This page is dedicated to sharing the stories of a group of young people who went with their parents to Nepal in February 2017. They visited the schools and communities we are all trying to help. They all have their own reasons for being involved and helping children in a land far from their own. They have shared what they saw, experienced and felt. Their words are insightful, sensitive and inspiring.
We hope they continue to stay involved as long as they can. Youth can add a whole new dimension to a charity. They can help us see from a different point of view and they can help us to reach their age group and see things through their eyes. The benefits are endless.
Georgia Coombes - Aged 14
On Friday 10th February 2017, I travelled to Nepal with In Your Hands. Whilst there we visited 6 IYH infant/junior schools and two secondary schools, the IYH schools were in remote, rural areas that took hours to get to with incredible views and steep inclines.
The major shock I got from this trip was that girls were not allowed to go to school, or indeed do much, when they had their period. As they were bleeding, the men said that they were unclean and in the worst circumstances, women or girls would be put in the animal sheds for the duration of their period. One of the main issues with this is that they have no way of 'containing' the bleeding. Whilst in Nepal we went to two women's work shops where they made reusable sanitary pads out of a breathable fabric. In Your Hands is working closely with these workshops so that girls can learn how to make them with out having to buy them. Along with this, In Your Hands is giving girls a sanitary pack to use at school during this time. It includes: 6 removable and washable pads, 2 holders for the pads, 2 pairs of pants and 2 pouches so that the girls are able to take a spare to school. By the girls receiving the packs, this means that they can go to school during menstruation instead of missing a week of school each month.
The main thing that I will take away from this experience is the time we spent at the schools. It has only been two years since the Nepal Earthquake of 2015 yet most of the IYH schools have been rebuilt with concrete floors and walls, with a sturdy roof. This has created an amazing place for these children to learn. I will never forget the smiles on the children's faces as we walked in with balloons and soccer balls for them to play with.
Overall, I know that the people involved with IYH have a passion and really care about the education of children following the Nepal Earthquake. I think that IYH is doing an amazing job at helping with children's education, health and female hygiene.
Noah Hassan - Age 12
I went to Nepal with my mom who is a Rotarian in Prince Edward Island, Canada and In Your Hands charity.
We went to six schools that In Your Hands supports. Then we went to two secondary schools that In Your Hands might support.
We went to a school called Sita and there are one hundred and thirty students. We took a bunch of footballs and balloons for all the kids. A few of the volunteers set up a game for the kids to play football. Some of them blew up the balloons and handed them out. The kids were having an amazing time, having so much fun they started passing the football back and forth and throwing the balloons to each other.
When we went to all of those schools I realized how lucky we are to have computers in my school. Some of the schools can't afford computers. In Canada we have a bus or car to take us to school. Some of the kids and teachers have to walk two hours to get to school in Nepal.
When we went in the class rooms a few schools didn't have any desks and they were sitting on the floor. We went to a school that is partners with a school in Canada. It had fencing around it but it was barb wire. In Your Hands will replace that with normal fences. The reason they had barb wire was because it was the cheapest to buy.
I have had an amazing time in Nepal. I have met many great people like Denish, Milan and Mahendra who have shown me Nepal. Thank you In Your Hands and Rotary. I will visit again, I love Nepal!
By Amy Morton - Aged 17
Xanthe Hudson - Age 11
Whilst I was in Nepal I begun to realise that there is so much we take for granted in our first world lives. After visiting 6 schools all in very remote and I noticed many of them were made of tin. This means that it would be boiling hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter. Simple windows and brick or plastered walls can help control the heat. I know that when I'm in school I think of that as nothing, I also know that schools in Nepal are in desperate need of these basic supplies. In Your Hands are helping to re-build these schools and make them better.
All of the schools were in very remote, rural areas which had been badly damaged in the earth quakes. Each of the schools has been repaired or rebuilt by In Your Hands. Children's education has been changed for the better and families are starting to see why it is so important to send their kids to school.
When we visited our school in Sita we brought with us balloons, books, footballs and more. All of the children loved the balloons and footballs especially as all of us joined in and played with them. It was great fun and I felt so great to be helping kids that have not been as lucky as me.
We also helped with some of the 2 day teacher training that In Your Hands ran for the Nepali teachers. We chatted to the teachers in groups to help them practice their English.
We didn't spend all our time on the charity though. We also had so much fun. We did some rafting, shopping, had loads of adventures and a did a bit sight seeing.
Darcie Alabaster - Age 13
The 10th of February, I was lucky enough to come to Nepal to help out In Your Hands.
We visited six Nepali schools, which were all in remote, rural places and they were all very badly damaged by the earthquakes in 2015.
The schools that In Your Hands helped out were amazing. Shree Jugal Lower Secondary School and the In Your Hands school in Gorkha I thought were the two best. The school in Gorkha was originally the worst school in the area, and after help from In Your Hands, it became the best in the area!
The Siddartha and Sita schools were my favourites. We gave the children's balloons and footballs to play with. They were all so excited and had so much fun just playing around with each other. It was so nice and refreshing to see the smiles on their faces.
We had some days were we just relaxed or had fun. On one day, we went rafting and jumped off of 'The Jumping Rock'.
The country is very vibrant and beautiful. I would recommend anyone to volunteer because it leaves you happy and satisfied. The smiles on the children's faces just make your day.
Sophie Hudson - Aged 14
On Tuesday the 14th February I was lucky enough to visit the schools that In Your Hands built. We took a journey to Sita. We took balloons and footballs with us for the school children. Once all the children were playing with the balloons and footballs the smiles on their faces were from one ear to the other. Georgia, Amy, Noah, Xanthe and I got a few children into a circle and passed around a football. Meanwhile more children joined in with our game, which made the day better.
This particular school made me appreciate my school and the things I have because it made me realise that you don't need the new iPhone, the newest clothes or the best wifi to be happy. For these children they just wanted to go to school and get an education. The biggest lesson that I learned that day, that it is easy to forget, is that when you can go to school and get an education take it and do your best because you might not have a better chance.
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