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Two of Navjyoti Center’s students in Kathmandu, Nepal, won first and third prizes in a bocce competition organized by the regional Special Olympics of Nepal in Kirtipur, Kathmandu, on June 20, 2015.

Bocce is an Italian game. The basic principle of the sport is to roll a bocce ball closest to the target ball, which is called a palina. Bocce as a Special Olympics sport provides people with special needs the opportunity to have social contact, develop physically and to gain self-confidence. Next to soccer and golf, bocce is the third most participated sport in the world.

Samriti won first prize in the age group of 12-16 and Supriti took the third prize in the age group of 10-12.

Chitra Lekha Yadav, Education minister with the sponsor T-shirtChitra Lekha Yadav, education minister of Nepal, inaugurated the function by watering a plant. Ganesh Parajuli, staff of Navjyoti Center and board member of Special Olympics, received the balls from the minister for the games. The minister gave the Special Olympics, Nepal, shirts, sponsored by the Australian Aid to all the participating students.

Before the competition began a student named Jenisa received the shirts from the minister on behalf of her six companions. The entire participating students and some of the staff took part in a march with their respective school banners. Girls from the Laboratory High School led the march with the Special Olympics banner while the boys gave a boost to the marchers with their drums.

Director of Navjyoti, Sister Lisa Perekkatt, SCN, four staff and seven students attended the function. Over 100 students, parents and onlookers took part in the part in the program.

Sister Lisa in the class at Baniyatar Child Center

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Drawing competition at Baniyatar Child Center

Sister Lisa and three volunteers, Teresa Ghale, Sunita K.C., and Binita Ghale, organized a drawing competition for the children at Baniyatar Child Center on June 19. About 70 children took part in the competition. More and more children are coming to the class as the days go by. The children come directly from the school to the child center to complete their homework and to study with the help of the volunteers. After completing their study and homework they have their khaja (snacks) and leave for home.

The children are happy, noisy and their eyes sparkle. The reopening of the schools has helped them to move away from their fears and to forget the tragic earthquakes of April 25 and May 12. The Child Center helps them to concentrate on their studies after the classes.

The newly published Nepal “School Leaving Certificate” examination had 47.43 percent passing rate in the grade ten finals.

Malini Manjoly, SCN