BENEFITING: INTERNATIONAL CHILD RESOURCE EXCHANGE INSTITUTE
Thank you for everyone's generous donations and support! I've reached my minimum fundraising goal of $2,000! And just because I met my minimum fundraising goal does not mean that you cannot still contribute to ICRI's cause and efforts in Nepal. Every single dollar will go directly towards ICRI's Nepal programs, especially post-earthquake to rebuild the schools, programs and relief work to support the children there. Your generous contribution is graciously appreciated.
Thank you again for everyone's help in meeting my fundraising challenge. I will be sure to send an update on my trek in the Himalayas and visit to some of ICRI's program sites in Nepal, which is currently scheduled for early 2016.
I am excited to be undertaking a huge personal challenge. I humbly ask for your support in my Himalayas Trek Challenge to fundraise for the education projects and 19 model schools the nonprofit International Child Resource Institute (ICRI) (EIN: 942835018) operates in Nepal.
My son's preschool in Berkeley, CA is part of ICRI's international network of early childhood education programs. I have experienced and seen first hand the benefits of their discovery-based emergent curriculum. ICRI's early childhood education model extends to Nepal, where 19 of their schools have been impacted by the recent earthquake -- nine buildings have been severely or fully destroyed, including the school inside the Balmandir Orphanage (Nepal's largest group home for orphaned children).
My Challenge is to raise a minimum of $2,000 and complete an 11-day Himalayan trek, which includes visiting ICRI projects. 100% of the funds will go directly to ICRI to benefit some of the poorest children in Nepal. I will be making a significant donation to ICRI myself, as well as raising awareness for the trek and the work of ICRI. Every dollar raised for ICRI will go directly to strengthening and expanding their existing early childhood education programs in Nepal, especially following the devastation caused by the recent Earthquake:
- Children who are not able to go to school and instead raise money for their families as rag pickers, paper gatherers, tinsmiths or load carriers will have the opportunity to attend schools to fit their schedules. They will slowly transition out of their constant work burden, while their parents receive vocational training to allow children to live as children each day.
- Teachers who have had little or no training will be able to abandon coercion, bullying or their use of a stick to beat a child for a wrong answer. They will be trained to engage and accept that children can grow and thrive by being supported and nurtured, such as answering open‑ended questions rather than questions with just right one answer.
- Children who have lost family members, been made homeless and experienced trauma following the recent earthquake will receive ongoing psycho-social counseling from teachers trained in the latest techniques and given the necessary materials to engage the children.
- Since the Earthquake, ICRI Nepal has reached over 3,400 familes in seven districts around Kathmandhu. Earthquake relief assistance includes safe drinking water for people seeking refuge in the streets/shelters, small tanks or big buckets to store water, water purifying tablets, sleeping bags, trekking mattresses and blankets, first aid medical supplies, medications for emergency treatment, tent (temporary shelter) or trekkers shelter, clothes and slippers for children, Wellington boots (rubber boots), torch/flash lights, emergency lights & solar lights, wheel chairs, mosquito liquid or nets, etc.
Contributing to these critical foundations will begin to break the bonds of caste and poverty to assure that every child will have the opportunity to reach the highest levels of accomplishment in Nepalese society.
Thank you in advance for your time, consideration and generosity in helping me reach my fundraising goal and supporting ICRI’s work in Nepal. Your contribution is graciously appreciated.
About ICRI’s Nepal Program
Through ICRI's National Center for Learning Resources (NCLR), Network for Children, Prisoners and Dependents (NCPD), the training and development of staff at the Balmandir Orphanage, and many other programs, ICRI has worked in Nepal for 13 years and acts as one of the major nonprofit organizations to move the country from great challenges to successful outcomes.
ICRI’s National Center on Learning Resources (NCLR) currently has 19 schools that provide preschool, primary, and in some cases secondary, education to more than 10,000 Nepali children (a majority of which are the poorest children in Nepal). These highly innovative, creative programs build the abstract reasoning capabilities of each child, while honoring the family and the community as a provider of input in their growth and development.
About International Child Resource Institute (ICRI)
ICRI was founded in 1981 and has been busy changing the world for children in more than 50 countries. ICRI starts or improves early childhood development programs, maternal and child health, orphaned and displaced children’s programs, young women and girls, grassroots community development and change, and related issues to truly empower the village to raise the child.
ICRI has regional and local offices worldwide, including in Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Malaysia, India, Nepal, Sweden and six sites in the U.S. For more information on ICRI, please visit www.icrichild.org.