Miteri GangaDevi Peace Award 2016"

The "Miteri GangaDevi Peace Award" is a founded by Ms. Radha Paudel, a Peace Leader in the memory of her mother Late Ganga Maya Paudel and her father Devi Prasad Paudel who always inspire her to devote her life for poor and marginalized people. In 2014 September, Radha's book "Khalanga ma Hamala" a diary of war survivor was awarded by Nepal, one of the great literacy award Madan prize 2070. In the International Peace Day, 21st September at Khalanga, Jumla she announce this award and gave all money of Madan prize (NRS. 2,00,000) amount to form this award with the aim to honor four Local peace leaders, one women and one men from adult and one men and women from youth group across country each year on 21 September, 2014.

This award is an honor to inspire the community peace leaders who are working for change and development from the bottom of the communities, unseen and unidentified for their works but they are role model for their community, a change maker for their village. Award winners are regarded as role models and peace leaders, so it is important that the award selection process recognize the achievements of a diverse group, communities, areas that reflects the breadth of the development and peace culture of the society.

This award will encourage the community leaders to continue their journey for Peace in their community and also inspire youths to pave out their way for Peace. This award aims to starts a culture of peace where everyone can contribute; join together for Peace besides of region, religion, caste and groups.

The award will be distributed by Action Works Nepal (AWON) a NGO working for Peace Buildings in the Peace Day Celebration Program.

  • AWON will look after all the administrative works for the ceremony each year.
  • There is a separate committee for the Award guidance ship along with the grantees.
  • A nomination process, criteria for the nominees and communication time line will guide to identify the Model for Peace.
  • After the nomination, award selection committees will announce the Awardees.
  • The award will be given in cash for each awardees.

Nominations

  • A complete nomination package consists of the nomination form, a written explanation of the nominee's expertise working on Peace as a role model relating to the award criteria's, and the nominee's resume.
  • A nominator may be a person or an organization/ networks who can nominate one individual for an award
  • Nomination timeline can be asked with AWON, after the nomination announce.
  • The nominators do not reserve rights to ask for the decision in their favor. If it occurs the candidates may be disqualified after investigation. 

Eligibility criteria for the nominees:

  • All nominees must be local natural leaders from the grassroots level.Although not identified for their works in the national level,they and their contribution to their communities must be valuable for peace and development.
  • They must have inspiring stories behind their continuous journey for peace.
  • They must have strong commitment to work for peace and demonstrate their useful ideas and learning to other communities.
  • Nominees must be a citizen of Nepal.
  • S/he must be working tirelessly and influencing the local communities for peace and development.
  • Only individuals, and not teams, are eligible for this award.
  • An individual may receive the award only once in their lifetime.
  • Availability to attend the awards ceremony is not an eligibility requirement.

To nominate an individual for this award, please complete the form and send it along with a nomination letter and supporting materials by 10th Sep 2016 to  actionworksnepal.awon10@gmail.com

Your nomination package must include the following:

1)      Required: Signed Nomination Form,

2)      Required: A resume/profile, action oriented photographs (at least three), 1-2 minute video (if available) and news coverage (if available) for the person being nominated.

3)      Required : Letters of recommendation from someorganization/network or respective VDC office

4)      Optional: Any other supporting documentation which you feel is appropriate.

5)      All nomination materials must be received by 10th September 2016 for consideration for this year's award.  Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis, for a month every August (starting from 15 Aug to 10th September 2016).  

All nominations will be acknowledged and will be documented for two years.  A panel of judges will do intensive analysisand interviews as per the guidelines of MGDP Award and announce the winner by 21th September each year. 

Judging of nominees

  • A selection committee of 5 to 7 individuals from the various networks and circles working for peace and development will evaluate each nominee using a standard evaluation methodology.
  • The selection committee will place special emphasis on the nominee's contributions in peace building and development works.
  • Nominators should take care to make their all information they provide, as nominees will be evaluated strictly on the information provided by the nominator.
  • The selection committee can opt to not select a winner in a given award category if it determines there are no qualifying or deserving candidates. It reserves all the rights for the selections.

