This month had a good beginning with the request proposal being accepted by our peer ICA Australia. We started with the construction of house for Disabled Service Centre and ended visiting one of the remote village, Thulo Parsel in Kavre district. ICA Nepal with the financial support from ICA Australia has started building a new house for the people living with disabilities (PWDs) of the Disabled Service Centre (DSC). The construction will be completed within 10 to 15 more days as foundation has already been set.
ICA Nepal welcomed Ms. Shizuyo Sato from ICA Japan this month. She was here with the purpose of visiting different organizations and places ICA Nepal has been working for but most importantly the Learning Centre at Changunarayan. ICA Japan and ICA Nepal is working together to rebuilt the Centre and introduce some new community development activities through Progressive Women Group in Changu Bhaktapur. Ms. Shizuyo’s visit was short spanned but was filled with activities, meetings and visits. ICA Nepal facilitated her visit to some organizations that have been supported by ICA Nepal including (Entire Power in Social Action (EPSA) Disabled Service Centre (DSC), National Integrated Blind and Disabled Association (NIBDA), Little Peoples’ Association (LPA), along with a team from ICA Nepal itself. The purpose of the visits is to gather information about the condition, their needs and challenges. Ms. Shizuyo met Ms. Devaka Shrestha and other women at Learning Centere. Progressive Women Group was very pleased to meet Ms. Shizuyo and expressed their gratefulness to ICA for initiating the community development activities 15 years back.
There was a series of meeting conducted with Foreign Affairs Minister of Nepal and Dr. Netra Timsina, Former Chairperson of NGO Federation Nepal, Japanese Embassy including Social Welfare Council. With the purpose of rebuilding and reconstruction in Nepal post-earthquake. The Changunarayan Learning Centre was also visited by the team from Japanese Embassy this month along with members from ICA Nepal. They gave a positive response from their side regarding the approval of project of renovation of Learning Centre.
At the end of the month, ICA Nepal team visited Thulo Parsel of Kavre district, one of the fourteen worst-hit districts by the temblor for assessment as required by their upcoming project, One of the very remote areas of the district, Thulo Parsel is not left unaffected by the quake however, life in Thulo Parsel was better than expected. Twenty two years ago with the initiatives of Rotary Club of Denver Miles High, drinking water project had been carried out, which had dramatically changed the structure of the village. However, following the massive earthquake and its aftershocks, there are a lot of prospects for developmental works to be carried out in the future.
The top image shows the ICA Nepal team at Thuloparsel, Kavrepalanchowk.
This post was first published in the Global Buzz, September 2015.