News Article 2017
Change Can Not Be Figured Out Over the Night:
Dear Friends, colleagues, and our supporters,
I am not expectant or dependent. I feel that expectancy and dependency can frustrate effort of working hard. I am a very hard initiator. I am a social worker. I am a person with blindness. I am a change maker. I am a hunter. I don’t tell people I can get you all you need in this world but I have learnt to work with people to change marginalized conditions. I know what I am talking about REAL Nepal.
As we enter in the beginning of this new year season, it’s important that we reflect on our past contributions to the communities and plan for the fourth coming years. How are you creating change? What change created? How does it impact the communities? Many of you supported REAL Nepal with gift, grants and valuable ideas. This is a right time for us to express our gratitude by saying Thank you for all your contributions, we were able to do more with your support. It’s not yet late for REAL Nepal to reach as many marginalized persons as this is our ultimate plan to create a better community where everyone celebrate it diversity. Your continuous support will make us create a new dynamic culture free of superstitious beliefs and disability will never be a problem at all.
Happy New year 2018!
Rajendra Prasad Dhital
REAL Nepal has setup the initial project: “REAL Dream Home” is a Residential educational training center/Preparatory school for blind children. It is located at Panauti Municipality ward No 4,Kavrepalanchowk, Nepal.
Now this home is completely prepared to offer accommodation for the blind children. We have started our educational training program on 15December 2017.
To implement the action plan, objectives and milestone we have done the following task regarding the dream.
Journey from January 2017 to May 2017.
REAL Nepal is registered social NGO on February 2017 at Kavre district Nepal. We have started our initial step from small office room. Then we went field trip to identifying blind children and preliminary survey. During that journey we found 18 most vulnerable blind children in different rural area within January to May 2017, who affected some are domestic violence, discrimination,frustration and still living with out of relief who are highly effected from earthquake 2015. One example:
She is Bed Kumari Ray a 5 years old blind child girl. The local resident of Mechchhe 2 Kavrepalanchok Nepal. There are 5 family members in that family. Amongst five 3 are the totally blind, they are her mother, brother and herself. The very sad thing they sold their property during the treatment. Before earthquake they had just one thatch house. Later the devastated earthquake totally destroyed whatever they had remaining. Right now, her father’s age is 64 and he is saving his family members in the open ground just covering by tent.
To regard that kind of situation we had conducted focus group discussion with local community, stakeholders, disability related peoples and organizations, schools’ administration, beneficiaries and their parents in different venue around Kavre district. All attendees who attend at the discussion suggest us and encourage to start our concept into the residential preparatory blind school and life skills training center to rehabilitate them as soon as possible. Also, they committed to any kind of support whatever we need from the community side.
Even some time we are facing additional barrier and backbiting during the work from some minorities. at the same time, we have been trying to solve the issue and finding a way to overcome from the challenges. If some people come front us being as a struggle, we can defense them through frequently showing our ability, dealing with positively and many times to gives the example of successful role model. This is ethical tools for convince the negativity and to break the barrier. Which practically we applied at our own community.
Step for the second phase
Back from the community level work and survey related actions. We realize to setup an infrastructure for residential the found children to educate. The following was realized:
1. Finding the accessible rental house:
Initially we located a promising building looked. Most of the community leaders and government stakeholders were very positive and inspired towards our social mission.
Unfortunately, after many meetings, the option of getting this piece of land and building donated to our organization didn’t work out.
Shortly after this, a piece of property including an old school building was found. It was owned by the government and clos to our current office. We would need to renovate the building. Also here many meetings were held and it took a lot of time. Unfortunately, in the end also this didn’t work out.
Then finally on the third of September 2017 we found a building that was under construction. It was located in a place where the community is friendly and helpful. Also, the area is accessible and the rent is reasonable. Right now, the rental house process is completed and we are arranging all essential needs for the children’s accommodation. On 10thNovember 2017 we have signed a contract to rent the house for 5 years. Each two year there will be increase 10% rent in the total amount. There are seven rooms with kitchen. Each room rent for per month 5000NPR and the total amount for rent is 35,000NPR according to the both parties’ agreement.
