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A brighter future – enabling persons with disabilities in remote mountain communities to exercise their rights(DMCDD006)

Project Detail:

Project Title:

A brighter future – enabling persons with disabilities in remote mountain communities to exercise their rights

Project Code:

NEP-DMCDD-006

Project’s total budget:

NPR. 8,660,247

Duration in months:

24 Months

Start and end date:

1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020

Location

Sarkegad Rural Municipality, Humla

Long-term impact

Persons with disabilities in Nepal are empowered and able to access their human rights

Specific Objective(s)

1. Persons with disabilities (PWDs) and their family members have improved capacities and knowledge to understand and access their rights
2. Rural municipality policies reflect an improved awareness and attitude towards disability inclusion by relevant stakeholders.
3. Local CSOs in Humla actively engage in advocacy activities promoting the rights of children/people with disabilities.
Outcome 1 Outcome indicator
1. Persons with disabilities (PWDs) and their family members have improved capacities and knowledge to understand and access their rights Increased registration of persons with disabilities at local level.
Increase in PWD/family members surveyed reporting participation in Community activities (community meetings etc).
Output (to outcome 1) Outcome indicator
1.1. Children & other unregistered PWDs are identified and referred to support services. Number of persons with a disability identified by HEAD and provided with information for further services/support
1.2. Persons with disabilities have improved skills for everday living/communication and are aware of their rights Number of persons with disabilities having received tailored training in skills for daily living (mobility, basic numeracy/ literacy and communication skills)
Number of Persons with disabilities demonstrating minimum awareness of rights
1.3. Groups for PWD/their families provide mutual support and advocacy at ward and RM level Number of functioning groups and networks providing mutual support and advocacy platform for PWD and their families
Output 2. Outcome indicator
2. Rural municipality policies reflect an improved awareness and attitude towards disability inclusion by relevant stakeholders. Number of RM with disability inclusive policies
Output (to outcome 2). Outcome indicator
2.1. Community members have positive attitude towards person with disabilities Increase in percentage of survey respondants demonstrating positive attitude towards persons with disabilities
2.2. Duty bearers (local government officials) trained in disability rights and inclusive policy formation. Increase in percentage of survey respondants demonstrating positive attitude towards persons with disabilities
Output 3. Outcome indicator
3. Local CSOs in Humla actively engage in advocacy activities promoting the rights of children/people with disabilities. Number of joint advocacy events by local CSOs for the rights of people with disabilities
Output (to outcome 3). Outcome indicator
3.1. Local CSOs including HEAD Nepal have increased capacity for systematic advocacy for the rights of persons with disabilities. Number of CSOs with advocacy plan
3.2. Local CSOs have increased organisational capacity and mainstream disability inclusion in their strategy, policy and programs Number of CSOs which have adapted policies to mainstream disabilty inclusion
Number of CSO staff/volunteers trained in project management, fundraising, reporting

Project Background:

Funded by Danish Mission Councel Development Department (DMCDD), the Himalayan Education And Development (HEAD Nepal) in partnership with Mission East is implementing the project “A Brighter Future – enabling persons with disabilities in remote mountain communities to exercise their rights” in all 8 wards of Sarkegad Rural Municipality (RM) of Humla district for two years, (January 2019 to December 2020). The overall objective of the project is to empower persons with disabilities in Nepal to access their human rights and the specific objectives are to improve capacities and knowledge persons with disabilities (PWDs) and their family members to understand and access their rights, rural municipality policies reflect an improved awareness and attitude towards disability inclusion by relevant stakeholders and local CSOs in Humla actively engage in advocacy activities promoting the rights of children/people with disabilities.


