The Tempest at Life Vision Academy: Florence's Reflection on Three Weeks in Nepal

The Tempest at Life Vision Academy: Florence's Reflection on Three Weeks in Nepal

I was lucky enough to spend three weeks at Life Vision Academy this year, working on a production of The Tempest with some of the children from the school. I was welcomed enormously by everyone at the school, the children and the staff and immediately felt at home there.

The main focus of my work was collaborating with a group around 25 children and introducing them to The Tempest by William Shakespeare. Myself and Hazel, my directing partner, told the children the story and then through drama games and improvisation techniques, the children got to know the play and we managed to cast the show within a few days.

Report on The Tempest Drama Project: February/March 2019: Hazel Roy

Report on The Tempest Drama Project: February/March 2019:  Hazel Roy

This was my sixth return to Nepal – but my first visit to the new school in Godavari. I visited the school at its old site in 2014, and had photos from that visit. Some of the children were now young adults, working at the school in different capacities. Early on we felt part of an extended family.

Florence and I had preliminary plans to recreate a children’s version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in 3 weeks - a tall order. Our little team of 25 children threw themselves into the drama session with great enthusiasm, enjoying the warm ups the singing exercises and the drama games…

Haushala Creatives' Holiday Gift Guide

Haushala Creatives is here for the holidays! Browse through our gift guide to find the perfect present for your family, friends, and coworkers — and for your own wish-list!

Every item is handmade in Nepal by female artisans who are building social and financial independence by knitting and sewing together. We are nonprofit; half of all profits return to the artisans, and the artisans choose to donate the other half to sustainably support children’s education at Life Vision Academy.

Every item is ethically-made and sustainably-made for a better today and better tomorrow. Our wools, threads, Dhaka and patterned fabrics are all locally sourced. Many of our zippers are donated. Our bags’ interior linings are made from recycled materials to reduce our environmental footprint. Our artisans set their own prices.

When you shop at Haushala Creatives, you are directly investing in a mother who is earning her own income for the first time. You are supporting a safe haven for women to build strength together. You are funding the school tuition of a girl who came to us homeless and malnourished. You are amplifying voices who are fighting for gender equality, for trans inclusion, for human rights; voices who are fighting against sexual assault, against exploitation, against dangerous stigmas. You are choosing handmade and sustainable products that seek to reduce the fashion industry’s environmental footprint. In shorter words: you are choosing social change, and for that, we thank you. Happy holidays!


Something for Everyone on your List

Multi-Purpose Case , $20-30 Use it as a handheld clutch, tablet sleeve, file holder, craft supplies catch-all, and more! The large case fits an iPad and the small fits an iPad Mini. Envelope closure with wooden button and rope tie. The large case is available online in five patterns of Nepali Dhaka, and the small case in two.

Multi-Purpose Case, $20-30
Use it as a handheld clutch, tablet sleeve, file holder, craft supplies catch-all, and more! The large case fits an iPad and the small fits an iPad Mini. Envelope closure with wooden button and rope tie. The large case is available online in five patterns of Nepali Dhaka, and the small case in two.

The Triangle Tote , $15  Our signature canvas triangle bag could be your new go-to tote! Durable canvas on the outside, nylon on the inside: perfect for groceries or beach trips. Choose your favorite Dhaka pattern to show through the triangle cutout.

The Triangle Tote, $15

Our signature canvas triangle bag could be your new go-to tote! Durable canvas on the outside, nylon on the inside: perfect for groceries or beach trips. Choose your favorite Dhaka pattern to show through the triangle cutout.

The Maya Infinity Scarf,  $35  (On sale for $25!)  Maya means Love. Our artisans make each knit scarf with love in each stitch, and we know you'll love wearing it! This classic layering piece can be draped around the neck in several ways. Made with locally-sourced wool, 9" wide. Available online in about 30 variations.

The Maya Infinity Scarf, $35 (On sale for $25!)
Maya means Love. Our artisans make each knit scarf with love in each stitch, and we know you'll love wearing it! This classic layering piece can be draped around the neck in several ways. Made with locally-sourced wool, 9" wide. Available online in about 30 variations.

The Deepa Rainbow Tote,  $15  A great way to add color to an outfit, or show your pride! Just like our triangle tote, it’s made of durable canvas on the outside with quick-dry nylon on the inside. One half features multicolored stripes: choose them either up the side or across the bottom.

The Deepa Rainbow Tote, $15

A great way to add color to an outfit, or show your pride! Just like our triangle tote, it’s made of durable canvas on the outside with quick-dry nylon on the inside. One half features multicolored stripes: choose them either up the side or across the bottom.

