Since the first big earthquake struck on April 25th, our lives have been unpredictable and fluid. In the initial days some from our team were responding to crisis at home and those of us lucky enough that our homes and families did not need immediate care began to act. First we provided basic relief to a few villages that we were connected with. By the 5th day, our attention began to switch from immediate relief to longer term needs such as shock/trauma interventions, re-opening of schools and educating kids in the camps.
Over the last two weeks our team worked with over 170 kids at 3 different camps in the Kathmandu Valley. As the camps began to dwindle a few days ago (only to fill up again after the big aftershock on 12th May) we shut down our camp programs and put more energy into our back to school program. Working with other educators and psychologists we created “First-Day-Back,” a 1 – 3 day package of lesson plans that teachers can use to help their students readjust to being back at school.
First-Day-Back has now been tested and refined with students. And to make sure it reaches a lot of students we have build a teacher training program that helps classroom teacher implement the program in their own school. This program has now been run for over 70 teachers from 3 schools. And we have about 600 teachers in queue to receive the workshop.
As some people’s attention switches to thinking about kids and education we are being asked “I love what you guys are doing. How can I help?.” Here are six ways people in Nepal can help:
- Translate: If you have a good command of both Nepali and English you can help translate critical docs into Nepali.
- Illustrate: If you have illustration skills you can help us make our material more interesting and easier to grasp with visual aids
- Locate: If you are adventurous and resourceful you can help by roaming around the city and finding camps that are likely to be around in the mid-term. While kids in temporary camps need to be engaged, kids in semi-permanent camps need to be educated. So we need to identify those camps.
- Be A Camp Guru: If you are enthusiastic and want to work with kids, you can help by being a mid-term volunteer at a camp inside Kathmandu. We recommend that you commit at least 10 days so that the kids get to know you and will open up.
- Get Out of the Valley: If you are thinking of going outside the Kathmandu Valley for an extended period of time to work with kids, then you can help by running our extended program in your location. This is a really needed service, a week in one of the more remote but hard hit areas will be amazingly useful.
- Become a trainer: If you are an experienced educator, you can serve as a teacher trainer. ‘First Day Back’, a program Karkhana has created and tested over the last week with the input of educators and psychologists, is designed to give teachers 1 – 3 days worth of material they can use to reintegrate their students into school. There is a lot of demand for this program. In the next few weeks, if we have the support, we can run as many as 80 sessions of this 3 hour training, touching over 2400 teachers who we hope will impact over 60,000 students.
Interested in helping out with any of these six, then send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are in helping with #6 in particular then please also include a CV/resume (or even just a small blurb with your work experience) with your email.