Child daycare

At this moment Renuka Nepal Foundation has child daycare projects in the following villages:

  • Satrasaya

  • Yampa

  • Yanchok

The beginning

During visits of fellow-workers of the Renuka Nepal Foundation to the villages of Satrasaya, Yampa and Yanchok, the local mothergroups stated that they would like to have daycare centres for their children in the villages. Many families have to exist from a very small income. If it would be possible to realise daycare, the mothers could work more efficient in the fields. The children could start to “learn by play” as an impulse to schooling and learn social skills at an early stage. In 2007 we started to prepare for the daycare centres.

New development

Together with the local inhabitants Renuka Nepal Foundation has accomplished daycare centres in three villages. Each time the daycare started off in a temporary building, which was later replaced by a complete new building. The inhabitants contributed 30% of the building costs and helped by actively taking part by building.

In Yampa the temporary daycare was replaced in the beginning of 2008 by a fine new building. Since the spring of 2009 Yanchok has a new building where the local inhabitants are extremely proud of. The daycare in Satrasaya is functioning well, except for the fact that the building has become too small. In the spring of 2010 this building shall be enlarged. Pictures of the realisation of the daycare centre can be seen here.Yanchok, Satrasaya, Yampa.

Thanks to donations, new materials for education and school uniforms can be brought annually. The children also have their own rucksacks, cushions (to sit on), toothbrushes etc. Their parents are very happy with the new developments in the villages. They show their gratitude by helping wherever they can. For instance repairing broken items, cleaning the buildings on a weekly basis, the mothers bringing vegetables for lunch, and helping with the cooking and washing up, so that the teachers can continue with the lessons. A small financial ammount is paid by the parents each month.

The lessons

The teachers give lessons according to the Montessori teaching method. This system makes the taechers more creative, which in term gives more pleasure in teaching. This has a positive effect on the children. The teachers take the children outside to learn about nature, which plants are poisonous and which plants you can feed to buffalo, cows and goats.

   

Some pictures of the lessons can be seen here. When the children reach the age of 5 they will go to elementry school.

Hygiene

When the children arrive at school in the morning, their hands, feet and faces are being washed. Before and after each meal once again their hands are being washed and after lunch they have to brush their teeth. Once a week their ears, eyes, hair and nails are being checked by the teachers. Every year a medical doctor/paediatrician does a medical check-up for the ammount of €1.00 per child. The parents are learning from the children that hygiene is of vital importance.

   

Results daycare

The majority of children is able to go to boarding school after daycare. At the boarding schools English tuition is at a higher level than the primary schools of the government. Therefore the children have a better future perspective. Some of the children who left daycare and went to boarding school, did very well in the first year. Of the 13 children who left daycare in the first year scored very high in percentages on their reports. 7 children had a percentage above 90%, 3 children above 80%, 2 children above 70% and 1 child 66%.

Entire village

Indirectly the development is much more extensive than just daycare. We try to purchase most necessities in the villages, so that the local inhabitants profit from these changes. We make use of local craftsmen wherever we can. The local inhabitants consider this an enrichment of their villages.

Self supporting

Our goal is to let the daycare centres operate totally self supporting by 2015, without financial support from our Foundation. To achieve this goal we have brought land, and will commence by planting trees and start with agriculture which will enhance good proceeds. Our main objective is that the proceeds from the cultivations will pay for the total costs of the daycare centres. We shall continue with our work untill this result has been achieved.