2. Curriculum Design:
In parallel to the house search, we worked on the curriculum development. On the 21stAugust 2017 we completed that curriculum which includes a subject matter of Braille literacy orientation, Whitecane mobility, orientation and interacting with local community, practical daily living skills; “toilet use, washing and cleaning, eating and preparing food and how to dress”, music and dancing, feeling touching and recognition shapes and sizes, introduction to daily uses materials Etc.
We were supported by several specialists from the District Education Office Kavre, a Special blind teacher from Sanjiwani Higher secondary school Dhulikhel, a nursery teacher from Save Our Soul”SOS” school Banepa and a disability expert from Kathmandu University inclusion department.
3. Staff selection:
On 25thSeptember 2017, REAL Nepal selected two caretakers. Both ladies are local residents of Kavre district where our organization is registered. They are appointed formally from 15th November 2017.
Child Protection policy and Code and Conduct design:
After many meetings with children’s specialists an DPOs stakeholders. We were able to draft a code of conduct and child protection policy for the child safety. The policies are according to the Nepalese law for the child right, and according to the organizational objective, vision mission, norms and values and to address the social security. This is applicable rule for the staff, beneficiaries and their parents, monitoring team, visitors, daily routine for the accommodation utilize, board committee, supporter and donor Etc.
5. Training and instruction for the staff:
Before the children arrive on 25thNovember 2017, the REAL Nepal staff had trained by executive Director, Mobility expert Mr. Sushil Adhikari and child psychologist and Nursery teacher of SOS school Banepa, Miss Sushila Subedi. They were learned about child care, Personal hygiene and sanitation, mobility training on how to assist blind children during walking, feeling touching and identifying objects, toilet use, tooth brushing, how to enjoy with child suppose family environment and other daily using activities. And all relevant parties will be introduced to our policy, code of conduct and agreement before the formal course start.
During this one-year journey we have completed some important steps:
During several field trips we found vulnerable blind children, we organized workshops, an awareness campaign and a seminar, we developed an international level curriculum, we found a suitable location and rental house, and we met with all stakeholders.
We now want to provide Braille literacy and life-skills training for these blind children.
We are now starting the “REAL Dream Home”, which is a Residential educational training center/Preparatory school for blind children. REAL Dream Home
On December 15, 2017, REAL Nepal has set up a hostel, (REAL Dream Home) in Panauti Kavrepalanchok for the blind and partially sighted children. The REAL Dream Home is a residential programmed to equip blind and partially sighted children with the necessary tools for successful integration in a mainstream school. For young children the programmed is a preparation for mainstream education. For children who are already in school it is a supplementary course to provide them with effective methods for their successful studies. Currently six totally blind and 9 low vision children, all together 15 children from different parts of Nepal are being trained in the center. In the first year of the program, total 15 children enrolled.
Our curriculum is focused on the following areas:
- Braille literacy in different languages
- Mobility training: independent movement with the use of the white cane
- Daily living skills such as personal hygiene and some housework
- Computer literacy with the use of screen reading software
- Self-confidence and communication training to accept the disability and respond to challenges and discrimination.
- Training on tactile graphics, drawing of maps and diagram.
The above-mentioned activities, every day in the morning and evening and on holidays as well, the children in REAL Dream Home study and practice regular study and other so many of extra-curricular activities such as, music, computer training with screen reader software, games/sports, dancing gardening etc. in the hostel. Listen to local songs. After one to two years of intensive training, students will be successfully integrated into the regular mainstream schools using knowledge and methods they acquired during the programmed at REAL Nepal Blind School. However, they will be staying at the center until their grade 12.
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
These activities were implemented with financial support of
1. Leopold Bachman Foundation, for funding the initial setup of residential educational training center/preparatory school – REAL Nepal first project “REAL Dream Home”.
2. Stichting Doel voor Ogen from The Netherlands herein represented by Mr. Joop Bons funding support to REAL Nepal.
3.Individuel token funded by Mr. John Pepper from Scotland, for funded the world link internet installation and Desktop computer for REAL Nepal office.
4. Beginning well, The necessary braille materials afforded by local government Dhulikhel Municipality Kavrepalanchok for REAL Nepal educational training program.
7. Paul and Sabriya (founder of kanthari) for being best mentor for REAL Nepal.
Thank you for what you did. We look forward to continue working with you on special inclusive educational programs in REAL Nepal.