• On Sep 27 & 19 likes

    CHANGING HABITS OF PRACTICING MASONS!

    CHANGING HABITS OF PRACTICING MASONS!
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    If you ask any motorist in Kathmandu, they would be able to tell you when a turn signal (or side light) should be used. But, on the roads, half fail to use it. Doing the right thing is not only about knowledge. Habit plays a significant role.
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    Construction of residential buildings in Nepal is primarily carried out by the informal sector, mostly the owners-builders with a handful of skilled masons assisting them. The work-force (masons, bar-benders, electricians and plumbers) employed in this sector does not have any formal training. Most of them acquire sill working as a helper to the so-called “skilled ones”) or through practical experience through work done by their families. As technology progressed from timber and stone construction to use of concrete and steel, mason were forced to uptake new technology without any formal training. Improper use of such materials and monkey imitation of technology have resulted in high cost, low quality buildings making them vulnerable to earthquake such as the April 25 Gorkha Earthquake.
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    As local masons have been practicing improper techniques, corrective measures not only require a theoretical knowledge transfer but practical lessons. Government of Nepal has made a 7-day Mason Training mandatory for masons/builders who would go and rebuild more than 700,000 homes destroyed by the earthquake previous year. This program achieves the goal of transferring the knowledge to practicing mason. What it lacks is changing the habit.
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    When you type, you are not actually thinking where the alphabets are but somehow your hands knows which keys to press. Similarly, for mason inserting a stirrup or doing concreteting is more about the hands than thinking it through. It's more intuitive. To address this challenge, ISAP is conducting on-the-job training for skilled and semi-skilled masons in Sindhupalchowk. Apart from the 7-day Mason Training following the DUDBC curriculum, we are working to built demonstration or model houses through an on-the-job training program designed to not only transfer the knowledge but changing the habits of practicing mason.
    In addition to addressing the needs of skilled masons, our OJT program provides opportunities for semi-professional construction workers to become skilled masons addressing the need of the country to produce more masons. A by-product of the OJT, is the community building itself. The buildings are used as demonstration or model building for locals to learn from when they start rebuilding their own homes. Our use of mud and stone with concrete bands provides a good alternative for local builders to choose from. The building also serves to replace milk collection centers, agricultural cooperatives, early childhood care & development centers that were destroyed by the Nepal Earthquake.
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    ISAP in partnership with Peace Winds Japan has constructed 13 of these buildings and trained over 140 local "naike" masons. https://www.facebook.com/SuitableActions4Prosperity/photos/a.1289028111116688.1073741863.598955603457279/1289028664449966/?type=3

  • On Sep 22 & 11 likes

    7 Day Mason Training Program.

    7 Day Mason Training Program.
    ISAP in partnership with Peace Winds Japan and Japan Platform conducted two Mason Training Programs in Irkhu VDC in Sindhupalchowk. These trainings increase the ability to construct earthquake resistant buildings with an aim to address the growing need for reconstruction of individual dwellings in the aftermath of the earthquake.

  • On Sep 19 & 25 likes

    Happy Birthday Pankaj!

    Happy Birthday Pankaj! May all your dreams come true! :)

    PS: We waited the whole day to cut this cake!

  • On Sep 15 & 9 likes

    ESI at Bhakta Vidhyashram.

    ESI at Bhakta Vidhyashram.
    We have started our exciting Early Social Innovators (ESI) program at Bhakta Vidhyashram Secondary School. The students of grade 7, 8 and 9 were very enthusiastic to know about the concept of innovation, and how entrepreneurship and social issues go hand-in-hand. We have 4 groups who are focused on waste management, sanitation, and lack of food facilities in and outside of their school. ISAP team wishes them good luck for their 2-week entrepreneurship journey. Stay with us to know about their learning and achievements.

  • On Sep 06 & 11 likes

    Instilling the Spirit of Entrepreneurship.

    Instilling the Spirit of Entrepreneurship. ISAP has partnered with Share and Care Nepal to work with young adults from Nuwakot, Makwanpur and Lalitpur. Through our 2 day workshop and 21 one day exercise, our participants learn what it feels like to be an entrepreneur and skill sets they require to be one!

  • On Aug 15 & 25 likes

    We are hiring!

    We are hiring! ISAP is looking for a Program Associate and a Content Writer! We are looking for someone who is versatile and self-initiating.
    Please log on to: http://bit.ly/2aXr0f6 to know more about the vacancy.

