India

Music for Mondo

On Saturday 16th February 2019, we are delighted to host a special evening “Music for Mondo. Held in the intimate surroundings of St Michael’s Chester Square, Central London, this unique evening brings together superb classical musicians to perform in support of the charity. See map Restricted to just 80 guests, the evening will provide both supporters and new friends of Mondo the chance to celebrate the work which the charity has been pioneering in some of the poorest parts...

An educationalist’s view – volunteering with a difference

Michael Dennison, an education specialist, tells us about his experiences visiting Mondo partner schools in Nepal and India in May 2018. I recently retired after a 45-year career in education which ranged from a teacher of modern languages, local authority adviser and director of school improvement, head teacher to Government inspector of schools and education consultant. I was looking for additional voluntary activity in the education sector. It was therefore a propitious encounter when I met Hirsh Cashdan, a Mondo Trustee,...

Growing and smiling at Alpha Nursery

Josephine tells us about the highs and lows of her time working as a volunteer at Alpha Nursery School, based in a remote village in the Himalayas Last time I was in the Himalayas I was six and travelling to Everest base camp with my family. 12 years later I found myself back in the mountains, on my own this time, working in a small school in a poor, isolated community. To say I felt out of my comfort zone would...

Update on PIQUE – Programme for Improving the QUality of Education – Part 2

In Part 2 of this update on PIQUE, Hirsh Cashdan tells us more about how the schools have taken to the methodology and what is next for PIQUE. If you missed it, read the first part of his blog on PIQUE here. What we asked of the schools We encouraged the schools to take away the proforma which we had designed and populated together following the workshops (including their agreed aspirations and our advice) and to work through a first...

Update on PIQUE – Programme for Improving the QUality of Education – Part 1

Trustee, Hirsh Cashdan, tells us about Mondo’s work encouraging and enabling schools to take charge of their own destiny. Background to Mondo Foundation’s Support of Schools Mondo Foundation has been working with a variety of schools in three countries – Nepal, NE India and Tanzania – for almost 15 years.   In this time we have funded and, through our local staff in each country, run many programmes aimed at improving the learning experience of the children in the communities where the schools are...

Children in Kalimpong start the New School Year

Anna Brian, our Programmes Manger, recently visited schools in NE India and reports on the start of a new school year after a tumultuous 2017. 2017 was a difficult year for our partner schools in Kalimpong, NE India. A general strike called by the Ghorkaland Independence Party resulted in the schools being closed for over 3 months, as well as leaving many parents without pay for the same period. However, when I visited in March this year, the situation seemed much more positive. ...

Reflections on Kalimpong

One of our trustees, Ruth, reflects on her visit to Kalimpong earlier in the year. Having developed our PIQUE programme in NE India last year, Ruth returned to see how the schools were progressing. Returning to Kalimpong is so relaxing.  I know what to expect, who I am working with and have my favourite places to return to.  Santa comes to meet me at Bagdogra and we talk non-stop all the way up the mountain.  His enthusiasm is infectious and...

Helping schools reach their PIQUE

We are always looking for ways to improve the quality of the schools we support and have launched a new flagship programme to improve education standards across our partner schools in Nepal and the Himalayan region of India. Traditional teaching in the Himalayan valleys is based on rote learning which in effect involves children chanting together and sitting still while the teacher writes on a blackboard some text for the children to transpose in their “copybooks”. The teachers know no better...

International Women’s Day 2017

As people all over the world start show that they are Being Bold For Change, we wanted to reflect on how our projects change the lives of hundreds of girls and women in Nepal, NE India and Tanzania. Take a look at some of our exciting projects which help empower girls and support women to build a better future. Our flagship HIV grants and loans programme has given widows living with HIV in the areas around Arusha and Moshi in Tanzania...

Improving Education In Kalimpong – Part 4: Goodbyes

Ruth, one of our trustees, tells us about her final days in Kalimpong. If you’ve missed it, catch up on Part 1Part 2 and Part 3 of her blog here! I’m not allowed to leave before having a delicious dinner with Jiwan and his family.  The hospitality I’ve been spoiled with for the past fortnight continues and the next day Jiwan insists on accompanying me to the airport. As I take my last ride down the mountain and follow the river...