Udayapur Music ProgramUdayapur, Nepal
In the summer of 2007, PFCF peace soldier William Aura traveled to the remote village of Tintale in Nepal's eastern valley Udayapur district. At that time the place had no electricity, no telephones, and no modern sanitation. The people of Tintale had lived and worked in almost complete isolation from the outside world for centuries.
PFCF was honored to be able to make a contribution to the community by initiating a new music program with two teaching locations - one directly in Tintale village and one in nearby Katari Bazar, Udayapur, Nepal.
Local Tintale village schoolteachers teach harmonium, madal and dance classes to about 15 students, with a particular focus on girl enrollment. And in nearby Katari, music notation instructor Dhruba Kumar Ghimire patiently instructs the children on how to play the harmonium. He is also supported by other teachers that provide drum and guitar lessons.
Our efforts provide classroom space and brand-new music instruments for the students as well as humanitarian aid in Tintale village. Local PFCF supporters Ishor Bajracharya, Shyam Basnet and Sujan Karki administer this vital music program.
PFCF Volunteers Rashmi Adhikari and Shyam Basnet interview harmonium player and music teacher Dhruba Kumar Ghimire in Tintale Village, Nepal. Village flute teacher Jeevan Magar joins in as the conversation runs deep from how a body responds to playing music to the importance of the teacher’s attitude.
See how the Udayapur Music Program got its start in Tintale Village
Meet the students and teachers of Tintale Village, Nepal
OTHER WAYS TO GIVE
Provides a madal drum, benefiting a child and local craftsman
Fund full programs
Funds three Nepali music programs for one month
MEET WITH A STUDENT
Sarju lives with his family in Tintale Village, Nepal and has a younger brother, Suraj, who also attends the music program. He is a young man that seems to excel at everything he attempts.
CLASSROOMS SEPARATED BY 8,000 MILES CONNECT THROUGH MUSIC and ARTby Jen-Osh Buysse and Thea Karki
In the fall of 2013, students from the Multicultural Music Program at Morgantown Learning Academy (MLA) in West Virginia, led by their teacher Jen-Osha Buysse, reached halfway around the world to our students in the Udayapur Music Program in Tintale Village, Nepal. The Nepali children were thrilled to receive a hearty “Namaste” from their new American friends through the letters, pictures and songs that they sent. The Tintale kids responded through art, proudly presenting their school by drawing pictures of it to send back to the kids in West Virginia.
LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY
For countless generations this remote part of the Terai region has never had power and now all that has changed forever. The power lines placed nearly three years ago were finally switched on. They are now providing intermittent power to a portion of the village. There is only about six hours of electricity a day and you are never quite sure when it will be available. The folks here just go with the flow.
PFCF Music Administrator Shyam Basnet sets the record straight that all too many villagers simply cannot yet afford this modern miracle. For the chronic poor this extra monthly expenditure still remains out of their grasp financially. Yet nearly every village home that has powered up, immediately purchased a rice cooker. This saves the women many laborious hours in preparing the daily sustenance for their large families. One would think that a television, fan or refrigerator would come home first but without a doubt the rice cooker is on the top of every villager’s wish list.