Hand Washing Campaign Organized Successfully in Pragatinagar VDCs

A hand-washing campaign was successfully implemented by Herald Group in Pithyauli and Pragatinagar VDCs of Nawalparasi district from 24th May to 11th June, 2013. The campaign was co-organized by , Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal (JCYCN), Eco-Social Development Organization (ESDO) Nepal,  Association of Youth Organizations Nepal (AYON), Youth Coordination Center (YCC) and Volunteer Aid Nepal. Among so many organizations as organizers, JCYCN take a lead and coordinated and promoted the campaign at local level by coordinating with schools, coordinating with the guest, coordinating with local aama samuha etc. The campaign, targeted pupils and caregivers of children of less than 5 years of age and expected to benefit 100 school children and 100 caregivers and local community.

Caregivers were benefited with an awareness of hand-washing at critical times, while children were provided with educational sessions and trainings along with demonstration and practice of hand-washing. Two private schools (New Nawal English Boarding School, and Wise Vision Secondary English Boarding School) and two Government schools (Shree Nepal Rastriya Lower Secondary School, Shree Jana Jyoti Higher Secondary School) were selected for the program. Caregivers of Pithyauli and Pragatinagar VDCs were selected for awareness campaign regarding critical times of hand-washing. Altogether 8 trainings were conducted with 25 participants in each group.

Activities included in educational session and trainings were:

  • Pre-test
  • Awareness about hand-washing, diseases and hand-washing in critical times
  • Demonstration of hand-washing practice to both children and caregivers
  • Observation of hand-washing and recording of result
  • Pictorial separation of critical hand-washing times
  • Post-test
  • Distribution of hand-washing packages to children and to schools.
  • Training evaluation
  • Feedback

Result:

The implementation phase of hand-washing campaign showed positive result that is training to school students, revealed that on an average more than 80% of students got more than 80% marks in post-test with a progressive difference in pre-test and post-test sessions. The difference between pretest behavior and post test behavior of students regarding hand washing proved the effective implementation of training sessions. Along with that, the feedback from the students and school administration were very positive and caregivers were fully satisfied by the awareness campaign and provided suggestions to conduct such trainings time and again. Mood charts and checklist of feedback were taken to know the result of training and awareness campaign.

Demand To Stop Using Tobacco Products in Public Places

31 May, 2013, Nawalparasi

Every year on 31st May “World No Tobacco Day” is observed around the world. This year it was marked with a slogan of “Ban Tobacco Advertisement Promotion and Sponsorship”. An interaction programme was held in Nawalparisi for the first time to commemorate   the day on 31st May, 2013 was preceded by a rally in Parasi Bazar. Participants of the program demanded to ban on all kind of advertisement and promotion of using tobacco products in public places.

The interaction program was jointly organized by Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal (JCYCN), Cwin-nepal ,SAMATA Nepal, District Health Office Government of Nepal, and Eco-Soical Development Organizaiton (ESDO) Nepal. Participants criticize the ineffective implementation of Tobacco Control and Regulatory Act (TRCA)-2010 and came into effect on August 6, 2011. Government of Nepal has introduced this act to guarantee the right of the people to live a healthy life. This act also ensures that those smoking in public places will be fined up to Rs.100 and civil servants defying this law will be liable to departmental actions. This act also prohibits advertising and sponsoring programmes related to tobacco use and its promotion through media. Otherwise, offenders will be fined up to Rs. 1, 00,000. Anyone selling tobacco products to minors or pregnant women will be fined up to Rs. 10,000. Government offices, corporations, educational institutions libraries, airports, public vehicles, orphanage, cultural centres, children park, hostels, restaurants, resorts, departmental stores, religious sites and industries has been designated  as no smoking zones. Additionally, shops intended to sell tobacco should be at least 100 meter away from these institutions. Participants on the programme insisted on the vital role of schools in disseminating information relating to health hazards to the school pupil, who are the potential user of tobacco.

