CFFN Members Bring Aid, Raise Funds in Wake of Earthquake

CFFN is pleased to announce that the organization raised a sum of $2220 to help with Nepal Earthquake relief efforts. This amount will contribute through the Canadian Red Cross Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. With the Canadian Government matching all donations, we were able to make $4440 worth of impact in Nepal! We would like to make special mention of Jason Dai and Amanpreet Minhas for their generousity.

Red Cross Donation check

 

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Minutes of CFFN 2015 Annual General Meeting and Directer’s Report

Ottawa, June 28, 2015

 Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN) held its Tenth Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday, June 28th, 2015 at the Ottawa Citizen Hall Conference Centre. The main aim of the meeting was to review CFFN’s past activities,  elect new candidates for CFFN board for 2015-17, and discuss ideas of how to move forward our agenda for the education and wellbeing of Nepal and Nepalese.

Welcome: Bishwa Regmi, Executive Secretary, welcomed members and guests to the event.

Approval of Agenda: The meeting agenda was approved by CFFN members as presented.

Annual Report: Govinda Dahal, Executive Director, presented the key accomplishments and next steps for CFFN including Community Child Care, Book Project on Sustainable livelihood systems in Nepal and conceptualizing research opportunities for rural livelihood sustainability in Nepal (Please see the report below).

Financial Report and Appointment of Auditor: Ben Wood, Treasurer, presented CFFN financial and auditor report of 2014/15. Mr. Wood informed that CFFN raised more than $2000 for helping Nepal Earthquake victims.

Prajual Karki is appointed as an auditor to perform CFFN audit for the 2015/16 Fiscal Year.

4C Project: Martina Casey, Director of the Community Child Care Centre (4C) initiative presented progress on the 4C activities. Martina informed that 4C project at Humin village, Palpa District is progressing satisfactorily. Also, 212 (from 2012 onwards) Early Childhood Educators have received Montessori Training. Translation of Montessori curriculum materials into Nepali is in progress.

Book Project: Ishara Mahat, Director of Research, spoke of the book project. She informed that the final manuscript of the book project is submitted to IUCN, Nepal for publication. Ishara thanked all those who contributed to the completion of the book.

Reflections on CFFN Activities: Chief Guest His Excellency Kali Prasad Pokhrel Nepal Ambassador to Canada praised CFFN’s work and wished for its fruitful years ahead. Likewise, Sara Chhetry-NRN Canada, Hari Neupane-INLS, and Krishna Hari Gautam-NCAO emphasised the need of CFFN to continue its mission in promoting education and well-being program for Nepal and Nepalese.

Election of Executive Board Members: A two member electoral commission, comprising of Shiva Ghimire and Pradip Sharma, officiated the election. The executive board members were unanimously elected for the two year term (2015 to 2017) with the following outcomes.

Executive Director: Govinda Dahal

Executive Secretary: Bishwa Regmi

Treasurer: Prashanta Dhakal

Member: Sara Chhetry

Member: Yogendra Bhattarai

Member: Ishara Mahat

Member: Martina Casey

Member: Robin Pudasaini

Member: Drona Rasali

Member: Jaya Ram Simkhada

Member: Hari Raj Neupane

CFFN Volunteer of the Year: Dr. Govinda Dahal offered his thanks to all of CFFN volunteers including board members. Moreover, he praised the contribution of Dr. Kalidas Subedi who tirelessly volunteered for the completion of the book project and declared him as the “Person of Excellence – CFFN Volunteer of the Year”.

Vote of Thanks: Prashanta Dhakal thanked everyone who attended the AGM. He appreciated outgoing treasurer Ben Wood for the contribution he made to CFFN.

AGM Closing: Govinda Dahal welcomed re-elected and new executive board members and expressed his concluding remarks.

Annual Report presented by Executive Director, Dr. Govinda Prasad Dahal for AGM 2015

Dear Chief Guest His Excellency Mr. Kali Prasad Pakhrel, representatives of NCAO, NRN-Canada and INLS Ottawa, CFFN colleagues and associates and all well-wishers,

Warm welcome to you all once again!

I am delighted to give you a brief overview of what we have done so far this year.

Before to start, I would like to remind you all that based on our by-laws- we focus our programs only on education and wellbeing.