For the university student

Dhaka Laptop Case , $45  (On sale for $35!)  Our patterned laptop sleeves are hand sewn in an array of Nepali Dhaka prints. The laptop case measures approx. Fits standard laptops up to 17" screen. Envelope closure with wooden button and rope tie. Available online in 5 patterns.

Dhaka Laptop Case, $45 (On sale for $35!)
Our patterned laptop sleeves are hand sewn in an array of Nepali Dhaka prints. The laptop case measures approx. Fits standard laptops up to 17" screen. Envelope closure with wooden button and rope tie. Available online in 5 patterns.

Dhaka Drawstring Backpack , $25 Our drawstring travel backpack is ready to follow you anywhere: from class to the gym, from the beach to the mountains. Available online in our classic black-and-white Himalaya pattern and our new indigo-striped Jomsom print.

Dhaka Drawstring Backpack, $25
Our drawstring travel backpack is ready to follow you anywhere: from class to the gym, from the beach to the mountains. Available online in our classic black-and-white Himalaya pattern and our new indigo-striped Jomsom print.

For the frequent flyer

Weekender Travel Bag , $65 ( On sale for $55! ) Carry-on luggage has never looked better. Our travel bag holds everything you need, no matter where you're going. Zip closure, cloth interior pocket, vegan leather bottom. Sturdy and self-standing. Available online in 5 patterns.

Weekender Travel Bag, $65 (On sale for $55!)
Carry-on luggage has never looked better. Our travel bag holds everything you need, no matter where you're going. Zip closure, cloth interior pocket, vegan leather bottom. Sturdy and self-standing. Available online in 5 patterns.

Passport Wallet,  $12 Bon voyage! Keep your passport safe and stylish in this fitted sleeve, or use this as a standard wallet for cash and cards. Two interior pockets hold your passport secure. Fits most passport sizes, including UK and US. Available online in two patterns.

Passport Wallet, $12
Bon voyage! Keep your passport safe and stylish in this fitted sleeve, or use this as a standard wallet for cash and cards. Two interior pockets hold your passport secure. Fits most passport sizes, including UK and US. Available online in two patterns.

For the fearless feminist

Haushala Mascot Tote,  $15 "Empower. Elevate. Encourage."   Our mascot tote is a must-have for anyone who aligns with our Haushala Creatives mission. We love our Supergirl Mascot and we believe superheroes can be any gender! Each purchase funds our artisan cooperative, our women's coworking space, and girls' education.

Haushala Mascot Tote, $15
"Empower. Elevate. Encourage." Our mascot tote is a must-have for anyone who aligns with our Haushala Creatives mission. We love our Supergirl Mascot and we believe superheroes can be any gender! Each purchase funds our artisan cooperative, our women's coworking space, and girls' education.

Donate a sewing machine or free training!  Make a donation in honor of a loved one. By donating to Haushala Creatives, you will help fund a new cooperative hub in a rural village, bringing sewing machines and free vocational trainings to more women in the Kathmandu Valley. We'll send you a greeting card you can give to your honoree, conveying your gift's impact.  Click here  to give any amount.

Donate a sewing machine or free training!
Make a donation in honor of a loved one. By donating to Haushala Creatives, you will help fund a new cooperative hub in a rural village, bringing sewing machines and free vocational trainings to more women in the Kathmandu Valley. We'll send you a greeting card you can give to your honoree, conveying your gift's impact. Click here to give any amount.

For Snow Lovers, Hat Wearers, and the Perpetually Cold

River Beanie, $15  This soft, ribbed hat has a slouchier fit than the Pepper Beanie. Perfect for all-year wear. Available online in 8 colors.

River Beanie, $15
This soft, ribbed hat has a slouchier fit than the Pepper Beanie. Perfect for all-year wear. Available online in 8 colors.

Knit Bow Headband,  $15 Brand new this winter! Stay warm and stylish with our handknit bow headbands. Available online in 4 colors.

Knit Bow Headband, $15
Brand new this winter! Stay warm and stylish with our handknit bow headbands. Available online in 4 colors.

Pepper Beanie,  $15 A new take on the classic beanie. Our soft, stretchy hat with a tighter fit than the River Beanie. Available online in 5 colors.

Pepper Beanie, $15
A new take on the classic beanie. Our soft, stretchy hat with a tighter fit than the River Beanie. Available online in 5 colors.