There are seven members in the "Miteri GangaDevi Peace Award".

1.      Radha Paudel                                      Patron /President

2.      Saroj Dahal                                         Secretary

3.      Kishor Paudel                                      Member

4.      Samjhana Paudel                                Member

5.      Usha Paudel                                        Member

6.      Popular Gentle                                    Member from AWON

7.      Anita Bhujel                                        Member from AWON

 

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Announcement 2015, Miteri Ganga Devi Peace Award winner !

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The Miteri Ganga Devi Peace Award nominees are equally courageous, pioneer, they are the community leaders for conflict transformation and peace building in their communities and districts. There work are acknowledge by their community but they remain still unseen Heros to the district and nation. The awardee represent grassroots activists, survivor of the conflict and peace makers. Each individual has a fascinating story to tell. The awardee are from diverse community and area across the country but connected for a social cause: to build peace together.

This Award is an honor to inspire the community peace leaders who are working for change and development from the bottom of the communities, unseen and unidentified for their works but they are role model for their community, a change maker for their village. Award winners are regarded as role models and peace leaders. This award will encourage the community leaders to continue their journey for peace in their community and also inspire youth to pave out their way for peace.It is also amotivation to them to make more committed and energetic to keep going on towards their mission they have, fulfill the dream they dare to see. These unseen heros untold stories will be given a floor to being told and listen; which will inspire thousands change maker and youth to pave their courageous journey.This award aims to starts a culture of peace where everyone can contribute; join together for Peace besides of region, religion, caste and groups.

Winner

Advancing women empowerment in rural and remote Nepal

Chaitee Giri

ChaiteeGiriis a social activist from the rural and remote Mid-West of Nepal started her journey claiming rural women’s right and raising voice to end ill practice of Chhaupadi (a culture where girls and women are kept in cowshed at the time of menstruation). She had not attained any formal education but she speaks very fluently and powerfully in various formal and campaign program addressing hundred people on women rights. She is group leader of women group from her village. As a group leader Chaitee, take a lead role to facilitate women, men, faith and traditional healers on women reproductive rights, gender based violence and to end Chhaupadi from the village. She herself started to stay inside her own bedroom at the time of menstruation and raise question why she didn’t get any punishment from the god? Following Chaitee and getting awareness on Chhaupadi, the women group was declared Chhaupadi free. She started talking about ending Chhaupadi in different village, forum and program. She is actively leading various campaign program to address Chhaupadi in three village development committee of Jumla.She was taken as role model by various local organization in Jumla.

In 2014 Chaittee became member of district women network in Jumla. She is also member of Village paralegal committee and actively engage in addressing gender based violence cases in village and in district. She had facilitate and support on providing justice on 28 cases of gender based violence. She also encourage and search for the resources to enhance the skills of women in income generating activities. She had work together in a women groups in communal vegetable farming for income generation. She believes that women are more powerful by nature than men, but men had used and ruled women for their sake. Women should come together and claim their right for equality and men should also help their wife, daughter and in-laws.

An Ambassador of Youth

Akwar Ansari

As a demonstrator, in 2008 Akwar Ansari join MadeshAndolan/Evolution (protest program) demanding rights of madeshi people from his village vetauliya to district headquarter, Jaleshwor of Mahattorai district when he was only 19 years old. He join evolution realizing the important role of youth in the protest program which was very horrible. He was impressed by the leaders who gave speech on rights of madeshi people, expressed their feelings on the exploitation, discrimination and isolation created by government of Nepal from hundreds years ago. Not only he, at the time all generation and madeshi people want to continue such protest program.