  • On Jul 28 & 17 likes

    Meet Our Udhyami Fellow.

    Meet Our Udhyami Fellow. My name is Sunny Rajupadhyay and I am 24 years old. I studied in Little Angels’ School until highschool, and after that I joined Silver Mountain College from where I obtained a Bachelors degree in Business Administration (BBA). During a field visit, I was taken to Dwarika Hotel where I tasted one of the finest Organic Coffees found in Nepal. It was not the first time I had coffee but from that day, I started looking at coffee differently. I went back to Dwarika Hotel to try it again but on that visit I found out that they were selling one cup of coffee for NRs 450 + taxes; which is expensive for a student but I did not mind spending my savings on it. Later that day, I went home and did an online research on Nepali Organic Coffee and went to different restaurants and cafes that sell organic coffees. I was on a coffee hunt for a long time during which I came to Karma Coffee. I found the place very interesting as it had the whole value-chain of coffee in a small boutique. I was desperate to learn from them about their products and business but I did not know how to approach them. After some time I saw the fellowship advertisement of ISAP shared in a facebook group called Entrepreneurs for Nepal. The picture had a cup of coffee in it and the advertisement was for Coffee fellowship so I got very excited about it. I clicked on the link to find out that the fellows would be placed at Karma and after going through the program details I realized that it would be a great opportunity for me to learn the entire ecosystem of coffee. I went through the questions thoroughly because I wanted to make sure that I don’t miss anything and after that I prepared my answers and applied for the fellowship on the same day.

  • On Jul 18 & 25 likes

    Udhyami Insights: Why Restaurants Fail?

    Udhyami Insights: Why Restaurants Fail?

    Thank you everyone for attending the event Udhyami Insights: Why Restaurants Fail? held on 15th July 2016. We had 98 participants for the event.
    We would like to thank our speakers, Mr. Sushil Khadka from Bajeko Sekuwa, Mr. Sulav Lal Kakshapati from Nanglo Cafe and Pub and Mr. Khem R. Lakai CHE from GATE Hospitality Pvt.Ltd for taking out time to interact with aspiring entrepreneurs and students.
    Please feel free to tag yourself in the photos!

  • On Jul 14 & 6 likes

    Udhyami Story: Swiffles.

    Udhyami Story: Swiffles. One fateful day, optimistic Ishan tells his friend, realistic Smriti that he has entered her name as his business partner in the Idea Studio Challenge; the challenge is an initiation by Idea Studio a non-profit organization working to channel creative ideas by young entrepreneurial hopefuls and help them turn it into socially conscious enterprise. Confused; Smriti agrees to be a part of the challenge unware that just months later they would go on to win it and eventually be introducing Nepal’s first customizable Home-made chocolates called Swiffles. This was essentially how the partnership of Smriti Tuladhar and Ishan Pandey began...
    Read more at: http://bit.ly/290wvKf

  • On Jul 05 & 8 likes

    ESI completion at Patan High School.

    ESI completion at Patan High School. This is the 8th school that we did our Early Social Innovators (ESI) program in. The students in this school were very interactive and spirited. We had a total of 5 groups. They came up with many ideas like making and selling handkerchief, selling stationery materials, selling healthy fruit, selling handmade story books and showing drama for a cause.
    The helping group who sold handmade handkerchiefs won this program with the most votes.

  • On Jun 29 & 6 likes

    If you are thinking about development issues, then you are at the Say for Development is the right place.

    If you are thinking about development issues, then you are at the Say for Development is the right place. Say for Development is a space for development thoughts, in the forms of articles, opinions, reflective pieces and photo stories.

    It's mission is promoting discussions and debates across a broad gamut of subjects that relate to and affect the global development spectrum - politics, international relations, economics, sociology and so forth. https://www.facebook.com/sayfordevelopment/

  • On Jun 28 & 10 likes

    "What if villagers whose houses were destroyed by the earthquake could cheaply grow what they needed to rebuild?" What if you could grow your own house?

    "What if villagers whose houses were destroyed by the earthquake could cheaply grow what they needed to rebuild?" What if you could grow your own house?
    Read more at: http://bit.ly/290wvKf

  • On Jun 16 & 25 likes

    JOIN OUR TEAM.