Welcoming the participants Mr. Mukunda Raj Gautam, district health officer stated that every individual, organization should be aware of the possible health hazard caused by tobacco and emphasized the importance of the implementation of TCRA, 2010. Personalities such as Bidrohi Giri, chairman of Press chautari, Mina Paudel, head of district women and children office GoN, Thagishwor Pokhrel, School resource person from District Education Office, Ram Ji Gnawali, chairman of civil society, express their solidarity on strict ban on the use of tobacco product around school areas. Tillotam Paudel, Chairman of JCYCN, bestowed his regard to the participants with highlighting the importance of the implementation of this act as soon as possible. The program was facilitated by Baburam Panday, Executive Director of SAMATA Nepal, Nawalparasi. On the closing note, Om prakash Pandey ,administrator officer of District Administration Office and chair-person of the program emphasized on government’s dedication towards the implementation of the act.

Rally was organized in Kathmandu to create an awareness on non-violence

27th April 2013, Kathmandu

“To create peace in the world, we all youths are against war”, with this message, a 10km rally was successfully completed in the Nepal with the collaboration of many organization like: Jagriti Child and Youth concern Nepal (JCYCN), Eco-social Development Organization Nepal (ESDO-Nepal), Association of Youth Organizations Nepal (AYON), National Institute for Development and Research (NIDR), Youth Initiative (YI), United Peace Youth for World, COCAP, YCC-Nepal, HRELIC, Mega college, and other 30 organization was jointly organized the Peace rally on 27th April 2013 with slogan of “10km Walk in shoes for peace”. Over 500 youths from more than 40 youth organizations were involved in this rally. This program was conducted by more than 40 youth organizations in over 34 countries under the umbrella of Mannam International youth Coalition (MIYC), Seoul South Korea to give message that “We all youths are against  the war in the world”.

Before starting the program, all the youth members were gathered in Shantibatika, Ratnapark, to greet each other. The program was hosted by Mr.Tilottam Paudel, General Secretary of AYON and president of JCYC-Nepal and  was inaugurated by Dr.Chintamani Yogi (President of Hindu Vidhyapith), who emphasized on the fact that today’s youths should focus in positive and initiative works. He even emphasized that, mounting beyond the language, geographical and social barrier, it is time for the youths to come together for world peace, leaving behind the narrow political judgments. It is time for all of us to ask what peace is. Youth can play vital role in peace building rather than bad politicians. Our political leaders have developed a culture of following and walking in others’ footsteps and this kind of environment brings a lack of guidance and support to our upcoming generations.

Further, Tark Raj Bhatt, Executive Director of NIDR said peace is not absence of war, it is the presence if basic need such as food, cloths, shelter, education, health and employment.  The 10km rally, in which more than five hundreds of youths had participated, was initiated from Shantibatika, walking through Bagbazar, Putalisadak, Bhrikutimandap, Shahidgate, and Newroad and finally ended up in Basantapur. A program was organized in Basantapur after the peace rally, in which Sushil Pyakurel (Human Rights Activist) greeted all the youths and delivered a speech. His speech focused on the fact that there is a difference in the way of stipulating peace in previous times and in the ways now. Previously, demands for peace were for democratic progression but today there is a need for all the youths to stand up and come forth for the peace with equality and all kinds of rights. All the youths standing together today, symbolizes a beautiful country tomorrow. He even expressed that the youths are change agent of peace solidarity as well as peace comes internally, not just by expressing.

The youths in the rally displayed the play cards with slogans “Youths for peace”, “Peace for youths”, “Peace for prosperity”, “Youths wish is world peace” and many more.

In the program organized in Basantapur, Santosh Acharya (President of Youth activities) said all the youths of today are united and are ready to contribute from their individual possible levels for the establishment of peace and prosperity. He even thanked all the youths for their active participation in the 10km rally.

At last, Dev Raj Bhardwas, president of AYON gave a note of thanks to all the participants in the rally, in collaboration with Mannam International Youth Coalition (MIYC) Seoul, South Korea, which works for peace in global context by engaging youths all over the world.

