Chautari Natak– Storytelling for Promoting Social Cohesion in the Communities of Nepal

Pro Public has been working in capacity development of Playback Theatre skills for peace building interventions from 2015. The Playback Theatre facilitated dialogue have proven to be a strong social connector that can bring changes in attitudes and behaviors of audiences and community people at different three levels: personal, household and community. The methodological project approach successfully achieved the desired goals (External Evaluation Reports of CSSP/Pro Public, 2015/16/17/ 19 and Social Welfare Council, 2017 & 19). In 2018 a new project that builds up on previous achievement was designed and successfully implemented in four communities of three districts from September 2018 to December 2020. Due to the current COVID-19 context all the activities of 2020 under the project were organized virtually in an effective way.

As the first phase of the project, a three years project, from 2015 to 2017, was implemented with Berlin Center for Integrative Mediation (CSSP) in different locations of the six districts of Nepal namely Triyuga Municipality of Udayapur, Bardibas Municipality of Mahottari, Sainamaina Municipality of Rupandehi, Raptisonari Municipality of Banke, Tulsipur sub-metropolitan city of Dang and Gulariya Municipality of Bardiya from 2015 to 2017. And, as the second phase from September 2018 Pro Public has been implementing directly in four communities of three (Dhanusha, Mahotari and Dang) districts with the support of Institut Für Auslandsbeziehungen (IFA) with the means of Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The project aim of the first phase was to increase empathy and strengthen social cohesion in communities that integrated higher numbers of the ex-combatants and conflict victims and the aim of the second phase is to promote social cohesion among the interfaith communities.