FSCN e-bulletin December 2016 issue

 

 


                 Volume 11                                                                                                         December 2016

Major Activities of December


  • Community Mediation Basic Training
  • Livelihood Support Grant in Bungamati
  • Business Plan Training in Nagarkot and Bungamati
  • Livelihood Sectoral Business Training in Nagarkot and Bungamati
  • Needs Assessment Workshop
  • ToT on Hygiene Promotion
  • Lalitpur DPAC for “Livelihood Based Self-Recovery” Project
  • Integrated Pest Management Training

COMMUNITY MEDIATION BASIC TRAINING

 
8-day “Community Mediation Basic Training” was conducted jointly by Friends Service Council Nepal (FSCN), DCA Nepal, ECO-Nepal and Action Nepal in Kathmandu from 20-27 December 2016. The training was given to 32 selected participants recommended by the local stakeholders from the project areas of NPL-161 project being implemented by the above mentioned organizations. 

The objective of the training was to enable participants to mediate cases related to disputes in community by themselves. The participants were trained to conduct awareness sessions regarding community mediation and solving disputes in the community level. They will also be able to facilitate mediation sessions at community mediation centers after the training. Facilitation of the training was done by experienced and qualified advocates and senior advocates from Nepal Mediators’ Society which is approved from Mediation Council. The Participants of the training now have the capacity to work as a community mediators under Mediation Act 2068.

Four participants in the training  were from Chepang community who represented ethnic minorities. The opening and closing ceremony of the event was chaired by FSCN Executive Chairperson Mr. Surya Bahadur Thapa. Supreme court registrar and member-secretary of Mediation Council Mr. Shreekanth Poudel was also present in the opening and closing ceremony of the training. He also highlighted the importance of community mediation and appreciated the effort of DCA and its partner organizations for taking this initiation for training and producing community mediators.

BUSINESS PLAN TRAINING

Business plan training was given to the beneficiaries of “Early Recovery and Livelihood Restoration” program of NPL-161 project being implemented by FSCN in partnership with DCA Nepal. 5 different events were conducted (4 in Nagarkot and 1 in Bungamati) in which the program beneficiaries were oriented for making proper business plan for optimum utilization of the livelihood grant provided by our organization.

The main objective of the training was to train the participants about essential things needed for small scale entrepreneurship like record keeping, vendor selection, savings etc.The training was given by livelihood program officer Mr. Santosh Pandey and field level mobilizers who were priorly trained in FSCN office.

77 people received the training in Nagarkot on 4-5 December, out of which there were 51 female and 26 male participants. Likewise, 26 female participants received the training in Bungamati on 5 December. The training focused more on building entrepreneurship capacities of the local women of our project areas.

ToT ON HYGIENE PROMOTION

Training of Trainer (ToT) on “Hygiene Promotion” for staffs and community leaders conducted in Pokhara from 12 – 15 December jointly organized by FSCN, DCA, ECO Nepal and Action Nepal.

NEEDS ASSESSMENT WORKSHOP

Two half-day workshop sessions on “Organization Need Assessment” was conducted for FSCN staffs on 6 December and 18 December, 2016. The workshops were conducted at the training hall of FSCN at Imadole, Lalitpur.The workshops were facilitated by  Mr. Oliver Knight, Programme Officer, World Jewish Relief (WJR) London and Mr. Ikeda Takeshi, Programme Manager, WJR Nepal. The main objective of the workshop was to identify the areas in which FSCN needs supports and to explore areas in which WJR can support for the overall institutional capacity development.

On 6 December, the organizations gap and needs were identified using a tool which was developed by WJR. It  involved group brainstorming, discussions and raking various areas of the organization by the staff members. All the staffs of the FSCN participated in the session. Based on the scores the need assessment was done. During the second session on 18 December which involved core staffs, detail discussion on the identified organizations needs and their prioritization was done.

After the completion of the workshop, further workout will be done by the WJR staffs in which they will identify and will lend support to FSCN for institutional capacity development.

SECTOR BUSINESS TRAINING FOR LIVELIHOOD BENEFICIARIES

Sector business trainings were conducted in different project locations of FSCN under “Early Recovery and Livelihood Restoration” program of NPL 161 project which is being implemented in Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts in partnership with DCA Nepal.Vegetable farming training was conducted in Bungmati, Karyabinayak municipality on 18 December. 16 female beneficiaries who will be doing vegetable farming from our support were trained in the event. The facilitation of the training was done by technician from District Agriculture Development Office (DADO).

Likewise goat rearing training was given to 62 beneficiaries and pig rearing training to 22 beneficiaries in Nagarkot on 21, 22 and 23 December by technician from District Livestock Service Office (DLSO). All the trainings were practical based and conducted in participatory approach.

