Institutional management and Group Management Training in Lakuri Bhanjynag
Sector Business Training in Lakuri Bhanjyang
Community mediators mobilization
Integrated Business Management Training in Godawari
Vegetable Refresher Training
NCA Evaluation visit
MASON TRAINING IN LAKURIBHANJYANG
7-day mason training was successfully conducted by FSCN from 22 January to 1 February in Lakuribhanjyang of Mahalaxmi municipality. The main of the training was to provide basic concepts as well as technical skills for constructing earthquake resilient houses in the target communities. A group of 16 local masons, all from Tamang community, were selected for the training. Out of 16 trainees, there were 12 male and 4 females. The training is a part of shelter support program of Nepal Earthquake Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience Project being implemented in Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts in partnership with DCA Nepal.
The mason training is approved by DUDBC central department and was done in coordination with Mahalaxmi municipality office. The training was facilitated by the trainers from Grisnima Multi-technical Training Institute. Since masons are important manpower in reconstruction after the earthquake, this training is an attempt to consolidate the experiences of existing masons in the community. The training covered sessions of disaster resilient reconstruction techniques including construction of earthquake resilient houses using locally available materials. The participants have also constructed earthquake resilient model beam and wall structures in practical sessions of the training.
Apart from this, FSCN has already conducted three different masons trainings in Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts. FSCN provided 62 days (390 hours) CTEVT curriculum based mason training in Mahalaxmi municipality last year that produced 18 government certified skilled masons. Another 5-day DUDBC certified mason training was also conducted in Lamatar on 2016 which benefited 23 people. Likewise, similar 7-day DUDBC based mason training was successfully conducted in Nagarkot-7 of Bhaktapur district on November 2016 which trained 20 people.
MONITORING AND EVALUATION TRAINING
FSCN has been implementing projects with various types of programs like WASH, DRR, livelihood, psychosocial activities, shelter support, consumer rights protection etc. in different locations of Nepal and is always concerned for building the capacity of its board members, staffs and volunteers for achieving effective outcomes and impacts through its activities in the community level. It is widely accepted that proper monitoring and evaluation of the project and its entire activities is as important as the implementation of the project itself. Taking this need and its immediate implementation into concern, FSCN organized 3-day monitoring and evaluation training to its staffs and representative from the board to develop their capability to monitor and evaluate the activities so that its impact and effectiveness can be assessed properly. The training was conducted from 20 to 22 January 2017 as a part of Solid Waste and Sanitation Management (SWSM) Project implemented in partnership with WASTE Netherlands.
Various important sessions like project cycle management, problem tree identification, logical framework and M & E framework preparation etc. were covered by the facilitators who are experts in the field of M & E. The training also aimed to prepare M & E documents of the organization through participatory approach. It is expected that the training will provide valuable technical knowledge for the staffs related to project design, monitoring and evaluation to use effectively in their real life implementation of project activities.
The SWSM project is running in Rupandehi district in partnership with WASTE Netherlands and collaboration with Butwal sub-metropolitan, Tillotama municipality, Janagahabhagita WASH cooperative and various other stakeholder organizations. The project is being implemented in a Public Private Civil-Society (PPCP) partnership model with diamond business approach for economic sustainability.
19th EARTHQUAKE DAY CELEBRATION
As an opening event of the 19th Earthquake Safety Day, an interaction program on “Earthquake resilient shelter and infrastructure construction” was conducted successfully in Siddhimangal Secondary School of Siddhipur, Mahalaxmi municipality, Lalitpur. The event was jointly organized by Friends Service Council Nepal and its partner organization DCA Nepal.
The overall objective of the interaction program was to discuss on earthquake resilient settlements and how disaster related security can be improved to make livelihoods more secure and resilient in the present scenario after the devastating earthquake troubling the country time and again.
Important individuals from various organizations, government line agencies, political parties and media persons were present in the event along with local community people. The program was followed by open discussion and interaction session with all the participants.
Some important things discussed in the interaction program are as follows:
Issues of unmanaged urbanization like present land plotting business and how it is affecting on construction as well as agriculture productivity of Kathmandu valley.
Issues of Newar community settlement areas where people own very small piece of land and are facing serious problems for shelter reconstruction due to the recent government shelter construction guidelines.
Steps that need to be taken for building disaster resilient communities.
