Hemja Women’s Cooperative
Computers Centre and digital literacy training program for the benefit of the Hemja women's group was delivered in the Kaski District.
- Location : Hemja, Kaski District
- Group Size : 1000
- Fund : Computer Centre
- Date : December 2014
- Category : Computer Centres,
A new computer facility was installed for the benefit of the Hemja Women’s Cooperative and located at the Multipurpose Building in Hemja, around 14km North-West of Pokhara.
The group supports around 1,000 women who mainly come from the traditionally most marginalised groups in Nepal. They provide training programs, support services and manages a pre-primary day care facility.
We first received a request for assistance from the group through our Manager of Education and Training, Ves Raj Bastola, and we responded by establishing a pilot centre with five computers to deliver digital literacy and vocational education courses.
Ves Raj was also provided support and digital literacy training for interested members. The computers were installed in a room at the multipurpose building full of foot powered sewing machines that members were trained to use so they could generate additional household income.
When we returned in June 2015, we found:
- Most of the sewing machines were moved to the basement of the building.
- The success of the pilot project was recognised by the Nepal government who provided an additional five computers, printer and UPS power system to the Centre.
- One of the women took on the role as Centre Trainer after being trained by our Training Manager. She also went on to complete a certified digital literacy course provided by the government.
- 50 women had been awarded digital literacy certificates after completing an intensive computer training courses coordinated by the Centre Trainer.
- The local youth group, who shared space in the multipurpose building with the women’s group, volunteered their time on an ongoing basis to support the centre and its users.
- The centre was frequently opened and being used by college students for study, as a facility for staying in contact with family, as an e-library for information, for digital literacy training, and for helping to teach literacy to illiterate women.