NOH board advisor Ted Seymour led a fermentation workshop on how to make the traditional Korean fermented dish Kimchi for the women of the Chelsea Center.
Ted Seymour led a games workshop for the children and young adults of Nepal Orphans Home who are in grades 5 to 9. The kids played games that involved numbers and math as they competed to win!
Longtime returning volunteer Lou Poynton led two sessions of a meditation class for adult women students at the Chelsea Center. The workshops encouraged the women to focus on their breathing and to watch their thoughts pass by without casting judgment.
Chelsea Center Director Hillary Bernhardt presented her academic research on the lives of Nepali women whose husbands work abroad as migrant workers in Persian Gulf countries to the women of the Center. Most of the women attending the workshop have husbands or close relatives who are currently working abroad.
Ashley Frye led two sessions of a workshop on self-defense and basic fighting skills for the women of the Chelsea Center. These women demonstrated their strength and fight during this interactive workshop.
Ashley Frye, student at Davidson College currently interning in Kathmandu, led a workshop on interview skills for the older children of Nepal Orphans Home, preparing them for job interviews in the future.
American cognitive science student Lani Cupo led the workshop "Care after Trauma" to give tools to the women of the Chelsea Center, so they can support friends or loved ones through moments of crisis or trauma.
NOH Outreach Director Sunita Pandey led the first of a series of cooking classes for class ten students, preparing the Nepali dishes roti (flat bread) and chukaune (boiled potatoes with yogurt and vegetables).
Kathmandu Fire Chief Kishor Kumar Bhattarai led a workshop on fire safety and fire extinguishing for the women of the Chelsea Center. The workshop included a demonstration of how to use a fire extinguisher to put out a fire.
Pragati Adhikari led a workshop on soft skills (desirable qualities employers are looking for) and email etiquette for Class 9. In one activity, the students in groups of four had to design had to design a new logo for the Chelsea Center. The pictures show a few of the results.
Members of the Chelsea Center Women's Council and Sunita Pandey, head of NOH Outreach programs, visited another local orphans home "Our Children" where they delivered food they had prepared using funds that had been raised at the Diversity Day celebrations the previous month.
Australian nurse Hilary Flynn led two 1-hour workshops for the children of Papa's House. In the first, she taught younger kids about sanitation and proper hand washing techniques. The lesson involved an activity where Flynn checked how well kids had washed their hands with a black light. In the second workshop, Flynn taught the older children of Papa's House about the basics of First Aid.
The first annual Diversity Day celebration was held today, planned (photo on the right) and executed (photo on the left) by teamwork between the Women's Council and Team Chelsea (the teachers of the women's classes). It was a joyous celebration of Nepal's rich diversity of traditions, clothing, and FOOD (which was in plentiful supply).
Six young adults from NOH who have passed SLC and now have some experience “being an adult” were a part of the panel discussion on “Life After SLC.” This panel shared with classes 8, 9, and 10 what their experience was like to make the transition from living in a hostel to being more independent. The panel members shared honest insights about making money, paying rent, learning to cook (but not always doing it well), trying to get a job (and getting rejected sometimes), and also enjoying more independence. At the end of the session, the NOH kids asked their own questions related to adjusting to independence.
Chelsea Center teachers Jashmina Thapa, Divya Dhungel, and Ashok Yadav led a workshop on “How We Learn” for the women of the Chelsea Center. By discussing as a group when they remembered “learning” something, the women came to the conclusion that learning involves some sort of change that occurs in the brain. Then the women had a chance to try to use a mirror to sketch an outline of a star over the course of four rounds to experience what it feels like to learn something new, when in another context it would be familiar.
Young artists spent two consecutive Saturday mornings creating vivid watercolor paintings. Their artwork is now on prominent display on the walls of the Chelsea Building and Chelsea Annex.
Ujyalo’s LIFE (Living in Full Exposure) project, led in collaboration with the Australian Embassy, conducted a 2-day workshop experience with our 12-16 year olds to discuss, impart, and challenge their perceptions regarding gender, sexuality and violence. The LIFE project is designed to foster gender sensitivity and respectful gender dynamics among adolescent girls and boys. The program is aimed to enhance their understanding of gender and gender roles and its changing paradigm in order to be aware of the existent biases. Additionally, it also sensitizes them regarding gender-based violence occurring in their everyday lives including school surroundings such as name calling, eye-teasing, bullying and provide ways to fight against it. While a bit reluctant to speak early on, the participants were caught up in the engaging activities and reported very positive experiences during both days of the workshop.
In a two-part workshop, the students in Class 8-10 practiced public speaking skills by describing the many uses for an everyday object--oh, and including one silly use, just to keep their audience's attention. The students also practiced giving helpful feedback to their classmates. We hope to have public speaking practice a more regular part of the CECC curriculum.