Train and Activate Inspired Leaders in Nepal

by The Jean Houston Foundation
Train and Activate Inspired Leaders in Nepal
Train and Activate Inspired Leaders in Nepal
Train and Activate Inspired Leaders in Nepal
Train and Activate Inspired Leaders in Nepal
Train and Activate Inspired Leaders in Nepal
Train and Activate Inspired Leaders in Nepal
Train and Activate Inspired Leaders in Nepal
Train and Activate Inspired Leaders in Nepal
Train and Activate Inspired Leaders in Nepal
Train and Activate Inspired Leaders in Nepal
Train and Activate Inspired Leaders in Nepal
Train and Activate Inspired Leaders in Nepal
Train and Activate Inspired Leaders in Nepal
Train and Activate Inspired Leaders in Nepal
Train and Activate Inspired Leaders in Nepal
Train and Activate Inspired Leaders in Nepal
Train and Activate Inspired Leaders in Nepal
Train and Activate Inspired Leaders in Nepal
Women learning the facts about their bodies
Women learning the facts about their bodies

The Institute of Cultural Affairs in Nepal is continuing its training, community development and outreach to urban and rural areas, using the leadership and human development models of Jean Houston’s Social Artistry. Social Artistry Leadership Skills training was offered in April and June, and is scheduled for September and December as well.

Recently, a major focus has been assisting Nepali women in addressing the historic stigma attached to menstruation:

  • In Changunarayan, several projects have been undertaken by the women who have been trained, focusing on entrepreneurship, micro-finance, and other forms of income generation and skill development. One project is the creation of a cooperative for the manufacturing of sanitary pads, and creating a booklet on how to do it that can be used by others.
  • ICA Nepal worked with Surakshya Club of Glen Buds School in making their role effective for proper menstruation hygiene managment #letstalkperiods# The members of Surakshya Club worked with the School in making the school toilets girls-friendly. They requested school authority via letter. Now they have sanitary napkins for emergency in the school, dustbins, and water in the toilets. The Surakshya girls are starting up Wall Magazine at their school entitled Let’s Talk Periods. This effort is similar to that reported in The Guardian of 8/28/17, where girls in the eastern village of Sirthauli are breaking down the stigma around menstrual health in their community.

Social Artistry Leadership Skills Training builds a sense of possibility among participants, and is a key component of the grassroots leadership training being conducted throughout the rural areas of Nepal’s regions and in the urban area of Kathmandu.

Training that is empowering women across Nepal
Training that is empowering women across Nepal
Women stepping forward to empower other women
Women stepping forward to empower other women
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Tatwa speaks about training Nepali leaders
Tatwa speaks about training Nepali leaders

Dear Social Artistry Friends,

Thank you very much for supporting us in implementing an intensive 3-week long programme on Social Artistry in Nepal. As you might be hearing from all, it went so well. We have now many more Social Artistry facilitators in Nepal and many of them are replicating this work all over Nepal.

In three days we have another 3-day long intensive training for rural women in a remote part of Nepal. Amba and Atma are there to facilitate this event and will prepare a complete report.  We have been carrying out several trim tab projects in that area for several years.

 We also thank Janet and Evelyn for their active facilitation which has made this initiative so successful. I thank all who are involved in promoting Social Artistry in Nepal.

Janet comments, "Our trip to Nepal was probably one of the best we have done.  One feels like the country is actually ready to move forward after the disruption in democracy, the civil war, earthquakes etc.  (Actually, I got news today of major flooding in several of the villages we have been working in, so hopefully that is not much of a set back.)"

We assure you that if given an opportunity, we can organize even much bigger program covering several districts in Nepal. We hope that the Jean Houston Foundation and you who care about our work in this regard will continue to help us as we train community leaders.

 Thank you again for your great help. 

Sincerely,

 Tatwa

Chairperson, ICA Nepal

Janet preparing training in Nepal
Janet preparing training in Nepal
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Leaders show their visions and commitments
Leaders show their visions and commitments

Dear Social Artists,

Janet and I (Evelyn) pushed hard for Advanced training for the many people who have received training and have cosponsored or collaborated with us through the years in Nepal.

 Often when we return to Nepal, we have new people to work with from ICA, very smart and good people, but who have not had SA before. So the three-day advanced design course for people who had previous training was interspersed between other programs that Tatwa and his team set up.  

