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Community Center Collaboration

Overview

WACN collaborates with the women’s cooperatives and other local organizations on a variety of projects. Building community centers is an excellent example of their joint efforts. Following the establishment of their cooperatives, several groups identified a need for a community center in their VDC. The following model has been developed to help build these centers. Local organizations (schools, municipalities and VDCs) donate land, which is then held in WACN name. WACN provides grants to the groups for the construction of the building. To date, 16 community centers have been built, in addition to a training and resource center in Kathmandu.

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.