WINTER WARMTH 3.0 (2017-18)

“This Winter Let’s Share Warmth Together”

Introduction:

Winter Warmth is a fund-raising event which was initiated by the students of BSW department in 2015 and has been given continuity since the past two years. As the program was started with very good intention of helping the children in street with jackets to help those helpless babies of streets, the program was effective and the goals were achieved with few smiles from those beautiful children on streets as interests of our work.  As students of social work and more than that human beings, it’s our responsibility to help our fellow human beings going through bad times in their respective lives. And that’s why Winter Warmth was started because a group of students were ready to invest what they had to spread warmth and words of peace in the society and with the motivation and supervision of our respected Sister Stella, Fathers, teachers and fellow Social Work students, we were able to affect several lives and bring smiles on their faces.

During the very first year, charity shows and musical events were done and hence the money collected was utilized in buying warm clothes and then those were distributed directly to the children on streets. A total of 140 street children were our direct beneficiaries.

During the second volume of winter warmth, donations were collected from fund-raisers conducted at different parts of city inside several malls and restaurants. Kantipur Foundation, Mega Bank and Colors Mobile also became the co-sponsors for the event this time and we were able to collect almost two hundred thousand rupees and hence distributed jackets to 250 street children living on streets of Kathmandu. Not only this, Winter Warmth Committee in collaboration with Youth Of Shangri-La , a youth led organization working for youth mobilization, distributed jackets to 120 children from Chepang Community in rural area Manahari, Hetauda.

The third volume of winter warmth is started from 19th November 2017 where an opening ceremony was held to mark the third consecutive Winter Warmth celebration and the opening was formal and there was organized several fund  raising programs  in different places and in different modules so as to collect as much funds as possible in order to  achieve the target that we had set for this year to be achieved.

We had tried to make this volume a bit different from it was in the previous years. Ideas were taken from the core committee and we hence reached to the conclusion for the below mentioned programs to be entertained as part of “Winter Warmth 3.0”

Opening Ceremony

  1. Formal Opening of Winter Warmth 3.0 was held where the brief description of the tentative plans for winter warmth were discussed. The event was formally inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Jiju Varghese and he also provided words of motivation to the students to help make the event a huge success.
    Date: 19th November 2017
    Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Venue: Watrin Hall, St. Xavier's College

Movie Screening

  1. This was our new add-up to Winter Warmth where we successfully screened a mobie “Searching For Rainbow” in three different shifts and the presence from a huge number of people was additional  motivation to the organizing committee.
    Event Date: 28th November, Tuesday
    Venue: Watrin Hall, St. Xavier’s College

Crowd Funding

carried out on several places  consisting the below mentioned activities:
-Game stalls
-Photo Booth
-Musical Performance
-Thrift Shop
-Face-Painting
-Palm-reading
-Panipuri, Chatpate and Tea selling
-Shoe-Polish
-Mehendi
-Nail-art
Event Venue & Date:
  -Bouddha : 21st November 2017
  -City Centre: 22nd November 2017

Charity Dinner:

  1. Charity Dinner was another interesting fund raising event held by winter warmth committee where we were able to gather people from different backgrounds and the reason was charity. The venue of our dinner was Odaan Restaurant and Lounge, Chakrapath.
    Date: 24th November 2017, Friday

Distribution


The distribution phase of the Winter Warmth 3.0 was held in three different districts i.e. Pokhara, Birgunj and Kathmandu. After concluding all the fund-raising events, the winter warmth committee was all set to start the distribution of winter warmth materials.

Pokhara Distribution

  1. The winter warmth committee collaborated with Three Angels Nepal, an organization primarily working for human trafficking and also providing residential services to street children, children rescued from trafficked parents and children from bad economic background. And ASMAN( Association of St. Mary’s Alumnae Nepal)  was the helping hand that supported Winter Warmth committee with 100 packets of relief materials with each packet consisting of 1 jacket, 1 pair of socks, 1 scarf, 1 cap, 2 copies ,1 eraser and 1 sharpner.


On 5th of January,the team of winter warmth left for Pokhara at 7:00 am and reached Pokhara at 3.00 p.m. After settling down there, the team had an informal meeting with the representative of Three Angels, Mr.SumanLimbu.
The next day, the team left for distribution at three angel’s office located at NayaGaun, Pokhara and the distribution of winter clothes were done. After the distribution, the committee members visited the organization and talked about the works being done by the organization. Followed by this, the winter warmth committee departed from the organization and went for sight-seeing of Pokhara.

Birgunj Distribution

The winter warmth committee departed for Birgunj from Pokhara early morning on 7th of January and reached there after a very long and hectic journey. After reaching Birgunj, the winter warmth committee had a formal dinner with Rotaract Club OfBirgunj Metropolis who were the main sponsors for the distribution and the briefing about Winter Warmth were done by the committee members.

The following day, the committee members in collaboration with Rotary Club OfBirgunj started distribution program from Balmandir Kendra where relief materials were given to 10 children. Followed by that, the team reached YateemKhana and relief packages were given to 22 children there. After that, the team reached to Sitapur and packages were given to 18 children there and the distribution was done for the day.

The winter warmth committee was very happy when the personnel from Rotaract Club OfBirgunj Metropolis decided to provide us with 20 more packets of clothes and the committee had to extend one more day of stay and the distribution took place in Parwanipur, Birgunj. Followed by this, the committee had media interaction program regarding winter warmth and it’s background and objectives. It was a very good experience in total.

The team left to Kathmandu on 10th January.

Kathmandu Distribution

Kathmandu Distribution was done on 15th January where 150 warm jackets were distributed to street children who were getting shelters in several organizations and the distribution process was held on Action Love Nepal, Dholahity, Lalitpur and this organization was also a shelter home for street children and orphans from different parts of the country. The representatives of seven different organization were gathered there with several children and the committee members handed over jackets to the presented children and then to the representatives of each organization depending upon the size of the jacket and requirement of the organization.

Nepal is also taking part in Street Children’s World Cup 2018 that is going to be held in Russia this year and Winter Warmth committee was lucky to have met the team of children rescued from street, then now a part of football team that is going to be taking part in world cup which in itself is a very great achievement. And the jackets provided by winter warmth committee were also provided to the whole football team as a basic kit to be worn by them during their international visit.

The beneficiary organizations were Khusi Nepal, Shangri-La Orphanage, Action Love Nepal, Nepal Balmandir, Shelter Home Nepal.

Final Remarks

The winter warmth distribution was full of exciting moments and memories that we could cherish for ever. The smile as seen on the face of those children were the fuel that fired our motivation to do such action to help them and the whole team was very excited to be a part of something that dealt with giving and doing more of helping the children in need.

 

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