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 – ‘AshreyaShivir’ 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.
Last year for IYPF 2013, young delegates from 30 different countries joined Yuvsatta, an NGO empowering youth for peace, in a week full of activities, programs and inspiration. Teaming up with international leaders, local colleges, universities, schools, and volunteers, the program organizers and speakers led stirring workshops on topics of environmental sustainability, international conflict, rights of girls, and building relationships.
Organized sessions were only part of the peace equation. The personal friendships and bonds created in just five days were stronger than any organizer could have planned for. After a week of eating together, learning together, playing together, and laughing together, it was clear that there was more to exchange than gifts and smiles. Continue reading →
Сenter For The Protection of Children – non-commercial organization providing assistance to working and street children. Was founded in 1998.
Facilitate poverty reduction among Kyrgyzstan children through protection the right and promoting the interests of street children, developing alternatives to child labour and homelessness and facilitating initiatives among children and their parents.
Center For the Protection of Children provides services to the children with broken social relationships on family and school, who are involved in street living; CPC is also engaged in the work with working children who stay at home but forced to work whole days on street and markets to earn their living. The majority of these children do not have access to education and medical services.
General strategic focuses of CPC activities
Mobilize children and their parents for effective implementation of their rights
Develop alternatives to child labor and homelessness
Protect the right and promote the interests of street children;
Provide direct services to street children and enhance the potential of children and their parents;
CPC has well-adjusted methodology which is used in the work with target group. Methodology was developed gradually with consistency and based on target group needs and problems. CPC has worked out methods of working with the child and his family which are continuously enhanced.
Engagement of target group to CPC project is made trough conducting street work. For the achievement of its mission and to meet the needs of the children CPC uses holistic approach that operates on different levels.
Approach based on short term needs of the children (providing food, shelter, clothing, medical aid)
Approach aimed at sustainable development – focus on various aspects in the lives of children and parents to get long term results: strengthening the potential of children and parents, ensuring access to education and medical services, providing psychological assistance and support in restoring family relations)
Right based approach –focus on raising awareness and implementing children,s right, target group participation for effective lobbing, improving intersector interaction.