17th ACN Day Celebration

On 17th Jan 2020, Asal Chhimekee Nepal celebrated its 17th years of service in Nepal with thanksgiving program. On this occasion, we would like to thank all our supporters and well-wishers who have been supporting us in many different ways. 

 

ACN day was also celebrated in Nawalparasi ACN office. 

Let’s be together for coming years.

Together we can make a difference.

In Nawalparasi

Informative poster distribution on Anti-Human Trafficking

Last week ACN organized an awareness program on anti-human trafficking through mobilizing children’s clubs under Combat Human Trafficking (CHT) program in seven various places of Kaski district. In the program, children distributed posters, provided information to the community on human trafficking and posted informative posters of human trafficking on their home and public places after taking approval from them. Each children’s clubs members participated in this community awareness program on anti-human trafficking. They enjoyed a lot by sharing their knowledge of human trafficking that they learned from the children’s clubs. 231 children from seven children club participated in this program.

CHT program is working on raising awareness on anti-human trafficking and child protection through the mobilization of children’s clubs. Currently, we have 7 children clubs in Kaski and 2 children clubs in Nawalparasi.           

ACN’s 6th Social Audit Program

On 22 Nov 2019 Asal Chhimekee Nepal (ACN) organized 6th Social Audit programme with Mrs. Bina Silwal (chief guest), Chairman of NGO Federation, Gandaki Province in Hotel Task International, Pokhara. There was a significant number of participation of stakeholders including districts and local level government officials as well as beneficiaries from Kaski, Nawalparasi, Gorkha, Parbat, and Rautahat districts.

The program was anchored by ACN’s secretary Mr. Prakash Bhujel and social audit program was facilitated by Dr. Kamal Phuyal., He is a professor of University, Researcher and he has long time working experience of social development.  Facilitator; Dr. Kamal Phuyal presented ACN’s achievement, challenges and learnings from programme of fiscal year 2075-76 (2018-2019), as well as organization governance and finance in the program. To make program more effective in future, feedback from stakeholders also collected during the program. In addition, three women of Self-Help Group (ACN’s beneficiaries) of Kaski and Nawalparasi districts appreciated for being elected as a member in local government and three beneficiaries shared their experience of ACN’s work in their life and communities during the program.  

Health and Dignity with the Toilet Construction

We felt the need of toilet for our family but we could not afford to construct. Now, we have it. I am so pleased. Thank you Asal Chhimkee Nepal (ACN) for supporting us to construct the toilet.

Sulinda with her daughters

Sulinda Sahani, 34 years old, resident of Badsar village in Sarawal- 6, Nawalparasi. She able to construct toilet in her home with the support from Asal Chhimekee Nepal (ACN) in 2018.

She shared “There are 9 members in my family including six daughters and one son and husband. My husband is only one who earns for our family and he works in Brick factory. He hardly earn enough to manage our daily needs and fed to our kids. We could not save money to construct toilet. Even we felt need of toilet in our home. We don’t like to go other fields for toilet but we don’t have option and we used to do so. Open defecation (outdoors defecation) is so much shameful, can’t tell you how we manage without toilet at home. Shame and Snake fear had been always bothering us while going to field for toilet”.

One day she heard that Asal Chhimekee Nepal (ACN) formed a group (Self-Help Group) in her village in which she also took membership from where she came to know that ACN is providing water and toilet construction and maintenance program to help poor and marginalized to have an access to water and sanitation through construction and maintenance of water well or hand pump and toilet. 

 

After finishing the construction of toilet with the support from CAN, she shared to us “I am very pleased that now we have a toilet in our home. My kids are also very happy as they don’t need to go to others field for toilet and they don’t have to be ashamed nor be scolded by others. We feel very comfortable with this toilet and we all use it.” 

ACN was able to support 30 families in Nawalparasi in construction and maintenance of toilet in last year (fiscal year 2018/19). Sulinda Sahani is the one of the beneficiary.    

