As part of the shelter intervention, NJSI has begun the Mason training on 23rd October 2016, for 20 people who will lead the shelter construction in Gyalthum Mankal-1, Sindhupalchowk district. The training, as per the requirement by the Government regulations, will teach the participants how to build the earthquake resilient houses in the village. The training is given by engineer Ram Prasad Bhattarai along with two supporting engineers from Department of Urban Development & Building Construction.
Fr. Roy Sebastian, SJ, Director of NJSI, has inaugurated the training course. The main objective of the training includes giving knowledge and awareness about the need to have earthquake resistant building, give practical experience in developing construction skills and organize group support and team work in the process of building individual homes.
The meeting with District Project Advisory Committee (DPAC) was organized by Amici De Bambini and NJSI to observe and evaluate the progress of construction work of the hostel for special children in Sangachowk. As the meeting began MR. Dhurba Raj Giri a teacher of the Higher Secondary school addressed the gatherings and invited Fr. Arul SJ to welcome all the dignitaries present there. Fr. Arul SJ, the project coordinator of NJSI, welcomed all. He highlighted that the objective of he project is to provide safe and better environment for special children who are neglected. The construction of the hostel will also help the children to come back to school as they have not return due to lack of infrastructure.
Fr. Arul SJ also explained about the challenges that was faced by NJSI. Due to long procedure, NJSI and the Amici De Bambini had to wait for almost one year to begin the construction work though the land and the design of the hostel was finalized. He also expressed his joy for the construction work that began in the month of July 2016 and will soon be completed. He thanked all the members of project advisory committee for their support.
Miss. Francesca Giovannini the country coordinator of Amici De Bamini explained that the objective of the DPAC meeting were to review, analyze and discuss the achievement of the project. And also get the feedback and suggestions from the District Project advisory Committee. She expressed her gratitude to the sponsor agency of Bolzano in Italy, government of Nepal and NJSI as well for their support.
Fr. Roy Sebastian SJ, the director of the NJSI spoke about many activities of NJSI in various districts that are being carried out and thanked all the dignitaries for the support.
As the presentation of the project was over there was an open discussion by the all the participants present there. The teacher and care taker of the special children expressed their difficulties of being with the special children due to the lack the adequate training and being alone as a caretaker.
The Local development officer assured that the steps will take to improve the situation of the staff and they will plan out to solve the problem of the children. Together with this he thanked the Amici De Bambini and NJSI for their collaboration in building the Nepal and appreciated the strategies of working in the VDCs.
As the meeting was over the officers along with the Amici de Babini went around to see to examine building that was almost completed.
NJSI has supported 11boys and 6 girls from Dhading Districts for computer, electrical and tailoring courses at Don Bosco Institute of Engineering & Technology, Thecho, Lalitpur. 10 boys have completed computer and electrical course this month. During this course the trainees were assisted to inculcate discipline and good habits that makes them a different persons and look at their lives positively. They also were taught spoken English that help them to understand English better and try to speak in English.
As the 10 boys completed the computer and electrical course, the institute organized ‘certificate distribution ceremony’. As NJSI is supporting these boys, NJSI staff went to participate in this ceremony. During this ceremony Fr. Augusty Pulical SDB, the principal of the institution, invited the guest and addressed the gatherings. He spoke about the importance of the learning and wished all the best to the students. Likewise Fr. Roy Sebastian SJ, the director of NJSI also was invited to address the assembly. He too stressed on the importance of learning and helping each other.
The teachers also were invited to speak to the students and inspire them as they completed the course. Two of the students beautifully shared their experience of being in this institution and having unique experience.
As the addressing part of the programme was over, Fr. Roy Sebastian SJ was invited to distribute the certificates to the students. He distributed certificates with immense joy.
It is more than a year the students of Panchakanya Primary School located at Mankha-9 VDC; Sindhupalchowk, were without proper class rooms after the earthquake destroyed their school building. NJSI has taken the task of making a semi-permanent building for the school more than six months ago. However, the construction work delayed due to lack of proper allotment of land to build the structure. Once it was done the building started and now completed.
The block will have two big rooms, one of it being ECD for the small children. The school has suffered children leaving the school due to lack of facility. Now they hope to have more children in the coming year.
On 21st September 2016 NJSI handed over Panchkanya School to the School Management Committee. This day was the awaited for all as once again children could have suitable education environment. The chairperson of NJSI Fr. Boniface Tigga SJ, Director Fr. Roy Sebastian SJ, and District in charge Fr. Arulanandam SJ and field staff Mr. Chandu Chaudhary went to Manka VDC, Panchkanya School to officially hand over the school to School management committee and to the Principal, Miss. Jamuna Dha. The key of the school was handed over to Mr. Shyam Thapa, a resource person from Education department of Sindupalchowk.
On this joyful occasion the member of School Management Committee, Teachers, Parents and students were gathered to express their gratitude to NJSI. Fr. Boniface Tigga SJ, Fr. Roy Sebastian SJ and Fr. Arulanandam SJ assured their support to the gatherings and wished them all the best for their future endeavors. The children felicitated the gatherings and NJSI staff by welcoming through culture dance, songs and poems.
Apart from constructing school NJSI also provided uniforms, School bags, Shoe, Socks, ECD kits, Carpet and furniture for the students and teachers as well.
Shree Ban Sangu Secondary School located at Jure VDC in Sindhupalchowk district which was affected by catastrophic landslide and flood on 2nd of August, 2014 is in great need of intervention.
More than hundred persons died in the landslide and thousands of students are deprived of education. Presently, there are about 200 students studying in pitiable condition, compelled to stay under a tents and poky temporary learning centres.
Moreover, the massive landslide had blocked the river and formed a lake at Jure in Makha VDC, destroying a kilometre section of Araniko Highway.
As per the assessment, Nepal Jesuit Social Institute has decided to help the school in building semi-permanent classroom.
Nepal Jesuit Social Institute assessed approximately 28 km vehicular movement track road from Somdang to Tipling in Dhading district on 5 September 2016.
FR. Joseph Pulickal S.J, Financial Manager and Project Adviser of Nepal Jesuit Social Institute along with staff Mr. Lawrance Lama, Field staff, Asst. Engineer Tikaram Regmi, and Survey Engineer Mr. Purna Dhital inspected the site.
There is active cooperation of the locals for the construction of the track road. The people from Sertung, Lapa , Jharlang and Tipling VDC will be directly benefiting from the construction of road track. The construction work approximately will take one year.
Mr. Ram Bahadur Tamang, a resident of Tipling VDC said that the construction would help the people to sell their products and purchase daily essentials easily. Moreover, the construction of the track road will help develop trade, commerce and tourism in Tipling VDC. Due to its remote location Tipling is still on “off the beaten track destination”.
Meanwhile, NJSI has received an approval letter from Local Development Office on 12 September 2016, to begin the work of construction.