Knit 3-in-1 , $15 Know someone who's always cold? Cover all the bases: this knit transforms from a foldover headband, to a neck muffler, to a hand-warmer.

Knit 3-in-1, $15
Know someone who's always cold? Cover all the bases: this knit transforms from a foldover headband, to a neck muffler, to a hand-warmer.

And More!

Visit our store to browse more products, patterns, and colors. We are also on Etsy!

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CYF, Through The Eyes of a 10-Year-Old Filmmaker

CYF, Through The Eyes of a 10-Year-Old Filmmaker

Last summer, we had the privilege of welcoming many visitors to Life Vision Academy. By helping out with various aspects of our school, Gibby, who was 10 at the time, became our youngest volunteer in CYF history! Gibby is an experienced filmmaker, with sharp, funny commentary and excellent editing skills. Check out the short documentary he made during his time in Nepal, and see what it's like to immerse in Life Vision Academy as an American 10-year-old. 

Sushmita's Journal #9: Fun in January and February

6 January 

My host mom and I had a hot chocolate party! 

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10 January 

I took pictures of friends from my literature class. 

13 January 

My host mom and I made rice and alu dum. My host mom really loves alu dam, chat pate, and spicy foods. 

15 January 

I went to Lisa's house and we baked.  It was my first time shoveling snow which was fun.

16 January 

My host mom and I ordered a dress for dance. 

19 January 

My host mom and I went to ICW Cross Downhill World Championships 2017/2018.  There were people from different countries.  It was located in Saint Paul and was so much fun.  It was also super cold. 

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20 January 

We had a rotary meeting.  I was so excited because we were meeting exchange students.  We all played games and talked about how with a little help we can change the world or make a difference. It was fun!  After the meeting, Nado came over my house to stay and we played games and did face masks.  We had fun! 

21 January 

Nado, her host parents, my host mom, and I went tubing at Buck Hill.  Dyana and her boyfriend also came to Buck Hill for tubing.  It was so fun! I fell down at first.  We went to have lunch nearby and I had an All-American burger which was so so good and yummy. 

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23 January 

I went to Chris and John's house to stay.  I played with Bodie and we went to the grocery store. 

24 January 

It was the last day of our first semester.  We had fun in cooking class and we also don't have class anymore.  Bodie and I played games and had fun.  Gary was there too and we took pictures and played dolls. 

25 January 

I came back home and started packing for Florida. 

26 January 

We took our suitcases and went to the airport. Our flight was at 1:00, but we got there early at 11:00.  We got there, got our tickets and waited for our flight.  It was a 3 hour flight.  It was boring, but I was in the window and made it fun by looking around. After we reached Florida, our host moms' mom came to pick us up.  I am so surprised that she still drives.  We were all starving so our host mom went and bought tacos.  They were so good. 

27 January 

The next day, my host mom and I went boating and we took snacks.  We were pretty late, but it was fine. They waited for us. It was long but fun.  After we went far enough, we went to a beach, took pictures, and collected shells.  Then we came back. 

28 January 

We went to the next beach and relaxed there.  Later in the evening we all went to my host mom's mom's friends house for dinner.  We had spaghetti which was so good.  Then we had coconut cake which was sooooo good.  The weather was good so we ate dinner outside. 

30 January 

We all came back from Florida.  I was sad because I had to come back to cold weather. We went to bed early because we were all so tired. 

3 February 

I got goodies from Amanda D which was so nice. I loved them all so much. 

4 February 

Alexia and I went to watch a movie.  We actually went to watch Shape of Water.  We needed our ID and we both forgot to bring ours, so we decided to watch Wonder.  I had already seen that movie, but Alexia didn't so I went to watch with her.  It was funny because in the beginning she bought popcorn and I didn't and then I went to get popcorn and soda.  Then we went to watch the movie.  Alexia forgot her water, so she went to buy a bottle. It was so funny.  Then we both watched the movie.  She cried at the last part of the movie. After the movie, we went home but it was funny that her phone map didn't work and we had to take three circles around the same spot in Southdale. 

11 February 

It was Sweet Heart Dance day.  I was so excited.  I started getting ready at 3:00. First, my  host mom and I went to get my hair done. Then we came back and started to get ready.  My host mom and I drive to Theatre in West End.  We all took pictures and then at 7:000 we were craving dinner.  It was so packed. We had to wait for some time, and then we decided we would go to the dance as soon as we finished dinner because our dinner was late. The dance was in the International Market Square.  It was full of students. It was so much fun and we danced a lot. After two hours of dancing, we had to leave which was very sad for everyone. Then we all went to Faye's house for a party. We had music and snacks and danced there.  We also played video games and took pictures. The boys were crazy.  Alexia drove me home.  We had a lot of fun, it as lit. 

