Narrative Report on PROJECT

1. Basic data
1.1. Name of the organization
(Name)
(Address)
(Town)
(Country) Women Acting Together for Change (WATCH)
572/45 Ram Mandir Marga, Battis Putali
Kathmandu
Nepal
1.2. Representative/contact person
(Name)
(Email)
(Telephone) Narayan Kaji Shrestha
watchftp@watch.org.np or watchftp@gmail.com
977 9851086616 or 977 1 4492644

2. Brief information
2.1. Reporting period (from dd/mm/yyyy todd/mm/yyyy)
From 01/01/2018 to 31/12/2018
2.2. Funding amount received
Rs. 2,538,949.05
Rs. 2,538,786.65

2.3. Brief description/explanatory notes
Changes since the last report, in project staff or the institution in general. Assessment of the general progress of the project
1. Originally, WATCH proposed of a project with Rs. 70 Lakh budget each year for two years but it is decided that WATCH would get only about Rs. 25 Lakh for the first year. So we made changes in the project and submitted to the SWC for approval. By the time we got approval it was already almost the end of March so the project started from April to end in December. WATCH itself covered the expenses for January-March 2018.
2. Instead of eight staff and 50 Group Facilitators originally proposed, only four staff and 32 Groups Facilitators were working at the end. Others are working and supporting the project through WATCH’s own fund.
3. As Group Facilitators were quite effective in Harkapur, Okhaldhunga but not that much in Lalitpur so we decided to pilot with two approaches one in Harkapur with 33 facilitators and another in Lalitpur with the Social Mobilizers and direct support from the centre.
4. As it was decided in this quarter to focus more on Harkapur extending to other women’s groups reaching 32 groups there and in Lalitpur slowly adding to reach 25 because it is quite nearby and there are more NGOs engaged here.
5. Chickens, mushroom and vegetables were raised by the groups and supported by WATCH. Poverty to prosperity is helpful in making people realize about enterprise, self reliance and opportunities and resources available around them.

3. Narrativereport
3.1. Short description of the situation at the outset of project
What was the initial situation at which the project had started? What challenges should be addressed? What problem solved? Which target groups should be addressed?
Women Acting Together for Change (WATCH) has been implementing “Rural/Indigenous Women’s Leadership for Ecosystem Management” in Harkapur, Okhaldhunga and Devichaur, Lalitpur for the last two years. This project focuses on changing dependency and begging attitudes of women leaders to be self reliant or stand on own feet. As most of the projects for supporting the earthquake victims of 2015 focused on providing immediate welfare which was needed, and building temaporary and permanent shelters which are mostly hardware related. WATCH proposed a project to change dependency mentality created by the welfare, to raise awareness about imminent disasters which are quite frequent in Nepal and help them to initiate some measures for preparedness, to raise awareness about own family resources and community resources and initiate their management for prosperity, This all have to be done by the organizing rural women’s groups and building their capabilities.
The goal of the project was to prepare people to cope with frequent disasters through ecosystem management and disaster mitigation and preparedness. To achieve this goal takes time but to a certain extent women group members have become somewhat aware but need reinforcing. Micro or group level ecosystem management plans are prepared and some activities they could do by themselves had been done.
1. Raising awareness and changing attitude require reinforcing. These are not possible only by training. WATCH conducted training for women leaders and decided to have one-two days orientations in the women’s groups which have some impacts.
2. Mini level ecosystem management plans are prepared by all the women’s groups but they need to be consolidated. While making plans they became aware of possible disasters and tried to find ways to minimize and/or mitigate them.
3. In both the areas, women’s leadership trainings were conducted. Some leadership has emerged but they are accommodated by the political parties or various other development activities because in them there are some incentives and fame. This made women’s groups rather leaderless. All the women’s groups have prepared their charters and developed plans but they are not used to referring them and following them.
4. Poverty to prosperity exercises were conducted and some women have initiated actions to but it needs regular follow-up and support.
5. A system in women’s groups is developed which can move them to better situation to get services from other organizations also. Especially in Harkapur this is happening.
6. WATCH as an organization has also developed monitoring and tracking system which if properly used can give better pictures of the situation of the groups in the field
7. Women Group facilitators are an innovation which has shown good potentials to manage women’s groups and provide services.

