Social Support

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One of three objectives of our work is social support which means that vibrant, strong and influential communities realize basic human rights, right to development and that they reduce disaster risks.

Ongoing Projects

Goal: To ensure safe and dignified labor migration, enhance the knowledge and skills of migrants, communities and local institutions through awareness, skills development, and institutional capacity.
Location: Lalitpur, Godawari Municipality (5, 6, 7, 10 & 13) and Jhapa, Damak Municipality (3&10)
Period: 01 June 2018 to 30 May 2020

In the Nepalese context, migration has become a vital part of the developmental discourse. Employment is based on labor migration, predominantly of unskilled labor. Although remittances continue to provide a safety net to the economy of Nepal, there is still a long way to go before migration and remittances become a sustainable source of income for the country.

SAMVAB (Ensuring Safe Migration of the Most Vulnerable through Awareness and Capacity Building) is designed to enhance knowledge and skills of potential migrants, migrant families, returnees, youths and local governing bodies and to mitigate the risk of unsafe migration, contributing to achieve SDG target 8.7 and to promote decent work.

Goal: Advance the position of women in western Nepal to effectively contribute to good governance and inclusive development. 

Location: Birendranagar Municipality -14, Gadhi (CN) 

Period: 01 June 2018 to 31 July 2020 

In Nepal’s patriarchal society, women are generally subordinate to men in virtually every aspect of life. Even the substantial contribution of women to the economy goes largely unnoticed because their traditional role is taken for granted. About 28% of Nepali women are reported to have faced sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Therefore, women and girls need to understand and recognize how unequal power balance and community gender stereotypes might affect their development and the relationships around them.  

The POWER project aims to promote women empowerment through gender mainstreaming, encouraging their participation in community affairs through leadership development and engagement with local governmentConsidering women’s minimal decision-making power, Caritas Nepal is working with its consortium partners : LWF Nepal, ADRA Nepal and INF, to integrate initiatives for gender equality in its Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) funded projects.  

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Duration: August 2017 to July 2020

The Chepang are one of Nepal’s most disadvantaged indigenous groups and are classified under the ‘highly marginalized’ category. The Nepal earthquake 2015 and its aftershocks contributed to deteriorating the livelihoods of Chepang community in the project area (Kaule). The project entitled “Building Resilient Chepang Community through Integrated Program has been implemented “at Chitwan district with the financial support of Caritas Germany. The aim of the project is to restore access to safe water and sanitation facilities, restore livelihood and enhance their resilience to future disasters. The major project components are poverty reduction measures through various livelihood measures, disaster preparedness and mitigation measures, supplementary support service, community mobilization and empowerment to articulate their needs and to demand for their rights.

The project has been implemented in 2 wards of Ichhakamana Rural Municipality (previous Kaule VDC) with 720 target households of Chepang.  The project is focuses on Capacity Building training to women for empowerment, mason training, group management training, stationary support, warm clothes support to chepang people and interaction with NRA team focusing on shelter tranche.

In total, 527 families have been organized in different groups. 18 female livelihood groups, 6 men supportive groups and 4 child groups have formed. The project has also selected 9 primary schools where most of the Chepang children go to study and are supported with stationary materials to motivate the children to go school regularly and to reduce the dropout rate.

Goal: To contribute to holistic child growth by implementing early childhood development classes and to build capacity of rural households to improve safe drinking water access and improve household nutrition and incomes.

Location: Jajarkot, Bheri Municipality, ward no: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. 1,933 women participants, 153 children in early childhood development centres, and in total 1,730 child participants benefiting from water and sanitation improvement activities.

The Child Development and Nutrition Enhancement Project (CDNEP) was launched in order to build capacity of rural households to improve safe drinking water access, family nutrition condition and support in holistic child growth with the formation and mobilization of child clubs, women groups and by providing supports to existing early child care centres (pre-school education).

This project is supported by Kinder Missionswerk.

Caritas Nepal has been implementing Children and Youth Empowerment Project (CYEP) in partnership with the local NGO partners since July 2015. CYEP specifically focuses on empowerment of children and youth through extra- curricular activities support, awareness raising on child rights and important social concerns, and facilitation for advocacy etc. Youth have also been supported to pursue enterprises.

