Our Ex-Students who are helping us

February 5, 2009

1. Name: Rosina K.C.

2. Address: Samakhusi, Kathmandu, Nepal

3. Date of Birth: 27 April 1987

4. Designation (Present): Teacher

5. Hobbies and Interests: To be a successful lady like Vicki Madam all over the world.

6. When did you join VEFON Projects as a student and as a staff? What have you gained since you have become the part of VEDFON?

I joined VEDFON projects as a student when the school was established. And I joined there as a staff in 2006—beginning my career there as a teacher assistant, now I am a teacher. I gained practical education which can really transform lives from our respected Vicki Madam. As a student, I can say that I was educated in a world standard educational system –similar to school in Nepal like Lincoln School, British School, Rato Bangala School etc. These schools are in face too expensive for most of the Nepalis which cost around Rs. 10000 to Rs.50000 per month. But I am very lucky to not have paid a penny all my life there as a student. Moreover, I am a teacher in the same school. Whatever I am now is because of great sacrifice of Vicki Madam who came here to provide free education to us and other poor children.

7. How, according to you, can the ongoing problems in VEDFON be solved? And, how have you helped the organization during this time of crisis?

We have been facing some problems from the very beginning of the last year for nearly about 11-12 months. However, not only I, but all the ex-students and the community of parents are with Vicki Madam to help all the time but now the ex-students, parents, school community. We all are with her because we know it very well that we are fighting for truth and justice.—fighting for right cause and in the right way. During this time of crisis, I am working with Vicki Madam helping her in any way to solve the problems. We are always working for the children’s rights. I helped the children when the problem started. I stayed in hostel for 1 month to take care of the children because there were not any lady teachers to take care of the children. Now, I am working as a teacher to help run the academic programs of the schools. I don’t have money to give but I have a great heart to help VEDFON.

8. How do you evaluate VEDFON’s work since you joined? How does it help in the progress and development of Nepal?

The whole academic system is fantastic in schools under VEDFON. Especially, I think school activities are very systematic and unique. All the works to be performed here in teaching field is standard. The teacher and students are enjoying at the same time while they are learning. The teacher should be flexible to the students all the time and should have love as a social worker and must be very caring. The teacher and students get awards regularly if s/he is sincere to work, has love and care for children. I think VEDFON is really a great project for the poor children and the poor community of people in Nepal. The methodology of teaching followed here is world standard and can really transform lives and nation. Also, here there is no discrimination of any sort – no race, caste, religion – they only concern here is, education, hygiene, and education that we can emulate in our real lives. I am sure VEDFON will help in the development of Nepal because bulk of the people of Nepal is uneducated, ignorant, religiously blind etc. So, VEDFON will make an attempt to transform individuals, society and Nepal as a whole to better.

Do you have anything to say to VEDFON and the people who have been helping to run the organization?

I would like to tons of thanks to those people who are helping us to provide funds to run the noble organization. Vicki Madam herself is a great. Fir my thanks go to Vicki Madam, who is the chief donor who founded this organization. She is the real mother of hundreds of children who are studying in schools. So, once again thanks to all the Spanish citizens who help us to build up our career and help choose the right path in our lives. We Nepalis look forward to your continuous help in upcoming days too. Thank you!

9. How do you want VEDFON to be like in days ahead?

I want the schools under VEDFON to be like it was in the very beginning when school was established. At that time we were provided morning food and afternoon food, stationery, school uniform, etc the whole year. At that time, Vicki Madam was in front of us. But in the middle when there were people like Sitaram Sir and Tashi Miss, all facilities were cut down day by day. Therefore, it could be very nice if VEDFON could provide such facilities to the students once again.

1. Name: Nir Bahadur Yonjan

2. Address: Ranibari, Samakhusi, Kathmandu

3. Date of Birth: 2046.01.02

4. Designation (Present): Hostel In-charge

5. Hobbies and Interests: To Playing football, listening to music, to be a good teacher and social worker.

6. When did you join VEFON Projects as a student and as a staff? What have you gained since you have become the part of VEDFON?

I joined VEDFON as a student in 2000 AD. and as a staff in 2008 AD. I have gained free quality education and also I have gained many things from this organization which I can’t express in words.

7. How, according to you, can the ongoing problems in VEDFON be solved? And, how have you helped the organization during this time of crisis?

All of us know that VEDFON is in problem. So, according to my view to solve the ongoing problems in VEDFON, first of all we have to dissolve the present VEDFON Board by hook or by crook and change the constitution thereby. As I am the part of this organization, it is my responsibility to help this organization not only during the time of crisis but all the time when it needs my help. I think I have helped this organization as much as I can and still I am helping. However lastly I would say that I don’t want to describe about my help towards VEDFON myself; it’s for other to understand.

8. How do you evaluate VEDFON’s work since you joined? How does it help in the progress and development of Nepal?

There are no words to evaluate VEDFON’s work in Nepal. Since I have joined this organization I know that it is the only one organization which is really dedicated towards the poor and marginalized children and their parents, those who need help. This organization is also a discrimination free organization.

