Lincoln Celebrates Unity and Diversity at International Day

KATHMANDU, Nepal. — Last Saturday, Lincoln School celebrated International Day with a diverse array of cultures, cuisines, musical performances, and service initiatives. We are proud of how we embrace our diversity at Lincoln School and were so pleased to see many of our families join us for the event  and participate in the Parade of Continents and International Luncheon, as well as observe students present some of their service-learning projects and musical performances. Finally, a special note of thanks to all the families who brought food for this event, the Board candidates, and especially to the LSPA for everything they did to make the celebrations such a success.

Lincoln Seniors Return From Final Service Nepal Trip

The Lincoln Seniors experienced, explored, and learned a multitude of new skills over their extended six-day trip to the Borderlands Eco-Adventure Resort. Our adventurous schedule was combined with valuable cultural interactions with children at the local Bachalla Devi School. We also stepped out of our comfort zones through a variety of team building activities along with rafting and canyoning.

We embarked on our journey to Borderlands on March 16th. It was a 5-hour drive, stopping at Sukute Beach for a break, and then continuing to Borderlands. Upon arrival, we had time to freshen up and have some tea and snacks. After tea, the Bachalla Devi buddies came and both the Seniors and Bachalla Devi students engaged in team building activities. In the evening, the seniors collaborated with each other during the “Night Walk.”

The second and third day consisted of village tours and service learning, where we held three workshops for Bachalla Devi students – English Grammar Lessons, PLUM Lessons, and Volleyball Lessons. We visited poultry farms, corn and as rice mills, off-season gardening, including their greenhouse farming, and their most worshipped local temple.

On the fourth day, we spent their day hiking up the hill to a waterfall. This beautiful destination was surrounded by greenery and honey hives. We spent our time in the waterfall playing by the gushing, ice-cold water and basking on warm boulders. The seniors had a chance to understand and appreciate the local temples, coffee plantation and have a better understanding of the daily lives of the villagers living near the Bhote Koshi River during a tour on our way back to the resort. When the evening arrived, we began our ascent of the boulder outside the Borderlands Resort, where we practiced canyoning. We ended the day by the fire enjoying the sunset and nature around us.

On the fifth day, we were split into two groups – canyoning and team building activities and swapped later. We canyoned down a  Phase 1 and Phase 2 waterfall. It was an exhilarating experience for everyone involved. Back in our campground, we engaged in other team building activities that were more advanced than previous.

The final day was dedicated to rafting. The seniors had been eagerly anticipating this event since the first day, so packing and moving out was quick and efficient. The bus ride to the starting point for the rafting was an hour long and it was filled with singing, jokes, and meaningful conversations. The rafting itself was extremely fun, and it lived up to high expectations. The rapids were intense, and an individual even fell out of their raft! After rafting down the river, we were ready to go home.

Overall, the Seniors really enjoyed the trip; not only did we immerse ourselves in the local culture and the community through our service, but we also pushed ourselves out of our comfort zones.

– Class of 2019

Service Nepal: Grade 8 Travels to the Chitlang Valley

The 8th grade Service Nepal trip was an eventful one! After leaving campus, we drove to the Chandragiri cable cars, in which we rode to a temple. After doing some sightseeing, we hiked to our campsite. On the day of arrival, we learned about the schools we would be working at; the one we worked the most on was a K-5th-grade school, 45 minutes away from our campsite. Over two days, we built a library and a playground out of tires in one school and repainted a wall on the other. We also experienced the life of Nepali farmers when we milked goats and worked on the fields for an afternoon. But our trip wasn’t all about work; a memorable activity was when we boated on a lake that we hiked down to, and we held a bonfire on the second night. On the fourth day, we revealed the new library and playground to the children at the K-5th-grade school, and they were excited to see what they had gotten. Along with a number of children’s books, we had also put things such as games, whiteboards, and balls in their library that they were able to play with. We had an amazing trip together, and the most important part was that we were able to be part of a community we normally aren’t. Despite small bumps in the road, this was still one of the most fun Service Nepal trips so far.

Clara Bonefeld

Service Nepal: Grade 7 Constructs Library in Okhreni

Grade 7 ventured off to the village of Okhreni to help build a library for the 156 students of Ishwori Basic School. After hiking up from Sundarijal, grade 7 quickly settled into camp before heading out to meet the students who had prepared a welcome program for Lincoln School. Two Nepali speakers and two non-Nepali speakers from grade 7 also participated in the welcome program, thanking everyone at Ishwori Basic School for welcoming them. On day 2, after our daily morning yoga, grade 7 went for an incredible hike through jungles and thick bush to the Deurali View Point (2472m). On day 3, the class went back to school to help finish the library. The library project was entirely student-driven. Teachers took a step back and let the students decide how the library was to be set up. After hours of cleaning, clearing and (with the help of local students) sorting, grade 7 had built an incredible library. Day 4 began by helping our local host clear a terrace full of unwanted growth. Even though the afternoon was cut short due to thunder and lighting storms, grade 7 was able to put the finishing touches on the library ahead of the coming storm. We spent the evening playing games and learning about lightning safety, reflecting on our service experience, and dancing by the campfire. All in all, Grade 7 had a really collaborative, illuminative and positive experience!

