ICDP activities through the ECEC organization in Nepal have been going on for four years now and in 2018 over 1000 caregivers were reached.
Photo above: ICDP Facilitators from Education Horizon Nepal, Dhading. Photo Courtesy of Prabin Tamang: EHN.
From the ICDP report by Risohani Pradhanang:
The ECEC organization obtained the ICDP Nepal status in 2018 and during the year four new groups of facilitators, one in Pokhara and three in Kathmandu, were formed. This brought the total number of ICDP certified facilitators to 287.
A group of 69 new ICDP facilitators conducted 8 ICDP meetings to a total of 333 caregivers.
These facilitators came from different organizations like Save the Children Nepal, SOS Children's Village Nepal, Tiny Hands Nepal, Seto Gurans National Child Development Services (SGNCDS), CWISH, Self-help Group for Cerebral Palsy (SGCP Nepal), Rise and Shine Nepal, Asha Bal Bikash Sewa (ABBS) / (HDCS), Asal Chhimekee Nepal, ECEC and different churches and schools.
In addition, through private funding ICDP Nepal trained 37 new facilitators – these were school teachers, principals, trainers, from different private and governmet schools and NGOs. They sensitized in ICDP 170 caregivers.
The geographical areas that they covered with ICDP training include Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Saptari, Mahattori, Sarlahi, Dolakha, Kavre, Jajarkot, Itahari, Gorkha, Dhading and Dhankuta.
ICDP facilitators who had graduated in previous years continued to conduct meetings for caregivers and in 2018 they gave ICDP training to 548 caregivers.
On the 26th of October 2018, the first ICDP Network Meeting was organized which was attended by 116 facilitators.
On the 2nd of December 2018, ICDP Nepal held their first Parent conference and 206 caregivers were present. They were able to share their newly gained insight on parenting skills.
Testimonies from caregivers:
- Anita Limbu is a single mother with a daughter called Unisa. Unisa suffers from cerebral palsy. Anita does not receive support and love from her family and relatives, so all the responsibility for Unisa lies on her shoulders alone. This mother used to feel a great deal of frustration and burden, but then she had the opportunity to join the ICDP caregiver meetings where she met other mothers whose children were also suffering from cerebral palsy. During the first ICDP sessions she cried a lot, as she was becoming more and more aware of Unisa’s needs that she had been ignoring. She started to see her child as a person rather than a burden and this made her behave in a much more positive way towards her. Anita reported that one day Unisa asked her why she was not beating and scolding her as she used to do before - Anita’s eyes were full of tears while telling about this and realizing how negatively she had been treating her daughter. Her daughter can’t speak but can express her emotions and feelings with her gestures. Anita is now caring and expressing love towards her daughter more than before and she said that Unisa is a great deal happier now. Anita is thankful to the ICDP caregiver meetings and wants to be an example for other mothers with children with disabilities.
- I am working as a caregiver in the Nepalgunj day care centre for disabilities children in the Banke district. I had the opportunity to take the ICDP caregiver course. At work I used to take care of a Down syndrome child called Rizan Lamichhane. He was hyperactive and I was annoyed with his behaviour and I used to tie and leave him with food while I would go for lunch. At first I could not talk about this but in the third ICDP meeting while discussing about putting ourselves in our children’s shoes, I broke down and cried, and told my story. I realized how Rizan must have felt inside. After ICDP, I have now started to play, talk and understand every child who comes to the centre. This knowledge and change was only possible because of ICDP. Thank you ICDP.
--Words from Sushila Shahi (on photo below)
- My son is studying in the Yasodhara Boudha Higher Secondary School .This school is one of the project schools of the Nepali organization called the “Children and Women in Social Service and Human Rights” (CWISH)l. My eleven year old son used to get hold of things around him, such as bottle tops, bottles, electricity wires, clocks, batteries, etc., in order to make boats, cars and many other things from these. I would become very agitated and would throw these things away while ridiculing my son. I would use bad words in relation to my son, such as ” filthy and junk collector”. After the ICDP training, I came to understand that these activities of my son are actually creative activities of great importance for his development. After this I started to collect and store all sorts of junk material for him to play. Thank you for this ICDP training.
--Words from Meena Pariyar.