The Jean Houston Foundation

The mission of Jean Houston Foundation is to promote positive social change by developing international communities of leaders in Social Artistry to apply a wide range of cutting edge leadership and human potential development skills for finding innovative solutions to critical local and global issues. The Foundation offers training, research, consultation, leadership, and guidance with the aim to advance individual, social and cultural development both locally and globally.
Jan 20, 2016

Women Combating Violence with Empowerment

Devaka ji sharing women
Devaka ji sharing women's empowerment initiative

Devaka ji comes to visit at ICA Nepal with a few packets of paun (spiced dried fruits). The paun not only sells here in the Nepali market but is also sold in international markets. With locally grown plants, which actually grows in abundance in Changu the women of this progressive women’s group has changed the definition of ‘household women’.

Devaka ji, as much as she looks to be just another woman of a typical Nepali society, she is pushing the limits of the Nepali social construct for women. She continues to champion women and their possibilities to be more, to matter. This is why she has a bigger fish in her basket when it comes to achievements. Always enthused to work for community and its people, Devaka ji came in contact with ICA Nepal and is participating in various leadership trainings, devoting herself to community development and women empowerment.

She finished her SLC when other women her age were planning a family and she was not only planning her family but also planning the ways in which the women in her community along with her could prosper. Today she is the president of Chinnamasta Women Saving and Credit Cooperative Society Pvt. Ltd, which was a joint effort of Ms. Shrestha and ICA Nepal but mostly her determination. It has more than 800 members out of which 750 are active female members and has around 30 million transactions annually. The cooperative is now the leading financial institute in the area playing a major role in local development.

Before, the women in her village were limited to households, illiterate and considered themselves as weaker to their counterparts. But today changes can be observed in perception and practices. Women now are actively involved in income generating activities, such as tailoring, sewing clothes, making toys and dolls, pickle making and actively participate in community development activities such as taking care of the drinking water system; member of saving and credit programs etc.

She adds, “Male counterparts in my village have started appreciating the importance of women and therefore started welcoming the suggestions and participation of women in all spheres of life.

Your gifts are helping so many women in Nepal like Devaka ji. Thanks to you, Nepal and the world is a better place.

Women empowering women
Women empowering women
Dec 10, 2015

Key Support is Psycho-Social Trauma Relief

Tri-Ratna School Training
Tri-Ratna School Training

In addition to the leadership training being provided for community leaders,  the Social Artistry/ICA trainers are continuing to support the earthquake recovery with training for teachers and other professionals who are dealing with the trauma experienced by community members, especially children. 

Following are some of the communities, organizations and schools/colleges that were provided the psycho-emotional trauma relief training where the tools of Social Artistry were used.

Social Artistry Training to School Teachers, Students and School Management Committee

Psycho-emotional trauma relief training was provided using Social Artistry tools at South Point boarding high school. The teachers and stakeholders of school were the participants in the training. Considering the fact that students would require extra care and proper handling during tremors, Social Artistry trainers realized teachers should be trained first and their trauma should be healed before children. Therefore, training was provided in the school premises. There were 30 participants, and trainers Amba Datta Bhatta and Atma Ram Timsina provided the training. Training was helpful in preparing teachers to help the children.

Institute of Banking and Management Studies

With the similar purpose of trauma relief and psycho-emotional support, Social Artistry leadership training was provided to members and stakeholders of the Institute of Banking and Management Studies (IBMS). The training was conducted at its premises at Chakupat, Lalitpur among 25 participants. The training was helpful to provide counseling and trauma handling ideas to the participants. Mr Amba Datta Bhatta and Mr Atma Ram Upadhyaya were the trainers.

Tri-Ratna School, Bungamati

Psycho-social trauma relief training from Social Artistry perspective was provided to teachers of Tri- Ratna School, Bungamati.

Olympia School

Similarly, the training for teachers and staffs of Olympia school was also provided with psycho-social trauma relief training with the use of Social Artistry tools. There were around 30 participants.

Association of Wives of Civil Service Employees

Similarly, Social Artistry training for psycho-social recovery was provided to wives of service employees. Amba Datta Bhatta, Atma Ram Upadhyaya and Pramila KC were the trainers.

Support from the Jean Houston Foundation

Tatwa Timsina (spokesperson for ICA Nepal), reported “ICA Nepal received great support from the Jean Houston Foundation during the time of the earthquakes where many of the places in Nepal had been devastated. Jean Houston Foundation played a great role by helping us out with donations of significant amount and constant update about Nepal on their sites. The amount was used for relief support as well as being used for the rehabilitation process.  Part of the support from the Jean Houston Foundation is also providing support to the disabled at Gol Dhunga area. ICA Nepal acknowledges Jean Houston, Peggy Dean and all of the social artists for their support to launch earthquake relief and recovery activities.”

Banking Institute Training
Banking Institute Training
Training Community Leaders
Training Community Leaders
Sep 17, 2015

Crucial Training for Handicapped Leaders

Participants and Trainers Gather
Participants and Trainers Gather

You have been supporting the work of our Nepali trainers to pepare leaders to help build their nation, and their work is even more crucial since the setback of major earthquakes.  We hope this report will give you a glimpse of some of that work, and how your support makes such a difference.

ICA Nepal, with the support of Jean Houston Foundation, conducted a two-day Social Artistry Leadership training in which the participants were leaders from four development organizations working with disabled people in communities. The training was conducted September 16-17.2015, in the building of ICA Nepal near Kathmandu with 22 enthusiastic participants. The participating organizations were:

1. Entire Power in Social Action (EPSA),

2. National Integrated Blind Development Association (NIBDA),

3. Creative group of “little” women,

4. Disabled Service Centre (DSC)

The major objective of this training was to develop creative leadership qualities among participants and enhance their psychological ability to achieve personal and organizational goals. Various exercises were carried out to help participants enhance their inner power of creative imagination and concentration. They had the opportunity to more fully apply the skills they were learning to strengthen their visions and goals. The facilitators were Dr. Tatwa Timsina, Mr. Atma Ram Timsina, Mr. Amba Datta Bhatta, and Ms Pramila KC.

The second day the participants remembered and shared moments of joy in their lives. It helped to teach them that amidst all the chaotic moments in life, 2 minutes of relaxation and remembering a happy moment will help to calm, be optimistic, and enhance the will power to face any adverse situation in life. They engaged in deep listening and story telling to learn the importance of listening deeply to others. One of the participants shared, “ Now I know that listening carefully to someone tell their story without judgment is an important quality for me as a leader.”

One of the most enjoyable and significant parts of the training was the Hearing Praises exercise where participants were divided into three per group. Each participant shared their personal goals and their partners whispered in each ear motivating words especially in support of their self confidence, reaching their goals, etc. This helped participants to feel stronger and more positive, and they also realized the powerful effect of motivating words.

This training was an important step to prepare community leaders to work with the handicapped people in their communities to help them recover from the trauma of the earthquakes, to cope with the loss of their homes and to go on in life with hope and vision.

Giving Praises Exercise
Giving Praises Exercise
Leaders making commitments to their visions
Leaders making commitments to their visions

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