Deaf Empowerment for Nepal Women

Mill Neck International (MNI) currently supports various Deaf organizations around the world and implements special projects, including training Deaf leaders, gathering data and statistics about Deaf people in their country and more.

More specifically, in Nepal, MNI has partnered with Nawalparasi Association of the Deaf (NAD) to prepare Deaf women to engage in the social, cultural and economic development of their country. MNI’s Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Sarah Houge, recently visited Nepal to observe and assist at a four-day empowerment training for Deaf women. The Deaf community in Nepal was so eager to join that 35 women participated-five more than originally planned.

The women joined together to overcome barriers and challenges during certain activities in the training workshop. In particular, the women participants had a breakthrough in understanding how to develop a Problem Tree Analysis, which is used to trace the roots and causes of a problem in society, to show some of its effects and identify potential solutions.

Important questions were asked throughout the workshop, inquiring about possibly designing and planning projects to implement in their own local communities. Although NAD had not initially meant to provide training on project planning and design, they have now added this component to plans for the second phase of their project in Nepal. MNI looks forward to the next training phase and continuing their work with NAD.

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