Phase 1 is complete

Phase 1 of the Lloyds TSB Livability Ireland vocational training program at SIRC,  in partnership with Sadle Traders, Bhaktapur is now complete. Ramu, Dipak and Ram completed 19 bags in the past week and each bag passed the quality assurance test by Sadle Traders.  The bags will be ‘finished’ in Bhaktapur and sold in Germany.  And most importantly, these three young men get paid for their work.  Kudos to them for their dedication and commitment in learning a new skill, and seeing the training through. AD, the Executive Manager from Sadle Traders deemed the training complete and will officially submit an order for 100+ bags starting next week. This really is a win win situation, as it benefits all parties and allows those with SCI to earn an income  and contribute to their household.  A pretty successful pilot program that can now be scaled for other locations.

(l) Ramu (m) Dipak (r) Ram with smiling faces after loading the big sack of 19 bags on the bus for delivery to Sadle Traders, Bhaktapur.

(l) Ramu (m) Dipak (r) Ram with smiling faces after loading the big sack of 19 bags on the bus for delivery to Sadle Traders, Bhaktapur.


About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. 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 2013-2014. 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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2 Responses to Phase 1 is complete

  1. bkmiec says:

    This is great news, Kate. And so nice to see the smiles on their faces….

  2. Renu says:

    Wohooo! Great News!! Congrats to you all at SIRC!!

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