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Earthquake Relief for Disadvantaged in Nepal

by The Jean Houston Foundation
Earthquake Relief for Disadvantaged in Nepal
Earthquake Relief for Disadvantaged in Nepal
Earthquake Relief for Disadvantaged in Nepal
Earthquake Relief for Disadvantaged in Nepal
Earthquake Relief for Disadvantaged in Nepal
Earthquake Relief for Disadvantaged in Nepal
Earthquake Relief for Disadvantaged in Nepal
Earthquake Relief for Disadvantaged in Nepal
Earthquake Relief for Disadvantaged in Nepal
Earthquake Relief for Disadvantaged in Nepal
Earthquake Relief for Disadvantaged in Nepal
Earthquake Relief for Disadvantaged in Nepal
Earthquake Relief for Disadvantaged in Nepal
Earthquake Relief for Disadvantaged in Nepal
Planning by Nepali Team
Planning by Nepali Team

Dear Social Artists,

Following is the proposed budget from our Nepali Social Artists for boldly continuing the training of leaders in Nepal to facilitate the rebuilding of communities following the earthquake damage of 2015.  Your support of this work is deeply appreciated.

Planning of 2017 for Social Artistry in Nepal

Expected output:

v  At least 350 individuals will be trained from different level of country within 7 months.

v  Nepali Manual revisions will be completed.

v  At least 20 Nepali folk stories will be collected.

v  Proposal will be submitted in 20 organizations to

conduct SA training in Nepal.

v  1000 brochures will be prepared and distributed.

v  Core fund for SA Nepal of NRS.1, 00,000 will be generated for small grant program.

Actions to Accomplish Plans

v New manual preparation

v Collection of folk stories

v Visit for new possible areas

v Prepare curriculum for College course as proposed by Anita,

v Brochure preparation.

v Proposal as concept paper will be prepared.

v Power point into Nepali.

v Monthly TLC meeting.

v Monthly Scheduled training.

v Conduct extra training (except scheduled) in 10 locations.

v Published SA newsletter in bimonthly basis.

v Monthly financial and progress report will be prepared.

Possible New Areas for Training

  1. Prison
  2. Rehabilitation Centers
  3. Disabled groups
  4. Teacher groups
  5. Staff college
  6. College and schools
  7. Banks and Business agencies.
  8. Police and Army
  9. Rotary and Rotracts
  10. Regional LDTC
  11. NGOs and INGOs and Cooperatives
  12. Civil service group

Monthly Schedule of Training 

June  Region-1, Jhapa ( Communities)

July  State-2, Pokhara

August  State-3,Hetauta

September  State-4, Surkhet

October  State-5, Doti

November  Kathmandu

December  Kanchanpur

Total Budget:  1248000 Rupees

Cotribution From ICA Nepal:  248000

Request to Jean Houston Foundation: 1000000

Community Building in Action
Community Building in Action
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There is still so much to be done to restore the damage from earthquakes.  Not only does the infrastructure need to be repaired, but houses and other buildings sustained such severe damage.  The disadvantaged people are suffering the most since they do not have the knowledge and resources to do repairs and rebuilding in a timely way.  Leadership training of community leaders provides skills that help in rebuilding.

ICA Nepal in association with the Jean Houston Foundation conducted a series of Social Artistry Leadership Trainings. Two day training for teachers was conducted on May 7th and May 8th followed by a two day leadership training for differently abled people on 10th and 11th May. Also youth focused training on Social Artistry Leadership was conducted for Rotaract/ Non-rotaract, on the date 14th May. Similarly, ICA Nepal also conducted training on Social Artistry leadership for participants from various Rotary clubs within Kathmandu valley as well as Non Rotarians on 15th May. A three-day long advanced training as training design session was conducted for selected few participants, who had already participated in the first level of the Social Artistry training on 13th, 17th and 18th May. With an aim to empower rural women through the tools and techniques of Social Artistry and Promoting women entrepreneurship through Social Artistry Leadership Development Training at Khanigaun, Parbat was held from 27th to 29th May.