Basic First Aid Training

Four day Basic First Aid training was conducted by Asal Chhimekee Nepal from 29th Sept to 2nd Oct 2019 in Pokhara. 11 female and 13 male from  Pokhara participated in the training. The training was facilitated by Nepal Red Cross. Participants learned first aid CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), first aid for bandage, burns, nosebleed, snake bite, dressing of wounds and cuts. They also learned to make stretcher at home to carry injured or sick people to hospital with stabilize their condition. Lastly, first aid boxes were also provided to the participants.

The main objective of the training was to deliver knowledge and skill so that in future they will be member of Task Force Team (A group of expertise to take action in disaster response) and will contribute in disaster preparedness and response. In addition, this training will help to build resilience of individual and communities in their daily lives.

 

Sara Gurung (Participant) said thatI used to think after first aid treatment we don’t need to visit hospital, but today I understood that first Aid is the first and immediate assistance given to any person suffering from any serious or minor illness or injury, to preserve life, prevent further harm and to promote recovery until any medical treatment is available’.

Motivational and Child Psychology Training for Teacher

To equip and encourage primary and secondary level teachers from eight Government schools of Gorkha, ACN conducted three day ‘Motivational and Child Psychology’ training at Shree Janakalyan Secondary School in Siranchowk, Gorkha from 22th  to 24th Sept 2019. The training was facilitated by Early Childhood Education Centre (ECEC). 28 teachers participated in the training. Training focused on understanding of child learning, teaching, curriculum, child development and class room management. Practical activities like physical game, songs, team building games, discussion and presentation were used which were appreciated by the participants. Participants learned positive guidance and classroom management and practical teaching methods. Lastly, they did SWOT analysis of their own and of the school.  After the training, teacher shared ‘we got new ideas to use locally available resources in our teaching. This training gives us knowledge with practical demonstration’. Teachers were so much excited to apply their learning in their teaching in classroom.

In addition to learning and motivating, interschool coordination and relationship were also developed. Participants expressed their gratitude to Asal Chhimekee Nepal (ACN) and Early Childhood Education Centre (ECEC) for the organizing and facilitating the training. 

Disaster Risk Reduction and Search and Rescue training

While responding to Tarai flood 2019 in Bara, Parsa and Rautaht districts, ACN got to know that there were lack of basic knowledge and skills on disaster risk reduction while responding to disaster (flood, storm, fire etc.). Local volunteers and local representative expressed their interest in getting knowledge and skill on Disaster Risk Reduction as they were facing disaster every year. Therefore, ACN planned to provide training on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Two day basic training on Disaster Risk Reduction conducted in Parsa district from 8th-9th Aug 2019 for local volunteers of Parsa district. The Training was facilitated by Mr. Bal Krishna K.C (ACN). Twenty Seven participated in the training and training went well.

Two day orientation on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) conducted in Parsa districts. The training was facilitated by Nepal Red Cross 26th-27th Aug 2019. Twenty four local volunteers and local representative of Birgunj participated. Training focused on Disaster risk reduction, pre disaster and post disaster preparedness and climate change. In addition, practical session was also conducted on fire and flood.

Two day Search and Rescue training also conducted in Parsa district. The training was facilitated by Nepal Armed force from 9th -10th Sept 2019. Thirty one local volunteers & local representative from Bara and Parsa districts participated. Training focused on method to search and rescue people during disaster from collapsed infrastructure and disaster management cycle, disaster risk reduction (fire, storm, flood & earthquake). 

SDG 11:  Sustainable cities and communities  

We love being appreciated

On 12 Sept 2019 Rajdevi Municipality, Rautaht organized a program to appreciate ACN/PCC for the providing relief support to flood-affected families in Rajdevi Municipality-9, Rautahat. ACN provided essential food and non-food items to 360 flood affected families in Brahmapuri, Rajdevi Rural Municipality. During reaching to flood-affected communities with relief support, ACN reached to a community in Rajdevi Municipality-9, Rautahat district where 85 households were using one tube well. In this situation, ACN installed 5 hand pumps and handed over to the community in the presence of Mayor and Chairman of ward no. 3 & 4 of Rajdevi Rural Municipality. The Mayor of Rajdevi Rural Municipality, chief guest appreciated ACN/PCC relief work for the flood survivors in Rautahat district.

