A JILAF delegation visited Nepal from June 8 (Wednesday) to 17 (Friday) for the SGRA project (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network), which is being implemented with grants from the Japanese government (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare). The delegation visited the capital of Kathmandu and the districts of Bhaktapur, Morang, and Parsa, where the project is being implemented, to attend the first meetings of the current fiscal year of the Regional Working Committees (RWCs) and to organize new network members through Life Support Seminars toward improving and uplifting the livelihoods of informal-sector workers.
Although the initial plan for the current fiscal year was 150 participants, the Life Support Seminars (LSS) in the three districts actually attracted a total of 164 participants (of whom about 80% were women). Trainers in charge of promoting activities in the districts supplied information about assistance that the Nepalese people could receive free of charge and livelihood improvement, such as social insurance and public services. Reports on the seminars were broadcast on Makalu TV in Morang and carried in multiple local newspapers in Parsa.
Furthermore, the JILAF delegation also visited the district of Lalitpur, one of the 14 districts that suffered heavy damage in the major earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015, where JILAF is implementing a project using its own funds, and convened the first meeting of the Lalitpur Regional Working Committee. Comprising representatives of the government, the committee discussed (1) the organization of 50 new network members through a Life Support Seminar scheduled to be held in September, (2) JILAF-led vocational training and bridging existing vocational training programs operated by local government, employers’ organizations, and others, and (3) the establishment of an SGRA cooperative society (sahakari). The participants expressed their hopes for the first LSS to be held in September (including a lecture by Zenrosai Kyokai [National Association of Workers’ Welfare and Cooperative Insurance], a Japanese workers’ mutual-aid organization).
From now on the SGRA project in Nepal will involve the start of JILAF-led vocational training (sewing, knitting, hairdressing, added-value candle making, etc.), training (spice preparation, etc.) led by the SGRA cooperative societies (sahakari), and literacy training for network members in each district. In addition, coordination will be further strengthened with the government, labour, and management in each district and with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to facilitate the bridging of network members to existing vocational training programs operated by the government, employers’ organizations, the ILO, and others so as to provide as many network members as possible with vocational training opportunities.
|06/10||Fri||Morang Regional Working Committee meeting|
|06/11||Sat||Life Support Seminar in Morang|
Bhaktapur Working Committee meeting
Life Support Seminar in Bhaktapur
|06/12||Sun||Parsa Regional Working Committee meeting|