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Sign Language class by Sign Language Consultant Krishna Gajurel in HEAD Nepal visit from ministry of Social Development

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

Sign Language class by Sign Language Consultant Krishna Gajurel in HEAD Nepal 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।

Hand Overing Terms of Refrence to Sign Language Consultant Krishna Gajurel by Chairperson Namgyal Tamang O&M Class for Staffs

Support of Churches

Lokraj Shahi handing over Curches to Lalsara Rokaya Lalsara Rokaya after receiving Curches

We are very happy to provide pair of churches to Lalsara Rokaya Physically impaired girl from Sarkegad 6 Barai, currently residing in HEAD Enable Home Educational residential center for physically impaired children. The churches were supported by National Association of Physical Disabled NAPD Jawalakhel Kathmandu. So we must say thanks to NAPD. We also would like to say thanks to Sabtree Shrestha for coordinating with NAPD for getting the churches to Lalsara. Thanks for your continuous effort. We hope that it will increase her mobility much more.

Celebration of Teacher’s Day

Group Photos in Teacher Day 2019

On Tuesday 16th July 2019 children of HEAD Vision and Enable Home organize Teacher day (Guru Purnima) special program to honor their teacher. They organize this program every year since the beginning of HEAD Nepal and not only our children same day in almost all school around Nepal and India children honored their teacher for sharing their wisdom and knowledge to them.

Guru Purnima is a spiritual tradition in Hindu culture dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers, who are evolved or enlightened humans, ready to share their wisdom, with very little or no monetary expectation. It is celebrated as a festival in Nepal, India and Bhutan by the Hindus, Jains and Buddhists. This festival is traditionally observed by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains to revere their chosen teachers and express their gratitude. The festival is celebrated on the full moon day (Purnima) in the Hindu month of Ashadha (June–July) as it is known in the Hindu calendar of India and Nepal.

So Children residing in HEAD Nepal honored all available working staffs as their teacher and celebrate the day on their own style. First they offer white scarf to all and begin the process of honoring them. Afterward they presented some food and gift as well to all and end the day with dancing with happy mood and smile on their face always.

Visit from Inclusive Education Section, Department of Education

Simkot Airport in Background Chhitup Lama, Narad Dhamala and Rajendra Tiwari

Educational Center of HEAD Nepal: HEAD Vision Home and HEAD Enable Home is observed and monitored by Section Officer Narad Dhamala and Rajendra Upretion 6th July 2019. The main purpose their visit is to closely observe and monitor the quality of facilities and services which is provided by the management of HEAD Nepal to visually and physically impaired children residing in the center. After their visit, observation and monitoring they were very happy to see such a facility with good quality in the remote corner of Nepal and suggest us to keep on going for such wonderful work, that excite us to keep our spirit on the same kind of work in the future.

Welcoming our New Specialized Teacher

Welcoming of Mohan Bahadur B.K Special Teacher of head Nepal

On 30th of June 2019, we are pleased to welcome our new specialized teacher, Mr Mohan Bahadur B.K. to HEAD Nepal, Simikot, Humla. Mohan will be teaching with Braille, Computer skill, and English Language to the students with visual impairment and physical disabilities residing at Head Vision Home and Head Enable Home. Mohan will be serving for children with disabilities with HEAD Nepal for next two years. He also will work as a consultant for Braille, mobility, and daily livig skills for the project A Brighter Future – enabling persons with disabilities in remote mountain communities to exercise their rights. Once again welcome Mohan to HEAD Nepal and wish you all the best for a wonderful performance and successful terms!

Social Welfare Council Government of Nepal Visiting HEAD Nepal

Indipendant Project Evaluation Team from Social Welfare council for children and hunger DR002 Project Meeting between ED Chhitup Lama and Project Evaluation Team Santosh Regmi, Santosh Paudel and Singha Bahadur Khadka

An independent team of Social Welfare Councel (SWC) government of Nepal consisting of three members, Mr. Singha Bahadur Khadka, Nutrition Expert and the team leader, Santosh Regmi, Chatter Accountant, and Mr. Santosh Paudel, Agro-economy Expert visited HEAD Nepal from 27th June to 1st July 2019. The mmain objective of the visit is to carry out the final evaluation of the recently completed project Nutrition Improvement Program for Marginalized Children in Simkot and Chankheli RM of Humla district. The team visited Syanda and Thehe villages of Simkot Rural Municipality to observe the impact of the project and conducted meeting with HEAD team at Simkot office. Additionally, the team monitored the residential educational centers for children with visual and physical disabilities, Head Vision Home and Head Enable Home at Simikot. They provided their remarkable suggestion to expand our services to more needed children in remote mountain villages of Nepal and committed to share the wonderful works of HEAD Nepal in their network. We thank you all the team members for visiting us and appreciate your wonderful words for our works.

