A Joyful Day for Nawajeewan Didibahini (Sisters)

Every year the vibes of Teej, the greatest festival of women in Nepal, does not leave a single woman, irrespective of the geographical location, ethnicity or status. Shopping begins months before and women are dressed up in red sari, red tika and beautifully decorate themselves and come together to sing the festive songs and dance. They sing and dance the whole day, observe fast and enjoy the delicious foods. Normally, the songs are to express their happiness, plights, struggles, and sadness to advocate for their rights.

 

When nearby public places, roads and haat bazaar is resounded with Teej songs, it would be the time when didi-bahini (sisters) in Nawajeewan feel themselves to be unfortunate, confined and get agitated easily. But, this year, our Nawajeewan didi-bahini (sisters) also did not have to feel left out. They were very excited for Sunday (1 Sept 2019) as they planned to celebrate the day together.

 

On Sunday, all didi-bahini in Nawajeewan were so anxious for the daybreak when they had planned to stay back at the center itself and have fun the whole day. Many of their families had come to take them home for the festival but they insisted to remain in the center itself saying that it was like their own home and they were well cared and loved. All of them began their day by trying different sarees, then, singing and dancing with tasty foods. It was a joyful day for our Nawajeewan didi-bahini (sisters) and Nawajeewan.

Nawajeewan Treatment and Rehabilitation Center is one of the major programmes of Asal Chhimekee Nepal (ACN) with the objective of helping women to overcome their addiction and rehabilitation to their family and community. Currently, there are 12 women in Nawajeewan center.

Asal Chhimekee Nepal Reached Out to 342 Flood Affected Households (Approx. 2,800 People) in Bara and Parsa District with Essentials Food and Non-Food Items

Flood and landslide triggered by incessant rainfall since July 11 in 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. Out of 77 districts, 33 districts are affected by floods and landslides. Bara and Parsa are also one of the worst affected districts.

Asal Chhimekee Nepal (ACN) recently completed its relief support program for windstorm affected in Bara and Parsa. Again, both districts hit by heavy incessant rainfall with 5 death, 1 injured and 2,656 displaced temporarily. ACN’s team traveled to flood-hit areas to assess the situation on 17th July 2019 and had a meeting with the District Administrative Office for the approval of relief work for flood-affected of Bara and Parsa districts.  

 

ACN reached out to 217 flood affected households in Jeetpur Simara and 125 flood affected households in Birgunj with essentials food items and non-food items (soap, toothpaste, brush, sanitary pads, gas lighter, blankets, mosquito nets, and tarpaulin) in coordination with Jeetpur Simara Sub-metropolitan and Birgunj Metropolitan. These affected households are from so-called ‘Dalit’ untouchable caste and Muslim and living in a very poor conditions. We were the first to reach with relief supplies. 

Urban Clinic and Two Rural Clinic Buildings Handed over in Gorkha

 On 16th April 2019, ACN handed over two rural clinics to the local government of Siranchowk rural municipality, Gorkha. Two-roomed newly constructed Simle Rural Clinic and Jarebar Rural Clinic has been jointly inaugurated by Ward Chair. Mr. Raju Gurung and ACN Chair. Mr. Bharat Bahadur Gurung in the presence of other government officials, ACN board members, and community people. This two rural clinics are set to serve 700 households of Siranchowk rural municpality, Gorkha District.

On 1st July 2019, a newly constructed six-roomed Ghalang urban clinic building was inaugurated by the chief guest, Minister of Physical infrastructure development of Gandaki province, honorable Ramsaran Basnet and was handed over to Gorkha rural municipality, Gorkha. This urban clinic is set to serve 600 household of Gorkha rural municipality.      

In addition earthquake resistant, gender and disable-friendly CGI roofed building, ACN also provided necessary furniture and medicine.

Provision of basic health services, especially preventive and promotive services has found very limited in Rural Nepal. Therefore to increase access in basic primary health service closer to the community, Primary Health Care Rural Clinic service was initiated and established in 1994. Rural Clinic is the extensive service sites of primary health care center (PHCCs), health post (HPs), and sub-health post (SHPs) up to community level. However, health posts are the first institution contact point for the basic primary health services in rural remote villages in Nepal. The aim of the urban and rural clinic is to improve access to some basic health services including family planning, safe motherhood, general treatment, child health, first-aid and health education, and counseling. Based on the local needs Rural Clinics are conducted every month at a fixed location on specific dates and time. So once in a month, rural local health personnel conduct these clinics with FCHVs and provide basic primary health service, health education, and counseling.

