In 2015-17 Soroptimist International President Yvonne Simpson’s Nepal-based Appeal aimed to make a difference to the lives of women and girls following the devastating earthquakes of 2015, through education and leadership.
Projects funded by the Appeal were varied and ranged from building schools to providing scholarships
With the help of SI Chester, a local Charity – Classrooms in the Clouds – (CITC) successfully applied for funding of £32,780.00 for:
- Teacher Training Programme
- Sponsorship of two Peripatetic Female Support Workers
- Teacher/Student Resources including Menstrual Hygiene Kits
CITC commented: ‘The bid is facilitating the CITC ‘Inspire Programme’ with intensive and focused training for at least 10 CITC sponsored teachers and more than 1,200 girls.
As well as Intensive Teacher Training and mentoring, CITC are providing follow up support through 2 Educational Support Workers working in the classroom alongside CITC teachers in at least 10 schools in the remote regions of Nepal. Developing child-centred learning approaches using the ‘Train the Trainer’ model, CITC will also be supporting First Aid and Menstrual Health training to benefit women and girls in village schools and support more approaches to female health and welfare. Involving the whole school community, CITC’s Inspire programme will support gender equality in schools and develop strong female role models through CITC’s female teachers and CITC partners in the school and village communities.
Empowering women and girls to continue education, breaking down barriers and creating supportive, gender friendly school communities.”
CitC’s menstrual health and first aid training programme is going from strength to strength, supporting female students to overcome the social stigma of menstruation and facilitating menstrual health management. Numerous workshops have taken place at schools across the rural Solukhumu region of Nepal. CITC sponsored teacher Phambi Rai has been key in coordinating the recent training, acting as an inspirational role model to the parents and female students.
“We missed school when we had our periods and had to work at home but after receiving the menstrual kit, we feel confident and are able to come to school regularly.”
Tenjina Basnet, Grade 8. Sotang
“students come (to school) regularly after getting menstrual kit, pads are comfortable to use, they saved their money. Pads are easy to wash and dry, they are thankful to CITC Nepal.” Mingma Chhamji Sherpa – CITC Educational Support Worker.
First Aid training has also been carried out at the schools, helping the community with practical advice and skills to keep their children safe.