14 February 

On Valentine's Day there were a lot of roses in canteens.  Girls were not allowed to take the roses. While we were studying, a guy just came in and gave every girl in the class roses and chocolate which was so nice of them. The boys from our class got mad because they didn't get roses and sweets. As soon as we got roses, girls decided to take pictures which was funny.  Then we all took pictures.  Every girl in school had roses and sweets.  Some boys were sad because they didn't get anything from girls.  At the last hour class, the boys wanted to watch the soccer game in class so the teacher let them as it was Valentine's Day. 

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15 February 

We packed to go to Milwaukee. 

16 February 

After school, My host mom, Barb and I started driving to Wisconsin. I took my pillow. Barb and my host mom each drove half way. After halfway, we went to have dinner at KFC.  It was such a good dinner. We reached the hotel at 10:50 and we were all so tired. As soon as we reached the room we all slept. 

17 February 

After breakfast we went to watch Dylan's game. He is so good at basketball. After his game we went skating.  It was my first time and it was so scary and slippery. It was fun. I also fell down, it was funny. Before going to dinner I saw an old car. I was wondering how old it must be. We all went to have Nepali dinner in Cheel Restaurant which was exactly the same. There were nepali instruments too. 

18 February 

Nancy and Dylan joined us for breakfast. Then we all went to watch Dylan's game. Dylan was the best player among all. Then we went to the swimming pool because Dylan really wanted to swim. So we went there and watched him swim. After swimming we went to play ping pong which was super super fun. I won every game and we played for an hour. We all went to drop Barb at the airport. Then we went back downtown to bring back Nancy's car. We stayed in the hotel for some time and then we went to have dinner.  We all had burgers. The new thing that I noticed was that each and every table gets a bowl of peanuts. Then after you eat them you just throw them on the floor. The floor of the restaurant was covered in nuts.  After dinner we went to watch a movie called 15:70 in Paris which is a really good movie.  I really love the movie a lot because of all the true stories, and the best part was the chair because it was like a bed. After the incredible movie, Dylan and I went to have molt which is a Milwaukee thing.  It was really good. 

19 February 

It was a great weekend meeting Dylan and Nancy again. My host mom and I came back from Milwaukee. It was a five hour drive and the weather was horrible. At halfway we went to have lunch. Then we still had to drive for two hours.  It was snowing really badly and the window was full of snow so we had to stop and clean the window.  It was really hard to drive. 

20 February 

Alexia, Cecie, and Hannah came to pick me up. We all went to Browndale park to sled. Hannah and I said we wanted to go together first. It was so much fun and as we were going down I whacked my chin on Hannah's hard forehead. We went down like a sandwich because Hannah was on the ground and I was on top of her body. It was hard and fun too.  I fell down and lot and Hannah, Cecie and I were crazy. We went all three at once in a sled. Cecie was below me, I was in the middle, and Hannah was on top of me. It was so much fun.  Hannah and I got a lot of bruises on our chin and face. We all played baby swing and slide. It was a fun day with these amazing girls. 

Get to Know Our Students: Part 3

Q: WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO SPEND MOST OF YOUR TIME DOING?

A: “I like to spend most of my time playing football and am part of the junior football team back in my village.  We are named ‘Thangal’ and have won various prizes during the village football match.  I am really happy that I get to play football with a local club here too!” – Arun

 

Q: WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO HERE AT CYF? 

A: “I enjoy the exercises done here every morning as well as reading in Nepali and making toy houses.” – Anila

 

Q: WHY IS CYF IMPORTANT TO YOU? 

A: “I know that I won’t find a better education anywhere else, and it will also help me accomplish my goal of being a social worker to help the underprivileged.” – Ganga

 

Q: DO YOU LIKE BEING BOTH AT CYF AND AT HOME? 

A: “I enjoy spending time both here at school and at home. At school I like to play games with my friends, and at home I like the trees a lot.” – Robin

 

Q: DO YOU LIKE ATTENDING FESTIVALS WHEN YOU GO HOME? 

A: “I really enjoy the Dasai festival back in my village because of the celebration and the money I receive which I like to buy food and stationaries with.” – Saurav

 

Q: WHAT DO YOU AIM TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?

A: “A hero! Because they fight the bad guys!” - Suraj

Scroll through the pictures below to see each of the students in this Q&A: