When the pandemic arrived in Nepal and the government declared an ongoing lockdown, NGN had 9 children living in our transit home as our team was in the middle of searching for their families. Soon they will be returned home where they belong, but until that time they will reside with us. They would typically be spending their days in school, but of course, that is not an option right now.
Fortunately, NGN employs a certified teacher/tutor to visit the Transit Home daily to provide each child tutoring at his or her grade level. Unlike in the West, there is no “on-line” schooling or assignments to practice while there is no school. NGN provides all the learning materials as well; such as books, note pads, writing materials and art supplies. The children love their school lessons at home!
When they are not at their desks in the NGN classroom, they are eagerly learning to prepare vegetables and learn cooking skills from NGN’s home manager. Of course, they spend a lot of time outside playing all manner of sports and just generally running around and having fun.
These children have experienced traumatic times before they were rescued. They were so close to going home when the Covid 19 virus shut Nepal down, making it impossible to return home. Although they all were disappointed that the immediate plans to return home would be delayed, they are finding safety and joy in being at the Transit Home for a few weeks longer.