KCC is a two-day community college teacher orientation, which was richly appreciated since Janet got Amba to co teach with Attmaram, both very experienced SA facilitators and curriculum writers. Also Janet listened and incorporated the college history and story telling by the chairman, weaving Social Artistry into the process.

Then the Differently Abled (rather than called Disabled) Association two-day training challenged our creativity to think what is it like to be blind, with limited mobility)? How does a blind person see a sunset? We learned that hearing is enhanced, and movement is often so limited, that when given an opportunity, every one literally dances, they dance their arms, or shoulders, or legs, or hips or faces, but it is joyous from the soul. Hearing praises always was at the near end of any program and never failed to bring both laughter and tears.

The one-day Youth Rotary program and the Women's Empowerment program touched all our hearts. Leadership training is so powerful with dance, vision and connection.

The 15 days of training happened so fast it is hard to recall the blur of events. The trainers and the participants welcomed the deep learning and the continuing work to equip leaders to recover and rebuild in Nepal.

Please open your ears and hearts to hear the praises of the trainers and particpants in appreciation for your continuing financial and spiritual support.

Gratefully,

Evelyn

Whispering Praises process to enhance possibility
Whispering Praises process to enhance possibility
Recent Advanced Social Artistry Leadership Trainin
Recent Advanced Social Artistry Leadership Trainin
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ICA Nepal in association with the Jean Houston Foundation conducted a series of Social Artistry Leadership Trainings in the month of May.

Two day training for teachers was conducted on May 7th and May 8th followed by a two day leadership training for differently abled people on 10th and 11th May. Also youth focused training on Social Artistry Leadership was conducted for Rotaract/ Non-rotaract, on the date 14th May. Similarly, ICA Nepal also conducted training on Social Artistry leadership for participants from various Rotary clubs within Kathmandu valley as well as Non Rotarians on 15th May. A three-day long advanced training as training design session was conducted for selected few participants, who had already participated in the first level of the Social Artistry training on 13th, 17th and 18th May. With an aim to empower rural women through the tools and techniques of Social Artistry and to promote entrepreneurship of women, the Social Artistry Leadership Development Training at Khanigaun, Parbat was held from 27th to 29th May.

Plans for the rest of the year are in place for continuing leadership training to support development in villages across Nepal.   It is scheduled to start at the Western side of Nepal and to visit Darchula & Baitadi district.  With our financial support the Nepali trainers will be bringing the Social Artistry leadership tools to places not before visited.

Our trainers send warm namaste and gratefulness for our caring and support.  Each training gives more leadership tools for effectively organizing projects and developing communities.  

  

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Women's Social Artistry Leadership Training
Women's Social Artistry Leadership Training

May 2016 -- ICA Nepal collaborated with Rotary Club of Rudramati in promoting Social Artistry leadership training for Rotarians and non-Rotarians. They brought together leaders at Alpha Beta Training Center in Kathmandu to experience the skills of Social Artistry:

-To empower women in leadership and Social Artistry
-To develop a wide range of innate, but previously undiscovered human capacities.
-To create innovative solutions to critical issues confronting their communities and societies 
-To formulate models of change that can be utilized in a broad range of social institutions.

Janet and Evelyn were the visiting Social Artistry trainers who facilitated the training, assisted by the local Social Artistry trainers Pramila, Serela, Amba and Juju.

Evelyn commented after the training, “ Such strong vocal women who advocate for women’s rights to vote marry, speak when men are present, and be educated. Thanks to the men who stayed and know and support the truth. It is a labor of love and I am so impressed.” 

Many thanks to Pramila, Amba, TP, and many ICA Nepal staff who helped whisper translation when needed, set up, and cleaned up and took the long bus ride home in dusty traffic.

Janet, a Social Artistry pioneer taking on this cultural challenge, adds that Social Artistry works beautifully when you trust the local people in the culture like Tatwa and Sarala.

It is so gratifying to know that our financial and heart support for our Social Artistry trainers in Nepal is helping them to bring essential leadership skills to those who are leading the way in this brave and recovering country.

Trainers Evelyn, Janet and Amba honor women
Trainers Evelyn, Janet and Amba honor women
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