Chepang Community : चेपाङ जाति

Retrived from : Bishnuman Chepang

शदिऔ देखि यहि सिमी भुमिको काखमा जन्मि बाचिएर बसि रहेका हामी Che मध्ये एक हौ। हम्रा पुर्खाहरु कहा बाट आए कुनि थाहाछैन । कोही भन्छन रिदी बाट तम्घास हुदै यहा आइपुग्यौरे । कोही भन्छन दोलखा चरीकोट बाट काभ्रे बनेपा हुदै त्रिशुली नदीको किनार आएर बसोबास गरे, पछि सर्दै यहा आएर बसेको भन्ने भनाइछ । तर हाम्रो भनाइ अलि फरकछ हामी  चेपाङ जातिहरु धेरै थरकाछौ। ति सबै थरका चेपाङहरु बेग्लाबेग्लै तरिकाले उत्पन्न भएको हाम्रो बिश्वासछ । जस्तै लिक्च्यो र देखारीको आसपासमा पन्यूराना चेपाङहरु पन्यू बोकेर धर्ति फुतेर बाहीर आयोरे त्यसैगरी दरवइ थरका चेपाङहरु काकडा ४ बङराङ खोलाको किनारमा शहर माछाले उगेलेर निकालेको भन्ने भनाइछ । यसरीनै अरुथरको चेपाङहरुको भनाइ अरुनै खालकोछ । रहदै बस्दै जाने क्रममा जब एकै ठाउ“मा बस्ने खोलाको किनार पाखापखेरालाइ आफ्नो आहारबिहारको थलो बनाउने ढु¨ाको चेप ओदारहरुमा बस्ने भएपछि सल्लाहा गरेर अब हामी चेपाङ भनौ भन्ने भनाइछ । स्वभावैले आदिमकालका मान्छेहरु जंगली खानेकुरामा आस्रित थिए । त्यसरी नै हाम्रा पुर्खाहरुले पनि जंगली खानेकुरा जस्तै गिठ्ठा भ्यकुर तरुल खान्थे र जनावर र प“छि हरुको सिकार गर्थे र जिबिका चलाउथे । पछि बिस्तारै समुहमा बस्न थाले। समुहमा बसे पछि खाद्या अखाद्या बस्तुको पहिचान गरी त्यसको बिउ संकलनगरी खोरीया पाखा पखेरोमा लगाउन शुर गरे यसरी नै हामीले खोरियालाइ उपयोग गर्न थाल्यौ । समय बित्दै गयो त्यहि पाखा पखेरो बाट कन्डमूल ल्याउने चराचुरुङगीको सिकार गर्ने बिभिन्न किसिमका लहरे साग दाले साग भूइ साग संकलन गरी खायौ । रुख बृक्षाका गेडाबाट तेल निकाली भुटन बनायौ ,जदी बुत्तिका पात हरुबाट मसला बनायौ हरिण मृग कालिज लुइचेको सिकार गर्यौ ढु¨ाको चेप रुखको टोड्कामा भएका मौरीको महले आफ्नो पेट भरायौ । यहि खोरीया र पाखा पखेरोको भरमा यसरीनै चलिरह्यो हाम्रा जिन्दगीको यात्रा । यो यात्राको नदी अबिरल बग्दैगयो । हुदा हुदै आज हामी त एकाइसौ शदाब्दीमापो आइपुगी सक्यौ । यो युगलाइ बैज्ञानिक  युग भन्दारहेछन् यसलाइ कम्प्यूटरका जमाना पनि भन्दा रहेछन् । ज्ञान बिज्ञानले मान्छे लाइ कहा पुर्यइ सक्यो । चिल उड्ने आकाशमा मान्छे चिलझै उडि सक्यो माछा पौडिने नदीमा मान्छे तैरी सक्यो। पृथ्बी लाई छोदेर मान्छे चन्द्रमा पुगी सक्यो, बिश्वका अन्य देशहरुले आफ्नो अस्तित्व राख्न आफु लाइ शक्तिशाली देखाउन परमाणु भत्ति बनाइ सक्यो । भनिन्छ अब त ज्ञान बिज्ञानको कमालले बिश्व एकै पटकमा स्वाहा पनि हुन सक्छरे  । ज्ञान बिज्ञानले पानी लाई आगो ,प्रकाशलाई शक्तिमा परिनत गर्दो रहेछ ।

