With the history of more than 10 years, Azad Secondary School is counted as one of the renowned schools of Banepa. In the recent years, Nepal Jesuit Social Institute has developed a special bond with the school. From educational intervention like Personal Development Camp and formation of Eco-club to building hostel for children with special needs, continuous support is being provided to the school. The school was recently provided with 100 sets of desk and benches.
On 9th of March, the school management committee invited NJSI as a special guest for their annual day program. In the event all students and teachers of school, as well as special children from the hostel, members from school management committee and Laxmi Narsinga Bade Shrestha, Mayor of Banepa showed their presence. The program started at 12 in the afternoon. Student performed dances which was later followed by speech from honored guests. The Mayor and the school provided NJSI with appreciation certificate for continuously supporting school development in every way possible.
On this special occasion, the school management committee expressed their heartfelt gratitude toward NJSI and wished for stronger relationship in the years to come. NJSI has been providing guidance and platform to convert their potential to meaningful impact and also wishes for better future.
There is no other wisest investment than an investment in health. Realizing the need of a medical camp to address health issues of people of Koshidekha and Jaretar, NJSI collaborated with Navjyoti Center to conduct medical camp in each place. Along with NJSI and Navajyoti team, a team of therapist from Hong Kong of 8 also joined the health camp and conducted checkup and seminar on Reflexology.
On 5th of March, Health camp was conducted at Koshidekha, Kavre and on 10th Reflexology seminar was conducted at the same place. On the next day, students and teachers of Bhagwati School, Kharelthok, Kavre received information and free checkup by reflexologist. On 12th March, all three teams gathered and conducted health camp where general checkup, distribution of medicines and seminar was done. The first camp benefitted 423 people, 60 joined in the seminar on the second day. 58 participants attended the seminar in Bhagwati School and a total 356 people got successfully examined in the medical camp at Jaretar.
The medical camps treated people who had mostly invited problems in their body as a result of excessive narcotic and alcohol addiction. Most of the patients also complained about irritation in their eyes as well as their skin, which might be the result of their lifestyle and the weather. Elderly people had a relatively high ratio in both the camps who complained about the inevitable problems of ageing.
The beneficiaries were extremely happy to receive medical support and checkup. They were thankful to the reflexologists who gave them information on symptoms of some diseases as well as the cure or methods of minimization and the doctors who prescribed medicines for other.
8th of March, International Women’s Day is an annual celebration all over the world to celebrate and acknowledge womanhood and their contribution in the society. Throughout these years, the world has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. Sticking to the motion “Balance for Better”, theme of this International Women’s Day 2019, gender mainstreaming in socioeconomic reformation has been a crucial focus of Nepal Jesuit Social Institute.
To celebrate Women’s Day, we went to two different places; Haibung, Sindhupalchowk and Tinkanya, Sindhuli. Along with NJSI team, visually impaired representatives from Bright Star Society and Blind Rocks also joined in the celebration. 34 people in Haibung and 39 people in Sindhuli gathered together for the program. The program started with welcome speech by locals. It was then followed by interactive games which made them open up and participate with full enthusiasm. Representatives from both of the organization gave motivational speeches on how they managed to rise despite of their inability to see. Video presentation and quiz were the main activities where they got to learn many facts about women and empowerment. The program was filled with poem, songs, dances and happy faces while returning home with determination to step up for equality.
Both of the places had engaging and enthusiastic participation. NJSI will continue to dismantle such stigmas by creating opportunities for women to utilize and outshine their potential, and prove themselves.
Women of Nepal are always backward when it comes to participate in their emancipation and the reasons are illiteracy and low economic status. They are always dependent, thus have less role in decision making in the family. Nepal Jesuit Social Institute is helping the women to raise their status and enhance quality of life, skills and knowledge by providing vocational trainings like tailoring.
On 25th February 2019, NJSI team went to Suri, Dolakha for the completion program of Tailoring Training. This 3 months course was provided in 2 different places in which one place is inhabited by Tamang community and other is Surel community. Basic Tailoring course was followed by Tamang community whereas Advance course was for Surel community to 14 people each. Both communities acquired knowledge on stitching garments.
They were thankful to NJSI for the opportunity provided and helping them to come out of their comfort zone to become self- sufficient. They ensured that they will teach these learnt skills to other women who choose to be self-employed and independent. With the help of this vocational training, they learnt and developed skills to earn money to live life with dignity.