Goal: Rehabilitation of substance users (and HIV+/AIDS affected people) and socio-economic empowerment of youth

Location: Bhaisepati, Lalitpur

Total participants: 34

Partner: Salvation Nepal

Period: June 2017 to May 2020

Youth in their early age could easily fall into dreadful habits of alcoholism, substance abuse and depression naming few, therefore, Caritas has been supporting building capacity of youth to motivate them for positive social change under these projects.

Goal: Animating poor people to realize their human rights, to support the emerging democracy in Nepal, and to improve their households’ well being by pursuing sustainable livelihood opportunities.

Locations: 25 wards of 3 Rural Municipality, 2 Municipality and 1 Sub Metropolitan of three districts : Saptari, Makwanpur, Kapilvastu and Dang. Total Participants: 2,390 women groups members and 2,757 child club members. There are 1,805 people in 8 cooperatives being supported.

Period: April 2016 to March 2019. This project is supported by Misereor and KZE.

Small Development Initiative (SDI) is an integrated project that applies animation, issue awareness, and cooperative strengthening approaches to mobilize communities to bring about social transformation. It has formed and animated 109 women’s groups to work for social justice. The women groups and cooperatives have identified social issues and undertaken actions to realize their rights. 109 child clubs in government schools have been supported to create awareness on child rights, importance of completing school education, and prevention of abuse and exploitation of children. Eight cooperatives have been strengthened by the project to provide micro-finance and enterprise promotion activities to empower rural poor to reduce poverty.

Completed Projects

Goal: Increase knowledge and skills on safe migration through awareness and capacity building

Location: Lalitpur, Godawari Municipality – 5, 6 wards. 385 participants.

Period: October 2017 to March 2018

The trend of migration globally has increased significantly in the past decade. Nepal is no different to that. In the period of 1993 to 2015 more than 3.8 million (14% of the total population) work permits were issued by the Nepalese Government. This figure excludes the migrants working in India and those who have migrated illegally. Hundreds of youths migrate each day for work namely to the gulf states.

Lack of ability to pursue safe migration for work and lack of skills needed for accessing employment in foreign countries results in migrants. CN with various vocational and technical capacity building trainings is empowering youths for developing self-confidence to achieve success in their own country which is helping to decrease the number of unsafe migration.

Duration: June 2017 to September 2018

Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) project was designed to uplift the local dwellers of the Raptisonari Gaupalika of Banke District. This district ranks 26th out of 75 districts in context to vulnerability to floods. On July 2016, the natural course of the river blocked by the Laxmanpur dam and Kalkala embankment constructed by the India breaching international standards, and as per the record maintained by the Kusum based flood recording center the water level in the river was up to 5.70 meters at the center. Due to which around 600 families had been displaced, one person even died. There was a significant damage to vital infrastructure such as roads, irrigation, drinking water facility, agriculture and property. In order to mitigate the risk of the disaster the project is design to Improve  the  livelihood along with building the capacity of vulnerable communities of Rapti Sonari Area.

Duration: May 2016 to July 2019

Caritas Nepal with the financial support from Caritas Germany launched a three-year project entitledDisaster Risk Reduction Initiatives in Jumla and Mugu Districts”, in Jumla and Mugu. The overall objective of the project was to improve the resilience of vulnerable communities to future potential disasters (earthquakes and climate-induced hazards) leading to improved lives and livelihood security.

The project has been designed to improve the resilience of vulnerable communities towards potential future disasters and to increase food security by strengthening livelihoods opportunities in the communities. The primary beneficiaries of the project were conflict and disaster-affected and those who lived in disaster-prone areas, with special focus on rural poor, women, dalits and people with disabilities. The project has been implemented in four rural municipalities (Tatopani, Tila, Hima, and Kanakasundari) of Jumla; one rural municipality (Khatyad) and one municipality (Chhayanath Rara) of Mugu. The project was working with 12 cooperatives and 12 child clubs to improve the local capacities to identify and implement preventive and mitigation measures to reduce the risk of earthquake and climate-induced hazards and improve and diversify food production and livelihood options for target communities.

The project has covered 1723 HHs (60.64 % were female and 19.2% were Dalits) as the direct beneficiaries and 8334 individuals are the indirect beneficiaries.

