By Narayan Adhikari - Country Representative, Nepal
Update on activities
Eight issues of the Citizen Help Desk Bulletin on different migration and reconstruction issues have been published.
Open Migration Perception Survey was conducted in April with 400 respondents. We carried out a survey around migration accountability in four of the most earthquake-affected districts of Nepal over the past three months. From the survey, we discovered that many of the worst problems related to migration stem from a lack of information about the process, weak policies to hold labor agencies accountable and limited government capacity to respond to migration related challenges. The second phase of Survey started in September.
Community meetings - Nineteen community meetings focused on reconstruction and migration issues have been conducted in Four different districts.
Mini Meetings - Twenty-eight mini meetings were conducted with groups of 8-9 local people focused on migration issues.
Group Formed - Six groups were formed in various communities by community frontline associates. The groups are set up to raise awareness on migrations issues and mobilize different groups like returnees, migrant workers family member, aspiring and youth from the same community from the same community.
Stakeholder meetings – formed a group of Migration Stake Holders. Quarterly meetings are conducted with them to bring together the organizations working on the similar issues to reach the collective quality results on migration.
Created a Resolution Channel around migration issues - To solve the migration related cases we have developed issues resolution channel around the migration stakeholders. According to the services they provide and strengths, we refer the cases to different organizations to effectively and efficiently mitigate the issues.
Radio Programs - To raise awareness on migration issues to a larger audience we have mobilized eight Community FM Radio from 4 different districts. They produce fortnightly radio program named- Sabal Samudaya (translated as “Strong Community” in English). The program uses a magazine format, which includes policy level topics and community level migrations issues and also includes community voices. To cover the migration policy and current issues, we also produced a 10 minutes program which we provided to our partner community FM radio stations.
In total, we have produced and broadcast 12 radio programs that have reached more than 500,000.
Beneficiaries - From April to August we have reached out to more than 2200 local people directly. Through the Community Meetings, we have reached more than 1,000 local people. Through the mini meetings we have directly reached more than 300 local people and through the door-to-door visits, we have reached around 900 local people.
Rajesh Tamang from Kavre worked in Malaysia for about 8 months when the company unexpectedly made him redundant and left him unemployed. Moreover, the company refused to pay him for the 8 months’ work, as a result, it was impossible for him to return to Nepal. His family was unable to repatriate him. Fortunately, this case was passed to one of the Community Help Desks CFAs, who also happened to be a returnee himself. The case was then passed to CMIR, an organization that works for the rights of the migrant workers and their families. CMIR was able to bring Rajesh back to Nepal within a week.
Brijlal was just 23 when he went to Saudi Arabia o earn money for his wife and son who he had left behind at home. He worked in juice factory but was tragically found dead in his home in July with no way for his family to repatriate his body to Nepal. His brother in law brought the case to one of the frontline associates of Citizen HelpDesks, who gathered the necessary documents on Brijlal and his family members which were then forwarded to the Centre for Migration and International Relations (CMIR) who work on defending the rights of immigrant workers and their family's. On the 1st of August 2017 Brijlal body was returned to Nepal. The casket was carried to Kavre through a free ambulance service of Foreign Employment Promotion Board. A month later SMIR facilitated financial support for Brijlal’s wife from the Promotion Board as well as further compensation from an insurance company.
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