9. Do you have anything to say to VEDFON and the people who have been helping to run the organization?

I can’t find any words that would equate my feeling of gratitude towards VEDFON and the people who have been providing fund to run the organization. Therefore it’s only a simple THANK YOU to VEDFON and to the people who have been providing fund to run the organization.

10. How do you want VEDFON to be like in days ahead?

In upcoming days I want VEDFON not only in Kathmandu, but I want it to function even in remotest parts of Nepal.

1. Name: Dawa Sherpa

2. Address: Boudha, Phulbari, Kathmandu

3. Date of Birth: 2043.1.29

4. Designation (Present): Pedagogical Designer

5. Hobbies and Interests: To play with machinery parts, drawing and music

6. When did you join VEFON Projects as a student and as a staff? What have you gained since you have become the part of VEDFON?

I joined VEDFON project as a student when I was 5 years old child and as a staff I joined this organization 18 months before taking up the position of furniture maintenance in charge as a volunteer. Wherever I stay and whatever I do and what ever we think we have to be honest and clear person. Wherever we live we have to be good person. Whatever we do be honest and faith on job and whatever we think about we have to be clear vision on that. I have gained this since I have become a part of VEDFON.

7. How, according to you, can the ongoing problems in VEDFON be solved? And, how have you helped the organization during this time of crisis?

According to me there is no possible to solve the problem by myself only. But according to many I get together and I can solve the problem of VEDFON. Means that ‘I’ the part of VEDFON every I put hand on hand and trust each other and fight against all of them. I can solve the problem. But alone I can not solve the problem. I alone am nothing. Many I are solutions of ongoing problems of VEDFON. I helped nothing because I was not there to help, I am only walking together.

8. How do you evaluate VEDFON’s work since you joined? How does it help in the progress and development of Nepal?

I am nobody to evaluate VEDFON’s work. But what I can felt is VEDFON is unable to give education to the poor children before also and current time also. But when I was a child, this organization that moment was perfect, with different facilities for children and quality education. It directly helps in the progress and development of Nepal because education for children is the most important thing. It is the backbone of any country. If you want flower then you have to wait 1 to 3 months. If you want fruit then you have to wait 6 to 12 months. If you want developed country then you have to wait 100 years and more than that because to develop the country first you have to give education for the new generation for the new generation child and it give developed country.

9. Do you have anything to say to VEDFON and the people who have been helping to run the organization?

I don’t have any words to thank VEDFON and the people who have been providing funds to run the organization because I do respect them and VEDFON is one part of my life. For thanks, thank you word is very small part. It is nothing even we serve them whole life. It is also incomplete. So, there is no word of thank you.

10. How do you want VEDFON to be like in days ahead?

I want VEDFON to be like in days ahead. I hope the organization will run thousands of years and get the quality of education for all the poor children in the world, not only in Nepal, but everywhere around the world.

1. Name: Sanjeev Lama

2. Address: Sinamangal, Kathmandu

3. Date of Birth: 2047.11.22

4. Designation (Present): Sinamangal Coordinator

5. Hobbies and Interests: To play guitar and enjoying

6. When did you join VEFON Projects as a student and as a staff? What have you gained since you have become the part of VEDFON?

I was a student when I joined this organization. I finished my whole school life here. Now I am also staff of this organization since 2 years. I gained so many new things here. Here is different style, system and process than other schools and organizations. This system is very effective and easy to make any one understand.

7. How, according to you, can the ongoing problems in VEDFON be solved? And, how have you helped the organization during this time of crisis?

The ongoing and unexpected problems have made so many poor students suffer. So, this problem can be solved when poor student, parents and our founder will get all the power to run this organization. And, I have been helping this organization through ex-student by making all poor society, parents conscious and awaring society from this kind of corruption who are involving in our organization.

8. How do you evaluate VEDFON’s work since you joined? How does it help in the progress and development of Nepal?

Since I joined this organization as my view, this organization is involving to increase the educated and self standable people in this modern society from this poor background society people. This organization has made many disable children to enabled persons in the society. So this VEDFON work is very unforgettable for everyone who has been engaged in this organization. In my view since I joined this organization, I have found it to be a place where it has many opportunities carried fro poor children to be successful person in life and see this beautiful world in their own wan. I mean, it is involving to produce not a big but good student in society. So, I think evaluate yourself how lucky Nepalese are.

9. Do you have anything to say to VEDFON and the people who have been helping to run the organization?

I would like to thank them heartily those people who are providing funds to run the organization. And I want to tell them that you are really not only big but also good persons. Through your help many poor children are getting chance to view this world clearly. Of course, this poor children have tears in their eyes but thank a lot for bringing smile on their face. So, again thanks that you are holding such a great responsibility to run this organization and hope this your kind contribution will continue in future also.

10. How do you want VEDFON to be like in days ahead?

In my view, it w2ould be better if VEDFON could provide quality education to more children in Nepal and around the world.