 A local newspaper published news of this   http://sangamkhabar.com.np/archives/3301

 

ACN reached out to 1,155 Tarai Flood Affected Households with essential Food and Non-food items

The heavy monsoon inflicted flood and landslide in 33 districts of Eastern and Central regions of Nepal displaced more than 13,000 households with 90 deaths, 41 injured and 29 people are missing. Almost 10,000 houses damaged and total 36,728 households have been affected.

ACN reached 192 flood-affected families in Jeetpur Simra Rural Municipality – 8, 10, 24 of Bara district with relief materials. These families are from the Dalit caste group and Muslim who are living in a very poor condition.

ACN reached 350 flood-affected families in Pakaha Mainpur Rural Municipality-4, and 153 flood-affected families in 16-Birgunj Metropolitan of Parsa district with relief materials. After the monsoon, many flood-affected places were dried up but Pakaha Mainpur – 4 of Parsa had water for many days due to improper water drainage system. When Rural Municipality chairmen requested the people to move to the nearer school for some days, they refused. In this situation, ACN discovered Pakaha Mainpur Rural Municipality-4 and provided with relief materials.

Simultaneously, ACN reached 460 flood-affected families in Rajdevi Rural Municipality 9 & Pahora Rural Municipality -1 of the most badly affected Rautahat district with relief materials.

Altogether, ACN reached out to 1,155  flood-affected households with essentials food items for 15 days and non-food items (soap, toothpaste, brush, sanitary pads, gas lighter, blankets, mosquito net, torchlight and tarpaulin) in three most affected Bara, Parsa and Rautahat districts of Province number 2. We would like to thank all the local government and communities for their cooperation during the distribution of relief materials.

ACN reached to a community in Rajdevi Municipality-9, Rautahat district where 85 households were using one tube well. In this situation, ACN installed 5 tube well.

 

 

Joy of being able to read and write

Bhagawati Bhurtel 58 years from kudahar-10, Pokhara expressed her joy with us after being able to sign, write and read her own name. She shared her joy with us.  

 

I was 10 years old when I lost my parents, after that, I had to take care of my family members. Though I had not opportunity to go to school, I managed to send my little brother to school and he completed his high school studies. I didn’t want to get married but my elder sister somehow convinced me to get married at my early age.

After marriage, I started to sell fruits and vegetables. I was happy that I was able to send my children to the school and they completed their high school studies. In fifteen years of selling fruits and vegetables, I felt many times if I had basic mathematics knowledge and an ability to sign, read and write my own name because I had experience of being cheated by customer many times while returning cash. In the past I was also in a situation where I couldn’t write, read nor record my own phone number.

Once my neighbor came to me and shared with me about the literacy class. She shared that it was for those people who had limitation to read and write. After listening to her I wanted to join the class, I stopped selling fruits and vegetables and joined the literacy class organized by Asal Chhimekee Nepal.

Now, I have completed four months of literacy class. I learned Nepali and English alphabet, and numbers.  Now, I can give my signature, read and write with some basic math knowledge. I can say my mobile number and note down others mobile number as well. Happiest thing in my life after adult literacy class is that I can teach Nepali and English alphabet and numbers (ABC & 123) to my grandchildren who are in the Montessori level.  It makes me so happy.

I am able to achieve the first position in the exam after completion of four month literacy class and we had a graduation program. My son shared my graduation picture on his Facebook and my many relatives and friends congratulates me which made me so happy and confident. 

I am very grateful to my teacher for helping me and guiding me in my pace to learn. I would like to thank Asal Chhimekee Nepal for providing this opportunity.

This year, 180 women participated in the literacy class of ACN.