Thursday, 6 March 2014

GINS Mini task

Recently we had to do a GINS task which included finding a powerful quote from our books and creating a piece of word art to accommodate it. Obviously my artistic abilities are limited so the image I was trying to create didn't turn out as powerful as I had hoped but I tried. I chose this quote because it really demonstrates how much initial resentment the main character had to his volunteering opportunity.  This was a huge part of the whole story and this quote was at a curtail point. I tried to create a colourful world outside of the orphanage to show that he wasn't looking at the volunteering position as a good opportunity. If you can see in the scanned image I tried to bold the "I"'s in the quote to demonstrate how, for lack of a better word, selfish the character was being at that moment. 

Please enjoy this "interesting" piece of work and the quote that inspired it! Feel free to ask questions. Again please excuse my lack of artistic ability!

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

GINS free write.

In this assignment we were given 20 or so minutes to write about empathy and our character. We were asked to do it in first person. I tried to give a bit of a taste of the story but didn't get to the really powerful parts. (sorry if it is not very good I didn't get a lot of time to think about what I was writing.

Here is my free write on Little Princes:

I used to consider myself extremely caring, or I wanted to. When I told my friends of my big trip around the world just for fun they asked me “what about your children’s college fund? What about your retirement fund?” so to prove them wrong I signed up for a volunteering position (temporary of course) in a Nepal orphanage. When I went to Nepal I stayed with a family for 2 days where we ate nothing but dhal and rice.  After seeing how a regular Nepal village family lives I started to realize how lucky I was but still couldn’t wait to get out of Nepal and go on my trip around the world. A day or so later I went to the Little Princes orphanage where I was instantly greeted by 12 or so happy faces! Living with the children who I later learned were originally taken in from a child trafficker was so different from America. We bathed once a week, every Sunday when we went to temple. Many times the children could not attend school because of rebel restrictions; these could last days, weeks, and sometimes months. I decided that just because they couldn’t go to school I would start teaching them while the rest of the country was restricted from the streets. After about 1 month my time at the orphanage came to an end but I had grown so accustomed to my life in Nepal that I was sad to go, sad that I would not see the children, city, co workers, and the scenery. I went on my trip and back to America but I felt compelled to go back. By the time I went back the government conflict had escalated and I was urged by family to not go back, but I knew that the children needed me. One afternoon when I had gone back to Nepal I went to the person in charge of child safety looking for 1 of the children that had been taken away by his supposedly dead mother. While I was looking for him I came across 7-8 other children stuffed into unsafe and unsanitary dark room. They did NOT belong there, I decided to take them into Little Princes later, when we had space. But I knew that they needed my help. I went back a day or so but all the children were gone, I asked the mother and she told me that she sent them with a man for a better life, what she didn’t know was that this man was a child trafficker. I went on a hunt for the 7 children many of them I found working in fields, but there were a couple who had been taken into another organization. After talking with the two people who owned the other organization. I decided to create my own where I could educate, feed, shelter and help many other children in Nepal . 

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Charter of the World

In Humanities we collaborated with 3 other people who read other GINS books from different countries and created a charter of Rights and Freedoms that should apply to the world. Some 
rights were harder to agree on like "The right to use any drug you wish without question" or "the right to shoot anyone who trespassed on your property." In the end we didn't include either of these rights. We didn't include the rights about drugs because some of us felt that this would end in conflict because people under the influence of drugs could severely damage communities. We also agreed against the gun law because we found it to be very American and not every one was considering the rights of other countries like India's squatting rights, in the end we agreed on the right to own property but not the right to shoot someone on your property for trespassing. The only situation where this could be remotely legal is under the right to self defence. We decided to include a sub section of the charter entitled Children's rights because that is what my book focused on the rights of children and the constitution of Nepal has this section in it and I think that it is really beneficial to all people. We also included Education rights because several of us had books that had an aspect of education being taken away from children so we all decided that it would be a good thing for all children in the world to have the right to education. The one problem with the Nepal constitution is that not many people were aware of the rights so we made a right but would like it to be a law that all citizens should be educated on their rights so they can use them instead of the government making empty promises to the citizens.
Below is our charter of the world! feel free to ask questions and feel free to add something to the charter.
Charter of the world!

Equality rights:

-The right to know what your rights are and enforce them.
-The right to all levels of education
-The right to be equal no matter the race, religion, gender, age and disability
-You have the right to not be discriminated against because of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, religion, cast,  or mental and physical disabilities
- Every and anyone can own or use land, either alone or with others
-You have the right to keep you life private from other people if you wish

Mobility rights:
-People have the rights to move in, out and within the country
-The right to move freely around the country without the worry of others
-The right to obtain work anywhere, and be awarded equal pay.