1. Name: Pema Sangmu Sherpa

2. Address: Boudha, Jorpati, Kathmandu

3. Date of Birth: 2048.10.16

4. Designation (Present): Librarian

5. Hobbies and Interests: Reading and writing poems, singing and dancing

6. When did you join VEFON Projects as a student and as a staff? What have you gained since you have become the part of VEDFON?

In 2050 B.S., I joined VEDFON projects as a student and from August 2008 as a staff. First of all, I am very happy to be a part of VEDFON and glad to be a family of VEDFON. In my view VEDFON projects is for poor people who have weak economy for fulfilling their basic needs. So, this VEDFON provides this all basic needs which means helping the poor people. So, I learned the practical knowledge of cooperation and helping others.

7. How, according to you, can the ongoing problems in VEDFON be solved? And, how have you helped the organization during this time of crisis?

We know that we are facing many problems in VEDFON projects. So, we have to co-operate with each other. From my side: (i) I will work hard by putting or sharing my skills to students which make them creative, (ii) I will make students face any type of problem in any time by mentally not by physically and (iii) I will work by volunteering myself.

8. How do you evaluate VEDFON’s work since you joined? How does it help in the progress and development of Nepal?

All the people of VEDFON are very co-operative. So, I have seen different type of system which means creative work like pedagogical system, which help student to do creative work not by parrot speaking by practically. It help in the progress and development of Nepal by providing education to every poor people.

9. Do you have anything to say to VEDFON and the people who have been helping to run the organization?

I am very glad to be a part of VEDFON. By providing me free and quality education as a student and providing good opportunity to be a staff at VEDFON and the people who have been providing funds to run the organization will be thanks with heartily and we use their fund in providing education.

10. How do you want VEDFON to be like in days ahead?

I wish VEDFON becomes better and better and progresses and with good management. Also making other branches of VEDFON in rural area because in rural areas also there is no education of light or school. So, I wish there should be established the school in future to provide quality education.

1. Name: Sandeep Nepal

2. Address: Sallaghari, Kathmandu

3. Date of Birth: 2044.04.02

4. Designation (Present): School Secretary

5. Hobbies and Interests: Reading and writing, and working with children

6. When did you join VEFON Projects as a student and as a staff? What have you gained since you have become the part of VEDFON?

I joined VEDFON projects in 2058 B.S. as a student and from July 2008, I joined VEDFON projects as a staff. I gained extra knowledge about the school activities and also got an experience in teaching field. As a student I gained practical knowledge of the books.

7. How, according to you, can the ongoing problems in VEDFON be solved? And, how have you helped the organization during this time of crisis?

We are facing different kinds of school problems just like economic crisis, unmanaged school activities etc. Now it is good. I have been helping the organization by giving kind support to VEDFON and helping by working as a secretary and working with children. We can still help the organization by giving more time and giving support many times that VEDFON needs.

8. How do you evaluate VEDFON’s work since you joined? How does it help in the progress and development of Nepal?

I evaluate VEDFON’s work that it gives practical knowledge to the students. It has its own studying style and method that we called pedagogy. By this student can learn the books practically by playing and enjoying. By this all Nepalese children will be interested in studying because this method gave enjoyment and all children come for school.

9. Do you have anything to say to VEDFON and the people who have been helping to run the organization?

I heartily thank to those who have been providing funds for the VEDFON organization for the welfare of the poor and disabled children. By the help of them the poor children are studying and getting knowledge. So, we really thanks to them.

10. How do you want VEDFON to be like in days ahead?

I want VEDFON to be well developed, well organized and managed in days ahead. And I want this organization to be better condition and in future to not have this problem which we are facing.

1. Name: Suraj Gurung

2. Address: Lazimpat, Kathmandu

3. Date of Birth: 1987.12.20

4. Designation (Present): Public Relation In Charge

5. Hobbies and Interests: Playing video games, writing poems and to be a good person

6. When did you join VEFON Projects as a student and as a staff? What have you gained since you have become the part of VEDFON?

I joined VEDFON as a student in 1998 and as a staff in 2008. As a student I achieved a quality education which helps me a lot these days by implementing it on a daily behavior. I’ve gains the unity of friends. I get an opportunity to know many people and respected people from them I have learned how to tackle problems of our lives.

7. How, according to you, can the ongoing problems in VEDFON be solved? And, how have you helped the organization during this time of crisis?

These days VEDFON is in problem. The problem can be solved by dissolving the board and forming again the new board with new constitution and with those people who are heartily attached with the poor and marginalized children and the feelings for development. In my opinion I think I have tried my best to solve but I can’t define what I’ve done. So the people who know me have to evaluate my contribution and I am a part of VEDFON.

8. How do you evaluate VEDFON’s work since you joined? How does it help in the progress and development of Nepal?

The target of this NGO is to provide the quality education to the poor, marginalized children and those who are deprived like Dalits without taking any charge. This kind of NGOs should maintain n our country forever because by this many kids and adults are been awarded by education and the workshop and the training. It helps in the progress and development of Nepal because our country is underdeveloped and in this undeveloped country VEDFON helps the community and a society to be stable by doing different kind of programs like jewellery project, stitching and knitting, greeting cards. By doing this kind of things people can be employed and many of the poor children can get education without charges.

