On 23 November, NJSI staff gathered at the the HRD Research Centre in Sanepa, Kathmandu to have an evaluation of the various activities done by NJSI during the year of 2016. The meeting honoured the presence of Ms. Cristina Fernández Durán (Program Manager, Xavier Network, Madrid, Spain) who was with us for a weeklong visit to NJSI.
The meeting started with the presentation of the status report from all the 11 districts, where NJSI activities are being carried out. The team was happy to note that even with all the constraints of political, bureaucratic, and natural difficulties, NJSI has created tremendous impact on the earthquake affected areas and brought out qualitative changes in the lives of many people, mainly women and children. It was obvious that the motto ” Reaching the Unreached” was kept as a check point before making any decisions taken with regard to NJSI’s earthquake intervention. The output of reaching out to 88 schools, more than Twenty thousand students, and about 6000 households all in remote places during the emergency phase and building semi- permanent and permanent structures in 45 schools, the ongoing work of building 6 hostels for special children in the reconstruction phase point to the effective activities of NJSI.
The meeting also had input sessions on planning and revising the strategy of NJSI. The team was happy to share their experiences and feelings during the field work. The meeting concluded after drawing some points to be included in the planning for the coming year of activities.
Nepal Jesuit Social Institute conducted three days Beads training in the premises of Bal Shiksha Secondary School in Sindhupalchowk from 22 to 24 October 2016. Sixty females from different Villages of the Sindhupalchowk District participated in the training program.
The training was led by Mr. Mohammad Hasim, while the students of Social Work Department from St. Xavier’s College Kathmandu volunteered to help the trainees. Fr. S. Arulanandam SJ, District In-charge of Nepal Jesuit Social Institute coordinated the training program.
The beads making training is very beneficial to the participants as it helps them to use their leisure time in income generating activity. The training was also conducted with the view of empowering the village women by introduce them to team work and self-help groups. The improvement in the financial status of the family will eventually help them to send their children to schools instead of work at early age.
In addition to the earlier supply of uniforms, Bags, stationeries, shoes, socks, carpet and ECD kits, NJSI has given furniture for the students and staff at Shree Sundevi-Sunkoshi Primary School in Ramechhap on Oct. 27, 2016.
Mr. Ramhari Thapa Magar, Field Staff of NJSI, handed over the school furniture and education materials to Mr. Shambu Majhi President of School Management Committee, in the presence of School Management Committee and school Authorities.
The School is located in the remote village (Ward No. 1 Lubhuchhapadi) Rakathum in Ramechhap District which is about 80 kilometers away from Kathmandu. After the April 2015 Earthquake, the two school (Sun Devi Primary School and Sun Koshi Primary School) had their buildings collapsed. Now both the schools have been merged into one and accommodates 65 students from Chapadi and Lubhu Village.