These three clinics operated its service form different places (i.e. under the tree, individual house, and community shed) as they had no building for clinics. Nepal earthquake of 2015 caused extensive damage to many public buildings and still, health posts of rural villages are struggling to resume their full health service. In this context, to bring primary basic health services including family planning, safe motherhood and child health closer to rural households, ACN constructed an urban clinic and two rural clinics building and handed over in Gorkha district.

We would like to thank our funding partner INF- UK and Rope-UK, DAI-USA, CMML-USA and individual donors for the financial support in the construction of Simle rural clinic, Jarebar rural clinic and Ghalang urban clinic. In addition, we would like to thank Siranchowk rural municipality for its funding support and coordination, Gorkha rural municipality and land donor of Clinics

 

 

Baby kits with nutrition supplement and school uniform distribution program to windstorm affected

On 31st March 2019, Bara and Parsa the southern districts of central Nepal suffered from heavy rainstorm and wind. People lost their family members, houses, and are left with very little. ACN was able to reach to storm affected families with immediate supplies and support in coordination with Bara Christian Community, local community, local & central government.

 

After distribution of immediate relief supplies to windstorm affected families, pregnant and lactating mothers were identified to provide baby kits with nutrition supplements. 220 pregnant and lactating mothers received baby kits with nutrition supplements packs. In addition, 430 windstorm affected student received school uniform in Suwarna Rural Municipality, Bara district.  

Sarita’s journey from street life to a better life

Sarita Lama, 32 years old from Kavre. She has one son and daughter. She was a drug and alcohol user. Her life was full of tragedy and struggle. But she continue to struggle and fight for herself and for kids. Finally, succeed to overcome her addiction. She would like to share her life story.

My mother left me when I was 1 year old and my father and grandmother passed away. I left alone. Due to community pressure, my uncle agree to let me stay with his house. But I had to work for them, I used to bring grass and wood from the jungle. While I was growing up, slowly my uncle started to treat me well. I was happy as I thought that my uncle loved me but soon I realized that my uncle trying to sexually abuse me. Then I left uncle house. I was 12 when I started to live in the street with my friends. I used to collect garbage on the street for food. Slowly I learned to use dendrite glue and smoking. At the age of 14, I was involved in prostitution, from that time I learned to use drug. As days were passing.   

I married a man whom I used to live in street.  I gave birth to two kids, one son and daughter while living on street. I got more into addiction. Even I try to kill myself and my son. After birth of my daughter I tried to stop using drug but I could not. I did not get any support from husband and later he died because of HIV. I got scared that I might have HIV infected and got tested and I was not. That was so relieving. 

 

When I was living at the street many organization came to help me but I always ignore them. It was then when I lost my husband, again few women came to visit me and encouraged me to get admitted at Rehab center. I was admitted by them in the Rehab center at Kathmandu and kept my children in children home. After few months I was discharged form Rehab center, I relapsed again in addiction and then attained 2 different Rehab centers. After getting discharged from Karuna Nepal, women empowerment organization provide me employment opportunity. Then I started to work and I was far away from addiction. I got a job in a company and I was doing well. Again I found someone to marry me and I marry him with a hope to have a better life. I never knew that struggle of my life would not end there, my husband started drinking alcohol and physically abusing me.  After that, I could not control myself and started drinking alcohol and neglecting the job that I had. 

 I was so deep in drinking that the organization I was working at sent me to ACN’s  Nawajeewan Treatment and Rehabilitation center for treatment on alcoholism. I was admitted on 19th January 2018 and got discharged in July 2018 after overcoming my addiction.

Before Nawajeewan Rehabilitation center, I had stayed 7 times in different Rehab centers but Nawajeewan was different. In Nawajeewan, I found a very lovely and caring environment, people are very kind and helpful to me. I felt like I found a family. I used to get lots of punishment in other rehab centers and torture which I could not express. But in Nawajeewan, I able to express myself, learned to love, respect and control my anger. I learned to read and write and household skills. I also understand the value of work.

 Today I am confident and never going to look back again. It’s been 15th months since I left alcohol. I am working and study in grade 4. I neglected my children in the past but not any more. I am going to take care of them properly. I want to give them a nice environment to grow. I want to be a role model for my children.

I would like to thank Purna Enterprise for sending me to Nawajeewan and Asal Chhimekee Nepal for providing me treatment opportunity and help me to overcome my addiction and help me to understand my value of life. 

 

World Day Against Child Labor-12 June 2019

World Day Against Child Labor

 

Celebration of World Day Against Child Labor with a theme “Children Shouldn’t work in the fields, but on Dreams!”

On this occasion, Asal Chhimekee Nepal organized a door to door event mobilizing Child Clubs. We visited three different communities (wards) in Pokhara with the commitment forms that ‘My House and workplace is free from (of HUNCHHA KI?) Child Labor’. In the program, we reached individual houses, shared on child labor and took commitment from them that their houses and workplaces are free from Child Labor. The program went well. This is our small contribution to raising awareness on this issue.