9. Do you have anything to say to VEDFON and the people who have been helping to run the organization?

I heartily thank to those who have been providing funds for the VEDFON organization for the welfare of the poor and disabled children. By the help of them the poor children are studying and getting knowledge. So, we really thanks to them.

10. How do you want VEDFON to be like in days ahead?

In coming days, I want VEDFON to help many children than now and function lots of new programs and this kind of NGOs should be placed in all parts of the world.

1. Name: Suresh Nepali

2. Address: Tulasi bhanjyang-05, Syangja

3. Date of Birth: 2046.02.20

4. Designation (Present): Procurement In Charge/ Inventory Manager

5. Hobbies and Interests: Playing Sports, Playing Guitar, Singing, Music and Body Building

6. When did you join VEFON Projects as a student and as a staff? What have you gained since you have become the part of VEDFON?

As a student I joined VEDFON in 2050 BS. And as a staff I joined VEDFON in 2008 AD. I have gained quality education and full support of knowledge since I have become the part of VEDFON. I got change to work with children.

7. How, according to you, can the ongoing problems in VEDFON be solved? And, how have you helped the organization during this time of crisis?

These days VEDFON is in problem. The problem can be solved by dissolving the board and forming again the new board with new constitution and with those people who are heartily attached with the poor and marginalized children and the feelings for development. In my opinion I think I have tried my best to solve but I can’t define what I’ve done. So the people who know me have to evaluate my contribution and I am a part of VEDFON.

8. How do you evaluate VEDFON’s work since you joined? How does it help in the progress and development of Nepal?

The target of this NGO is to provide the quality education to the poor, marginalized children and those who are deprived like Dalits without taking any charge. This kind of NGOs should maintain n our country forever because by this many kids and adults are been awarded by education and the workshop and the training. It helps in the progress and development of Nepal because our country is underdeveloped and in this undeveloped country VEDFON helps the community and a society to be stable by doing different kind of programs like jewellery project, stitching and knitting, greeting cards. By doing this kind of things people can be employed and many of the poor children can get education without charges.

9. Do you have anything to say to VEDFON and the people who have been helping to run the organization?

I heartily thank to those who have been providing funds for the VEDFON organization for the welfare of the poor and disabled children. By the help of them the poor children are studying and getting knowledge. So, we really thanks to them.

10. How do you want VEDFON to be like in days ahead?

In coming days, I want VEDFON to help many children than now and function lots of new programs and this kind of NGOs should be placed in all parts of the world.


Purple Hands and Progress

January 25, 2009

 

We always believed in inner power of justice living within us. We know that the power is inexorable and will prevail in the long term. And we always stuck on to our beliefs – of truth, morality, non-violence and selfless service to the children deprived of so many things in life. Come what may, we will forever stick to these values that always enable us to discern good from bad and right from wrong, and those that shape up an otherwise only a living creature into a human being. Regularly, we have been coming across some big-hearted and open-minded people who followed similar values and work ethics and adhered to ours, who cooperated with us and joined the fight to for justice to the children. And it is a very encouraging sign that the problems we have been encountering for around one year that followed us like nightmares at one point are gradually decreasing and now we find ourselves moving towards the right direction. Therefore, it is very important for us to take some time and words to express our gratitude for their invaluable support which in fact they never demand but fully deserve.

Since Mr. Sundar Thapa, the former national football player of Nepal and the founder of Football Museum of Nepal, lent us his helping hand (a purple hand), the situation has tremendously improved. He not only dedicated his time and efforts to us, but also encouraged everyone in his contacts by drawing their attention towards what is happening and mustering many other “purple” hands in this fight. His arrival has given us abundant reassurance that we are going to triumph eventually and ensured that there is no alternative to fight for justice.

Similarly, Mr. Jayandra Thakuri, President of Nepal Republican Sports Council, and Mr. Kul Bahadur K.C, the president of Youth Communist League, actively participated in every decisive meeting held to initiate several actions for the reconstruction of our organization. They were not only attending the meetings but were even arranging meetings with different government authorities so that we could reach the solution as early as possible.

Ms. Bimala Poudel, former female national player of Nepal and the current coach of Nepali girls’ national team, joined hands with us to make an impact in this long struggle for justice. Ms. Poudel, also a pulsating advocate of female rights in male-centered Nepali society, demonstrated her courage and enthusiasm to reacquire the rights of the marginalized in our projects in general and exhibited concern towards the problems of women in particular. Besides, involving herself actively into the matters, she encouraged her team mates and the authorities related to sports too to solve the on-going crisis in VEDFON.

Alongside, the abovementioned purple hands and the vice-President of the council, Mr. Ranasangram Bista, Mr. Dilip Kumar Prajapati, a Senior Young Communist League (YCL) General Secretary, is also equally keen and contributed to bring such a drastic change of situation on our favor.

