Saemaul Zero Hunger Communities Project (SZHCP) Phase II was officially launched by Mr. Minho Choi, Country Director of Good Neighbors International (GNI) Nepal, Mr. Hyung Kyoo Kim, Country Director of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Ms. Pippa Bradford, Country Director of World Food Programme (WFP) by lighting the lamp and unveiling the banner on November 16, 2016 at District Development Committee Hall, Doti. The ceremony was chaired by Mr. Ramchandra Khatri, Acting Local Development Officer, Doti. Prominent guests at the ceremony were heads of different government agencies at Silgadi, the head-quarter of Doti District and VDC secretaries of all seven working Village Development Committees (VDC) viz. Ganjari, Pokahri, Ladagada, Sanagau, Khirsain, Gaihragaun and Kadamadaun also participated in the program.
Later on, the same day, the country directors interacted with the community members of Khirsain VDC. More than 300 community members from School Management Committees (SMC), child clubs, youth clubs, women groups, disadvantaged groups, cooperatives and VDC level government networking committees participated in the program. The community members of Khirsain VDC and country directors of KOICA, WFP and GNI jointly unveiled the information board of SZHCP Phase II which marked the formal launching of the project at the community level.
SZHCP Phase II is a continuation of SZHCP Phase I which was USD 3 million project implemented from 2012 -2015 in Ladagada and Pokhari VDCs of Doti District. SZHCP Phase II is a two years long & USD 4 million rural development and livelihood enhancement project funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) through the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and implemented by Good Neighbors International (GNI) Nepal.
SZHCP Phase II will continue to ensure sustainability of Phase I results in the previous two project VDCs. This project has the overall goal of strengthening food and nutrition security through promoting sustainable livelihoods, rural asset building, and community capacity enhancement and for achieving those objectives it will combine the best development practices of;
- Korea’s Saemaul Undong rural development model,
- World Food Programme’s experience with Cash and Vouchers (C&V) programming to create assets (Cash for Assets) and improve livelihoods through skill-based training (Cash for Training), and
- Good Neighbors International’s Community Development Projects.