Jashmina Thapa and Divya Dhungel, daytime teachers at Chelsea Center, conducted a follow-up workshop for the women participating in International Women’s Day. Through different fun group activities and games, they emphasizeded the concept and importance of team work, the core content of the workshop. The women at Chelsea Center are enthusiastically preparing for the program that will take place on March 8.
CECC Director Hillary Bernhardt led a workshop for girls in grades 6-10 on Women's Empowerment that drew heavily from her own life experiences as a girl and young woman. Using Reshma Saujani's TedTalk entitled "Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection" as a starting point, Hillary engaged the girls in discussion, asking questions such as, "What makes you feel strong?" and "If you could go back and choose to be a boy at birth, would you?"
Current volunteer Mike conducted a workshop on "Recycling and the Environment" for the women at the Chelsea Center. Mike had worked in the recycling industry for 30 years in the United States. The session started with the basic concept of recycling, and then touched on the opportunities and possibilities of recycling he had observed here in Nepal. The session concluded with ideas for recycling that could be practically applied in present time for commercial purpose in Nepal.
Architect Bansri Pandey started her workshop by introducing the concepts of architecture and engineering. The workshop moved from the basic concept of building and designs and progressed to different career choices Ms. Pandey had made throughout the course of her ten years of professional life experiences.
Professional actors from Shilpee Theater performed scenes from "Theater of the Oppressed" to engage the children and adolescents of Papa's House in a discussion about social issues in Nepal, especially reflecting different aspects of a student's life, which included family, circle of friends, school, and exposure to different situations in the outside world. At key moments during the play, the actors would pause and the director would ask audience members what they would do in the situation at hand, empowering the kids' involvement, and encouraging them to express their points of view.
Motivational speaker Rohit Malla conducted an outstanding workshop for the kids at the Chelsea Center. In this workshop, he explained the steps to leading a happy and successful life.
The kids from Papa's House took an educational tour out in nature. Pharping Hydropower Station is the first hydro-power project of Nepal and the second in Asia. It was a day full of new experiences, exploration, learning, and celebration.
Bimal Shrestha, a national fitness athlete in Nepal, conducted a workshop on "Health and Fitness," sharing his life experiences as an athlete. Emphasizing the need for proper exercise habits and need for a balanced diet, he also shared his fitness secrets to live a physically fit and mentally prosperous life.
Shanta Ram, an informational technology professional, conducted a workshop introducing the IT field, specifically addressing opportunities and challenges working as an IT professional as well as how one can join this growing field.
Sanjeev Dahal conducted a workshop on "Social Work as a Profession." The adolescents at Papa's House have shown increasing interest in becoming professional social workers, which highlighted the need and importance of such a workshop.
Volunteer Sleiman Fakhreddine, who works in sales and finance within the aviation industry, led a workshop about choosing a career path and developing positive habits to turn that dream (or even plan B) into a reality. With Sleiman's dream in youth to be a pilot, his presentation was full of stories about the ups and downs in life as well as how to navigate them.