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VIN Program Updates May-Jun,2012

2012-07-31

These past two months have been a very successful too! VIN, once again would like to credit all of its volunteers, local and international, as well as its sponsors for this ongoing success. The following list some of the highlight achievements of May and June 2012:

  • Progressed with the decision to focus on the structure of proposal writing that should be submitted to the collection center of funds in Jitpur.
  • Accomplished Basic Livestock management training as well as sewing/cutting training for the women of Jitpurphedi, to provide a marketable skill and alternate source of income.
  • Taught the women of Jitpur, Micro enterprise management training. The instruction on basic business and accounting skills was well received by the local women.
  • Taught the parents about child rights
  • Sustained the sponsorship of multiple children in various local schools.
  • Distributed crucial sponsorship material to school children. 
  • Continued the facilitation of health camps and health posts, conducting basic services on fundamental healthcare.

Microcredit System

Microcredit System
VIN has been working towards making the women of the village self sufficient. In the past months, staff members and volunteers have been supporting VIN set up microcredit system within the rural communities, where the women may pool all of their savings and funds, and then subsequently each take out loans and pay interest, which in the long run will increase the value of the collective pool. VIN has also begun to work on the empowering of selected board members, in order to ensure that the women are meeting regularly and discussing various central issues such as, the requesting of chemical fertilizers and other main goods needed to be purchased with loaned out shares of money. There has also been a lot of discussion on the allocation of funds.
 

Livestock Management

Livestock Management
One very important source of income in the rural areas is income from Livestock Farming. In June, VIN held a three day “Basic Livestock Management Training” program for the women. This program dealt with instruction on how to feed and breed the livestock as well as the practicalities of human animal health management (the avoiding of parasites.) In addition to this was the teaching of shed management (how to control factors within the livestock environment in order to ensure proper sanitation,) and the fundamental message of “Sustained livestock is income, therefore, livelihood!”
 

Alternative Marketable Skills

Although sewing and cutting may often be viewed as ordinary skills, of little value, for rural village women  the two are marketable skills and a helpful alternative source of income when all else fails. VIN has created incentive for the women by honoring them with qualification certificates after the completion of various courses, whether they are basic or advanced. After participating in these courses, many women have decided to utilize their newly acquired skills in tailoring shops that they are planning to set up in their local areas. VIN would like to continue with these sewing workshops for the women as it views the women’s plans for future business ventures as a success in the empowerment process.
 

Creative Thinking and Microenterprise Management Training

VIN has been working on teaching the women basic business skills. Components such as accounting of basic profit and loss, recording of transactions, and marketing strategies have been central in the teachings. In addition to this vital figures knowledge, VIN also values creative thinking. Entrepreneurs are successful when they are able to think and problem-solve in a critical, innovative manner. By encouraging new ways of thinking and the implementation of new ideas, VIN is in some sense, planting the seed of entrepreneurship within every woman in the program.
 

Awareness On Women’s Rights

VIN’s mission to educate the local women has been very successful in the past two months. The women have gained awareness on various issues such as equality, the right to vote, what a balanced relationship in a marriage should be, religious rights, and the opportunity to lead, which should be seized. The women have indicated a great deal of interest in their respective rights.
 

Children’s Club Training, Formation, Management

VIN originally created the children clubs in order to encourage the development of the children’s various raw skills, refining them through practice and an extracurricular type of setting. In these past two months VIN worked on training the teachers that facilitate these clubs, through workshops that enhanced the educators’ communicative and organizational skills. This, we believe did make the teachers’ interactions with the children, more effective and helped run the clubs in a more smooth manner.  In addition to this, VIN worked on creating a more comprehensive connection between the many children clubs. The organization accomplished this by electing leaders from each club and then bringing those leaders together, to make a greater collective club, representative of the whole.
 