Interaction and sharing program on “Violence against women in Nepal and roles of youths to address the issue”

The program was organized with the aim to increase the awareness about the issues on VAW. This program was jointly organized by Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal, Human Rights Education Club Nepal, Mega Collage, Youth coordination centre, National Human Development forum Nepal various prominent figures were present at the program to discuss about the issue with was related to the fundamental rights of women.

Tillotam Paudel, President of JCYCN hosted the program. BSW field coordinator of Mega College gave a brief welcome speech followed by a presentation by Samjha Shrestha of INSEC. During the presentation patriarchal society, economic dependency, weak laws were shown as causes of VAW .The presentation also highlighted the current status of VAW in Nepal with statistical data which shows 43 cases registered as VAW in last month of 2012. She also talked about increasing trend of VAW in recent days. She also mentioned about the existing legal instrument to address such crimes with loopholes on those instrument which is the main reason behind ineffective implementation of law. She also led the discussion that to end the VAW women empowerment should be seen as of paramount importance, for elimination of VAW youths roles like zero tolerance, advocacy and law amendment, women empowerment etc. are also very crucial. Presentation was ended with few recommendations like there should be close trail, availability of family court, increased timeline for case registration, and severe punishment.

Among the participants, 3 of them shared their experiences about their participation and visit to “Youth Peace Festival” in Chandigad. They talked about their personal transformation which came after participating the program. They also shared learning about peace as never ending process.

Sanjaya Chaudhary of HRELIC Nepal stated that VAW should be addressed for peace building in Nepal and gave thanks to all participants and distinguished persons for their participation in the program. Mohamad Ali from Human Development Forum Nepal said youth should be serious on overall human development discourse for the betterment of Nepal, he also mentioned that VAW is embarrassing for Nepal where women are considered as incarnation of goddesses, he also encouraged youth for their meaningful participation in every aspect.

The program was very successful with the participation of more than 75 students, Women activists, human rights activist and social workers. 12 colleges and 10 NGOs showed participation in the program.

Interaction and discussion program on “Role of stakeholders to minimize drug addiction and its impact on youths” held successfully in Pragatinagar, Nawalparasi

Monday, November 12 – 2012

It is fact that every year thousands of people die by using drugs and by different road accidents after having alcohol.  It is true that addiction on such things never gives the good result, it always impact and harm people.  Also, once if people have drugs addiction, they are dominated in the society. But even  there are several ways that they can get rid from such addiction.  Because drug addiction is treatable. But it is also a fact that “prevention is better then cure”, so people should have to identify the ways to prevent themselves from such kind of addiction.

Jagriti Child and Youth concern Nepal (JCYCN) worked a step forward to spread awareness on such activities.  JCYCN in coordination with CWIN Nepal and Jagriti Child Club Nepal organized discussion program on “Role of Stakeholders to Minimize the Drug addiction and its impact on Youths”.  The program was organized in Pargatinagar, Nawalparasi on the occasion of International Child Day and Festive season “Deepawali”.

The Program was chaired by Mr. Govinda Prasad Khanal, Secretory of Pargatinagar VDC ; Mr. Nantiraj Gurung, Officer, Nepal Police along with other personalities. Total 70 participants from different political parties, teachers, social workers and representatives from youths clubs and child clubs were participated for the program to brainstorm and  to identify the factor indicators, so that it could help to minimize such problems.

Spreading Awareness Message to the Jitpur Children on the Occasion of Global Hand Washing Day, 2012.

Global Hand washing Day (GHD) is a campaign to motivate and mobilize thousands of people around the world to wash their hands by soap. The program organized on every year on October 15 to spread awareness to the people on hand washing with soap to prevent themselves from diseases.

Youth Coordination Center organized program in two public and private school of Jitpur, Fedi on the occasion of Global Hand Washing Day, October, 15 2012. The program was supported by Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal (JCYCN) and Volunteer Aid Nepal (VAID Nepal)

The program was divided into two parts to spread awareness message on protecting themselves from probable diseases by not washing their hand and specially focusing on two groups, one is Students and the second group is of those mothers who have their child of aged below 5.