यो देश लगायत अरुदेशका  धनाध्य मान्छेहरु आफ्नो धन सम्पति कसरी जोगाउने भनेर लागेकोछ कसैलाइ धन सम्पति कसैलाइ मान इज्जत कसैलाइ शक्ति सन्तुलन कायम राख्न बिश्वका मान्छे ब्यस्त छन् । तर हामी यस भेकको चेपाङ लगायत अन्य मान्छे हरुलाई न धनसम्पति न मानईज्जत केही बचाउनु छैन  केवल पुर्खाहरुले छोदेको नासो खोरीया पखापखेरा कसरी बचाउने भनेर मुख्य चिन्ताको बिषय बनेकोछ । बर्षेनी खोरीया पखापखेरो भिर पहिरोमा परिनत हुदै गएकोछ । बोट बिरुवा मासिदै गएकोछ ,चरा चुरु¨ी आवाज बन्द भएकोछ , जीवजनवारको बास तुतेकोछ , जंगली कन्डमूलको साथ छुटेकोछ , अब त ती चिजहरुलाइ दिउसै बत्ति बालेर खोज्ने बेला भएकाछ । धेरै कुराहरु संग हाम्रो सम्बन्ध हराएकोछ । मंसिरमा चिउरीको फूलको बासना छैन ,चैत्रमा फूल्ने धयारो फूलको रड कस्तो हुन्छ थाहा छैन ।

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SEBS and AAYON Earthquake relief support to Chepang Community

On May 15, 2015 BishwasChepang representing Society of EX Budhanilkantha School Students of North America distributed sack of rice, oil, beaten rice, to 45 chepang families at Dhading district, Raksing and Puraising ward no 3 as a relief package to devasted earthquake victims.All the logistics were given by NGO named AAYON and I asked for transportation fares with SEBS USA. SEBS USA (Khusbu did and Rupendra Sharma dai) gave transportation amount and we distributed in late night at 8pm in Dhading district. This directly benefitted. It directly benefitted 45 families.

Jacobs Earthquake relief Support to Chepang Community

 

On May 1 2015 Bishwas Chepang reprenting Chepang community distributed sack of materials to keep them healthy and hygienic. The materials included towels, soap (washing and bathing), bucket, tooth brush, tooth paste.

Total of  100 chepang families at Chitwan district, Jimling ward no 3 was benefitted with the relief package. The area covered were Klokrang, gonbang, Jimling, Pongyak, tingsirang. Chautara, ThakuriBhanjyag, surkhandi, sanoGonbang who were benefitted from with the relief package distributed at Chepang community. The coordination of relief materials was done by Mr. Aakash Chepang in Jimling.

People expressed their happiness and satisfaction at the end of the program. The relief package was not only given to the devasted and collapsed buildings but also to the people with cracks and minor effects. This would help us to conduct more projects and extend helping hands in unbiased way through any other orgnizations. On the whole the program was grand success. The villagers expressed their thankfulness and insisted us to embrace helping hands in upcoming days as well.

The relief materials was possible with the support of Tilak KC from Naso initiative by sending the amount Nrs. 1,22,694.00available and made it possible to give a relief package to Chepang community through BishwasChepang and it was coordinated by Aakash Chepang. The receipts were attached and sent already.

SEBS Earthquake Relief materials distribution to Chepang Community

Report on relief distribution to Earthquake Victims in Chepang Community

 On May 1 2015 BishwasChepang representing Society of EX Budhanilkantha School Students of North America distributed sack of rice, oil, beaten rice, to 90 chepang families at Chitwan district, Jimling ward no 3 as a relief package to devasted earthquake victims. The area covered were Klokrang, gonbang, Jimling, Pongyak, tingsirang. Chautara, ThakuriBhanjyag, surkhandi, sanoGonbang who were benefitted from with the relief package distributed at Chepang community.

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Earthquake relief distribution report
S.N. Particulars Quantity for 1 house Remarks
1 Rice 1 sack  
2 Oil 1 litre  
3 Beaten rice 1.5 Kg each  
4 Tent 15  
5 Salt 1 packet  
       

 

Distribution began formally with the welcome speech and a welcome song for the relief provider at 7am. The song was completely based on relief program which included vote of thanks to North America SEBS and BishwasChepang for helping and linking with Chepang community. The crowd ofgloomy faces of Chepang due to earthquake and its destruction of houses to receive the package was overwhelming.

 

People expressed their happiness and satisfaction at the end of the program. The relief package was not only given to the devasted and collapsed buildings but also to the people with cracks and minor effects. This would help us to conduct more projects and extend helping hands in unbiased way through SEBS. On the whole the program was grand success. The villagers expressed their thankfulness and insisted us to embrace helping hands in upcoming days as well.

This distribution was only possible after 6 hours of walking from the nearest highway to a village of 90 houses in remote village called Jimling, in Chitwan district. 15 houses has been completely destroyed, remaining have cracks of varying degree. SEBS-North America (Society of Ex-Budhanilkantha Student) made immediate cash of Rs 200,000 (USD 2,000) available and made it possible to give a relief package to Chepang community through BishwasChepang.

