We are delighted to present this 7th newsletter describing our projects and the progress they are making, to let children and young people enjoy learning at schools and receiving new opportunities to learn skills in order to excel in the jobs we link them with.The focus of the Child Friendly School Programme for the coming 5-year period will have a strong emphasis on monitoring the effects the activities we’ve introduced in schools over the previous 4 years have had on the children, teachers, the school and the communities as a whole.Without these stakeholders taking the lead, it will be impossible for us to convince the government the model works. There have been a number of achievements which are worth mentioning here. One of our funding partners, Children4Children Nepal, committed to supporting our sports in schools project, new FAB scholarships and to cover the salary of new project staff. Another one is the successful bid for a large 2 year project in partnership with Plan International, 3 Sisters and GATE College providing training and job opportunities to 300 vulnerable migrant female workers. This project starts this month.
We also submitted a large grant request for the 3 phase of the construction of the FAB School, which if successful, will allow us to expand so as to house at least 3 more training courses, after which we can rightfully rename it to ‘The FAB Teaching Hotel School’.
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Douglas & Insuba Maclagan – Co-Founders
C4CN Trustee receives ‘Nobel Prize for work with children’.
It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Children4ChildrenNepal (C4CN), Board Director, Douglas Maclagan, is being honoured with the World of Children 2018 Alumni Award. This prestigious award has been commonly referred to as the ‘Nobel Peace Prize for Children’.
Douglas has gone above-and-beyond to expand the impact of C4CN, and he will be honoured on April 19, 2018 at their annual Hero Awards Benefit in Los Angeles, California.
For winning the award, World of Children (WoC) has provided funding of US$20,000, which will specifically be used to contribute to the building of Phase 2 of the Pokhara-based vocational training centre, the FAB School. This will allow the construction of an academic block. The academic block will allow boys & girls from around Nepal, who have previously been trafficked, to travel to Pokhara to live & study.
The FAB School provides the students with a 1-year vocational training program and qualification. Most importantly, it provides a guaranteed job at the end of the program. This job, lifts both them – & their families – out of poverty.
We at C4CN have supported this project from its inception and are so pleased to see it being recognised and approaching fulfilment.
Of the eight schools C4CN is partnered in rebuilding, two are expected to be completed by the end of 2017! Bad weather, flooding and poor road conditions have slowed the progress of a third school, however the frame work is now completed and we hope for completion in 2018.
The government in Nepal is currently considering the merger of some schools, and we await this decision before starting work on the other schools. We anticipate rebuilding a further three schools.
Phase one of construction is complete and the first group of students have started training! The new students have use of the restaurant, kitchen, guard house, reception, mock-up housekeeping room, changing room, and student facilities. These were built solely on the donations received by C4CN and other donor partners.
Training is provided by the Global Academy of Tourism and Hospitality Education (GATE College) in areas ranging from barista training, to food and beverage management with plans to expand to full catering qualification and 3 year degree programmes.
The school will also be used for community projects in the evenings and weekends. These projects will be determined by the community and facilitated by this project. We anticipate these starting by the end of the year.
The second phase of construction will include an academic block, hostel for the students, banquet hall and a community centre.
Thank you for your continued support in making this project happen!
In a district of Marpak, a rural area devastated by the earthquake of 2015 R4C are rebuilding the schools. Working with the local people, both primary and secondary schools will be rebuilt. The exact number of schools required is still uncertain, as the government of Nepal is considering rationalisation and merging of some schools.
Update: We currently believe five or six schools will need to be rebuilt
In a valley close to Pokhara, Right 4 Children (R4C, our partner in Nepal) are building a centre that will train disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in skills and trades of the hospitality sector. This builds on a successful pilot project delivered in partnership with Movenpick Hotels. The young people are trained to the highest, internationally accredited standards and placements found for the graduates. Construction continues and the first course, delivered in partnership with GATE College, started in 2017 . Community services will commence to ensure that the local population benefit from the new facilities. Further building will continue along-side the courses as further academic facilities, hostel accommodation and a community centre are added.