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Child Specific Programs

Overview

WACN works with children laboring in Brick Factories around the Kathmandu Valley. The children migrate with their parents 6 months out of a year to work in Brick Factories. The children aging from 6 to 15 work in dangerous, unsupervised conditions on extremely cheap wages. Consequently children drop out of school, face health problems and are live in poor conditions in mud huts. WACN identifies these children and provides alternative education so that the children become eligible to enroll back in school. WACN has launched programs targeting children for child development. Currently WACN has involved 5000 child members in the savings program.WACN would like to implement more child-specific programs to address their emerging needs and include them in the economic and social empowerment processes of community development.

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. Assisted by WACN’s programs, rural women begin to take an active role in decision-making processes.

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.