The buildings in Chyangsar on the training farm were further equipped and improved. With financial help from the Lush Charity Pot, a solar system was purchased to supply the buildings with electricity. A small information centre was set up in the training hall. Now the cooperative has a computer, printer and Internet at its disposal and can start searching for information and networking on the Internet itself. This is an important step towards independence. In addition, a library has been set up especially for the children, with books in Nepali and English that are fun to read.
On her project trip in March/April, Carola Gosch visited the village, networked with local politicians and inspected the cooperative’s new closed ovens. These are important to protect the women in the house from the smoke. Together with the Social Work Institute, the year 2019 was planned and the budget discussed.
Lena Kremser’s commitment made it possible to raise additional donations at a theatre performance of the VGT-Bühne St. Martin.
Year overview 2018:
Once the exact location of the buildings had been jointly decided, the shell construction could begin. Many people found work on the construction sites and were able to earn money for the construction of their own houses and some other purchases such as farm animals or seeds. Some bureaucratic hurdles slowed down the construction a bit in summer, and the residents increasingly built their own houses. Soon, however, construction continued and in December 2019 the training hall and the farmhouse were officially opened in the presence of Carola Gosch.
After the residents have built their own houses, work is now continuing on the buildings. The farm buildings are lined with wood and stoves are built to protect them from heat and cold. Thanks to support from the government, the residents can also buy closed stoves/cooking facilties. In this way, the harmful smoke is reduced. As in Thade, toilet houses are also being built in Chyangsar.
After bureaucratic hurdles in the first construction phase, things were moving fast: both buildings are standing, and the interior is being worked on, while training sessions can already be held in the training hall. The residents of Chyangsar only took a short break to build their own homes, as they have finally received government funding after three years. Carola Gosch spoke at the Networker for Humanity Day in Fellbach about the construction process and future plans.
All decisions, such as the exact location of the buildings were made together. The Women’s Agricultural Cooperative had the last word. The construction of the buildings had many people in the area working again, and the building materials were preferably sourced locally, adding to local value. The shell of the kitchen and guest room was completed, Carola Gosch attended the topping-out celebration during her project trip. After some bureaucratic hurdles, the foundation of the training hall is also finally here.
Year overview 2017
At the beginning of the year, the planning of the farm buildings began. Networkers for Humanity became a financier of the training hall. The French and Swiss Union of Soroptimist International took over the costs of the kitchen house and the guest rooms. The women’s group of Chyangsar established itself as an independent legal entity and was thus able to own land itself. This is important in Nepal, because rent and rent conditions are often not very clear and it can lead to legal difficulties. After the first building materials reached Chyangsar and the foundation stone was laid, construction started.
The foundation stone for the training farm was laid and the construction started. First materials, such as wooden boards have already been delivered. Carola Gosch was able to convince herself of the progress on her Nepal project trip.
The planning and design of the farm buildings has been completed. Two large sponsors have been found for the construction: The Networkers for Humanity Association finances the training hall. The French and Swiss Union of Soroptimist International finance a kitchen and guest rooms.
The women’s community of Chyangsar is now officially a legal body and the land in their possession. This is important since lease and rent in Nepal can be legally uncertain. The first building materials have already been delivered. The construction has begun!
In April planning of the training facility started, as well as getting in touch with possible sponsors.