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ncluding Children with Disability in child friendly local governance: One day interaction program
On 27th of December 2014, Himalayan Education and Development HEAD NEPAL conducted a district level interaction program to promote the inclusion of the children with disability in child friendly local governance (CFLG) collaborating to National Federation of Disability Nepal NFDN and financial support of UNICEF.
23rdInternational day of persons with disability:
the International Day of Persons with Disabilities this year was jointly organized by Himalayan Education and Development (HEAD NEPAL) and District Women and Children Office Humla with the international theame: “sustainable development, the promise of technology”.. District development Committee Humla, Women and Children Office and Head Nepal financially supported the program and Sahara Group Humla participated in the rally and rest of the programs.
Meeting between The Children at Head Vision Home and the children of Przedszkola Chatka Puchatka kindergarten:
On 21st of November the children at Head Vision Home had a wonderful meeting with the children in Kindergarten of preschool Przedszkola Chatka Puchatka in Kwidzyn Poland, where they share their experiences to each other like which food do they like most, how do they get to the school by car, by bus orfoot. In this meeting our 22 children got to know how the life style of polish children is and also the pre-school education in Poland. The polish 12 children also got to know the difference between the Developed city and remote village. They share each other regular routine. We have seen the joyfulness in both side of the children. The meeting was conducted in Skype video call and the call coordinate by our executive Director Mr Chhitup Lama from HEAD NEPAL side and Tomasz Kozakeiwis from the kindergarten side. After this on line meeting the children in the kindergarten are going to send some post card for the children at Head Vision Home and the children here collectively wrote a letter to the Polish children.
The first 4 months monitoring and observation of Head Projects in the fiscal year 2071-2072:
On 19th of Kartik 2071 (05-11-2014), Head Nepal organized the 1st four months monitoring and evaluation program of fiscal year 2071-72 by the top government authorities and officers of Humla such as Mr. Krishna B. Katwal, the Chief District Officer (CDO), Mr. Krishna B. Kunwar, District Senior Police (DSP), Mr. Tham Narayan Sarma, Assistant Local Development Officer, Mr. Barkha, Chabichandra, and Mun, officers from District Education, and Mrs. Bishnu Kumari Acharya and Mr. Kungasandup Lama, officers from Women and Children Office Humla. At 4 o’clock in the afternoon on Wednesday 5th of Nov 2014, we invited all these government officers to the office of head Nepal in Simikot 3 Humla. Government officers distributing Warm clothesIn the beginning, Mr. Chhitup Lama guided the team of government authorities/officers to the site of newly built green-house nearby the office building. Mr. Lama further explained the purpose of the green-house that is to insure the up-season vegetables asnd green-leaves for the children with visual impairment at head Vision Home. The team specially the CDO found the green-house innovative and well made and strongly constructed
Completion of Construction of a Green House for the Children with Visual Impairment:
To ensure organic, healthy and enough vegetables and green-leaves for the children with visual impairment residing at Head Vision Home even in winter season and throughout the year, Head Nepal just completed the construction of a green-house with 50 Feet length and 15 feets width. The ISIS/IC Foundation Simikot supported for the construction and Mr. Chhitup Lama, the founder of Head Nepal provided a piece of land near by the center for free for five years. The main purpose of this project is to make sure that the children and the people in the hostel get fresh, healthy and enough vegetables/green-leaves which has social value at the first place. Secondly we believe that the project also has commercial significance that if the greenhouse could grow more vegetables than what is required in the hostel, they will be sold in the local market and it will outstandingly help to generate income for the organization which will be used to manage/develop the home facilities. Moreover the children at the Head Vision Home will be engaged in the process of growing vegetables/working in the greenhouse and they will be trained and developed the knowledge/skill in seeding, watering/irrigating, fertilizing, plantation etc. We are very grateful to the ISIS/IC Foundation not only for financial support in constructing the green-house but their constant technical assistants in managing green-house and growing vegetables/greenleaves. A lot of Thanks to the foundation and all members/staffs for their great support on behalf of Head Nepal and the children with visual impairment.
Four of the Children At Head Vision Home Participated in the Speech Competition in Radio Karnali Aawaj's Studio:
On the occasion of national children day 2071 on 27th of September 2014, four children from Head Vision Home, Gorasingh, Laxmi, Gahugora and Sures participated in the speech competition held in the studio of Radio Karnali Aawaj among the children with disability in Humla district. The competition was jointly organized by the District Children Welfare Board, The Himalayan Innovative Society, Good Neighbors Humla and Radio Karnali Aawaj.
The Ten Day Workshop on Tactile Graphics, Diagrams And English Lesson By Boguslaw Marek Ph.D
The HEAD Vision Home always wants that our children should be good and active at all kinds of activities. To achieve that goal we are very happy to introduce our children with Prof. Boguslaw Marek Ph.D. for the second time in Simikot Humla from 2nd to 11th of August 2014 to conduct workshop in tactile graphics, diagrams and math for blind students. He is a good man with increasable knowledge, with amazing potential and innovative minded as well. More important thing is that he wants to share and teach his knowledge with our teacher and students in such rural area like Humla. He was in Head Nepal in February 2014 for 5 days workshop with teachers and the students with visual impairment. For these ten days he had a series of classes/lesson for the teachers and students in "Tactile Graphic, diagrams, math" for blind and partially sighted students which is not only new in Nepal, but it is also a unique thing in other parts of the world.
