Families of Hope

reflections and resources for families & children

Games of Nepal

Below are some traditional games played by children all over Nepal. Play them together, take some time to consider and discuss:

  • What it was like to play the games
  • The importance of games and play for children everywhere
  • Hopes and dreams for your own future and for the future of children in Nepal

Gitti Ball


  • 2 teams of players
  • 7 stones
  • One tennis ball
  • An open area

How to play:

  1. Stack the stones to form a small tower
  2. Teams line up and players from each team take turns to throw the ball at the stack.
  3. If a player topples at least one stone, their team become the ‘runners’ and the other team are the ‘chasers’.
  4. Runners attempt to re-stack the stones and also avoid being hit by the ball.
  5. Chasers throw the ball at runners.
  6. If a runner is hit below the knee, they are out of the game.
  7. Runners win if they can re-stack all seven stones.
  8. Chasers win if they are get all the runners out.

Gatti (Jacks)


  • 1 or more players
  • 5 small stones (about grape-sized)

How to play:

Playing alone or with others, each player attempts to throw and catch stones in eight stages. At each stage a player has three attempts to complete the goal without letting the tossed stone fall to the ground. If the player fails a stage, the next player begins their turn.

  1. The player takes a single stone between forefinger and thumb while keeping the rest in his/her palm. The stone in the fingers is held while the rest are scattered on the ground. The player then tries to pick up each stone while tossing the other stone up in the air.
  2. Similar to stage one, but two stones are picked up at once.
  3. Three stones are picked up at once (although stones are allowed to be flicked closer together for ease of gathering while the held stone is thrown in the air.
  4. All stones are placed down and then picked up again while tossing the held stone.
  5. All stones are thrown into the air, caught on on the back of the hand, then thrown again to catch in the player’s cupped hand.
  6. Similar to five, but the stones are caught overhand.
  7. The player creates an arch between the forefinger and thumb of their left hand. and tries to slide the other stones into this “goal” one by one as the held stone is tossed in the air.
  8. The player attempts to pick up all the stones at once from beneath his/her arched hand while tossing the held stone.

Dandi Biyo


  • A strong 50–60cm stick (the dandi)
  • A smaller stick – about 1/4 size of the dandi, with pointy or rounded ends (the biyo)
  • 2 or more players

How to play:

  1. Dig a small groove into the ground and lay the biyo across it.
  2. One player uses the dandi to flick the biyo as far as possible.
  3. Fielding players may attempt to catch the biyo and the striker’s turn ends if the biyo is caught.
  4. If the biyo lands on the ground, a fielder tries to throw it back into the groove, while the striker tries to strike it in midair with the dandi.
  5. If it lands in the groove, the striker’s turn ends.
  6. But if the biyo is not caught and is not returned to the groove, the striker has three chances to hit it further.
  7. This is done by hitting the biyo on its end and then hitting it again as it leaps into the air.
  8. Whoever knocks the biyo the greatest distance after their three attempts is the winner.


Further Ideas

  • Print out the pictures below and colour them in
  • Draw pictures of your own favourite games

Homes of Jumla

Village homes in Jumla, are very different to most houses in Australia. They are designed to keep families warm in very cold conditions and to make space for people to live and work on really steep, sloping land. They are built using the know-how and hard work of local people, with locally available materials, like wood, stone, mud and straw.

Look at the photos in the slider below and in our newsletter, as well as the video – and think about homes in Jumla.

Activity #1: Space

Make a list of the rooms in your own house and what each one is used for.

  • Which is your favourite room? Why?
  • Which do you think is the most important room? Why?

Make a list of the rooms you see (or hear described in the video) in the home in Jumla and what each one is used for.

  • What are the biggest differences between your home and the Jumla house?

Activity #2: Water

Count up the number of taps in and around your house where you can get safe drinking water in your house. Don’t forget rooms like bathrooms, laundry and even toilets. (Hint: there’s at least one tap in every house which provides drinking quality water that we use for another purpose).

  • How many taps do you see in the home in Jumla?
  • From the photos, can you see where most families in Jumla get their drinking water from?
  • What impact might that have on people’s time, activities and health?

Boys and Girls

One of the things that makes INF’s community work in remote communities so powerful, is the emphasis we place on equipping and empowering women to make change in their families, communities and societies. To help people understand social attitudes about men and women and identify ways that women might be discriminated against, INF Nepal’s Self Help Groups use different tools. One simple tool that always sparks vigorous discussion is called a gender workload analysis.

Look at the photo below:

Photo of a community group's gender workload analysis

• Who does what jobs or chores in your house? Are the chores and the amount of time they take shared equally or is it different for boys and girls?

Have a look at the photo of the gender workload analysis. From left to right the columns are:
1) Time 2) Women’s Tasks 3) Time 4) Men’s Tasks 5) Summary

• Without knowing Nepali numbers, can you see any difference in the times listed for women’s tasks and men’s tasks? What do you think this difference might be and why? [Hint: the final summary reads “Women work two hours longer each day than men do.”]
• Which of these lists of tasks do you think belongs to men and which to women? Why do you think this is the case? What does this say about the lives of women and men in Kanakasundari?

Grinding flour
Preparing morning snack
Preparing main morning meal
Sending children to school
Collecting and composting cow dung
Washing clothes
Preparing and eating afternoon snack
Shepherding animals
Feeding cows and buffalos
Preparing and eating main evening meal
Spinning yarn
Weaving bags
Gathering firewood
Cutting fodder
Working iron
Eating breakfast
Chopping wood
Day labouring
Making baskets
Making mats
Making ropes

Do a workload analysis for your own family. Why are the tasks shared the way they are? Is everyone helping out as much as they can? Could or should anything change?

Pray for the women of Kanakasundari as they seek to support each other, help their families, and improve lives for all women and girls in their communities.

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