Laxmi Wins Second Place in Speech Contest about Violence Against Woman

head images/Laxmi Shahi receiving prize from Basanta Rokaya after getting second position in Violance Against women speech contest

Organized by Community Police Humla at the Mansarowar Higher Secondary School, on June 23rd Laxmi Shahi participated in a speech contest entitled “Violence Against Woman”. Fourteen students from different secondary schools around Simkot RM participated in the competition. Representatives from Balmandir Secondary School and HEAD Vision Home watched Laxmi succeed in achieving second place in the contest and receive her prize from the chief guest Mr. Padam B. Lama, Chairperson of Simkot RM. Congratulations Laxmi for this wonderful achievement. We are so proud of your great presentation and talent, and we wish you all the best for your future!

Authorized Drone Operation for the First Time in Simkot

Arial View of Thehe Village

Drones (unmanned, camera-equipped, aerial vehicles) are commonly used today in photography and videography, primarily to document terrain from a birds-eye view. As the use of drones rapidly increases, there are necessary legal considerations as their use can violate the privacy of communities and special places. In some areas, drone use is legal, but permission is required. For the first time, with the help of Mission East Communication Team, HEAD Nepal used a drone to capture the amazing landscape of Thehe Village with permissions from the Civil Aviation Authority, Simkot Rural Municipality, District Administrative Office, and District Police Office. The drone captured areas of Thehe village documenting its amazing structure and beautiful landscape. Although it was hectic to follow all the Nepalese bureaucratic processes to obtain a permit, in the end it was great achievement; to successfully carry out our mission and obtain drone footage with no tension or worries.

Gahugori and Surasa Guiding the Mission East Communication Team to Thehe Village

Communication Team Michael and Ujwal Amatya with other staff of Head Nepal before travelling to Thehe Village

On June 18th, visually impaired student Gahugori Bohora, and physically disabled student Surasa Bohora guided the Mission East Communication Officer Michael Smeeth, Ujjwal Amattya, Chhitup Lama, and Lokraj Shahi of HEAD Nepal from Simikot to Thehe village. The team was in Humla for a week to obtain photos, videos, beneficiary interviews, case studies, and fundraising stories in support of future projects. As we always insure meaningful participation by our children in all activities, students Gahugora and Surasa from Thehe village assisted not only by guiding the team to the village, but also helping with accommodations and guiding the team around the village. As Thehe village residents are aware of disability issues in the village, they assisted in selecting appropriate cases for interviews. While visiting May 16th to 22nd, Mission East’s Michael and Ujjwal began filming a documentary to highlight the situation of people with disabilities in Nepal and Europe. We are grateful to have the story of Surasa and Gahugori included in the film, and we will soon share the stories with our supporters upon completion of the project.

Children’s Performances

Children of HEAD Nepal showing their dance in the program organized by Radio Karnali Awaj on their 7th Annual Anyversary

Performances of dancing, singing, plays, and street dramas by the children of HEAD Vision Home and HEAD Enable Home have always been fascinating and a center of attraction for the communities of Simikot and Humla. Singing and dancing is a common interest for all students of the residential centers. On the 16th of June, by special invitation, two groups of children from the residential homes conducted two performances of their wonderful dances on the 7th anniversary of community Radio Karnali Awaj 94.2 MHz.

Facilitation of Humla Civil Society Meeting

Group Photos on the meeting of Humla Civil Society

Humla Civil Society (HCS) is a group of people from diverse backgrounds and a variety of non-governmental organizations. HCS raises its voice on different contemporary issues occurring in Humli society. As HEAD Nepal has been nominated to facilitate and coordinate the meetings of HCA for a year, the meeting on June 13th addressed the issue of insufficient rice provided by the Food Security Committee to residential centers of Simikot, and the inappropriate planning system of local governments. After discussing the issues, the society decided to write a letter to the Food Security Committee and all chief administrative officers of the seven Humla RMs addressing this important issue. The letters have been distributed and we are looking forward for a positive response soon.

