Child Nepal, in partnership with PLAN International Nepal, is implementing - “Fighting Against Child Trafficking in Emergency (FACTE)" project in Lagarche, Bhotenamlang, Thangpaldhap, Thangpalkot, Echok and Kuel VDCs of Sindhupalchowk district.

  1. OBJECTIVES

    1. Overall Objective:
    2. The overall objective of the project is to contribute government recovery actions in preventing trafficking of children and women in the target districts and protect those who have been rescued from trafficking or are vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and violence.

    3. Specific Objectives:
      1. Expand and strengthen community-based groups to prevent and protect children and women from trafficking, abuse, exploitation, and gender-based violence
      2. Assist community protection groups to join village development committees (VDCs) and district level networks, and link with other relevant governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) networks and duty bearers, including service providers
      3. Raise awareness on human trafficking, unsafe migration, gender-based violence and sexual exploitation through community initiatives
      4. Rescue, rehabilitate and reintegrate survivors and the vulnerable with respect and dignity and link them to appropriate support and opportunities
      5. Strengthen coordination and collaboration among the government and other organizations and agencies working on issues of trafficking and gender-based violence for lobbying and policy advocacy purposes
      6. Strengthen concerned government bodies and improve the capacities of duty bearers and service providers to take preventive measures and protect those who are trafficked and at risk

  2. ACTIVITIES:

    1. Relevant to specific objective 1 and 2:
      1. Establish community counseling and protection centre
      2. CN establishes four community counseling and protection centers in VDC level that provides counseling services to the children and youths vulnerable to trafficking. It also provides recreational services like indoor games, story reading etc that could influence children and youths to reveal the problems faced. The centers will have two facilitators who provide counseling service. In addition, The Better Life Option Program (BLOP) services will be provided to children with the life skills needed to make healthy decisions about their lives. BLOP will be conducted for 9-months, conducted three times a week in 2-hour sessions. The BLOP program covers a wide range of critical topics such as child rights, trafficking, leadership skills, work opportunities, savings and credit, health and wellness, and gender-based violence. The facilitators receives BLOP training from PLAN International Nepal and further implement the skills learnt through these centers in the targeted VDCs.
      3. Strengthen VCPCs and Community Monitoring Alert Systems (CMAS)
      4. CN closely works with Village Child Protection Committees (VCPCs) of targeted VDCs through FACTE. The project aims to provide orientation to these committees on anti child trafficking and motivate to pursue their roles and responsibilities in VDC level. Moreover, the project supports to conduct the quarterly level meetings (12 meetings in total) of VCPCs to be update about the situation of child protection in the VDC. Collaboration with VDC will be done for it. In addition, ward level CMAS will be established and strengthened to prevent and monitor the child trafficking. The main role of the CMAS is data management of children in ward level and update the data and refer to appropriate services as per need.

    2. Relevant to Objective 3:
      1. PSS and life skills sessions for working and at risk of CT
      2. The project plans to conduct sessions on psycho-social support and life skills targeting to mother groups, child clubs, teachers, parents and local youths. The aim of the activity is to orient community level stakeholders on psycho-social support and life-skills. The project supports to organize 20 such sessions in the community level.
      3. Parents' sessions to provide adequate support, care and protection to children
      4. Parents play a prominent role in combating the cases of child trafficking in community level. So, the project supports to organize parent's session of different issues on child rights, child protection like child trafficking, protecting children from child abuse/violence etc. Parents will also be provided sessions on parenting skills. The project plans to conduct 20 such parent sessions.
      5. Awareness Campaigns
      6. CN closely works with VCPCs, child clubs and local youths to conduct community level awareness campaigns on anti-child trafficking in targeted VDCs of Sindhupalchowk. The project helps to demonstrate four rural dramas against child trafficking, organize four longest painting events on the themes like "Because I'm a Girl", "Universal Birth Registration" and "Learning without Fear" and child trafficking. For this purpose, the project design and produces IEC materials like flyers and posters against anti-child trafficking.
      7. IEC materials related to anti-CT including Radio Jingle Production and dissemination
      8. The project foresees to produce radio jingle against child trafficking and disseminates through the community radio. The jingle helps to aware community people about child trafficking and shares tips to protect children/adolescents from trafficking. These IEC materials will be jointly developed in coordination with Plan International Nepal.

