A child is a symbol of hope. Fulfilling needs of all the children is an essential prerequisite for human resource development. More than eight million Nepali children live in rural areas. The majority of these children share the burden of hard household work as most parents are living in economic hardship. A low level of education and widespread poverty among the parents deprive many Nepali children from having access to basic amenities such as proper nutrition, medicine, education, and shelter. A significant number of children are facing various hazardous circumstances and the incidents of abuse, neglect and victimization by armed conflict is increasing.
As a major program, NCO is running eight homes for orphan and abandoned children and a protection home for the children of jailed parents. About 450 newborn to adolescent children are getting shelter in a congenial atmosphere in these homes. NCO homes are providing a family atmosphere for children and the children are cared for with love and affection. Children are being provided necessary nutrition, medicine, clothes, education and counseling service. These homes are concerned with developing the childs potentiality and supporting their successful future. The homes ensure that children experience motherhood and parenthood. With sponsorship the children are offered the opportunity to study at the minimum up to the secondary level. Then they are offered skill and vocational training.
Further information: www.nconepal.org
#28: Tin Roof and School Materials: Udaipur is one of the poorest and comparatively least developed districts of eastern Nepal. The Basaha Village Development Committee area lies in the east of the district. It is one of the Village Development Committees which are inhabited by very poor people migrated from the neighboring hill districts in search of a livelihood. It is also one of the districts where many of the children lack access to even basic education. Access to education to the children of this district is very limited. There are a few schools but their physical condition is very poor. One of the primary schools which caters to the educational needs of the very poor people is Shri Jana Jyoti Primary School. A primary school teaches up to Grade 5. Lack of adequate classrooms have forced the teachers to teach the students in the open field. It becomes a major problem during the Monsoon season and whenever it rains.
The only objective of this project is to request funds which will enable the Management Committee to complete a classroom building that is partially completed through local voluntary labor and financial assistance.
The school is located in Basaha district of Udayapur in Ward No.1 Amalchauri. The school was established in 1999 with the support and donation of the local people. This is an area inhabited by very poor farmers and since their children could not go to another area for basic education, they had to start their own. There is also an additional physical problem. The children could not walk to another school during the Monsoon season. Hence the people of this area mobilized some financial assistance and material support to construct one small classroom building. Since they did not have enough money and the government did not have funds to support this school, they could not build a proper classroom building. At the moment there are over 200 students mostly from the poorest of the poor community.
Hand over of the donated items to the teacher Mr. Tulsi Prasad Poudel.
Shree Mahendra National Secondary School was established in Bikram Sambat 2013, i.e. 1956 AD. This is a government school run by community. Right now there are 472 students: 207 girls and 265 boys.
This is a poor government school. The physical condition of this school is really poor. There are 12 rooms in the school building, which was renovated by the help of local people. Out of those, 10 rooms are used as classrooms to study from class levels 1-10 and two rooms are used for an office room and a teacher's room. There are neither books for extra curricular reading nor materials for any practical experiment.
In this age of computer the school does not have even a single computer. Even those students who do know how to use a computer cannot work on a computer. The school headmaster requested a computer for the school so that students can learn some thing about computers. This is necessary to increase the quality of education. In the secondary school curriculum, computer study is an optional subject to study, but as there is no computer in the school, students are deprived of this opportunity.
In private schools children use computers from the primary level. It it is a pity that government schools do not have computers. Although the government does not provide computers, it has a policy to provide free Internet service to those schools that have a computer facility.
#42: Improving Health and Sanitary Conditions, Nepal: $25.00 provides seeds and training for a family vegetable garden. $50.00 provides a latrine. $200.00 covers the cost of the construction of a water tap. The use of the water tap and latrine will minimize disease and unsanitary conditions. Associated organization: Educate The Children, www.etc-nepal.org.
#91: School Supplies, Nepal: $17.00 will provide a school uniform, backpack and basic supplies for a child to go to school for a year in Kathmandu. Without these supplies it is virtually impossible for these impoverished children to attend class. Associated organization: Global Family Village Nepal.
#97, Classroom , Udayapur, Nepal: New Classroom, Beltar Village, Udayapur district of Nepal: Following are needed to build a classroom for the Raktamala Primary School: $70 Cement; $70 Sand; $70 Wood, $210 Bricks and $70 Classroom Furniture. Labor and local materials will be donated by the villagers.
#105: Nestling Home for Prisoners’ Children: Prisoners Assistance Mission, Nepal (PAM-Nepal) is a non-profit non-governmental organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of prisoners’ human rights and the provision of basic needs for indigent spouses and the children of prisoners. PAM Nestling Home offers long-term care for children whose parents (and extended family) are unable to care for them because of incarceration. Many of these children come from the poorest and most marginalized segments of society. Some have experienced the trauma of watching one parent murder or severely beat the other parent. These children are innocent victims of a parent’s crime. They tend to be stigmatized through no fault of their own. Without PAM’s Nestling Home, they would have to choose between living in a prison cell with their parent or living rough on the streets.
PAM’s vision is the creation of a fair and equitable society in which indigent and socially deprived people (especially prisoners and their dependents) are treated humanely and with dignity. Established in 1995, the Nestling Home has rescued and supported over 125 dependent children of indigent prisoners from various prisons around the country. It is located in Ichangu Narayan village, about 5 kilometers from downtown Kathmandu. At present, 14 children are residing at the Home.
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