News and Special Events

October 14, 2019

Prashanna’s endeavour may be too ambitious: he is working with a group of four students who joined the Science Group as the "The Curious Minds." The team is learning about nature of gravitational force according to Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, the science of rainfall/snowfall, the phenomenon of rainbow formation, and the physical nature of waves.  The team will try to physically demonstrate some of these concepts with other students at after Tihar.

 

October 14, 2019

Sushil (one of our evening math teachers) led a team of 7 students. The students learned to play chess, and organized an Inter-Chelsea chess tournament to take place in November after Tihar.

September 27, 2019

Tanya worked with a team of 8 students as the creator and leader of the workshop "Art and Mindfulness." The team learned some art skills before and will lead a sharing workshop after Tihar.

September 21, 2019

With a heartwarming speech followed by a funny dance performance, the brothers celebrated Sisters' Day on 21st September. Celebration never ends in this family.

September 20, 2019

Samir (one of our evening math teachers) has long wanted to teach his students "The Art of Making Greeting Cards."  He finally had the platform to do it on Pher Dashain Aayo. Nine students learned the basics of creating the cards and made some really beautiful ones.

July 27, 2019

Saturday, July 27,  was a very special day for me(Prashanna), for my teacher L.P. Bhanu Sharma visited the Chelsea Center, to meet and interact with my students. It was an important occasion for the students too, for they have waited long to meet him. L.P. Bhanu Sharma is a meditation teacher and a life development expert at Jeevan Vigyan (a leading socio-spiritual organization in Nepal), and principal of one of the best management schools in Nepal ,“The Apex College”.  On this day, addressing the students’ inquiries, Mr. Sharma shared with our students (grade 9 to 12) some meditation tools and his life experiences to live a joyfully productive life.

July 26, 2019

Everyone in Papa’s House loves to dance. At the end of every major event, the students perform a free dance, and they never get tired of dancing. July 26th marked the day for the first dance night at the Chelsea Center.  Colourful lights decorated the workshop room, and the students danced freely for one hour (7 pm -8 pm). It was an exuberant celebration.

July 19, 2019

We played the final match of the Intra-Chelsea Football Tournament on July 19th.  Team A (Captain Sujan), and Team B (Captain Saroj) played the final match. Sujan’s team become the winner of the first Intra-Chelsea Football Tournament.  Like many other endeavours, the success of this tournament has made it possible for the Chelsea Center, to take another step towards holistic educational approach.

July 16, 2019

The joy of putting tika on each teacher’s forehead, thanking and blessing the teachers, and offering sweets:  this is how our women students celebrate Teachers Day at the Chelsea Center.  In the afternoon the teachers used those sweets to celebrate the day with our younger students in the after-school program. We also led some fun-learning activities (including having partners deliver a minute-long speech on the topics they got in a lucky draw) and watched a movie of all the extra-curricular activities we’ve done recently at the Chelsea Center.

July 13, 2019

Taking another step towards the broader world of Information Technology, and leadership, the IT club organized an introductory workshop for the students below grade 10.  Saurya is one of our long-time volunteers, and a student of Computer Science. She led the workshop to teach a simple programming language “Scratch” with our young learners. This language was developed by MIT.

July 6, 2019

Having Prekshay, mentor for the IT Club, show up on the website launch day was a heart-warming surprise for the members of the club and a boost to their confidence.  The team explained the basics of making a website to their audience of brothers and sisters. During the Q & A round, one of the 10th graders asked, “When will you be teaching all these things to us?”

June 29, 2019

There was another opportunity for the Papa's House children to connect with the families of the local women in the community who take classes at the Chelsea Center in our Auntie Program.  It's such a positive experience for our children AND the families who welcome them that goes well beyond the length of their visit together.

June 28, 2019

Enrollment of local women increased when new classes opened up in late June.  Students are eagerly practicing their English and public speaking skills among the various offerings at the CECC.

June 28, 2019

Our recent Class 10 graduates received their School Exit Examination (SEE) results last week.  They received much praise from their teachers at Skylark School AND the Chelsea Center and, in return, the graduates expressed their gratitude to their mentors with words and sweets.

June 22, 2019

Photographs tell stories, and this makes photographers the storytellers. Most people love to be photographed, while a few love to take one.   A group of young photographers in Papa’s House formally started Photography Hub on June 2. While this platform will inevitably develop leadership skills in the pioneers, it will further inspire many photographers (the storytellers) in Papa’s House.

June 21, 2019

After the SEE graduates' visit to Foundation of Sustainable Technology (FoST) last April, we planned a second visit for seven of the women students. They, along with one mentor teacher, participated in the introductory session where they learned the basics of reusing and recycling the waste material that we create in daily life, working in homes and in kitchens.  After the visit, the students shared the experience of their visit with other students at the Chelsea Center.

June 21, 2019

Teachers and students expressed their gratitude for each other with a rousing game of football (soccer) on the grounds of Papa's House.  There was spirited competition, lots of laughs, and much appreciation for each other.

June 4, 2019

Ten young adults from Papa’s House participated in the Empower Social Entrepreneurship Program, organized and led by Karina Jansen and her team.  The two-week intensive program provided the platform for our students to connect to participants from different business schools, work in teams, and learn from Nepali business leaders in the area of Social Entrepreneurship. On 23rd May, the participants received certificates for successfully completing the program. 

June 2, 2019

“Four years ago, I used a computer for the first time at the Chelsea Center. The simple coding Rahul Sir taught us fascinated me like anything, and I started enjoying coding the most,” said Anupa during her presentation on June 2nd. Srijana, Sita, Rajan, and Ashok shared similar stories. Back then, Ashok was in class 10 and the others were in grade 6.  Now they are helping each other become computer experts!

The team made a formal announcement to start the "IT club" at the Chelsea Center. In this club, one can learn and share skills in programming, coding, and other basic computer skills. 

May 31, 2019

The words in our social studies textbooks are meant to explain vividly the beauty in the diversity of Nepalese culture.  Witnessing the beauty during Diversity Day at the Chelsea Center is an entirely different experience.  It was a day full of laughter, joy, and celebration.

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