Dear Friends, Please scroll down past the photo gallery to see updates from Nepal. We are hoping to post each night about our daily adventures in the video section!

Two teachers awarded Fund for Teachers grant to travel to Nepal. 

Corinne McOmber and Terri Woronecki, two teachers from the Integrated Day Charter School (IDCS) in Norwich, will be traveling to Nepal to work with the staff and children of the Chandra Kala-Bal Kendra Learning Center for girls. Working closely with the Hands in Outreach organization they will observe efforts to improve the access and quality of education for girls in Nepal. Nepal has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world for women. Corinne and Terri are including their students at IDCS in a service learning project with this grant. Their recent civil rights unit will extend the students' beyond Ruby Bridges' struggles for equality in education in the 1960s, to include issues that exist in the global community today. This fellowship relates directly to the learning needs of students as they begin to ask critical questions about the civil rights issues in the world today.

Fund for Teachers is an organization that "supports educator's efforts to develop skills, knowledge and confidence that impact student achievement. By trusting teachers to design unique fellowships, Fund for Teachers grants validate teachers' professionalism and leadership, as well. Since 2001, Fund for Teachers has invested $32 million in nearly 8,500 teachers, transforming grants into growth for teachers and their students."

Photo gallery

Students at IDCS worked on cutting, ironing, and sewing fabric to make 150 eyeglass cases for glasses that were donated for the families in Nepal! Great work friends! 

Students select and practice with instruments

Mrs. Woronecki helped our 2nd and 3rd grade students pick out instruments for us to bring to Nepal. Using guided discovery, we will work with the children at Chandra Bal-Kendra Learning Center. and introduce the instruments to them. We will also model lessons for teachers on how to use the instruments for lessons and transitions at a planned workshop.

Videos and Daily Posts (as we add newer posts, older ones will be moved to the All Article section)

When we left Pokhara we arrived back in Kathmandu to visit LMV school in session. When we first arrived in Nepal we came to a workshop session on Saturday that included a food distribution. There were about 20 families attending this event and we saw the classrooms and space when school was not in session. On Tuesday we observed the...

This has been a wonderful, fulfilling week in Bal-Kendra School. We started this week on Sunday and it quickly passed. We both enjoyed our time observing and working with these sweet and special children.Life is not easy in this section of Kathmandu, but with the extraordinary support of HIO, these girls have a safe secure place to learn and...

At the mother's group at 6:30a.m.. This is an enjoyable time for us to observe and to asked to participate. They are all so friendly and welcoming to us and each other. They laugh and talk and have a wonderful bond. Some moms are working on the eye glass cases on the big machine and some rotate into reading/ writing...

Met with the mother's group at 6:30 this morning. Before we left the US, The World Vision company sent Mrs. McOmber 60 more glasses to take over to Nepal. That meant we were 60 cases short. Palmo bought a bolt of fabric and thread and it was decided that the mothers could start making cases. We cut 2 templates and...

We had an early start this morning, at the Bal Kendra Center at 6:15 to observe and help out with the Mother's group. Palmo, Kanchon and Shittal from HIO and about 20 mothers meet 4 days a week early in the morning. This is an amazing support for these women. THey are friendly and kind with each other and with...