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Relief rebuilding to 25 communities in Nepal

by Tewa
Relief rebuilding to 25 communities in Nepal
Relief rebuilding to 25 communities in Nepal
Relief rebuilding to 25 communities in Nepal
Relief rebuilding to 25 communities in Nepal
Relief rebuilding to 25 communities in Nepal
Relief rebuilding to 25 communities in Nepal
Relief rebuilding to 25 communities in Nepal
Relief rebuilding to 25 communities in Nepal
Relief rebuilding to 25 communities in Nepal
Relief rebuilding to 25 communities in Nepal
Relief rebuilding to 25 communities in Nepal
Relief rebuilding to 25 communities in Nepal
Relief rebuilding to 25 communities in Nepal
Relief rebuilding to 25 communities in Nepal
Relief rebuilding to 25 communities in Nepal
Relief rebuilding to 25 communities in Nepal

With an aim to empower women working through informal groups or within an organization, Tewa introduced Mentorship Program back in January 2019. The major objective of this program is to strengthen grantee partner's organizations while ensuring shared leadership and organizational development. Through monthly mentoring sessions led by the mentors, the mentees (members of the organization/group) are groomed to work as a formal establishment and enhance their leadership skills. The first Mentorship meet-up was organized by Tewa on January 2020, after a year of the program implementation. A fresh concept, introduced to the core programs of Tewa, Mentorship program still functions as a pilot project. The annual meet-up provides a platform to the mentors, mentee and especially Tewa team, to understand the implication of this organic program and craft the journey ahead. A total of 38 participants, including eight mentors, partook in the annual meet-up on January 28-30, 2020 at Tewa. Mentees from ten different districts came together to share their experiences so far and participated in intense sessions to learn about organizational development and leadership. This program helped our mentees to learn about organizational development and ensure sustainability of our organization. Through mentoring sessions between mentee and mentor, this program helped to grow us individually and develop our leadership skills. It’s a program that provides platform to learn about women's rights through monthly sessions. In an individual level, this program has allowed our partners to introduce their organization, its objectives and its members at community level. The members have learned and are encouraged to take their organization to new heights. The members have learned the importance of organization's sustainability and are willing to ensure it. An idea like monthly saving has facilitated the members to collect and contribute few sums for the organization. Increased coordination with local government and stakeholders has aided in organization's smooth operation. Members are more confident to put forward their opinion and work collectively as a group. They are also aware of their respective roles and responsibilities within the organization/group. The official documentation process is a matter of concern and the members are working to develop strong records in days to come. The sessions have encouraged the members to pull active members in their committee and lose inactive/discouraging members. At the end of the training, the mentors and mentees jointly prepared a way forward plan which was further described in terms of timeline, resources to be used, skills available and its impact on personal/organizational development. The current plan included focusing in maximization of local resources, support mentees to engage and work with local stakeholders, prepare necessary guidelines for the organization, support each member to actively participate in organizational activities, contribute in developing strategic plan of an organization etc.

Mentee discussing about the program
Mentee discussing about the program
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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.

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"I would like to see my organization grow in the aspect of physical infrastructure (building) and a capable team to run this organization." says one of the board members of Pourakhi mahila Samaj, Ramechhap. The answer to the question where would you like to see your organization in coming 5 years was realistic and attainable.

Meeting with the Board members of this organization and having a formal cum informal conversation, we got to know more in details about their perspective towards development and sustainability of their organization. It has been doing an incredible work to the women belonging to the community of people working as fishermen. It has organized programs focusing on women's economic empowerment and awareness on the rights of women, also Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR). Recently they successfully organized a program at three different places about legal awareness and health rights of women. To make this happen, the local level government also provided them with financial support. This organization is doing well in the aspect of organizing programs as per the requirements of their community women. But somewhere in the process of doing something for the community, it lacks in the self-growth of the organization. The members were very much aware of this fact and a discussion on the meeting was more focused in the current issues. Founded 5 years ago, this organization has worked a lot to combat the issues of women from their own community. So through the Mentorship Program, Tewa is providing a backup support by deploying a mentor who will organize monthly meetings. By reflecting on their needs and problems, the members themselves come up with the solution. This program has been effective in team building, strengthening the policies, creating a vision of a sustainable organization and development of leadership skills.

Under this program, other two women's organizations of Ramechhap district (formed after Earthquake 2015) are selected as mentee organization to internally strengthen and develop leadership of the members. A reflection visit to these organizations on mid- August was prolific to our team. The commonality that we found among these organizations were that they have the willpower and are motivated to strengthen their organizations. A little push from our mentor to provide guidance and support so far has helped build their self-confidence and trust among themselves.

