The training has begun!

You’ll remember a while back I posted a blog about a visit to the Sadle factory in the nearby town of Bhaktapur to assess if the work done there, could in part, be outsourced to the patients, carers and ex-patients of SIRC. Sadle recycles truck tires to make a variety of bags in different designs, as well as laptop & e-reader sleeves and a whole lot of other products.  The finished products are sold in Germany through a distributor.  Based on what we saw, we knew the initial process of cutting the rubber to templates, cleaning the rubber and then sewing it together to make the 1st cut of the items, was definitely doable by our wheelchair-bound patients, their carers and ex-patients needing an income stream. A grant from Lloyds TSB in the UK, in association with Livability Ireland has allowed us to set up a vocational training program and, as is usual with SIRC, training commenced ahead of schedule.  The idea was to train a small set of patients, carers and ex-patients who will then train others – Train the Trainer approach.  Check out some of the photos of training day.

Where else to do the training than on the wheelchair accessible roof where the sun shines warmly & people can keep warm.

Where else to do the training than on the wheelchair accessible roof of SIRC where the sun shines warmly & people can keep warm.

AD Aryel is the owner of Sadle and he along with his colleague are pictured here coaching one of the patients on the art of stitching rubber - it's not as easy as it looks!

AD Aryel (r) is the owner of Sadle and he along with his colleague (l) are pictured here coaching one of the patients on the art of stitching rubber – it’s not as easy as it looks!

This is a very young lady whose husband is paralysed from the chest down after an accident.  Training is provided to carers such as her so that she can generate income for the family - they have two kids under age 4.

This is a very young lady whose husband is paralyzed from the chest down after an accident. Training is provided to carers such as her so that she can generate income for the family – they have two kids under age 4.

 

AD is checking the quality of the work after Ram's first attempt at the stitching.

AD is checking the quality of the work after Ram’s first attempt at the stitching.

Ram's stitching made the quality standard!

Ram’s stitching made the quality standard!

The SIRC folks were left with some more rubber and thread to practice on and I believe their first shipment of real work will arrive next week.  As soon as I get a chance to photograph the finished product, I’ll post it for sure.  We’ll all be proud of that moment! Each person will be paid 95 Rs for each piece correctly completed, it is expected they will be able to produce about 15 per day.  That equates to earning approximately 7,000 Rs per week (CAD$70) which is a fantastic income to earn.   Many thanks to the foresight of Lloyds TSB for providing this grant.  If we can prove this vocational training program can work, then there is lots of possibilities to expand the program to other parts of Nepal.  There is no stopping us.

About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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7 Responses to The training has begun!

  1. Renu says:

    What a heartwarming success story! Thanks to you i too feel like i am part of witnessing the beauty of humanity..xo

  2. bkmiec says:

    Kate, this is a super-quick move from “idea” to “implementation”. Must be so gratifying to be a part of this….

  3. Grace Coffey says:

    Congrats team SIRC another success story! Delighted for all concerned. gx

  4. Gracie says:

    Impressive work! Bless you! Big hug from a cold Sweden🌌

  5. Gary Lutke says:

    From idea to successful implementation in one fell swoop……just like at the bank, eh Kate?

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