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Gyaneshwor
Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box
2245

About Us

Mission and vision

Vision

To create a just society by providing economic, social, and educational opportunities for all.

Mission

To promote social and economic empowerment, development opportunities, and equality for women, children, and disadvantaged groups.

Goal

To create a culture of self-reliance among women, children, and disadvantaged groups through the development of their inherent qualities.

Objectives

  • To raise awareness of women’s  and children’s potential as powerful and dedicated members of society through gender-sensitive, community-based, development programs.
  • To empower women and children economically and reduce poverty through savings and credit programs.
  • To eliminate violence against women, including trafficking, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and superstitions.
  • To create self-sustaining rural communities through the development of sustainable agriculture.
  • To expand training and resource centers in their respective communities.

Strategies

  • Helping communities identify and address their needs (self-determination).
  • Using local knowledge and resources to solve the community’s social, political, and economic problems.
  • Building the capacity of local people through training programs so that they can participate in the decision-making processes of their community.
  • Eliminating female subordination and poverty through education and training programs that enable women to address their strategic- needs, make decisions about issues affecting them, gain financial security, and, overall, become more active in their community.
  • Ensuring sustainability and ownership of the project activities by the community.

Background

Nari Chetna Kendra Nepal, also known as Women’s Awareness Centre Nepal (WACN), was established in 1991 by a group of women interested in improving the socio-economic status and self-development capacity of disadvantaged people, particularly women and children.  WACN strives to eliminate all forms of violence through action programs that address the root causes of development issues, mainly poverty and female subordination. Specifically, WACN helps rural women start savings and credit cooperatives, together with community-based development activities, to increase their social and economic power. At Nari Chetna Kendra Nepal, also known as Women’s Awareness Centre Nepal (WACN), was established in 1991 by a group of women interested in improving the socio-economic status and self-development capacity of disadvantaged people, particularly women and children.  WACN strives to eliminate all forms of violence through action programs that address the root causes of development issues, mainly poverty and female subordination. Specifically, WACN helps rural women start savings and credit cooperatives, together with community-based development activities, to increase their social and economic power.

At present (2017) WACN has registered and developed 41 women’s savings and credit groups and agricultural groups, establishing a base of more than 40,000 women members. Together, these cooperatives have saved and invested over 300,000,000 Nepalese Rupees ($4 million).

WACN works with villagers in the Kavre, Chitwan, Makwanpur and Kathmandu Districts to implement its programs, tailoring each to the specific needs of the community. WACN is currently concerned with cooperative-building, the welfare of children, health, sanitation, sustainable agriculture, tree plantations, preservation of natural water resources, advocacy, political participation of women, and trafficking. Where WACN implements its projects, incidents of violence are drastically reduced; the income generated from WACN-promoted schemes prevents relatives from selling young girls to traffickers.

Central to our mission at WACN is the belief that, if given the opportunity, women can become confident and competent leaders, overcoming the myriad obstacles that they face in their daily lives.

We have found that as local women become involved in WACN-promoted development projects, they begin to gain a voice within their families and communities. Through self-development and social action, these women become partners in the process of change. Children are also becoming involved with their mothers’ cooperatives, receiving training on gender, legal rights, and cooperatives as formal child members. WACN is particularly concerned with the welfare of children whose labor is exploited such as those engaged in seasonal brick making work. Their participation in cooperative activities prepares them for the next generation of change.

The main strategies of WACN is alternative education and alternative economy because not only knowledge and skills need to acquired, but the process implies change of attitude and creation of a new identity both personally and collectively. Alternative education involves life experience and talks the feelings seriously. It builds inherent strength of the community.

Message from President - Ms Prativa Subedi

We envision a society where women also take a leading role in their communities and there is no gender discrimination. All the decision-making responsibilities will be shared equally by women and men at all levels. WACN believe that women are economically empowered only when they are able to access the facilities provided by the government and other agencies. WACN advocates the elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence in order to ensure the rights of women.

