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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
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.
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
Our Volunteers purchasing the products.
Our Volunteers purchasing the products.

Griha Shramik Sarokar Samaj is one of the grantee partners of Tewa located at the center of Kathmandu. Since the establishment, it is working to provide income generating training to home-based workers. To help promote women to come out of the house and do something on their own so they could also have a stake on something was the core motto of the establishment of this organization.

During the earthquake recovery program, 22 volunteers who have been deployed in 6 most affected districts formed many women's group at different places. Later on, Griha Shramik helped the existing 11 women's group in Kathmandu to register under women’s saving and cooperative. The common thing about these women cooperatives were the women involved in it had some kind of income-generating skills already.

The struggle of bringing women out of the house and getting them involved in other works was real. Since the women already attained some sort of income generating skill, a back support was only required to push them further.

Our volunteer/grantee partner Kamla Panta encouraged women from these cooperatives to save 0.001 USD per day which makes USD 0.3 per month to develop the habit of savings and the importance of it.

Mostly the idea of cooperative implies providing services and financial advice to its member. But these women’s cooperatives are running on a different scale. The motto behind the initiation of these cooperatives was to help the development of the community in overall.

Later on, the cooperatives started providing additional training on income generating activities like weaving, sewing, organic cultivation, pickle making and so on. This helped the women's group to support their admin cost as well.

Today, all of these women’s group are operating as cooperative and savings and 4 of it is registered as NGOs. Griha Shramik has supported these women organization from the very start to build its foundation.

 Griha Shramik is also in a network of other organizations who work for home-based workers and together they are lobbying with the government for the recognition of their work. Also, they have requested to add the value of their work so that it can be counted in the National GDP of Nepal.

For the lobbying, Tewa supported Griha Shramik with the grant to organize a training. During this training, Executive Director of Tewa, Urmila Shrestha was invited to share about the work of Tewa is doing and the philosophy Tewa is adapting to sustain for the long run. The women were so moved by the words that they have initiated the endowment fund within their organization. Every member of the organization contributed some money and they were able to raise 5000/- USD for the endowment fund only. The money was then deposited in the bank. And now they have planned to provide a grant support from the interest collected from the bank to one of those 11 cooperatives who will do outstanding work.

 

Apart from IG works and supporting other women groups, this organization is for the Rights of Home Based Workers as well. Mostly, Home based work is not permanent and do not provide many facilities. To help the home-based workers have some financial security from their work, the organization is also organizing meetings with ministry level so that they could agree on making an identification card to those workers.

Phulmaya teaching weaving in her local place
Phulmaya teaching weaving in her local place

Phulmaya Majhi is a local resident from Garkhira, Manthali, Ramechhap working as a resource person who provides training on weaving. She has become so empowered today that she could sustain herself and her family. Phulmaya lives with her family. Eldest among the children, Phulmaya had a lot of responsibilities while growing up. Since her family's main occupation was fishing and agriculture, she spent most of the time helping out her parents which is why she couldn't focus much on her studies. She had just completed her SLC and was doing her high school level education.

When 2015 earthquake hit Nepal with a 7.8 Richter scale, Ramechhap was one of the most affected districts. At the time of the Earthquake, her house was completely destroyed leaving her, and her family homeless. This impacted her life on a larger scale. She had to drop out of high school and focus on earning for their livelihood. When Tewa started its Recovery and Rehabilitation Project, one of our project areas was Ramechhap. So, coming in contact with our volunteers, Phulmaya got an opportunity to participate in socio-economic empowerment training on weaving. The training lasted for 3 months. After the training, she started earning some money through weaving. Again, our volunteers organized another weaving training in collaboration with the Department of Cottage and Small Industry that was 2 months long. So, Phulmaya became more confident in the work she has been doing. Slowly, she started weaving different materials. And to this day, Phulmaya has become a trainer of weaving clothes. She goes to different places apart from her hometown and provides training to those people who are interested in learning. Also, she is invited to facilitate a session in socio-economic empowerment projects. She normally facilitates 3 months long training program from which she earns in a total of USD 600/-. These days, Phulmaya is mostly occupied in traveling to various places for training. But, apart from this, she supports her family in their family occupation.

Phulmaya
Phulmaya
Lalika in her own vegetable field
Lalika in her own vegetable field

Born at Gorkha, Barpak-8, Lalika is the youngest daughter in a family after 6 elder sisters. She lost her father, Sompati  when she was just 18 months old. After the death of a husband, Hotani  raised 7 daughters on her own. Coming from a very ordinary family, Lalika couldn't get a lot of opportunities and which is why she couldn't continue her further studies after her secondary level at school and just completed SLC (School Leaving Certificate). Eventually, at the age of 16, she got married to Mr. Gopiram  and bore 2 daughters to date.
In 2015, when the massive Earthquake hit Nepal, Tewa initiated Hamro Tewa Gaun Ghar relief and Recovery program, also known as Shadow Barefoot Volunteers Program. Gorkha being the epicenter during the earthquake faced a lot of destruction and loss of property and human lives. Through Shadow Barefoot Volunteers program, Lalika got an opportunity to engage with our volunteers and to partake in a sewing and cutting training. After the training, she bought a sewing machine and started to transfer her skills into an income-generating process. She started by stitching old clothes in just NRs 10/- (USD 0.1) to sewing shirts, pants, and blouse. She took care of the expenses incurred on household, for the education of her children and also invested NRs 40,000/- (USD 400) from the savings she did per month i.e. she saves NRs 1,300/- (USD 13) per month. This training built her confidence and to which she also developed an entrepreneur skill. She started cultivating vegetables and did poultry farming in small scale at home. Lalika in collaboration with other 3 women of communities invested NRs 35,000/- (USD 350) in community vegetable farming. Lalika says," I used to plead other people for just NRs 1/- (USD 0.01) but now I can bear the expenses of my family and also have started to save money. I have never imagined that I would be able to do this much of progress in my life. I have become empowered and am able to put my thoughts in front of community people. I am very thankful to Tewa and sisters from Tewa who helped me come out of a shell and become the woman I have become today. "

 

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Tewa

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