This is Nohal Rady,
or easier, Nunu (the kids knew me by this nick name). I am
Egyptian and one of my dreams is to do a volunteer work in
each of the developing continents (Africa, South America and
Asia). So, here, part of my dream came true.
So, I did a 2 weeks volunteer work in Sauhora, Chitwan. They
went really fast, I could not believe it!
This is how it went: I arrived in Kathmandu on the 3rd of
November 04 and took a couple of Nepali classes; cultural
information about the Nepali way of living and off we went
There, I got introduced to my new family: The CWPC, Raju, the uncle, was taking
care of the center. He lives with his wife Sima and their
daughter Asmita. There were 2 Ammas who cook, clean, wash, …
and 14 kids: 6 girls and 8 boys. Most of them are orphans
who were taken away from their families (grand-parents)
because they could not afford to raise them. One of the
Ammas had her 2 daughters in the orphanage too.
I had my own clean room, bed, mosquito net, own bathroom (no
hot water of course :-) but it was more than enough. So, the
settlement itself was really good.
I had no clue what I was going to do with the kids… I had
some ideas for games, crafts, drawings and my main aim was
to make the Children speak English in a fun way and to
improve their health and sanitation status.
So, I kicked off my theme with the kids the first day. It
was “Keep Smiling” whatever happens. I thought it was a nice
theme especially for orphans, and at the same time, opened
up a great deal of decoration items.
So, the first game was a racing game (under a table, then
with a balloon between their legs), and they ended up
getting a round peace of carton and a ribbon. I started
explaining to them, that it is a smiley face and each one
would write his name on the smiley face and draw eyes, nose,
a smiley mouth, then pierce it and put the ribbon around
their hand. This way I could remember more their names.
Then I explained to them, that I am here to help them
practice their English more, to play with them, do sports
and have fun.
Every morning, we woke up at 6am and had our sports session
from 7-8. In this session, we used to do some warming
exercises, then at least 30 – 45 minutes of Karate (I have a
black belt in Karate). The kids had great fun especially the
After that, was time for them to finish their studying and I
used to help them in their Maths and English homework.
Out of the 14 days I was there, 7 were holidays! So, those
days were so much fun but at the sane time, so tiring for
me. (wanting to fill the kids’ day with a lot of games,
drawings, dancing, … )
So, for the kinds of games we played, there were a lot:
races with their legs tied together
We also did a lot of crafts. That was either after school
(on their school days) or during the morning on holidays.
We did some decoration for the front door of the orphanage
with the “CWPC” logo. Each kid had one letter to do on
colored solid papers, using sticking ornaments that I got
with me from Cairo. The result was really beautiful.
Other crafts and drawings were:
drawing of what they like most in their country with the
flag Nepal. They were really creative and we used mashed
papers, ter ter (small ornaments), .. And we hanged those
drawings in their studying / dining area
Another time, we learnt the animal names in English and
they drew their favorite animals.
We each did a small card with the parts of the faces (that
they described in English by writing in the card) and hanged
it in the hall as well.
We did some decoration for the Festival (with solid
We did Pon-pons (like the cheer leaders ones)
And on one off day, we had a long “World” game. The kids
were divided in groups. Each one represented a continent. I
had a world map where I explained to them the different
components of the world: Continents, oceans, countries,
capital, language, …). Then each group had to learn the
following information about his/her continent.
o Continent name
o A Country name (that I selected)
o Language spoken
o How to say Good morning in the language ..
It was a fun game and it shows you how much potential those
kids have and how much they want to learn. We then had a
competition game to see who remembers the information about
the world and each kid picked any flag (from a huge flags
card) and drew it. Everything was hanged again in their
The whole evaluation of the program was based on small
smiley faces that I made and that I gave to the kids who did
good things: i.e. smiled, were helping others, were trying
to speak in English, said sorry if they did something wrong,
won in a game… It was an incentive for them to work harder.
We had nice walks to the river and had dancing classes
where they tried to teach me Nepali dancing and I taught
them some Belly dancing. I forgot to mention, that the first
day, I bought them a Cassette player since that was the only
source of entertainment those kids could have.
One last thing, I was lucky to be there on their “brother –
sister” Diwali festival. I participated in the Bayli the
kids did in the village (going around the houses, dancing
and singing and getting money and rice from the families). I
also had a great time on the Sunday morning, when we ate the
sweets and we put the tikka on the “brothers’ foreheads”.
So, I had a great experience. I learnt a lot from the kids
be it tolerance, innocence, gratitude, how to enjoy the
little things … and I hope they took away something from me
Finally, I really enjoyed my placement with Info Nepal. I
can see that they are genuine about helping others and work
hard to find the really needy people that they can help.
And, it goes without saying: Nepal is a wonderful country!
You can see what this world has to offer in only one
country: Jungle, wild animals and warm weather (that was in
Chitwan) and mountains, trekking, beautiful thick forests
and hills (Nagarkot and Kathmandu). What all the places have
in common is the people. The warm, hospitable, friendly
people of Nepal who make your stay as agreeable as it can
get. They love to see foreigners and want to know all about
your life (of course, sometimes you wonder if you will ever
be able to sit alone for 20 minutes and just read your book,
because you keep getting the local people around you,
chatting with you ). I did not mind that at all. I even
made a lot of friends in Sauhora, got invited for BBQs in
some lodges, had Dal Bhat with the army people inside their
camp, got great discounts for the elephant ride and the
jungle tour, discounts on the bike renting – because I was a
volunteer, … Everyone in Sauhora knew there was a Volunteer
called Nunu in the area and believe me, they knew very well
where I was at all times, whom I talked to, what I did all
day and the amazing thing is that the kids used to laugh
when I tried to do things the Nepali Way: Bath under the
water pump for example or eat with my hands, do Bayli with
them before the festival, …
Finally, I had a BLAST here in Nepal