-Mr. Bell, Mr. Banks and Ms. DiMagno

G9 Service Nepal: Developing Sustainable Energy in Chitwan

This year the Grade 9 class traveled to Chitwan to work with the Tharu community. Our service objective was to build a biogas digester for several families. During the trip, we learned about the various stages to develop this sustainable digester. To begin, we were separated into two groups in order to dig separate holes. That day we battled both the sun and the earth. We had to dig a 5-foot hole with the tools provided to us: shovels, pickaxes, hoes and our undying will to succeed. We ended the day and we had conquered the hole. However, we still had a long cycle that lied in wait.

The next morning after a nice hot beverage, we were back full pedal to the metal. This day we needed to create some cement and place some bricks on the cement. Another long day of working lay ahead, but we were ready. Sunscreen on, water bottle filled, and shovel in hand we began working. In the blink of an eye, it was complete. After a night of good sleep, we awoke to another 20KM bike ride. We biked along the serene Chitwan roads until we arrived at the destination. The dome of destiny lay dormant waiting for its construction. We got straight to work. The day passed by, the morning dew became one with the clouds above. The sun rose from its dormancy and showered us with its harsh light. After we wiped the sweat off our brow, it was complete.

What happened in between all this work was a lot of bonding. We had many opportunities to see Nepal in a completely new light and had many deep conversations. All in all, I’m sure we can all agree that this trip was truly therapeutic.

By Aditya and Aarav

On behalf of the grade 9 class

Kayaking in the Pool!

Our Grade 11 students stepped up their preparations for Service Nepal by kayaking in our heated swimming pool. This was an opportunity for our students and teachers to meet their river and kayaking guides, while practicing important kayaking and water safety skills in a controlled environment.

LSPA Coffee Morning Focused on Service Learning

On January 25th, Anne McGuinness presented Lincoln School’s service-learning program during the LSPA Coffee Morning. At Lincoln we believe that service-learning is a partnership that addresses genuine community needs and includes continual reflection and analysis. Our service-learning program strives to foster in our students empathy, inspiration, and the ability to selflessly serve as compassionate global citizens and leaders who actively engage within their communities.

Successful and meaningful service-learning requires the support, involvement, and shared commitment of all stakeholders. As Lincoln School community members, you can support our service-learning  programs by connecting us to your networks; we are looking to build long-term sustainable partnerships. You can lend us your expertise; our students and student-led initiatives can benefit from your mentorship.

We encourage you to get in touch with Anne (amcguinness@lsnepal.com) if you are interested in getting involved or learning more about Lincoln’s service-learning program.

Koshish Nepal Talks About Mental Health in Nepal

On Thursday, January 24th, two representatives from Koshish Nepal visited Lincoln School to talk about mental health. Koshish is the first mental health organization in Nepal whose management is led by beneficiaries themselves, also known as “self-advocates”. Mr. Matrika Devkota, the founder of Koshish, and Ms. Kamala both shared their personal compelling stories in order to help us understand the reality of living with mental illness in Nepal. Koshish believes that providing self-advocates with a platform can break the silence and stigma associated with mental health by empowering those who have experienced and recovered from mental illness first-hand.

During the presentation, Mr. Devkota encouraged us to prioritize our overall wellbeing by talking to trusted family, friends, and/or teachers when we are experiencing distress.

On behalf of the Lincoln School “Movember” men and the High School Student Council initiative “Wear It Pink”, Mr. Sam Davis presented Koshish Nepal with a donation of 40,000 rupees. This money that was fundraised by students and staff was donated to recognize and support the important work that Koshish is doing to rehabilitate people suffering from mental illnesses in Nepal.

Please visit koshishnepal.org to learn more.

High School Students Cleanup the Local Neighborhood

On Friday, November 16th, the student organization Project Impact hosted a cleanup in the Rabi Bhawan neighborhood to raise awareness of the state of waste in the area, and highlight improper waste management techniques. The cleanup was very successful with a number of high school students attending and participating. All recyclable trash that was collected was handed over to Doko Recyclers. Project Impact hopes to host other cleanups in the future to further spread awareness of the need for effective waste management in our local community!

Written by: Dane T

 

Launch of The Leopards’ Lair!

On October 12th, the eleventh grade Innovation Lab hosted The Leopards’ Lair, Lincoln’s first ever investment-seeking event. Seven 11th grade businesses entered the lair to compete for investment from the leopards.

Who are the leopards? They are high school students, staff members, and parents who had an opportunity to become investors.

Following an engaging round of business pitches in The Globe Theater, leopards were invited into the Gallery to buy shares of the eleventh grade businesses. A total of 60 shares were on sale and we are excited to report that every business SOLD OUT! Thank you, leopards, for your support!

All businesses will declare their profits on December 7th. Dividends will be paid to all investors during the last week of school before Winter Break. 

Pictured below: Excited investors!