups. The boys of Machapuchare House enjoying a day out at Kathmandu Central Zoo Weighing in for medical examinations at Annapurna Medical Clinic Dr. Suman immediately volunteered to Thanks to Rina Bissou, a volunteer from conduct the check-ups and the children Israel, many of our children are were brought to Annapurna House for the participating in daily yoga sessions. The afternoon to play on the playground while children learn so quickly and are really they had their tests done one by one. enjoying it. We are happy that the children We are happy to report that all the children are getting the chance to try so many are in good general health. different activities. Shortly after their visit, Connor and Steven surprised Umbrella with a generous Volunteer News Update donation to our general running expenses We are often asked by potential volunteers for which we are very grateful. just exactly what Umbrella volunteers do when they are with us here in Nepal. This month we asked the volunteers to put together a glimpse into their daily lives at Umbrella. Jason Ahmadi, from the USA, is continuing the English courses that were started in September by Kelly Flynn. In his classes, he helps staff and tutors with grammar, vocabulary, and written composition, as well as conducting a variety of discussion sessions. All house managers and tutors are benefiting greatly Steven and Connor from Dublin, Ireland, from it, and are really enjoying it. pictured with their children at the Dashain party Yoga at Umbrella I could hardly believe my eyes when I entered Machapuchare House last weekend and saw about a dozen Umbrella children lying in all sorts of strange and contorted positions on the dining room floor. Jason Ahmadi at Ama Dablam House holding a discussion group with some of our tutors Eric Haynie (USA) and Josh Shrager (USA) are busy preparing a concept note and proposal for our Gurje Village Project. Umbrella is optimistic that with such a team of writers to pursue grants, we will Umbrella children now enjoy yoga in the dining find funding for our projects from a broad room of Machapuchare House spectrum of potential donors both public and private. Volunteers enjoy the sunshine in the front garden of Ama Dablam House Delia, Eric, Freema Davis and Josh meet to discuss the Gurge Village Project at Umbrella’s office in Swoyambhu Maria Budner, from California, joined us for one week of October. A friend of Lieke Coppens from the Netherlands is Umbrella’s, she spent the week with the still with us. This month, she has been busy children of Annapurna House. planning outings and activities for the Jody Goldberg, also from California, children for their Dashain holiday. She and came back to Umbrella in October. She has the rest of the volunteers planned movie been spending time in Ama Dablam House, nights, zoo trips, game days, and art and helped plan the numerous activities projects for the children. during the Dashain festival. Ariel Morgan, from the U.S., is visiting Nepal with her family. She is spending 1-2 weeks with us. She has been visiting Ama Dablam and Annapurna Houses and plans many fun activities with the children. Volunteers who left in October This month, we said goodbye to Rachel from Israel. Rachel spent one month here, working with tutors and house managers in a psychology course on child development. Staff loved the course and we hope it will have a lasting effect on the way they Art activities organized by Lieke Coppens from the Netherlands interact with the children. Huge thanks to Rachel for this. Meet the New Volunteers Rina Bissou, from Israel, will be staying with us for 1-2 months. She has started the yoga course for the staff and kids, and is very enthusiastic about it. She is volunteering in Ama Dablam House. Delia Ryan, an English teacher from the U.S., will stay with us for several months. She is volunteering in Annapurna house, and plans to help out with editing and writing the project proposals. Goodbye to Rachel The Umbrella Foundation is proud that we I see it (the village) as rife with opportunity have so many volunteers coming from all for the vision that most of us seem to share over the world to serve the needs of the for Umbrella’s future. Jyoti and Jivan, two children in our care. of the staff there, showed us the beginnings If you are considering coming out to Nepal of a model agricultural complex. In it, they to volunteer, go to www.umbrellanepal.org are working with a pilot farm that will visit our volunteer page, and sign up to assuredly be a successful model for the serve the children of Nepal today! future agricultural aspect that the Gurje Volunteers currently at Umbrella: Lieke Village Project entail. (The Netherlands) Eric (USA) Jason (USA) Delia (USA) Rina (USA) Ariel (USA) Gurje Trip by Eric Haynie Rachel, Jason, Lieke, Steven, Jacky, myself, and some of the Gurje staff spent a day in Gurje this month. Umbrella volunteers in the fields in Gurje Using a method of farming in which crops are covered with a tarp, and thus retaining moisture, something like 10-20 percent more crop is yielded. Just as encouraging is the excitement and willingness to engage Umbrella volunteers enjoy being above the with which the local community is clouds in Nuwakot responding to our project. As a community with fairly little in terms of infrastructure Having spent quite a bit of time sifting and economic opportunity, I think that through and writing documents for the many local people will see a boost in Gurje Village Project, it was nice to put a livelihood and stability as this project ‘face’ to its name. progresses. The land allocated for the school, at the top of the hill, perfectly suits Umbrella’s plans for it. It is large, flat, and has a clear view of everything around it. There is plentiful space for future projects and offices. After a visit to Gurje, it is easy to see why Umbrella want to work out there. Far enough from the problems of the city, but near enough for convenience, Gurge will be a great environment for the children to Breathtaking views and clear skies in Gurje grow up. Village in Nuwakot, just 20kms from bustling Kathmandu If you would like to sponsor a child or have any questions about our projects, please do email us. 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