At the same time he was selected as a participants of 3 days trainings on “Role of youth in local peace building”. This 3 days training was successful to light the inner light of peace in his soul, his meaning of life was changed, he got his vision of life. The understanding on claiming rights of madeshi people was changed. He realizes claiming and raising voice for madeshi people was right but the way of protest was wrong and harmful to all people. He decided to make aware other people in his community, village about this. He started discussing and making aware to his friends, family and community about their role in peace building and claiming their right peacefully. He suggest people saying that “violence and barbarism way of protest will not give us our rights, it will harm us and our country.” He faced various challenges from the others demonstrator and leaders, he was threaten to be killed also. But being fearless, he didn’t leave his mission but bravely continued. Slowly, he got the help of his friends and community people, they also realizes his lesson of peace. He formed various youth groups in different village of Mahottarai and aware them about their role in peace building and development. Later on, at the end of 2008 he founded a district youth networks called “Youth for Peace and Development” in Mahottarai. Through this youth networks he provided trainings to more than 1500 youth and women in 63 village development committee on their role in local peace building. Now more than 2500 youth are directly engaged with this network as members. This network is also providing various leadership and skills building trainings to youth and motivate them to choose positive way for development. To empower many youth this network is taken as an open floor for their leadership, recently Ansari is only a member and advisor of this network.

In 2012, when he was only 25 years old his work and contribution was nominated for UNDP Peace Award: “Men who advocate for equality” category by Search for Common Ground, a development organization. Unfortunately, he was not successful to win the award but he was again more motivated by the people who were the winner from Nepal. He realizes the need of so many things in his community and district and got more inspiration to continue the journey. He expressed, he had never done work for fame and prize but he wants to motivate and inspire youth to take their role and responsibilities in development. He is already a community leaders to hundred youth in his community and district.

 A Great Educational Philosopher  

Padmawati Pangma Limbu

It is unbelievable that the 88-year-old PadmawatiPangmaLimbu,  spoke  from Taplejung, a remote  district from eastern Nepal, to her daughter in USA saying, “Please don’t bring anything for me when you come back home to Nepal. I have lots of things to wear. Please bring whatever you can for your sister-in-law instead. She is suffering more than me due to poverty, discrimination and so on.” Padmawati is sick, has been lying on bed for the last three years due to a broken hip but her memory and energy are still intact.

 She proudly shared her stories with her children and grandchildren, urging them all, “To live with honesty and hold accountability by you at first, the day would come where the others would stop of barking. Don’t look at the people who are barking while you are walking towards your dream and destiny.’”

 She was born in 1927 in Tamrang, Ward No. 8 Sanghu village of Taplejung. She lost her mother when she was 3 years old.  She was a child-bride, married away when she was only 9 years old. After only a year of marriage, she lost her husband and became a widow. Soon after, she returned to her home, to her maternal village in Tamrang. Though she was home surrounded by people whom she considered to be her family, she was discriminated and isolated because she was a widow. Feeling that she had no choice, she ran away to Assam, India for work, seven days trail walked from her village. She ran away to escape the stigma of being a young widow, hoping in Assam, she would finally gain acceptance and peace. Even in Assam however, she suffered a similar fate where her independence and agency were taken away. The community in Assam forced her to marry a second time, this time with a man much older than her. Padmawati was unhappy with that marriage and returned back to her maternal village in Tamrang, where she was still not welcome. Again, she faced stigmas, abuses and discriminations by her community in her village.

 Isolated and defeated, she felt insecure and she married a third time with a man who was an outcast. Though the second marriage is acceptable in her ethnic group, she was heavily isolated by villagers and went to India with her husband for survival she encouraged him to go to India army. She has 6 children where five are still alive. Unfortunately, she didn’t get well respect from her husband; he left the house when she was pregnant. She gave birth to a baby girl, named TikaPangmaAngdembey, soon after her husband left her. Padmawati raised her children without her husband for two years. Without a father in their lives, the children looked for a father figure. One day, Padmawati saw her youngest daughter, 2-year-old Tika, calling out “dad … dad…” to her uncle who neither responded nor picked her up. That hurts her too much so she sold her earrings and went to India to search Tika’s dad. She found her husband, he was living with other woman. She was frustrated. She returned to village, took loan from her relatives and bought house and land for rearing her children because they had very hard time even to have food from her husband family, they didn’t give parental property and anything else. They were calling her, tin poiliaaimai (a women having three times marriage on her 65 years old), budakhane (a woman who eats husbands) and also beaten by them and finally she became widow again.