Apangata Kachahari in Sarkegad RM 8 Rahadev.

Participant of Kachari in Sarkegad 8 Rahdev organized by HEAD Nepal

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 and card distribution Camp in Sarkegad RM

Dr. Navin Rokaya observing persons with disability in Disability screening and card distribution camp in Sarkegad RM

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.

Another Phase of Mobile School

In June, HEAD Nepal, with financial support from the Nepal Gives Foundation and the Wild Geese Foundation in the Netherlands, started the fourth phase of Mobile School for the Children with Disabilities in the Himalayas, targeting about 228 children with disabilities in Adanchuli and Tanjakot RMs of lower Humla. The first coordination meeting with the local government representatives and authorities of both RMs was conducted on June 22nd in Simkot Humla. During the coordination meeting, representatives of Tanjakot RM and Adanchuli RM were very positive about carrying out the activities of the Mobile School and establishing a common specialized residential educational center for children with special needs for both RMs.

Induction of the Project DMCDD006

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

Executive Director Chhitup Lama and Tsering Palmu Lama conducting coordination meeting with Chair Person of Sarkegad RM Krishna Rokaya and Chief administrative officer Yogesh Pandey

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!

Successful Completion of Children’s Nutrition Improvement Project

From June 2017 through May 2019, with technical support from Mission East and funded by Danish Radio and AEC Foundation, we implemented “Children and Hunger – reducing hunger and improving nutrition amongst children with disabilities and other marginalized children in remote mountain villages of Nepal”. The project was implemented in Simkot 1, 2 and 8 wards, in all six wards of Chankheli RM, and officially ended in May with completion of all planned activities in April.

With the main objective to enhance sustainable production and use of diversified crops for improved nutrition among children with disabilities and other marginalized children in remote mountain villages, HEAD Nepal achieved all the goals of the project which we believe contributed toward Nepal’s Zero Hunger Challenge Initiative (ZHC).

The project benefited 300 households with children with disabilities and other marginalized children in remote villages of Simikot and Chankheli RMs of Humla district. With two years of project intervention, all beneficiary households are now able to produce and consume diverse vegetables. The final report revealed: 62% overall satisfaction, 11% improved feeding patterns, and 97% satisfied/better nutritious food consumption.

Three hundred beneficiary households established seasonal house plots, and 299 set up off-seasonal greenhouses producing fresh organic vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, onion, radish, tomato, rayo, and green chili to improve nutritious food consumption. During the project period, all eligible children with disabilities received disability cards, and established access to government services.

Finally, as one of the objectives of this project was to build institutional capacity for HEAD Nepal, seven key policies were revised and developed in the departments of human resources, operations, finance, anti-fraud, anti-bullying, communication/social media, and intern/volunteer manuals. Complaint handling mechanisms were established and put into practice. Accounting processes and standard operating procedures for reporting were developed; required forms, formats, and templates were designed and used. Accounting system processes were improved, as all transactions are being processed through Tally Software. The five-year HEAD Nepal strategic plan was developed and is under implementation.

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.

District Project Advisory Committee Meeting and Social Audit of Children Nutrition Improvement Project

CDO Dholakraj Dhakal speaking in district project advisory committee Meeting of Project Children and hunger DR002AEC007

HEAD Nepal, in partnership with Mission East, organized the annual District Project Advisory Committee Meeting (DPAC) and the Social Audit Program of the project “Reducing hunger and improving nutrition amongst children with disabilities and other marginalized children in the remote mountain villages of Nepal”. The meeting was held on April 30th at the Mansarowar Hotel with the Chief of District Coordination Committee Humla, Mr. Dan Bahadur Rawat in attendance. The meeting was facilitated by Chhitup Lama, Executive Director of HEAD Nepal. In attendance was the Chief District Officer, Mr. Dholak Raj Dhakal as the chief guest and chairperson, as well as the vice-chairperson of Simikot RM, chiefs of the respective wards, stakeholders, media personnel, and beneficiary household representatives. During the meeting, participants provided valuable suggestions and comments which will be helpful to the future success of the project.

