volunteer with Ligth For Nepal

Light for Nepal

THEME/TYPE OF PROJECT

Helping and giving proper care to orphans and financially disadvantage children.

AIMS OF THE PROJECT

The aim of the program is to provide food, shelter and education to orphans and disadvantaged children.

PROJECT’S ACTIVITIES

Light for Nepal was established in May 2005 in Kathmandu with an aim of offering free education, food and shelter to orphans and disadvantaged children. Some of their parents have died due to illness/disease and some have unstable incomes, frequently move between different jobs and often move house, rendering them unable to care for their children. Currently, some 17 children from 3 years to 15 years of age have found refuge at Light for Nepal.

COMMUNITY CONTEXT

Light for Nepal is located in a local community in Kathmandu District. Drive by cab takes about 45 minutes to reach there.

REQUIREMENTS TO BE MET BY VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, should be reliable and show eagerness as well as be able to maintain their motivation. Volunteers need to also show creativity and initiative while taking part in the project. Most importantly, volunteers need to have confidence in their work, and have time and management skills to ensure an effective support.

TASKS OF VOLUNTEERS

  • Teach health and sanitation
  • Organize entertaining programs and games
  • Help children wash their face and brush their teeth
  • Help kids in their studies
  • Make sure they eat properly, including serving them or being with them to encourage to eat and make them feel cared for and loved
  • Prepare them for schools – including ensuring their uniforms are clean and proper
  • Check to see if the children are neat and clean at all times

Some additional (extra) responsibilities:

  • Accompany the kids for sightseeing, picnic, or on a visit to the zoo
  • Take them on an educational and cultural visit
  • Go to the school with kids
  • Ensure proper sanitation in the rooms
  • Washing children’s clothes
  • Teach children drawing, singing songs or play any kind of musical instruments
  • Knitting and weaving torn clothes of kids

Note: Outdoor extra activities must be funded by volunteers themselves

NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS IN THE PROJECT

Maximum 2 volunteers can work in this project. Volunteers need to check with the hosting organization in advance to see if the project is still available.

HOST SITUATION

Volunteers will stay in a residential area, sharing rooms with volunteers of other nationalities participating in the same program

Lunch & dinner is provided by the local host family. Food is prepared in local style. The main types of food will be rice, lentil soup and vegetables, but once a week the host family will provide you meat in your lunch or dinner. For vegetarians the choice is usually limited to rice, vegetables, lentil soup and pickle.