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The Kopila Cafeteria* 

Here is a little clip today of the Kopila Cafeteria. This is what school lunch looks like every day. These kids eat a lot; more than any kids I've ever seen. You really have to see it to believe it. I don't know where they're putting it all but it's thrilling to watch them filling their bellies with rice and lentils and vegetables every day. The first few days of school lunch many of them were overeating. The thought of having as much food as they wanted to eat was overwhelming for them and many of our students didn't know when to stop. But slowly we are learning. Nearly half of all the 5 year old children in Nepal are malnourished. In Nepal, malnutrition is the underlying cause of 70% of deaths under the age of five. We've got a lot of work to do and as you can see, we're getting there.  I am ever so grateful.

This week we are busy running assessment exams; sort of like standardized testing for all of our students.  Our school has been running for four months and it's time to check how much progress we've made, see where our kids are at and which direction we need to be heading.  I'm most looking forward to reading the kid's writing samples.  Nepalese take examinations very seriously while I see testing more as a benchmark to help us (our teachers and staff) be accountable for the education we are providing, and as a way to check in with the progress we've made.  Culturally in Nepal, I feel exams tends to be more about competition and memorizing facts and then sitting down and regurgitating them.  I'd like to try to pull this school in a little bit of a different direction.  It's taking a lot of work, a lot of staff meetings, but I think slowly and surely we are getting there.

Lots more exciting happenings this week that I can't wait to share with you!  

All the best, Maggie

Reader Comments (8)

Love those uniforms, sharp! What you are doing: REMARKABLE! So inspiring. Thank you!

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDr. H.

I wish we had dal bhat for my school lunch!!

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBanana

I can't believe half of the 5 year olds are malnurished. Its terrible. I think what you are doing is brilliant. The kids all looked really happy and I'm not surprised with food like that.
Thanks for the post

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervolunteer abroad

Pawan ate the same as his father (at four) after the arrival in Italy for about one year. This stopped after we was able to eradicate parasites (in his case filaria).
Blood examination become normal (about iron) after two.
In the vegetarian way of living the iron can go down into blood frequently becouse it is not easy to absorb. In this situation children became easly anaemic and so the ability to study go down quikly.
If children wants to study well they have to eat well, there is a strong link between this two situatons.

Looking at the clip Paan told me that he ate in the same way when he was in Nepal (sometimes he's tempt to eat with hands nowaday) and smiled at me.

Our big Ciao for all children and my admiration for the chef
Sara Mar & Pawan

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara Mary

Hi Maggie,

Kudos, I feel more touched and challenged that a girl of 22 years could have such courage to start such a big corporal work of mercy. All I can do is to assist you in spiritual work of mercy, so that the good Good will continue to bless and strenthen you.


Sylvester Obike (Nigeria)

Once more to my earlier post,

As you make these kids happy, the ever living God will definitely make you ten times happier. I will think what to do to assist aside my spiritual work of mercy.


You're such a great servant! Keep it up, we'll be praying for your projects in the future.

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercharie

I am so happy to be a small part of your MISSION in Nepal.......I will try and donate each month!!

September 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

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