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Sapana Village Social Impact has played a vital role in changing the livelihood of local people (Chepang) living in wards 10 and 11 of Siddi under Kalika Municipality, Chitwan. In order to fulfill the basic needs of people, the SVSI foundation started its project “A Step Ahead for the Development of Siddi Preserving the Nature” in 2016 as three years step by step development plans. A group of energetic youth was mobilized to collect primary data and field survey.
In 2016 a Nepali delegation with participation of SVSI visited a rural development project in Peru that has been quite successful in eradicating poverty with a methodology called “Pachamama Raymi”.
An important aspect of this methodology is its holistic approach to the transformation process, which means that the living environment, primary health care, education and economic development together with the restauration and sustainable use of natural resources are all considered in the project’s interventions.
Peer learning, farmer to farmer training, making use of existing knowledge of exemplary use of natural resources and of the best practices of successful farmers are important characteristics of the methodology.
The use of strong incentives for the participation of the population, organizing contests with attractive cash prizes, is another element of the methodology. This approach is becoming known as a gamification in other development contexts.
Strengthening of cultural identity, cooperation with local authorities are contribute to the success of the methodology.
SVSI with the financial and technical assistance of FEMI decided to experiment with this method to find out whether equally positive result good be realized in the extremely poor villages of the Middle hills of Nepal.
In November 2016 SVSI started its first rural development project using this method in the area of the former VDC Siddhi with financial support of FEMI.
It did not take much time for the SVSI staff to use, improve and adapt the methodology.
After 3 years of having run the project, the results have surpassed all expectations. The acceptance and participation of the population has been 100 %. Apart from the visible and measurable results of the project in many aspects of life, the project has produced a durable change in the mindset of the population resulting in a more optimistic outlook on life.
The local government, equally positive about the methodology and its results, has co-financed some of the activities of the project and is ready to carry out and finance some follow-up activities now that the project is coming to an end,
A new project has already been formulated. This time SVSI will work in the poorest part of the former Kaule VDC with the cooperation of the local government and financial support of FEMI.
A fundraising effort will be started to be able to expand the project to other areas and populations suffering from extreme poverty and degradation of their natural resources.
How this project starts?
On the progress of running medical camps`in the remote area Sapana Village Social Impact team firstly stepped in Siddhi, The remote Chepang village.
In the annual conversations with local students, and observing their current situation, the team decided to support them and arranged some small projects such as: medical camps, uniform distributions at first, but we didn't find any sustainable development in their lifestyle.
Then with the support of FEMI Foundation Netherland, Sapana Village Lodge and local government, we have started a 3 years project named " A step ahead in the development of Siddhi".
Goal of the project: Poverty elevation with public participation.
Our main goal is to make people aware about their situation and be with them in bringing them out of their social, economic, health and educational poverty.
Activities of project:
- BASELINE SURVEY
Baseline survey was conducted in Siddhi with technical assistance from Karuna Foundation
Nepal, Kathmandu. The baseline was done hiring 9 ladies enumerators from university and
assistance enumerators were the local Tamang and Chepang ladies. It took us a week to collect
the data by trained enumerators. For the baseline survey digital methodology was used. All the
enumerators provided with a mobile filled with a baseline software REMO. The data later was
compiled and analyzed by Karuna Foundation and final data was sent to us.
- OPENING CEREMONY
The opening ceremony for the Siddhi project was set for November 22, 2016. It was announced
with posters in Siddhi area to invite everyone and announce the singing, dancing and typical
The objective of the festive opening ceremony is to
- strengthen cultural identity of a people considered as low cast in Nepali society, suffering the
impacts of cultural domination, affecting people’s self-confidence and group cohesion
- make the project known to all people of the village, and more specifically:
- demonstrate that when the project announces cash prizes, that cash prizes will be awarded
- spread optimism and happiness as a fundamental ingredient to start building a brighter future.
- PROGRESS IN PREVENTABLE HEALTH ISSUES
The project has been able to work in the field of construction of toilet, smoke free stoves and
waste management in the community via family and community competition. People are also
encouraged to have a first aid box in the houses and the health workers are also motivated to
accelerate their services via health worker competition. We have also constructed a birthing
center in Siddhi health post for improving child maternal health. The changes in the field of
preventive health issues can be more made clear through this table.( table containing no. of
toilets, smoke free stoves, first aid box)
- PROGRESS IN FORESTATION
We have distributed more than 200000 fodder trees and 7000 fruit trees to the people of Siddhi
by installing a nursery in Siddhi. Farmers have planted those fodder trees on their privet owned
land and community forests. We have mainly distributed Bokaino, ipil ipil, taki as fodder and
mango, lichee and lemon as fruit trees. We also tried planting Macadamia but it was not received
well and due to geographical features of this area macadamia could not be promoted in this area.
Wew have also distributed Broom grass for income generation, fodder for animals and protection
of the land from soil erosion.
- Income generating activities
Sapana Village Social Impact has also contributed in the income generation of the people of
Siddhi. Knowing the area and its possibilities in the field of goat raring and bee keeping the
project has invested a good sum in distributing bee hives and male goat in the area. We have
distributed 30 bore goats and 14 jamunapari and 1 barberi breed bringing them from different
outreach stations of Bandipur national goat research center. We have also distributed 200 bee
boxes to 10 farmers of siddhi. Some farmers were encouraged to do fruit farming and provided
fruit trees (100 plant a farmer). We have also encouraged and promoted farmers from ward 7 and
5 to do home stay business and are doing very well at the moment.
- Interaction with local authorities and jury training
We have always worked in a close collaboration with the local government. In all of our income
generating activities the local government has participated minimunm10% to maximum 35%
partnership. For the evaluation of the prize winning families as well we have always taken help
from the local government. We always took people selected by the community to be the jurors
and the jury was a team of 3 jurors 2 local government members and 2 representatives from
SVSI. All of the team was first trained and taken to a mock judgment and the final evaluation
- Prize distribution ceremony
The prize distribution ceremony was conducted in the center of Siddhi. Every ceremony was
enjoyed by more than 2000 people. The major attraction of the ceremony was the prize of the
contests, great quality of food, local cultural performances and some national artists performing
in the ceremony. There were all together 4 prize distribution ceremony in 3 years time and the
competitions were as follows:-
1. Inter family competition
2. Inter community competition
3. Inter school competition
4. Inter health worker competition
5. Champions league
6. Fruit farmer competition
7. Goat farmer competition
8. Male goat farmer competition
9. Bee keepers' competition
10. Jury competition
- Training's to the farmers
The farmers were taken to some other expert farmers of local areas and excursions to some other
areas where there were successful farmers. We believe in farmer teaching to farmers so we used
scholars with farming practices to train the farmers. All the bee keeping, goat raring and fruit tree
growing farmers were trained by their fellow farmers.
- Installment of nursery
- Hostel and berthing Center in Siddhi
- Excursion tour for people in Siddhi.
- Veterinary camp in all wards.
- Political parties tried to take benefit.
- People are very slow in completing designated works.
- People are very money minded and want to make money from all activities.
- Transport is one of the major problems.