Schlagwort-Archive: NGO

XXII Badi Asha School – Brown Bread Bakery (Special social project)

For me it was destiny that I had chosen the great Stops Hostel to stay at. Cause the Stops was a partner of the Brown Bread Bakery (selling food from the bakery and making advertising for them). So it happened that I went to the Brown Bread Bakery for dinner and I went there again and again and again….for the rooftop, for the live music, for the great food and the great people. While I was there I read about Micha’s (the owner of the Brown Bread Bakery) social project „Learn for Life“ (non-profit organization) and that they are running a school at Varanasi. Curious as I am I asked Micha straight ahead, if I could visit the school to see what kind of social work he is doing and I got invited. Micha gave me a look around and I was able to help to serve lunch to the pupils. When I visited the school in 2015 there were 110 students (30 kindergarden kids and 80 school kids) – kids were between 4 and 14 years old. We are talking about the kids of the most poorest families. Besides being taught at the Badi Asha School in the afternoons the kids have the possibility to play there. In between they are getting a lunch. And also the health insurance is covered by the school. Teachers were either indian ones or  foreigners that worked as volunteers. Some more things to mention which fascinated me about this project:  At the Badi Asha School every one is equal and the kids are being taught that from the beginning. This might be normal in our civilization, but we are talking about a country with a great variety of religions (Hinduism – with it’s castes system, Buddhism, Moslems, Catholics, Protestants….). AlsoMicha tries to employ disabled or older people that won’t have any chance to finding any job and also giving poor or punished or raped women who might have been kicked out by their families and were now on their ones with the kids a chance to get involved at the school. Either within the stitching project or supporting the brown bread bakery (packaging, etc.) or to help with gardening. There are so many who are in the need of help and getting some hope for life, so I am very happy that I was able to Meet Micha and Nicole and the rest of the people who have such great hearts and are running this school project. To find out more about this wonderful project feel free to visit: http://blog.learn-for-life.net/ or check them out on Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/Learn-for-Life-School-Official-Page-VARANASI-261154148628/ .  Here now some impressions of my visit at the school…

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Und hier nun die besagte Brown Bread Bakery, wo alles begann…

(And that’s where all began for me….the already mentioned Brown Bread Bakery…)

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Sapa O’Chau – Ein bemerkenswertes soziales Projekt / a remarkable social project

Sapa O’Chau – Ein interessanter Blick hinter die Kulissen:
Nachdem ich diesen fantastischen Trek mit Sapa O’Chau erlebt habe, hatte ich mich spontan gegen einen Besuch des Cat Cat Dorfes entschieden (in welchem Touristen wohl von Verkäufern durch die Gegend gejagt werden) und anstatt dessen einen tieferen Einblick in die gemeinnützige Organisation Sapa O’Chau genossen. Dank Shu’s (Gründerin) Ehemann ‚Melson‘ durfte ich mir das Sapa O’Chau Centre anschauen; und so sah ich die beiden Gebäude, in welchen sowohl die aktuell 35 Schüler, als auch die 6 Voluntäre unterkommen, als auch den Computer-Raum, den Handwerksraum, die Küche, den Gemeinschaftsraum, sowie die beiden Klassenräume und die Mini-Bibliothek. Da ich selbst durch die einzelnen Bergdörfer der ethnischen Minderheiten gewandert bin, weiß ich wie viele Kinder dort leben. Auch wenn die Regierung die lokalen Grundschulen in den Dörfern sponsort, so können sich die meisten Familien im Anschluss keine weitere Schulbildung (High School Sapa oder anschließend Universität) für ihre Kinder leisten. So gab es auch hunderte von Anträgen die bei Sapa O’Chau eingingen; doch mit 35 Plätzen ist die Kapazität bereits ausgeschöpft.
Anstatt daß der aktuelle Vermieter der Gebäude die Mietraten stabil hält oder das soziale Projekt durch niedrigere Mieten unterstützt, erhöht er diese aktuell, da er höhere Einnahmen erzielen möchte. Darum plant Sapa O’Chau mittelfristig den Kauf eines eigenen Grundstücks, um darauf eigene Gebäude errichten zu können, welche dann weitaus mehr Schülern Unterkunft bieten sollten. Ich sprach auch mit der Schüler-Koordinatorin und Sie zeigte mir unter anderem die mit Büchergeschenken gut gefüllte Bibliothek. Allerdings sagte Sie mir, daß auch immer wieder kleinere Sachgeschenke wie Kleidung oder Schreibhefte sehr willkommen sind. Ich sagte ihr was die Schreibhefte angeht meine Unterstützung zu, und werde sehen, was ich dann wieder zurück in Deutschland organisieren kann. Wenn also jemand von Euch alljährlich um die Weihnachtszeit seine Geldspenden entrichtet, hier wäre eine Alternative, die ich mit eigenen Augen gesehen habe, und wo man weiß wo das Geld landet. Bei Interesse könnt ihr mir jederzeit eine Nachricht schicken.

(Sapa O’Chau – Interesting view behind the scenes:
After having done that amazing trekking tour with Sapa O‘Chau, instead of visiting Cat Cat Village (where I was told that you get hunted around by local sellers), I decided to take a deeper look into the non-profit organization Sapa O’Chau, which is reliant to volunteer work and donations. I am so happy that Shu’s ( the founder’s) husband ‚Melson‘ took his time to lead me up to the Sapa O’Chau Centre. There I had the chance to see the 2 buildings they are using to give accomodation to the currently 35 students + 6 volunteers, a computer room, two in house teaching rooms and 1 craft room. As I was trekking through the villages myself I saw how many children are living in the villages. Even though the government is sponsoring the local grammar schools in the villages afterwards most families cannot effort to send their children to high school in Sapa or to college/university. So there were hundreds of applications coming in to Sapa O’Chau, but they have only space for 35 students (aged between 15 and 18) so far. Also the land lord is currently increasing the rent for the building they are using instead of supporting the social work; that’s why Sapa O’Chau midterm plans of buying own land and to construct bigger buildings on that land to support even more local sudents of ethnic minority families. I also talked to the student coordinator. She showed me that their library with donated books is currently quite full; but there are always little things (donations) which are always welcome – like clothes or just paper notebooks for school. So in case anyone is doing yearly donations around christmas time – this here is a project I could experience with my own eyes; and myself will definately go for the paper notebooks and organizse sending a parcel once I am back in Germany. So if you are interested in supporting this project as well just drop me a note and I will find out what else is of need for the students and what we could send them from Europe.)

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