Girls: Better after quake

by Visible Impact
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Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake
Girls: Better after quake

On March 2017, Visible Impact’s Girls: Better after quake program completed its one year of mentoring earthquake affected adolescent girls of Nepal.

With an aim to unleash the social leadership, enhance skills and build confidence of 15 adolescent girls, Visible Impact conducted eight skills building workshops, several safe space meetings, transect walk in the community, community meetings with community leaders, etc. in Kharanitar, Nuwakot in the past one year, in partnership with Accountability Lab, Helping Hands Kharanitar, and donations raised through GlobalGiving.

Two weeks back, the team also conducted participatory evaluation of the program with the office staff, benefirciary girls, and social mobilizer. This report highlights on what the evalution entailed.

The girls appreciated all the sessions and they particularly appreciated the girls-friendly model of workshops i.e. in a safe space using games and fun methodologies. The teaching methods were said to be interactive and friendly which built a friendly environment throughout the sessions. The games in the sessions were rated to be good. The story writing part of the program was also highly liked by the girls. The content of the sessions on Gender based violence, Menstrual Health Management and girls trafficking were highly appreciated as it helped them learn things that were not taught in school and provided them with contents that they could share with their teachers as well. The sessions also provided an opportunity to the girls to share their learning with the non-participants in the schools.

With regards to the venue, the girls felt that the current venue was feasible. However, they also proposed the Primary Health Care Center Meeting Hall as the venue for the program for the future. The girls showed mild satisfaction towards the lunch being provided and showed a preference towards changing it in the future.

The programs met with the expectations of the girls and helped them build their public speaking abilities. It also helped them gain confidence. Girls were seen participating in the community meetings and speaking for what they think is right or wrong which is the major achievement and a point of encouragement to Visible Impact team as well.

Adding to all these, the program was also viewed negatively by the community people because of the expectations they had developed being a part of other programs conducted by other many organizations, especially in regards to the meeting allowance they receive.

The areas of improvement were said to be time management as the programs were not conducted in a punctual manner whereas the duration of the workshops was completely fine to them. Increase in the number of community meeting was also put forward as the areas of improvement.

The girls aspired to provide peer education to others and practice public speaking actively in the future.

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What went well in the last 6 months??

  • The girls have been able to critically analyze the social issues, identify what is not going on right and raise appropriate questions. Their leadership in the community have become more visible and realized.
  • Their ability to develop and share stories has been enhanced, especially in context of earthquake related experiences.
  • The support and interest of the community towards the activities of the girls has risen. The girls have been able to show stronger presence in the society.

 What has been achieved?

8 blog posts, 1 radio program,

3 Community meetings

2 Community transit walks

4 Workshop on accountability and leadership 

2 Discussions facilitated by social mobilizer on social issues 

What were the challenges?

  • Dealing with adolescent girls itself is challenging because of the sensitivity of their age and their higher ambitions and expectations in life.
  • Coming from an earthquake affected area of a rural village in Nepal, the girls have limited exposure that is curbing them from coming up and speaking out in the society.
  • In the absence of community leaders staying in the village, it is challenging to connect the girls with the community leader.

What could have been done better?

  • The remote mentoring could have been made stronger by building the capacity of the social mobilizer that would strengthen the sustainability of the program.
  • The journalism aspect of the program was over ambitious, and could not yield the result as expected. The program needs more time to achieve that.
  • The quality of the stories/articles that the girls have raised up and so are now suitable for publishing in newspapers and children magazines. But they could not be published in national newspaper. The effort to raise the quality of the articles to make it publishable in the national newspaper is ongoing.
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Rita while teaching Taekwondo
Rita while teaching Taekwondo

Meet Rita Tamang.

Rita is 16 years old and black belt in Taekwondo. She discovered her passion for Taekwondo when she was 8 years old. Almost 2 years back, earthquake destroyed her village – Kharanitar of Nuwakot district of Nepal. She had to give up her Taekwondo lessons because other things took over after the quake. Other girls who were also taking Taekwondo lessons also had to drop out.

Since last year, Visible Impact has been working to unleash the social and economic leadership of 15 adolescent girls of her village, by providing them mentorship on various issues such as academic support, support for co-curricular activities, workshops on social issues, leadership and accountability, entrepreneurship, storytelling etc.

On December 1, we started a fundraiser for these girls through Global Giving, where we attempt to raise USD 5000 for girls like her. We have been able to raise 800 USD so far, but we have already been able to show colors with the fund raised.

What has already happened with the donation?

With the donation, we have encouraged Rita to utilize her Taekwondo lessons to start her own class. Starting this month, she has started teaching Taekwondo lessons every morning for two hours to 15 other girls in the village and the number is growing

With the fund raised from Global Giving, Visible Impact will be able to sponsor Taekwondo classes for 6 months for 15 girls.

The girls in her village have been receiving self-defense lessons that will make them less prone to physical violence against them at home and community..

Rita has become an entrepreneur examplar in her village. She will be able to earn 250 Nepal Rupees (~2.5 USD per girl) for the coaching per month. That is a good income at that age, and other girls have been motivate to become entrepreneur as well.

Rita comes from Tamang community, an ethnic group of Nepal where women rarely come out of private space to public space. Rita has not only proved that women from her community, but any adolescent girl and women, can come upfront to become independent.

So, what is going to happen after 6 months then, you ask?

After 6 months, Helping Hands Kharanitar, which is local partner of Visible Impact, will register a Dojo in Rita’s leadership at the village. We will then coordinate with the Village Development Committee office to allocate regular funds for Taekwondo classes for adolescent girls in the village. Also, we will link Rita to district and national level Taekwondo championships.

Eventually, more girls will become a social champion like Rita. We are proud of what Rita has been able to achieve with our and yours support.

We still need to raise more money from 20 more people to fulfill this challenge. If you trust us, donate here.

 

Meet Rita Tamang
Meet Rita Tamang
Rita receiving leadership lesson
Rita receiving leadership lesson
Rita during workshop
Rita during workshop
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