Establishment of The Head Mini Braille Library in Simikot Humla:
Humla lies in the north-western corner of Nepal. The services and facilities for the persons with disability in the district are very limited. In this circumstance Head Nepal is the pioneering organization working for the persons with disabilities. Through the special education support, Head Nepal established The Head Mini Braille Library in Head Vision Home in Simikot in July 2014. It is the first and only one Braille library not only in Humla district but in Karnali as well and probably in the entire western part of Nepal. The library is principally meant to be for the students with visual impairment studying in Head Vision Home but in the same time all interested blind people who have easy access to Simikot can get benefited out of this library. There are all together 750 Braille books with different disciplines in Nepali and English languages which include class subject related books, magazines, novels, short stories, children books, grammar and composition, tactile books etc.
Report on the Workshop Entitled: Disability, the Condition of Persons with Disability, the Policies, Provisions, Guide-lines, Plan Made Available for such people and enforcement and implementation of the policies and provisions in Local and National Level
As Head Nepal has been working in Humla since 2011 in the field of people with disability, especially in empowerment, skill development, vocational training, education, awareness raising/sensitization, for persons with disabilities through series of activities and programs, on Thursday 29th of May 2014 Head Nepal in collaboration with District Women and Children Office Humla organized a day intensive workshop on what is disability? How disability is viewed in society? the condition of persons with disabilities in Humla/Nepal, the policies and provisions that are made available for such people and status of enforcement and implementation of those policies in local and national level.
Celebration of Nepali New Year 2071 in Head Vision Home in Simikot Humla:
First of all, we entire Head Nepal family including all children with visual impairment wish all the friends, well wishers and supporters very wonderful and happy new year 2071! In the Nepali calendar we are already in the year 2071. Every year on the 14th of April and according to Nepali calendar the 1st of Baishakh is the New Year for all Nepalese people. On this day, all the organizations, institutes and schools remain closed. The way of celebration of the New Year differs one part from another in entire country. However, each family tries their best to enjoy as much as possible and try to make themselves as comfort as possible depending on their economical status.
Three Months Tailoring Training for 14 people including 4 people with Disability:
The HEAD Skill Development Center, a project by Head Nepal together with Cottage Industry Development Committee Humla has started three months tailoring (dress making/fashion design) training from 4th of April 2014 in Simikot. As the target group of this training are the most marginalized and vulnerable group of Humli community such as women, Dalit, Ethnic group and people with disability, altogether there are 14 trainees selected and among them 4 are people with disability.
A Series of Workshops for Government Teachers, Sighted Students and Students with Visual Impairment:
The Head Skill Development Center collaborating with Hungry Fingers Poland and WWS/Mission East Nepal organized 5 days different workshops entitled “Innovative Resources in Inclusive Education of Learners with Visual Impairment” in Simikot from the 20th to 24th of February 2014. During the workshop, different three target groups, 31 teachers, 43 sighted children and 19 students with visual impairment were benefited. The entire workshop was facilitated by Mr. Prof. Boguslaw Marek Ph.D. OBE, The John Paul Catholic University of Lublin, Poland and who is the representative of Hungry Finger as well. The Head Staffs, Chhitup, Resham and Lokraj and WWS’s representative Gurmu Lama also help during the sessions.
Herman's Visit to Head Nepal Simikot 2013:
Mr. Herman from Holland, representing YAK Foundation, one of our supporters/partner organizations, visited Head Nepal for the second time from 3rd to 10th of October 2013. As Head Nepal and YAK Foundation already have set up a common goal that is to support the blind and partially sighted children in Humla district with educational development by creating an adequate learning environment, Herman with his friend, Peter visited Head Nepal/Simikot/Humla in April 2012 for the first time in order to understand the real life circumstances of people of Humla in general and lives of children with visual impairment in particular.
Celebration of National Children Day 2070:
The national children's day 2070 has been celebrated on Saturday 29th Bhadra by organizing various events and programs all over Nepal. On the occasion of the day, all the government and non-governmental organizations working for children in Humla district organized an event in Balmandir Secondary School in district headquarter Simikot.
The Inaugural Ceremony of ICT based Computer training:
The first and only especial ICT based computer training for visually impaired students has been launched by Head Nepal in Simikot Humla. The training was formally inaugurated on 26th of August 2013 in an especial ceremony organized by Head Nepal.
Celebration of Teacher's Day 2070 at Head Vision Home:
In many countries, Teachers' Days (or Teachers Day) are intended to be special days for the appreciation of teachers and may include celebrations to honour them for their special contributions in a particular field area, or the community in general. The date on which Teachers' day is celebrated varies from country to country. Teachers' days are distinct from World Teachers' Day which is officially celebrated across the world on October 5.