At the same time, Mr. Ram Chandra Tiwari, a friend or Mr. Sundar Thapa and a very renowned pedagogical expert in Nepal, is regularly advising us. As he has been sharing us his experiences of having gone through similar problems, we get guidelines as how to patiently act in such situations.

Specifically, since these groups of people have involved themselves in our case, we have gotten rid of threatens, panic and torture imposed upon us by those against us for the last 11 months. Fear, pressure and physical attacks to our innocent children and staff and to the Founder of VEDFON are gradually subsiding. For us, it has been like a journey from nightmare to miracle. The school activities are smoothly running for the last two months. The remarkable changes recently observed and the progresses we have made from meeting with different authorities in their presence are:

 

(i)                 We have found that there were a large number of students who had left out due to fear of ‘gangsters’ surrounding the school premises and physically harming them. But as the school programs are going on sans disturbances again, those students are coming back to school and attending their regular classes. They are as smart and enthusiastic to learn from their teachers as they were before. Their performance is remarkable in spite of the difficulties they faced.

 

(ii)               Their involvement helped to stop the adverse activities of Mr. Tika Ram Gaire and Mr. Bishnu Mahat, the local Maoists from Samakhusi area who joined forces with Sitaram’s team to go against us.

 

(iii)              Mr. Ang Kami Sherpa and his brother who is the current secretary of VEDFON and who is also convicted of robbery and other crimes had repeatedly troubled us by their negative actions and their false tales against the founder and the schools in the past. But, they seem to be out of action at the moment as the abovementioned friends gave us their hands.

 

(iv)             They also mediated with the Chief District Officer (CDO), Mr. Dhurba Prasad Sharma, (who has been very helpful and concerned towards solving problems in VEDFON) to decrease the numerous false statements, lies, accusations and violence operated by Mr. Sitaram Upreti and his gang in the previous meetings. Our friends helped get the full support of the CDO in getting the commitment of Sitaram to resign from the VEDFON Board.

 

(v)              Their (Mr. Upreti and friends’) uncivilized behavior before CDO who is such a high level authority was distasteful. People like Mr. Ang Kami Sherpa, Mr. Sitaram Upreti, Ms. Karuna Shah, Ms. Sapana Pal, Ms. Laxmi Shrestha, etc. presented themselves very violently and were very severely scolded by Mr. Sharma himself for their unnecessary aggression. Mr. Sharma reprimanded the greedy ex-teachers for undeservedly asking for 5 months salary. According to him, to give them what they demand would only be a misuse of money meant for the children. He also appointed the District Education Officer (DEO) to investigate the working days of those gluttonously natured teachers. We also approached the CDO as an answer to the request for clarification of salary issue, raised by the ex-teachers, by handing him a letter of compensation from all the wrongdoers to each and every student of our schools.

 

(vi)             The documents were signed with abovementioned points. And in the same document, Mr. Sitaram Upreti has committed his resignation, by written, from which the dissolution of Board is going to start. Finally, Mr. Sharma gave the Board members a week’s time to formalize the resignation of Mr. Upreti’s resignation in the minute book and to prepare for the general elections.

 

Apart from such significant improvements we have made recently, there are a few other people who have been working extremely hard bringing very good results to us. We have no words to express our gratitude towards Helena and her husband Jacob, who are working as volunteers for a long time now. No words are going to match their service. Not only they have demonstrated their professional efficiency, but also the courage and energy to stand hand in hand with us in the most challenging time in the 18-year-long history of VEDFON. Besides, taking care of all pedagogical affairs – teaching students and training teachers – they are dynamically helping us in extra-pedagogical matters too. Their love and concern for the education of those marginalized children go beyond their professional duties. Without their dedication and faith in justice, the normal school agendas would never have been successfully accomplished!

We whole-heartedly thank you all for your solidarity with the children from margin and from the poor community of Nepal, who deserve everything yet are deprived of so many things. We have no doubt that your helping hands – your purple hands – are opening many more windows of opportunities for them to live a better life. With your support in days ahead too, we are sure that we are going to win every battle and bring justice for those who need it the most.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

The VEDFON Community


Purple Hands and Progress

January 20, 2009

We always believed in inner power of justice living within us. We know that the power is inexorable and will prevail in the long term. And we always stuck on to our beliefs – of truth, morality, non-violence and selfless service to the children deprived of so many things in life. Come what may, we will forever stick to these values that always enable us to discern good from bad and right from wrong, and those that shape up an otherwise only a living creature into a human being. Regularly, we have been coming across some big-hearted and open-minded people who followed similar values and work ethics and adhered to ours, who cooperated with us and joined the fight to for justice to the children. And it is a very encouraging sign that the problems we have been encountering for around one year that followed us like nightmares at one point are gradually decreasing and now we find ourselves moving towards the right direction. Therefore, it is very important for us to take some time and words to express our gratitude for their invaluable support which in fact they never demand but fully deserve.

Since Mr. Sundar Thapa, the former national football player of Nepal, lent us his helping hand (a purple hand), the situation has tremendously improved. He not only dedicated his time and efforts to us, but also encouraged everyone in his contacts by drawing their attention towards what is happening and mustering many other “purple” hands in this fight. His arrival has given us abundant reassurance that we are going to triumph eventually and ensured that there is no alternative to fight for justice.

