People's Stories

Movement Fund- A Medium for Advocacy

In Rupandehi, Manmateriya VDC, 36 land poor families have been residing on public land since 1964. On 3rd August, 2010 Kerabari Village Land Rights Forum was formed with 31 members.
A regular monthly meeting is being held. Through regular discussions the members planned to conduct the campaign regarding the acquisition of Tilling Certificates for securing their shelter. They submitted their application on December 2010, and as a result 31 households received Tilling Certificates. The chair of the VLRF, Kalika Khadka shared “We participate in rallies, sit-ins and processions in turn. Significantly, the movement funds have helped us to attend
various events and campaigns”. Every month NPR 10 ($0.1) is collected from each VLRF member for the movement fund. A total of NPR 10,000 ($117) has been generated. Sita Bhujel, VLRF member stressed “Earlier while participating in the movement, we did not used to have money; hence we had to borrow from others. But as of now we do not need to seek help of
others”.

Change Case I: Establishment of OwnBhumiGhar(Community Building)

In Gangaparaspur VDC-8 Banki Village Land Rights Forum (VLRF) succeeded in building up their own BhumiGhar (Community Building). Organized total 23 VLRF members are delighted that establishment of BhumiGharis an ultimate evidence of sustainability of land rights campaign.
Back then, VLRF members had to face a lot of struggle to reach up to this phase. They regularly discussed about establishing a BhumiGhar in weekly VLRF meeting. Through the effective discussion and planning, subsequently 0.03 ha public land was identified. With the arrangement of land, VLRF members started exploring the networks for the provision of materials needed to build the home. As per which they submitted at Local Community Forestry User Group (CFUG) the application stating the specific resources required forbuilding home. Consequently, CFUG agreed to provide the wood and timber costing NPR 30,000 ($347) in free of charge. Moreover for the arrangement other resources and cover the remaining expenses, 25 VLRF members did labour donation for 5 days in turn wise. With the labour donation of VLRF members and support from other local agencies we were able to receive NPR 1, 10,000 ($1,274) for the establishment of BhumiGhar says Chairperson of VLRF, Premdaiya Chaudhary. Now the regular meeting is being held in own BhumiGhar. VLRF members are happy to have discussion and meeting in newly formed BhumiGhar with the feeling of permanence and security.