Government Linkage Meeting in Simkot and Chankeli RM

Linkage Meeting Chankheli RM

HEAD Nepal successfully conducted a project linkage meeting with representatives of Chankheli and Simkot RMs at both ward and RM levels. On April 17th, the first linkage meeting was conducted with the representative of Chankheli RM. The meeting continued on May 2nd with local representatives and authorities of Simkot RM. Before the two RM level meetings, project closing and linkage meetings were conducted in all nine wards: three wards in Simkot and six wards in Chankheli. The main purpose of these meetings was to discuss with local governments how to sustain the outcomes of the Children’s Nutrition Project; how to connect the outcomes in the RMs with relevant mainstream activities in order to sustain best practices.

Celebration of Nepali New Year and 8th Anniversary of HEAD Nepal

children were dancing on the occasion of Nepali New year 2076

The Nepali New Year on April 14th (1st Baishakh 2076 B.S.) is always special for HEAD Nepal because we were officially registered eight years ago on the same day of the Nepali New Year! So each year HEAD Nepal celebrates the Nepali New year and its anniversary together. On this very special occasion, the children of HEAD Vision Home and HEAD Enable Home danced all day to different Nepalese songs. Neighbors, staff, and local community members joined the children in this auspicious celebration. The kitchen team prepared a variety of delicious foods for the children, and everyone participated in the dancing party. Last year’s celebration was recognized by a picnic; a day out for the children and staff.

Sponsored Trekking to Raling Gumba

Member of Sponser trekking in the snow around raling Gumba

HEAD Nepal, under the Accessible Tourism Project and in partnership with Nepal Gives Foundation of the Netherlands, organized five days of sponsored trekking to Raling Gumpa, one of the ancient Buddhist monasteries located near Crystal Mountain at an altitude of about 4000 meters. The group consisted of five foreigners: Walter, Bart, France, and Ben from the Netherlands; and Andy from Scotland. Three members from HEAD Nepal including Chhitup, Bhakta, and Laxmi joined the trekking. The entire visit was facilitated and guided by our student representative Laxmi Shhai proving that a visually impaired girl can perform such a feat if given the opportunity! Chhitup Lama assisted in management of the trekking when necessary.

members of Sponser trekking Acclimatizing in the environment of Simkot

The team of five reached Simkot on April 11th. The trip started from Simikot on April 12th, trekking through Nynba Valley to Raling Gumba and Crystal Mountain; then arrived back to Simikot via Thehe village. Celebration of the New Year and Andi’s birthday; meditation in the Gumba; hiking on a bushy and rocky hills; climbing up the mountain; and sliding on snow were just some of the exciting activities during the trek. As the trek was organized as a fundraiser for children with disabilities in Humla district and HEAD Nepal, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to Walter, Ben, Bart, Andi, and France for their hard work and support before, during, and after this very special trekking event. We would also like to say thanks to SNG Foundation and to all who made a donation to HEAD Nepal. We are looking forward to another successful trekking event in the future!

Group Photos before starting the Sponsor trekking to Raling Gumba

Weekly Extracurricular Activities

Dhanraj Budha being in a character of old Dhami for presentation of Drama

Under the supervision of the SMC, the children organize different weekly extracurricular activities. Each Friday at the review meeting, the SMC decides the following week’s activities. As activities are organized by the children for the children, all are eagerly participating. The 45 children are divided into four houses, and the activities and contests are conducted within the four groups. Activities from April through June include:

  • Dibet contest: education is more powerful than wealth
  • Spelling contest  Quiz contest  Play performance competition about disability issues
  • Antakshari program
  • Essay competition about importance of discipline in student life
  • Balance race
  • Singing competition

Establishing a Student Management Committee at HEAD Vision Home and HEAD Enable Home

Children studying in Study hall

With the start of Nepali New Year 2076 on April 14th, lots of new and exciting things have been happening at the residential educational centers of HEAD Nepal. The children at HEAD Vision Home and HEAD Enable Home established a Student Management Committee (SMC) on April 10th. The SMC was formed with participation of five children, nominated by their peers, in order to encourage student independence in decision-making, managing daily tasks, and planning activities at the residential educational centers. The purpose of forming the SMC was to implement a child-friendly management system allowing them to make decisions related to center operations for improved, reliable, and sustainable management. The committee includes Jaya B. Aidi as coordinator; Laxmi Shahi as secretary; and members Gahugora Bohora, Hiramati Aidi, and Annalal Karki. This program allows the children to learn management skills; to gain experience; and prepare to be confident and competent candidates for the future job market, while closely working with the HEAD Nepal management team. Since April, the SMC has: taken charge of home management; prepared and reviewed daily routines; conducted extracurricular activities; reviewed weekly center activities; inspected the status of health, hygiene, and sanitation in bedroom, kitchen, dining, and toilet facilities all while learning independence and responsibility. All these activities are carried out by four inspectors assigned by the SMC for 14 days. The inspectors prepare and present a brief weekly report and create action items for improvements.

