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

The project contributes to realise people for child and women rights in three impoverished VDCs in Nepal. It also contributes to improve the health and nourishment of children and mothers through the promotion of community-based weight and growth monitoring, as well as implementation of  the aid and rehabilitation programmes for undernourished children. Furthermore, child protection and children’s rights will be strengthened through sensitisation campaigns and the establishment of Child Empowerment Centres. The project facilitates to increase access to high-quality primary education for girls and children from marginalised social groups through the development of plans to upgrade the primary schools, through the support provided for dropouts and children with learning difficulties, and through strengthening of early childhood development centres. The project follows a rights-based approach and supports the development of civil society structures to put citizens in a position in which they are able to enforce and shape the implementation of their legal rights and warranted public services.

Objectives

Realising Children’s and Women’s Rights in three impoverished, rural VDCs of Nepal.

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

  • Community Score Cards of VDC Office programmes, Morang, Korak Sub-Health Post and Pasupati Lower Secondary School for improving governance services completed.
  • Developed textbook in Chepang language for grade 1 in collaboration with District Education Office and Chepang Association.
  • 1201 children under-5 year are screened through anthropometric measurements under the project, severely acute malnourished children were referred to Nutrition Rehabilitation Home, and moderately acute malnourished children were rehabilitated through community managed 15-days NERP package. 
  • All schools were supported to update their school improvement plan.
  • Household diet diversity has been increased from 3 food groups a day to 6 food groups.

Impact on GESI and Environment

The project is focused on poor and marginalised communities, especially the women, Dalits, Janajatis and conflict-affected people. The project activities have also covered up to 57% of women as its direct beneficiaries. It has facilitated to reformation of School Management Committees, Parents Teachers Associations, Health Facility Operation and Management Committees in an inclusive way. The project has targeted female teachers in the child-friendly teaching methods for encouraging girl students for their quality learning. The project considers in using environment-friendly technologies and conveys environmental issues during different training and forums.

Lessons Learnt

  • Community Score Card is one of the major social accountability tools to improve quality and quantity of the services of various service providers. It also helps to realise both clients and service providers for their responsibilities of contribution to improve services.
  • Use of locally available food can also improve the nutritional status of the children.
  • Ownership of the project by the community enhances the sustainability of the project.