ACN received Global NGO Leadership & Excellence Award

It is always great to receive recognition, especially at Global level for our work being recognized. We would like to share a moment of joy we the ACN received at the global level by World Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Congress and Awards for its contribution towards welfare of poor and marginalized and disaster survivors. 

 

On 18th Feb 2020, Asal Chhimekee Nepal (ACN), the social initiative of Pokhara Christian Community (PCC) was awarded as a Global NGO Leadership & Excellence by the World Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Congress and Awards. The program was held at Taj Lands Ends, Mumbai, India. The Award was handed over by Sheena Chohan, a film actress who also received the award for the impact of her work on social change. Mr. Hari Ram Ghimire (ACN Advisor and Chairman of PCC), Mr. Bharat Bhadur Gurung (ACN Chairman), Mr. Rajendra Kumar Adhikari (ACN Director) and Mr. Dinesh K.C. (ACN PME & Comms. Executive Officer) participated in the program and received the award. 

We would like to thank World CSR for recognizing ACN’s work and for providing such prestigious award.

We would like to share this award to our beneficiaries who graciously accepted us and our supporters, PCC, government agencies for their coordination and cooperation, funding partners, staffs who work tirelessly and always willing to go extra miles, prayer partners and many others who have been supporting us directly and indirectly.

All honor and glory to God who enables us. 

Samacharpati, A national newspaper published news on this. Find the link below. 

 https://www.samacharpati.com/2020/02/49376/?fbclid=IwAR3uuucCGjLyVAGpQOIcDG9hzXyVH-IbULDr_fKg1pfMvA-5pffje92EwYY#.Xl33i3duLIW

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.  

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.

 

 

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.