Two Children Attend Secondary Education Examination 2019

Visually impaired girl Gita Bumi participating in the SEE Exam with the help of Writer

Gita Bumi of HEAD Vision Home and Rita Rokaya of HEAD Enable Home attended their Secondary Education Examination. The examination started on March 24th and finished April 1st. Gita is a low vision girl from Adanchuli Rural Municipality, and Rita is a physically challenged girl from Kharpunath Rural Municipality of Humla district. Both students passed grade 10 last December. Gita attended the exam with help from writing assistant Ananda Aidi, a grade junior than Gita. Rita attended on her own, but got additional time to complete the writing. We would like to wish them good luck for a great exam result!

Heavy Snowfall in January and February

Nirmal Bista sitting over the pile of Heavy Snow in winter 2019

This winter, January and February brought the heaviest snowfall in a decade. Many people in Humla had never experienced that much snow and cold for such a long period of time. In January, temperatures plummeted to minus 20 degrees Celsius resulting in plumbing damage from frozen pipes. The roofs of many Humla schools collapsed, but HEAD Nepal only had damaged plumbing. Most of HEAD Nepal plumbing was damaged, and we are currently working on bathroom repairs.

Kitchen Garden Management Program Update

CF Tulsi Budhathoki collecting Endline data Kitchen garden established by children and hunger project in the heavy snow

Throughout the months of January, February, and March, the Nutrition Improvement Project Junior Technician Assistants (JTA’s) facilitated the home-based program for kitchen garden skills. They were able to establish an additional 59 greenhouses out of 300 households. Two hundred and forty green houses were built last quarter. Four types of off-season seed and eight types of seasonal seed had previously been distributed. This winter, four types of seed were planted in the greenhouses. Now all households are growing green leaves and vegetables! Winter is typically hard on Humla households making food and vegetables scarce. But this winter, with the help of JTA’s, 300 households in 1, 2 and 8 of Simkot RM and Chankheli RM had enough green leaves and vegetables to feed their families. Not only did the JTA’s help with the growing process, they frequently visited households to observe food preparation and eating practices; to teach good nutrition and preparation techniques.

Hat, Gloves, and Socks on the Occasion of Nepal Army Day 2075

Major NischalPathak of Raniban Byarek distributing wollen hat and globes to Soniya Shahi and other Children

On March 13th, Naya Bhairabi Dal and Gulma Raniban of Simikot provided woolen hats, gloves, and socks to the children of HEAD Vision and Enable Home. The warming gifts were provided in honor of Nepal Army Day 2075, which is normally celebrated on the same day of the Hindu festival of MahaShivaRatri. This year, Mahashivaratri was celebrated on 4th March, so Nepal Army Day was celebrated on the same day. Unfortunately, the clothes arrived late to Simkot because of weather and air transportation difficulties. The clothes were handed-out to the children by Chief of Gulma (Major) Nischal Pathak. We would like to say many thanks to Mr. Pathak and his Gulma Team for their support of the HEAD Nepal children.

Another Educational Year Begins at HEAD Vision and Enable Home

Children were studying in Study hall

On Sunday, right after the Parents Meeting and after a two month winter vacation, the children of HEAD Vision and Enable Home returned to the hostel. Because of the heavy snowfall and long, hard winters, Humla’s educational year is unique from others, running March through December. Due to heavy snowfall this winter, all mountain passes were blocked, so only half the students arrived to the hostel. We are looking forward to welcoming latecomers and to having another great educational year for all our students and staff.

