Change for Health Nepal participated "Communities & Crisis: Inclusive Development through sport" seminar held in Rheinsberg, Germany.
The seminar received the participants and speakers representing more than 15 countries. The seminar began with an ice breakers on the first day which was an opportunity for the participants to get to know each other better.
The first speaker of the seminar, Dr. Gudrun Doll-Tepper presented a general view of inclusion and its challenges in a global context. Following her session, Ken Black focused on sport pedagogy while ensuring that participants had a chance to try out different practical exercises.
Dr. Lydia Zijdel, as a presentator of the first day, presented the work developed by the foundation that was not only named after her but which has also been able to build off of her efforts to empower disabled people. Her presentation was based on a project with persons with disabilities in refugee camps in Africa and Middle East. Her session also concluded with practical experiences which gave participants different ways to implement physical activity projects with limited resources.
In the evening,a documentary Freedom Runners is shown that details the ways Mr. Rotem Genossar, one of the participant from Israel, is utilizing running with his students of refugee backgrounds in their very challenging pathways to citizenship.
Representatives learned as providers of sports and physical activity for psychosocial intervention in crisis situations that they must understand how the brain responds and copes with disaster situations.
Professor Alan Kirk started off the day with a series of practical mental exercises to enable participants to appreciate that the human brain has enormous capabilities to record and respond in special ways and to maintain balance in specific circumstances. The next seminar presented by Jutta Engelhardt highlighted 7 development topics addressed through sport and the important role of the facilitator.
Professors Irene McClatchey and Ardith Peters spoke to the different approaches that have proven to be effective in working with traumatized youth, particularly those with a refugee background.
The high point of the session was when participants moulded figures out of clay, symbolizing things that we cherished or missed in our lives and while presenting them to the rest of the group, suddenly all was destroyed. Jutta Engelhardt had planned to have two persons come in during the end of the session, stomping on the clay figures and crushing them with a table. The violent act was to represent what the victims of disaster experience. The destruction of people's cherished pieces elicited an array of emotions from the participants, just the way it does for the real victims of disaster.
The third day of the seminar began with a lecture about how to create an NGO. Professors Dr. Ardith Peters and Dr. Irena McClatchey presented a theoretical framework for creating an NGO consisting of 4 stages: needs assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. They discussed the different stages and further clarified it by using Dr. McClatchey’s program for traumatized children in Georgia, USA as a case study. It was really interesting to learn how an NGO be created by better understanding both the theoretical and practical concepts.
Prof. Ken Black presented to use practical inclusive activities for people with various needs. This session saw different models used to ensure for inclusive physical activities which include those that stress effective structures, flexible tools, a continuum of skill development and a social-environmental approach. We saw how to use the STEP model, which has as a basic principle the modification of various physical activities in order to engage all people.
Dr. Dean Ravizza and his interesting lecture on the best practices on the topic of using sport for vulnerable disadvantaged children.The lecture increased the knowledge and skills on using sport as a tool for social reintegration and social inclusion especially while using as a psycho social tool to deal with vulnerable children in general and refugee children in specific.
On 3th November, Dr. Marianne Meier, University of Bern, spoke about gender and sport and the challenges in crisis areas. The sesssion was useful to learn the ways to examine situations with a gender lens, calling for an understanding of socio cultural factors. Participants introduced their different games to meet and interact with the residents with disabilitiess in the eveining.
Katrin Bauer, a research assistant at the German Sport University Cologne opened up her session by mapping out the services provided by her university and then diving into scientific evaluations, calling two participants from her university to share their experiences in this field. This session was dedicated to better understanding the research and evaluation methods around sport for development, including a focus on monitoring and evaluation methods and tools, and a deeper understanding of what sustainability is and how it can be measured.
As a final speaker of the seminar, Dr. Marianne Meier presented on securing sustainability through good practices and examining the project cycle management, particularly the evaluation stage, participants were better prepared to understand the alternative means of measuring impact. The tremendous growth in regard to development and solving many others socials concerns through the use of sport and physical activities is being experienced today. “Monitoring and Evaluation” is the most important part of any projects. Participants agreed that this knowledge will help them to be more effective and efficient in future projects, be able to easily convince decision makers and investors to allocate more funds and to overall contribute more to the academic field.
The last session of the day was dedicated to group presentations. The presentations of each group made us see the real scenario of how calamities either natural or man-made can affect us all. We had to present how we should equip ourselves in such situations and determine how to support the affected populations.