The program was chaired by executive chairperson of FSCN, Mr. Surya Bahadur Thapa. The chief guest for the program was Aatma Ram Satyal, CEO of Mahalaxmi Municipality accompanied by other renowned guests like Mr. Bishnu Prasad Timilsina (Secretary, Consumers rights protection and member of Consumer Protection Council, GoN), Mr. Rameshwor Poudel (Ward secretary), Tej Prasad Prasad Parajuli (Vice Principal – Siddhimangal School) and representatives of ward citizen forum, community health post, etc.
Mahalaxmi municipality CEO Mr. Aatma Ram Satyal highlighted about the extensive relief and recovery programmes conducted by FSCN during the first year after the April 2015 earthquake in various locations of Mahalaxmi municipality. He also expressed his desire to see FSCN as a lead non-government agency in Lalitpur working for recovery and reconstruction with a blanket approach covering all the wards of Mahalaxmi municipality.
FSCN’s PARTICIPATION IN 19th EARTHQUAKE DAY CELEBRATION
19th Earthquake Safety Day was marked in Lalitpur district with a mega event organized by District Disaster Relief Committee (DDRC) in collaboration with Lalitpur Sub-metropolitan City Office. The event was supported by Friends Service Council Nepal (FSCN), DCA Nepal, Nepal Red Cross Society Lalitpur, Disaster Management Network Nepal (DiMaNN), Oxfam, ENPHO, LWF and ICDO. The slogan for this year’s event was “Earthquake Resistant Buildings and Infrastructures for Community Resilience!”
The event started with a mass rally from Jawlakhel which was inagurated by MP Madan Amatya. The rally was then march-passed to Patan Durbar Square where a condolence ceremony for the departed souls in Nepal earthquake was held. The programme was chaired by lalitpur CDO Mr. Dipak Kafle. Mr. Hari Prasad Dahal, Lalitpur DDC LDO, Mr. Chandar Maharjan, Member of Parliament (MoP), Mr. Madan Amatya (MoP) were some of the renowned dignities among many others who were present in the event.
The main objective of the event was to sensitize the public for construction of safe and earthquake resilient buildings and community infrastructure for ensuring maximum safety and preparedness for possible major earthquakes in the future.
As an active supporting agency, FSCN also participated in the rally and in the Durbar Square event by involving its staffs, community volunteers and community people from its project locations. The key messages were spread by FSCN by displaying various posters, informative banners and distributing IEC materials along with pamphlets with earthquake safety messages.
Lalitpur CDO Mr. Dipak Kafle along with LDO and other key speakers appreciated the effort of the supporting organizations for their participation and contribution for the success of the event. An estimation of over 2000 people participated in the event.
Immediately after the completion of the event, FSCN staffs, volunteers and community members had a review meeting for the event to discuss about the way forward for conducting DRR activities in the communities in more effective and scientific manner.
INSTITUTIONAL MANAGEMENT AND GROUP MANAGEMENT TRAINING IN MAHALAXMI 1
In the course of programme implementation, one of the strategies of FSCN has been formation of local groups and its mobilization as well as capacity building for sustainability of the impacts in the community level. Taking this into concern, FSCN conducted institutional management and group management training sessions in Lakuri Bhanjyang for the beneficiaries of “Early Recovery and Livelihood Restoration” program being implemented by FSCN in partnership with DCA Nepal. The trainings were conducted on 11 and 12 January 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 systematic way of livelihood group formation and its registration in concerned government offices. The training also covered sessions about essential things needed for small scale entrepreneurship like minute writing, record keeping, savings etc. The training was given by livelihood program officer and field level mobilizers who were priorly trained in FSCN office. A total of 90 beneficiaries of the ongoing livelihood project in Lakuri Bhanjyang received the training.
SECTOR BUSINESS TRAINING
Sector business training was conducted in Basuki School and Vangeri tole of Lakuri Bhanjyang on 22 and 23 January. The training falls 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.The training mainly covered technical knowledge for commercial goat rearing to the selected 90 beneficiaries who have been receiving various support from our ongoing livelihood project. The training was facilitated by technician from District Livestock Service Office (DLSO). All the trainings were practical based and conducted in participatory approach.
