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We had been in the in a training of CAMPAIGNING FOR CONSERVATION in Kapilvastu district of Nepal. The 2 weeks residential training was tightly scheduled starting from as early as 8:30 AM to as late as &  7:30 PM  which could mean being involved 11 to 12 hours a day. Due to the ingredients of fun and joy intermingled in the course modality with wonderful facilitation from Ms. Kate and Ms. Ann from RARE, Konrad from IFOAM and similarly fine coordination of Mr. Dhruba and Mr. Madhu of NDRC the training achieved its intended target. Before we were involved with the puppets we had already had 1 field trip to the project site for the practicum on quantitative and qualitative data collection on the third day.

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Puppets are effective means of spreading out the messages for social marketing as they are very perceptive to children and their families/guardians; this was evident in the puppet show staged in Dohote of Arghakhachi Nepal where NDRC is implementing its project. The children can overcome their fear in very short time if they are fed in with courage and confidence; which was learnt for the experience of the little puppeteers in C4C in Nepal. Crafting a puppet show is a huge operation though it looks only a few puppets hanging with few people speaking their dialogues. Having no puppet makers (the ones who prepared were doll makers with no idea about puppets at all) in the district made made the participants more challenged and taught the new skill by learning by doing the process. We got to learn that team effort is really important for making a campaign success. Kate Mannle Ann-Kathrin Neureuther Konrad Hauptfleisch Grumpy Konrad Soma Rana Alok Shrestha  Chetana Shahi  Sangam Sherpa  . 

 

Click here to read our full Puppet show script.docx

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