The Chelsea Education and Community Center (CECC) supports and extends the mission of Nepal Orphans Home (NOH) by providing hands-on vocational training, academic enrichment, and life skills lessons for our children and young adults, as well as free English language, Nepali literacy, basic math and computer classes for women in our community.
In Memory of Chelsea Detrick
Chelsea Detrick grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, USA where she attended Webster Groves High School. Chelsea then attended Elon University in North Carolina before moving to Seattle, Washington to begin her life after college. Chelsea was a wonderful child and young woman who died much too young on April 9, 2009.
Many thanks to Glenn Detrick, member of the NOH Board of Directors, for spearheading and guiding this significant project in loving memory of his daughter Chelsea. The Chelsea Center is a place where love of learning and joy for life thrive in memory of Chelsea’s own life.
Classes for NOH Children and Young Adults
The Chelsea Center is open to NOH children and young adults Sunday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. and currently offers the following classes:
- Math Enrichment/Khan Academy classes serving students in Classes 1 through 6
- Math classes to augment and extend academics
- Science classes to extend conceptual understanding and encourage curiosity
- Web design/QBasic programming classes
- A Microsoft Office package class
- Creative writing classes for Classes 5 to 10
- Art and painting classes
- Book club on Saturday to encourage reading habit among young readers
- Activities, workshops, and events on Friday to foster basic life skills of the students
The Chelsea Center opened two storefronts in the summer of 2016. Our Shoe Shop is located on the ground floor of Papa’s Sanctuary House and the Tailoring Shop is located in an adjacent building .
Adult Education at the Chelsea Center
One of the most important initiatives of the Chelsea Center was opening its doors to adult women in Dhapasi in July of 2015.
Today, over 250 local women are taking free English, math, computer, and Nepali classes from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. We also offer special workshops on Friday to augment our academic curriculum. Workshop topics have included basics in banking, first aid, health topics, child development, and depression. Recent surveys of our community women students found very high marks for our classes and the teachers who lead them. Find out more details about special events at the Chelsea Center here and our “Life Skills Training” curriculum here.
Chelsea Center Staff and Leadership
Twelve young professionals and teachers work part time and one works full time on the Chelsea Center staff. Our teachers include three of our former NOH children, now young adults, who work as instructors for the women’s classes at the Chelsea Center after they finish their college classes in the mornings.
Beginning in September of 2016, Hillary Bernhardt assumed the role of Director of the Chelsea Center. While studying anthropology and economics at Davidson College, she spent a semester in Nepal through the School for International Training's "Development and Social Change" program. Over the semester, Hillary intensively studied the Nepali language and conducted independent research on the social effects of work-based emigration in Nepal. She has also taught middle school students as an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow with Citizen Schools.
Women’s Council from left to right: Ambika, Maheshwori, Parvati, Sabina, Meenu, Santa, Tara, Chiza, Bhagiratha (Not pictured: Sabitri)
In August of 2016, the first meeting of the Chelsea Center’s Women’s Council was held. Consisting of five local women recommended by the instructors from the adult education classes, the council meets regularly with Chelsea leadership as an advisory group for the curriculum, schedule for the classes, and new program ideas. The council members also represent the concerns of other community women attending the Chelsea Center and help NOH identify local families who may be experiencing difficulties. By expanding to ten members in 2017, the Women's Council offers a wider range of input from the women it represents as well as increased capacity to initiate new programs such as this year's Diversity Day celebration.
To learn more about the important work being done at the Chelsea Center, please visit:
- Our Mission
- History of the Chelsea Center
- Chelsea Center Staff
- Life Skills Training Curriculum
- Plans for the Future
- News and Special Events
To donate to the Chelsea Education and Community Center—a crucial part of preparing NOH children and young adults to be responsible, self-sustaining citizens and to help empower the women of Dhapasi through education—please click on the “Donate” button below and note where you would like to direct your contribution.
Thank you for your support!