Recently we hosted a very interesting program in collaboration with a great organization called Women Lead Nepal as well as our great friends at LitWorld, which included all of our LitClub Nepal clubs. The event was called a Story Summit and included 25 girls from LitClub Niharika, LitClub Seti Devi, and LitClub Srikharpur. It was a big day where we and our girls learned the great skill of sharing stories and expressing them in a creative way. The best part is that everything was done with full of team spirit.
It was great to see the girls from the various LitClubs in Nepal together along with some Rukmini Scholars
The event started with the LitClub standard “Hello” song to welcome all of our participants. To make everybody feel comfortable we organized a small game of community building as we always do in all LitClub meetings. The session was led by Sonu Tamang of Women Lead, and the task for the girls was to make a cultural dress out of old newspapers in 5 minutes and in another 5 minutes present their creativity. Sounds challenging doesn’t it? It was a great session which caused the girls to open up with their group members because they had to really work hard to accomplish this task. The dress-making activity was full of team spirit and even the presentations seemed to be enjoyable for the girls because they were proud to share what they accomplished. Being able to present to a group and in front of new people made the girls feel confident.
Sonu Didi from Women Lead Nepal got the community building activity started
The groups did an amazing job of creating fashion from old newspapers. The groups enjoyed the activity very much.
After our traditional tea break, our main session of story sharing and telling began. Instead of just reading something, we asked the girls to write a story using the theme of LitClub’s 7 strengths: Belonging, Curiosity, Kindness, Friendship, Confidence, Courage, and Hope. After the stories were written, they were presented using different multimedia. The different media we used for presenting stories were, puppeting, meta card presentation, calender story, drama, and a PowerPoint presentation. Each girls with the help of their group leader learned the skills of presenting the stories and within an hour they prepared wonderful projects through the use of those skills.
Group 1 presented a story about Confidence depicting a girl who lost her confidence after her she was transferred to new school and how she regained it. This was presented through the use of meta cards where the drawings and artistic craft supported the presentation.
Group 1 presenting their story about Confidence
Group 2 presented a story about Friendship and the importance of having friends for a person to be happy. They used a very new method of presentation called a calender story. They used a calender from the previous year where in one side they pasted a picture that explained the story and in the other side they wrote words that explained the picture. It was very nice to see them using this innovative way to tell a story and the way reused an old calendar to make it a nice presentation.
Group 2 working on their calendar story about Friendship
Group 3 did a puppet show with the story they were given and the creativity flourished within their presentation. The girls made puppets with used clothes and then presented a story about Friendship between a girl and her dog. It was a touching show and the girls loved learning how to make puppets.
Group 3 preparing their puppets for their story
Group 4 used technology and PowerPoint to present a story about Belonging. They really enjoyed working with a computer and learning how to use PowerPoint to make beautiful slides with graphics. Once the group learned how to use PowerPoint they taught other friends, and appreciated learning this skill because they know it can be useful for their future as well.
Girls learning how to use PowePoint for presenting their story
Finally, Group 5 performed a play to express their story. They presented a story about Hope.This was a very powerful message about how we need hope in our life to be able to achieve what we want.
Group 5 planning their drama
With such wonderful messages and the creative projects, the girls were so happy to be able to create and share their stories. They learned a lot and they enhanced their confidence along the way. We are very thankful to our friends at Women Lead, and especially Sonu Didi for teaching the girls as well as us about these wonderful techniques for storytelling. We will try to use these as often as we can.
Group photo after a beautiful event. Thank you LitWorld, and Women Lead Nepal for making it possible.
Towards the end of the program, the girls thanked each other for an amazing day and ended the program with the “Goodbye” song.