PVCA TRAINING CONDUCTED
3-day Participatory Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (PVCA) training was conducted in FSCN’s training center situated in Imadol, Lalitpur from 16 to 18 January and field exercise was conducted on 19 January. The training was provided to Disaster Management Committee (DMC) members and active community volunteers recommended by the DMC of Bungamati and Nagarkot-7. The main objective of the VCA training was to provide community’s vulnerability and capacity assessment training knowledge and skills to the DMC and community people to strengthen their capacity to do VCA at community level.The training was based on participatory techniques, group discussions, mentality study, demo exercises, questionnaires, lectures and slides presentations. Various group works were done to improve teamwork and the participants were asked to perform VCA study at community level in Bungmati to evaluate their learning and skills implementation. After completion of the training, VCA was performed by a team of experts and the trained participants in three project locations of FSCN (Lakuri Bhanjyang, Bungamati and Nagarkot-7).
Since its establishment in 1991 AD, FSCN has been actively working in the sector of disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction both in community and national level.
NCA EVALUATION VISIT
NCA evaluation visit was conducted on 13 January in Bhaktapur and Lalitpur districts to evaluate FSCN’s project activities and achievements of Earthquake Emergency Project which started immediately after the April 2015 earthquake. The evaluation team visited Chhaling, Sudal and Changunarayan-10 of Bhaktapur district and Lubhu and Bungamati of Lalitpur district. The team visited three out of seven water supply schemes constructed by FSCN in partnership with NCA and DCA for the earthquake affected communities of Bhaktapur and Lalitpur. Besides this, the team also visited household and school latrines and also observed ongoing livelihood project in the above mentioned project locations.The evaluation was done on the basis of observation, community interaction, FGDs and key informant interviews. The reflection of the evaluation was done with a presentation by the evaluation team on 20 January in DCA office. Some important innovation from FSCN’s side during the course of project implementation were highlighted in the presentation. One of them was construction of major drinking water supply projects through Public Private Civil-Society Partnership (PPCP) model. The other was formation and mobilization of local stakeholders group called as Friends Help Group which has the responsibility of making decisions like selection of most vulnerable beneficiaries and also for monitoring of the program activities in their communities. Some other highlighted innovations of FSCN were formation and mobilization of local youth groups in the community level and effective coordination with national and local government.
Refresher and IPM training
A one-day refresher training for tomato production and two days Integrated Pest Management training was conducted by Friends Service Council Nepal (FSCN) on 28, 29 and 30 January, 2017. The training was conducted by FSCN under the “Livelihood Based Self Recovery: Increasing the income of the people affected by the earthquake of Nepal” Project which has been implemented with support from WJR.
The training was held for the beneficiaries of ward – 3, Patlechhap & Dhobikhola village of Godawari Municipality who had participated in the tomato production training conducted by FSCN on 2016. The Refresher Training was conducted with the objective of addressing the challenges faced by the beneficiaries in tomato production last year in terms of production, diseases and markets. They were also reoriented in the production techniques. The two days Integrated Pest Management training was conducted with the aim of promoting chemical pesticide free farming and encouraging the usage of bio-pesticides. A total of 31 beneficiaries participated in the training.
Our livelihood program beneficiaries from Bungamati, Lalitpur
Friend from Canada joins FSCN !
Canadian student Martine Panzica has joined FSCN team as an intern in DRR and humanitarian programme. She is a Global Politics student from Carleton University of Canada and is working to develop urban DRR based project for Nepal in collaboration with her university.
FSCN has collaborated with different international universities and colleges and has been providing learning platform for international students by involving them in our project activities.
Team building and recreation programme on 1st of January 2017
Goal no 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round
By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons
By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment
By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality
By 2020, maintain the genetic diversity of seeds, cultivated plants and farmed and domesticated animals and their related wild species, including through soundly managed and diversified seed and plant banks at the national, regional and international levels, and promote access to and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, as internationally agreed
Increase investment, including through enhanced international cooperation, in rural infrastructure, agricultural research and extension services, technology development and plant and livestock gene banks in order to enhance agricultural productive capacity in developing countries, in particular least developed countries
Correct and prevent trade restrictions and distortions in world agricultural markets, including through the parallel elimination of all forms of agricultural export subsidies and all export measures with equivalent effect, in accordance with the mandate of the Doha Development Round
Adopt measures to ensure the proper functioning of food commodity markets and their derivatives and facilitate timely access to market information, including on food reserves, in order to help limit extreme food price volatility