In April, 2013, Christine Casey, President and Founder of Chhahari, a home for orphaned and at risk Nepalese children in Nepal facilitated the Manadoob Program for Self Esteem through a grant funded by The Manadoob Foundation.
The Chharari Organization Nepal, a registered NGO (non-governmental organization based in Kathmandu, Nepal established in August, 2007, explains ” the orphanage cares for Nepalese village children whose parents have either passed away, disappeared or are too poor to feed and educate them. In a country where there is no social security and the political situation is highly controversial, Chhahari provides a unique opportunity for orphans to be educated at a school and to be loved and cared for in the small, family-like environment. The most vulnerable children in the world are orphans without a mother or a father to protect, love and care for them. Many countries have little choice when dealing with their growing orphan problem except to place the children in orphanages. Here, these children, if they are fortunate, may receive shelter, food, clothing and basic medical care. But they rarely receive the time and attention and love necessary for optimal social and personal development.”
Aligning with the Chharari mission, The Manadoob celebrate diversity and inclusion, instilling a sense of belonging in all children. The Manadoob Program was specifically designed to cultivate social and emotional skills by stressing face to face communication, discussion based problem solving, writing and role playing while providing tactile elements and tangible keepsakes for children. The Manadoob Program helps children connect to themselves, others and the world. Through the development of a connected community, it builds on the belief that an emotionally healthy, adaptive, empathic child will be better able to negotiate life’s pitfalls and step into a successful (happy) pattern of social and academic progress.
Many thanks to Ms. Casey for sharing their experience. To learn more about the Chharari Organization Nepal, www.chhahari.org
“I had never done anything like this in the past, but with [your] help and encouragement the classes seemed to inspire our children. In the end, they seemed to have grasped the concept of Manadoob and I am sure they have gained immeasurably from each and every lesson.”