Duration: June 2017 to May 2018

The project entitled “Institutional Capacity Building to Sustain the Impacts of Safer School Project (ICB Project) in Udayapur district of Nepal”, had been designed and implemented to ensure the sustainability of previous safer School project’s impacts. It was more like an exit strategy as a project.  The overall project objective of the project was School Disaster Management committee and a local organization are engaged in disaster management activities to increase the resilience of school and community. The strategic objective was Self-sustaining changes are realized and foundation developed for project sustainability and viability of the local organization.

The project activities had implemented in 3 municipalities (Triyuga, Chaudandigadi, and Khambu) of Udayapur district, targeting six higher secondary schools.  More than 500 participants: student, parents, teacher, School Management Committee and NGO staffs were benefitted.

ICB project engaged in a variety of activities contributing to the intended result. The project reformed schools disaster Management Committee (DMC) in all target schools. The project has contributed to improving the institutional capacity and skills of students in DRR through training, Awareness, exposure and developing guidelines and policies.

Goal: Securing survival, safety and dignity of communities

Location: Morang

Period: January 2015 to June 2018

Caritas has been working to prevent trafficking since 1995. Our focus has always been centered on preventing trafficking for forced labor and prostitution.

Since the beginning, we have been providing awareness on trafficking issues through advocacy from the local to national level. Awareness campaigns, street dramas, workshops, TOT (Training Of Trainers), empowerment and leadership trainings are being organized in different parts of Nepal reaching out to the community, particularly children and women.

Through this we have been empowering communities to pursue gender justice concerns such as gender equality, and prevent violence, abuse, exploitation and trafficking. ‘Human beings are not commodities. The value of a human being is immeasurable, human dignity needs to be protected,’ with this message, Caritas Nepal in collaboration with Prakash Saving and Credit Cooperative of Jadah, organized street drama at four places (Don Bosco Chowk, Damauriya Border, Laxminagar and Don Bosco School) of Jadah Municipality, Morang.

Approximately, around 1,500 people observed the drama entitled ‘Price of Human.’ It was an effective public awareness program on anti-trafficking with a mix of typical humor, song, slogan and simple dialogue for empowering people on gender equality and strengthening communities capacity to address gender concerns including prevention of gender violence and trafficking.

Duration: April 2016 to March 2018

Strengthening Community Resilience Program in Mahottari & Dhanusha districts is implemented by our local partner Community Development & Advocacy Forum Nepal Bardibas Mahottari , funded by Caritas Germany and Caritas Nepal. Project was designed for three years. Now, Project was completed in two year & running in third year till March 2019.

The primary problems faced by community supported under the project are climate change adaption, vegetable farming, reducing the use of pesticide,  drought tolerant  paddy seed, improved goat management, preparedness knowledge on disaster management specially on earth quake safety, degraded & reclaim land management by plantation, impact of drought in livelihood, safe drinking water & safe construction practices for irrigation management.

The strategic objective of the project was, Vulnerabilities reduced and capacities enhanced of community and individual household to make safer and resilient against hazards like soil erosion, drought, fire, flash flood and earthquake in propose area of project. The primary beneficiaries of the project were disaster vulnerable people, with special focus on rural poor, women, Dalit and people with disabilities.

In implementation phase, community people, local stakeholders & leaders are assisting in beneficiaries’ selection, staffs facilitate them in process. In this regard, most vulnerable people in terms of poverty, disaster and disadvantage females are selected.  The direct & indirect beneficiaries households proposed in project document were 3,000 & 18,184 respectively. Actual beneficiary households covered by project are 4786 and 8480. Among them the number of female is 4834.

Animation trainings instill in development workers and animators primary values and principles such as respect for human dignity and human rights, and organizing communities for common good in a democratic and inclusive manner. Once they agree on primary values and principles, the animators and development workers are to practice these values and principles themselves and promote the same through their work in the needy locations. Animation encourages development workers to respect the poor, backward and marginalized people and families and engage with them as brothers and sisters to work for change. In this way, animation process encourages local leaders and development workers to take time to understand the people and accordingly find suitable ways to rapport with them and to encourage them to work for social transformation.

Four animation trainings were conducted in the reported period (2017/18) with the financial 1 support from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Caritas Germany (CG).