एउटा कुरा सबैसँग साट्न मन लागिरहेछ!

आज बिहानै उठेर १ मिटरको खाल्डो खनियो। हाम्रो संस्थाले गाउँका किसानलाई समूहमा आबद्ध गर्न कागतीको बोट बाँडेको थियो। १० रूपैंया तिरे पनि उक्त रकम समूहको कोषमा जम्मा हुनेहुँदा यो किसानलाई नै फाइदा हो।

सकि नसकी म र आंगा (तामांग भाषामा बहिनी)ले २ ओटा खाल्डा ३ घन्टा लगाएर खन्यौं। असिना पसिना भइ हामीले आज काम गर्यौ। हातमा ठेला उठ्ने गरी गरेको काम मलाई गर्न जरूरी थिएन। दोस्रो खाल्डो खन्दा खेरी ठूलो ढुन्गा भेटियो र हाम्रो १घन्टाको मिहीनेत खेर गयो। त्यतिबेला “यो खाल्डो तिमी आफै खन म गए” मैले भनिन। बरू अर्को खाल्डो खन्न हामी लाग्यौ।

यता गाउँमा स्वयमसेवक हुँदा यतैको जीवनमा म रम्न थालेको छु। यसो बिगतको रमाइलो सम्झदा साथीहरूसँग खाएको घुमेको खेलेको सम्झन्छु। तर वास्तवमै भन्ने हो रमाइलो र खुशी त्यति बेला महशुश हुँदो रहेछ जब कसैलाई निस्वार्थ भावनाले सहयोग गरिन्छ। यस्को मतलव यो होइन कि मलाई घर परिवार साथीभाइको याद आउँदैन। याद अवश्य आउँछ!

धन्यवाद दिन चाहन्छु न्यायिक संसार र टेभेललाई जस्ले ममा यो महत्त्वपूर्ण सिकाईको बोध गरायो। शहरमै यदी म बसेको भए म त्यहीको व्यस्त जीवनमा भुल्थे होला अनि छिमेक मै के भइरहेको छ मलाई मतलव हुन्नथियो होला।

तपाईं पनि अरूलाई स्वयम् सेवाको भावनाले खुशी गराउनुहोस्। दैनिक नभए हप्तामा १ पटक अझ भ्याउनु हुन्न महिनामा १ पटक नभए वर्षमा १ पटक। जीवन सार्थक गर्न कुनै ठूलो कार्य गर्नुपर्दैन सुरूवात सानो कदमबाट नै हुन्छ।

उक्त्त कागतीको खाल्डो मेरो यो हप्तामा ११औं खाल्डो हो र संस्थाको ४००औं !!!!

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As i am home for celebrating tihar one of the greatest festivals of hindus and my favourite,
i come with more awakening.I am back home with more sense of responsibility. My
responsibility towards the community that i’m starting to work with, “Community in BETHAN!”
Before coming home for celebrating tihar, we had a session regarding community feeling.
During that session only, i happened to think about how we have so much responsbility
towards the community and its development.

The session in our LTS(Long Term Service ) residential training house was for us to think
and discuss about the three main aspects of how-

  • we feel being Responsible
  • we felt as a Part of community and
  • we find Meaning in our work in community

Flashback started in my mind and all actions started coming reversed.

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The arrival at “Dahu”
was a warm welcome by the community people with garlands tikas and flowers and in their
traditional greeting “LHASO; Phyafulla”. They expressed us how happy they were to see all of
the international and national fellows and thanked us for being there, despite the face that
the village is a rural place to be in. All of the people were hopeful that we would do
something great for them. And with that hope sense of  was born .That was the
first time when i perceived the sense of responsibility. It then started intensifying when
we talked to the people on the way, in the house we stayed and in the community meeting at
Dahu, Bhawasa and Majhi village.

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Similarly, while we were visiting and observing the village areas the next day, people from
community gave us Pomello, almonds and lots of other fruits for free. We were completely
strangers to them and they gave us those fruits. I paused and thougt for a second – if it
was my neighbourhood in Kathmandu- not even a single leaf from the plants would be given to
strangers let alone the fruits! At that moment i felt as i was also the part of community,
so that was why they offered us fruits.

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And finding a meaning to our community development work in Bethan is something that’s
connected with both of the above things- being responsible and feeling as a part of
community. One of our international fellows said- it is P(part of community) R
(Responsbility) = Meaning , which i see as a very good reflection. Both of these aspects (P
and R) combine together and will give a meaning to our work in Bethan. we have expectations
of what we can give to the community people there and they have expectations from us of what
we will be giving them. And if these expectations match up then of course we will find a
meaning to our work there. For this to happen, we, the national and internationals along
with the staffs will work hard and achieve it!

we go to work in Bethan next week and we internalised all of these aspects which was
meaningful and helpful. warmly and heartly thanx to Esther and Gilli for having this
wonderful session of community feeling 🙂

