Caritas Nepal Since 1990
Fourth Strategic: Plan period
Reported till 2014 silver jubilee year
• Caritas Nepal improves service delivery in all intervention sectors based on past learnings. Bhutanese Refugee Education service delivery plans for rapid scaling down as refugees go for third country resettlement.
• There are 179 staff in 2014. Th e wider number of staff is due to Caritas Nepal working proactively through some large programs.
• Bishop Paul Simick, becomes President of Caritas Nepal, Caritas Nepal bid heartfelt good bye to founding and long term President Bishop Antony Sharma who retired from his duties in the year 2014.
Third strategic plan period: 2009-2012
| 2009 to
• Caritas Nepal opens its new Central Office (2009). Caritas Nepal has 116 staff by 2010.
• Caritas Nepal moves regional office from Pokhara to Chitwan (12 September 2009) and then to Nawalparasi to its own newly constructed building (23 May 2011).
• 1st August 2011, Fr. Pius Perumana becomes Executive Director.
• Caritas Nepal improves service delivery in all intervention sectors based on past achievement. These include food security improvement through Farmer Field School extension, cooperative and enterprise promotion, support to democracy building and recovery by peace program, community based disaster risk reduction and targeted effort to prevent trafficking and un-safe migration. Th ere are 116 staff .
• Caritas Nepal emphasizes high value vegetable farming to improve livelihoods of farmers and sets up group or joint farms.
• Caritas Nepal initiates research in climate change.
• Special disaster risk reduction projects initiated.
• About 80 programs and projects undertaken.
Second strategic plan period: 2005-2008
| 2005 to
• Greater emphasis given to thematic projects in food security, cooperative and enterprise promotion, emergency response and disaster management, and prevention of gender violence and traffi cking. This was done to sustain the animation efforts undertaken in the rural villages in the past and to reach more small farmers, women and poverty stricken households.
• National agriculture program (with Farmer Field School approach for IPM extension) initiated in 2005.
• National program on peace building launched in 2005.
• Six significant departments formed in Caritas Nepal structure.
• 2008 Koshi flood victims supported, Two thousand shelters constructed in various flood aff ected and conflict affected communities in the year.
• Regional office set up in Nepalgunj (1st of November of 2006) and undertakes significant work to support internally displaced people during the armed conflict. Mr. Janak Sharma is the Manager. The office is transferred to own building at Kohalpur on 16 December 2008. In 2008, a regional office in Janakpur is also established and supports emergency response and disaster management projects but later it is closed in 2012.
• There are 37 staff in Central Office additional in field office.
• About 80 programs and projects undertaken.
Organizational and programmatic expansion period
| 2001 to
• Caritas Nepal makes a transition from Country Program Development approach to Strategic Planning approach. Fr. Ivon Ambroise facilitates the fi rst strategic review and planning acitivty.
• Regional Office at Pokhara is established on October 1st of 2001 with Mr. Albert Giri as the Manager and Mr. Raju Pradhan as Officer.
• Focus remains in socio-economic development with investigation done to improve packages in agriculture, cooperative development, and prevention of trafficking.
• Caritas Nepal is part of South Asia Regional Programs in Agriculture and Anti-trafficking of Asia Partnership for Human Development.
• National Cooperative development program launched.
• 2001 Field Office set up in Bardiya to promote cooperative development.
• 3rd January 2003 Fr. Silas Bogati becomes Executive Director
• First strategic plan period 2001-2004
• About 80 signifi cant programs and projects undertaken
Country Program Period: Second Phase
• Mr. Pekoe Moktan becomes Executive Director from 1st October 1998.
• In April, Mr. Manindra Malla is appointed as Head of Programs.
