G-707

Girls Vocational Education

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Project Description

Region: Asia

Country: Nepal

Location: Western Nepal

Total Budget: $54,099

Areas of Focus: Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, Economic and community development


According to the Department of Foreign Employment, in 2012 about half a million Nepali citizens migrated abroad for work. Most migrant workers are young people from rural areas who seek work overseas spurred by poverty and a lack of decent employment opportunities. Many of these youth are unskilled and often illiterate labourers who earn as little as $150 per month, in sometimes appalling working conditions. The exodus of the labour force is now creating a huge deficit of active manpower in the country, in addition to affecting the family and social structure in rural areas of Nepal. According to the Department of Foreign Employment, in 2012 about half a million Nepali citizens migrated abroad for work. Most migrant workers are young people from rural areas who seek work overseas spurred by poverty and a lack of decent employment opportunities. Many of these youth are unskilled and often illiterate labourers who earn as little as $150 per month, in sometimes appalling working conditions. The exodus of the labour force is now creating a huge deficit of active manpower in the country, in addition to affecting the family and social structure in rural areas of Nepal.

The NYF has a team in Kathmandu that manages their Vocational Education Programme. Since most of the trainees are girls rescued from indentured servitude, a field office has also been set up in Nepalgunj to support the programme. To date, the NYF has trained 530 youth in highly competitive and marketable trades such as computer technology, junior engineering, auxiliary health professionals, agriculture technicians, electricians, mechanics, carpenters and tailors. The training provided involves a range of short-term courses from three months to full technical training of up to three years. In a country that has an unemployment rate of 46 per cent, the NYF programme has succeeded in obtaining an 80 per cent employment rate for its graduates.

The NYF covers the full cost for each trainee and has an established approach of offering group orientations on the scope of vocational education and training opportunities, followed by individual career counselling using standard tests to identify aptitude and interest. Thereafter, the trainees are enrolled in appropriate training programmes considering their skill sets and marketability of the training. Finally, the NYF assists with job placement and small business initiatives, including regular follow-ups for at least 3 months after completion of the training.

The NYF's plan is to provide vocational education to 500 youth annually. In the coming years, a large number of Kamlari girls will complete their school education and will need to be placed for further studies or vocational training. It is with this in mind that the Rotary Club of Patan would like to assist the NYF in enabling more young people to attain gainful employment and support themselves and their families.

The Rotary Club of Patan, in its effort to reduce poverty in underserved communities and develop opportunities for productive work in Nepal, is eager to continue its successful collaboration with the NYF and support its Vocational Education Programme.

The Rotary Club of Patan is seeking partner support to fund the NYF's vocational training program of 100 adolescents over the next 3 years at an estimated project cost of US$ 50,000 (US$ 500 per trainee). Each young person equipped with a professional skill will uplift the standard of his or her family within the community and society at large. Considering an average family size in Nepal of five, an additional 500 people will thus be indirectly benefited.

Primary Host Partner

District: 3292

Rotary Club of: Patan

Primary Contact: Gabriele Mallapaty

Email: gabriele.mallapaty@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 7080

Rotary Club of: Mississauga-Dixie

Primary Contact: Sandy Cavanagh

Email: sandycav@msn.com

Project Status

Reported
This project is "Reported". This means the final report has been sent to The Rotary Foundation, waiting to be approved.

Project listed for the 2016-17 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #1527136.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project

Date

Cash

DDF

Total

Patan (3292)

16-Jul-15

$100

-

$100

Mississauga-Dixie (7080)

16-Jul-15

$15,414

$15,414

$30,828

Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation

$7,757

$15,414

$23,171

Total

$54,099

Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

Project Supporting Documents

Project Photos

History Log Entries

15-Feb-14

System Entry

Creation of project page.

16-Jul-15

System Entry

Project is now "Fully Pledged".

2-Nov-15

by Sandy Cavanagh

https://www.facebook.com/312869632144327/posts/878885905542694/

On 2 October, twenty former Kamlari girls received their certificate for completing a three months tailoring training. The certificates were distributed by the District Education Officer. The girls will now start an internship to further improve their skills and develop a business plan.

You must have heard about the current situation in Nepal. We have just passed the constitution and that has caused some unrest in some southern parts of Nepal. In addition we are suffering from an 'undeclared' transit blockade imposed by India. All this is making it difficult to start the next batch of trainees. We will let you know as soon as the situation improves and we can start with the next batch of trainees.

16-Feb-16

by Sandy Cavanagh

The Fashion Design Training started on 1st July 2015 at the Lawajuni Training Center, and was completed on Oct 2 2015.

The Goat Raising Training started on 29th November 2015 at the Rapti Technical School in Dang and will finish Feb 29th 2016.

Challenges

The undeclared blockade and protest in the mid and far western region that started back in Sep 2015 delayed the implementation of the program and still affect the planned activities. It is only now that the blockade has been lifted and lives returning to normal.

2-Jun-16

System Entry

Application Sent to The Rotary Foundation through Member Access.

2-Jun-16

System Entry

Application approved by The Rotary Foundation.

2-Jun-16

System Entry

Payment has been issued by The Rotary Foundation.

16-Dec-16

by Sandy Cavanagh

Project completed - all students have been trained

2-Jul-17

by Gabriele Mallapaty

System Entry: Final Report sent to The Rotary Foundation.

16-Sep-17

by Sandy Cavanagh

Project completed

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