”it takes a village to raise a child”
On the path to recovery ...”together we can make a difference”
Our mission statement:-
”All children have the right to a decent education. We are helping children from disadvantaged communities in rural Nepal to realise their full potential”
GOODWILL VILLAGE is a grass roots aid organisation, which was founded by Moyalia Tokmak and a group of passionate likeminded people in the local community to provide assistance to remote areas in Nepal after the devastation caused by the earthquake of 25th April 2015 .
Our organisation is committed to the belief that we can contribute something of true worth, to show vulnerable people that we care about them and their future.
Our Mission is to provide children with a safe, caring and educational environment; allowing them to learn and expand their opportunities, empowering them to unite with their community to lead happy, healthy and productive lives.
Since the earthquake life has become a day-to-day struggle for so many of these families in Nepal. GOODWILL VILLAGE IS committed to standing with Nepal during this crisis time to help restore their dignity and independence.
On April 25th, a 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal near the capital city of Kathmandu, the worst of its kind in more than 80 years. More than 9,000 people were killed, a further 23,000 were injured and the mass destruction to infrastructure and homes was vast. Aftershocks continued to shake the country in the weeks that followed causing further fear for those who left homeless and vulnerable by the initial earthquake. Basic necessities of livelihood continue to be at risk, including access to food, clean water and sanitation. The government of Nepal declared a state of emergency and asked for international agencies to lend support.
Within days of the destructive earthquake we found a handwritten prayer outside our restaurant, Sofra Turkish Cuisine - and it represented the strength , support and love of our local community for our Nepali staff.
We employ 10 Nepali staff and each of them were devastated by the news of the natural catastrophe in their home country. We called an emergency meeting with members of the Nepali community and immediately started fundraising efforts to assist their families back home.
"They are our family. You can see why the world is affected by this tragedy, once you know the heart of the Nepali people ; you fall in love with them."
Our immediate humanitarian response was to provide much needed sleeping bags, blankets, tents and tarpaulins to the families of the earthquake ravaged area of Satyadevi Dhading NEPAL.
Now that the urgent need for staples such as rice, oil, soap, and tents has passed, the GOODWILL VILLAGE team is directing their efforts toward rebuilding and reopening schools and helping their students process the tragedy commencing with the Shree Bachchhala Devi Highschool in Satyadevi Dhading NEPAL.
VISION OF GOODWILL VILLAGE
Education, more than any other factor, can provide hope, opportunities and job security to future generations of Nepali children. Children living in the remote rural areas are disadvantaged, as they very often don’t have the opportunities afforded to those who live in the cities. Nepal needs leaders and those young people living in rural areas, need the opportunity to be empowered and have a voice.
The Shree Bachchhala Devi Highschool in Satyadevi sustained severe damage to the buildings and surrounding areas rendering the school unsafe.
GOODWILL VILLAGE is raising money to rebuild the only high school in the area for over 600 children . Most of the school buildings were reduced to rubble , everything was lost including the books that the students use each day.
- A temporary structure has been built so that children can get back to their study and some semblance of normality.
- Education is the first step in these children’s lives to carve out a better future for themselves, their families and their community.
Education and Poverty
Education in Nepal was not available to everyone; it was rather restricted to the ruling families. Since 1951 things have changed radically and to this day the Nepalese government is continually committed to the improvement, development and expansion of education in Nepal. However, there are severe problems in how education is delivered in Nepal.
In 1990, there was change of government in Nepal. A fair and democratic system was supposed to take root. But people in power were listening to all the foreign countries who give aid and loan to Nepal and they were not listening to the people of Nepal. Foreign countries asked Nepal to privatize everything end Nepal did it. They introduced private education from kindergarten to university level. Suddenly, rich had good education but poor had education even worse than before. This created big social problem in Nepal and a decade long war was ensued starting at 1996. The main cause of this war is a feeling of injustice towards the poor and rural people. Children born in poor families in Nepal still do not have access to proper education and almost two-thirds of the adult population in Nepal cannot read or write.
"Educating a child is proven to be the most effective action in supporting a family climb out of poverty"
Due to caste discrimination, gender bias, economic circumstance or lack of facilities the poor lack formal education. This condemns them to a life on the edge of society, battling every day to survive. If the main earner falls sick or there is a natural disaster effecting opportunity , there is no medical insurance or financial safety net, and the impact on the family is quite literally critical. The poor have no option but to send their children out to work.
In Nepal ,800,000 children do not go to school. These children, like their parents miss out on a education and the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty. Educating girls and women is widely acknowledged as the most powerful and effective way to address poverty. Women who finish secondary school earn more money, have smaller, healthier families, and are more likely to educate their own children - breaking the cycle of illiteracy in one generation.
With the establishment of a new earth quake proof school in Satyadevi we will ensure that the school embraces present child centred education as a genuine alternative to labour and a critical,
effective tool in the fight against extreme poverty in rural communities.
With your support and hard work on the ground, we are replacing the cycle of poverty with a cycle of hope.
Many of you have been with us every step of the journey and others have joined along the way, but we have all borne witness to the power of a shared ambition and a strong commitment to change our world for the better.
Without tourists in Nepal there is no economy to create jobs to generate wealth to rebuild. The GOODWILL VILLAGE team are concerned about the children who have been traumatised by the earthquakes but we believe that by helping them to return to school it will help to rebuild the communities.
Reopening schools may instinctively feel low down on a priority list that begins with clean water, sanitation and shelter, but research shows that it is vital in providing a sense of normality, structure and routine after disasters, restoring hope and supporting psychological healing. It is also recognised that the longer children remain out of the classroom, the less likely they are ever to return.