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The strange story of a training center

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Dear Friends
I came in 2005 in Nepal to visit CCS Nepal projects places and I was really happy to see how they worked for the benefits of children and community we sponsored from Italy.
Now on the web I read about a strange story related to the Training Center built in Thulo Parsel. It seems that what has been written in the house magazine of Centro Cooperazione Sviluppo ONLUS (Progetto Solidarietà –
http://www.ccsit.org/archives/docs/pages/jchia47b-PS2007-3.pdf) , it is not true.

They wrote to italian sponsors of the association they built the Center so “Finalmente la comunità di Thulo Parsel può contare su uno spazio polifunzionale costruito dal CCS Italia”. In September 2007 (translation: Finally the community of Thulo Parsel has a multi -function space built by CCS Italy)

They wrote the Center has been paid by CCS Italy INGO but on the web it seems it has been paid by a local farmer. So I like to ask you what it is true and why they wrote so to  italian sponsors of the organization.
With friendly regards

Claudio Parodi-Italy

 

Dear Friend
in 2006 CCS Italy decided to built the Training Center in Thulo Parsel, in order to train teachers and people directly in the community. CCS Nepal, signed an agreement with a local farmer, it stated: CCS Nepal have free use of the land for 15 years and after that time (if no further agreement will be signed)  the building will be property of the land owner.
In may 2007 CCS Nepal (and community) finished the building and it started to be used by teachers and people but at the end of 2007 Centro Cooperazione Sviluppo INGO changed idea with no reasonable explanations. So they ask the farmer to give back the cost of the building. All people were surprised and  shocked by this negative approach. The farmer decided to avoid problems and gave back around 9 lacks (euro 9.000) spent for the construction with some problems due to the high amount.
It is quite surprisingly to hear by you that Centro Cooperazione Sviluppo ONLUS which not paid the Center market it to italian sponsors. But as you could see in other posts, since 2007 the new officers of the INGO have not a correct attitude towards community and people involved in the Timal projects and most of them has been stopped or reduced.  
In 2006 CCS Nepal decided as primary activities for 2007 to enforce quality education in the ECDs, primary and secondary schools supported in Timal area. So they need a place where to held trainings and courses avoiding to stop the regular lessons in the schools. Of course the building could be used by community or other organizations working in the area.

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Our story

  In 2003 some italian volunteers, Barbara, Enrico, Fabio, reached after a long walk Thulo Parsel. They met Salam, Dhane and other local people who were already working in small projects for improving education in the area.

  The volunteers started to sponsor around 300 children in Kali Devi, Shree Mangkal, Bal Bikas), all primary schools located in the VDC of Thulo Parsel (Timal, Kavre District). Now we are working in six VDCs in Timal: Bolde, Sarsyurkarka, Meche,. Narayansthan, Chapakori.

 The idea was to support children and family giving them educational materials, aid in emergency and, in the same time, to help schools providing teachers and didactic tools. It seems a little project but the italians found an italian ONLUS and the number of sponsored children steeply increased as well the project which was extended to create ECDs, and to create an health system.

Now under the program there are more than 3000 children. Enrico became Country Director of the italian ONLUS and we formed CCS Cooperation and Development Nepal local NGO, all people were Tamangs from the area of the project.

We had a goal not to duplicate projects and activities of other INGO but to have a new approach and new practices.

From the beginning we worked in strict relation with the community, we had several meetings in the schools to explain the project and the future, when we built the first school the community participated with at least 30% of volunteer work or money. Then we built other 4 schools with the same approach.

The fund were directly remitted in the school bank accounts to pay teachers, to built infrastructures (rooms, wall, etc,) to buy didactical tools, etc. This happen even we reach 35 schools supported with more than 115 teachers supported by us.

Each year, in baishak, when the schools reopened we had community auditing where the SMC members explained to all people how they spent the fund given during the year to the school. All new projects and activities has been debated in the villages of the project from the beginning. We worked there during the conflict thanks to this approach and transparecy.

In the middle of 2003 we started building the first school: Bal Bikas pimary in Thulo Parsel. (work concluded in the first half of 2004).

 

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