 

Thank you

Volunteering in Chepang Community

 

Introduction to Chepang Community:

            Chepangs are one of the most marginalised indigenous groups of 59 officially identified indigenous ethnic communities of Nepal. They are inhabitants of steep sloppy marginalised land of Dhading, Chitwan, Makwanpur and Gorkha districts of Nepal. Chepangs are ancient tribal people who have their own socio-economic and cultural characteristics and are from the Mongoloid group. They are one of the deprived, disadvantaged and marginalized groups of the indigenous people of Nepal. They are still in semi nomadic stage struggling for survival and basic rights that every human beings should have got.

Objectives:

  • To conduct need assessment of Chepang Community
  • To aware Chepang community about the Earthquake as natural disaster and remedial measures to stay safe and stay calm.
  • To make them realize that Education is the best means to transform the dark side of this inhuman experience in the society.
  • Improve educational modality of the Government school of Chepang rural village.

  

Why volunteer?

– Learn about the typical tribe and its culture, lifestyle and languages.

– Particularly useful for anthropology, sociology, philanthropy and rural development studies pupil.

– Can attach their volunteering certificates for volunteering at one of the semi nomadic and deprived community of Nepal, which will be beneficial for abroad study visa processing and can get jobs in NGOs (Non Governmental organization).

– Once in a lifetime experience to explore the Chepang Community.

You will have ample opportunities to learn, language, culture, tradition, and even more why there is the vast gap between rich and poor, why people are neglected, why their voice is unheard, why they are compelled to live in vicious cycle of poverty. Do they born for all these oppressions and marginalization?

 

Methodology

The objective of this project is to introduce the energetic youth extend the new modern teaching technique/method in government schools in chepang community.

The volunteers will help in designing new and innovative ways of teaching and not only teach the students in newer ways but also help teachers of the school learn better ways of teaching. Education is the best means to translate the dark side of this inhuman experience in the society.

This volunteering project will not only help the students and the school from Chepang community but also expose the current situation of the community to the outer world. The community can benefit from the exposure as people with reach can help in improving the backward society through this volunteering project. This will be a once in a lifetime experience for the volunteers to see and live the Chepang culture closely and know about them in person.

The volunteers will have to pay a minimum amount to cover their travel and accommodation expenses and the remaining logistic expenses will be managed by the supporting organization Self Sustaining Campaign Organization. Volunteers will be staying at Chepang individual homes decided by the Manager of Organization to ensure facilities of toilets and taps nearby. The volunteers will be assimilating and acculturating Chepang cultures with in a time periods of stay.

 

 

Action Plan for One week

Days Activities/ Programs/Assignments for volunteers Remarks  
Saturday Orientation / Understanding the Framework and Idea Observation    
Sunday Assessment/ preparation of  working Strategic/ work Division Home visit/ Encourage Family to send their children in regular class Brief Information about Chepang community by Local    
Monday Interaction with children’s and help them through Games: Ludo, Carrom, Badminton, Volleyball Games/ Fun / Rhymes/ Teaching, Antakshiri Awareness about Earthquake and Natural disasters Role Play on Earthquake    
Tuesday Make Lesson Plan/ Teaching Awareness on natural disasters Awareness on Social Problems Documentary on Gambling    
Wednesday Tree Plantation (Chiuri) Make Lesson Plan/ Teaching Drama on Alcoholism      
Thursday Community Cleaning with Students.

Degradable and Non Degradablle wastes

Trekking/ Sight Seeing    
Friday Free Medical Camp Camp fire/ Song Dance at Community
Saturday Farewell/ Bidding Good Bye Returning        

Notes for Volunteers:

  • Carry sleeping bag on your own
  • First day and Second day will be based on rapport building and making connections.
  • After Third day volunteers will stay at home assigned by Bishwas Chepang ensuring minimal facilities like toilets and lights.
  • Again meet up and conduct a discussion with friends.
  • Wednesday Research based on Health, Education, Environment … topic to their interest

We know that you need nominal facilities to be part of it so lodging, fooding, security will be of our responsibility. You can write thesis, research paper dissertation paper, design a program on the data available in our interventions. You will be closely working with the team and will be supervised by concerned community people, guardians and even more direct supervision by Bishwas Chepang.

Bishwas Chepang representing “Self Sustaining Campaign” keeps all the rights to say “you are ineligible from today”, if conducted any misbehavior according to our Code of Conduct, Policy Guide line and Operation Guideline in and outside while you are volunteer in our institution”. You have to pay a nominal fee to be registered and enrolled as the volunteer. There is no age bar, institutions that operate volunteers and interns can have collaborative and strategic partnership with Self Sustaining Campaign. Once you are registered then you will get ToR from Self Sustaining Campaign for your tracking and performance.