 

INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT TRAINING

Friends Service Council Nepal (FSCN) conducted two days Integrated Pest Management (IPM) training for the Brocolli farming beneficiaries as a part of the “Livelihood Based Self Recovery: Increasing the income of the people affected by the earthquake of Nepal” project, Phase III.The training was held on 26 and 27 December at SPW Hall of Patlechhap, Godawari-3. A total of 24 beneficiary participated in the training among which 23 were female and 1 was male. The training was conducted by in-house technical staff of FSCN. The overall objective of conducting IPM trainings through this project is to promote chemical pesticide free farming for sustainable soil management, minimizing risk to human health, and increasing values for potential organic vegetable market. The training was conducted in participatory method, focusing more on practical sessions. The training content incorporated topics like identifying diseases in crops, their causes and the solution (chemical pesticide free solution), different types of traps and their usages, how to make bio pesticide at home using the available resources etc. After the completion of the training, the participants opined that the training was very fruitful and they learned many new topics.

LALITPUR DISTRICT LEVEL SHARING MEETING

Lalitpur district level sharing meeting between organizations working in disaster management sector was held on 21 December 2016. The meeting was organized by DDRC Lalitpur and managed by Nepal Red Cross Society Lalitpur with the support from DCA. The presentation session was chaired by Assistant CDO of Lalitpur Mr. Krishna Prasad Acharya which was followed by a discussion session chaired by Lalitpur LDO Mr. Hari Prasad Dahal.FSCN also participated in the event and chairperson Mr. Surya Bahadur Thapa was the spokesperson from the side of non-government organizations working for disaster management and risk reduction in Lalitpur district. NPL 161  Project coordinator Ms. Shakti Gurung also presented in the event to update activities done by FSCN in the above mentioned sector.

DPAC MEETING

District level Project Advisory Committee (DPAC) meeting of FSCN was held at District Development Committee (DDC) hall of Lalitpur on 29 December. The DPAC meeting was held in chairmanship of Local Development Officer (LDO) of Lalitpur Mr. Hari Prasad Dahal. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Krishna Prasad Acharya, Assistant Chief District Officer (CDO) and other representatives from concerned government agencies of Lalitpur district such as District Development Committee (DDC), District Agriculture Development Office (DADO), District Livestock Service Office (DLSO) and Ward Office of Godawari Municipality.The DPAC meeting was held with an aim to provide information to the concerned government officials about “Livelihoods based self-recovery” project of FSCN which is being funded by World Jewish Relief (WJR). The project time-frame is from October 2016 to September 2017 and the project area is Godawari Municipality ward no 3 and 4 of Lalitpur district. DPAC meeting is also a part of project approval from the government which also gives opportunity for organizations like ours to be transparent regarding all the aspects of the project implementation. .

The overall presentation for the meeting highlighting the project aim, activities, target group, budget and expected outcome and impact was presented by Ms. Pragya Gurung, Program Coordinator of FSCN. The advisory committee and the representatives from concerned government agencies gave very constructive feedback and suggestions for implementation of the project activities with a sustainable approach which was recorded in the meeting minute. The officials were also very much impressed to know about advanced agriculture techniques being adopted by the project and showed eagerness to visit the project sites. The officials including Lalitpur LDO Mr. Hari Prasad Dahal commited that government is wiling to provide any possible support or assistance to the project whenever needed.

The ending note of the DPAC meeting was given by Mr. Surya Bahadur Thapa, Chairperson of FSCN who gave emphasis on working collaboratively and in coordination with the government agencies.

Funding Opportunities

A) Public space implementation projects
Funding agency: UN Habitat
Deadline: 20 January 2017
Weblink: 
http://unhabitat.org/call-for-proposals-public-space-implementation-projects/
B) Grants for Projects of Humanitarian Assistance implemented by NGOs and Other Entities
Funding agency: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Czech Republic
Deadline: 30 January 2017
Weblink: 
https://goo.gl/8UStHr

C) Entries Open for 2017 YHRI International Youth Forum on Human Rights and UN SDG’s in Nepal!
Funding agency: International Youth Forum on Human Rights and UN SDG’s
Deadline: 21 February 2017
Weblink: 
https://sites.google.com/view/iyf2017/application?authuser=0

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs)

Goal no 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Targets:
  • By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day
  • By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definition
  • Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable
  • By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance
  • By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters
  • Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions
  • Create sound policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication actions

Advisor: Surya Bahadur Thapa
Editor: Binaya Prakash Acharya
News compilation, design and layout: Binaya Prakash Acharya

 

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