3.2. Objectives, activities
Please describe all activities that were executed, including the content, the number of people that have been reached and the location of the activity. Were you able to implement all project activities as planned? What were the main objectives in the reporting period? What activities have been scheduled? What activities have been executed? With which impact? Please report using clear figures.
A. Goal and Objectives
The goal of the project is to bring prosperity by preparing people especially women to cope with frequent disasters through ecosystem management and disaster mitigation and preparedness, and proper management of family and community resources.

To achieve this goal the following objective are specified;
1. Focus on Attitude Change from dependency to self-reliance of women’s groups and families.
2. 25 existing Women’s groups strengthening and initiation of 25 more women’s groups
3. Capacity building of the Awake Nepali Rural Women’s Coalition as network of women’s groups.
4. Conduct and consolidate Poverty to Prosperity exercises focusing on agriculture and small enterprises.
5. Improve Ecosystem Management plans focussing on water recharge, rain water harvesting. Community resources management, Grass and fodder development. Soil improvement and management
B. Activities:
The following activities are planned to achieve the above objectives:
1. Attitude change training to staff, women leaders and women’s groups. It was planned to conduct twi conceptual training in Okhaldgunga and Lalitpur specially for 50 groups facilitators and the staff. Group facilitators in Lalitpur area was not found to be effective so just one training for Molung was prganized in whicj 35 facilitators and staff took part. 25 women’s groups with 824 women were provided with one day conceptual change orientation. In which case studies, flip charts, role plays were shown and discussed to help them come to theor own conclusions to be self-reliant. 20 new groups from Okhaldhunga and four new groups from Lalitpur were provided each with Rs. 10,000 support to their revolving fund, Elected municipality Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Ward Chairmen handed over the money to the groups.
2. Poverty to prosperity exercise training and exercises with those who are willing and capable to do something using family resources. During the orientation and quarterly review/planning meeting it was discussed again. It is realized that without doing transect walk but based on mapping decisions were made. It is emphasized from now on transect walk has to be done, Analysis of resources and decisions have to be made on the spot. Another wekaness was related to the institutional relationship. Staff admitted that they lack information about who does what. Similarly, it is also relaized that investment is decided without doing cost and profit analysis. 30 new exercises were cpnducted and 31 people were supported with investment ranging from Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 150,000. 35 people who have taken investment were followed up to support and provide feedback. Four people who have taken investments before have been supported to be rnterpreneuss by diversifying their businesses.
3. WATCH started letting groups know that if they want to work in collaboration with WATCh they have to get registered with it. 65 women;s groups have registered from Pkahldhunga and Lalitpur. Similar registration will be initiated in Kapilvastu, Rupandehi and Nawalaparsi also.25 existing Women’s groups strengthening through visioning, planning, follow-up support were provided. Of which 12 were planned to be developed as model groups but only three have initiated. 20, 7 and 5 new women’s groups were formed in Okhaldhunga, Lalitpur and Kapilvastu respectively. 36 groups‘ charters were prepared during this period. WATCH staff attended meetings of 42 women’s groups meetings and 24 group facilitators‘ meetings.
4. Ecosystem Management training to women leaders and ecosystem management plan development with women’s groups and community members by transect walking and resources mapping; and sharing with local elites, local governance agencies and NGOs for support. It is decided to do this activity only in the second year. Because there is quite an upheaval because of problems in changes in governance. Policies, rules, regulations, etc.
5. Regular training of rural women agriculture facilitators to be demonstration farmers and seeds, seedlings, ag inputs and technology suppliers. Some informal trainings on plastic tunnels construction, tomoato planting and care, myshroom growing, chicken raising, fruits planting, etc. were done.The regilar training for facilitators could not be initiated but seven different training were conducted with the agriculture facilitators.. Some reading materials were prepared to support women who plant tomato, construct tunnels, raise chickens, plant mushrooms, etc.
6. Strengthening network and building capabilities of the Awake Nepali Rural Women Coalition; Support was provided to form district level chapters in Kathmandu and Kavre, Annual assembly was held in Rupandehi and special general assembly was hekd in Kthamandu where the revised charter was discussed and approved. Some changes were also made in executive committee. In Rupandehi October 15th Rural Women’s Day was celebrated. Being rural women very bbusy it has been found difficult to mobilize them but Rupandehi chapter is quite active and doing activities by getting support from the municipality..
7. There are some activities done beyond the project also. WATCH is supporting activities in Kapilvastu which is going all right. Seven new groups are formed and more than 30 poverty to properoty exercises are supported. In Okhaldhunga, two etenary JTAs iare supported to start vetenary medicine shop and related services, one is supported to start nursery, She would also start selling seeds and seedlings. Two enterpreneurs are successfuly raising chicks for selling. 2560 coiler chickens, 30 quintals of potato seeds, 1400 packets of mushrooms seeds and quite a lot vegetable seeds are distributed in the area.
8. WATCH had abuual assembky on October 15th and celebrated rural women’s day in Bengali, Rupandehi. Later, it had its general assembly in Kathmandu, Its sudit was approved by the assembly, a new auditor for the coming year is appointed. Progress report and financial reports presented by the Executive Director was approved. A new Board is elected. Ezcept Chairperson and Vice Chairperson, other five members are new face. Okhaldhunga, Nawalparasi, Rupandehi and Kapilvastu districts are represented in the Board.
List of planned and executed activities
Please list all planned activities for the reporting period
1. New Women’s group Formation 25
a. Okhaldhunga 13
b. Lalitpur 12
c. Kapilbastu 0
2. Strengthening and support for 25 previously formed women’s groups
– Application receive for group affiliation 42
– Group situation analysis form preparation 42
– Selection of model group 12
Charter amendment 25
– Selection of Group facilitator new 25
– Training of group facilitators 50
Groups Charter Making 25
Groups monthly meeting 42
Group facilitator’s meeting 24