 

 

Terms of Reference (ToR)

  1. Role of the village committee

– Manage proper stay for the Volunteers.

– Manage foods for daily consumption for the Volunteer.

– Prepare clean and hygienic stay and surrounding.

  1. Role of volunteers /what they should know??

– Be well prepared for your Talk show\

– Proper planning and create participatory interactive session in classes

– Report if any problem is aroused

– Take all the basic medicines they need.

– Need Assessments

– Submit report to the management committee (Bishwas Chepang)

 

  1. Role of Government schools teachers of that School

– Ensure that the volunteers are enjoying taking classes and help them if something is needed.

– Control if any students are showing delinquent acts.

– Be with volunteers for at least 10 minutes in the beginning of the class.

– Submit report to village committee and it will be forwarded to Bishwas Chepang

– The School should provide a letter of appreciation after the completion of volunteering.

 

  1. Role of Bishwas Chepang

– Submit report to Self Sustaining Campaign.

– Ensure volunteers’ safety.

– Ensure volunteers’ safe arrival and stay.

– Effective intermediaries.

– Manage pick up and drop services from villagers

– Collect funds and do the needful of budgeting

– Disseminate according to costs

  1. Role of Self Sustaining Campaign organization

– Manage budgeting, add if not sufficient amount has been raised.

– Connect/Link volunteers from national as well as international levels.

– Provide certificate of thank you letter/Certificate for volunteering at Chepang community.

 

One Chepang Child Sponsorship Program 2016

S.N Students Name Age Male/

Female

Grade Address Fathers

Name

Sponsors Name Schools Name & Address
1 ManojChepang 18 M Grade 11 Korak , 3 Jimling, Chitwan MotiLalChepang Ruskin Gautam and His friends Jana Sewa Higher Secondary School, Kirtipur
2 KabitaChepang 8 F 2 Korak , 3 Jimling, Chitwan MotiLalChepang Ruskin Gautam and His friends Shree Antyodaya Janajati Aawasiya Vidhyalaya, Khairaihini Chitwan
3 DilKumariChepang 14 F 6 Korak 4

Chitwan

Chak Bahdur

Chepang

Puja Sharma, Vietnam Shree Antyodaya Janajati Aawasiya Vidhyalaya, Khairaihini Chitwan
4 BuddhiLalchepang 13 M 4 Korak -3 Bel Dada,

Chitwan

Bhakta

Bahadur

Chepang

Suresh Lamichhane, Japan Shree Antyodaya Janajati Aawasiya Vidhyalaya, Khairaihini Chitwan
5 Anita Chepang 14 F 6 Korak , 5 Nawalpur, Chitwan AnupShrestha, Narayanghat Shree Antyodaya Janajati Aawasiya Vidhyalaya, Khairaihini Chitwan
6 RamjiChepang M 3 Kaule, Chitwan Gani Raj Chepang Sona Sherpa Foundation Shree Antyodaya Janajati Aawasiya Vidhyalaya, Khairaihini Chitwan
7 RinjinaChepang F 2 Korak , 3 Jimling, Chitwan Khem Raj Chepang Sona Sherpa Foundation Shree Antyodaya Janajati Aawasiya Vidhyalaya, Khairaihini Chitwan
8 Bhim  Chepang M 4 Kaule, Chitwan Mahendra Chepang Sona Sherpa Foundation Shree Antyodaya Janajati Aawasiya Vidhyalaya, Khairaihini Chitwan
9 IndraChepang M 4 Kaule, Chitwan Bir Bahadur Chepang Sona Sherpa Foundation Shree Antyodaya Janajati Aawasiya Vidhyalaya, Khairaihini Chitwan
10 Shanti Chepang F 4 Korak , 3 Jimling, Chitwan MotiLalChepang Julliet Wilson Shree Antyodaya Janajati Aawasiya Vidhyalaya, Khairaihini Chitwan
11 BhanuChepang 10 M 3 Korak , 3 Jimling, Chitwan Pet Bahadur Chepang Manita Sharma, Kenya Shree Antyodaya Janajati Aawasiya Vidhyalaya, Khairaihini Chitwan
12 PrakritiChepang 10 F 3 Korak , 3 Jimling, Chitwan Kalu Chepang Manita Sharma, Kenya Shree Antyodaya Janajati Aawasiya Vidhyalaya, Khairaihini Chitwan
13 SirjanaChepang 9 F 2 Kaule, Chitwan Dhan Lal Chepang Rina Tamang and Nischal Tamrakar Shree Antyodaya Janajati Aawasiya Vidhyalaya, Khairaihini Chitwan
14. Manisha Chepang 16 F 8 Korak VDC-08 Dobate Dilli Raj Chepang