Major Activities Conducted Under the Porject:

Celebration of 28th International Day of Persons with Disabilities 3rd December 2019:

As 3rd December each year is marked as International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) and different activities are conducted in the same day all over the world, HEAD Nepal celebrated the day by conducting different programs in Humla district. In Simkot Rural Municipality (RM).a program was jointly organized by Simkot RM, HEAD Nepal and Sahara Samuha Humla. Short rally around the Simkot Bajer was organized. Starting from HEAD Nepal compound, it was ended in Sahara Samuha with the small formal program. In the program Chhitup Lama and Mohan Bdr B.K of HEAD Nepal shortly talked about the day and about the disability. In the meantime Simkot Rm distribute woolen hat and globes and other warm clothes to children residing in educational residential center of HEAD Nepal and Sahara Samuha. Other speakers of the program was the chairperson of Simkot RM. Padam B. Lama, District Administrative Officer, Binita Bhattrai, and the chief guest, the chief of district coordination committee, Dan B. Rawat.

The day was also organized in Sarkegad RM Mid part of Humla. In this RM the day was organized by HEAD Nepal with the technical support from Mission East, funded by DMCDD with coordination with Sarkegad RM. In Sarkegad as well rally was organized which was ended in the compound of Himjyoti Secondary school with a speech contest program. The topic of the contest was “future is accessible” which is the main theme of the day as well. In both RMs, a short live play was demonstrated which showed inaccessibility, difficulties and discriminatory service delivery from the duty bearers in a community leaving behind the persons with disabilities which also was a symbolic representation of excluding the minorities from the services/benefits by today’s service providers. This play also focused on accessibility of Information and infrastructure in terms of inclusion of PWDs. We from HEAD Nepal Family would like to thank all the supporters and their coordination to celebrate this day and making it a great success.


Three days Local CSOs Capacity Building Training on Project Management and Resource Mobilization:

HEAD Nepal conducted three days project management and resource mobilization training for local stakeholders. The training was organized by HEAD Nepal technically supported by Mission East. In the training from 5 local CSOs total 18 participants were attended. Training was mainly focus on project management, resource management, Proposal, report and case story/study writing. The training was facilitated by Rewati Raman Dhakal the consultant and Chhitup Lama, Executive Director of HEAD Nepal. The overall objectives of the training was to build the capacity of local CSOs on fund raising, resource mobilization and project management.

During the training period, contents like introduction of resource mobilization/fundraising, pre requisite for resource mobilization and key principles for it, donor motivations, brief project development and concept note development, donor relationship development, pitching, tools like problem tree, objectives tree, proposal writing, report writing and case study writing etc. are discussed and facilitated.


Project Advisory Committee Meeting and Social Audit:

Himalayan Education and Development (HEAD Nepal) in partnership with Mission East and coordination with Sarkegad RM organized the Rural Municipality Project Advisory Committee Meeting (RMPAC) and social audit program of the project A Brighter Future – Enabling Person with Disabilities in Remote Mountain Communities to Exercise their Rights. The Meeting was held on Friday 22nd Nov 2019 in Mandev's Hall, Sarkegad, Humla in chairpersonship of the Sarkegad RM Chairperson Mr. Krishna Rokaya. Entire meeting was facilitated by Tsering Palmu Lama, the Field Coordinator, Krishnadevi Budha and Yangya Bahadur Shahi, Community Facilitators of HEAD Nepal. The Chief RM Officer, Mr. Kuman Sing Dami was the chief guest and chairperson of all 8 wards of Sarkegad RM, stakeholders, media personnel and beneficiaries HHs representatives were present in the meeting. Inaugurating the program by the chief guest with reading the banner, the update of the project in terms of finance and program was presented among the participants and the floor was open for discussion suggestion and feedback. There was a good participation, 45 people from different sectors participated in the meeting. In general, the participants were happy about the project implementation and project progress status and budget up to October 2019. Thank you all local representatives, government authorities/officer, CSOs representatives, communities people, beneficiaries and all participants for your wonderful and remarkable words for HEAD Nepal and we hope bring a good change in the future in your community.