3. Poverty to Prosperity
a. New Exercise 10
b. Investment 10
c. Flow-up of the grantees 20
d. Initiation for enterprise devt. 3
4. Agricultural Activities
a. AG. Advisors’ Trg 4
b. Distribution of chicks 800
c. Distribution of seeds, seedlings: cont.
d. Comphre grass distribution
e. Plastic tunnels for vegetables 8
f. Nursery initiated in local level 2
g. Fruits saplings distribution- kiwi, avocado, peanuts
h. Distribution of mushroom saplings 1
i. Distribution of potato seedlings MS43 1
j. Selection of agro entrepreneur 3
k. Demand collection of seeds/saplings
5. Trainings
Group Facilitator’s Training 1
Conceptual Training 1
Conceptual training in local level 25
6. Revolving fund to the groups 25
7. Eco-system Management
Discussion on Disaster risk reduction
Help in soil improvement, management and test
8. Coordination with local level
Information on Group affiliation 1
Inform about project 1
Permission for conducting project 1
Lesson learning Workshop 2
9. Support Awake Nepali Rural Women Coalition
Policy amendment 1
Annual and General Assembly 1/1
Rural Women’s Day celebration 1

Please list all activities that have been executed in the reporting period.
1. Women’s Group Formation 32
a. Okhaldhunga 20
b. Lalitpur 7
c. Kapilbastu 5
2. Strengthening and support for 25 previously formed women’s groups
– Application receive for group affiliation 65

– Group situation analysis form preparation 47
– Selection of model group 3
– Charter amendment 2
Selection of Group facilitator 32
Training of group facilitators 25
Groups Charter Making 36
Groups monthly meeting 42
Group facilitator’s meeting 24

3. Poverty to Prosperity
a. New Exercise 30
b. Investment 31
c. Follow-up of the grantees 35
d. Initiation for enterprise devt 4
4. Agricultural Activities
a. AG. Advisors’’ Trg 7
b. Distribution of chicks 2650
c. Distribution of seeds, seedlings:
cont.
d. Comphre grass distribution 100
e. Plastic tunnels for vegetables 8
f. Nursery initiated in local level 1
g. Fruits saplings distribution- kiwi, avocado, peanuts
h. Distribution of mushroom saplings 1400 in num
i. Distribution of potato seedlings MS43 29.quintal (Kapilbastu and Rupandehi)
j. Selection of agro entrepreneur 1
k. Demand collection of seeds/saplings

5.Trainings
Group Facilitator’s Training 1
Conceptual Training 1
Conceptual training in local level 25
6. Revolving fund to the groups 24
7. Eco-system Management
Discussion on Disaster risk reduction
Help in soil improvement, management and test
8. Coordination with local level
Group affiliation information 3
Inform about project 1
Permission for conducting project 1
Lesson learning Workshop 2
9. Support Awake Nepali Rural Women Coalition
Policy amendment 1
Annual and General Assembly 1/1
Rural Women’s Day celebration 1 (Rupandehi)

a. Target Group
Which target groups were reached in what number / to what extent with the project activities? How did people come to the project and / or how were they selected and involved?

