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1. Program: Water Window Nepal-India Trans Boundary Resilience Project

Funding Agency : Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Working VDCs : 8 VDCs of Nawalparasi District

                 (Trivenisusta, Kudiya, Guthi Prasuani, Paklihawa,Raupaliya, Narashai, Bhujhwa and Somani)

Starting Date : 1st March 2015 to December 2016 (First Stage)

                     1st February 2017 to July 2018 (Second Stage)

For more information on LWR please follow this link:www.lwr.org/where-we-work/nepal

 

SAHAMATI in partnership with Lutheran World Relief have started a project Trans Boundary (Nepal-India) Flood Resilience Project. This project is being implemented in 53 communities of India and Nepal across two river basins – Gandaki and Koshi. The populations of the area are predominately rural, and highly dependent on agricultural activities. Agricultural labor constitutes the main source of employment. Women are particularly characterized by low levels of access to education, healthcare, and economic, social, and political opportunities. The number of direct beneficiaries of the project in its first stage was 2330 and indirect beneficiaries are 115653 and the estimated beneficiaries in its second stage are 2500 households (12911 members). The project interventions are built on the strategy to build knowledge and capacity of the people to withstand, cope and recover from the flood. Capacity of the communities will be enhanced in early warning, institutional development, advocacy, accessing financial services and livelihood. The institutional linkage will be established with the related government line agencies, District Emergency Operation Center (DEOC), District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) and hydrology stations. A trans-boundary (Nepal India) early warning system has already started and it will become more efficient for the entire user. Joint citizen forums' is already activated so as to have joint planning and actions leading towards social harmony and it will be given more prioritization in this second stage of planning. Review, reflection, sharing, community feedback systems will be developed throughout the project period.


Goal :

  • To improve the operational and financial self-sufficiency of the cooperatives for sustainable financial services to the members and promoting good governance


Objectives :

  • Provide Early Warning information and data through SMS and smart phones
  • Build linkage and networking with stakeholders in order to have a better coordination
  • Institutional support for enabling District Emergency Operation Centre and Department of Hydrology and Meteorology
  • Provide early warning equipments –sirens, mega phone, display board, ICT/weather. Installation of the flood gauze
  • Develop/update communication chart/channel and emergency telephone pocket diary
  • Develop a Standard Operating Procedure on Trans-boundary Early Warning System in each of the targeted countries
  • Implement community sensitization campaigns on DDR and early warnings (including mass awareness information, education and communication materials, radio programs, local media engagement)

 

Significant accomplishments :

  • Build disability friendly emergency shelter at Susta,Triveni Suata VDC
  • Keeping in mind the chaos at the time of flood 5 emergency exit roads were also constructed at Triveni Susta, Bhujwa, Paklihawa and Somani
  • Likewise 4 culverts were also constructed at Triveni Susta, Narsahi and Somani
  • With regard to the Early Warning System at Narsahi VDC an audio, video display board is been establish.
  • According to the need of the community a standard operating system is also been develop.
  • 3 check dam are constructed at Guddar Baba Khola and Thatiya Khola, at Triveni Susta VDC
  • 2 safe deposit boxes and 12 computer set with cooperative management training were provided for the promotion of local cooperatives.
  • Provide early warning equipment like siren, smart phone, mega phone to the community
  • Provide life saving equipment like life jacket, stature, boat, safety vest, rope, tube to the Community Disaster Management Committee
  • Install Flood Gauze at 12 no. Thokar at Narayani river, Narsahi VDC
  • Establish trans boundary citizen forum for the easy life settlement after the flood
  • Two rooms are prepared for the District Emergency Operation Centre at Parasi, Nawalparasi

 

2. Program: Sustainable Access to Finance and Livelihoods -2 (SAFAL-II)

Funding Agency : Mercy Corps

Working VDCs : Bhojpur, Taplejung, Sankhawasabha, Tehrathum and Panchthar

                          easten region of Nepal

Starting Date : June 2016 running till date

For more information on Mercy Corps please follow this link:www.nepal.mercycorps.org

 

After a successful tenure of the first phase of the Sustainable Access to Finance and Livelihoods (SAFAL) a DFID-funded project implemented jointly by Mercy Corps and The Blueberry Hill Charitable Trust (BHCT). The second phased has also started again with Mercy Crops, the program will be implemented in 98 existing program VDCs and 30 new VDCs of Taplejung, Panchthar, Bhojpur, Tehrathum, and Sankhuwasabha of the Eastern region of Nepal. SAHAMATI and Mercy Corps is working together to raise the awareness of communities on financial literacy, merits and demerits of formal and informal safety measures, strengthen community-based formal and informal financial institutions (SACCOs and VSLAs) through capacity building and establishing linkages with higher level service providers and networks to expand sustainable financial services in the remote areas of the Eastern hills and mountain of Nepal.


