ASSISTING WITH ESSENTIAL NEEDS- Inauguration Ceremony and Medical Camp at Helumbu, Sindhupalchowk

Due to 2015 earthquake, Sindhupalchowk district had caused prevalent damage and Helumbu Rural Municipality is one of the most affected area. Shree Jay Bageshwori Women’s group is one of the inspired group in Mahankal sera, Sindhupalchowk which is working for women and community development by saving money and conducting welfare activities. They have successfully gathered more than 450 members in the group. These active and inspiring women did not have a place to conduct meetings or gather for a social cause so, they had to rent a room which was so small for that number of group. To conduct meetings smoothly, they requested NJSI for a women hall and upon being notified about their problem, NJSI decided to help them.

The grand inauguration of this multipurpose activity center was done on August 4, 2019 at 1 in the afternoon. Along with NJSI team, Navjyoti Center and 2 doctors joined for the medical camp which was planned to conduct after inauguration ceremony at the same place for the same beneficiaries. Ceremonial welcome was accorded to NJSI team, Government officials, Navjyoti center team, Doctors and special guest with women lined up with khada. Thereafter, all the dignitaries proceed to their respective seats and the program was on the go. Fr. Arul, Ward Chairperson Mr. Raj Kumar Lamichhane and special guest, Indra Maya Gurung light the ceremonial lamp, cut the ribbon and unveil the plaque. The handing over the newly built women activity center was done by Fr. Roy to Harimaya Lamichhane, Chairperson of the women group. The speeches from all the guest and government officials marked the end of the ceremony. Altogether 75 people were present in the celebration.eral checkup. Medicines were distributed freely as prescribed by the doctor. The number of beneficiaries increased to 120. The Locals were very happy and grateful as well for conducting the health camp and requested for further events as well.

Both of the program was funded by Missio Achen and in collaboration with Navjyoti Center. For the sustainability and better impact of the medical intervention, regular and frequent health inspection is suggested.

A Path to their dreams; Construction of Xavier Marg

Tipling, a village surrounded by hills and mountains which offers panoramic view of Mt. Ganesh Himal lies in the northwest of Kathmandu in Ruby Rural Municipality, Dhading. Government had built a road from Syaprubesi to only upto Somdang in Rasuwa-Dhading border back in 1987 and after that there were only walking trails which was of less/no use after 2015 earthquake. Overall development was at halt due to lack of road connectivity.

After discovering mesmerizing landscape of Tipling, Nepal Jesuit Social Institute took the challenge to up-build the life of people by constructing a 27km road going through the most difficult terrain of steep and rocky hill sides from Somdang to Kami gau, Tipling. Two years of hardship finally turned into fruitful outcome and locals had breathe a sigh of relief on 13th of July 2019 when road was inaugurated and handed over to them. A very precise handover ceremony of the road was conducted at Tipling itself in the presence of chairman of Ruby valley Rural Municipality ward no. 1 and 2. The program lasted for one hour. Both of the chairman appreciated the work of NJSI on behalf of the villagers. They seem very happy to see their hopes and dreams getting fulfilled soon through road. Around 62 villagers were present in the program. Reverend Bishop Paul Simick, NJS Superior, Fr. Amrit Rai, chairman of Ruby valley Rural Municipality ward no.1, Min Ghale inaugurated the road officially through cutting the ribbon. After the ribbon cutting ceremony “Social Audit” was presented. All the details of the project were recited in a chronological order such as who were involved, who contributed it, the donor, the starting date, ending date, the challenges faced during the implementation phase and named the road as “Xavier Marg”. All the expenses of this road construction is carried by “Xavier Network”.

In such ecstatic moment of completion, NJSI conducted a felicitation Program on 20th July back at NJSI office where all the communities of Kathmandu Valley were invited. In the program, Fr Roy, Director of NJSI presented a short video on the construction of the road. Along with that he shared the experiences on behalf of NJSI team, the challenges faced during the implementation phase. Keeping the main motive of the program, Fr. Roy honored 9 distinguished people who had contributed immensely to accomplish the road, namely, JCB operator Pradip Basnet, his helper Loa Tamang, Falam Tamang and Shiva Subedi. In site clearance, Man Bahadur Tamang and Kho Bahadur Tamang. Kailash Thapa and Dipendra Tamang as a transport coordinator and lastly Grace Ghale who gave a helping hand in his internship program in NJSI. Along with them NJSI supported with token of love to other staff members who had contributed in their own stipulations. Some Government officials were also present in the program, Former Local Development Officer (LDO) of Dhadhing, Bhagone Aryal. Now, he is a Chief Administrative officer at Hetauda Sub- Metro politician city. Vice chairman of Ruby Valley, Beena Ghale, Chairman of Ruby Valley Rural Municipality ward no.1, Min Ghale, and Manager of MAW Earth Movers Pvt.Ltd (JCB), Yam Gurung.

Now with the completion of Xavier Marg, locals of Tipling have assorted opportunities to multiply their progress. They have started to perceive an explicit juncture in each one’s life.