Life cycle approach

Dear all, we have adopted a life cycle approach while we implement our programs to achieve our goals.

We have used health research to contribute to the health of new-born children when they start life in their mothers’ body. As maternal health has a big impact on the health of new-born children, we contribute to new knowledge to promote better health of pregnant mothers and their new-born babies. Our publications in international journals in this regard provide this evidence (e.g. http://manuscript.sciknow.org/uploads/ijmch/pub/ijmch_1421323544.pdf ).

Once a baby is born and grows to be 3-5 years old, they need pre-school education.  However, in Nepal, we do not have a practice to send these children for pre-school education. Because of this, we have started to implement a community child care initiative in Nepal for the last 8 years, even on a small scale.

Community child care initiative: To fulfill UN’s Millennium Development goals on universal primary education, Nepal commits to graduate 100 % primary education for its primary school age children by 2015.  However, it is almost impossible to achieve its full potential, as older siblings cannot go to school in all remote rural areas of Nepal and remain at home to look after their younger siblings in order to free their parents for agricultural work or to earn for their survival.

When CFFN realised this situation almost 8 years ago, we decided to initiate our contribution starting community child care centres as a pilot program. We thought that if the initiative worked in Nepal, this would encourage the establishment of community child care centers and encourage all parents to send their pre-school aged children (younger siblings) to these facilities. At that time, their older siblings would be free to go to school. If we could implement this practice in all of Nepal, only then, we can achieve our goal. I believe, CFFN’s efforts through early child care education and its training programs for teachers has contributed, to some extent, towards reaching the goal of universal education in Nepal.

To elaborate, for the first time, we started this program from Baglung district as a pilot program. We found that it worked well. Now we have expanded it to other districts and our focus has expanded to train teachers. By now we have trained 213 teachers in Nepal providing scholarship package from our own efforts. Tineke Casey and Michael Casey are the pioneers for this initiative in Nepal and their tireless efforts is gaining momentum to this endeavour is much appreciated.

Open University Initiative: CFFN also aims to support higher education in Nepal. We are helping the Open University Initiative from its inception. Now, The Nepal Government and NRNA (Non-resident Nepalese Association) are working towards its (Open University) establishment in Nepal.

Research initiative, knowledge synthesis and translation: When we emigrate from Nepal and stay outside working in our field of expertise abroad, we, people from Nepali origin, think about how we can help our motherland. We thought translating advanced knowledge to Nepal to promote the sustainable livelihoods of its citizens could be an effective approach.  Therefore, we decided to support Nepal through synthesizing and publishing scientific evidence for policy relevance in order to promote education and well-being of Nepalese people, especially in rural parts of Nepal.

We started this initiative as ‘a book project’ three years ago with collective efforts of colleagues of different disciplines from CFFN and beyond. More than 60 Scientists from Canada, USA, Australia, UK, Switzerland and Nepal have contributed. These colleagues have gained reputations and are experts in their disciplines related to policy and practices from both Nepal and foreign countries. To my knowledge, this is the first diaspora contribution of this kind, which shares knowledge for policy support.

Besides, we have been contributing for research and capacity building. An example that can be taken is a capacity building workshop in Nepal to advance knowledge and skills on evidence based health policy and practices among senior policy makers working in various sectors in Nepal in 2014 (http://equity.cochrane.org/equity-update-volume-8-issue-1-march-31-2014#Nepal ).

We are also supporting to facilitate Critical Care Management of hospital systems in Nepal working in collaboration with The Royal College of Doctors and Physicians of Canada and The General Hospital in Ottawa.

We have been supporting the Nepal Health Research Council for Capacity building on evidence based health policy and practices (in Nepal) and also supporting the establishment of a Cochrane branch in Nepal.

We have been working with the University of Ottawa as a collaborating partner to identify the role of media in diffusing information and its impact on immigrants’ wellbeing in Ottawa. Also, we have contributed to the area of Global Health Competencies (http://www.hindawi.com/journals/rerp/2013/208187/abs/ ).

Although we were not awarded (but found that our position was competitive) we developed a grant proposal to help Nepal in its food security sector. The amount of IDRC proposal we proposed was 3.5 million and our collaborative partners were Agriculture Canada from Canada and Kathmandu University and IUCN Nepal office from Kathmandu.

