In the jungles of southern Nepal, Himalayan Life Chitwan exists to reach out to marginalized children through day camps, hockey and educational assistance. The children that are part of our programs in Chitwan come from quite troubled and hard home situations, much more so that our children in Pokhara. Despite their situations, anywhere between 50-100 children attend our programs daily!
At HL Chitwan, children can find an escape from their current situations by coming to spaces of safety, laughter, and joy. This program does not just create situation for children to ‘play’. They training, equip and teach these children skills applicable for sports but also for life. They teach about finding true joy, true hope and true freedom.
SPORT AND DEVELOPMENT
One should not underestimate the power of sport in the development and the healing of children and youth. Much research has been done to show a connection between sport and development and peace, specifically in youth (UN, 2016). Sport has been seen to support gender empowerment and improve conflict resolution (UN, 2016). These are just a few examples of why the HL Chitwan programs are so much more than just activities and sports. They are programs that are giving opportunities for children to experience liberation and hope as they journey into adulthood.
This type of transformation would not be possible without our amazing staff, Loveson, Indra and Bishal, along with three interns and a dozen volunteers. They pour love and light into these children’s lives and along with providing opportunities to learn, grow and experience joy.
United Nations. (2016, August). Sports as a Means of Advancing International Development. The Magazine of the United Nations, LIII (2). Retrieved from https://unchronicle.un.org/article/sport-means-advancing-international-development