Advanced training in knitting

To improve the skills in knitting of the women part of CYF skill training project and their trainer, to produce higher quality products and gain time and know about the different technique of knitting.

The knitting trainer has medium skills in knitting and needs to develop them to better support the women currently part of the project and future ones.

At the moment CYF experiences some problem with some of the knitted products such as pull-overs or cardigans, in order to produce fix sizes and for the break point.

The products are not always well finished. They need a volunteer to help the women to standardize the sizes.

CYF would also like a Planète Urgence volunteer to teach them which wool to use according to the finality: gloves, cardigans, dolls, scarves, hats.
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The Planète Urgence volunteer will build the capacity of the women and their trainer in knitting, focusing on:
- Different points
- Breaking points
- Establish fix sizes
- ...

CYF would also like the Planète Urgence volunteer to help the trainer to create a training booklet for the actual producers and the future women who could be part of the production.

After this mission CYF hope the women and their trainer will make higher quality product and have better skills in knitting to diversify their production (example: pull-overs).

The first Planete Urgence volunteer will have to evaluate the current level of the trainer and the women and start to create a booklet of all the technique they are already practicing and new ones.

Few volunteers might be required to improve the skills progressively. Missions can be of 2 weeks or longer if the volunteers’ availability allows it (3 to 4 weeks).
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Children and Youth First would like a professional in knitting or someone with high skills in knitting, able to train the women and their trainer in a pedagogic way.

The Planète Urgence volunteer will work in the “factory” located in CYF office in Sanepa, Lalitpur. 5/6 women are working from Saturday to Wednesday (5 days a week) in the “factory”, 6 hours a day. 4/5 are working from home.

For the training all the women interested by the training will be in office to attend the training.

The trainer is available 5 days a week too, 7 hours a day: Saturday from 10m to 4pm and the other days from 8.30am to 2.30pm.

The mission can happen anytime except during special celebrations and public holiday (in October, weeks 41, 42 and in November, week 45).
The volunteer will have lunch at CYF office with the staff and the women and other meals will be taken at the guest house or in restaurants.

CYF office is located at walking distance from the guest house.
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Stitching trainer and women involved in production
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This mission is organised for the stitching trainer of CYF and for the 10 women who are part of the production (some are mothers of the children supported by CYF school).
They can understand English but for the training CYF will ask a local volunteer to help for the translation if needed.
They have a school lever equivalent to middle school, under SLC (équivalent Seconde).

They would like to take part of the training to
- increase their knitting skills,
- improve the quality of the products and therefore, - increase their income.
In the future they could be able to open their own shops or find a job in a factory.
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Congé Solidaire;Mission Solidaire
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Children and Youth First (CYF) was created in 2009 by Haushala Thapa at the age of 21 when she found the need to give chidren the access to education. Haushala Thapa first got involved in social work field when she participated and led a campaign at the age of 15 against eve teasing and harassment towards girls, a project that was then run by SAVE THE CHILDREN UK. Then after a year she got the opportunity to work with street children and create a drama along with the street children in 2002. She then completed her bachelor’s degree in social work from Nepal and also worked with the government of Nepal under the Central Child Welfare Board for the lost and found children department as a project manager for a year. CYF was created when Haushala rescued 14 children from an orphanage that was keeping the children in the worst condition, for the benefit of the manager. CYF addresses issues that are directly related to children, families and women who have minimal access to education and are economically challenged. To work with these issues, the organisation has a school based in Kausaltar Bhaktapur called “LIFE VISION ACADEMY” that helps to educate children from economically challenged families or broken homes with abusive parents, by providing them hostel facility. The school also provides education to children who come from families that cannot bear the minimal cost for their education, by helping to sustain the school’s expenditure. CYF helps to provide quality education to these children, with the use of practical tools for education and child-teacher participation. Beneficiary children are either identified by CYF or referred to the organisation by local organisations or friends as needing immediate attention. During the identification process, CYF interviews the child’s responsible guardian, collects their history and problem of why the organisation needs to support the child. They collect information of the child as well on his/her medical conditions, if he/she has been abused physically or sexually. Then the guardians, who are the blood related relatives or single parents sign a responsibility agreement where they must visit their child once a month and support their child’s education by buying stationeries’ or anything that a child would need in school. CYF does this in order to create a sense of responsibility and attachment with the child. CYF’s work is to support the child for education that is not just based on text books but also practical, at the same time the organisation makes sure their guardians are working and raising their living standards. The beneficiary children mainly come from remote areas of Nepal, mostly from the Sindhupalchowk and Solukhumbu area. To date, CYF provides education to 32 underprivileged children through hostel facility and has also been able to set up a skill training space for the children’s mothers and women who want to work. CYF currently works on enhancing and bringing quality to the education it has been providing to the children, working on “how” to teach children practically and not just via their books. Another activity is the skill training project which was started in January 2013: CYF provides knitting, craft making and stitching training to mainly mothers of the children supported by the organisation and to women/youth, who come from economically challenged backgrounds. CYF currently has 2 trainers for knitting and stitching and 8 to 15 women are trained in a month. CYF currently supports directly and indirectly 60 people (children, women and teachers). Activities are funded with the help of friends and family living in the United Kingdom, United States and via a branch organisation that has been setup in Austria. Friends and family help the organisation by sponsoring a child or by helping to buy materials needed for the school and CYF also supports activities by organising various fundraising events in Kathmandu and abroad. Recently CYF has also been able to support some activities by the sales of handmade products.
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The volunteer will be welcome at the airport by a staff of CYF.
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Kathmandu [Tribhuvan]
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The volunteer will stay in a Guest House in the area of Sanepa, near Children Youth First office and factory.
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A white board, a computer with internet, a printer and are available in the shelter and available for the Planète Urgence volunteer.
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