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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
The lack of access to sanitation in Nepal is striking. A total of 75% of the population is without access to sanitation, one of the highest proportions in Asia. Sanitation includes the use of latrine, personal hygiene, clean surrounding, proper disposal of solid and liquid wastages and hygienic behavior. Yet, proper sanitation is a necessary prerequisite for improvement in general health standards. Every day CPCS conducts actions towards greater hygiene knowledge and health such as awareness classes( nail care, hand washing, and body cleaning) and hygiene materials distribution. Recently in Belbari in the region of Morang, CPCS helped clean a school and toilet for better sanitation
Better Health Care Access is part of the prevention work of CPCS. The partners of the CPCS alliance ensure that medical care, emergency care, and information campaigns are easily accessible. Nurses and social workers perform fantastic work in the centers and schools in Morang, Sindhuli, Dolakha, and Kathmandu. More than 8,000 school children and their families have easy access to medical care. Here is a composition of the photos from last week (Supported by CPCS International).
Thirty years ago, on November 20, 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. As a signatory, Nepal has incorporated the provisions of CRC in the Children’s Act 1992 as a domestic legal framework. However, despite the existence of rights, children in Nepal still suffer from poverty, homelessness, preventable diseases, unequal access to education and many more ills. CPCS is moving ahead every day to provide access to a proper upbringing to Nepalese children.
Nepal is one of many countries which are affected by climate change. Previously the high-altitude Himalayan country never had to worry about mosquitoes, unlike other Asian countries. However, due to climate change, Nepal became hospitable to disease-carrying mosquitoes. Most recently, there has been an unprecedented outbreak of dengue, a disease transmitted by mosquitoes. Since August 2019, more than 9.000 people across Nepal have been diagnosed with dengue. CPCS Alliance hosts several awareness-raising workshops to inform about the disease and how people can protect themselves.
According to a study carried out in the Kathmandu Valley among 745 children aged between 12 and 23 months, Nepalese children under the age of 2 are getting a quarter of their calories from junk food. These children are more likely to have inadequate levels of nutrients vital for growth and development such as protein, calcium, and vitamin A. Contrariwise, it increases their chances of getting heart diseases due to trans-fat and polyunsaturated fat. Thus, this has added a double burden of disease: while malnutrition and infectious diseases remain a great challenge, noncommunicable diseases are becoming more prevalent in Nepal. To reverse the trend, CPCS organizes health awareness classes especially addressing the dangers of junk food and the necessity of having a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Due to its geographic location and alpine landscape, Nepal has five climatic zones, reaching from the tropical to the arctic zone within the Himalaya mountains. The geographical location not only enables a rich biodiversity but also introduces several dangers. As Nepal is located within two major tectonic plates, the country is highly prone to earthquakes. The recurring earthquakes have devastating consequences and present a significant hurdle to the economic development of Nepal. CPCS hosts regular trainings in schools on safety protocols during earthquakes and provides important first aid training.
This week, the CPCS hosted again one of their many regular health check-ups in Nepalese schools. The significance of these regular check-ups is to build awareness of general health and hygiene issues among pupils. Besides health check-ups and medical treatments, basic medical courses on first aid, wound treatment and bandages have been provided.
Official Visit (International Network of Street Workers) to a very nice and so well organized organization, Hong Kong PlayGround Association (HKPA). A very impressive work done here and since 1933 !!! Thanks, Lapman Wan for your welcoming and kindness! Further partnerships to be created soon, and maybe a common research to understand better children and youth in street situations in Asia (and maybe elsewhere !)
On 8 October, Nepalese people were celebrating the Dashain Festival. In Nepal, the Dashain is the most notable festival, lasting for 15 days. During the festival, people celebrate the victory of the good over the evil. Relatives often put a tika – a mixture of red Vermilion, yogurt, and rice – on the forehead of their children to bless them.
On October 30, Nepalese people were celebrating Bhai Tika, the last and most important day of the Tihar festival. It is the festival of lights, and diyas (oil lamps usually made of clay) are lit everywhere in Nepal during the night. Moreover, during Bhai Tika, brotherhood is being celebrated. Siblings put a tika on their brother’s foreheads to bless them with a long life and to thank them for the protection they provide.