HEAD Nepal, Facilitating Civil Society District Alliance and holding local government transparent and accountable:

HEAD Nepal, facilitated to hold the Humla Civil Society alliance Meeting on the 31st October 2019 in Simikot Humla. More than 23 people from different civil society organizations (CSOs) attended the meeting. The decision of the last CSOs network meeting was reviewed and further discussion on urgent issues have been done. As per the meeting, the following decision are taken and actions are to be done:

  1. The RM level CSOs will be formed till 15th December 2019 in all 7 RMs in Humla.
  2. Humla Civil Society Network will write a letter to all 7 RMs of Humla to insure effective planning and implementation of the planned activities and conduct public hearing and social audit as per the provision set by the government to maintain transparency, accountability and good governance with local government.
  3. Considering the difficult and irregular air transportation between Simikot and Nepalgunj, Humla Civil Society will discussed with the relevant stakeholders and authorities to insure regular flight and solve the transportation problem.
  4. Humla Civil Society Network will conduct an interactive mid-term-review with the local, provincial and federal representatives and the time and dates will be finalized as per the convenient of relevant representatives.

As per the meeting, RM level CSOs alliance in Namkha, Sarkegad, Tanjakot and Adanchuli are already formed. Thanks all the civil society members for attending the meeting and adding a brick in developing a prosperous Humla for all Humli!!!


Advocacy Group/network Training for People with Disabilities:

Under the project A Brighter Future – enabling persons with disabilities in remote mountain communities to exercise their rights, HEAD Nepal has formed 8 advocacy groups with 11 people with disabilities in each groups in all 8 wards of Sarkegad RM in October 2019. Similarly, a RM level Network has been formed with the representatives from all 8 groups. These all advocacy groups and network will advocate for the rights of people with disabilities in local level. In November and December 2019, all together 3 days of group/network management and advocacy skill building training was provided to all the group and network members. The main objective of the training was to capacitate the members for effective advocacy. After the project exits, we expect that the groups and network themselves will continue working for themselves and their fellow people with disabilities rights and services in local level.


45 Days Sign Language Braille O&M and DLS Training for Staffs

From 5th of August 2019 HEAD Nepal is conducting 45 days Nepali Sign Language Training, Basic Braille Training and Orientation, Mobility and Daily Living Skills (DLS) under the project “A Brighter Future Enabling Persons with disabilities in remote mountain communities to exercise their rights” DMCDD006. In the training three field Staff of this DMCDD Project, Teacher and instructor of Mobile School, participant from Sahara Samuha Humla, Himali Baudhik Bahira Awasiya School and Balmandir Secondary School were included. The training will end on 20th of September 2019. The Training is technically supported by Mission East and Financially Supported By Danish Mission Council Development Department #DMCDD

मिति २०७६ साल श्रावण २० गते देखि हिमाली शिक्षा र विकास हेड नेपालले ४५ दिनको नेपाली साङ्केतिक भाषा, ब्रेल लिपि, अभिमुखिकरण र गमनशिलता र दैनिक कृयाकलाप सम्बन्धी तालिम “उज्वल भविष्यका लागि अपाङ्गता अधिकार” परियोजना अन्तरगत सञ्चालन गरिरहेको छ। तालिममा उक्त परियोजनाको तिन जना कर्मचारी, हेड घुम्गती विद्यालयका २ जना शिक्षक र यस बाहेक हिमाली बौद्धिक तथा बहिरा आवासीय विद्यालय, सहारा समुह, बालमन्दिर माध्यमिक विद्यालयका शिक्षकहरुलाई पनि सहभागी गराइएको छ। तालिम आश्विन ३ गते समाप्त हुनेछ। तालिम मिशन इष्टको प्राविधिक सहयोगमा सञ्चालन गरिएको हो।


World Sight Day Raising Awareness in Local Communities About the Important of Eye Sight:

HEAD Nepal in partnership with Mission East Nepal organized an awareness raising program on the occasion of the World Sight Day. The world sight day on Thursday, 10th October 2019 was celebrated on 29th September 2019 on Sarkegad RM organizing an inter- ward Deuda competition among people with disabilities about the important of eye-sight. Deuda is a typical local songs with a group dance in a circle. There were 7 teams of people with disabilities. The competition was started among the groups. Among the 7 participating groups, the group from Jaira Ward no. 1 held the 1st position, Saya group was the 2nd and Gothi group got the 3rd position. Similarly, Rodikot group got the 4th position. All the winner groups were awarded with certificate and some cash money. Finally the RM chairperson MR. Krishna Rokaya repeated his commitment to support HEAD Nepal and similar program and cooperate with HEAD. He believes that through the organization of such awareness raising activities, a positive changes in people mindset and attitude and gradually in behavior will come in the communities which helps to build an inclusive society for all.


