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Improve the designs of their products and develop new design of bags

Improve two of their products and Diversified, develop the existing collection and make attractive products to increase the sales of CYF products. This extra-income will allow CYF to support more the school, the women part of the project and include more women in the project. By developing a larger range of products and by increasing the sales, CYF is planning to open their own shop. In June 2014, CYF has received the support of a Planète Urgence’s volunteers who have helped to develop new bags and dolls design with recycled material available in CYF (from donations). In August 2014, CYF has received the support of two more Planète Urgence’s volunteers coming from the fashion field (Italy). With them CYF have developed a new collection of product with Dhaka fabric: a travelling bag, a tote bag, a Mac-book bag, an I-pad bag, a card wallet and a passport case (pictures can be sending on request). At the beginning these products were sold in Nepal, then they are exported mainly to UK where they are quite popular. From summer 2015 CYF has extended its sales in USA and launched www.haushala.com as an online store. Since this last mission with Planète Urgence’s volunteers, CYF has concentrated the production in the Dhaka products. But continue the production of the camera bag and a travelling bad develop during the first project with Planète Urgence. The development of the project (sales increased by 20% from May 2015) has allowed CYF to include already 5 more women in the project and would like to integrate more and provide them a better income. This kind of competency is available locally but the cost of a local designer is high and CYF does not have the fund for that. Most of the funds are for the school, to buy material for the production and for the salary of the organization’s employees.
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CYF is looking for a professional designer to help them to diversify their range/collection of products: - Improve/make more functional the Mac-book and the I-pad bags (from feedbacks of customers), - Identified new type of products with Dhaka fabric and synthetic leather: one bag-pack and one tote bag; in order to develop the collection, - Research on new designs with cotton fabric to develop one bag-pack and a tote bag. ? The volunteer will also have to help the trainer to complete a recording book to describe the new products (measures, patterns, fabrics used...). ? Few volunteers might be required.
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OUI
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Congé solidaire
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Stitching trainers, CYF director and women involved in production
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This mission is organised for the two stitching trainers of CYF who are working full time and for the director of CYF, Haushala (they are together creating the design) and for the women part of the production (some are the children’s mother supported by CYF’s school).They have a school lever equivalent to middle school, under SLC (équivalent Seconde). Except Haushala who had higher education. They can understand English and have improved their level with the previous volunteers.They would like to take part of the mission to develop their collection of bags and increase their sales.
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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 by a staff of CYF.
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Kathmandu [Tribhuvan]
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The volunteer will stay in At Home Guest House in the area of Sanepa, near Children Youth First office and factory.
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The volunteer will work in CYF office/workshop. A white board, a computer with internet, a printer, two sewing mechanical machines and two sewing electrical machines are available in the workshop and available for the volunteer.
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