CPCS International

Half-yearly progress report: January-June 2020

This report is published in the context of Covid-19.

This report aims to highlight our actions and progresses made since the beginning of the year. The pandemic has brought many challenges for our teams, and the children and families we support. For many children, this pandemic will change for ever their life. There are indeed not only endangered by the contagion of Covid-19 and the lack of medical equipment but also by all the repercussions that Covid-19 will have on many families: financial losses, job losses, death of caregivers…Many things lead children to end up on the streets and Covid-19 is multiplying those reasons.
 
This pandemic emphasizes vividly the necessity of our work. It is indeed in those contexts of extreme conditions that our actions of preventions and awareness regarding the life on the street make the most sense. However, although we are seeing significant progress in the families we work with in the place of children, our work is far from over. The difficulties have multiplied for families that are sometimes already in a bad position and it is also our duty to help them in every possible way. Thus, by taking the necessary precautions to protect our teams, we have not only followed up on the children, but also distributed relief packages, dignity kits and moral support.
 
It is our duty to multiply our efforts to forestall children of the street’s dangers. Our actions have been taken hand in hand with partner organisations and the three networks of which we are members: Dynamo International, Child Safe Alliance and Consortium for street children. Our partners and donors have been supporting our actions and we are very grateful for the additional help we have been able to receive. We would also like to highlight and applaud the extraordinary involvement of our team, who once again demonstrated their efficiency and dedication.
 
Although this report is an overview of our actions for the beginning of the year, we remain forward-looking and we reiterate the need for our future actions to be sustained as well.

Coronavirus_ Covid 19 _ Getting ready

Since January 2020 an epidemic of Coronavirus COVID-19 (ex 2019-nCoV) has spread from China to European countries and further afield.

In response to this pandemic, CPCS, and its team do their best to be ready in case of an emergency. This includes conducting awareness classes for the children about coronavirus and how to prevent the contagion but also organizing food stocks and cleaning products in case of a state emergency.

CPCS tries to do the best for the children of Nepal and around the world to keep them safe! We hope that our partners and everyone are well and safe.

A GREAT WAY TO BEGIN THE NEW YEAR!

What a great way to begin the new year! CPCS has provided the children with brand new calendars. One of the many issues of Nepal’s educational system is the lack of school supplies especially after the 2015 earthquake when more than 5,000 schools have been damaged and many books disappeared. Schools in Nepal were woefully inadequate even before the quake, and the country’s literacy rate of about 66 percent is among the lowest in Asia.

CPCS tries to counteract these issues by providing classes and basic school supplies.

The children were enthusiastic about it!

MAKAR SANKRANTI!

We celebrated makar Sankranti with the children! It usually falls on 14 January. It is a major harvest festival that marks the movement of the sun from one zodiac sign to the other: Capricorn zodiac sign knows at Makara (hence the name). In Nepal, this day is in honor of deity Surya and it is believed that any auspicious and sacred ritual can be sanctified in any Nepali family, this day on-wards. It also marks the termination of winter season and the beginning of longer days and a new harvest. It is observed all around the country with great fanfares. We decided to celebrate with special dishes. The children had a great time!

A GREAT WAY TO BEGIN THE NEW YEAR!

What a great way to begin the new year! CPCS has provided the children with brand new calendars. One of the many issues of Nepal’s educational system is the lack of school supplies especially after the 2015 earthquake when more than 5,000 schools have been damaged and many books disappeared. Schools in Nepal were woefully inadequate even before the quake, and the country’s literacy rate of about 66 percent is among the lowest in Asia.CPCS tries to counteract these issues by providing classes and basic school supplies. The children were enthusiastic about it!

THE IMPORTANCE OF SPORTS

Sports are of great importance for children as physical activity stimulates growth and positively contributes to children’s self-esteem and well-being. Moreover, sportive children are less likely to suffer from high blood pressure and heart disease in later life than non-active ones. Furthermore, numerous studies have shown that sportive children perform better in school and are better team players. CPCS alliance recognizes the importance of sports for children and provides the necessary sport infrastructures to host several sportive events throughout the year.

OUR FAVORITE MOMENTS OF 2019!

What an amazing year! To begin the new year, we decided to share with you our favorite moments of 2019!

1. The cultural dance program for the girls of the community that CPCR – Regional Center Dolakha organized: Enjoyed seeing their amazing performance!

2. The football tournaments organized by the Pragatishil Child Club in Godawari and the Garuda Football Tournament: It was all about sport and friendships!

3. Seeing the children get better mental health: Through drawings and games, they expressed themselves and shared their feelings. Best kind of improvement!

4. Celebrating our 17th anniversary and remembering how much we have done and seeing how far we will be in a couple of years!

5. The quiz competition during the holidays: Proud of all the teamwork!

6. Weekly Child Council Meeting at the Rehabilitation Center for Boys: loved seeing them listen to each other and elect a president and a vice president.

7. Cheering up the walls of the new building in CPCS – Drop-In Center and Rehabilitation Center: It was amazing seeing the children and the social worker/artist work together to build this masterpiece!

8. CPCS version of the mannequin challenge: We had a lot of fun sharing a popular world trend with the children!

9. Dipawali parties in the various center was extra special this year and so colorful! Brightened our days for sure!

10. Being able to celebrate Bhai Tika with the children: always amazing to see the children involved in the country’s traditions!

Of course, the best thing is to see the improvement in the children, concerning their physical and mental health but also in their knowledge concerning the world surrounding them. Thank you 2019 for allowing us to help our children and thanks to all of you for the constant support!

We would love to hear your favorites!

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