    3. Relevant to Objective 4:
      1. Special Assistance and incentives to vulnerable children
      2. The project identifies vulnerable and risky children of trafficking and plans to support special assistance to them. These children will be identified based on the community outreach done through the project. Special assistance includes education supports like stationery, dress, tuition fees etc. The project plans to benefit 350 children through this support. Moreover, the project supports special incentives to the most vulnerable children of the targeted areas. CN plans to support cash or kind support to these most vulnerable children.

    4. Relevant to Objective 5:
      1. Strengthen District Committee to Combat Human Trafficking (DCCHT) on ACT The project plans to strengthen the existing district level coordination group on Child Trafficking in close collaboration with District Women and Children Office in district headquarter. CN organizes orientation, training, and support to implement its action and update program to the members of district level coordination group on child trafficking followed by monthly meetings of the group.

    5. Relevant to Objective 6:
      1. Strengthen Media Task Force
      2. The project plans to conduct a one day orientation to the existing media task force in district level. The orientation particularly focuses on media sensitization on child trafficking to local journalists to ethical reporting and support to prevent child trafficking in the district. In addition, the project supports to have regular monthly meetings (8 meetings in total) of the media task force to activate the groups.
      3. Strengthen District, VDC and community level referral mechanism
      4. CN works with the District Women and Children Office in district headquarter to strengthen the district, VDC and community level referral mechanism. The project organizes meeting with the office for it and plans ahead to refer the cases of child trafficking encountered by the project.
      5. Capacity building of district and VDC level stake holders on case management
      6. CN organizes orientation and training to district and VDC level stakeholders on case management on child trafficking. The orientation and training will be focused on case management and provides skills and knowledge on managing the cases on child trafficking efficiently. Two such orientations will be organized by the project in district headquarter in close collaboration with District Women and Children Office in Sindhupalchowk.

  3. DETAILED PROJECT APPROACH

    1. Community Mobilization and Outreach Education
    2. Child Nepal (CN) directly works with the vulnerable and marginalized communities residing in four targeted VDCs of Sindhupalchowk district to achieve the objectives of FACTE and to strengthen the community based child protection mechanism. CN facilitates community groups, with due consideration on gender and social inclusion issues, in combating trafficking issues. CN mediates in bringing up the problems, challenges and opportunities on children/women trafficking through community mobilization and enrich the implementation modalities of FACTE. CN bridges the existing gap on community aspirations and project implementation so as to achieve the set objectives of FACTE through community engagement and outreach education strategy. With regards to case management, once the children are identified, they will be registered in the counselling and child protection centres established in each VDC. Psycho-social support will be provided through the centres to children and those who need short or long term support will be referred to the concerned organized in collaboration with district level referral mechanism and WDO. In addition, the project support aid for the family reintegration. Capacity of CPC Facilitators will be enriched on PSC, PSS through orientation and training.

    3. Media Mobilization
    4. CN closely works with the existing community level media like community radio, local newspapers and magazines to maximize community level awareness and outreach about FACTE. Radio programs, PSA, radio drama, newspaper articles etc on FACTE can be produced and disseminated through local media. It not only sensitizes community stakeholders but also makes district level accountable towards the objectives and activities of FACTE. Media campaign against children/women trafficking helps in sensitizing the community people and even make the district level stakeholders accountable. In addition, the project establishes a media task force to address the issues of children/women trafficking. The orientation particularly focuses on media sensitization on child trafficking to local journalists to ethical reporting and support to prevent child trafficking in the district. Community youth reporters will be also developed in targeted VDC to report on anti-child trafficking and raise awareness.

    5. Capacity Building and Institutional Development
    6. CN believes capacity building of the beneficiary group as a key strategy during the implementation of FACTE activities. CN facilitates in organizing and managing capacity building trainings, workshops and meetings based upon FACTE working framework and community needs and context. In a post earthquake scenario, the cases of children/women trafficking have increased. Thus, CN facilitates to organize trainings to its staff along, child clubs and VCPCs, LCCHT (Village/Ward), DCCHT on preventive measures on child/women trafficking. Also, training to VCPC representatives and school teachers on psycho-social counselling will be organized to deal with children/women victim of trafficking. CN will also facilitate to prepare their plan of action to prevent child trafficking and also support for effective implementation of their action plan.

    7. Production of IEC/BCC materials
    8. Information, Education and Communication help community get general knowledge and idea about the FACTE themes however; behaviour change is always a major challenge in the community. So, CN engages in production of both IEC and BCC materials, in local language, on children/women trafficking and massively use them during the community outreach. CN reaches in families and schools with these materials in order to educate and monitor the behaviour of people which will directly impact in achieving the outcomes of the FACTE. CN will coordinate with Plan International Nepal to develop and dissemination of these materials. CN will encourage and involve community members in developing IEC materials.