• Caritas Nepal undertakes review of Country Program Document and prepares improved plan for coming three years.
|1999||• Asia Partnership of Human Development’s Regional Assembly held in Nepal. The forum also discusses micro-finance service delivery in South Asia.|
|2000||• Caritas Nepal initiates a campaign to develop community owned cooperatives by joining smaller animated groups present in the villages. Th ere are 20 staff at the time.|
• About 80 programs and projects implemented in the period of 1997-2000. Most of them are social development projects.
Country Program Approach Period: First Phase
• November of 1994, Caritas Nepal offi ce established in own property at Dhobighat, Lalitpur Initially there is a small office building. There are 8 staff at the time.
• Country Program Approach initiated. Animation and integrated development projects given priority and implemented through local NGO partners. Up to 50 such projects are undertaken each year from 1994 onwards.
• Fr. Ivon Joseph (Assistant Director of Caritas India) gives Animation Trainer’s Training to Caritas Nepal and NGO staff . This included Executive Director Mr. Ashish Gurung and Head of Gender Desk Mrs. Rupa Rai.
• Caritas Nepal initiates first HIV AIDS prevention project to carpet weaver women in Kathmandu.
• Caritas Nepal undertakes flood relief work in Bardiya. Late King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev recognizes and thanks Caritas Nepal for the service. This relief work was done in 17 villages of the district reaching 2000 families. The Chief District Officer of Bardiya also presented a certificate of appreciation to Caritas Nepal. This relief effort was followed by a large socio-economic rehabilitation project undertaken with a local partner Rural Reconstruction Nepal.
• Nine schools in all the seven camps of Bhutanese Refugees have been started serving up to 40000 students in the pursuing years.
• January 28, 1997 Caritas Nepal loses its dynamic leader and founding director Mr. Ashish Gurung in a vehicle accident. Secretary Mrs. Nina Rai and driver Mr. Hom Bahadur Khadka pass away upon being hurt in the same accident. Caritas Nepal, Catholic community and NGO partners and international Caritas network partners mourn the grave loss.
• Fr. P. S. Amalraj S. J. arrives to lead the Bhutanese Refugee Education program as Field Director
• Fr. Oscar Periera becomes Executive Director for one year period (September 1997-September 1998) of Caritas Nepal.
• This includes years of signifi cant growth and crisis year of 1997
• About 62 projects implemented from 1994-1996.
Birth and Infancy Period: Initial General Planning Period
• Preparatory work done to establish Caritas Nepal organization by Church leaders and Mr. Ashish Gurung
• Establishment of Caritas Nepal with office in Kopundole, Latlipur (3rd September of 1990)
• Monsignour A. Sharma S. J. leads Caritas Nepal as the Chairperson
• Late Mr. Ashish Gurung is Executive Director. Initially there are three staff.
• Office in Kopundole established
• Emergency relief efforts initiated
• Support for Bhutanse Refugee Children is initiated. First school called Panchaoti English School started with 15 teachers and 200 children.
• Emergency relief provided to communities affected by Rapti River Flood in Chitwan. This was followed with socio economic rehabilitation program. 2500 families reached.
• UNHCR starts to support Bhutanese Refugee Education service delivery by Caritas Nepal
• About 22 projects undertaken in the period of 1990-1993.
Caritas Nepal is the social service arm of the Catholic Church in Nepal. It is a non-political and non-profit organization solely devoted to the service of the poor, most disadvantaged and marginalized people irrespective of, caste, creed, color or religion. It is registered as a Non-governmental Organization under the District Administration Office, Lalitpur, under Registration No: 85/047/48, in accordance with the Society Registration Act 2034 B.S. It is affiliated with The Social Welfare Council under Registration No: 248-356 and is a member of Caritas Internationalis and Caritas Asia.
The vision of Caritas Nepal is a “Peaceful, equitable and just society, where there is solidarity among people and respect for human dignity.”
Caritas Nepal, being the social arm of the Catholic church in Nepal, aim to empower the poor, marginalized, disadvantaged and displaced to reduce poverty, vulnerability to disasters and climate change and secure basic well-being, democracy, social justice and basic human rights for all.