• On Jul 18, 2019

    Project for Improvement of Water Access II (PIWA II) is a project funded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan and is jointly implemented by Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) and Institution for Suitable Actions for Prosperity (ISAP) as its executing partner. As the name suggests this project is designed to make safe drinking water accessible to the rural community of Sindhupalchowk District, which is among one of the hard-hit districts by Earthquake 2015.

    As the project is running in its 2nd phase the work has been divided into various phases from months for the implementation of the Water Supply Scheme. Majority of the activities were directed towards building consensus in the community and government for construction of targeted 5 water supply schemes at 8 kilo, Bhirkuna, KhetaTole, Kuile, and Timure. The majority of the building consensus activities have been completed for the four WSS.

    We are planning to complete the construction of Intake in a few months despite the heavy monsoon rain and difficult road situation, still committed to meet our goals.

    P.S Here are some glimpses of PIWA II directly from the field.

  • On May 28, 2019

    Why Udhyami Fellowship?

    Business in Nepal has long been taken as gambling, risk taking attitude is a trait that an aspiring businessman must possess but ‘calculated risk’ till date remains a term unknown to many. The same is the reason why majority of the businesses shutdown within the first 3 years of establishment.

    We, at ISAP had come across a research paper in early 2015 which discussed the major reasons behind enterprises shutting down in the establishment phase itself. It was through the same report we learned that having technical knowledge of the sector of interest serves as an added advantage but that alone is not enough for one to run a successful business venture. Most organizations focus on workshops that only capacitates the participants with technical know-how but we have cases of persons with technical degrees being unable to sustain their businesses. This realization later inspired us to design Udhyami Fellowship.

    Udhyami Fellowship is an apprenticeship program that focuses on capacitating aspiring entrepreneurs with technical knowledge and business skills. The apprentices in the program are addressed as Fellows who stay with market veterans for a course of 4 to 12 weeks in which they gain a firsthand experience on farm business cycle, farm management, market linkage and acquire technical knowledge through on-the-job training opportunity. The objective of the program is not just to equip the fellows with technical and business knowledge but to also help them realize whether or not they are ready for the sector.

    We started with fellowship placement at Pragatishil Krishak Samuha in March 2016 in which 4 participants got enrolled. One of the fellows Mr. Manaraj Lama started his own mushroom farm in Makwanpur soon after the completion of Udhyami Fellowship. Another fellow, Mr.Binod Rai resumed his previous profession as a painter but he also serves as a contractor for constructing tunnels and mushroom packaging for mushroom farms in and around Kathmandu. Ms. Manju Karki and Ms. Anjana Thapa Magar realized that they were not ready for the challenges that the sector demands so they decided not to venture into the sector and save the amount they were willing to invest for until they find something for which they are ready for.

    After the successful completion of the pilot program at the mushroom farm at Kapan, Kathmandu. We spread to other sectors such as Goat Farming, Poultry Farming (Broiler), Poultry (Layers), Cow Farming, Coffee Shop Management and Vegetable Farming.

    By early 2017, ISAP had already completed 13 cycles of Udhyami Fellowship in all the sectors mentioned above. The project obtained similar results from all placements, the participants either got involved in the sector upon completion of the project and had a better start in their careers because of the exposure they had received from the placement or realized they were not ready for the hardship that the sector demands and decided to invest their resources and energy elsewhere.

    We would like to thank our Host Entrepreneurs from Pragatishil Krishak Samuha Ms. Rama Lamichhhane and Ms. Krishna Kumari Basnet for believing in us and for agreeing to join hands with us. We would also like to thank our fellows Ms. Anjana Thapa Magar, Ms. Manju Karki, Mr. Binod Rai and Mr. Manaraj Lama for having faith in us and for committing their time and energy to the program knowing it’s a first of its kind and had no success stories to back our claims regarding the program.

  • On May 6, 2019

    Two days training on FYM improvement and urine collection conducted:

    “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”This is what Benjamin Franklin says and understanding the essence of this quote, ISAP with Peace Wind Japan (PWJ) conducted a two-day training combining both theoretical and practical approach of learning on Farm Yard Management (FYM) improvement and urine collection training under SAFII project funded by JICA at Chautara, Sindhupalchowk. The training which was held from 30th April to 1st May 2019, saw the presence of 18 participants from different farmers' group. This training aimed to impart theoretical knowledge of FYM and urine collection techniques to the participants and persuade the participants to adopt the learned techniques by highlighting on advantages of FYM and urine collection techniques in the context of maintaining soil health and improving overall production. In addition, the participants got an opportunity to get hands-on experience from an FYM management and urine collection demonstration session.

    The first day of the training, which started with a briefing on the objective of the training was then followed by taking pre-test of all the participants. The first day of the training which mainly focused on theoretical aspect had three sessions: i. Plant nutrition, ii. Integrated Pesticides Management (IPM) and iii. FYM improvement and urine collection techniques. First two sessions were facilitated by SAFII staffs Mr Roshan Adhikari and Ms Dipika Adhikari respectively while the session on FYM was facilitated by external resource person, Mr Mitra Mahat, who has a year-long experience on this field. The second day of the training which was more of the demonstration of the construction of FYM improvement and urine collection structure was conducted in one of the participants’ cattle shed. Mr Mahat ensured that all the participants actively participated in the construction work at this session focused on learning by doing approaches. The participants are envisioned to do the same in their cattle shed after attending this training.

    All the participants concluded that the two days training was really fruitful for them and expressed great appreciation and acknowledgement towards SAFII team for continuously supporting them which has not only enhanced their technical skills and knowledge but has boosted their confidence towards fresh vegetable farming. Convinced that with improved cattle shed, FYM and collected urine shall provide all the necessary nutrients essential for plant, all the participating farmers showed commitment to construct the similar demonstrated structure in their cattle shed. “I will build the cow-shed in my house with what I have learned here practically in this “FYM improvement and urine management technique “training. Though I cannot afford to build a roof to preserve the manure from rainfall and sunlight, I will create a temporary roof from plants to maintain shade and protect the manure.”Saraswati Giri, one of the participants shared.

  • On Apr 29, 2019

    In response to the damages caused by the windstorm that struck Bara and Parsa districts on 17th of Chaitra 2075 (31st March 2019), ISAP and Peace Winds Japan jointly organized relief distribution project in Bara district with the funding support from Japan Platform.
    The packages included food ration, kitchen utensils, shelter kit and sanitation kit.
    The project team received immense support from the beneficiaries as well as all the stakeholders which helped us in successful completion of the project.

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