    9. Knowledge Building and Documentation
    10. Knowledge building and documentation is another major strategy that CN adopts to transform the good practices and lessons learnt from FACTE. Compilation of case stories, success stories, lessons learnt, data/statistics, evidence documentation and narrative reports including letter of experiences of target groups will be the base for knowledge building of FACTE. It systematically portrays the progress of FACTE and provides the way forward for further interventions. CN will prepare the narrative reports (Monthly/Quarterly/Half yearly and Annual) related to this project.

    11. Advocacy, Coordination and Networking
    12. CN maintains strategic coordination with the relevant line agencies like District Development Office (DDC), District Women and Children Office, DCCHT, District Child Welfare Board (DCWB), District Police, DAO, District Protection Cluster, DDRC, District level Child Club Network (DCCN), Village Development Committees (VDCs) and municipalities for the project. Also, CN facilitates to have efficient networking for the project in both national and district level. The coordination facilitates to incorporate FACTE from VDC/municipality to district level planning process followed by continued monitoring and evaluation from government agencies. Moreover, the coordination assists in smooth implementation of the FACTE activities to achieve its goals and objectives. At the village level, CN will directly coordinate with Ward Citizen Forum, CBOs and youth clubs operating in the village. This coordination will ease smooth implementation and avoid duplication at the same time increases synergy across the programmes. Moreover, coordination with national level MoWCSW, DWC, MOLE, CCWB, DOLE, DOFE, MOHA, DOI, NHRC, NCCHT, Labour Office and networks like Forum for Protection of People’s rights (PPR), National Network against Girls Trafficking (NNAGT), SAIEVAC, Alliance Against Trafficking of Women and Children in Nepal (AATWIN) and National Coalition on Children as Zone of Peace and Child Protection (CZOPP) will be done in order to lobby with government on children/women trafficking issues. Based on this coordination, CN links the community level interventions and shares the existing challenges faced by Village level Coordination Committee on Human Trafficking (VCCHT), Village Child Protection Committees (VCPCs) and counselling/child protection centres with regards to trafficking of children. It further strengthens to design program plan and allocate resources to combat child trafficking in the VDCs.

  4. SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGIES

    1. Strengthening the existing structures and systems of government
    2. The project strengthens the existing structures and systems of government rather than creating new structures. As for evidence, the project closely works with Local Committee to Combat Human Trafficking (LCCHT), Village Child Protection Committees (VCPCs), District Child Club Network (DCCN), Ward Citizen Forums (WCF), CMAS, mother groups and Child Clubs in mainstreaming children/women trafficking issues in communities. These structures will be made accountable and responsible towards the issues of children/women trafficking during the phase-out of the FACTE project. In addition, the project supports to orient these community level mechanisms on child trafficking issues for capacity building. Also, support will be done to organize regular meetings of these community structures to update the situation of child trafficking and to adopt possible measures to mitigate the challenges.

    3. Ensure the participation of stakeholders and community
    4. The project ensures the participation of stakeholders and community from the initial phase to develop ownership on the project. It helps to build community support and ensure meaningful participation of the stakeholders in each steps of the project implementation. Moreover, it ensures effective implementation of the project in achieving the project objectives. The project organizes series of session on human trafficking, child protection, psycho-social support and life skills that acquaints the stakeholders about the project interventions to community people. Before organizing these sessions, participants are informed about the objective of the session and invited to participate. In these sessions, view of participants are collected in the beginning so as to identify their general understanding on the issues and further facilitation will be done by the community mobilizers. At last, comments, feedback and inputs from the participants are collected to enrich such sessions in future.

  5. MONITORING, EVALUATION

  6. CN develops a project monitoring matrix based on the Logical Framework of the FACTE project based on which organization monitoring of the project will be done in quarterly basis in close collaboration with PLAN International Nepal. Moreover, the project comprises mid-term and final monitoring of the project in close collaboration with Women and Child Development Office. In addition, internal monitoring from CN executive body and Board (four members) will be done through field visit and observation. The monitoring will be based on the project matrix to observe whether the targets are fulfilled and beneficiaries are benefited from the project. The monitoring team provides recommendations to the project team as a feedback. The monitoring will be done as a mid-term monitoring of the project.

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