Fundamental rights:
-You have the freedom of freedom
-You have the freedom to organize peaceful gatherings
-You have the freedom to stand up against the government if they take away anyone of your rights
- Freedom of association
- Freedom of religion
- Freedom of expression
-Freedom of speech
-Right against exploitation
-Right against human trafficking, slavery, or serfdom
-Right against forced labour
-Right to self defense

Legal rights:
-You have the right to a fair-trial, in which you are innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of the court
-You have the right to search and seizure
-You have the right to self-defense
-You have the right to defend your property from trespassers or any threats
-You have the right against arbitrary arrest, detention or exile
-The right to an attorney

Democratic Rights:
-You have the right to vote
-The right to participate in the government
-You have the right to choose what party you support

Education Rights:
-The right to education of all levels
-The right to the materials needed to achieve a proper education

Childrens Rights:
-The right to their own identity
-Right to be nurtured, basic health and social security
-Right against mental, physical or any other form of exploitation
-Orphans have the right to special privileges by the state
-No minor shall be forced into child labour without parental consent
-You have the right to report child abuse

Language rights:
-The right to speak any language you choose and to be educated in that language.
-Right to an interpreter in any public building that is needed
- \You have the right to speak the language of your heritage

Religion rights
-You have to right to choose any religion you wish
-If your religion goes against any other rights in the constitution you have the rights to speak out against it.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

GINS Meets Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

In the Novel Little Princes we see how different the country of Nepal is compared to Canada. In Canada we have the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, this is a document that states the Rights and Freedoms that every Canadian citizen has that is granted by the government. Our document came into order in 1982. But the Constitution of Nepal came into order in 2007 after the civil war between the Maoist Rebels and the Kingdom of Nepal.

Some of the rights that are stated in the Constitution of Nepal are: Right to Freedom, Right to Equality, Right against Untouchability and Racial Discrimination, Right Regarding Publication Broadcasting and Press, Right regarding Environment and Health, Education and Cultural Rights, Rights Regarding Employment and social security, Right to Property, Right to women, Right to Social Justice, Right of a Child, Right of Religion, Rights regarding Justice, Right against Preventive Detention, Right against Torture, Right to Information, Right to privacy, Right against Exploration, Right regarding Labour, Right against Exile and the Right against Constitutional Remedy.

My book focuses on children and child trafficking, so here are some of the rights in the constitution that comes into these topics. The Constitution clearly states that ever child has a right to:
- their own identity
-to be nurtured, basic health, and social security
-right against mental, physical, or any form of exploration
-orphans and mentally challenged have the right to special privileges by the state
-and no minor shall be employed
Every Nepal Citizen has the right against exploitation, trafficking, slavery, forced labour, and every citizen has the right to a free education! But because people have these rights doesn't mean people follow them highly likely to the fact that many citizens don't know all of their rights.

If the Canadian Constitution was in Nepal I honestly think that it wouldn't make a difference. Because  from what I know about Nepal it seems like it's the governments fault that the rights that the citizens have aren't being used not the Constitutions. If the government told the citizens their rights then the citizens could demand a better life and hopefully one could be created.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Consumerism and GINS mashup!!!

In humanities we are also doing a global issue novel study, my book is Little Princes. This book takes place mainly in Nepal about 7-9 years ago. The consumerist society is very different from the one that we have in Canada. One of the basic examples that I can give is that our wants are alot bigger than our needs whereas the people in Nepal have learned to live with what they have and what they want is most of the time what they need. Instead of you wanting the coolest video game, one of the children from the orphanage in the story may want something good to eat,  school supplies, clean clothing, or even a box to make their own entertainment. The more economic concepts that I thought of was health care, income assistance, and pension. Health care options are available, there are hospitals but they have a lot of people in them, they also do not always have the best doctors and surgeons. The government involvement with health control was complicated due to the war going on with the kingdom and rebels which caused many days of nationwide lock downs. In terms of pensions and assisted income you can’t just go to the government asking for money, this is because many of the people who live in nepal live in rural areas,  and do not have to pay high taxes, many of the people who live in the cities of nepal are also in poverty and cannot afford to pay taxes. there would not be enough people in nepal to pay for social programs. This is a good example of how consumerism take many different forms all over the world.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013


Hello internet friends, while we are still working on our global issue novel study and litspiration we are also working on a consumerism unit. I will be posting pictures, videos, and other things to address my consumer identity. Please feel free to check it out and follow
Thanks everyone :D

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Global Issue Novel Study

The winds of change are blowing on my blog... In school we are starting a global issue novel study! This is the first post about my book, Little Princes, One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal. - The issue in my novel is the decade long civil war that took place in Nepal from 1996-2006. The Maoist rebels were abducting the children of the villages and forcing them to become part of the Maoist army to fight against the government. Child traffickers took advantage of the parental concerns and promised to take their children to Kathmandu Valley which was on of the few areas that remained our of Maoist control. The traffickers then took a fee from the parents and abandoned the children in the valley making thousands of children orphans The reason that I chose this book is because I am strongly against abuse of humans but often don't know what I can do, this book is about a mans journey to Nepal to volunteer at an orphanage but ends up helping the cause greatly. I was hoping to get some sort of inspiration from the author and main character Conor Grennan. I didn't know a lot about the specific issue in Nepal but I do know that many children can't go to school, or other kids who are forced into child labour or forced to become child soldiers. I'm not to sure what the ending of the book will be like because already in my 20% his initial 3 volunteer months are up... so I want to know what he plans to do. I also want to know where the orphans in the orphanage came from. I really want more information on what will happen to the children of the orphanage and if Conor can really save them. The main characters that have been introduced in my novel are: Conor Grennan (the main character) Sandra (the founder of the Little Princess Orphanage) and Farid (the character that helps take over the orphanage for Sandra) there have been other minor characters introduced like all 18 of the orphans, as well as some other volunteers who don't come into play at all so far. For those of you who have read the book... No Spoilers!!! If anyone has any suggestions on other books regarding global issues please let me know!