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The Wonder of Mud. Reflections from Nepal Bishnu Bhatta. Initiation of Mud Day: It all started in Northern Ireland . Bishnu Bhatta: Director, Partnership for Sustainable Development(PSD) Nepal and NACC Leadership Team
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The Wonder of Mud Reflections from Nepal Bishnu Bhatta
Initiation of Mud Day:It all started in Northern Ireland Bishnu Bhatta: Director, Partnership for Sustainable Development(PSD) Nepal and NACC Leadership Team Gillian McAuliffe: Founding CEO and Principal of Bold Park Community School in Perth Western, Australia
Benefits of Mud • Connecting children to the nature • Contains nutrients and various minerals which our body absorbs easily • The minerals in mud are highly effective for oil absorption and for toning the skin (reduce a sign of aging) • Anti-inflammatory agent for skin disorders • Anti-depressants • A beauty and relaxation tool
Imagine if you could not play in mud! The story of mud day is a story of how two groups of children from different continents and cultures help one another connect with nature
We cannot play in mud! Children in Nepal do not play in mud because of lack of clothing and soap!
The Project Bold Park, Australia
The Project…Bold Park • Gillian returned to Australia and the children at Bold Park began a project. • They raised $1,000 AUS for extra clothing and meals • This enables the children of Nepal to experiment with playing in MUD. • They choose to play in MUD the same day!
Mud Day in Nepal Targeted 58 orphan children Goal was to bring the children a step closer to Mother Nature
Village of Panchkahl Orphans aged 8-13 48 boys 10 girls 10 children with cerebral palsy
The Site 8,214 square feet Mixed topsoil with water Added rain from the night before
The Dilemma! Boys and girls dressed in new, clean game clothes To stay clean? Or get dirty?
What Happened? When the whistle blew to jump in…no one jumped! The adult organizer jumped Children hesitated
The Reaction Boys (in red) became carefree Girls (in blue) were hesitant
Happy… Soon everyone was splashing and playing happily
A Few Stories Boy changed from disgusted to smiling Girl afraid of earthworms changed to interested
Clean Up The children were happy, relaxed and attached to their dirty clothes!
Conclusion Rich, joyous experience for children, locals and visitors on both continents Children continue to ask questions about soil, mud, water, earthworms, etc. Mud Day a big success and lived up to its objective
NACC: Provides opportunities to: Share stories Identify collaborations Connect children to nature and to each other!
……. Lets Do Something What • Organize an international mud day • With children, parents, educators, policy advocates and researchers • In 2011 July • Nepal How • Patrons • Bonnie & Roger, John & Nancy • World Forum Foundation to decide international organizing committee • PSD Nepal to decide local organizing committee
“Children are like clay, it is only on the maker’s hand to give it a proper shape.”- Nepali Proverb