Similarly, Mr. Jayandra Thakuri, President of Nepal Republican Sports Council, and Mr. Sonam, the president of Youth Communist League, actively participated in every decisive meeting held to initiate several actions for the reconstruction of our organization. They were not only attending the meetings but were even arranging meetings with different government authorities so that we could reach the solution as early as possible.

Ms. Bimala Poudel, former female national player of Nepal and the current coach of Nepali girls’ national team, joined hands with us to make an impact in this long struggle for justice. Ms. Poudel, also a pulsating advocate of female rights in male-centered Nepali society, demonstrated her courage and enthusiasm to reacquire the rights of the marginalized in our projects in general and exhibited concern towards the problems of women in particular. Besides, involving herself actively into the matters, she encouraged her team mates and the authorities related to sports too to solve the on-going crisis in VEDFON.

Alongside, the abovementioned purple hands and the vice-President of the council, Mr. Ranasangram Bista, Mr. Dilip Kumar Prajapati, a Senior Young Communist League (YCL) General Secretary, is also equally keen and contributed to bring such a drastic change of situation on our favor. At the same time, Mr. Ram Chandra Tiwari, a friend or Mr. Sundar Thapa and a very renowned pedagogical expert in Nepal, is regularly advising us. As he has been sharing us his experiences of having gone through similar problems, we get guidelines as how to patiently act in such situations.

Specifically, since these groups of people have involved themselves in our case, we have gotten rid of threatens, panic and torture imposed upon us by those against us for the last 11 months. Fear, pressure and physical attacks to our innocent children and staff and to the Founder of VEDFON are gradually subsiding. For us, it has been like a journey from nightmare to miracle. The school activities are smoothly running for the last two months. The remarkable changes recently observed and the progresses we have made from meeting with different authorities in their presence are:

 (i) We have found that there were a large number of students who had left out due to fear of ‘gangsters’ surrounding the school premises and physically harming them. But as the school programs are going on sans disturbances again, those students are coming back to school and attending their regular classes. They are as smart and enthusiastic to learn from their teachers as they were before. Their performance is remarkable in spite of the difficulties they faced.

(ii) Their involvement helped to stop the adverse activities of Mr. Tika Ram Gaire and Mr. Bishnu Mahat, the local Maoists from Samakhusi area who joined forces with Sitaram’s team to go against us.

(iii) Mr. Ang Kami Sherpa and his brother who is the current secretary of VEDFON and who is also convicted of robbery and other crimes had repeatedly troubled us by their negative actions and their false tales against the founder and the schools in the past. But, they seem to be out of action at the moment as the abovementioned friends gave us their hands.

(iv) They also mediated with the Chief District Officer (CDO), Mr. Dhurba Prasad Sharma, (who has been very helpful and concerned towards solving problems in VEDFON) to decrease the numerous false statements, lies, accusations and violence operated by Mr. Sitaram Upreti and his gang in the previous meetings. Our friends helped get the full support of the CDO in getting the commitment of Sitaram to resign from the VEDFON Board.

(v) Their (Mr. Upreti and friends’) uncivilized behavior before CDO who is such a high level authority was distasteful. People like Mr. Ang Kami Sherpa, Mr. Sitaram Upreti, Ms. Karuna Shah, Ms. Sapana Pal, Ms. Laxmi Shrestha, etc. presented themselves very violently and were very severely scolded by Mr. Sharma himself for their unnecessary aggression. Mr. Sharma reprimanded the greedy ex-teachers for undeservedly asking for 5 months salary. According to him, to give them what they demand would only be a misuse of money meant for the children. He also appointed the District Education Officer (DEO) to investigate the working days of those gluttonously natured teachers. We also approached the CDO as an answer to the request for clarification of salary issue, raised by the ex-teachers, by handing him a letter of compensation from all the wrongdoers to each and every student of our schools.

(vi) The documents were signed with abovementioned points. And in the same document, Mr. Sitaram Upreti has committed his resignation, by written, from which the dissolution of Board is going to start. Finally, Mr. Sharma gave the Board members a week’s time to formalize the resignation of Mr. Upreti’s resignation in the minute book and to prepare for the general elections.

Apart from such significant improvements we have made recently, there are a few other people who have been working extremely hard bringing very good results to us. We have no words to express our gratitude towards Helena and her husband Jacob, who are working as volunteers for a long time now. No words are going to match their service. Not only they have demonstrated their professional efficiency, but also the courage and energy to stand hand in hand with us in the most challenging time in the 18-year-long history of VEDFON. Besides, taking care of all pedagogical affairs – teaching students and training teachers – they are dynamically helping us in extra-pedagogical matters too. Their love and concern for the education of those marginalized children go beyond their professional duties. Without their dedication and faith in justice, the normal school agendas would never have been successfully accomplished!