 

Shree Krishna Silwal Shree Antyodaya Janajati Aawasiya Vidhyalaya, Khairaihini Chitwan
15. Shanti Chepang 16 F 8 Korak VDC-08 Dobate Chandu Ram Chepang Shree Krishna Silwal Shree Antyodaya Janajati Aawasiya Vidhyalaya, Khairaihini Chitwan

Social Business at Chepang Community: Community Retail Shop (ChepangKiranaPasal)

A modest $2,000 Proposal to solve a Community Problem

Social Business at Chepang Community: Community Retail Shop

(ChepangKiranaPasal)

A proposal by: BiswasChepang

NEPAL

  1. Introduction to Chepang Community:

The Chepang are one of Nepal’s most disadvantaged indigenous groups and are classified under the ‘highly marginalized’ category on the basis of a set of socio-economic indicators, such as population size, language literacy rate, house type, landownership, occupation and access to higher education. Due to geographical difficulties Chepangs have not been able to get easy access to food, clothes, and shelter and education facilities in the community. Must research about our community is made available in internet if you Bing, Google it.

A community develops when there is access to basic needs, infrastructure and other factors. An infrastructure includes road, school, health posts, safe drinking water and good market. So a market (retail shop) is a need in our particular community. If there is market then it provides most of the basic necessity of the ourcommunity.

  1. Background on why we need a Retail shop:

Realizing the desperate need of the Chepang community, I have thought of opening a retail shop (KiranaPasal)atJimling of Korakvdc, ward number 3, Chitwan because currently we have none which is causing us the following.

Chepang community people have been walking 5 hours (one-way) to reach the nearest market and purchase items again come back to home in 5 hours, so a whole day is gone for what should be about 15 to 20 minutes activities in any town or city. This has been wasting our time and money to go to the bazzar and fetch simple daily necessity goods.

  1. Objectives:
  • To provide service to the community by opening a retails shop.
  • To save time of local people so that they could use that time.
  • To make sufficient profit to repay the initial loans and expand the shop.

 

  1. General information for the opening of Shop

Based on my current survey and research of our community here is the demographics.

Total potential consumers population:  1500(+)

Numbers of wards benefitted: 1, 2,3,4,6

Number of households: 290(+)

S.N. Areas Covered Ward number Total houses Total Population
1 Surkhandi

 

1 30 150
2 Rekap 2 55 275
3 Jimling

Pongyak

Jhapalang

Chalise

Tingsirang

3 65 325
4 Gonbang

Thandrang

Fashrang

Sano Gonbang

4 100 500
5 Nawalpur 6 40 200
  Total   290 (+) 1450(+)

 

  • Current Status of Shop: None. Our people have to on average 5 hours to fetch sack of rice, a packet of salt and noodles.
  • Occupation of Consumers
    1. Teacher
    2. Farmer
    3. Foreign employment / workers
  • Income source of consumer base:
  • Selling cash crops; buckwheat, millet, mustard, beans, garlic
  • Selling citric fruits; oranges, lemons, Amala
  • Animal (Goat, cow)
  • Poultry
  • Selling Honey/ and bee hives

 

  1. Site Selection for Opening a Shop:

Jimling is 21 Kms North from the East-West highway located in Chitwan district from a local place in the highway: Birendranagar. Jimling lies in KorakVDC ward no 3. Opening a shop at Jimling becomes the center area for 1500 people from 5 wards of KorakVDC. Opening a shop at this area could benefit local people in many ways.Opening a shop at this location could save each individual client at least NRs 300- 400 associated with their travel cost alone. Opportunity cost of losing the day will no longer be the case as they can tend to their animals or farms and continue with their daily productive lives.

Not all people walk to the nearest market. There is one 4 wheeler jeep which leaves at 8am in the morning and returns back at 6pm in the evening. It takes 5 rupees per kilogram while transporting any good like bag of rice or bag of salt. There is no saving of time this way either.

  1. Here is what I plan to sell.

My initial plan is to sell the following basic necessity items. I have not conducted market research on how much it could cost me total including total transportation charge. Based on that I will make determination of the profit margin and price the items accordingly.

