Field Trips and Festivals
Bi-Monthly Field Trips
Happy Kids Center was founded by, and continues to be managed by foreigners and we regularly host volunteers from all over the world. Many of our children spend their days in the streets, begging tourists for money and rice. While we believe that cultural exchange is important, it is equally important that the children understand what is so special about their own country, and why all of the people they have met from all over the world have found their way to this small South Asian country.
It is with this in mind that we have begun hosting field trips for all of our children every other month. We want the children to see the beauty in their country and understand the world is bigger than the places they see every day.
In the past some of these have included picnics at Temples in neighboring towns, a guided tour around their own city of Bhkatpur, a hike in the hillsides, and much more! On these field trips we prepare breakfast and lunch, provide transportation for up to 80 children, and often pay for entrance fees and tour guides wherever we go. For this reason, the cost of field trips can be extremely high.
Uniting the Community Through Festivals and Celebration
Since Happy Kids Center’s founding in 2015 the ultimate goal for the space was to be a pillar of the community and a way to unite people.
While the HKC community is quite small, we are actually working with two very different groups, the Dyola community, who are Nepali, and a small community of Indian migrants, living in the slum just beside the Dyolas. These two groups each have their own cultures and traditions, but the one thing they share is their lowly status in society. Despite this, there is still tension between the adults in these communities and we often see this echoed in the way the Dyola and Indian children interact.
However, we have witnessed a shift, and we can feel the relationships between the children changing over the last two years. We believe that this is due, in part, to the way that Happy Kids Center works to unite these two communities through joint celebrations of cultural and religious festivals like Holi and Biska Jatra, as well as the western-style celebration of holidays like Christmas and New Years.