These are the highlights on what have we done so far.

Now let me highlight briefly about our Next steps:

Upon the completion of our book publication on: Sustainable livelihood systems in Nepal, we plan to publish a booklet in Nepali language summarizing the main points of this book (synopsis) and to implement where appropriate.

To develop specific projects based on our expertise and apply for grant applications.

We will continue our 4C project and will advance it whatever/wherever possible.

As final words, we will work with you all together and look forward to your cooperation to achieve our common goals. I am pleased to THANK you all for your help and moral support. I also want to take a moment to highlight and appreciate the contribution of CFFN colleagues, members and associates. The work you put in is invaluable.

Thank you!

MOU with IUCN

A Memorandum of understanding has been signed between Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN) Canada and International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Nepal office to pursue collaborative research in the areas of mutual interest such as sustainable development of Nepal, equitable management and use of natural resources, rural and urban planning, and development and dissemination of knowledge and information. Currently, both parties are working for the publication of a book titled, “Sustainable Rural Livelihood Systems in Nepal”.

Laughing for Mina 2013: An Evening for Early Childhood Education in Rural Nepal

Laughing for Mina 2013

Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN) is hosting an evening of Nepalese cuisine and Canadian comedy on Friday May 31, 2013, and you are invited! Laughing for Mina is an event to entertain while helping to create scholarships for rural women to receive training in early childhood programs as part of our Community Child Care Centre (4C) initiative. The evening includes appetizers, a full Nepali-style dinner and dessert, as well as a comedy program from Absolute Comedy, a raffle for great prizes, and a table where you can purchase Nepalese goods – all to support education for the youngest of children in remote villages.

We would love you to celebrate our success and help us to prepare for the year ahead! Laughing for Mina again promises a different kind of 4C: Company, Comedy and Cuisine for a Cause.

Venue: Rinag Banquet Hall, 88 Jamie Ave, Ottawa (See Map)
Date: Friday, May 31, 2013
Time: Doors open at 6:00PM

Only 150 tickets are available, so please reserve your place in advance!

Email: tineke@cffn.ca
Phone: Tineke @ 613-730-4963

Please contact us at tineke@cffn.ca if you or your company are interested in sponsoring this event.

External Video: RSA Animate: Changing Education Paradigms

“Don’t look. Don’t copy. That’s cheating! Outside school, that’s called ‘collaboration’.” – Sir Ken Robinson

This is a video animation based on a presentation given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, a world-renowned education and creativity expert. In it, Robinson argues the need to change the current education paradigm, whose origins are rooted in the ideas of academic ability of the industrial revolution, to match the current world in which we live. Education is modelled after the interests of industrialism, notably by it’s assembly line-like design. “Why is there this assumption that the most important thing kids have in common is how old they are?

“We are getting our children through education by anaesthetizing them. We should be waking them up to what is inside of themselves!”

Please view the video below for the presentation:

View here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U

Open University of Nepal: Vision for Future

Written by Dr. Drona Rasali, Dr. Pramod Dhakal / Dr. Ambika Adhikari, Dr. Raju Adhikari
Originally published by Nepal Republic Media / MyRepublica.com 

OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NEPAL

The growing thirst for education has been one of the most inspiring developments in Nepal lately. But despite the progress in basic education, the access to higher education in the country is still limited with an overall low gross enrolment rate. This is the result of rampant disparity in access to higher education across income quintile, gender, caste/ethnicity and geography. Especially alarming is the fact that the bottom two-fifth of the country’s population by income has less than two percent gross enrolment rate.

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Yuba Sanchar: Youth Oral Presentation – Swagat Ghimire

 *This show is in Nepali Language*

In this presentation, Swagat Ghimire talks about many Nepali children’s preference to visit developed countries over Nepal for reasons like having to meet relatives, eat rice often, etc.

Swagat makes the case that visiting different developed countries don’t give wholly different experiences. A ride at an amusement park is the same regardless of where the ride is. But Nepal is a world by itself. For example, the experiences one can attain in Pokhara, Kathmandu and Lumbini all have their unique features worth seeing. Despite this, Swagat isn’t blind to the problems either. Frequent street protests pose difficulties for tourists. Nepali politicians take note! And to other children: when you do go to Nepal, try to get out a little – there is a lot to see!


