Due to a lack of basic infrastructure, children in Nepal do not have regular access to leisure activities. As schools focus mainly on the intellectual development of the children, their social, creative and emotional capabilities remain untapped and underdeveloped. Consequently, kids from all backgrounds – rich and poor, educated and uneducated, high and low caste – struggle to find programs to help them grow into responsible citizens in their communities. Both Himalayan Life Chitwan and Himalayan Life Pokhara provide 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.
- Integration of marginalized kids to 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.
HL’s biking program changed the life of our friend Santosh. Watch his story here.
Sport Training & Daycamps – The Long:
Himalayan Life Chitwan and Pokhara Programs
Himalayan Life Chitwan and Himalayan Life Pokhara work closely alongside parents, schools, and communities in an effort to protect, nurture, and educate the children. In doing so, we are able to reach out to children with meaningful sports, arts, and adventure programs. The goal is to provide the children with healthy levels of self-understanding and self-confidence, to teach them team work, and to help them develop sound values. Ultimately, 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 such programs in Nepal back in 1995. They have since developed and morphed into a wide variety of day camp programs.
Himalayan Life staff and our many volunteers run the day camps at the Himalayan Life community centre in Pokhara, in nearby neighbourhoods, and in the southern district of Chitwan. As a result, thousands of kids get to participate in these programs on a weekly basis. Camaraderie, friendship, adventure, fun, games, sport, crafts, stories, learning life skills, and laughter are the basic ingredients of these programs!
Himalayan Life 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 Himalayan Life’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 spread rapidly. Due to its quick popularity, thousands of kids are now playing, and dozens of teams are competing in the various leagues.
Himalayan Life teaches hockey in schools, neighbourhoods, and at the Himalayan Life community centre. 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 might be the most extensively used bikes on the planet! Under the leadership of our staff at Himalayan Life 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…
Additionally, the kids learn to service and repair the bikes. As a result, the program provides yet another avenue for street kids to learn transferable vocational skills.
Photos courtesy of Inmist Media House (http://inmistmediahouse.com/)