 She knew the value of education when she worked in India, company people sent their daughters to school in nice dress, and she also saw women employees there. Since then, she had dreamed to educate all of her children but her economic status was not permit what she dreamt. But she is tough cookie, she sent her youngest one, Tika to school at grade 7 when she was 16 years old.  There was huge rumor while she sent her daughter to school; she and Tika were constantly getting blaming, sexual abuse, harassment though she never gave up. She kept on telling to her daughter, believe yourself not others, you are living your life not others. She added, there is no point to worry if you are right, do right things and reach to right place where you are seeking to go. She has strong believed that girls can live independently if they have education no matter whether their husband and father in laws would happy or not.

 Even she get blaming from her son while she was sending Tika to school far away from house, because there was not high school and college in that remote village. Later, she sent her daughter to nursing college she look loans to educate her daughter. Tika reiterate her mom’s saying, ` no worry whether you secure good marks or not in the class, no one can erase the learning what you learned’ while Tika was complain that she got lesser mark as she expected due to conflict with her.’ She believes in impact. She is great educational philosopher though she never ever went to school. Even today, many educational philosophers are in opposition of examination or grading system.

 She educated her four grand-children. She has never bought new clothes and jewelries for herself. She always encourages to her friends in village, don’t get spoiled if you have privileges or benefits and don’t get panic while you are in difficult situations. She encourages seeing underprivileged people and seeking the solutions to live within difficulties.

 She has many powerful stories but they are unheard and undocumented. She is great social worker as well. She was hiding food, clothes from her children to serve the older and post natal mothers in her village. She also sends other four girls from her village by her own expenses. She is hope for many women and girls who were suffering from gender based violence, discrimination and poverty in her community.

 A Volunteer for action

Sita Ram Shrestha

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 Sita Ram Shrestha is already in his sixties but still seems like he is in early twenties from his energy and spirit, his eyes sparkle and his voices becomes louder when he started taking about hi community issues. He has contributed almost more than 30 years in social work and volunteering for Nepal Red Cross.Professionally, He was a principle in his village schools of sindhupalchowk district but he found the job very boring limiting his expertise and skills in the boundary of schools and classroom. He want to reach out directly to community people, aware them about their rights, enhance their capacities to manage natural resources and help the poor, vulnerable and marginalized people.Finally he left the government job and started working voluntarily to his communities and other marginalized communities in his district. He raise his voice and advocates to ensure the rights of poor, marginalized people in the village resources for their role and participation. Making aware parents to send their daughters in school and for higher education. Every day early morning he leave his home and help the helpless people. The villagers and civil societies recognize him as a community leaders and started inviting him in various meeting, committees and programs.

 He not only work for the right of people but also leaded the various social issues. The people in the village were suffering from various communicable diseases, the sanitation conditions of the village was very poor, no sufficient and pure drinking water, no toilets and health and sanitation education was with the villagers. He then coordinating with various organization and in support of Safe drinking water sanitation fund constructed 25 safe drinking water source/supply and more than 1500 toilets in sindhupalchowk district. He also organize various awareness raising program on health and sanitation. As a Red Cross volunteer he had travel to different district to share his experiences and learn from other community.

 Recently he is working as general secretary in the Indrawati Community Hospital, Sindupalchowk to provide quality and effective health services. He had ensure to increase the access of poor and marginalized communities to get health services. After the devastating earthquake in 25th April 2015 he is working tirelessly day and night for the emergency relief and rehabilitation in district. His role is very important to facilitate the community and development organization identifying the survivors and their needs. He is one of such leader, who is just born for social work. 

"Miteri GangaDevi Peace Award"

The "Miteri GangaDevi Peace Award" is a founded by Ms. Radha Paudel, a Peace Leader in the memory of her mother Late Ganga Maya Paudel and her father Devi Prasad Paudel who always inspire her to devote her life for poor and marginalized people. In 2014 September, Radha's book "Khalanga ma Hamala" a diary of war survivor was awarded by Nepal, one of the great literacy award Madan prize 2070. In the International Peace Day, 21st September at Khalanga, Jumla she announce this award and gave all money of Madan prize (NRS. 2,00,000) amount to form this award with the aim to honor four Local peace leaders, one women and one men from adult and one men and women from youth group across country each year on 21 September, 2014.