Goal :

  • The goal of the project is to contribute for the increased access to formal financial services and livelihood strategies to enable poverty reduction and strengthen absorptive and adaptive capacities of the rural households of eastern hills and mountain areas


Objectives :

  • To improve the operational and financial self-sufficiency of the cooperatives for sustainable financial services to the members and promoting good governance
  • To develop the capacity of DCUs and DSCCUs is for capacity building of member cooperatives, inter-lending, local human resource development, lobbying and advocacy
  • To pilot and introduce the adoption of modern technologies for improving the service efficiency and operation in selected cooperative
  • Strengthening existing cooperatives for sustainable financial service delivery
  • Awareness rising on financial behaviour, practices and use of available financial services through financial literacy training and cooperative awareness
  • Establishing linkages with higher-level service providers for services and voices
  • Introducing micro-insurance and remittance services through cooperatives
  • Pilot-testing and roll out of youth financial literacy training

 

Significant accomplishments :

  • The program has successfully implemented different training program for the proper functioning of a sound cooperative in the targeted area
  • The program have made possible to reach to the people of the rural areas of the region
  • Numbers of cooperatives have now link with various higher level institution, remittance services, insurance company/agents have been able to provide variety in the saving methods
  • The program has able to receive government aid and a good involvement in the various activities of the program in the region
  • A good practice of the rules and regulation by all the cooperatives
  • The program have also able to establish a smooth relation with all the people associated with it
  • There is a tremendous increase in the number of cooperatives members as well as a positive participation from the managing committee and other sub committee


3. Program: Livelihood and Empowerment Program (LEP)

Funding Agency : Oxfam

Working VDCs : 8 VDCs of Nawalparasi district namely Ruchang, Mithukaram, Mukundapur, Jaubari,

                          Bharatipur, Arkhala, Mithukaram and Naram

Starting Date : March 2005 till date

For more information on Oxfam please follow this link:www.nepal.oxfam.org

 

The programs of SAHAMATI are focused on self-help promotion. Since March 2005, the SAMUNNATI Program is ongoing in partnership between SAHAMATI and Oxfam Hong Kong. The program name is now known as Livelihood & Empowerment Project (LEP) after made partnership with Oxfam GB. Program activities are focused on self-help promotion, skill development and income generation. The main goal of the program is to reduce vulnerability through community empowerment for sustainable livelihood leading to the quality of life and wellbeing of the community. In addition, climate change is also one of the hazards for rural community as it raises the questions for their food security. The program also emphasizes on the causes of decreased source of water and the proper use of water sources. The overall program has been implemented towards identification and mobilization of local resources where socially, economically and geographically excluded communities are living. With the working experiences, the program has found and agreed five major indicators for well-being viz. monitoring (access to resources), family/social connection, alternatives/choices, participation/responsibility and happiness/satisfaction. These indicators help to know the quality of life. The program again has set three objectives from 2014 to March 2015: vulnerability reduction, community empowerment and sustainable livelihood. The program is focused on institutional development, agricultural development, livestock management, education, health, and sanitation and off farm entrepreneurship. The program design is based on the learning of the organization.

 

Goal :

  • To contribute to enhancing resiliency and wellbeing of vulnerable people through increased food and income security and strengthening their participation in development processes to reduce poverty and suffering.

 

Objectives :

  • Improvement in community wellbeing
  • Promotion of quality of life
  • Institutional development of cooperatives
  • Livelihood promotion


Significant accomplishments :

  • 2676 youths are self employed
  • Promoted 233 SRGs and 5945 people are enrolled the cooperatives/SRGs
  • Cooperatives composed a sum of NRs. 8,026,600.00 as Share capital, NRs.32,497,725.00 as saving having the loan outstanding of NRs.52,237,223.00
  • 4010 families are engaged in SRGs and cooperatives
  • The pioneer thing in those 2 cooperatives among 9 is appointed as the Agriculture Technician for agriculture promotion in the joint collaboration with VDC offices which is first time in Nepal. As a result of which Nepal government is going to initiate this model through VDC offices in near future as One VDC, One JTA, now government has been announced officially and preparing the act