Sabal's 'fun and learn' fair kicks off in Ramechhap
Sabal held a unique education and entertainment fair in remote Village Development Committee of Bijulikot, Ramechhap district. The fair “Hamro Haat Sabal ko Saath” (Our local market with Sabal) hosted an array of cultural activities like drama, songs, folk dance along with small stalls to market local agricultural products. The fair attendants were also treated to few sessions of quiz competition and public interaction, which were packed with messages of livelihood, nutrition, health, disaster risk reduction and climate change.
The idea behind setting up a fair (or a mela in Nepali language) is to create a common, local and accessible platform for farmers, consumers, community, stakeholders and service providers to share their experiences, knowledge skills and products. The ultimate aim was to encourage families to increase resilience and food security such as nutrition-sensitive agriculture, market-driven livelihood skill, local market systems, climate smart behaviors, coping and stress management and linkages of behavior and practices for improving health and economic status of vulnerable communities.
The mela’s specially targeted 1000 days mothers, youths, farmers, teachers, health workers, families, government stakeholders and community based groups.
The fair that blended education and entertainment, was kicked off in Ramechhap on 25th May followed by Okhaldhunga on 4th June and Sindhuli on 11th June.
The fair was broadcasted live through local FM station so that the message could travel further than the fair location.
Sabal used haatbazar (local village market set up once or twice a week) where local farmers sell their products as an apt location and time to organize the mela so that people can engage in learning about building resilient families while also doing their weekly shopping.
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