Nepal

Nepal

Kumundini

Organization: Kumundini
Location: Katmandu, Nepal
Target group: At risk women and children

Kumudini is an organization that was recently founded by a group of professionals and individuals, who all work or have worked in various preventive and responsive capacities with women and children exposed to sexual abuse. They all felt that a substantial need existed to establish an emergency clinic with a short-term shelter (20 beds) for girls exposed to sexual abuse, or in danger of sexual abuse, because of the unavailability of such help in Kathmandu at that time.

Childhood is Kumudini’s largest donor and our help has enabled the establishment of this emergency clinic. Kumudini works closely with social workers, the police, lawyers, and other officials and organizations. The focus is on providing psychosocial counseling and therapy to vulnerable girls, and on working together with their immediate families and other relatives to achieve successful reintegration – a considerable amount of the team’s time is spent on ensuring the girls’ well-being when they return home. Despite being a relatively new operation, Kumudini already takes in more girls than it has resources to help. If this model proves successful, the hope is that similar emergency clinics will be established in more locations across Nepal.

Contact person at Childhood:
Åsa Olsson
asa.olsson@childhood.org

Asha Nepal

Organization: Asha Nepal
Location: Katmandu, Nepal
Target group: Women and children who are victims of human trafficking

Asha Nepal supports women and children in Kathmandu who have been the victims of human trafficking. The organization also works to prevent more women and children from ending up in the sex industry in Nepal and India. It also helps women and children who have been subjected to domestic violence, rape or other forms of sexual abuse, are living with HIV/AIDS or have been forced into child labor.

Childhood supports all areas of Asha Nepal’s operations. With Childhood’s support, the organization has developed a long-term support program for children and mothers who are rescued from trafficking and return to Nepal, often highly traumatized. Asha Nepal supports them by providing education, job-training, therapy, employment and school for the children as well as by reuniting families. While many other organizations working with trafficking survivors in Nepal only offer the mothers and children separate places at institutions – entailing a great risk that the family will permanently disintegrate – Asha Nepal applies another approach: the children and their mothers are kept together. Asha Nepal also works actively with friends and family, who often treat trafficking survivors very poorly when they return to their home village.

More info: asha-nepal.org

Contact person at Childhood:
Åsa Olsson
asa.olsson@childhood.org

Welcome to My Yard

Organization: Welcome to My Yard
Location: Katmandu, Nepal
Target group: Youth and Families living on the streets

Welcome to My Yard works with and on behalf of children, adolescents and young families who live and work on the streets. The organization’s objective is to reduce risks, increase safety and improve protection from abuse, exploitation and neglect. It also aims to improve access to education and encourage young people to start their own business operations and thereby help them to achieve their potential.

Welcome to My Yard offers outreach activities targeting newborn children, adolescents and young families, and provides a feeling of security through its familiar presence. It also runs a drop-in center that acts as a neutral meeting place, which is also open to children and mother groups, where families are offered a time out from life on the streets. The older children are offered help with homework and learn to make food. The project also provides opportunities for schooling for adolescents and young families, and gives them a chance to obtain an education and gain work experience at the organization’s own social business activities.

More info: welcometomyyard.com


Contact person at Childhood:
Åsa Olsson
asa.olsson@childhood.org

Shakti Milan Samaj

Organization: Shakti Milan Samaj
Location: Katmandu, Nepal
Target group: HIV-positive trafficking survivors

Shakti Milan Samaj was founded in 2006 by a group of HIV-positive trafficking survivors. Founder Natisara Rai (Goma) is a well-known person in Nepal and the first to publicly announce that she is HIV positive.  Shakti Milan Samaj provides support to women and children who are HIV positive or live with an HIV-positive family member. It also works to increase knowledge and raise awareness of these issues in Nepal. It runs an emergency clinic for HIV-positive women, which has treated a total of about 1,000 children and women. Some 140 children visit the emergency center each year and stay for about one month.

In Nepal, approximately 49,000 people are living with HIV and AIDS.  HIV-positive people are still highly stigmatized and discriminated against. Many HIV-positive children are forced to leave school and adults often lose their jobs if they are open about their health. More than half of Shakti Milan Samaj’s clients have lost one or both of their parents to AIDS. Most of the children live with single, impoverished mothers.

The project supported by Childhood concentrates on strengthening children’s education and health and on increasing awareness of the issue.  One important part of this work is to strengthen the relationship between parents and children. Parents are given communication training where they learn to talk to their children and to come closer to them by using simple words to describe difficult things and feelings.  Children learn to talk to their parents about their concerns and to dare to ask questions, and are provided with tools to cope with stress and frustration. Shakti Milan Samaj also works to change attitudes and norms by visiting schools to present information and talk about what it is like to live with HIV/AIDS.
More info: shaktimilan.org


Contact person at Childhood:
Åsa Olsson
asa.olsson@childhood.org

Voice of Children

Organization: VoC
Location: Katmandu, Nepal
Target group: Youth living on the streets

Voice of Children (VoC) works from a holistic perspective to protect, boost, rehabilitate and reintegrate children and young people who live and/or work on the streets in Nepal. It has created a work method called the “ladder model” that illustrates its approach: protect/empower, rehabilitate and reintegrate. This model is unique in its field, as it covers all the steps that can be used to respectfully motivate and support children and young people to become part of a family and of society again, and to leave life on the streets behind. The model is also used to support children and young people who would like to change their lives but who fall back to a life on the streets.

Reaching out to family networks is just as important as working directly with children and young people. VoC focuses on preventive measures to strengthen families and minimize the risk that children and young people will end up on the streets. It also identifies, trains and supports foster families or community accommodation facilities for teenagers who cannot or do not want to return to their families. Another important part of the organization’s work is to provide information about sexual abuse and ensure that children and young people who are victims of abuse receive the support they need. Childhood supports this holistic perspective and provides extra support for the work focused on preventive measures and reuniting families and/or integration into society.
More info: voiceofchildren.org


Contact person at Childhood:
Åsa Olsson
asa.olsson@childhood.org