This was written by Sandra, a WTMY volunteer in the UK. Sandra speaks about the decision from her students to raise money to help people affected but he earthquake in Nepal.
“It involved Year 6 children from Roger Ascham Primary School, in the borough of Waltham Forest, London. The starting point was the class discussion about Nepal and the effects the earthquake has had on its people. Children at school are used to raising money for various causes. It was their idea to organise a cake sale.
The school provided the ingredients and kids baked and decorated cupcakes and biscuits during a whole afternoon. They designed posters to advertise the event, persuading children from other classes to buy cakes during playtime – 10 to 11.15 am. They suggested the possible prices. Everything (plus extra biscuits that we had in my cupboard!) was sold out in 15 minutes!
After that, during a maths lesson, they counted the profit – £ 285.68.
We were all very thrilled. It was a great experience.”
Thankyou Sandra and your students for the fantastic fundraising.
Recently, WTMY started an informal football (soccer) team at the community centre in Nepal which has had wonderful outcomes for children and young people to get active and come together in a fun and safe activity. After the first earthquake on April 25th many of the young people were frightened to be inside buildings as they had been severely damaged and the continual aftershocks made those that were still standing an ominous reminder of what could happen. Football became a way for them to feel safe, productive and forgot about their loss and trauma even for a little while. When the second earthquake struck on May 12th WTMY’s football team was able to huddle together safely outdoors as they were in the middle of a match.
Meanwhile, a young teenager in Sydney had left his football gear on a train a couple of weeks after the initial earthquake. The rule of his club as set by his manager was that the team will replace the lost kit, but only if the young player makes a donation to a charity of their choosing. Jackie’s mum is a social worker in Sydney and has been a supporter of WTMY for a long time. She along with her husband made the decision to put in an extra donation to supplement Jackie’s donation if he decided to use WTMY as the charity to donate to. Jackie’s footy gear is worth around $100, and he was able to donate $70, so his parents took the donation up to $200 in total.
After relaying this story of lost footy gear to our team in Nepal, we decided it was a great opportunity to build connections between young people in Sydney and Nepal through sport. Thanks to Jackie’s football team and his parents we decided that we could use this donation to make a big impact for our start up football team in Nepal. With the cost of one Australian footy kit, we can now formalise a whole team in Nepal, by buying t-shirts and shorts for our young team.
The young people in Nepal are so excited by this and have started to brainstorm names for their team. It has given them something to feel proud about and something to look forward to and be excited for, something, earthquake or not, that street young people don’t get many opportunities to experience.
We will need to purchase shoes, a goal to practise scoring and some more balls for drills and training. It would be ideal to have some training camps and professional sessions for them to really develop their skills as well.
WTMY is excited about the opportunity to demonstrate once again how powerful it can be to inspire young people and give them opportunities by enabling them own to build on their strengths. Our community centre provides opportunities for children and young people to become involved in different activities to help them to realise these possibilities.
Welcome To My Yard’s October Challenge 2014!
Calling all challengers to SHARE & SIGN UP!
Clear your calendar – It’s going down! Welcome To My Yard’s October Challenge 2014 kicks off on October 1st, and you’re invited to take part in the fun. People from around the world are coming together to do a month of fun challenges for a great cause.
What is it!
It so simple, in fact it won’t cost you anything extra. Challenge yourself by giving up or cutting back on something you regularly spend money on, then donate what you save. Last year people cut back on takeaway food, weekly alcohol , coffee, chocolates, public transport, cut down on the weekly shopping and more.
What is it for?
Welcome To My Yard is an innovative social enterprise partnering with Nepali street children and young people to help them create better futures. Children and young people living and working on the streets are some of the most vulnerable children in the world and we think that they deserve better. WTMY is making a difference through fun activities, emotional support, health support, bite size education, vocational training, a street saving scheme and more!
Where is the money going?
The money raised this year will go towards keeping our street community centre open for one whole year!
How much do you want to raise?
This year we want to double last years target. Ambitious? Definitely!
Our target is $4,000 / £2,250
Even the smallest chores can become a pathway to building this self-confidence.
And that’s why the young people and children at the centre are encouraged and expected to help clean and tidy if they cook or make a mess during class. It’s their place, and they are partly responsible for it.
There is currently a battle raging between these two little ones, who fight over who is cleaning the best, who will use the broom and who gets to stand on the stool to reach the harder to clean spots. They are so eager to show you what they can do, to prove that they are worthy of praise, after helping cook lunch they washed all the dishes, cleaned the bathroom and then cleaned all the chairs, windows, cupboards and fridge (twice), yelling at the older children to stop making more mess.
Who would have ever thought that children as young as 8 and 9 would fight over who will clean the window?
Nepal, always keeping it real.
If you are keen to know more about volunteering with Welcome To My Yard go to our website http://www.welcometomyyard.com/Volunteer/Volunteer_front.html
WTMY builds young people’s interview panel. By Sarah.
WTMY is growing! Thanks the generosity and kindness of a family in Sydney, we will shortly be taking on an Outreach Key Worker for one year. Until now, unbelievably all our achievements have been down to a team of dedicated Nepalese and International volunteers (including WTMY Directors) and one very passionate and hard working Programme’s Manager Purnima (above). WTMY thinks long and hard about ways in which we can build genuine partnerships and involvement with the community we support and we thought, ‘what better time to do it than asking them to help select our new member of staff!’ We decided to build a interview panel of older and younger members of the community (male and female) to represent the communities views and wishes. First, the panel of four participated in a workshop to think about what being an interviewer does and what kinds of skills and qualities a new support worker needs to have in order to provide quality support to the community. One panel member commented
“I felt good as I liked being part of the administrative side of WTMY and also to meet new people. I was a bit nervous at first but Purnima mam made me feel more comfortable”.
They also thought about how they would like to interview the candidates and came up with creative ways in which to interview them. WTMY was so impressed with their innovation and ideas!
The young people’s panel might just be the toughest interview panel that anyone has had to face in an interview!
“I was excited because I got a chance to meet with new people and felt like an employee for a day with WTMY. On the day I also got to join in a maths class, dance and drama which was great fun!”.