August 6, 2012
Volunteers Initiative Nepal
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Program at a glance:
Program: Women's Empowerment
Start Dates: 1st and 15th of each month
Language Requirements: English (Basic Nepali is provided)
Food and Accommodation: Nepali standard with host family in the working community
Key Activities: working with women in the field, account keeping, awareness raising, technical skills, small grant writing
Beneficiaries: women from disadvantaged community
Working Hours: 4 to 5 hours a day, 6 days a week
Required Qualifications and Skills: No formal training required, passion to work with women, flexible attitude
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"...I was motivated to work in the women’s empowerment program, and I was very impressed with the goals VIN had helped the women set. I was able to aid the much needed new staff in gathering information about the current situation faced by each group, so they could focus on the present needs of the individual groups giving them the attention they need. With the staff routinely checking up on all the groups to monitor progress and provide assistance in mitigating problems, I think future volunteers will likely be able to greatly help the groups when they come to volunteer for even a short amount of time..."
Andrea Schmelcher, Canada
Women’s Empowerment Program Volunteer
January 12 to Feb 26, 2009
VIN’s mission is to empower marginalised communities, with a focus on women and children, through enhanced educational programs and community training to promote equality, economic wellbeing and basic human rights.
Working towards women's empowerment enables you to support women in their pursuit of healthy and sustainable livelihoods. Women's groups provide a forum for issues such as family health, women's rights, and access to resources, income generation, and other challenges women face in their daily lives. Volunteers have the opportunity to exchange ideas, collaborate in ongoing projects, teach basic English skills, help with small businesses, and be a positive role model. You can also provide support in many other ways, depending on your skills and interests and the needs of the local community.
VIN has the following key programmes to empower the local women:
Education (Literacy) and awareness
Saving and credit (micro-credit)
Income generative skills training
Teaching English Language for young women
VIN runs women education classes in much needy communities. VIN has trained over 200 women in literacy classes in 2009, which are taught by other local women and overseen by the women’s programme expert to help everyone learn to a good standard. Women need to be able to speak good English to access career options through the internet, through authentic materials in the English language and because companies prefer to employ people with good spoken English.
The women then receive skills-orientated training so that they can generate some income through projects such as vegetable farming (organic and non organic), livestock, incense making, candle making, dry food making.
They have regular meetings and save some money every month in their saving-credit groups. The women are also given training in organic agriculture to help the organic movement, which is labour intensive and to give people a chance to meet, talk, learn and exchange views with others in the movement.
VIN will be indebted to any volunteers with experience in this area. The forage development project aims to save women time by having grass closer to hand to feed their animals, which is their major source of income
Roles of Volunteers:
Work with VIN's local staff to train women
Help women's groups for account keeping
Work with women in their farm
Awareness raising activities
Women's health issues
Life skills, e.g. leaderships skills, decision making, communication, problem solving, coping with stress
Teach English language to young women
Develop small grant proposals to fund women's empowerment programs
Research for funding agencies and raise funds for local projects
Help explore possible market for women's products
Research and case studies on women's programs
So VIN invites all interested national and international volunteers to be part of our women’s development programmes. Come with expertise and help women learn or come with no expertise and learn together. Your small effort can make a big difference to women in the most marginalized communities!!! We do however request our volunteers to be flexible! It takes time for you to learn about the local women before you start your actual work and you need patience for that. Working in the community is not like a computer program, which is preset; you click and it works. You will be working with women of a totally different culture and lifestyle. Your steps will work slowly but SURELY!
Volunteer with VIN in the women’s development programme, teach women to be literate, skilled and empowered. Let's help women to leave their homes and experience the outer world!
Jitpurphedi Community, Kathmandu
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Volunteers Initiative Nepal