PROFESSIONAL TRAINING OF 15 WOMEN FROM THE CHITWAN REGION TO BECOME WILDLIFE GUIDES
6º Academy for Women aims to provide vocational training to 15 women to be able to work as Wildlife Guides. These jobs are in demand in Nepal, especially in the Chitwan region where 6º plans to run the project, as it is one of the key tourist destinations in Nepal. Chitwan National Park is the first national park in Nepal and was established in 1973. It was granted World Heritage Site status in 1984.
The Wildlife Guide training will include not only training and certification as guides but also English language classes, hospitality training, self-defence classes and a first aid course. This vocation was chosen due to the high demand for wildlife guides in the region. Also when women from the surrounding villages were asked what skills they would like to learn in order to become economically self-sufficient, becoming a wildlife guide was in the top 3 responses. Trained wildlife guides can earn enough to cover their family's household expenses and support their overall financial status. This is a big step up since the women are currently not earning any income.
The training will take place over 3 to 6 months and will be completed when candidates successfully pass the local Government required exam and obtain an official permit to work as a wildlife guide. 6º will equip the successful candidates with the necessary tools including uniforms, binoculars, guide books, first aid kit, etc to get started. 6º will then, together with local partner Sapana Village Social Impact (SVSI), help the candidates find employment in hotels and lodges. The successful candidates will have to work as a wildlife guide for at least 2 years, during which time they will contribute EUR 7 per month into the 6º operated “Pay-it-Forward Fund” that will help fund the next batch of candidates.
6º will partner with Sapana Village Social Impact (SVSI) for this project which is expected to last for a minimum of 1.5 years. The project will entail selecting and interviewing candidates, raising funds, running the project on a daily basis, facilitating certification, English language and hospitality training, a first aid course, identifying potential employment opportunities, monitoring and reporting progress and providing on-going support.
SVSI was chosen for their reputation within Nepal as a reliable partner and having strong references from other Dutch foundations who have worked with them in the past. Furthermore, 6º firmly believes in working with local reputable partners as they know the local market, culture and society the best.
The first fund raising event for this project was held in The Hague, Netherlands on 1 September 2018 where we raised EUR 7,955 (including online donations). In total, we need to raise EUR 9,000 to be able to train 15 women as Wildlife Guides. The estimated training cost per candidate is approximately EUR 600. We currently need an additional EUR 1,045 to be able to complete the fund raising for this project.
Every donation counts! You can choose to donate any amount or even sponsor a single candidate for EUR 600. Donations can be made via bank transfer or via our online donation platform.
Account name: 6 Degrees Academy for Women
Bank name: TRIODOS Bank
SWIFT code: TRIONL2U
KvK Number: 70311781
Triodos Bank Nederland
3704 HD Zeist
Chitwan gets its name from 'Chitwan Valley' which is a valley between the Mahabharat and Siwalik mountain ranges, a part of the Himalaya foothills. Bharatpur is the capital of this region, the fourth largest city in Nepal.
The Chitwan District population are predominantly agricultural workers or farmers. The region is the main producer of maize but also famous for mustard growing and the production of mustard oil.
The region also hosts Nepal's first national park, Chitwan National Park, which is home to rare mammals like the one-horned rhino and Bengal tigers and numerous bird species including the giant hornbill.
* Source: Wikipedia