S.N. Particulars Rate Amount Remarks
1 Oil      
2 Sack of Rice      
3 Salt      
4 Jira      
5 Besar      
6 Mashyaura      
7 Masala      
8 Stationeries      
9 PaniPuri      
10 Chat pat      
11 Recharge Cards      
12 Bhujia      
13 Chyura      
14 Dalmoth      
15 Biscuit      
16 Cheese Balls      
17 Noodles      
18 Chocolates      
19 Soap      
20 Shampoo packets      
21 Cooked items:Aaloo chop      
22 Chana fry      
23 slippers      
24 Cigarettes      
25 Match sticks      
26 lighters      
27 Torch lights      
28 Battery      
29 Plates      
30 Tea Shop      

 

Risk factors

  • Termites
  • Rodents
  • Insects
  • Fungi

Risk management for above factors:

  • Maintain regular cleanliness
  • Store in warm and dry place
  • Check accountability
  • Research for new products / market analysis on half yearly basis
  • Add tea shop/ fooding services

 

  1. Budget Estimate:
S.N. Particulars Rate Amount

(in Nepali Ruppee)

Amount

(in US $)

Remarks
1 Shop   50,000 500  
2 Initial purchase of inventory for the shop   1,50,000 1,500  
           
  Total   NRs. 2,00,000 US $ 2,000  

 

  • How long does it take to open a retail shop in this location?

It will take me approximately 2 months to open a shop. I would like to open it before this year’s monsoon (rainy season ) arrives in June/July because it will be impossible to transport any goods during rainy season even using the 4 wheel drive as the roads will be severely inaccessible.

  • Monitoring and Supervision:

The shop will be handled by my Father MotilalChepang. He has recently build contacts with suppliers and dealers through his dealings in the past one years while marketing of clothing items and the selling of the  he goat. My mother will be looking after the daily transaction.She has academic background of up to grade 5. She is also the teacher at Adult Literacy Classes conducted by Government of Nepal in our Chepangvillage.

Reordering to replenish the stock will be done every two weeksfor the shop. It will be directly done from the wholesalers. My father has a contact with wholesalers at Khurkhure that is medium sized bazzar located at Chitwan district.

  • Policy of Credit (Udharo)

Inorder to get more customers in village credit should be given should be the villagers. But too much credit may go in loss if that is not controlled properly. There is existing policy in the village that people people can take the goods on credit for 3 months and after 3 months certain percent of interes is charged to the people to encourage to pay the credit amount quickly.

(H)How/When do I repay the Loan?

The loan amount will be repaid by the separating profit earned each month using a separate piggy bank. Honestly I do not know how long it will take to repay because this is the first of our business venture for our family. We used to be nomads so please understand this is modern society thing is very new to us and we request patience. However, we are honest people and we will repay as soon as we can. My current projection is that we can repay the loan in full within threeyears of opening. But I am also at the mercy of the lenders term so please help me here on what makes the most sense.

Pay Back Scheme:

S.N. Year Months Duration Pay back Amount Total  
1  

 

2016

June/July  Construction 2 months      
2 September 3 months Check availability    
3 December 5 months 20,000 20,000  
4 2017 June 6 months 20,000 40,000  
5 December 6 months 20,000 60,000  
6 2018 June 6 months 20,000 80,000  
7 December 6 months 20,000 1,00,000  
8 2018 June 6 months 20,000 1,20,000  
9 December 6 months 20,000 1,40,000  
10 2019 June 6 months 20,000 1,60,000  
11 December 6 months 20,000 1,80,000  
12 2020 June 6 months 20,000 2,00,000  
    Total   2,00,000    

 

(I) My Bio:My name is BishwasChepang and I was born on 30/06/1992. I was brought up in a single parent family as my mom left me when I was 4yrs old. As luck would have it, late Shree KishorKajiDhunganaopened a first school; Shree AntyodayaJanajatiAawasiyaVidhayalaya (community School) for chepangs. Learning Nepali was second language for me as we spoke our own Chepang language in the jungles. The when I was in 4th grade I won a prestigious scholarship from Pestalozzi Overseas Children’s Trust (POCT-UK) to study in the Nations best school, Budhnilkantha School with full scholarship in 2002. I completed my A-level in 2011. If you should ever have a moment to be proud in the miracle of education, then this is it. I am your living proof. This is my typing it via computer and trying to contact you. I am currently an Undergraduate student trying to get a degree in Social works. I expect to complete will complete my Bachelors this year from K and K College in New Baneswor, Nepal. My Bachelors education is supported by Miteree Foundation Nepal. I will be working as full time staff in Underprivileged Children’s Educational Program (UCEP Nepal)Sanothimi, Bhaktapur. I plan to pay your loan setting aside some of my own monthly salary moneywhen I become full time staff there after graduation. Currently, I am interning and am a part time. You can obtain by reference (see below in contact info section).