Lastly, but not the least- HAPPY TIHAR everyone!! 🙂

Photos by – Hava

Commitment task

Before it was just an egg for me. It was something i would love to eat by making omelet  Also, i loved

it when i tried the 1st Israeli dish- Saksuka made by my international fellow in one of the breakfasts. But now it is not just an egg for me.
While being in one of the trainings by Nyayik Sansar, our trainer Atmaram Neupane gave us a task. Each of Nepalese fellows were given an egg. We should care for the egg regarding as a baby, till we went back home for dasain. The task was for 9 0r 10 days.
First of all, all of us felt like why should we care for an egg like baby! Egg is something to eat not to be taken care of!
Later on he explained us, it as a commitment task. He wanted to see how committed we are and what efforts we could do to protect the egg and complete our task.
We had to carry the egg where ever we went- was it kitchen, swayambhu, sessions, everywhere.
All of us did the task with much effort, we even named our eggs, mine was named SUMAN Jr. (as u see in the pic). All of us were so committed that we even made protective covers to our so called baby :P.

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We took it to all the places where we went and protected it. we finished our task and went home.Al were happy.

Previously, i had thought of eating the egg once i reach home but later on i couldnt do it. i was so attached to it that i abandoned my thoughts of eating the egg. Now the egg is hanging in my room with its name written on it ‘SUman Jr.’. Forever , i will try to protect it like my baby.
The credit goes to our trainer . Previously  it was just an egg but later on after the task it was something close to my heart which i would always like to treasure. i felt an ownership for it. Also i came to realize how something strange, completely nothing to me can be so near to me.

The same goes when i work in Bethan. Bethan now is like a stranger for me but later on when i’ll start my work there, it won’t be any stranger. it would be like my place, it’s people as my people and it’s problems as my own problems which i have to deal with and solve !

Once again, the so called egg – Now, It’s not just an egg!!!

 

7th October, 2013,Monday- A day which i’ll never forget. Suman Nepali reporting from Kalimati.

It’s been five years when Kalimati Community Day Care center started it’s work. This is a unique child day care center which takes care of children of migrant workers in kalimati area. It opens at 9AM and closes at 5PM where 23 children are taken care by the staff of the day care center.

In the beginning, the day care center had experienced trouble with irregularities where children used to come once or twice in a week. Also, there were no parents’ meeting done. But now the parents are active. They regularly bring their children in

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Currently there are 23 children and once in a month, parent’s meeting is held. The charge for looking after the children in day care center is also very nominal ,i.e, Rs.500/-. And if the condition is very poor then the center gives scholarship after their inspection in the house for migrant worker. Just by using the local available resources and words of mouth, the day care center is now popular in kalimati area. Even parents from other communities wanted to keep their children in it but it only looks after the children of migrant workers.

kalimati Community Day Care center also has three WOMEN groups established which is actively running . Before, they didn’t know about personal healthy hygiene and importance of unity. The women were not so literate, they lacked awareness. But, now the situation is changed, they’ve become more and more active. They actively took part in different activities and also run different programmes. “Once there was a workshop where women were more active than men”,says the area co-ordinator Sulatana Banu, smilingly.

“It’s good to see positive changes. The women whom i knew in the beginning didn’t know how to hold a pen, and now, they can read and write their names. It’s a great achievement”, says Kritika Dawadi a volunteer from Nyayik Sansar.Image

Not only child day care center and active women groups, Kalimati Day Care Center also has a non-political affiliated youth group of migrant youth workers in kalimati named ‘HAMI YUWA'( We Youth ). It is looked upon by its youth co-ordinator Upama Shrestha.

Kalimati Community Day care Center is a poject run by NGO NYAYIK SANSAR, along with parnternship from Israel’s TEVEL an INGO.

Here’s an  Anthem by Hami Yuwa…

Irsya garun duniya sarale
Garaun bikash yi yuwa sarale
chariyeka yuwa sathi ek joot bhai lage
ke chahi hunna, hami sabai bikash prati lage

Irsya garun duniya sarale
Garaun bikash yi yuwa sarale

Jimmewari Baadphaand gari karya pura garaun
ek joot bhai samajlai parwartan garaun

Irsya garun duniya sarale
Garaun bikash yi yuwa sarale

Andha bishwash hatayera ritiriwaj jogaun
najanelai sikau sathi janne bata sikaun

Irsya garun duniya sarale
Garaun bikash yi yuwa sarale

I am really inspired by this man!!!

 

Peng Shuilin had half of his body amputated after being run over by a truck. But he never gave up! His recovery has amazed surgeons after almost two years undergoing a series of operations. 
The vice-president of the hospital where this 37-year old Chinese man has been treated said: Image
“He is amazing and the only person in the world to survive having so much of his body amputated.”
He’s doing well now and has opened his own bargain supermarket – called the Half Man-Half Price Store. That’s incredible.

He did it even after such a tragedy with his body, then can’t we just think for a second and do something productive in our life with our fit and sound body parts ? Need some thinking, ain’t it??

