Porters’ Progress, Nepal

MISSION

Porters’ Progress facilitates the safe treatment, education, and empowerment of adult and child Nepali trekking and commercial porters and their communities through intimate and appropriate programs, with the priority given to creating change within the trekking industry.

 

VISION

From the inception of our program, we have believed that a true and durable solution to the problems porters face can only come from porters themselves. Accordingly, it is our vision that Porters’ Progress will ultimately be a self-sustaining, independently operated organization – of, by and for mountain porters.

Society realizes and preserves the indigenous knowledge of rural portering communities.

Lay the societal foundation within the porter community that will lead to a formalization of the industry (trade).

Established a living wage and safety standard within the industry that provides for the basic human needs of porters and families, accomplished through, whenever possible, creative and collaborative work within the trekking industry. And with public and legal pressure when all other options fail.

Porters can work as an equal and valued partner within the trekking industry.

Establishing portering as a skilled and appreciated labour, and portering as an acceptable and appreciated lifestyle.

Providing child porters with an opportunity of choice – be that becoming a kick ass porter or an airline pilot. PPN does not promote child labour.

Provide social protection for porters and their communities through education, health and financial security.

To remain adaptable to the changing situation in Nepal.

PPN actively includes all porters, regardless of ethnic background, gender or age, in all programs and staffing opportunities.

 

CORE Business

1 Improved working conditions and opportunities for “Porters” (adults, children, male, female, all ethnic groups)
1.1 Reduce the number of crippling injuries and fatalities among trekking porters in the Himalaya.
1.2 Establish an industry wide code of ethics and set of treatment standards for trekking porters
Establish an annual public forum/Porter summit
Pursue the idea of establishing porter checkpoints
Secure trekking company membership in PPN
1.3 Promote artistic and creative expression of porters.
Encourage and promote porter artwork, poetry, music, etc.
Publish/ disseminate exceptional work
1.4 Build unity and solidarity within the porter community.
Provide safe facilities for porters to meet – Lukla, Thamel, Nagarjun DICs
Publish a Porter written newsletter to share information, actions, ideas, poetry, etc – Hamro Avaj
Promote Poetry sharing, etc.
Provide facilities for and coordination of group activities
1.5 Advocate for the rights of injured and deceased porters and their families.
Provide support and assistance for injured porters – i.e. Kul Bahadur
Body recovery and lobbying of tkkg companies – Lok B’dur and Man B’dur
Actively use media to raise awareness with general public.
1.6 Increasing job security and improving the working conditions for porters.

2 Establish Health and Financial security for porters and their communities.
2.1 Reduce the risk of porters and their communities to HIV/AIDS infection.
Evaluate current NGO partnerships and consider eventually establishing independent programs
Expand the reach of the HIV/AIDS education program
2.2 Provide porters and their communities with life saving and relevant education.
Expand current education program to include relevant contemporary issues (i.e. Landmine and conflict resolution, etc)
Establish local-based education programs (resource mgt, etc)
2.3 Establish insurance security projects (HMIS, relationships with local health posts, etc)
2.4 Establish and assist porter and local savings programs
2.5 Run / facilitate local empowerment/ income generation programs in porter communities

3 Outreach – Increase public awareness and social perception
3.1 Increase the awareness among trekkers regarding the situation of porters.
3.2 Promote artistic and creative expression of porters.
3.3 Work with international organizations (IPPG/PPUSA) to promote international media coverage of the portering issue
3.4 Timely and interesting press releases, articles, press conferences pertaining to relevant porter-related issues.
3.5 Establish Visitor information services for foreign visitors
3.6 Spread awareness through public displays and advertising – signs, posters, etc.
3.7 Increase support of PPN among the trekking industry.
3.8 Work with Trekking company and industry organizations in a positive proactive fashion
Develop a strong partnership with TAAN through collaborative programs
Develop a Membership program for trekking companies, donors and supporters of PPN
Ensure that PPN is included in all relevent trade and industry publications/ events
3.9 Expand PPN reach into new portering communities nationwide.
Establish ‘porter club’ model and implement

4 Build the capacity of office staff so that they may create a professional organization that will work independently of PPUSA.
4.1 Provide a deliberate and controlled transition
4.2 Skill and leadership development of PPN to Nepali staff to accomplish
4.3 Establish a clear organizational structure for all offices supported by adequate computer systems (MIS) to manage critical
information.
Clear job descriptions – Roles and Responsiblities
Implement a Personnel Policy
Establish Reporting process and individual responsibilities
Establish consequence system
Empower PPN board/ committees
Enforce regular reporting requirements (monthly, weekly, etc)

5 Effectively manage finances to ensure that PPN gets biggest bang for their Rupee
5.1 Provide cost effective and flexible facilities (offices) to support the needs of PPN
Control rent cost through cost/benefit/need analysis
Resource sharing – ie computers, printers, etc
Make wise investments through expense analysis – ie purchase of transportation, etc.
5.2 Manage and minimize operating expenses – establish clear financial decision making process
Designate capable and responsible financial oversight body
Ensure that PPN funds are appropriately managed – Internal Audits
5.3 Generate a significant (xx %) of PPN operating costs through fundraising within Nepal.
Generate income from sale of porter goods.
Promote porter and company memberships and registration
Attract donations from foreign visitors
Secure funding from Nepali I/NGOs

6 Establish clear relationships and information chains with PPUSA, donors, and other key partners.
6.1 Establish an effective communications program – regular newsletters, email updates
6.2 Create and maintain Website that effectively delivers information to public and partners
6.3 Office outreach programs
6.4 Establish lifetime and honorary membership structure
6.5 Establish MOUs and partnership documents with PPUSA and other major partners