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
IFN members
IFN members

Inclusive Forum Nepal (IFN) is a non-governmental organization established on 26 March 2000 by members of the gender and sexual minority group. Along with conducting various programs for the human rights and interests of gender and sexual minorities, Inclusive Forum Nepal aims to establish in the society the members of the community who have faced discrimination prevalent in society, domestic violence, oppression and shaming inflicted by their own families, as well as those spurned by the society, and enable them to live independently and as equal citizens. Inclusive Forum Nepal has been conducting programs for members of this community that focus on their sexual and reproductive health, development of life-skills and support of their independence, while also collaborating and cooperating with organizations with the game goals.

During the nation-wide lockdown which started from 24th March 2020, many people had different problems. Daily wage workers have had trouble in income generation, which made it hard for their availability of food to eat. But for Trans* people with minimum working salary have had trouble finding hormonal medicines. IFN realized that Transgender men facing serious psychological and mental distress due to inaccessibility to hormonal therapy. All of them showed irritation, agitation including some of them showing suicidal tendency. Therefore, IFN with the support of Tewa's discretionary grant provided hormones to the total of 22 transgender men over the period of the lockdown. This restored their mental and psychological health.

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Mentees of Kavre during the previous visit.
Mentees of Kavre during the previous visit.

With the increase in COVID-19 positive cases, the government had initiated a lockdown in the entire country in March 2020. The phase of lockdown has been on and off since then. This has impacted the lives of people in an unpredictable way. Adapting to the new normal, Tewa has also changed its strategies from physical to virtual platforms for program continuation. The mentorship program likewise has continued its discussions virtually with the mentors and provided the tips to use virtual platforms. Tewa had also organized the bi-monthly meet-ups with the mentors where the program officer taught the mentors about the use of a zoom app. This space is also used to share skills and ideas among one another.

Our partners and we have been working in person which is why shifting it to the virtual one has been a bit of a challenge. But we are keeping up with everything and trying our best to adjust to this new normal. We frequently provide orientations to our mentors and mentees to use virtual platforms. This has its own positive aspect as well. The knowledge and skills of our mentors and mentees in using these apps have strengthened and enhanced. Also, they are starting to become familiar in technical arenas. Our mentors have come up with new ideas to give continuity to this program through a virtual medium. For our mentees, especially, this is a huge success. Living in the very remote areas and being able to learn more and expose oneself in the virtual space is an achievement for us too.

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Relief support distributed to grantee partners
Relief support distributed to grantee partners

The starting months of the year 2020 proved to be a crisis not only to one country but the entire world. The horrid impact of Corona Virus spread across the world and the terror hit Nepal in March soon after it got out of control in India. The nature of the virus confused everyone and left people in Nepal including Tewa unable to continue normalcy of activities as planned within the organization.

We had started grantee mapping of selected grantees from all over Nepal. Through phone calls, we asked them their current situation because of Corona and what kind of support they might need from Tewa. Through the grantee mapping, we realized that Covid-19 has affected the daily lives of our grantee partners both their personal and professional lives. Among our three mentee organizations; two from Ramechhap and one from Makwanpur, the common need was immediate relief support for minority groups.

Right when the Covid-19 took its toll in Nepal and the nationwide lockdown started, it affected the lives of people. The daily wage earners were the hard-hit because of earning deprivation. Tewa had started immediate relief distribution and raising awareness about Covid-19 through flex and hoarding boards, radio jingles, and pamphlets through our grantee partners in distinct parts of Nepal. We supported three of our mentee organizations with immediate relief support such as rice, lentil, and oil, salt, and nonperishable vegetable. The targeted beneficiaries through these grant support are people from the marginalized communities and those affected by the flood. A total of 77 households was benefitted from this grant support. The beneficiaries were laborers whose earning depends on daily income and works on a brick kiln.

We couldn’t continue our Mentorship Program because of ongoing lockdown but we are trying our best to connect with our mentors and mentee organizations through virtual platforms. Every now and then, we organize a meeting and get an update on their personal status. Our Program officer helps them out on giving them suggestions to take care of themselves and their mental health. It is prime time that we take care of ourselves and stay positive during this ongoing chaos. The regular virtual meetings have supported our mentees and mentors to get connected with each other and relieve their stress. Tewa has been trying to support people in need at a time through any potential support it can provide.

Relief distribution at Ramechhap by Tewa's partner
Relief distribution at Ramechhap by Tewa's partner
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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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Tewa

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