VIN's pilot community site is Jitpurphedi Village Development Committee (VDC), which is 15km away from the main city, Kathmandu. It is accessible from public transport. VIN has currently 19 women's clubs to run for income generative skill program, saving and credit scheme, education and awareness, women's rights, health issues etc.
There are many local women who want to promote English language skills so that they have access to good career developing resources on the internet. Volunteers can help develop conversational skills as well as writing skills in English. Teaching English to young women gives them chance to explore authentic materials in the English language,plus most of the companies seek employees who have good English language skills. If these women learn English, it will help them get better jobs in the market. For this reason, learning English has been a greater need for the young school and college women.
VIN has been conducting different programmes in its working community. We have over 150 women participating in six literacy classes every year. Each class has been facilitated by two young women of the same community. One women’s programme expert monitors and supervises their works so that all women will learn better. The women also receive additional skills as such, women’s rights, women’s health, and income generative skills.
Once the women are literate, VIN provides skills-oriented training so that they can generate some income out of it. VIN provided training to 81 women in 2007 and they have been associated in 9 different groups. They have been trained in Livestock, incense making, candle making, dry food making etc. They have regular meetings and save some money every month in their saving-credit groups. VIN has trained 45 women this year in organic vegetable farming and in June 2008 has plans to train more women in sewing and knitting, chicken farming, livestock, vegetable gardening, and forage development.
All community people use a lot of artificial fertilizers and the agriculture products are not that healthy, so VIN aims to give first-hand experience of organic or other ecologically-sound growing methods to the women; help the organic movement which is labour intensive and does not rely on artificial fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides; give people a chance to meet, talk, learn and exchange views with others in the organic movement. Any interested national or international people with expertise in Organic farming can volunteer with us. VIN will be really indebted. You will be helping women learn how to do all of this!
VIN's third programme supporting women to be empowered in the same community is: conducting a health and environment awareness raising programme. For this, VIN has set up 15 nurseries in the same community to help the women to develop good forage. It is because the main income source for women is livestock. They have to carry the fodder from very far and have to spend a lot of time doing this.
Our Forage development programme in the community will help the women to save some time, as the grass will be available nearby, and they can use the local unused land . It will also help to improve the community environment by growing more trees.
So VIN invites all interested national and international volunteers to be part of our women’s development programmes. Come with expertise and help women learn or come with no expertise and learn together. Your small effort can make a big difference to women in the most marginalized communities!!! We do however request our volunteers to be flexible! It takes time for you to learn about the local women before you start your actual work and you need patience for that. Working in the community is not like a computer program which is preset; you click and it works. You will be working with women of a totally different culture and lifestyle. Your steps will work slowly but SURELY!
Volunteer with VIN in the women’s development programme, teach women to be literate, skilled and empowered. Let's help women to leavetheir homes and experience the outer world!
Roles of Volunteers:
- Teaching English
- Awareness raising activities
- Women's rights
- Health issues
- Life skills
- Income generative skills
- Help explore possible market for them
- Write small grants to fund their activities
- Work with women in the fields