News and Special Events
It's World Cup time! Though Nepal is not playing the world cup, the students at the Chelsea Center are passionately working in their Art Work making 'World Cup Trophies' during the extra-curricular hours on two Fridays.
Prior to the fall holidays of Dashain and Tihar, our children participated in a variety of activities as part of our Dashain Aayo project. Samir Khan, one of our math teachers at the Chelsea Center, led the children in some mathematical games. The children worked in groups, completed a math quiz, and enjoyed several activities, including constructing and flying paper airplanes. Other activities included painting, meditation, and races.
Prashanna, Director of the Chelsea Center, and NOH board member Anne McCadden organized a webinar with a San Francisco-based college advisor for a group of Papa’s House young adults interested in studying abroad. The advisor, Rheanna Bates, gave an overview of the process of applying to US colleges, and explained that the U.S. Educational Foundation (USEF) in Nepal offers free study-abroad advising sessions in Kathmandu.
We organized a farewell for Pragya Rajbhandari (Adult Education Instructor, The Chelsea Center). A passionate teacher herself, she greatly served her students and the entire team of teachers. We wish her well for her future journeys!
Teej, a colorful festival in honor of the women of Nepal, was celebrated at the Chelsea Center. The photos display the excitement, joy, and color of this wonderful holiday!
Ongoing dental hygiene is promoted by scheduling onsite "dental clinics" for our children. Oh, and we promote toothy smiles, too!
After their exams, the women students at the Chelsea Center met individually with their teachers to go over their results. Individualized attention promotes increased learning--a positive result for students AND teachers.
In preparation for their upcoming exams, the adult learners at our Chelsea Center learned new strategies for test preparation, including academic and psychological techniques.
After serving for four years in the after-school classes as a Science and Math tutor, Diwakar has left for the U.S. to pursue his PhD in Physics . We farewelled Diwakar on July 5th. His students prepared Gratitude Notes for him, honoring the huge impact he had on them and their studies. In Nepal, gifts are handed over with one's lefthand fingers touching their right forearm. The distance the fingers lie from the wrist indicate the amount of respect and honor one holds for the other person. Note that this student is dispalying the utmost gratitude to his teacher. We will miss Diwaker's presence and participation at the Chelsea Center.
The Chelsea Center was finally able to celebrate "Diversity Day". Many students gathered to celebrate the occasion. They prepared and shared different dishes based on their own culture and traditions. All the students were overjoyed to be together for the occasion as Diversity Day had not be celebrated for three years due to the pandemic. Overall we had a wonderful time, cherishing this day filled with blessings and happiness.
Kritica Dhakal led a Yoga Session for the children at the Chelsea Center this last Friday. As you'll see from the photos, the children were fully into it!
A dedicated team of dentists from Om Samyog Dental Clinic led a Dental Hygiene awareness session with the women who attend classes at the Chelsea Center. Their visit included free dental check-up for our students and a wealth of information.
One of our former teachers, Mr Waro Basnet, met his students after returning from Australia. We had a short meet up in the evening on Friday. He shared his experiences of living, working, and studying in Australia with Papa’s House young adults (in grade 11 and above). A fascinating experience sharing session–the students have requested a second one.
With the goal of further enhancing our methods of teaching, a follow-up workshop on "Redefining Teaching" was recently held at the Chelsea Center. Diwakar, one of our teachers, led the workshop and shared "Tools to Enhance Teaching Effectiveness." The participating teachers found it very useful. Ten teachers from Chelsea Center and three new teachers from The Skylark English School, Bhumika, Kailashi, and Saraswati (who are also young adults from Papa's House) participated in the workshop.