Many have asked about a best way to help the people of Nepal. I met teachers with World Education Nepal during my visit there in early April. They are setting up “child friendly places” for earthquake survivors. These are places for “children to continue learning while they wait for schools to reopen.” They welcome donations and have a link on their page. https://www.facebook.com/worlded
For a short story of my journey to Nepal in photos please click on Nepal Slide show I am not certain of the earthquake damage in many of the places I visited. Shirley Blair at the school for Himalayan Children (SMD Boarding School) near Boudha Temple is Kathmandu reports that students and staff are safe. I hope to hear back from others soon. Among the photos is a picture of women eating at a Saturday festival at the Swayambhunath Temple, also called the Monkey Temple. I heard today that although the temple is severely damaged, people still gather to honor the holy days.
International Chidlren’s Literature. Creating the Nepali-English folktale, The Story of a Pumpkin, was a many-layered process, challenging, and joyous, too. The link above is to an excerpt of the article. I tried to bring readers through our steps and introduce you to all who made the book happen from the refugee community we worked with to ESOL teachers to the brilliant, creative women of the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Deb Cram took the photos of the dancing girls in Manchester at the Humanities Council folktale festival where we launched The Story of a Pumpkin. The book is distributed by the University Press of New England. I just saw a notice of the book in a Miami newspaper. May this story keep on rolling and coming into its own, which is just what happens to its magical hero.
Here’s a photo gallery from our Folktale Festival celebrating The Story of a Pumpkin by Hari Tiwari. She told the story in her ELL class in Laconia, New Hampshire. It was a story her father told to her when she was a little girl. And now the New Hampshire Humanities Council has published the tale in Nepali and English with the help of the Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire, folklorist Jo Rader, book artist, Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord and many ELL teachers. The University Press of New England is distributing the book. Photos in the gallery are by the extraordinary Deb Cram for the NH Humanities Council.