We whole-heartedly thank you all for your solidarity with the children from margin and from the poor community of Nepal, who deserve everything yet are deprived of so many things. We have no doubt that your helping hands – your purple hands – are opening many more windows of opportunities for them to live a better life. With your support in days ahead too, we are sure that we are going to win every battle and bring justice for those who need it the most.

Truly,

The VEDFON Community


Food Estimate Budget for Daleki and Catalunya Schools

December 30, 2008
Food Estimate Budget for Daleki and Catalunya School
Daleki Pre – Primary 75 students & 12 staffs Nepal Catalunya School 250 students & 37 staffs Grand Total NRS
Day Menu Quantity Price Day Menu Quqntity Price
Monday Fried Rice Fried Rice 600 Monday Fired Rice 30 Kg 1717
Milk 25 Packets 400 Milk 75 Packets 1200
Fruits Season Wise 300 Fruits Season wise 900
Total 1300 Total 3817 5117
Tuesday Dal Dal 150 Tuesday Dal 2.5 Kg 397
Bhat Bhat 320 Bhat 30 kg 960
Meat 6 Kg 1020 Meat 18kg 3060
Milk 25 Packets 400 Milk 75 Packets 1200
Fruits Season Wise 300 Fruits Season Wise 900
Total 2190 Total 6517 8707
Wednesday Roti 160 Pieces 800 Wednesday Roti 574 Pieces 2870
Fried Eggs 80 Pieces 320 Fried Eggs 287 Pieces 1148
Vegetables Curry Vegetables 600 Vegetables Curry vegetables 1696
Milk 25 Packets 400 Milk 75 Packets 1200
Fruits Season Wise 300 Fruits Season Wise 900
Total 2420 Total 7814 10234
Thursday Potato Soup Potato Soup 375 Thursday Potato Soup Potato 1125
Bhujiya Bhujiya 210 Bhujiya Bhujiya 903
Two Boiled Eggs 160 Pieces 640 Two Boiled Eggs 1148 pieces 4592
Milk 25 Packets 400 Milk 75 Packets 1200
Fruits Season Wise 300 Fruits Season Wise 900
Total 1925 Total 8720 10645
Friday Bean, Tofu & Rice Soup Bean, Tofu 600 Friday Bean, Tofu & Rice Soup 1717
Milk 25 Packets 400 Milk 75 Packets 1200
Fruits Season Wise 300 Fruits Season Wise 900
Total 1300 Total 3817 5117
Sunday Khichadhi 1404
Milk 75 Packets 1200
Fruits Season wise 900
Total 3504 3504
Total in Euro / week 486.7865169 in Nrs 43324
Note Note
1. In Daleki School, there is only one gas stove so that if 1. In Nepal Catalunya School there is only 2 gas stove and we need at least 1 more gas stove needs
we follow the new menu than we have to place two new gas
stove
2. 1 new cylinder gas needs 2. Two cylinder gas needs
3. Purchase of new kitchen utensils 3. Purchase of new kitchen utensils

To the CDO (Compensation)

December 30, 2008

Vicki Educational & Development Foundation Nepal
Samakhusi, Kathmandu, Nepal

05, 12, 2008

To,
Mr. Dhurba Prasad Sharma
The Chief District Officer
Kathmandu, Nepal

Subject: Payment as compensation

As the problems that projects under Vicki Educational & Development Foundation Nepal (VEDFON) have been undergoing for almost a year are evident, we notice some individuals in group(s) operating against the poor children’s right to education by different means, and to financially destabilize the organization.

In order to bring about justice to everyone involved, we request an immediate compensation from the Board Members of VEDFON, ex-teaching and ex-non-teaching staffs, and also those who are taking advantage of the situation by implementing harmful actions against the children and the founder or the organization. We also demand economic compensation for the lack of professionalism of some journalist producing false statements in the media.

First, for the last 10 months owing to the misuse of funds, financial irregularity and the lack of transparency on the part of the VEDFON Board Members, the financial help from our counterpart in Spain, Vicki Sherpa Eduqual is not transferable before the clarifications are made. As such, the Founder and Executive Director of VEDFON, Ms. Vicki Subirana, is personally bearing the expenses from her personal loan.

Secondly, we have found that VEDFON Board Members, ex-teaching and ex-non-teaching staff along with their supporters are producing false statements addressing people and organizations inside and outside Nepal to tarnish the image of the Founder and the organization.

Also, the intervention of some media with no ethics is damaging the psychological stability of the children. We found a lack of professionalism of some journalist, who after being paid, have no hesitation in casting false statements lies, and calumniations about our organization (including private matters) in some televisions. These kinds of practices are seriously detrimental to the students, who are witnessing how their school environment is being deteriorated by their previous teachers. Some of them are under psychological treatment for depression; many of them are even shy to wear the uniform to go to school. They lack self confidence and the entire situation is bringing adverse effect on their academics.

Finally, we are suffering the attack of ex-teachers and VEDFON Board Members, who are coming to the school with professional gangsters, entering school premises by force, vandalizing school property, creating an atmosphere of fear to the children and staff, and forcing our newly recruited teachers to resign from their positions. The children are frightened because they think they are going to be killed, and many of them have left the school.

