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Date of visit- 16th Sept 2010
Place- Kapashera village
Visitors- Ms. Alka Pathak, Chief Advocacy & External Relation Officer CARE India and EMPHASIS team of Modicare Foundation
Today we have visited Kapashera village along with Alka Madam and Sandhya Madam. The purpose of the visit was to get orientation of the field area of EMPHASIS destination site in Modicare Foundation area. The plan was also to meet some impact population there. The situation of roads and street was so horrible because of heavy rain that instead of using streets and lane we were walking down on platforms made in front of houses and shops.
Meeting with Raju - Sandhya Madam introduced all of us to Alka Madam and we headed to Mahakali Dhaba (a restaurant) where we met Raju Thapa, the owner of the restaurant. Raju is from Kanchapur and runs a popular eating joint known as “Mahakali Dhaba”. We got very surprised to see Alka Madam talking with Raju and his wife in Nepali language. Alka madam was asking about Raju’s family, native place, his relationship with the land lord etc. While sharing with her Raju told that his original name is Man Bahadur but he purposely changed his name to Raju, a familiar Indian name.
Group meeting- After that we met with a group of 10-12 young Nepali boys in a room situated in a big campus which houses more than 50 rooms. It was very interesting informal meeting because they all were talking very openly and freely with Alka Madam and Sandhya Madam. They were from Morong, Syangja and Jhapa district and here also Alka Madam initiated discussion in Nepali which easily converted the environment very friendly.
The group was very cohesive in terms of age, life style, education and understanding of the issues. Most of them have had education till 10th or 12th but very few of them wanted to continue study further in India. There was one boy who shared that he does drugs in form of opium, alcohol, ink remover fluid etc. and cannot live without it. One boy was a truck driver who had good understanding of HIV & AIDS and condom because of TI projects run by Bill and Melinda Gates foundation on National Highways.
They also shared about a Nepali call girl Sonia (name changed) who has been accessible by most of them in Kapashera village. Nepali mobile people do have multiple sexual relations but rarely they use condom.
Taking clue from the discussion Sandhya Madam started CLCP (Community Life Competence Process) where she requested the participants to share their dreams with all of us. Shared individual dreams were mentioned below:
1. Want to learn Korean language and settle in South Korea
2. Want to do Hotel management course from Hyderabad and my father is arranging money for the same (Rs. 1 lakh)
3. Just want to earn and save money so that I can start a small provision store in my village (Nepali) and support my family
4. Want to become rich by any means
5. Want to continue job in export company
…………To be continued and want support from CARE to complete the CLCP
Common dream- They expressed their common dream to start a youth club in Kapashera and they asked whether EMPHASIS program can help them in this.
Sandhya Madam told that under EMPHASIS program we can facilitate them to accomplish their common dream to constitute a youth group but first they have to take a lead towards this. There would not be any financial commitment from our side but they can use our DIC for group meetings in future.
Point of discussion for NING members- How to go further to facilitate them in constituting a youth club at Kapashera village.
Meeting with two persons from Kanchanpur (woman and man) - The woman was alone at home and her kid was playing outside. Her husband works at Udyog Vihar (Gurgaon) in an export company and they came to India 5 months back. She was having some gynecological problem for which she had undergone treatment from a private hospital but still she is not ok. She told us that their land lord and police asked them to submit their Identity cards urgently otherwise they would be thrown out from the village. When we shared that there should not be any legal issue to have an I-card for Nepali mobile people if they have Nepali citizen card with them. Then she told us that they forgot to bring the Nepali Citizen Card with them for which they are now planning to go back and bring the cards.
In our opinion the police has become little strict because of security purpose before onset of Commonwealth Game (CWG) happening in Delhi from 3rd Oct to 14th Oct 2010.
The man from Kanchanpur was just back from his office because his brother was leaving for Nepal on the same day and he has to handover some money for her family back in Nepal. He has been staying in Delhi for last 6 years in the same company. He has got the ESI (Employee State insurance) card from his employer. The Employees’ State Insurance Scheme is an integrated measure of Social Insurance embodied in the Employees’ State Insurance Act and is designed to accomplish the task of protecting ‘employees’ as defined in the Employees’ State Insurance Act against the hazards of sickness, maternity, disablement and death due to employment injury and to provide medical care to insured persons and their families.
It was very satisfactory and enlightening field visit for all of us. We would like to continue the discussion raised in our note.
Report prepared by
Puran Thapa and Sandhya Mishra