As continuation of the Earthquake reconstruction activities, NJSI built a two storeys -four classroom- building for Shree Robang Basic School, Benighat Rorang Rural Municipality-9, Dhading. Despite of the challenging topography and bumpy roadways, harsh climatic condition NJSI put its constant effort to give best for the project. NJSI handed over the building to the school on 22nd February 2020 and was inaugurated by esteemed guest Father Daniel Villanueva SJ, Vice-president, Fundación Entreculturas, Spain. The program was commenced in the presence of chief of the Benighat Rorang rural Municipality-9, Mr. Pitta Bahdur D.C. as a chief guest and Father Arulanandam SJ, Superior of NJSI, Father Roy Sebastian, Director of NJSI, Father Thomas SJ,Finance Manager along with the entire NJSI tea and Mr.Suresh Malla ward chairman of Rorang Rural Municipality-9, as special guests while the staff and parents of the students presented as audience with their children.
The students, parents and teachers are very happy and proud of this new building which stands out as the first beautiful looking concrete structure in the whole area. The expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the Xavier Network for solely supporting the construction of this building and giving quality furniture for the class rooms.
Daniel Villanueva, SJ, Vice-president, Fundación Entreculturas, Spain, was on his first visit to Nepal to attend the Jesuit Conference of South Asia 2020 and to make his visit to NJSI. On 21st February 2020, he addressed the gathering of the Directors of Catholic Education Institutions in Nepal on the topic “Mission, collaboration and Network”. He shared his views and experience about creating new spaces for the shared mission with special examples of Fe Y Alegria movement and how Entreculturas net work with other organization for a greater Christian mission. His inputs also highlighted the challenges associated with networking while especially working with Governments of different countries. He also recommended what could be the areas of networking in the context of Nepal. There was also an interactive session where many shared their experiences and views on the networking aspect of their institutions.
In order to educate the rural population the fundamental human rights stated by the constitution of Nepal 2072 B.S., Nepal Jesuit Social Institute conducted a para-legal training at Kshyama Devi Women Centre, Barabise Municipality ward no.4, Okhreni, Sindhupalchok, on 6th-7th of February 2020. The training included the distribution of the handbook of the Constitution of Nepal to twenty four participants and instruction how to use the hand book. The participants were enthusiastic and attentive and wanted more of such trainings. The two days training was a successful one.
Nepal being a New Democratic country is undergoing the period of transition from Monarchy to Democracy. They have a Constitution for the New Nepal but a vast majority of the rural population is hardly aware of what the constitution is all about. In order to make people aware of their fundamental rights as a citizen of Nepal as a sovereign Nation Nepal Jesuit Social Institute took the opportunity to make a hand book of the abridged constitution to be distributed to the rural population in Nepal. It contains the summarized information about Fundamental Human Rights Stated by the constitution of Nepal 2072 B.S. There will be para-legal trainings organised by NJSI to further educate the rural mostly women population.
As follow up of the basic para-legal program conducted in local women centers, an advanced paralegal program was conducted at Kamal Niwas, NJSI national office at 11th January, 2020. The program was conducted seeing the interest and need of the participants who received the basic para-legal training in 2018 and 2019. The total number of participants were 12 in number. The target participants were representatives from the women centers that NJSI had provided building for. There were 3 representatives from each group. The target group was an inclusive of all castes. The program took place between 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.
With the basic objective of helping the women understand and be well prepared about their rights and its application and spreading awareness through women centers, an advanced level program was organized. Considering the contents of the basic para-legal programs, advocate Mr. Purna Rajbanshi and Fr. Tek conducted the advanced para-legal program with intensive and depth information about women rights. There was also discussion on personal and representatives problems of the people in terms of women rights followed by suggested solutions given by the advocate himself. Generally, the discussed problems were about women’s property rights, gender based violence and other scenario relating to the topic. The distribution of the certificated marked the end of the program.
Among the participants it was seen that the contents gathered the interest of most of the women. Thus, it was analyzed that the program was interactive , fruitful and participative. Moreover, the participants responded positively to the organization of such programs and expressed their interest for such programs in the future.
Kali Devi Women Hall was set up in Manedanda Village located in Melung Gaunpalika, Dolakha which is inhibited by diverse people of Brahmin, Chhetri, Tamang and Dalit community. As per the solicitation placed by the people for the establishment of a women center, Kali Devi Women Hall was successfully inaugurated on 4th January, 2020 under the sponsorship of Xavier Network.
Women’s Centers crucially functions to provide information, advice, support and training or education in safe, women-only spaces. The utmost purpose of the Kali Devi Women Hall is to provide inhabitants with a proper place to conduct meeting and events as well as to empower and emancipate the women of that place.
There were about 64 who showed up for the inauguration ceremony including the invited guests from two schools, rural municipality and ward office. After the key to the established hall was handed over, marking the official inauguration, the program was led on by several speeches of gratitude from the school principal, parent’s group representative, ward person and women group representative. The male members marshaled the program for a women center which reflected the backwardness of the women of that place, hence, proving the prominence of a Women Centre which could greatly benefit the women and overall village of Manedanda.