Geographic coverage Korak VDC, Chitwan, Gelu VDC, Ramechhap and Jante VDC, Morang
Project duration March 2013 to December 2016 
Budget € 3,39,869 (NPR 3,78,88,596) 
Funding partner/s  Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Deutsche Welthungerhilfe (DWHH), Germany
Target groups The target group comprises 4,678 households/families (24,375 citizens) from three selected VDCs. 
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Introduction

Fight Hunger First Initiative (FHFI) in Nepal - Primary Education, Health and Nutrition project is being implemented by RRN from 2013 to 2016. The project was focused on education, health and nutrition of the children under 5 years including child protection in three VDCs: Korak of Chitwan, Gelu of Ramechhap and Jante of Morang. In the middle of 2015, the project was expanded to three additional adjoining VDCs namely Dangraha, Sidhhi and Phulasi of Morang, Chitwan and Ramechhap districts respectively for the components particularly focused on children under 2.

Objectives

  • To strengthen the involvement of civil society in child rights and their protection issues;
  • To increase participation of community peoples to bring improvement in the areas of primary education, nutrition and health of children and mothers, and child protection; and
  • To enhance capacities of village education committees, village child protection committees and child empowerment centres in the VDC level.

Expected results

  • Strengthened community-based institutions,
  • Established demonstrable pilots on education, health, nutrition and child protection,
  • Advocacy and networking at district and national level.

Key achievements (As of December 2016)

  • Reduced wasting of children under 5 by 8%
  • 377 Moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) children found in the six VDCs were rehabilitated and became normal and 126 Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) children were referred to Nutritional Rehabilitation Homes (NRHs) of concern districts,
  • 80% of education, health and nutrition services were improved at VDC levels,
  • School attendance of children between 5 and 12 years increased from 80% to 100%,
  • School attendance of children of all age and grades increased from 70% to 90% in the project VDCs.
  • 786 women and mothers from 54 women/mother groups mobilised by trained 79 Female Community Health Volunteer (FCHV) in growth monitoring and operation of Nutrition, Education and Rehabilitation Programme (NERP) and positive deviance inquiries for malnourished children (SAM and MAM) and their mothers,
  • 90% of the children under five were attended the growth monitoring in the project VDCs,
  • Sensitisation campaigns on rights of the child and child protection,
  • Supported to develop School Development Plans in 15 primary schools in order to enhance access to quality primary education for children from marginalised social groups benefiting 3150 schoolchildren.
  • Support provided for bridge course classes for dropouts and children with learning difficulties,
  • Support provided to 15 centres for enhancing quality early childhood education and child development,
  • Supported in the development of civil society structures to help citizens access legal rights and public services, and
  • Community score card, and household diet diversity scorecard were introduced.