Mr. Machhindra Acharya, Vice-President of the organization participate the seminar Program that held between 30th October - 5th November, 2016 in Rheinsberg, Germany. Rheinsberg is one of the popular tourist places of Germany.
A four-day ‘Sport for Healthy Living’ campaign organized on the occasion of 3rd International Day of Sport for Development and Peace concluded in Kathmandu on Wednesday.
The campaign was organized by Change for Health Nepal with the support of Oriental Journeys and Harati Shikshya Mandir.
Speaking at the concluding ceremony, Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary General on Sport for Peace and Development said sport promotes peace and harmony in the society. “If we teach our children to love sport and be a part of it from early childhood, they make friends and respect each other. This way one can make friendly neighbors and countries. We should include persons with disabilities in our each and every activity. We should treat all human in equal way,” he added.
Similarly, Lokendra Acharya, secretary of Change for Health Nepal, said sports play a crucial role in maintaining physical health of the people. “We are working with school children because they are the future of our society. We will encourage children to become healthy by involving in physical activities. Sedimentary life will only invite diseases. Sports and physical activities along with nutritious food are the basis to good health,” he said. He also said they were planning to take 'Sport for Healthy Living' to all earthquake-affected districts.
Change for Health Nepal is organizing Sport for Healthy Living program in Kathmandu. The program will follow one of the goals of United Nations Office on Sports for Development and Peace, "I play for Goal 3 Good Health & Well-Being" in Kathmandu.more info
The Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sports for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), Mr. Wilfried Lemke has written a letter to Change for Health - Nepal stating about the supports provided by the organization with immediate relief works and health care services for the earthquake affected peoples of Nepal. The letter adds the positive impression and courage to go on to the victims and serve the people in hard times. He has sent his best wishes for the continuation of such works by the organization in future utilizing sports as one of the tools. The team of Change for Health (CFH) Nepal is thankful to Mr. Wilfried Lemke and UNOSDP for recognizing and encouraging CFH-Nepal for more humanitarian works. We believe, CFH-Nepal can keep the trust strongly in the days to come. In the mean time, We would like to thank all the CFH-Nepal team members, medical volunteers, Ekata Samaj Munster, NEEC UK and the Nepalese community living in different countries for the great support to bring us in the position. k youmore info
Nepal remembered the deceased of Megha-Earthquake in the traditional festival of Gaijatra. The festival is organized especially in the three major cities of Kathmandu valley. However, it is organised in the memory of a deceased one who died within the twelve month in some other parts of country among Newar community settlements.more info
Change for Health Nepal jointly with Youth Action Nepal has conducted free health and motivational camp in Sindhupalchowk earthquake victim shelter at Nilbarahi Bode Bhaktapur on 22nd August, 2015. The health camp took specialist for eye, skin and a general checkup.
One hundred and ninety five patients were benefited from the camp. Most of the patients who visited the camp were suffering from eye infection, skin related diseases and few have diarrhea and others have general health problem. Cough and cold was common in most of the visitors. Along with free health checkup, camp distributed free medicines to the patients and did wound dressings.
In other side, the team organized different motivational program from the children in the camp. Musical program, dancing, face painting and sport activities were able to smiles in the faces of residents in the camp. Volunteers from both the organizations facilitate the motivational activities. Volunteers interacted with children and women for stress relief and skill sharing. The team reached hundreds of children with the painting, music, sports like motivational program. Our energetic volunteers share their ideas to stay safe in the camp.
CFH-Nepal is visiting different earthquake victims shelter located inside Kathmandu valley with the similar program.
Change for Health Nepal has initiated skill transfer program in Nepal. The program aims to full fill the gap of knowledge and skill between developed and undeveloped nation.more info
Change for Health-Nepal and Oriental Journeys jointly organized the program called Nature walk and bird watching for earthquake trauma healing in the technical support of Galaxy Public High school on 18 July, 2015 in Godavari . The program specifically focused those peoples, who are affected by the devastating earthquake and continuous aftershocks, are psychologically disturbed by the fear and trauma. The main purpose of the program is to settle the psyche of the people through the connection of nature. Among different kinds of healing method, nature healing found to be significant method to resettle the normal state of mind as the participants are really enjoying with the peace and beauty of nature.
Thank you all the participants, organizers and supporter for making the program successful and fruitful. The program will be organized in regular series.
"Nature is the greatest doctor, ultimate solution to every problem and it has capacity to heal every wound." - We believe nature healsmore info
Change for Health Nepal has distributed the relief material for the Earthquake affected school children with the support of Nepal Earthquake Emergency Campaign UK. NEEC UK.more info
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