Differently abled people are perceived in several ways. Some view them as spiritually cursed and some take it as natural phenomenon. Most of the differently abled people have to suffer myriad of challenges in their day to day life. They suffer range of complications during in their day to day life including physical, mental, educational, health but mainly economic. Society, institutions, government and even their own families at times, choose to disassociate themselves from people with disability. But there are exemplary people who have chosen to stand against all odds life has served them with and have risen much stronger than the rest of the world and Possible Life Center happens to be home to many of them.
This institution is situated at Lolang-4, Milanbasti, Balaju, Kathmandu and formed by same people who were once discriminated by society because of their disability. They have been running the center since 2072 B.S and altogether 13 people work together to inspire other people at present. They make and sell attractive handicrafts like Jewelry made from paper, Balls, Cloth item etc. They have skills to produce handicraft items however cannot afford resources and materials. So, Nepal Jesuit Social Institute economically supported them to buy materials like cotton and velvet clothes, cutting machine and threads which they have requested for to make various cloth items such as Maternity gown, Tops, Bhoto and Daura for children, Water proof bags, Petticoats and many more. On 12th February 2019, they received the amount and bought required materials.
This help is a milestone for developing their entrepreneurship for which they are thankful towards us.
Nepal Jesuit Social Institute has been supporting and helping in betterment of livelihood of people not just by conducting various activities but also by providing economic support. Management and Computer course is one of the project funded by NJSI but run by St. Anne’s which is located in Taukhel, Godawari-3, Lalitpur. The course is 6 month long where the participants are trained in English, Basic computer, Typing speed and Personality and Human relation. The graduating batch is the third batch comprising of 9 students who started the course from July.
St. Anne’s organized the graduation ceremony on 23rd January, 2019 where NJSI team was also present. The well managed program lasted for 2 hours in between which the students danced, sang songs, prepared a poem and also performed drama on the theme “Impacts of Social Media” which was the major highlight of the program. Families of the graduating students were also present in the program to cheer them up.
All of them were very happy and cheerful on completing the basic course. Everyone expressed their gratitude toward St. Anne’s and Nepal Jesuit Social Institute. One of the students said “My English was very bad with lots of grammatical mistakes. After the course my English has improved a lot. One of the biggest achievements after the course is that now I can speak in English in front of mass. I look forward to be a social worker and serve people in need. I look up to St. Anne’s Sisters as my inspiration and role model. I feel proud that I am a member of St. Anne’s and will always be thankful for the course.”
NJSI believes completing this course will undoubtedly help them in their career. They will inspire many more people and can even be future leaders. We wish them luck and bright future.
Bright Star Society, established as a self-help group in 2013 is an organization which focuses on empowering people with special needs in health services, skill-oriented trainings such as radio anchoring and personality development, disability sensitization short-term trainings and linking people in the inclusive framework of development. Post-earthquake, Nepal Jesuit Social Institute has been linked with Bright Star Society and distributed winter clothes, blankets, bed-nets and assistive tools like white canes, crutches and wheelchairs to the earthquake victims with disabilities in most affected areas like Dolakha, Kavre and Sindhupalchowk. They have also conducted various campaigns, programs and trainings in partnership with NJSI to empower and help person with disability to become independent.
From January 29 to February 3, 2019 Bright Star Society actively participated in the grand exhibition of computer technology CAN InfoTech with the financial support of NJSI in logistic management. Apart from spreading awareness on how to use computers, mobile phones and braille, they introduced interesting things like a palm-talking map, Smart clock for the visually impaired, talking Blood Pressure Measuring Machine, Amazon Alexa device and many more. They also distributed white canes and audio players to the blind and visually impaired students residing in Kathmandu valley.
The six days long exhibition was a grand success as the stall was always crowded with curious visitors. They expressed their heartfelt gratitude to NJSI for supporting this initiative to open up the avenue even for potential employers to consider and unlock their understanding for hiring blind and visually impaired in different job markets.
Tipling, a remotest village in northern part of Dhading district is witnessing historic milestone with the completion of the road. The 27 km Xavier marg construction from Somdang, bordering Rasuwa district, has gone through the most difficult terrain of steep and rocky hill sides up to Tipling. The mesmerizing view of Ganesh himal range in Ruby valley rural municipality holds a great prospect of tourism development.
Nepal Jesuit Social Institute, financially supported by Xavier Network, undertook the road construction as part of the earthquake rehabilitation and reconstruction activities and has been conducting various other activities like agriculture training and providing economical support for animal husbandry and planting cash crops for the upliftment of livelihood of Tipling. Now with the completion of Xavier marg, NJSI will make remarkable improvement in the socio-economic and psychological development.
They use to walk for 2 to 3 days to access basic facility like health and education. Now, they can reach directly to Kathmandu in just 8 hours. They can transport potatoes and other crops to the market instead of rotting or extra feeding to cows. Flourishing tourism industry can change their life to greater extend.
The group of Nayagaun Samudayik Sanstha were conducting meetings for development of the village in an open ground. During rainy season they were facing a lot of difficulties to come together and plan anything. When they came to know about Nepal Jesuit Social Institute and it contribution to society, they requested for a community hall. This group has been living and working at Golanjor Rural Municipality-4, Nayagaun, Sindhuli.
On 28th January 2019, a total of 63 people gathered on the inauguration and handover ceremony of newly built community hall built by NJSI. NJSI team of 10 members including Fr. Boniface, Fr. Juel, Miguel and Pilar (Xavier Network Delegate) also participated in the event. The program was followed by speeches and a dance performance by little children. The ribbon was cut and key was handover to the concerned authority.
People were very happy and cheering for the newly built community hall. They express their gratitude in their speeches and personally too. They were quite excited to use community hall to conduct various skill development program and said that if any organization help us in conducting training, we will like to have soap and incense stick making training. This shows how enthusiastic they to make optimum utilization of the hall.
A group of 45 members named Dedidevi Women’s Group requested for a center to conduct meetings and regulate activities as they had to sit under the tree or on a barren land of others. They even have to depend on the weather, sometimes they had to cancel their meetings or programs due to rain. So seeing the need of the center in the community, NJSI decided to build the women center in their village which is located at Mandendeupur Municipality-7, Guragaitar, Kavre. On 9th January, 2018 NJSI team went to handover the women center. A total of 70 people were present for the program.
The program started around 11:30 a.m. in the presence of Vice mayor of Mandendeupur- 7, some government officials and beneficiaries with welcome speech. Social Audit was done by NJSI staff and finally government official cut the ribbon, Fr. Arul handed over the key to the Vice Mayor and the Chairperson of the women’s group inaugurated the center by opening the door for all the attendant of the program.
The work of NJSI was appreciated by everyone presented there and appreciation certificate was provided to the team. They were happy to receive the women center in their community. They even requested for some life skills training programs which would help to sustain themselves.