• On Jan 8, 2019

    JOIN OUR TEAM: We're currently looking for an Agriculture Officer to join our team. S/he will work with 450 small landholding farmers along the Dolalghat-Chautara Road Corridor to help them transition from subsistence cereal crop farming to commercial vegetable production. Our vision is to transform this area's economy and make it known for commercial vegetable farming just as Kavre’s Panchkhal or Palpa’s Madan Pokhara.

    To learn more and to apply: http://bit.ly/iSaP19AO

    Application Deadline: January 17, 2019

  • On Dec 25, 2018

    "Another flaw in human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance"-Kurt Vonnegut
    To build is a beginning, to make it sustain is a continuous process which is exactly why ISAP conducted Village Maintenance Workers (VMW) training for the beneficiaries of Project for Improving Water Access (PIWA) Phase-I. A 3 day VMW training was provided to 16 Water Users Committee (WUC) members from 8 Water Supply Schemes (2 members from each scheme) in September 2018 to ensure the Water Supply Schemes continue to serve the beneficiaries in the absence of the organization.
    Reflecting on the activities carried out in the field, it was not just us working for the communities that we had selected, it was a two way affair between ISAP and every member from the communities. The communities worked with us in every little way they could which led to the successful completion of Phase-I of the project and we are hopeful that the communities continue to work with us by preserving the water supply schemes that we have built together.
    The first day of the training was mostly filled with introductory sessions where the participants gained an in-depth knowledge about Village Maintenance Workers and the important role they play in the sustainability of the water supply schemes which was followed by theoretical sessions on the construction process of water supply schemes, introduction to the materials used in the construction process, identification of the standard and quality of the materials used in the water supply schemes and their maintenance. In the second and third day the participants were taught how to use the tools through practical demonstration. The participants of the workshop were later taken to the nearby construction site where a Reservoir Tank was being constructed to give them a firsthand experience in on-site activities. The participants later attended a post-training evaluation test upon completion of which the participants were certified as Village Maintenance Workers. At present ISAP has 16 dedicated Village Maintenance Workers from 8 water supply schemes who have taken up the responsibility to maintain the water supply schemes in their communities.

  • On Dec 21, 2018

    ISAP - Institution for Suitable Actions for Prosperity

  • On Dec 21, 2018

    How do you convince a 68 year old farmer that there are things about farming which he does not know? Or, he is not doing it the right way?
    No matter the age and experience, making someone accept new ways of doing things or adapting to a new way of living life is not an easy task. To go deeper into the issue, 'new' has always been scary, there is a different set of challenges and risks associated with anything 'new' that people are not aware of and prepared for, hence they will resist to it. It is a human nature and throughout history 'new' has always had a tough time in receiving acceptance from people used to a certain way of doing things or living lives. Anything 'new' has always had a rough beginning. Similar was the case for us during the initial phase of Small Agro-Farmers Income Improvement Project (SAFII). SAFII is a three year project aimed at increasing income from agriculture for small land-holding subsistence farmers from earthquake affected areas of Sindhupalchowk district. As mentioned earlier, the project was initially received with a lot of skepticism. Skepticism, not in the form of frowning faces or questions regarding the methods that we wanted to introduce. For most of us, Nepalis, saying 'NO' has always been a struggle, we just don't do it. Or, we do it our own way. The same was the case for us during the initial phase of this project. But there are few exceptions, while convincing most of our participants was such a struggle for us that it frustrates us till date when we look back at those days, there were few who believed in us and gave us their time and energy. Now, after 8 months of continuous efforts from our team especially the field team, our farmers are slowly opening up to the techniques that we want them to adopt. At present we are working with 20 farmer groups (FGs) with an average of 20 members per group who have committed themselves towards meeting the objective of this project. We would like to dedicate this post to our participants who have accepted us with open arms and laid their trust in our team. We would also like to thank our project team and other stakeholders for their continuous effort and 'never-say-never' attitude which helped us in changing the mindset of our participants.
    The picture here is a reflection of our journey. As much as it motivates us, we are also aware that this is just a small step and there is a lot more to achieve in the days to come.

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