Author: Stella Deetjen

Protecting the environment through the hands of children: interacting child clubs

Sometimes the youth clubs we have initiated in our project schools exchange ideas or meet for sports competitions. The best ideas can come from this. Ideas become more when they are shared After a visit to Piple, Chitwan, southern Nepal, the girls and boys from the neighboring Thakaltar were deeply impressed. The village of Piple and its paths were so much cleaner than theirs! So one child club sat down with the other. The people from Piple presented their solutions for a clean village. And the youth from Thakaltar asked a lot of questions. Back in Thakaltar, the plan was quickly established....

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The magic of letters

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE – ADULT ALPHABETIZATION We are improving the school and learning conditions for over 4500 schoolchildren in Nepal. But we don’t want to stop there, we also want to take care of the literacy of adults in remote areas. According to the “Nepal Human Rights Year Book 2019” (INSEC), the literacy rate in Mugu is only 51.25 percent. This includes all school children, which means that the adult illiteracy rate is significantly higher. But how do you go about giving the already hard-working adults extra hours of learning? First, we set up a varied program to...

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With us, teachers also go to school – further education

A teacher in Nepal is respected in the village but earns little. In the remote areas in particular, teachers are often not well trained, not only professionally, but also pedagogically. They also have no access to the latest teaching materials. Back to Life carries out targeted training courses for teachers in Mugu, Chitwan and Nuwakot. We will introduce you to optimized teaching methods and show you various options for interesting and informative lesson design. Action plans are drawn up together, which you can implement directly in your own lessons. The preparation of descriptive teaching...

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Because it can happen again and again – earthquake safety training for teachers

30,000 classrooms collapsed during the devastating 2015 earthquake. The devastating earthquakes of 2015 claimed almost 9,000 deaths in Nepal. But it could have been hundreds of thousands more: The first quake was on a Saturday – the only day off of the week from school. On any other day, the schoolchildren in the 30,000 collapsed classrooms would have been killed by the masonry and the number of victims would have skyrocketed. The earthquake safety training courses aim to ensure that teachers and children are prepared in the event of another disaster. That is why it is important for...

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Olympic champion with a heart: Fabian Hambüchen donates a school

Fabian Hambüchen broke all records in his sporting career – today the Olympic champion is one of the most successful athletes in our country. In spring 2016 he was a participant in the ZDF show “I can do that” and won there too. In front of the cameras, he announced that he wanted to donate his prize to Back to Life. We were thrilled and agreed with him to use the sum for the reconstruction of one of the schools in Nuwakot, Nepal, which was destroyed by the 2015 earthquake. In autumn 2017 Stella Deetjen was able to inaugurate the rebuilt “Dakshinkali Primary School”, which...

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Understanding the world in a playful way – our preschools

In addition to the diverse projects for school children, Back to Life also promotes the early development of children of preschool age We have set up preschools at 33 schools and are funding a teacher for early childhood development who paints with the children, plays games, reads to them, sings and dances with them, but has also started teaching lighter material such as letters and numbers. We have equipped the rooms with blackboards, posters, writing pads and play materials for early childhood education. Learning is fun this way. We pay particular attention to practicing the important...

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Child marriage prevented!

The best day in life … sometimes has to be prevented When a wedding takes place in Nepal, it is a big celebration. Even if it is actually a sad day for child brides, which usually ends their chances of a better life from now on. But we are more and more successful through our educational work. We have courageous allies – the children themselves! FearlessSirjana is an intrepid young girl who internalized our anti-child marriage education and acted correctly. When her 13-year-old friend Rakshya confides in her that her wedding to the 14-year-old boy next door is imminent, she worries...

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Reading time

Education is one of our central development topics and the basis for a self-determined life. That is why we promote literacy in our project areas beyond the normal curriculum. We have now set up 30 libraries in 30 schools: 5 in Chitwan, 6 in Nuwakot, 19 in Mugu. More than 3,500 children have access to books every year. We were also able to equip a community library for the adults in the village of Loharbada in Mugu. We have provided more than 7,000 books in total. We have founded reading clubs in our project schools so that students can deepen their reading skills after class. After the official...

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Cook cleanly with sunlight

Innovation with a great effect for people and nature: solar cookers and solar water heaters In rural Nepal, it is common to use firewood for cooking. The open hearth is usually in the middle of the room where the family lives, cooks and sleeps. In the evening the smoky wood is burned to have light. It also serves as a heating source. It is estimated that a family consumes between 30-40 kg of firewood per day. The wood is usually collected by women, who often have to walk several hours a day, depending on how far away the nearest forest is. Back to Life has been providing clean energy for...

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For people and nature

The people in rural Mugu are predominantly smallholders who practice extensive agriculture (low capital and labor input in relation to the area). The soils in Mugu are not very fertile, and the farmers’ harvests are not particularly productive. The people there are both producers and consumers of the crops they grow, but the harvests are usually not enough to adequately feed the families. FRUIT TREES AS FUTURE SOURCE OF INCOME I 2019 we asked the farmers in our project villages Jiuka, Hyanglu and Nakharji about their situation and how they can be helped to stand safely on their own two...