Together we can make a difference!

Trauma Healing Program for Storm Affected of Bara Parsa

On 31st March 2019, Bara and Parsa the southern districts of central Nepal suffered from massive rainstorm and winds. After the completion of initial relief program of distribution of basic utensils and cooking stove with gas cylinder, ACN initiates a project called Bara Parsa Windstorm Recovery Support Project to carry out the further recovery support activities to Bara Parsa windstorm affected families and communities.

It was found children and parents are still in under fear (trauma) after the windstorm incident. So it is planned to organize Trauma Healing Training to Teachers and Trauma Healing Orientation Program to Parents.

The main objective of the program is to deliver knowledge to teacher and parents on overcoming the trauma of the disaster which they will use to help their children to get over from the traumatic situation and apply safety method to protect themselves and others during the disaster period.

Trauma Healing Training for Teachers

Two days Trauma Healing Training was conducted among teachers of Suwarna Rural Municipality at Shree Rastriya Ma.Vi. Hardiya, 8 – Bara. 25 teachers participated in the training. Among them, 12 participants from Government school, 9 from private school and 4 from child -friendly space. Teaching materials (puppets, story books, crayons) also provided to teachers after the end of the training. Participants shared that training was helpful to them as they are also feeling better and learned how to help children those are under trauma to get over. In addition, they also learn how to be safe and help others to be safe from disasters.

Trauma Healing Orientation Program for Parents

Trauma healing orientation program conducted among parents in Suwarna Rural Municipality, Bara district. 318 parents of four communities participated in the orientation program. After the session, they shared that they are feeling better by sharing the horrible experience of the windstorm. In addition, they also learned methods to take care of their children to get over from the trauma of disasters. From the program, they also learned to be safe and help others to be safe from disaster.

The program was facilitated by the Early Child Education Center (ECEC), Lalitpur. The program was conducted with the local support of Protection Nepal ((a local NGOs) and in coordination with Suwarna Rural Municipality, Bara district.

Trauma Healing Training for Teachers 

Trauma Healing Orientation Program for Parents 

Basic Female Community Health Volunteer Refreshment Training

A three day Basic Female Community Health Volunteer Refreshment Training for female community health volunteer (FCHVs) organized by Asal Chhimekee Nepal (ACN) in Pokhara, Kaski from 26th-28th May 2019. 24 Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) from two rural municipalities of Gorkha district participated in the training.

The major role of the FCHVs is to advocate healthy behaviors of mothers and community people to promote safe motherhood, child health, family planning, and other community-based health promotion and service delivery.

We would like to thank training facilitators and Gandaki Rural Municipality and Siranchowk Rural Municipality of Gorkha district for allowing us to conduct this training.

Back to the Earthquake Resilient School

 

Susma Nepali tells a story about her school reconstruction in this video, which highlights the ACN response in Nepal Earthquake of 2015.

The devastating earthquakes of 25th April and 12th May 2015 were the most terrible catastrophic for Nepal in over 80 years. There was extensive damage to public infrastructures. The devastating Earthquakes destroyed 7,500 schools building, out of them 55 % of schools buildings were reconstructed, 25 % are under reconstruction and 20 % of schools building are waiting for reconstruction (Nepal Reconstruction Authority, NRA, Kathmandu).

ACN long term Earthquake Response program focused on Gorkha District, the epicenter of April 2015 earthquake for its recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation of affected families and communities.

ACN was involved in the reconstruction of damaged public infrastructures like schools and health posts which were priorities by the Nepal government as well.

ACN reconstructed four earthquake resilient schools in Gorkha District. Shree Janakalyan Higher secondary school was one of them. This school was completely destroyed by the Earthquakes of 2015. Students had to study in the Temporary Learning Center (TLC) made of Corrugated Galvanized Iron (CGI) sheets. There were difficulties for students and teachers in the temporary learning center (TLC).

On 21th May 2018 ACN handed over the Shree Janakalyan Higher Secondary School to the School Management Committee and local government of the Gorkha Municipality. The newly reconstructed school building has two blocks – each block consisting of eight rooms with facilities of disability-friendly toilets and drinking water system.

In total 271 students and 18 teachers are directly benefited with this newly reconstructed well-furnished school.

We would like to thank our funding partner kinderhilfswerk (KHW) Global – Care, Germany for partnering with us in this project. We also like to thank Siranchowk Rural Municipality, Gorkha and Shree Janakalyan Higher Secondary School for their kind cooperation in the reconstruction of this school.

We are glad to serve the affected communities.