According to the organizers, the program was very effective and fruitful. Because a week before one survey on same area found more then 50 percentage of people do not wash their hand even they had to wash their hand on such situation. So it is hope, the program will change the behaviour of local people and students of Fedi and make them aware on their health.

Finally the program was concluded by providing some knowledge on the method of washing hand and by providing some hand washing kit to the participants.

JCYCN facilitated BRAC Bangladesh team to visit different youth organizations and clubs in Kathmandu and Pokhara

September – 2, 2012

Three Different teams from BRAC Bangladesh visited Nepal with the purpose to meet different youths institutions, organizations to share their experiences and knowledge and to visit different mesmerizing and magnetizing places of Nepal. The first team stayed Nepal for 7 days (29 July – 4 August, 2012) for the study visit purpose. Similarly, second team stayed for 7 days in August 26 to September 2 and the next team stayed from 11 – 17 September in Nepal.   All three teams were facilitated by Jagriti Child and  Youth Concern Nepal (JCYCN).

BRAC is the  largest development organisation in the world dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor to bring about change in their own lives. BRAC was established in Bangladesh in 1972 with the mission  to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease and social injustice. Now BRAC has its operation in 11 countries with the aim to achieve large scale positive changes through economic and social programmes that enable men and women to realise their potential.

All team members visited AYON, CWIN, JCYCN and different other youths organization of Kathmandu and Pokhara, where they shared their experiences and the activities of BRAC Bangladesh. Meanwhile, they also visited different volunteer organizations and youth clubs to inspire and motivate them on their activities and work. At the same time, they also visited mesmerizing and Magnetizing places of Pokhara.

National Volunteer’s Conference – 2012 Held Successfully with 15 point “The Kathmandu declaration on volunteerism”

Volunteering is considered as serving the society through own interest, personal skills or learning, which in return produces a feeling of self-worth and respect instead of money. The people engaged in volunteering are volunteers. And volunteers should be effectively managed and properly utilized by binding with the policies and laws.National Volunteer Conference-2012 was held on July 23, 2012 at Shish hall, Indreni Banquet, New Baneshwor with the theme to provide possible suggestion and amendments in National Volunteer service policy 2068 Draft; and issuing “The Kathmandu Declaration on Volunteerism”.

The program was successfully organized on the joint effort of five volunteer based I/NGOs Viz. Collective Campaign for Peace (COCAP), Restless Development, Youth Action Nepal, Volunteer Aid Nepal and Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal (JCYCN) attracting around 90 volunteers from different parts of Nepal. The program was chaired by Mr. Basu Dhakal (President of COCAP) with chief guest Dr. Shiv Kumar Rai (member; National Planning Commission) along with other personalities from different profession and areas.

As part of opening ceremony all the participants were welcomed by Mr. Narendra Khatiwoda saluting the sprit of volunteerism. And the program flows with speech regarding the importance and role of volunteerism, sharing the experience of volunteering by all chairperson and guests. The program enters into next session with the paper presentation of Mr. Ramesh Adhikari and Narendra Khatiwoda; representative of COCAP; regarding volunteerism and Nation Building.

Similarly, third session starts with the group discussion facilitated by Mr. Jagannath Adhikari; director of NDVS to collect suggestions and amendments on draft of National Volunteer Service Policy. Many amendments related to definition of volunteer; creating broad sector of volunteerism; evaluating factors and criteria; directive committee and structural adjustments were proposed by leaders on behalf of their groups and handed over to NDVS.

Mr. Mahesh Dhungel; Senior Program Co-ordinator of Restless Development presented a concept paper on Youth Participation in Development including Issues of Youth in Nepal. In addition he satisfied all the queries from participants regarding youth issues and youth participation in development.

A feedback session was held where volunteers from organizers express their view point regarding the conference and its operation. Finally the conference was concluded by Mr. Bhuwan Paudel, Director of Volunteer Aid Nepal with the announcement of 15 point Kathmandu declaration on volunteerism.