 

(J)What I do and why I do it:
I am a very proud Chepang. I believe in hard work. In fact we our people have always been independent for as long as we know it. We respect our environment and believe in self-sustenance and subsistence. We are paying a very heavy price in the name of modernization with destruction of our environment and climate change. I believe the solution is not more government hand out but a private market oriented opportunities for us all to engage in the trade that we can do and grow. We are taking one step at a time but it is very hard for us to catch up because so very few among us are educated in our society. Protection of our community is at a very critical stage and we have been the topic of recent research both by our own sociologist and international anthropologists.

Knowing the plight of Chepang community where I belong has been rewarding experience. I have been working as an intermediary where I connect the organization to the community. This has been helpful for the community in getting some kind of supports from NGOs/INGOs and CBOs.

We have formed our own working circle named : Self Sustaining Campaign for Chepang Community and have been working for the welfare of the Chepangcommunity.The recent initiation is on poultry farming on Chepang community as an immediate income generational activity. This has been one of the most effective projects that we carried out for the first time since the age of Fables of Aesop. We as an entrepreneur have started poultry farming in the village collecting the hatched chickens from the villagers whom we had given in the initial phase free of cost.

The second program we are running is One Chepang Child Sponsorship program where a Chepang child is sponsored by the interested sponsors for certain period of time. The donation will be made $150 a year for a child. This will help a child to get education till School Leaving Certificate Level (SLC) which is equivalent to end of Sophomore year in high school in USA.

Thirdly, we are distributing potatoes to the Chepang community people who are interested to cultivate and the harvested. Planter keep the profit but are asked to return the equivalent weight in potatoes that was given to them as seeds so that next family can use them in the next season as the current family use its own seed now. The village coordinating committee will be cultivating potatoes in large scale by empowering single mother. The profit from harvested will be used for One Chepang Child Sponsorship Program.

Contact office Address:

Name of the Organization: Underprivileged Children’s Educational Program (UCEP Nepal)

Juvenile Correctional Home, Kaski, Pokhara

Position:Social Worker

Email: 125bishwas@gmail.com and www.about.me/bishwaschepang

www.bishwaschepang.blogspot.com / www.bishwaschepang.wordpress.com

Website of organization: www.ucep.org.np

Reference: RajidSainju

Email; rrajid@gmail.com

Designation:  Program Coordinator of UCEP Nepal.

 

Nettles Powder Production: Herbal Product

हातका मैला सुनका थैला, के गर्नु धनले
साग र सिस्नु खाएको बेस आनन्दी मनले !!!

Social Entrepreneurship in Chepang Community through Herbal Product:

Stinging nettle or common nettle (सिस्नु), Urtica dioica, is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant, native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and North America. The plant has many hollow stinging hairs called trichomes on its leaves and stems, which act like hypodermic needles, injecting histamines and other chemicals that produce a stinging sensation when contacted by humans and other animals.
Sisnu, sishnu, Lekali sishnu, Thulo sishnu, Ghario sishnu, Bhangre sishnu or Patle sishnu is the Nepali name for edible stinging nettles.  The plant is popular in areas where there is a scarcity of vegetables. They are picked up from moist woodlands, along rivers, forests and many shaded trails. The young tender leaves and shoots are cooked similarly to any other leafy vegetables. Nettles are known for their sting, but cooking completely eliminates their stinging effect.
Social Entrepreneurship in Chepang Community through Herbal Product:
The Chepang are one of Nepal’s most disadvantaged indigenous groups and are classified under the ‘highly marginalized’ category on the basis of a set of socio-economic indicators, such as population size, language literacy rate, house type, landownership, occupation and access to higher education. Due to geographical difficulties Chepangs have not been able to get easy access to food, clothes, and shelter and education facilities in the community.
About the Project:
Self-Sustaining Campaign for Chepang Community is an active circle formed under the initiation of Biswash Chepang who seeks to empower women’s Group (आमासमुह) of rural Chepang community through Agriculture, Animal husbandry. The main aim of Self Sustaining campaign for Chepang community activities is to gain financial independence.
Social Entrepreneurship
we are empowering Chepang women’s by paying them Rs.35 per Kg from the green nettles picked up from the jungle. In one day, one has been able to receive Rs. 350.  The pocket money earned from picking up nettles is used by them on purchasing daily necessary items and stationary materials for child. There are total 25 womens who are involved in picking nettles.