One Day Orientation on Disability Rights and policy for Local Representatives, Authorities and Stakeholders:

On 28th September 2019, HEAD Nepal facilitated a Workshop/Orientation on disabilities rights, policy and provision in collaboration with Sarkegad Rural Municipality. The main objective of the workshop was to facilitate the local people, relevant stakeholders and RM representatives of Sarkegad RM about disabilities rights, policy and provision.

There were mainly four presentations, the first on Disability rights act 2074 by Yagyna Bahadur Shahi, a presentation on method of identifying people with disability, understanding people with disabilities and provision for Air-lines by Tsering Palmu lama. The orientation workshop was facilitated by Tsering Palmu Lama where the RM chairperson including all 8 ward chairperson, relevant stakeholder, member of RM, ward chairperson of disabilities and local people attended the orientation.


Apangata Kachahari in Sarkegad RM 8 Rahadev.

Apangata means ‘disability’ in Nepali, and Kachahari refers to a traditional forum of discussion about community issues. On the June 1st Apangata Kachahari was held at Sarkegad RM ward No. 8 Rahdev village. The Kachahari featured a panel discussion about disability related issues, particularly the services and opportunities for persons with disabilities in Sarkegad RM. The Kachahari discussion was conducted with RM representatives, persons with disabilities, and other marginalized communities such as single women, conflict affected families, and senior citizens. The Kachahari panelists were Sarkegad RM Chairperson Mr. Krishna Rokaya, Vice Chairperson Joshi Dhami, Dr. Nabin Rokaya from District Hospital, District Coordination Committee Member Laxmi Budha, and Ward Chairperson Tyare Rokaya. The discussion focused on current programs and activities for persons with disabilities in Sarkegad RM, and what interventions, services, and opportunities are planned for the future. More than 130 attended the Kachahari including local persons with disabilities. The Kachahari was organized by HEAD Nepal under the project “A Brighter Future: Enabling persons with disabilities in remote mountain communities to exercise their rights” DMCDD006. The Kachahari was facilitated by Chhitup Lama, Founding Executive Director of HEAD Nepal.


Disability Screening, Identification and Card Distribution Mobile Camp

Disability Screening, Identification and Card Distribution Mobile Camp: HEAD Nepal conducted disability screening, identification, and card distribution mobile camps in Sarkegad RM of Humla district. Hosted by the Sarkegad RM, right after establishing the new card distribution mechanism, the camps were jointly supported by HEAD Nepal and Mission East Nepal. From May 26th to June 4th, camp was conducted in all eight wards of Sarkegad RM registering 374 persons with disabilities.

HEAD Nepal conducted disability screening, identification, and card distribution mobile camps in three RMs: Chankheli, Simkot, and Sarkegad of Humla district. Hosted by the respective RMs, the camps were jointly supported by HEAD Nepal and Mission East Nepal under the project “Children and Hunger” DR002 and “A Brighter Future: Enabling persons with disabilities in remote mountain communities to exercise their rights” DMCDD006. From April 23rd to 25th, camp was conducted in Piplang for Chankheli RM and 260 persons with disabilities were screened and identified. From April 25th to 28th, camp was conducted in Thehe and Syanda for Simkot RM ward numbers 1, 2 and 8 and 138 persons with disabilities benefited. From April 26th to May 4th, camp was conducted in all eight wards of Sarkegad RM registering 374 persons with disabilities. Thanks to all RMs for their effective coordination and help during the camps.


