The mentorship program launched by Tewa on February 2019 is a two-year program in which ten volunteers are deployed in sixteen grantee organizations where they conduct mentoring sessions to strengthen the organizations by ensuring shared leadership among the members. The mentoring sessions were held in a monthly basis, and the mentors adopted various approaches such as focused group discussion, phone inquiry and one-to-one Interview in order to learn about the mentee’s organizational goals and objectives. Though the program was only implemented for eight months, it has already made some noteworthy progresses. In Gorkha district, three mentee organizations i.e. Shree Sahanshilata Mahila Samuha, Shree Barpak Nirman, and Shree Barpak Mahila Bahuudeshya Sahakari Sanstha Ltd. Were selected for this program. These organizations were formed after Relief and Rehabilitation Program during Earthquake 2015. After eight months of deployment of mentors, we could see following changes in these organizations.
In Shree Sahanshilata Mahila Samuha, members; who were uninterested to participate in office discussion and meetings, became more active and concerned after the mentoring session, division of work among members to share the work load has begun and members are more aware of the annual renewal process of the organization. The organization received one of the rooms of the women's building inside the ward office premises as its organization's office room and is planning to meet and coordinate with ward officials to receive the budget allocated for women and conduct program to minimize the cases of VAW in their community
In Shree Barpak Nirman Mahila Samuha, members realized the importance of documentation of every activity conducted within the organization and have initiated monthly meeting and documentation of other activities. The organization is more aware on the proper documentation required for the final audit and is willing to maintain a simple version of credit/debit book in the organization. As a result of the smooth coordination with ward office and village municipality, the organization was able to receive a grant of Rs. 300,000 to construct kalbat and have completed the work as well.
In Shree Barpak Mahila Bahuudeshya Sahakari Sanstha Ltd, members are more active and are more interested in the work of the organization. The mentee has decided to invite the less appearing members of the organization and make them realize the importance of their presence in every meeting and programs. The president, who was previously about to leave the organization, became more positive and is willing to stay. Most importantly, the members of the organization are planning to conduct all the financial transaction via cheque rather than cash, which is a major progress for a CBWO. The members have also initiated self-examinations and they are identifying new ways to strengthen their organization.
Overall, mentorship program has supported our grantee partners by adapting different strategies. This program had started developing the capacity of our grantee partners to make them self-reliant, enhance the leadership, and build trust among each other.