Your assistance has made these trainings possible.  Thank you.



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Boudhanath Stupa being repaired after earthquake
Boudhanath Stupa being repaired after earthquake

Since the devastation of the earthquakes in Nepal a year ago, there have been major rebuilding and recovery efforts and the work continues. There is still so much to be done, and that can be discouraging as people daily see the many challenges to be addressed.

Boudhanath Stupa is being repaired after earthquakes last year. Pramila, Amba, Evelyn and Janet walked around the Stupa square and watched monks and pilgrims chanting. This is a symbol of the hope evidenced in rebuilding and recovery. It's the time for celebration of what has been achieved, what is in progress, and what is yet to be achieved.

This is a growing story, and the Nepali community of social artists created songs and poetry, and want to create a booklet describing their stories and share this with everyone. Thank you to Amba, Atman and Pramila for translation to Nepali, as well as Nirmala who jumped in sharing line by line poetry which touched the hearts of everyone.

Evelyn, visiting trainer expressed, “I was deeply touched. I can feel the heart from which ICA Nepal helped to rebuild a house for the Differently Abled after the earthquake.”

Nepali social artists expressed deepest thanks to Janet, Evelyn and Richard for coming from Canada and Taiwan to deliver the wonderful sessions that refreshed everyone again after the months of delivering aid to those in need; rebuilding what was destroyed; and inspiring and training community leaders.

The recovery efforts continue in and around Kathmandu, and contributions are needed in particular to provide outreach to the western part of Nepal where community leaders are in need of training and support.

Women's Social Artistry Leadership Training
Women's Social Artistry Leadership Training
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Gathering for the Inauguration of the new Centre
Gathering for the Inauguration of the new Centre

Social Artists at ICA Nepal believe that empowering others should not be a choice but a way of life. They have worked tirelessly in the past months following the earthquakes that struck Nepal last spring. One of the groups that critically needed support were members of the disabled population who could not care for themselves alone.

Already battling the critical situation for survival, DSC went through a huge trauma during the earthquakes. The house, already in miserable condition got damaged and was totally unsafe to stay. All the members resided on a tomato farm under tarpaulins during the earthquakes. More difficulties were added during the ensuing monsoon when they had to live under leaking tarpaulins. Their primary and urgent need was a proper and permanent shelter. ICA Nepal came in contact with DSC after the first major earthquake of 25th April. As mentioned above, the earthquakes hit hard on these people with disabilities by damaging their house and depriving them of basic food materials. Therefore, ICA Nepal initially provided relief support with basic food items. Rice, noodles, salt and other useful items were provided. After observing their critical status and having conversations with the members, ICA Nepal proposed to build a permanent shelter along with training center for them.

After the construction of the house was completed recently, the inauguration took place on November 23 amidst a huge crowd comprised of many national and international figures. Headed by the chairperson of DSC Mr. Chandra Bahadur K.C, the new building was inaugurated by Hon. Prime Minister and Minister of Women, Children and Social Welfare Mr. Chandra Prakash Mainali. Among the guests were, political leaders, representatives from other organizations, local representatives and other members. The program was coordinated by ICA Nepal and Chhultim Sherpa and was a grand success. The inauguration program began with a welcome speech and was followed by many speeches, dance and music performance, ribbon cutting ceremony and concluded on a note from Mr. Chandra Bahadur K.C. The inauguration was held at the new premises of DSC. The guests were provided with tea and snacks at the end.

The Social Artists at ICA Nepal will continue to raise awareness of the need to include and help the disabled members of communities.  The Disabled Service Centre (DSC) is a good beginning, and we need your help cointinue to empower the disabled across Nepal.

Tatwa Timsina of ICA Nepal shares gratefulness
Tatwa Timsina of ICA Nepal shares gratefulness
Members of DSC express appreciation
Members of DSC express appreciation
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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
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The Jean Houston Foundation

Location: Ashland, OR - USA
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The Jean Houston Foundation
Peggy Dean
Project Leader:
Peggy Dean
Executive Director
Ashland, OR United States

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