A. Background/Introduction

Indrawati Rural Municiplality (IRM) is one of the backward rural municipalities that has the predominance of backward ethnic groups, esp. Tamang/Lama, Magar, Danuwar and Majhi communities followed by most vulnerable and marginalized group called Dalit considered lower down in the caste hierarchy in Nepal. According to the data from District Disaster Reduction Committee (DDRC), updated on 9 April 2016, 113 people died and 13 were injured due to the earthquake in ward 2 and 3 of IRM (Previously Kunchok VDC). The economic status of the people in the rural municipality suffered an immense downfall after the earthquake, followed by a huge loss in physical infrastructure, including education and health sectors. Furthermore, the risks related to child marriage and children's trafficking increased. Livelihoods of the people, especially the poorest, were badly affected. Many children left school in order to assist their parents to support in agricultural works or leave the village to a nearby town or the capital city in search of unskilled work. Comparatively, the adolescents were more vulnerable to such migration as they are physically strong and can do physically challenging work.

In response to these problems, CN in partnership with Caritas Germany started “Program on Child Protection, Education and Livelihood (RECOVERY)” two years ago with the goal to strengthen local Child Protection and Child Development Systems through collaborative actions with local and national stakeholders including state authorities. It also aimed at protecting children against incidents of child abuse and child rights violations. It was to some extent that the expected results were achieved, esp. in regard to increasing school enrolment and providing easier access to safe drinking water.

In the first two years, the project successfully rescued 39 children, assisted 24 children to learn about child protection skills, get psycho-social support/therapy to reduce stress and trauma caused by the earthquake, reached 856 adolescents boys and girls through peer education and life skills, reenrolled 18 children to school, improved the livelihoods of 22 families and constructed 6 drinking water systems benefitting around 1600 people.

Though there have been some significant achievements there is still need of further intervention. There is need to strengthen and institutionalize community-based mechanisms/systems to prevent and protect children from trafficking, abuse and exploitation. Though this was planned in the first two years it could not be achieved due to the absence of respective policies/acts and change in the federal structure of the government. Now with the local government and the new Child Rights Act in place there is an opportunity to complete the work. Similarly, effective coordination and partnership with local government need to be done to ensure the sustainability of Interception Booth, CCPC and FSP since these structures have helped protect children from various forms of violence. Child Protection Desk has been established, however, it is yet to be made functional. The successful piloting of community kitchen program has encouraged the local government, the IRM, to contribute directly to the initiative in order to expand the program in all schools of IRM. The project will thus reach all schools with the community kitchen initiative together with the contribution of the local government and local communities. The educational support will be planned together with the local government, IRM, to ensure that the support is not duplicated and reach to the neediest ones.

Children’s enthusiasm to attend school regularly depends significantly upon the learning environment. There is thus a need to construct community-based child-friendly ECD centers. Thus, the project also plans to support establishing community-based ECD centers and child-friendly classroom setup. Many schools lack proper WASH facilities which often is a problem for the children, esp. the girls and the project will thus support schools to improve their WASH facilities (toilets and hand-washing).

DRR is another important issue that needs to be considered. Thus, the project will include school activities like education on disaster and disaster preparedness, developing school disaster plan in all schools of the project area.

During the intervention in the past years, CN has undertaken initiatives to improve livelihood of the extreme poor families such that these families will not have to rely on the income of their children and will be able to send their children to school. Though some achievements have been reported there is still need of such initiative to continue and reach to more needy families to enhance their economic status such that they are able to afford to send their children to school. Thus, the new phase will build on the achievement so far and support further such that the achievements are expanded and sustainability ensured.

The project will work in close collaboration with the local government to ensure project sustainability. The contribution of the project will be gradually decrease and the contribution of the local government and the communities will be increased such that by the time the project phases out the local government and the communities take ownership and sustain the achievements.

B. OBJECTIVE

Children of Kunchok affected by earthquake are protected against incidents of child abuse and child rights violations.

C.EXPECTED RESULTS

RESULT 1: Formed strong and structured community systems and mechanisms on child protection

RESULT 2: Children of marginalized families rejoin schools

RESULT 3: Enhanced economic status of the poorest

D. Activities

R1. A1. : One-day orientation to Local Child Rights Committee (LCRC) on child rights, provisions on news child rights act and duties of LCRC

R1. A2. : Support to run child protection desk in the proposed rural municipality

R1. A2. Support to run child protection desk in the proposed rural municipality

R1. A3. Child Club Events (Forum Theatre, Eloquence, Quiz contest etc.)/Days celebration in collaboration with peer educators.

R1. A4. Running Community Counseling and Protection Center (CCPC) in Rural Municipality level

R1. A5. Organize 2 days Peer education and life skills refresher training to members of child clubs

R1. A6. Conduct two-day orientation on Referral System and Case Management to members of LCRC.

R1. A7. Manage Emergency Fund for children at high risk

R1. A8. Support to conduct rescue Operations

R1. A9. One-day interaction with Nepal police on child/human trafficking cases and operations to control from Nepal Police

R1. A10. Run interception booth in collaboration with Nepal Police against human trafficking in Indrawati Rural Municipality

R1. A11. Tea talk campaign on child protection

R1. A12. Training on forum theatre to child club members and demonstration

R1. A13. Publish materials on child protection & education (Jhulka)

R2. A1. Education Materials Support to children

R2. A2. Organize 3 days basic computer training to teacher

R2. A3. Initiate and support community kitchen program in schools

R2. A4. Support to construct/repair/maintain community/school ECD center

R2.A5. Child Friendly Class Room Set up schools

R2.A6. Run Flexible School Program (FSP) at IRM

R2.A7. DRR activities in schools

R2.A8. Support fire-extinguisher in 48 schools

R2.A9. WASH support in schools

R2.A10. Support ECD learning/playing Material in schools

R3.A1. Support small business and livelihood to neediest families Monitoring from local authority, SWC and CN

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