Head Children have been awarded in the occasion of First Anniversary of radio karnali Aawaj:
All the children with visual impairment in Head Vision Home including the instructor and executive director attended the first anniversary of one of the community radio, (Radio Karnali Aawaj FM 94.2 M.H. in Simikot in 1st of Ashard 2070 (15th June 2013). The entire Head family was officially invited in that especial occasion by the organizer team.
Chicken Keeping Training and Distribution Program for Persons with Disability
On Saturday 1st of June 2013, one day training on chicken keeping has been successfully organized for different kind of people with disabilities in Dandaphaya VDC ward No. 8 in Dharapori village. The program was organized and implemented by Head Nepal and financially supported by the Women and Children Office Simikot under the government's annual program, community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) for people with disability.
he local government Authorities visited Head Nepal and the children with visual impairment:
On the especial occasion of republic day on 30th of May 2013, a team of local government authorities let by the Chief District Officer, (CDO) Mr. Bijaya Narayan Manandar visited Head Nepal and the children with visual impairment who are residing at Head nepal hostel in Simikot. The other members in the team are Local Development Officer (LDO), Mr. Naresh Prasad Dhakal, District Education Officer, Mr. Kul Bahadur Fadera, Women and Children Officers respectively Mrs. Bishnu Kumari Acharya and Mr. Kungasandup Lama and all of their assistants.
Head Children participated in the Inaugural Occasion of the 1st Presidential Running medal 2070:
he 1st Presidential Running Medal (Rashtrapati Running Sheeld) in Hummla based on competition in various sports among the secondary level students from 14 schools in Humla has been over in Simikot. The inaugural program was held on 26th of May 2013 in Simikot.
Basic Need Support Service for People With Disabilities in Kholsi
The 3 days program, Basic Needs Support Service has been successfully organized for all kind of people with disabilities in Kholsi village from the 7th to 9th of November 2012. The program was organized and implemented by Head Nepal and financially supported by the ISIS Foundation Simikot. Over 65 people with disabilities were benefited with 3 days training on awareness raising, basic health/sanitation and daily living skills.
Setting Up a Hostel (Head Blind School) for the Blind and Partially Sighted Children:
Head Nepal has recently established a residential training center in the district headquarter, Simikot, from the 14th of May 2012. Right now the hostel is sermmm ving 12 blind and partially sighted children from the different villages of Humla.
Plan to construct a school building with adjacent home facilities for the blind children in Humla:
As Head Nepal and Yak Foundation set a common goal that is to construct a blind school with adjacent home facilities in Simikot, two encouraging, motivated and committed people from Holland, Mr. Herman, the chair man of Yak Foundation and Mr. Peter, from Milsky Creative Events in Holland visited Head Nepal and Simikot, the district headquarter of Humla from the 26th March to the 2nd April 2012 especially for the preparation and construction of a school building including adjacent home facilities on a specific location in Simikot.
Filming at Head Nepal:
A filming crew from August Picture T.V. Production House Singapore visited HEAD Nepal from 9th to 12th of November 2011. The main purpose of the crew was to make a film/documentary about the recently running project, the Head Mobile Blind School. The crew consists of four members, the host, the director, an assistance director and camera man. With the arrival of the group at the Simikot airport in the morning of 9th of Nov, HEAD Nepal volunteers and staff including the founder welcomed them with a white scarf, locally called Khata, being put around each of their necks. After having had breakfast and rest for sometime at the hotel, the crew started filming at HEAD Nepal's main central office where the instructor of the Head Mobile Blind School was taking class with 7 children who are visually impaired. The founder/executive director, Chhitup Lama explained about the organization and all the activities of the Head Mobile Blind School. The filming crew filmed how we conduct the classes and how we use the special materials/equipments as well for conducting the class. In addition to it, on the same day, they also filmed at the rented house of Harimaya, a 15 years-old visually impaired girl who is also one of the students in the unit 5 of the Head Mobile Blind School. There the household works and performance of daily living activities for a visually impaired girl were the main interest of filming for the crew. In the same evening, the crew was headed to a house of a 5 years-old partially sighted child called Helen Jethara where they filmed about how we teach very small children with visual impairment performing daily living skills such as brushing teeth, washing, wearing clothes, etc. The founder and the instructor of the HEAD Nepal guided the crew along the way to the village.
Eye Camp at Simikot
HEAD Nepal also actively participated in an eye camp especially for children below 15 years at the district headquarter, Simikot, organized by Nepal Bal Akha Upachar Kendra and B.P. Eye Center from 27-29 of May 2011. Most of our children from the Head Mobile Blind School attended the eye camp to have their eyes checked. Our two staff members helped there in managing the crowd, preparing the list of the children, counseling the parents of blind and partially sighted children etc. We also had a wonderful opportunity to interact with the ophtalmologists Dr. Madan Upadhaya and Dr. Sunita Shrestha who were involved in the event. We explained our concept of the Mobile Blind School and talked about the work with visually impaired children and the need for special education in Humla.