ECD Operations

Often, one large barrier of a functional Early Childhood Development Center can be the parents of the children. For the parents in Mahadevstan, Panchmane, Saraswoti, Kalikasaran, Jitpur, Tarkeshwor, where there are VIN established ECDs set up, the only thing that is considered progress for their children, in school, is a measure of reading or writing. Through the Parents orientations set up by VIN, in the last few months, Parents have been successfully educated on the importance of the early years in a child’s life, how to treat their offspring and be good role models, and most importantly how to assess the wellbeing/development of their child in a more balanced manner, factoring in not only reading and writing, or scores, but also mental welfare and ability to problem solve, lead, and create. Along with these parent orientations, VIN has also been putting together meetings for ECD teachers, twice a month, where the teachers and VIN staff may discuss current problems and solutions, as well as allocation of resources. These meetings also serve as a time for the teachers to give feedback on the development of the children. This has been very successful as it has kept all parties, including VIN, updated and active. So far, a recorded 194 children have been entered into VIN established ECDs.
 

Child Rights

VIN believes that child rights are an integral part to a working society. In the past few months, several open discussions on the issue of child labor have been set up by VIN staff. In these discussions parents have been very enthusiastically involved, suggesting ways in which they themselves may protect their children.
 

Continual Support of Schools

VIN has continued to support around 51 children within both schools and orphanages providing them with various needed resources, and recently arranged for a special sponsorship materials distribution for those 51. A Countless number of students, in addition to the 51, within the VIN establishments have greatly benefited from all facilities.
 

Health Camps at Schools

In the last two months VIN has advanced with its quest to raise awareness within young children at schools and treat them through workshops called health camps. VIN has managed to extend its services to schools such as Kalika Sharan in Tinpipple, Kathmandu Vidya Mandhir in Mahankal, Nagarjun School in Thulagaon, and Mahadevsthan primary School in Dadagaun. The doctors sent by VIN to conduct regular checkups at these schools have found everything from diarrhea, the worm, acid pepsin disorder, tonsillitis, dermatitis to the common cold, hepatitis, Gastroenteritis, Allergic Rhinitis, Respiratory tract infection, conjunctivitis and many more. VIN has been able to provide these children with a basic form of treatment through medicine and professional advice, which has made a huge difference to a majority of their lives. As an organization dedicated to the betterment of society and the social wellbeing of a people, VIN plans to continue supporting and setting up these health camps in local schools.
 

Health Posts for the Larger Community

The health posts provided by VIN are health-oriented centers in communal areas of many rural areas that pertain to the greater wellbeing of the community at large. The first of the health posts set up by VIN, in Jitpur, receives the quality service of a VIN Medical team. They have been successful in helping hundreds of locals through common illnesses in the past months. May and June are no exception.
 

Toilet Construction

Having built a total of 95 household toilets until now, VIN plans to continue on this project for the social good, in collaboration with the Village Development Committee of Jitpur who have now granted the organization, Nepali Rupees 50,000. This sum of money can now fund the construction of an additional 10 to 15 toilets.
 

2069 Plan Sharing

In May of 2012 VIN staff put together a joint meeting, inviting a large number of the locals participating in the community development programs and officials from the VDC office. This conference was held in order to adjust the techniques being used by VIN to properly achieve annual goals and to ensure that VIN is actually addressing the needs of the community. Despite there being a lack of an adequate amount of VDC representatives, the meeting still went fairly well, with the ongoing contribution to discussion and suggestion from the local people. In June, VIN decided to set up another meeting at its main headquarter office in Balaju. VIN’s main purpose was to meet with the government bodies responsible for sanitation, drinking water, health, land conservation, and livestock to discuss the prospect of joining forces to achieve a common goal. Although, yet again, there seemed to be a less than expected number of government sector representatives, VIN has acknowledged that this initiative in itself is a bright start.
 

Okhaldhunga Baseline Study

In the last months VIN has been looking towards setting up  a support system in another rural area, Okhaldhunga. The VDCs of Taluwa, Bhaudaure & Thulachhap in Okhaldhunga have been the main providers of information to VIN local volunteers of whom there are 28. The volunteers are collecting information about the general status of women in the area, their level of education, childrens development, and the level of healthcare. The collection of surveys from the area and the setting up of a database of that information provided has brought VIN one step closer to understanding the situation of Okhaldhunga and accordingly, in the future, will help VIN successfully address the locals’ problems  and allocate resources efficiently.
 

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