An Environment Protection Campaign For Sustaining Green Economy held successfully

An event was organized at Basantapur Darbarsuqare, Kathmandu to identify the solutions on the issues of environment protection and green economy development held successfully on World Environment Day, 2012. The event emphasis on the slogan of “Green Economy: Does it Include You?” to spread awareness and expand knowledge on environment protection.

Today, the green economy has become a major concern area of focus; people should promote and drive the message raising awareness on sustaining green economy by encouraging people on proper managing, preserving and utilizing natural resources. A little carelessness may cause a huge negative impact on livelihood, socio cultural environment, and national economy. Also many national and International organizations are commonly working on it, some Nepalese organizations and institutions are also taking a step.

Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction forum Nepal(CMDRR-Forum Nepal), Association of Youth Organization Nepal (AYON), Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal (JCYCN), Youth Dalan, Yatra, Tourism Development (TUDE), Nepal Info Park Mandapika Art Group, Kathmandu Cycle City 2020, Yes Nepal, ICCN-N, Gharm Power, were the main contributors of the event, where the policies regarding environment preservation, youth participation on environment protection were discussed to find accurate solutions of environmental issues.

Hundreds of diverse people from different organizations, institutions, corporations and nations were join together for the whole day to share and discuss on concern issues. People were also participated on environment related photo exhibition, observed street drama and watched documentary to formulate the learning module about environment protection and came up with possible innovative solutions which they could easily relate to and act.

Mr. Abdul Hamid, head of organizational development and education, Concern Universal Bangladesh shared CMDDR Forum activities, as well Other 6 organization ED of Bangladesh has also participated and shared the achievements and its practice of environmental protection

in Bangladesh, meanwhile Mr. Sailendra Dangol, President of Yes Nepal, emphasized on cycle city for improving public health and reducing carbon production by explaining its importance and practices. Different National and International bodies are visited this program and sharing their views about the Environment protection.

At the same time different personalities and change makers shared their achievement on environment protection areas and committed on working for environment and environment related activities. The event provided learning modules to the participants about green economy, proper utilizing, preserving and managing natural resources, they also committed on working on environment protection and spreading awareness to the people.

Bangladesh Exposure Visit

In the invitation of Concern Universal Bangladesh 10 members organization of CMDRR forum Nepal was visited the some disaster risk area of Bangladesh with the leadership of AYON member and JCYCN president Tilottam Paudel on 1-8 July 2011. They were participated from the different organization JCYCN, HRELIC NEPAL, HOSTE HAISE, HIMAWANTI, WCDF, VOLUNTEER AID NEPAL, CWIN YOUTH FORUM, Tilottam Paudel, Vidya Sagar Pandey, Sharmila Ranabhat, Deepak Bashyal, Rama Ale Magar, Geeta Bohora, Mirdula Sharma, Bhuvan Paudel  and Kabita Rai accordingly had visited to Bangladesh. CMDRR Forum Nepal’s member organization are working in the issue of Community disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and environment in their own way. After the formation of CMDRR forum those organization are working together and sharing their knowledge and ideas in the above issue.

Learn with fun is the best way of learning, In the leadership of  Tilottam Paudel Coordinator of CMDRR Forum and President of JCYCN  entire team had visited  the several  place of  Borisal and Kuwakata  district of Bangladesh and share their idea, knowledge and best practices.

The community of Nutanchaur and Kuwakata they are really in more vulnerable condition. To reduce the risk of disaster they are planting trees, collecting fund within their community, and the community, they are doing the best practices by using their local resources like water bottle and rope for life jacket, canvas bag  and wood for stretcher like so many things they are doing to cope with disaster and to mitigate the disaster risk.

INDAB a partner organization of Concern Universal also running a school programme in Babugang Balika Madhyamic Vidhyalaya Babugang. School programme is more effective to raise awareness in the community. According to the student after this Progarmme now they are aware about disaster, disaster risk, and how to cope with disaster. They are divided disaster into three phases and they know what should they do before disaster, during disaster and after disaster. They are raising awareness in the community though drama, song competition and rally.

We had also visited the other organization like PGUK, INDAB and share our experience and learn their practical activities, how to protect the life from the disaster with the focus on role of youth and child club.