Ibasho team has visited to Nepal in February, 2016, to launch our project with a social venture company, Bihani, founded by Santoshi Rana.
It all started with an email from Santoshi, asking us “Nepal needs the Ibasho concept. How can we adapt it here?” Since we did not have resources to kick started at that time, we have kept in touch to explore the possibility for almost one year. During this time, our passion did not disappeared, and we were finally able to visit Kathmandu to plan the Ibasho project together. What I have realized was that there were so much for us (from so called “developed parts of the world”) to learn from how Nepali communities were caring for elders. I felt that “Although we have a well established support system for elders, Nepali culture embraced so much more GENUINE LOVE, RESPECT and EMPATHY for elders.” Of course, we should not romanticize the lives of people in Nepal because they still face economical hardships, however, I felt as if we were trapped by the rigid regulations and policies we developed which is supposed to make our life safer and more comfortable. Because of our paternalistic approach of care system, we might have stripped sense of community and meaningful life from our everyday lives.
Ibasho project in Nepal:
The earthquake of April 25, 2015 in Nepal has created massive destruction with a loss of lives and livelihoods, effecting over more than 8000 people and households. The elderly are among the most affected both physically and mentally. Ibasho aims to provide the technical assistance that will benefit elders who were affected by the earthquake in the Nepal.
Our approach is:
Holistic model: setting up programs that enable elders to lead the community resilience throughout disaster, recovery, and reconstruction phases.
- Disasterrecoveryphase:facilitateelderstodevelopalivelihood project that benefits community members of all ages: e.g. recycling, vegetable farm, nutrition program for school children, craft or so on.
- Disasterreconstructionphase:co-designanIbashocafé,aplace where elders are able to find their positive social roles for the members of their communities. This project will employ social venture model to ensure the long-term sustainability of the operation among the community elders and group of women in Matatirtha. The building will be designed for villagers to construct and expand in the future that can serve as an evacuation and resource hub for community members.
- Disasterpreparedness:developinga“communityledevacuationmap” with community members in order to enhance the awareness of disaster preparedness, and discuss effective evacuation strategies among the community members.
Elders are the experts: develop global peer-to-peer knowledge exchange support network: Elders in the Ibasho network will directly help to set up and improve the Ibasho projects on site, and develop stronger social ties cross-culturally: Japan, Philippines, and Nepal.
- Ibasho team visited 5 potential communities for the Ibasho project. Matatirtha was chosen for the project site.
- Ibasho project launched: community workshop to decide the Ibasho activities. Elders and women group have decided to start with vegetable farming, potted flower nursery, biodynamic compost project.
- Base line data collection: Total 300 (150 intervention and 150 control group)
- Livelihood project: Community members started vegetable farming, potted plants nursery, handy craft, and composting.
- Ibasho Nepal members and government officials from Nepal visited Ibasho project in Ofunato, Japan.
- Ibasho Nepal team presented their site visit experience to other community members.
- Design workshop: Community members identified four sites for the potential Ibasho project, and determined and secured the site.
- Process started to establish Coop among Ibasho Nepal members. Legal procedure for the property has started.
Pickles making starts
- Workshop on the Ibasho project design and operation Workshop on the Ibasho as a Village plan
- Developed Architectural model for the Ibasho project Composting and Vegetable farming:
- Community members planted Maize and Soya Bean
- Introduction of new pickles such as Tomato and Fenugreek Pickle besides the Radish Pickle
- Collected leaves in the community forest and created a bio-dynamic composting
- Total of 40 pickle bottles packaged and taken by the Ibasho team for the 5 outlets:
- The pickle label translated to Nepali
- Two Community members updated and presented their learning from the Biodynamic Training attended on 2 April 2017 at KRMEF – focus was on composting
- First Income generated from the sales of 10 pickles of Rs. 1000 and handed over to the Women’s Group
- Attendees divided into two groups for packaging pickles. The group packaged 22 bottles of pickles + 10 already packaged bottles were distributed for sales
- Distributed to 3 outlets for sales
- Shared the kinds of jewellery that Haley and Samantha will be teaching them in our next visit along with the materials
- Workshop for jewelry making (livelihood project)
- Made Fenugreek and Cabbage Pickle
- Costing done of two pickles and also taught how to do costing
- Introduction of Ibasho members (elders and women Group) with Haley and Samantha
- They provided materials such as wire, beads and pliers
- Ibasho Members learned three different designs of earrings
- Haley taught 4 different types jewelry to 5 different groups
- All participant given wire for making 4 pairs of earrings which they will do from home and will present on next meeting
August, , 2017
- Phone meeting with Ibasho elders in Ormoc, Philippines. Peer to peer knowledge exchange
- Community projects with Ibasho team (created sign board for the villagers)
- Workshop for designing three projects: creating seating around Chautari, Sign board, Library at the old age home
- Kickoff Board meeting for Ibasho Nepal (local Non profit organization)
- Presenting social capital research findings to community members
- Workshop for the evacuation map
- Organized a session to teach how to use power drills for constructions
- Fixing a shelf that was made by an elders 40 years ago
- Ibasho elders fixed chairs and benches at the old age home
- Handed over the material for making new samples
- Checked the sample made and distributed 50 seeds among communityMembers
- Sign Board & Evacuation/ Ibasho Map
- Applied a coat of brown/ chocolate colour
- Evacuation/ Ibasho Map discussed and worked upon by the community members
• One of the community member’s worked on finalizing the design and added landmarks that were missed
- Permit for construction obtained
- Coop registrations: completed by laws
- Coop registrations: determined the governing members
- Coop registrations: register completed
- Ibasho NGO: determined the board members
- Ibasho NGO: completed applications
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