Parents Meeting 2019

parents meeting 2019

Facilitated by Lokrah Shahi and Nirmal Bista, on March 10th HEAD Nepal held its annual Parents Meeting. Conducted at the beginning of each educational year, the meeting’s purpose is to discuss topics including: overall educational outcomes, shared ideas, student performance, student registration and renewals, holidays, student hostels, and parent’s support and responsibilities. The weather this year has been challenging. Unfortunately, only 17 parents attended because so many others could not travel in heavy snow to Simikot.

Meeting and Orientation Workshop: Disability Card Distribution Model Framework 2075 in Simikot RM

Vise Chairperson of Simkot RM Bali Rawat speaking in One day orientation program on disability card distribution framework for Simkot RM participant of one day orientation on disability card framework to Ward chair person of Simkot RM

HEAD Nepal, in collaboration with Simkot Rural Municipality (RM), facilitated an orientation workshop for the Disability Card Distribution Model Framework 2075. HEAD Nepal, in technical partnership with Mission East Nepal and with program management from Sahara Samuha, designed the workshop to be program review with the local representatives, ward chairperson, and card distribution committee of Simikot RM about the program.

The specific objectives were to:

  • Introduce the newly developed card distribution framework and guidelines, approved by Simikot RM, to all authorities and local representatives
  • Increase understanding of the Disability Identification Card Distribution Framework 2075
  • Help staff improve identification of people with a disability based on nature and severity
  • Simplify the card distribution process for ward representatives responsible for program referrals
  • Collaborate with Simikot RM to improve the processes of future card distribution and benefits access for people with disabilities

Review Meeting and End Line Survey Training for the Nutrition Improvement Project Staff

Staff review meeting of the Project Children and Hunger in Head Nepal's Office On February 24th and 25th of February, HEAD Nepal conducted project review meetings for the staff of "Reducing Hunger, Improving Nutrition: Among children with disabilities and other marginalized children of remote mountain villages of Nepal”. The purpose was to review the completed project activities; and provide training on the questionnaire, tools, and methods used in the project end line survey. The trainings reviewed completed activities from November through February and planned activities for the rest period of the project. Field staff documentation was reviewed including the field report and daily diary; end line tool report of base line survey, and all required tools for the end line survey. Guidelines for collecting case studies and quality photos were also provided. The training was facilitated by Chhitup Lama and Nirmal Bista, supported by Chhomu Lama, and was attended by six of the seven field staff. The endline survey was completed by field staff the last week of February and first week of March. Data entry has been completed, and data analysis is currently being calculated for the final report. The end line report, field monitoring report, detail monitoring checklist, and beneficiaries tracking sheet will reveal the total project outcomes. We are looking forward to reviewing the results in the second quarter, as the two year project ends in May 2019.

A Brighter Future: Enabling Persons with Disabilities

Namgyal Tamang Chairperson of HEAD Nepal  receiving contract of the project A brighter Future Enabling persons with disability to exercise their rights by Alex Ramos of Mission East HQ 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.

Final Examination Results for Educational Year 2018

Annalal giving examination In the previous newsletter, we reported that the children of HEAD Nepal attended final examinations for the educational year 2018. Forty-three out of 45 children advanced their educational journey. At HEAD Vision Home, visually impaired student Laxmi Shahi Class 9 to 10 was able to get first position, and four other students made the class top ten. At HEAD Enable Home for children with physical impairments, Tulasa Rawal of class 2 to 3 got first position; Thandevi Kami of class 4 to 5 got second position; Rachana Dani class 3 to 4 and Soniya Shahi Class 1 to 2 were able to go to third position in their class. Another nine children were able to get in the top ten list of their class. Congratulations to all the students! We are proud of their accomplishments and pleased to see them bright and shining.

Visit from Ministry of Social Development Province No 6

Visit from Ministry of Social Development Visit from Ministry of Social Development Surkhet On January 24th, we had some very special visitors: Senior Women Development Officer Jamuna Paudyal, Women Development Officer Pabitra Puri, Women Development Supervisor from Ministry of Social Development Karnali province Devi Subedi, and Mamata Mahat from Simkot RM. All guests visited HEAD Vision and Enable Home and observed services for the children with disabilities. Led by Executive Director Chhitup Lama and with the HEAD team, a meeting was held to discuss HEAD Nepal and current challenges. Participants agreed that funding from the ministry was needed for children’s educational, technical, and residential services. All attendees supported the proposal submitted to the ministry, and we are looking forward to a positive result.