The Captivating Nepal team conducted a 3-day field trip to meet local municipality leaders, health professionals, and school principals to kick off our program planning coordination. The newest Captivating Nepal Village program aims to transform a village in a remote location near the base of the Himalayas by improving access to education, empowering communities through health and awareness sessions, and enhancing livelihood opportunities.
During this visit, a two-part kick-off meeting was held focused on education and livelihood improvement discussions. These initial discussions led to the following key points:
We shall support 10 schools to reduce absenteeism and dropout rates and find those who have already dropped out to reinstate them back to school.
Better teaching equipment will also be provided to improve these schools’ education quality.
The schools shall prepare a work plan with the ward representatives, education section officials, and our field staff.
Health camps targeting women and children will also be conducted where they can get free access to screening and diagnosis services.
The team will explore agricultural-related livelihood opportunities and form a “mother’s group” that shall support each other as they work toward self-sufficiency and sustainability.
Mahadev Baniya, Executive Director of Captivating Nepal, briefed the participants on our goals and ideas.
Captivating Nepal team discussing the possibility of forming a mother’s group.
We also visited the homes of the children who are vulnerable and are more at risk of discontinuing school. We engaged with the mothers of the kids because we know their kids’ attendance at school is tied to their support and faith in education.
It was a very productive field trip, and our team is in a better position to plan for what’s ahead of us. We are proud to see this level of collaboration happening in the work that we are doing in Nepal. We know that when we work together, more sustainable progress happens as we move toward a brighter future.
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