We should not Give up Whatever the situations are. If he can, everybody can!

source- anonymous

A snap frm Bethan VDC

My new working area .. Really excited to work at this place! Me along with my other colleagues (Volunteers, Staff, Trainers) have been working really hard. We will be training for a month and work at this Bethan VDC, Ramechap, Nepal. We started training from 24th september. Our Israeli, American and Germany friends who will work with us in Community Development will be here this week. More updates will be coming soon!!! 🙂

photo courtesy: Nyayik Sansar

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While volunteering in Tewa, our participants  (Ariyane, Krita, Sara and Suman ) were given task to write about stories of young ladies who were involved in night entertaintment business such as working as waitress in a night restaurant , singing in such night entertaintment business houses and so on.

Women working in Night Entertaintment business houses are molested and sexually harrased. We went to this organisation named  Women for Women Nepal (WOFOWON) which looks after women working in such sectors. Here is a short description of WOFOWON and  some of the stories of such women by our volunteering team.

Women for Women Nepal (WOFOWON)

WOWOFON was established in 2008 and currently has 507 members and 9 board members. The vision of the organisation is a prosperous society with a guarantee of labour and human rights for women working in the entertainment sector based on social security and justice. WOWOFON holds a mission in which the organisation works for the preservation, protection and promotion of women’s rights. The organisation aims to unite and ensure the women labour rights through various activities in order to reach the goal of the organisation which is to unite informal women and women working in the entertainment sector, facilitate their empowerment and advocate for a con­ducive environment in which their labour and human rights are met. This article revolves around the stories of four women whom the WOWOFON has helped. Their stories are as follows.

Sita Thapa( Myagdi)

Sita Thapa left her village 11 years ago due to the maoist insurgency. She found a job in a shop but when the owner failed to pay her she left and headed to Kathmandu with the help of an army of­ficer. There, she found a job as a waitress but when the owner did not pay her properly she left the job.

She is divorced and has been so for a year. Her husband harassed and beat her and after reporting the abuse to the police she got a divorce. Meanwhile she joined WOFOWON where she received training in dancing and education in the English language. The WOFOWON has helped her in learning her rights and so she feels empowered by this. Today she owns a small lunch shop and is economically independent. The shop allows her to save around Rs. 25,000 – 30,000 per month. She also teaches dancing at WOWOFON and hopes to work more with the organisation in the future as well as learning how to read and write as she is illiterate.

All in all she feels that she has evolved as a person due to the training and support she has received at WOWOFON. She has gained a lot of confidence and has become aware of her rights as a woman and a worker. She is empowered and looks after her family which consists of two brothers who does no contribute in looking after the family. She hopes that TEWA in the future will help more women.

Prativa Karki Shrestha (Dhading)

Prativa Karki Shrestha is 19 years old and currently living in Kathmandu while working as a wait­ress. She eloped with her boyfriend because her parents did not approve of him and entered mar­riage at the age of 17. Due to various difficulties she was unable to finish her +2 and is not able to collect her certificate from her parents as she has no contact with her family because of the dispute over the then boyfriend and now husband.

She has tried to commit suicide twice because her husband beats her and has no respect for her. She has also experienced harassment at work, which has also been a contributing factor in her attempts on her own life. However, today she has gained the confidence to stand up against the men who sexually harass her and for her colleagues at work as well. She has even found the confidence to support the girls who are new to the industry and inform them of their rights. She also feels confi­dent enough to speak up against her husband as she now knows her rights.

Prativa has taken dance classes at WOWOFON and starting next month, will teach dance as well. Meanwhile she hopes to be able to study further and get her certificate and furthermore she is plan­ning to work in WOWOFON as well in order to help and empower other women.

Laxmi Tamang(Lamjung)

Laxmi Tamang ended school after class 6. She eloped with her boyfriend which caused a dispute in the family – however, later her parents accepted her choice of husband. After 5 years of marriage she divorced her husband and he married another girl. Her family consists of her son and daughter. Because she never got her certificate she entered this industry but she was not paid regularly and when she did receive a payment it was a lot less than what her right. And so she left her job and today she is taking dance lessons at WOWOFON and in the near future she could like to have a tailoring shop.

Monika Lama (Chitwan)

Monika Lama never finished her education – she left school after class 5. She has been working in the industry for 4 years and has a son. Her husband is supportive of her and she currently sits in a board. Although she has never faced harassment at work herself she wants to advocate and speak against harassment and for the rights of women. This she feels is possible due to the confidence the trainings at WOWOFON has given her. She has been taking dance lessons at WOWOFON and plans to study further.

These are some of the stories of such victimised women. It is a matter of pity that women are molested in such places.Not only in such places, women are vicitims of rape, assault in most parts of pur country, Nepal. It was an amazing learning experience to have known about those women through WOFOWON and TEWA. Hats off to these organisations working for women, though, a lot is needed to be done.