From June 12 (Monday) to 22 (Thursday) JILAF visited Nepal 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 JILAF delegation visited the capital of Kathmandu and the districts of Bhaktapur, Morang, and Parsa, where the project is being implemented. In each of these districts the first meeting in fiscal 2017 of the Regional Working Committee (RWC) was held, followed by the organization of new network members through Life Support Seminars (LSS) to improve and uplift the livelihoods of informal-sector workers. A total of 103 new network members (informal-sector workers) were organized, of whom women accounted for about 70%.
One of the highlights of the current fiscal year will be the start of mobile phone repair training in Morang, which is being attempted for the first time. In Bhaktapur, Japan’s Zenrosai Kyokai (National Association of Workers’ Welfare and Cooperative Insurance) will provide guidance on management know-how in September following a strong request from the SGRA cooperative society (sahakari) there. And in Parsa, the RWC shared the results of bridging of network members to vocational training programs operated by the local government and others (three sewing trainees and three hairdressing trainees). Furthermore, in Lalitpur (one of the 14 districts most seriously hit by the earthquake in 2015), where the project is being implemented with JILAF, the first RWC meeting was held on June 13 , attended by six representatives of government, labour, and management who discussed and confirmed specific plans from now on (including the implementation of cooking training).
In the Nepal SGRA project from now on, JILAF-led vocational training (sewing, knitting, hairdressing, making added-value candles, etc.), SGRA sahakari-led training (spice preparation, etc.), and literacy training will be started in each district. In addition, in order to provide vocational training opportunities to as many network members as possible, collaboration with the government, labour, and management in each district, as well as with the International Labour Organization (ILO), will be further strengthened so as to facilitate the bridging of network members to existing vocational training programs run by the government, employers’ organization, ILO, and others.
|06/27||Tue||RWC meetings in Lalitpur and Morang|
|06/28||Wed||RWC meeting in Bhaktapur|
|06/29||Thu||RWC meeting in Parsa|