    JOIN OUR TEAM. We're hiring a two CIVIL ENGINEERS with 2-6 years of work experience. SHELTER ENGINEER would educate the community on earthquake resistant building design, conduct a 50-day long mason training and supervise construction of community buildings. RURAL WATER SUPPLY ENGINEER would provide technical assistance on construction of water supply and irrigation systems. For details, http://bit.ly/isapcareers

  • On Jun 09 & 9 likes

    Thank you ピースウィンズ・ジャパン Peace Winds Japan for this awesome East Timor Peace Coffee.

  • On Jun 07 & 25 likes

    Are you passionate about working to boost Nepal's entrepreneurial ecosystem?

    Are you passionate about working to boost Nepal's entrepreneurial ecosystem? You will be facilitating the growth of small and micro enterprises as well as encouraging youths to agriculture and entreprenuership. To know more: http://bit.ly/1Ych6cM

  • On May 31 & 12 likes

    ESI at Patan High School: We have started our Early social Innovators program in the 7th school.

    ESI at Patan High School: We have started our Early social Innovators program in the 7th school. The students are very excited and inquisitive about the program.

  • On May 31 & 25 likes

    Meet our Team: Abhinav, has a Bachelors Degree in Social work and is currently pursuing Masters degree in Rural Development.

    Meet our Team: Abhinav, has a Bachelors Degree in Social work and is currently pursuing Masters degree in Rural Development. He is a social worker, an aspiring writer and a dreamer. Before joining ISAP, Abhinav worked in Gorkha district as a field officer at Nepal Jesuit Social Institute (NJSI) where he worked with different communities affected by the 2015 earthquake. While working in Gorkha, he learned that the bigger problem in the VDCs was the lack of young man power created by the decades long migration trend in Nepal. His search for means to keep youth in the country brought him to ISAP. He believes creating job opportunities and encouraging entrepreneurship are the best ways to keep the youth in the country and is hopeful that this initiative will also contribute in bringing the manpower back home.He has over five years of work experience in total in different sectors and in different capacities. His journey as a social worker began in 2011 as a volunteer in Child Workers In Nepal (CWIN) which is one of the leading NGOs in Nepal working for the welfare of street children and against Child Sexual Abuse. After gaining some knowledge in CWIN, Abhinav, moved to Voice of Children (VOC) as an intern where he gained firsthand experience in working with street children and victims of child sexual abuse. After spending nearly 16 months in VOC, Abhinav joined A School for Community (ASC- Pharping, Kathmandu) as a partial fulfillment of his Bachelors Degree program where he helped the farmers in production and marketing of organic crops. Abhinav, often boasts about his involvement in the construction of the Bottle house which has become a landmark in the area.ASC also provided him the firsthand experience in community development. The experience was further polished in Lamjung district where he worked as an International Citizenship Service Volunteer through Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO-Nepal). Excluding the organizations mentioned above, Abhinav has worked in five other organizations in the past which includes private firms, government and non-government organizations and youth groups.

  • On May 26 & 5 likes

    Are you thinking about starting a business related to coffee?

    Are you thinking about starting a business related to coffee? Our Udhyami Fellowhip program allows you to gain an insight into this industry but you will also learn how to profile coffee beans, roast them and brew perfect coffees. Find out more: http://bit.ly/1VjkPEn

  • On May 23 & 9 likes

    Manaraj lama: I am from Makwanpur district.

    Manaraj lama: I am from Makwanpur district. The reason I joined this program is because I wanted to learn how I could contribute in the agriculture development and I have always been interested in mushroom farming. I do not have much to do these days. I have also worked abroad but now I want to stay here and work. After this training I will work in a mushroom farm and earn my living.

  • On May 19 & 25 likes

    Are you thinking about starting a business related to coffee?

    Are you thinking about starting a business related to coffee? Our Udhyami Fellowhip program allows you to gain an insight into this industry but you will also learn how to profile coffee beans, roast them and brew perfect coffees. Find out more: http://bit.ly/1VjkPEn

  • On May 19 & 4 likes

    Suka Lal Tamang, the man behind Barahi Builders.

    Suka Lal Tamang, the man behind Barahi Builders. Read how he left a promising job in Department of Roads to start up his own construction company. http://bit.ly/1TAufcQ Barahi Builders

  • On May 18 & 25 likes

    Agraj from ISAP handing over the completion report of Bidhyodaya Lower Secondary School to Rojika from Daya Foundation.

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