The availability of meaningful leisure activities for children in Nepal is lacking, due to the demanding needs of basic infrastructure. With schools focusing very narrowly on the intellectual development of the children, their social, communal, creative and emotional capabilities remain untapped and underdeveloped. Kids across the board – rich and poor, educated and uneducated, high and low caste alike – struggle to find formative programs which help them grow into responsible citizens who will make a meaningful contribution to the community. Both HimalayanLife Chitwan and HimalayanLife Pokhara give spaces for children to develop these areas of their lives.
Sport Training & Daycamps – The Short:
- Leisure programs for children of all walks of life.
- Scouting, sports, day camps, biking, hockey, and adventure programs.
- Re-integration of socially marginalized kids in society.
- Located in Pokhara and Chitwan, Nepal.
- Serving thousands of kids on a weekly basis.
- 11 competent and dedicated staff, supported by dozens of volunteers.
- Annual budget (2018): CAD 60,000.
- Incorporated under the Social Welfare Act with the Government of Nepal.
- Project partner and supervision: HL-Switzerland.
Sport Training & Daycamps – The Long:
HimalayanLife Chitwan and Pokhara Programs
HimalayanLife Chitwan and HimalayanLife Pokhara seek to join hands with parents, schools, and communities in an effort to protect, nurture, and educate the children. We reach out to children with meaningful sports programs, arts programs, and adventure programs. The goal is to instill in the children a healthy level of self-understanding and self-confidence, teach them team integration, and help them develop sound values. All of this is to prepare them to take hold of their future role as responsible citizens with vision for their own lives, their families, their community, and their country.
With a background in scouting, Daniel and Karina Burgi started scouting programs in Nepal back in 1995. These programs have developed and morphed into a wide variety of day camp programs.
HimalayanLife staff, together with many volunteers, run the day camps at the HimalayanLife community center in Pokhara, in neighbourhoods, as well as in the southern district of Chitwan. Thousands of kids participate in these programs on a weekly basis. Comradery, friendship, adventure, fun, games, sport, crafts, stories, laughter, learning life skills and being nurtured are the basic ingredients of these programs.
HimalayanLife introduced Floor-Hockey to Nepal in 2007. Material and coaching teams were brought in from Switzerland to train the Nepalese coaches. A hockey field was built on the HimalayanLife’s premises in Pokhara, and in Chitwan they play on short grass in the jungle. These fields have become the hub of the new sport, which has grown like a virus. Thousands of kids are now playing, and dozens of teams are competing in the various leagues.
HimalayanLife teaches hockey in schools, neighbourhoods, and at the HimalayanLife community center. We have found hockey to be a wonderful and fun tool to reach out to the community.
Our fleet of 15 entry-level mountain bikes are perhaps the most extensively used bikes on the planet! Under the leadership of our staff at HimalayanLife Pokhara, groups of kids go on rides every morning and evening. In this manner, some 200 kids can benefit from the bikes, working on skill and endurance. As they ride together, the enormous, and otherwise seemingly insurmountable socio-economic barriers between the kids break down. The low-caste street kid and the entrepreneur’s kid work together to reach that mountain top…
Moreover, the kids learn to service and repair the bikes. The program provides yet another avenue for street kids to learn transferable vocational skills.
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