This award is an honor to inspire the community peace leaders who are working for change and development from the bottom of the communities, unseen and unidentified for their works but they are role model for their community, a change maker for their village. Award winners are regarded as role models and peace leaders, so it is important that the award selection process recognize the achievements of a diverse group, communities, areas that reflects the breadth of the development and peace culture of the society.

This award will encourage the community leaders to continue their journey for Peace in their community and also inspire youths to pave out their way for Peace. This award aims to starts a culture of peace where everyone can contribute; join together for Peace besides of region, religion, caste and groups.

The award will be distributed by Action Works Nepal (AWON) a NGO working for Peace Buildings in the Peace Day Celebration Program.

  • AWON will look after all the administrative works for the ceremony each year.
  • There is a separate committee for the Award guidance ship along with the grantees.
  • A nomination process, criteria for the nominees and communication time line will guide to identify the Model for Peace.
  • After the nomination, award selection committees will announce the Awardees.
  • The award will be given in cash for each awardees.

Nominations

  • A complete nomination package consists of the nomination form, a written explanation of the nominee's expertise working on Peace as a role model relating to the award criteria's, and the nominee's resume.
  • A nominator may be a person or an organization/ networks who can nominate one individual for an award
  • Nomination timeline can be asked with AWON, after the nomination announce.
  • The nominators do not reserve rights to ask for the decision in their favor. If it occurs the candidates may be disqualified after investigation. 

Eligibility criteria for the nominees:

  • All nominees must be local natural leaders from the grassroots level.Although not identified for their works in the national level,they and their contribution to their communities must be valuable for peace and development.
  • They must have inspiring stories behind their continuous journey for peace.
  • They must have strong commitment to work for peace and demonstrate their useful ideas and learning to other communities.
  • Nominees must be a citizen of Nepal.
  • S/he must be working tirelessly and influencing the local communities for peace and development.
  • Only individuals, and not teams, are eligible for this award.
  • An individual may receive the award only once in their lifetime.
  • Availability to attend the awards ceremony is not an eligibility requirement.

To nominate an individual for this award, please complete the form and send it along with a nomination letter and supporting materials by 30th August 2015 to mgdpaward.awon@gmail.com

Your nomination package must include the following:

1)      Required: Signed Nomination Form,

2)      Required: A resume/profile, action oriented photographs (at least three), 1-2 minute video (if available) and news coverage (if available) for the person being nominated.

3)      Required : Letters of recommendation from someorganization/network or respective VDC office

4)      Optional: Any other supporting documentation which you feel is appropriate.

5)      All nomination materials must be received by 30th August 2015 for consideration for this year's award.  Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis, for a month every August (starting from 1st August to 30th August).  

All nominations will be acknowledged and will be documented for two years.  A panel of judges will do intensive analysisand interviews as per the guidelines of MGDP Award and announce the winnerby 15thSeptember each year. 

Judging of nominees

  • A selection committee of 5 to 7 individuals from the various networks and circles working for peace and development will evaluate each nominee using a standard evaluation methodology.
  • The selection committee will place special emphasis on the nominee's contributions in peace building and development works.
  • Nominators should take care to make their all information they provide, as nominees will be evaluated strictly on the information provided by the nominator.
  • The selection committee can opt to not select a winner in a given award category if it determines there are no qualifying or deserving candidates. It reserves all the rights for the selections.

There are seven members in the "Miteri GangaDevi Peace Award".

1.      Radha Paudel                                      Patron /President

2.      Saroj Dahal                                         Secretary

3.      Kishor Paudel                                      Member

4.      Samjhana Paudel                                Member

5.      Usha Paudel                                        Member

6.      Popular Gentle                                    Member from AWON

7.      Anita Bhujel                                        Member from AWON