New Policy Workshop: Disability card distribution framework in Chankheli and Sarkegad RMs

HEAD Nepal facilitated a one-day orientation workshop on the new disability identity card distribution framework. The workshop was organized by Chankheli and Sarkegad RMs, and technically and financially supported by HEAD Nepal. On April 18th, the workshop was conducted in Piplang of Chankheli RM and on 25th May in Saya of Sarkegad RM. At both workshops, all members from the card distribution coordination committee, ward chairpersons, relevant officers, and authorities participated. The workshop was primarily focused on how to distribute identity card to persons with disabilities. Participants were informed about ten types of disabilities defined by the government of Nepal: nature of the disability and four types of disabilities based on severity. Attendees also learned about the basic methods for screening and identifying persons with a disability. Participants were provided detailed information about proper implementation of the disability card distribution framework and provisions of the coordination committee. With this workshop in both RMs, the new system of disability identity card distribution per government guidelines is now functional.


Induction of the Project DMCDD-006

On May 25th, HEAD Nepal conducted the project induction workshop of “A Brighter Future: Enabling persons with disabilities in remote mountain communities to exercise their rights” DMCDD006. The purpose of the initial meeting was to introduce the project to the Sarkegad RM representatives and authorities. HEAD Nepal is implementing the two year project in coordination with Sarkegad RM, with technical support from Mission East, and funding from Danish Mission Council Development Department (DMCDD). The project will be implemented in all wards of Sarkegad RM to enable persons with disabilities and their family members to exercise their rights, advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities, and to build capacity of local CSOs in disability advocacy and developing disability inclusive policy in Sarkegad RM.


Coordination Meeting with Representatives of Sarkegad RM

On May 8th and 12th, HEAD Nepal conducted coordination meetings with the chairperson and chief administrative officer of Sarkegad RM at the Sarkegad RM contact office in Simkot. The discussion was focused on coordinating various activities within the RMs of the new project DMCDD006 "A Brighter Future- Enabling Persons with disabilities in remote mountain communities to exercise their rights". Discussed were topics including program implementation, utilization of primary data for disability household mapping, beneficiary selection, disability screening camps, and selection of scholarships winners. The meeting resulted in a great start of the activities for new project!


Beneficiaries Household Mapping

Disability Survey to identify persons with disabilities: In March the tool (Questionaire) for Survey for identification of PWD was prepared finalized, and one day oreintation to 3 field staffs on disability identification survey was conducted in the first week of April. The survey was conducted from 5th to 18th April and data entry was done from 19-30 April and completed and shared to Mission East. As the beneficiaries survey result is much higher (477) than the project planned number (349), it is decided that the final beneficiaries will be selected only after the disability screening camp.


A Brighter Future: Enabling Persons with Disabilities

We are pleased to share with our readers about a new partnership with Mission East Nepal entitled “A Brighter Future: Enabling persons with disabilities in remote mountain communities to access their rights”. Running from January 2019 through December 2020, HEAD Nepal in coordination with Sarkegad Rural Municipality of Humla district is implementing the project with technical support from Mission East. The project is financially supported through the generosity of the Danish Mission Council Development Department (DMCDD).

Organized by Mission East, the project inception workshop was held on March 11th and 12th in Surkhet, the capital of Karnali province. Participants included KIRDAC; WWS representatives; five Head Nepal staff members including Executive Director Chhitup Lama and Finance Officer Chhomu Lama; as well as three community facilitators Tsering Palmu Lama, Krishna Devi Budha, and Yagyna Bahadur Shahi. Facilitating the event were three representatives from Mission East, Program Managers for Nepal and Myanmar, Alex Ramos Pena, Finance/HR Manager Sajana Shakya Amatya, and Program Officer Rishi Adhikari. All project preparations were completed in the first quarter, and we are ready to implement the planned activities: to assist about 300 households learn how to advocate for their rights in Sarkegad Rural Municipality of Humla district.