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Micro hydropower plant – light and future for a village

When night came, our project village Thakaltar in Chitwan (southern Nepal) was in the dark. Wood fires or kerosene lamps only shone sporadically for people. Five hours’ walk from the next major street and the local markets, the residents decided to take their fate into their own hands. 187 households saved a total of 60,000 rupees (around 460 euros) over two years and built their own small hydroelectric power station with a small subsidy from the state, which generated energy for a maximum of one to four lamps per house. The joy lasted only a few months, then the monsoons came. The rains...

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Sher Singh, on two legs into the future

The door of the small shop in Loharbada village opens. A child asks about sugar, Sher Singh stands up and goes to the shelf. This would not have been possible just a few years ago. Because Sher Singh only has one healthy leg. As a school child, the boy fell in the mountains, broke his leg and knee and, without proper medical help, lost the leg above the knee after a while. The prosthesis for the prosthesis When Stella Deetjen met Sher Singh in Loharbada in 2012, he was already wearing an extremely damaged prosthesis. He could only slide on both hands and one leg with it, the sight was heartbreaking....

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A real growth industry: Nuwakot’s greenhouses

The harvest is ripe and the owners of the greenhouse, Kamal Tamang and his wife Khasmaya, can hardly believe their luck. The result is remarkable: the very first harvest yielded 80 kilos of tomatoes. Eight more harvests are possible until the early monsoon. After that, new seeds need to be sown. In the next 5 months Kamal can earn around 20,000 rupees (approx. 150 euros) with the tomatoes. A lot of extra money for the poor farm laborer. “We are now planning to plant cucumbers, pumpkins, cauliflowers and other vegetables …”, says Khasmaya and calculates that the family will...

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The chances grow with the plants

With vegetable gardens, Back to Life helps the families in our project villages simply and effectively to improve their income and at the same time improve their nutritional situation. As soon as the parents have noticeably more income available, they also allow their children to attend school, which is important. Our income generation measures therefore ultimately serve the well-being of the children. How it works | Back to Life provides the families with the material for the greenhouses. The cover is made of plastic sheeting. The families take care of the wooden beams for the scaffolding...

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Fate decides

by Stella Deetjen “We actually had no hope that he would survive. He was as small as a mouse when he was born. And so thin. But the situation got really bad when his mother died on the 15th day after giving birth, ”reports Jhupri Rawal, the baby’s grandmother, to our team in Mugu. LIFE AND DEATH l Clearly he was born far too early, probably around the 7th month. Around the mountain village there is (still) no birthplace where the mother-to-be could have turned. Sapura gave birth to her child without help, but she did not die from it. The 22-year-old had been seriously ill for...

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Living with an umbilical hernia – Dinesh is saved

Grandfather pulled up Dinesh’s shirt and began to feel carefully. His fingers slowly slid over the little boy’s chest to the belly. When he finally discovered the neat seam of the successful operation and understood that his grandson was now able to lead a completely normal life, he began to cry with joy and relief. Dinesh vor der Behandlung setREVStartSize({c: 'rev_slider_6_2',rl:[1240,1024,778,480],el:[700,568,760,520],gw:[1000,1000,778,480],gh:[700,568,760,520],type:'hero',justify:'',layout:'fullwidth',mh:"0"});if...

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The long way to happiness

HAND IN HAND FOR A BETTER LIFE by Stella Deetjen 2019/2020 The screams of the desperate mother tore the silence of the freezing winter night in the Mugu mountains. In no time the neighbors ran together and gathered in front of the Karkis house. What was it that happened? The family’s recently born baby, a young boy and the pride of his parents, screamed with all his might until he suddenly fell silent. When the father stepped outside the door, trembling, the village learned of the tragic accident that had just occurred. Dangerous povertyThe families in Mugu have no heating, in the...

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Saruli – unconditional will to live

Her corona odyssey from India back to Nepal When the children dance and sing in school, 11-year-old Saruli from Mugu was there with great joy when she was not collecting wood or protecting her parents’ small field from the wild monkeys. Unfortunately, she was often more busy with her duties than she could find time for school – a classic problem for girls in the poor mountain regions of Nepal. In any case, dancing was great fun for Saruli. So she dressed up in her mother’s sari at home on a winter evening in December 2011 and danced. But Saruli came too close to the open...

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GOOD BYE, MUGU – THE NEW LIFE OF KHUSHI

Children’s laughter echoes through the small room. Amma is heating a large pot filled to the brim with oil over an open fire. Her youngest daughter Khushi, still a toddler of one and a half years who only recently learned to walk, rages around her mother with her siblings. The flames of the open fireplace in the middle of the room cast only a weak light on the sooty walls. The house consists solely of this room, here the family cooks, eats, sits together and sleeps at night. Amma sifts the coarsely ground flour. The oil is finally boiling. The mother kneads the dough. It works quickly,...

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Cut off from the rest of the world – no salvation

Winter in the high mountains, 2014: Because of the persistent bad weather in Mugu, a young woman paid a very high price.WITHOUT ADVICE AND HELP DUE PREGNANCY Jaukala originally comes from Shreekot, a village that was outside of our project area in Mugu at that time. The young woman had come to the small district capital of Gamghadi a few months earlier to find work. Since her husband is blind and rarely has a job, she earns a living. Despite the progressive pregnancy, she worked day in and day out in the market and carried heavy loads from morning to evening. She never had a medical check-up,...

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