These immoral practices are clearly violating essential rights children, and human rights in clear words. And therefore, the victims have to receive a compensation amount from all the VEDFON Board Members, ex-teaching and ex-non-teaching staff, and their supporters, who have been attempting against the poor children’s right to pursue their education, violating the universal law.

The compensation amount to date for the period of ten months is of ONE CRORE AND FIFTY LAKH.

The details are as follows:

Daily compensation per Student = Rs. 100
No. of Students and beneficiaries = 500
Time = 10 months (300 days)
Total Expenses of 500 students for 10 months = Rs. (100x500x300) = Rs. 1,50,00,000 (One crore and fifty lakh rupees)

Sincerely,
The Founder and the VEDFON Community


Request for Emergency Release Fund

December 30, 2008

Vicki Educational & Development Foundation Nepal (VEDFON)
Samakhusi, Kathmandu, Nepal

DATE: 21 December 2008

TO: INGOs Working in Nepal
FROM: THE FOUNDER AND THE COMMUNITY OF VEDFON

Subject: A Request for Emergency Release Fund

Educational Projects under VEDFON: “Vicki Educational and Development Foundation Nepal” running since the past 18 years, providing free education to 500 Dalits and other poor children, has been facing serious problems for the last 10 months. We would therefore like to draw your attention towards the nature of problems and support us accordingly in solving the crisis.

Vicki Subirana (Spanish Citizen), the founder and Executive Director of the projects, detected management irregularities, misuse of funds and negligence in duty from VEDFON Board members. The founder, after acknowledgment of such facts, requested the government authorities, both from Nepal and Spain, to carry out a financial investigation.

In addition to that, a hostel student named Sabita Timilsina, a supposed orphan girl, committed suicide under unclear circumstances. Despite the request of the founder to help in the process of clarifying the matters, the board members of VEDFON reacted negatively, and now want to get Vicki Subirana out of the projects.

Since the board was not cooperating with the above mentioned investigations the funds from Spain had to be temporarily stopped. The President of the board, Mr. Sitaram Upreti, has said that the intention of the board is to sell the school property (donation from the government of Spain). Although Vicki Subirana is the donor of the projects, she does not have access to the bank account being a foreigner, nor does she have a vote in the board of directors. Since there is no confidence on the board, the money from Spain can not be transferred.

Dues are increasing day by day and the children from the schools some days do not have food to eat. We would like you to be aware of the problems and help us to run our projects without the external involvement of those who are attempting against the rights of the “Dalits” and other marginalized children to pursue their education.

To solve this problem we approached different authorities and institutions but to no avail. Therefore to address the attention of the world and demanding the disolution of VEDFON board, the founder, Vicki Subirana, went on a hunger strike from September 05 to September 11. The entire communities of parents, students and ex-students supported her. Government authorities promised to carry out an investigation and help solve the problem. However, those who attempt against the children did not stop harming the institution even during the period when the investigation is taking place.

Since the transference has stopped from Spain, the financial problems are creating a State of Emergency in our projects. It is hard to bear the daily expenses of lunch, transportation, medical care, staff salaries, telephone and electricity bills, rent, and all the requirements to keep the conditions of 500 students and beneficiaries. Thus, we make the following requests to you:

  1. Since the issues stated above are clearly attempting against human rights, and your organization is well know for its intensive work in the field of International Cooperation, to fighting injustices, we would like to get your opinions, your counseling, your support, your ideas in order to solve these problems as soon as possible.
  2. During this period of crisis, the Founder of VEDFON projects, Ms. Vicki Subirana, has been standing up, somehow bearing the expenses incurring under VEDFON projects from her personal accounts. But the problems only seem to continue for longer period until we find a solution to fulfill the daily expenses of our children and projects. Therefore, we have decided to write this application and request an Emergency Release Fund to carry on educating the children.
  3. We would also like your help in providing us with instructions about the institutions, at international level, where we could forward the information in order to prosecute those who committed wrong actions. As well as the local legal ways to get the compensation from those who damage the education of our children.

Thanking you in advance for listening to our demands even in these trying times. We look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible, and wish for your continued cooperation in days ahead too.

Sincerely yours,
The Founder of VEDFON and VEDFON Community


Media Plot: Avenues Invasion

November 28, 2008

Yesterday, reporters from AVENUES TELEVISION in Nepal tried to enter my house by force. They wanted to film inside my residence in Satdobato and also threatened my assistant who refused to let them in. Luckily, a friend of mine, who has connections with the chief of the television, managed to stop the entire complot of telecasting the report that could have inclucated all kind of lies and false statements about myself and our organization.

This time fortunately we have been able to resist the abuse of power and abuse of authority on time, but our previous experience on the subject tells that in Nepal there is very little room for those who want to practice serious journalism; and on the other hand unfortunately there is freedom and full support for those who tresspass beyond the boundaries of moral values, ethics and principles and those who can be bought to broadcast or telecast anything if the client pays well.

Thanks again for your support,
Vicki