Target groups for the project is rural indigenous women and girls of Harkapur, Prapcha and Shree Chaur villages of Molung Village Council of Okhaldhunga and Devichaur, Burungchuli, Tokalmath, Jalakhu, Danuwar Gaun villages of the Godavari Municipality of Lalitpur districts.
Both the areas were quite badly affected by the 2015 earthquake and having frequent disasters like landslides, soil erosion, heavy rainfall or draught, etc. because of unplanned development activities like road construction, sand mining, stone quarries, too much use of fertilizers and pesticides, and lack of able bodied people in the villages..
b. Results
What has changed / improved for the target group? What new possibilities/capacities have been created?
1. Women’s groups in Okhaldhunga are enthusiastic and almost all participating in the group’s activities. Group facilitators are also doing their job well. Whereas women in Lalitpur being quite nearby Patan and Kathmandu and having too many opportunities do not have that much time to engage in group activities. However there is good base to initiate development activities. The groups members have stopped borrowing from the private loan sharks.
2. WATCH has established quite a good rapport and relationship with local government agencies in the Molung municipality less so in Godavari municipality. There is quite a possibility to collaborate with then in development activities.
3. There are a lot of expectations from WATCH about the scholarship in Okhaldhunga so focused there. Even the elected parliament member appreciated this. Most of the girls who used to drop out because of not being able to buy dresses and educational materials have the resources now. The chickens distributed for their Pewa also providing them financial resources.
4. Women’s groups in both the areas are able to conduct regular meetings, write minutes and keep financial records. However they still lack confidence and frequently they make mistakes. In Okhaldhunga there is a system of discussing about some gender related issues in each meeting but that has not happened yet in Lalitpur. Women in Lalitpur are more oriented towards income.
5. Some prosperity at the family level and some confidence can be seen in the village. Still they have difficulty in making demands and getting information. Because of this they are getting resources allocated by the local government agencies.
c. Problems encountered and Solutions
List and explain briefly problems faced during the project implementation in that period and how they affected the project in terms of results or period of implementation. Have external circumstances changed?
In case the problem was solved during the same period, please indicate the solution as well – if not indicate problem-solving strategies. Add changes you would like make in the implementation process of the project regarding long-term sustainability.
1. It is quite difficult to train an old dog. WATCH has decided to retain only those staff which are somewhat somewhat changed or ready to change. WATCH’s values and norms need to be revitalized so that it can become a real service organization. WATCH is in a campaign to change mentality of dependence and begging which will be detrimental in terms of people being self-reliant. Without support from its own staff and building capacities of staff accordingly it would not go ahead. For this WATCH management has to do something.
2. Poverty to prosperity exercise is having successes. Until now only one person has defaulted because of her pregnancy and problems related with it. The next step is to initiate some enterprises for which three people are selected for pilots. It is not that easy. Somehow, it has been realized that once going through one or two rounds of support they themselves become more perceptive and start looking for opportunities and possibilities. It is about the time WATCH needs to develop a sound plan with training and extension components. There is also need to develop some case studies and publicize them.
3. Local level government is in turmoil. They are supposed to come up with policies and procedures which they have not been able to do. They are concentrating more on hardware not on software. WATCH can play effective role with its experiences to support them which has been started in Harkapur. This has to be continued.
4. Because of the present government’s attitude towards NGOs, small NGOs like WATCH is facing big problems. Just to get approval and renewal so many doors have to be knocked which takes a lot of time because of distance to be covered and also the negative pictures portrayed of the NGOs by the government. Many NGOs including WATCH is quite worried. It seems that the government is keen on having NGO/INGOs which toe on its lines.
5. Chickens and vegetables especially tomato have been produced by the farmers. Initially they started small so there was no problem of market. Once they get training and have confidence they start producing more. When the middle men find this they decrease the prices because of which farmers get discouraged. Some balance has to be explored.