A BEGINNING FOR THE UPLIFTMENT OF COMMUNITY

The inauguration and handing over ceremony of multi-purpose women center was held at Roshi Rural Municipality-7, Kavre. Indrawati Mahila Samuha comprises of 30 energetic and interactive women who will be the direct beneficiaries of newly built women center. The center has similar design as other women hall built by Nepal Jesuit Social Institute. This multipurpose women hall will be used for weekly social meetings, educational as well as awareness programs, various trainings and community development programs.

On 5th July 2019, NJSI team of five joined in the celebration which was started at 1o’clock in the afternoon. The 2 hour program had some speeches from local authorities as well as from Fr. Thomas, song by women and children and finally the key was handed over to Mrs. Rita Koirala, the chairperson of the women group. The government officials like chairman of Roshi Rural Municipality, Mr. Dal Bahadur Lama, Ward chairman, Parbat raj Gurung and Fr. Thomas inaugurated the newly built center. As a part of the program, social audit was also done in order to inform on how the center was built and take necessary suggestion from the locals. Altogether 60 people were gathered in the celebration.

With the smile on their faces, they provided NJSI with appreciation letter. They were happy to receive a center in which they can organize programs and conduct meeting which ensures overall upliftment of the entire community. They expressed their heartfelt gratitude to NJSI team for all the support. The center is financially supported by Xavier Network.

Growing as a Competitive Candidate

Computer education is a knowledge and ability to use computers and technology efficiently. Especially in today’s academic and professional environment, every companies and organizations are highly dependent on computers and want their employees to have decent computer skills. Since computer skills are integral to all areas of study and work, Nepal Jesuit Social Institute is trying to enhance the skills of young and competitive people who are economically backward to acquire the skills themselves.

From 24th of March 2019, first batch of 3 months computer training was started in NJSI office. The training was initially designed to help minimum of 15 students with Computer, spoken English and Office management skills. In order to collect students, social organization were contacted and we were successful to get 12 students but many of them left in the middle of the training. They had so many personal issues and were unable to manage time accordingly due to which they were irregular.

The training included basic as well as advance computer courses like Fast typing skills, Microsoft office, Photoshop, InDesign and Premiere pro. They also received classes on Office management and importance of Communication from Indian volunteers. At last only 4 of them appeared on the qualifying exam which was held at the end of the course on 28th June 2019. The students passed both objective as well as practical test with flying colors, in virtue of which the certificate was awarded to each of them. To celebrate this occasion, NJSI organized a small graduation ceremony on 1st of July in which the students were appreciated for successfully completing the course.

NJSI believes quality matters more than quantity and hence it was proved by the graduating students who were satisfied by the courses provided to them. They were happy and thankful toward NJSI for providing them opportunity to grow as a competing candidate for their future.

We acknowledge your desire to excel this technological world and thus want you to be a part of it. As an aspiring organization, we the NJSI team encourage you to get connected with us and at the same time improve your computer skills. We are looking forward next batch to start soon so, if you are willing to join, please feel free to contact us.

A Center for Development

For the development of the marginalized and vulnerable people of Dhading, Dolakha, Kavre, Lalitpur, Ramechhap, Sindhuli and Sindhupalchowk, construction of Regional training center has started. The center will have ample of space for multipurpose training like Tailoring, Beautician, Electrical, Computer, Mason and Model farming.

On 6th of June 2019, the regional superior of Nepal Jesuit Society, Fr. Amrit Rai S.J, regional director of Nepal Jesuit Social Institute, Fr. Arulandam S.J and dignitary staffs went to the site located in Panchkhal, Kavrepalanchowk where Fr. Amrit did the blessing of the land.

Nepal Jesuit Social Institute is planning for sustainable agriculture practice for which model farm will be a great help. It is a farm designed to research and demonstrate improvements in agricultural techniques and efficiency. NJSI will be giving agricultural training in the center itself for which the work has started from 1st of July. Model farm will help to improve economic, food and health security of the people through increasing the volume and variety of agricultural production. It will also help to create job opportunities by improving the access to the market and irrigation and conducting trainings for livelihood programs. The construction is going on a full pace and the regional training center is expected to be completed within a year.

Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of Shree Robang Basic School

On 26th of June 2019, the team of 3 members from Nepal Jesuit Social Institute went to Benighat Rorang Rural Municipality-6, Dhading for Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of Shree Robang Basic School. Levelling and site clearance has already finished and now the reconstruction of 2015 earthquake affected school has begun.

A total of 28 people were present to support the cause including teachers, School Management Committee and esteemed chief guest, the representative from Rural Municipality Mr. Maniraj Gurung. Some of the students also gathered to attend the program. Due to heavy rain, the ceremony was very precise and started from 12 in the afternoon. Chief Guest, Mr. Bhim bdr. Aale Magar (Chairperson of SMC), Principal and NJSI dignitary staff laid the foundation stone.

The new building will spread out on double stories level of four classrooms with ample of space for educational development of the students. The School Management Committee and parents expressed their gratitude and hope to NJSI for all the support. The project is financially supported by Xavier Network.