We believe that a focus on poverty alleviation will be the most effective measure in empowering disadvantaged people especially  women. We have designed an economic model that brings women into leadership roles. Our savings and credit groups and cooperatives, Integrated Pest Mangement (IPM) groups and community based development activities enable women to address their strategic needs, become financially secure, enter the decision-making processes of their households, and, overall, become more active in their community. Our success lies in the fact that where we were once initiating development work, women’s groups are now using our methods to execute their own development activities. WACN’s cost-effective poverty reduction programs can be replicated throughout the developing world.

We must now meet the demands of women’s groups scattered across Nepal that have approached WACN for support in developing their local organizations. Training is crucial. After women receive training, they more fully utilize the savings and credit line available to them, becoming empowered in the process. At present (2017), WACN has 41 women’s cooperatives and 26 IPM groups consisting of  more than 40,000 members. WACN has generated more than $4 million in women’s savings and investments.  We primarily serve four districts of Nepal: the VDCs of Kavre, Chitwon, Makwanpur and Kathmandu. We also provide training and support to women in other districts. Currently, WACN advocates for the strengthening of existing women’s groups, a better allocation of government resources, and a more effective implementation of legal rights already granted to women.

WACN has been able to work in a sustainable way through the determination and commitment of board members, staff, and volunteers. We are also thankful for external funding from our working partners. International Development Exchange (IDEX) Thousand Currents, Match International Fund, World Education Nepal, Go Campaign and Global Fund for Women. More long-term support is needed to sufficiently prepare the community for a successful handover of leadership and continuation of  goals from women’s empowerment campaign.

Board of Directors

WACN Board Members meet once a month to review the overall progress of WACN activities, and discuss solutions to any problems WACN may be facing. The staff members meet once a month to review the programs in more detail.

Prativa Subedi

Presdient

Manjari Singh

Executive Member

Meena Karki

Vice President

Tulasa Lata Amatya

Executive Member

Rasmilla Malla

Member Secretary

Jyoti Nakarmi

Executive Member

Kalpana Basnet

Treasurer

Team Members

Our Board and staff are dedicated to the success of our programs. We do everything we can to ensure that our programs run as smoothly as possible. Volunteers from Nepal and abroad help with this process.

Srijana Poudel

Program Director

Shanti Lama

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Manju Dahal

Social Mobilizer

Anju Ghimire

Account Officer

Manju Ghimire

Field Officer

Sushmita Thapaliya

Social Mobilizer

Pratikshya Acharya

Program Coordinator

Sarada Bidari

Field Coordinator, Chitwan

Geeta Dahal

Field Coordinator

Kanta Balli Dahal

Social Mobilizer

Awards

Celebrating Womanhood Navadevi Awards


Celebrating Womanhood Navadevi Awards honored Prativa Subedi with the title “Laxmi” which represents goddess of wealth, for leading thousand of women to financial independence. It was presented to 10 women on October 16th in Kathmandu. Celebrating Womanhood Navadevi Awards was established in 2002 and is the only annual award for Nepali women, recognizing women heroes who represent all sectors of society. Celebrating Womanhood is an endeavor to honor and promote women who have risen above social and cultural practices overcoming barriers to achieve a breakthrough in their field of work according to host organization creative statements.

Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF)


A non-profit, humanitarian organization with United Nations consultative status (ECOSOC, UNFPA and DPI) collaborates with other organizations to establish new development paradigms that will advance the economic and social status of women. WWSF awards prizes each year to draw international attention to women’s contributions to sustainable development, household food security, and peace, as well to attract international recognition and support for their community work. WWSF awarded Prativa Subedi a prize in 2011 for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life.

Ashoka Innovators For the Public


Identifies and supports leading social entrepreneurs around the world. These are practical visionaries who have the entrepreneurial drive and creativity to transform the systems in their respective societies to bring about large-scale social change. Ashoka awarded Prativa Subedi a life-long fellowship in 1992 for her initiatives at Women Awareness Center Nepal (WACN) that help women develop their potential, gain self-confidence, and enter the public sphere as active members of society.

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