ICA Learning Center after renovation

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The new shelter at DSC Inaugurated

From broken shelters to a brand new house with disability friendly surrounding, ICA Nepal has completed the project of constructing a new shelter for the people living with disabilities at Disabled Service Centre (DSC). On November 23rd the new shelter was inagurated among huge crowd of people from different walks of life by the Hon. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Women, Children and Social Welfare Mr. Chandra Prakash Mainali.
The inauguration ceremony held at the premises of the new shelter was a huge success and finally one troubled chapter in the lives of the PWDs has had a happy ending :)

ICA Nepal also thanks all other supporters especially ICA Australia, 'Together for The World', Mr. Chhutim Sherpa, Mr. Mohan Karki, Mr. Sharada Prasad Dhital and the likes for the tremendous support provided by them

Monday, November 9, 2015

On the auspicious occasion of Deepawali ICA Nepal is pleased to announce the progress of the shelter being built for people with disabilities living at DSC after the house they were renting was razed to the ground in April 25 quake. following are some photos of the new shelter.

The shelter consists of four bedroom, two each for men and women, one kitchen and one bathroom. The new shelter has added new zeal among the residents at DSC.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

We conducted training programme at ICA itself lately on september, here is the link to the video of the fun-filled Social Artistry Training given to four of the organizations ICA has been working with in close collaboration : EPSA (Entire Power in Social Action), Creative Little Women's Association, DSC (Disabled Service Centre) and NIBDA (National Integrated Blind Development Association)


Happy, Motivated faces one more time :)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Despite of so many obstacles, one can observe Phurba Sherpa is the most happy soul of the organization. A bundle of wool is his bundle of joy. The way he finds happiness in small things and compliments can make every person smile back. The biggest passion and happiness in his life is knitting woolen mufflers and scarf which he does by using just a hand and a leg. The way he can involve himself hours and hours making colorful scarf can amaze everyone.
The wonderful colors and finishing of his work proves that he is best at what he does and that’s better than anyone else. The way he works with threads with his one hand and leg can leave any person in awe. His tireless passion would really make a person wonder: how can he be so content despite such physical hardship? His creativity, passion and skills has not only given him his inner peace but made him an example in the community and a great source of motivation and positivity. Normal people fight for money and materialistic happiness whereas for Phurba, the biggest happiness and innate peace in the world is a bundle of wool. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

A one day PSP (Participatory Strategic Training) organized at Namo Buddha resort at Kavrepalanchowk district in the aftermath of April 25 earthquake.

PSP training was given among the staff of the resort as an attempt to approach the prevailing problems with strategic planning. PSP has been a proven method to develop a shared vision among the participants to approach any problems they are facing.

The resort is currently closed as it was hit hard by the April 25 earthquake and the staff are having a hard time putting up with the situation. the PSP training will help them mitigate the shortcomings they've been facing due the damages caused by the quake.

The resort however, is to reopen soon and now that these people have developed a strategic mindset, they'll just knock down any problem in their way. All thanks to the Participatory Strategic Training.

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Rape is a worldwide problem. In every part of the world, girls are abused just because they are girls. Our country is facing this barbaric problem even more in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake. Its not in acknowledging the causes and motives behind rape our accomplishment lies but how we choose to fight it.

We have had a hard time spreading awareness in the matter of women considered to be the reason behind RAPE. Almost every aware rational citizen today believes it is BOYS who are the actual problem. But 'NO MEANS NO', a worldwide 'violence against women prevention' program for girls and for boys, in Nairobi, Africa brought into the light what might be the actual reason behind this sadist nature among boys.

 This huge campaign against sexual abuse in women initially focused in developing self defense skills among girls as like every other person in the world they believed the self defense techniques when taught to girls may prevent them from being raped more than any thing else but later, upon learning that girls are more likely to be raped by boys who are actually close to girls meaning their friends and even boyfriends NO MEANS NO started working towards Positive Masculinity. The positive empowerment focused towards boys, working towards the theory, If boys are the problem, then boys themselves can be the part of the solution.

It was after all not their biological structure that was the problem but their social construct which is why after incorporating the same self defense training and NO MEANS NO all along brought a huge drop in the rape cases and men who earlier thought it was justifiable to rape women, now started to defend them.

'NO MEANS NO'  World needs to start with early education on the topics of consent and assault and We are the World. 'NO MEANS NO' might be the answer to our ever so growing question of how to prevent Rape.

here is the link fore more info on this hugely successful campaign conducted in Nairobi, Kenya

Thursday, July 16, 2015

post earthquake relief and rehabilitation "Rise from Rubbles" with ICA :)

ICA Nepal with the support the members of Rotaract Clubs (Manohara, Rudramati and RudramatiBabarmahal) and Rotary Club of Rudramati, massively distributed relief materials to the earthquake victim. We visited the earthquake affected areas, instantly after the earthquake, inside the Kathmandu valley and assessed the situation. Initially, ICA Nepal helped people of Bhaktapur and Bungmati with drinking water bottles. We provided 1000 water bottles in the two locations. While visiting Bungamati ICA Nepal massively distributed food supplies to the different earthquake affected locations. We have reached to Sindhupalchowk, Changunarayan, Dhading, Bungamati (Tri Ratna School), Sangla, Nala, Gorkha with our food supplies. The food materials we provided included the set of salt, daal, rice, nutrella, beaten rice, masala, noodles, biscuits, drinking water along with a bucket, mug, plate and spoon, tarpaulin, blanket, and medicine (Gorkha). So we served 1000 families.
It was the time we leapt towards the second phase, rehabilitation and reconstruction. As much as there was huge physical damages, the mental and emotional damages could not be overlooked because these were the kinds of breakages that could leave the victims shattered for a long time. Keeping the consequenses of the mental and emotional breakdowns in mind, Our first approach for the rehabilitation was providing the training of social artistry. During the time of massive hazard our focus was a complete and sustainable rebuilding of the nation and social artistry was one of the tools. The training was provided to the locals of Changunarayan so that they could come up with innovative and participatory ideas to move forward with rehabilitation and rebuilding and so that the change could be sustainable and participatory which is our major belief. We started to rebuilt temporary shelters and rehabilitate the displaced population along with the relief distribution as it was high time for everybody to focus on rehabilitation because of the approaching monsoon. We believe that community participation yields sustainability, that is why we worked with local community and Progressive Women Group in Changunarayan to clear the rubbles and move their belongings. During our relief work at Changuarayan we discovered that people were in immediate need of shelter that is when we decided to collect fund for the construction of permanent shelter. As an immediate relief we started with one earth bag house which was also a pilot. Mr. Purna B. Tamang was one unfortunate 82 year old whose house was destroyed by the earthquake and he had nowhere to go. We built him a home and earthbag home was very innovative and sustainable idea as it was cost effective, durable and also earthquake resistant. It was overwhelming seeing him hopeful and happy in the end.
Mr. Tamang is just a representative and we have a lot of such helpless people who need our support and we are trying every possible way to collect funds and help those in need rebuild in a sustainable way. ICA Nepal is very aware that it is a high time to get back to normalcy and it is expected to take 10 years for our country to bounce back which is a very long time so we are committed in doing every possible bit to shorten that time period and get all the development activities to pace up. then again, contentment we gained in those smiles :)