S.N. Particulars Price
1 Nettles Powder 200gm Rs. 250
2 Nettles Powder 1000gm Rs. 1,000
     

 

29 Nettle Tea Benefits

To give you an idea of just how powerful this singular plant is, nettle has the potential to treat the following ailments:

  • Nettle stimulates the lymph system to boost immunity
  • Nettle relieves arthritis symptoms
  • Nettle promotes a release from uric acid from joints
  • Helps to support the adrenals
  • It helps with diabetes mellitus
  • Strengthens the fetus in pregnant women
  • Promotes milk production in lactating women
  • Relieves menopausal symptoms
  • Helps with menstrual cramps and bloating
  • Helps break down kidney stones
  • Reduces hypertension
  • Helps with respiratory tract disease
  • Supports the kidneys
  • Helps asthma sufferers
  • Stops bleeding
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces incident of prostate cancer
  • Minimizes skin problems
  • Eliminates allergic rhinitis
  • Lessens nausea
  • Cures the common cold
  • Helps with osteoarthritis
  • Alleviates diarrhea
  • Helps with gastrointestinal disease, IBS, and constipation
  • Reduces gingivitis and prevents plaque when used as a mouth wash.
  • Has been shown to be helpful to in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Relieves neurological disorders like MS, ALS and sciatica
  • Destroys intestinal worms or parasites
  • Supports the endocrine health by helping the thyroid, spleen and pancreas.

 

 

Sponsoring Childs education and Empowering Mothers Group in Chepang Community through Pig Farming

Introduction to Chepang:

The Chepang are one of Nepal’s most disadvantaged indigenous groups and are classified under the ‘highly marginalized’ category on the basis of a set of socio-economic indicators, such as population size, language literacy rate, house type, landownership, occupation and access to higher education. Due to geographical difficulties Chepangs have not been able to get easy access to food, clothes, and shelter and education facilities in the community.

About the Project:
Self-Sustaining Campaign for Chepang Community is an active circle formed under the initiation of Biswash Chepang who seeks to empower women’s Group (आमासमुह) of rural Chepang community through Agriculture, Animal husbandry like pig farming. The main aim of Self Sustaining campaign for Chepang community activities is to gain financial independence. When the family is economically empowered they can educate their children’s in community school paying minimal amount of fee.

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Pig Farming:
Among the various livestock species, piggery is most potential source for meat production and pigs are more efficient feed converters after the broiler. Apart from providing meat, it is also a source of bristles and manure. Pig farming will provide employment opportunities to seasonally employed rural farmers and supplementary income to improve their living standards.

The advantages of the pig farming are:

  1. Pig has got highest feed conversion efficiency i.e. they produce more live weight gain from a given weight of feed than any other class of meat producing animals except broilers.
  2. Pig can utilise wide variety of feed stuffs viz. grains, forages, damaged feeds and garbage and convert them into valuable nutritious meat. However, feeding of damaged grains, garbage and other unbalanced rations may result in lower feed efficiency.
  3. They are prolific with shorter generation interval. A sow can be bred as early as 8-9 months of age and can farrow twice in a year. They produce 6-12 piglets in each farrowing.
  4. Pig farming requires small investment on buildings and equipment.
  5. Pigs manure is widely used as fertilizer for agriculture farms and fish ponds.
  6. Pigs store fat rapidly for which there is an increasing demand from poultry feed, soap, paints and other chemical industries.
  7. Pig farming provides quick returns since the marketable weight of fatteners can be achieved with in a period of 6-8 months.
  8. There is good demand from domestic as well as export market for pig products such as pork, bacon, ham, sausages, lard etc.

Modality
The piglet costs Nrs.5000. The pig will be purchased and given to the family. The Family will be responsible for its rearing and breeding cycle. The amount generated from pork will  be used in educating child and empowering mothers group in community.

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Mothers group:

Mothers’ Groups (MGs), a non-political group, have played a significant role on women’s empowerment and mobilization at grassroots. This study aims to assess the role of Mothers’ Groups in social mobilization and women empowerment.

MGs primarily focus on social awareness of child care, primary health care, nutrition, sanitation, cleaning-up programmes and family planning. Additionally, the study finds that MGs play significant role in increasing participation of women in School Management Committee and Forestry Users’ Groups.

MG members have informed that they have been involved in such institutions with self-motivation. However, MGs could not play effective role towards capacity building of mothers as they are less equipped in terms of education, self-confidence and entrepreneurial skills. Further, MGs face financial constraint as well as less support from social leaders. Nevertheless, the study recommends for large scale study for more comprehensive analysis.

We will be supporting mothers group of Chepang community to carry out developmental activities.

Child Sponsorship: The major reason behind Chepangs lagging behind is due to education. If we could enlighten some member of the chepang community they will obviously be a role model in the community and help in the community upliftment. So the main focus of this project is to educate Chepang children. The simple process to educate the Chepang child is to sponsor a child annually in Government school.

One Chepang Child Sponsorship Program will help our Chepang Children to continue their education after grade 5 in Shree Antyodaya JanajatiAwasiya Vidhyalaya. This will help them to get educated and aware about the social, political and general rights that every citizen should get being Nepali in Nepal.

The amount earned from the pig farming will be invested in day to day basic needs fulfillment and Childs sponsorship program.