Recently I have had social media on my mind. Several thing in my life have conspired to put it there. First, with a spate of new Maker Mentors, many in their late teens, hanging around Karkhana I finally have some people to friend on Snapchat… so i decided to get myself on Snapchat. As someone who predominantly favors words, it has been interesting to try to craft narratives in a medium that is primary about images. It has also been interesting to learn a whole new set of norms while figuring out what kinds of narratives are considered native to the medium.
The idea that it is now possible for individuals and small organizations (like Karkhana) to design and send their own satellites into space was lingering somewhere in my awareness for at least a year. I am not sure about the exact moment it grew into an obsession… but for last 3 months or so I have been totally consumed by this idea. So I have been doing a lot of research, talking to anyone who will listen about it and tinkering a bit of with the technology needed. Thought I would share some of the reading material, links, interviews etc I found though a series of blog posts. Today’s post is about books!
It’s that time of year again in Nepal. The newspapers are filled with pictures of happy kids advertising schools. Alongside these ads are advice from reporters and supposed experts. You have asked your friends and family for their advice. You plan to explore each school carefully. And (if you are reading our blog) you are probably not the kind of parent that is impressed by big board of the SLC toppers outside the school. Nor by the random “bideshi” teacher hanging around. 🙂
Since the earthquake, things may feel different, scary or strange. You may find yourself reacting strongly to things that did not bother you before, like loud noises or sudden movements. You may find that you feel anxious, have no energy, experience nightmares, or are scared to fall asleep. Or that your moods are not following the same patterns as before.
After a major traumatic event, such as the April 25th earthquake or the May 12th aftershock, it is normal for many people to have such reactions. It is also normal not to have such reactions.
When adults are challenged to understand the situation, you can imagine that many kids are struggling to make sense of it too. Lots of kids might be asking these questions after such disasters.
“What is happening?”
“Do other kids think and feel the same?”
“What will happen to me if something happens to my parents or siblings?”
“How long will these feelings last?”
“Will I be okay? Am I safe now?”
“Who can I talk to about my feelings?”
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.