२०६९ सालको नेपाल गणतन्त्र दिवसको उपलक्ष्यमा नेपाली राजदुतावास अटवा
क्यानाडा र अंतरराष्ट्रीय नेपाली साहित्य समाज अटवाको संयुक्त आयोजनामा
क्यानाडाको राजधानी अटवामा गरिएको वक्तृत्वकला प्रतियोगितामा श्री स्वागत
घिमिरेले  राखेका भनाईलाइ युवा संचार रेडियो कार्यक्रमको यो बिशेष

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Yuba Sanchar : Youth Oral Presentation - Swagat Ghimire

 

Yuba Sanchar: Youth Oral Presentation – Kusum Sharma

 *This show is in Nepali Language*

In this Yuba Sanchar special presentation, Kusum Sharma recites the presentation she delivered at an oral presentation competition held by the International Nepali Literacy Society (INLS). She speaks about famous Nepali poet Laxmi Prasad Devkota and his dedication to Nepali literature. Kusum recites a passage from one poem about people becoming big by their hearts, not their castes, connecting the importance of this message to modern day Nepal.


२०६९ सालको नेपाल गणतन्त्र दिवसको उपलक्ष्यमा नेपाली राजदुतावास अटवा
क्यानाडा र अंतरराष्ट्रीय नेपाली साहित्य समाज अटवाको संयुक्त आयोजनामा
क्यानाडाको राजधानी अटवामा गरिएको वक्तृत्वकला प्रतियोगितामा सुश्री
कुसुम शर्माले राखेका भनाईलाइ युवा संचार रेडियो कार्यक्रमको यो बिशेष

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video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw7H07cCeYU

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Yuba Sanchar : Youth Oral Presentation - Kusum Sharma

 

Yuba Sanchar: Youth Oral Presentation – Reshma Dahal

 *This show is in Nepali Language*

In this Yuba Sanchar special presentation, Reshma Dahal recites the presentation she delivered at an oral presentation competition held by the International Nepali Literacy Society (INLS). She speaks about bringing a bright future to Nepal by uniting its people of varied cultural, linguistic, geographic and economic backgrounds.


२०६९ सालको नेपाल गणतन्त्र दिवसको उपलक्ष्यमा नेपाली राजदूतावास अटवा क्यानाडा र अंतरराष्ट्रीय नेपाली साहित्य समाज अटवाको संयुक्त आयोजनामा क्यानाडाको राजधानी अटवामा गरिएको वक्तृत्वकला प्रतियोगितामा सुश्री रेश्मा दाहालले राखेका भनाईलाइ युवा संचार रेडियो कार्यक्रमको यो बिशेष प्रस्तुतीमा प्रस्तुत गरिएका छन्  . उनी भन्छिन, विभिन्न सामाजिक आर्थिक भौगोलिक तथा सांस्कृतिक पहिचान भएका नेपालीहरु साचो अर्थमा एक नभए सम्म नेपालको भबिष्य उज्ज्वल बनाउन सम्भब छैन .

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Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzxV74DlMbA 

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Yuba Sanchar : Youth Oral Presentation - Reshma Dahal

 

CFFN Volunteer of the Year Announcement – 2012 Annual General Meeting

At Canada Foundation for Nepal’s seventh Annual General Meeting, Dr. Govinda Dahal announced that the recipient of CFFN’s 2012 Volunteer for the Year Award is Benjamin Wood. This is an award given to an individual showcasing excellence in helping CFFN spread the light of knowledge.

Ben Wood at the OUN Office

Benjamin Wood at the Open University of Nepal office in Kathmandu, Nepal

Benjamin Wood was chosen for this award for his continued role in shaping the organization, his initiative in overhauling and updating the CFFN website, his contributions to the Open University of Nepal Initiative while in Kathmandu last fall, and fundraising efforts in the form of a Nepal photography book.

He is the first to receive this award twice since the award’s inception four years ago. Past recipients include:

  • 2011: Manju Adhikari
  • 2010: Geeta Thapa
  • 2009: Benjamin Wood