Hoste Hainse and Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal(JCYCN) jointly organized the Education Material distribution and Interaction Program on Role of Stakeholders to promote the child friendly VDC in Pragatinagar, Nawalparasi on 15th of May 2014. We succeeded in distributing the educational materials to 70 underprivileged kids from five different government schools (Pragati Primary School, Janajoyoti Higher Secondary School, Narayani Primary School, Balmiki Primary School, and Dibajoyoti Lower Secondary School) in the locality with the support of Hoste Hainse and Nepalhilfe Bietigheim Harsfeld e.V Germany. Most of the beneficiaries are from the very poor families and minority groups. Some were orphans. Altogether there were 150 participants including 70 kids and their parents, teachers, local activists, political leaders, youths and government officials.
The program was conducted by the Chair of Mr. Tilottam Paudel, President of JCYCN and was facilitated by Mr. Dipak Sharma, General Secretary of JCYCN. Most of the speakers discussed the role of stakeholders to promote the child friendly VDC and the possible opportunities and challenges. On the program: Mr. Jiblal Shrestha, Secretary of Pragtinagar VDC, Mr. Badri Koirala, former Joint Secretary of National Planning Commission, Ms. Krishna Kumari Shrestha Literary Person ,Mr. Khimananda Bhusal Member of Teachers Union, Mr. Purusottam Neupane Teacher, Ms. Pratima Dhakal President of Network of Child Club and Jagriti Child Club, Mr. KB Rana National level Journalist, Mr. Garendra Wagle Director of Urban Development Training Center Pokahra, Ms. Radha Paudel President of Paraligal, Mr. Jay Narayan Sapkota Leader of Nepali Congress, Mr. Hukum Subedi leader of U-Maoist, Mr. Hementa Shrestha leader of CPN UML, Mr. Deepak Prasad Bashyal Program officer of Hoste Hainse and last but not least Mr. Tilottam Paudel President of JCYCN delivered their speeches with the focus on how we can make the place child friendly and its importance. Also, Speakers focused on the new challenges faced since the announcement of the new municipality named Devchuli including three VDCs, Pragatinagar, Devchuli and Daldale. Previously, Pragatainagar was the only VDC that ensures that the place is as child friendly as possible. However, there are now two more VDCs that have been added to look after the same place. We are requesting for all stakeholders to have the same goal.
At the end Mr. Bashyal from Hoste Hainse and Mr. Paudel from JCYCN focused on utilizing the support at an optimum level to achieve results for education and also on how we can reduce the dropout rates in government schools as well as promote girls’ education and empower them. Both of them also focused their speech on how we have to depend on donors to solve our problems. Suggestions were also made to work together as a team.
SAATHI, a nongovernmental organization, was established in 1992 by a group of women to address contemporary challenges being faced by Nepali women. In keeping with this agenda, Saathi identified Violence against Women and Children (VAW&C), particularly domestic violence, as an area requiring urgent attention and intervention. At that time, the concept of VAW&C had not yet attracted the attention of legislators, leaders, social workers and statesmen. Conversely, violence against women, particularly domestic violence, was accepted as traditional practice. SAATHI was therefore a pioneering organization to break the silence around domestic violence. Since 1992 it has persistently continued its crusade to safeguard women and children against abuse and coercion and to empower them by making them aware of their rights and responsibilities.
This crusade began with a pilot survey on domestic violence conducted in Kathmandu. The results of the survey proved that domestic violence is widespread in Nepali society and that Saathi was justified in taking up this cause and breaking the silence around the related issues. Prior to this survey, domestic violence was kept completely under wraps and was considered to be something that should not be discussed or brought out into the open. Since 1992 SAATHI has come a long way via the implementation of various programs related to research, advocacy, awareness raising, training and networking.
Over the course of Saathi’s work it became apparent that there was an overwhelming need for a shelter for physically, mentally abused victims/survivors including victims of different forms of sexual violence. Hence in the absence of such a support system in the country Saathi is proud to have established the first shelter of its kind – ‘Ashreya Shivir’ in 1995. The residents in this shelter come from different socio economic background from all over the country. In the shelter they are provided shelter, medical support, legal, counseling, and if required, referral services. In addition to these services, they are also provided non-formal education and income generating skill training to develop a sense of confidence and economic independence resulting in self reliance.
Since 1995 the shelter has directly served over a thousand physically, mentally, sexually abused, abandoned women and children. Thousands of others have received counselling and guidance. With the care and support they receive in the shelter, many physically abused victims/survivors have been able to heal and overcome their trauma. Most importantly, they have been able to move ahead and lead a violence free life they deserve. It gives us immense pleasure to see and share the impact our work has made in the lives of these survivors.
12th April, 2014
President of Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal and General Secretary of Association of Youth Organizations Nepal (AYON) Mr. Tilottam Paudel has been honored by National Human Development Forum for his tremendous efforts, contributions and a decade long work in the field of Children, Youth and Peace Building in rural areas and in the time of armed conflict. He has been working in this field for nearly one decade. He is one of the prominent pioneering people to establish first Child Clubs in Nepal and fought legal battle to initiating for the establishment of child clubs in Nepal. Continue reading