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Members of Shree Barpak Mahila B. Sahakari Sanstha
Members of Shree Barpak Mahila B. Sahakari Sanstha

Women are being more aware of their rights. They are mounting the urge to know about the ongoing issues more than ever. One of our grantee partners from Gorkha district, acting as a mentee organization; Shree Sahanshilata Mahila Samuha founded 2 years ago used to work for the economic rights of women. It is willing to come out of its shell and work towards the rights of women. Along with this organization, other two organizations in Gorkha i.e. Shree Barpak Mahila Bahuuddeshiya Sahakari Sanstha and Shree Barpak Nirman Mahila Samuha are also mentee organizations supervised by our mentor Ms. Nirmala Shrestha. It has been three months since we deployed our mentor to the respective mentee organizations. These mentee organizations are working on different thematic areas, communal to women's rights

So far in Gorkha district, assigned mentor has visited three of the mentee organizations. Shree Barpak Mahila Bahuuddeshiya Sahakari Sanstha's focus area is saving and credit as it is a women's cooperative organization. It has been active for 4 years. Apart from cooperative's main work, this organization is also working towards agro based work and farming to enhance the economic status of women.

Shree Barpak Nirman Mahila Samuha is a community based organization working actively since past 10 years. Its focus is wholly on different rights of women. Along with which they also support community based work like construction of small roads and bridge etc.

Since the mentorship program was initiated in these districts, the organizations perspective on rights of women has changed. Previously these organization used to think that economic empowerment is the empowerment of women. From the usual meetings with mentor, they have strengthen their own powers accepting their flaws and advancing to do more together. Women have come together to identify existing problems in the organizations and finding solutions to it. Members of these organizations had the concept that only one person is responsible for the duties and work of the organization. But after the mentor mentee sessions, they came into the realization that everyone should be responsible for their task and support to build the collective force. That they should come jointly to build an organization through learning from each other.

The mentorship program has provided our grantee partner organization with a space to cope up with their problems and find solutions. This has helped strengthen the relationship among the members of an organization and come as one to build and support the movement.

Meeting to discuss about the problems in org.
Meeting to discuss about the problems in org.
Mentor (In the middle) with the mentees of Gorkha.
Mentor (In the middle) with the mentees of Gorkha.
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Session on Identification of local resources
Session on Identification of local resources

Starting from the Scratch

After the completion of 1 year of the Mentorship program for our grantee partners from three districts i.e. Ramechhap, Gorkha and Sindhupalchowk, three days of Mentorship review training was organized from December 11-13, 2018. The target participants for the training were stakeholders of "Hamro Tewa Gaun Ghar program" (HTG) i.e. members from the women's groups', grantee partners and local individual/leaders from these districts. Mentorship program was initiated with an objective to continue the support to empower, strengthen women's groups' formed during 23 months post-earthquake rehabilitation program also known as Hamro Tewa Gaun Ghar and also provide proper guidelines to sustain their organization in future.

24 individuals: 5 male and 19 female of different age group and from the diverse community participated in the training. Three groups from the respective three districts shared the work done during Hamro Tewa Gaun Ghar Program in the communities which included group formation, skill sharing, and awareness of rights of women. The 23 months long project had brought a lot of changes in the lives of an individual as well as community people. Women became self-reliant and started to come together in solidarity to solve different issues, share any skills and mobilize local resources for durable development. The active involvement in the community helped them to build a close relationship with local authorities as well as community people which automatically increased trust in them.

Included in the training were the sessions on Identifying local resources and mobilization, community philanthropy and encouraging organic farming. Sharing from one of the grantee partners of Tewa helped them realize the negative effects of pesticides and insecticides in the environment as well as its direct effect on the health of people.  Participants learned in depth about the practices of community philanthropy adopted by Tewa that could be implemented in their locality and also mobilizations of local resources for durable development. Along with this, participants were exposed to the laws and regulations for land management and equal access to effective utilization of local resources.

From the three days of review training, the way forward planning was done. The participants planned to address different issues of women including the indigenous, single women, enhance the capacity of women by providing them different soft skills and leadership training and focusing on IG related programs in an effort to make women financially independent.

The review meeting provided us with insight into the progress these women's groups' have made in their lives and their community. Their dedication to doing something for the community has helped them come so far.

Discussing about the activities done during HTG
Discussing about the activities done during HTG
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Tewa

Location: Lalitpur, Nepal - Nepal
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Sadhana Shrestha
Dhapakhel, Lalitpur Nepal
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