ASHA NEPAL ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017

A Humanitarian Organization Working for the Socioeconomic Empowerment of Women and Children Affected by Human Trafficking.

Annual Report "2073/74"     July 2016 to June 2017

Content

1. Introduction

2. Background of Organization

3. Activities

  • Residential Services
  • Transitional Centre one,
  •  Family group homes
  • SEE centre: Teen aged girls residential service
  • Scholarship Service 
  • Family Preservation Services
  • Social Welfare Support
  • Psychosocial Counseling
  • Life skills based monthly workshops
  • Research Study
  • Parenting Styles of mothers with traumatic history
  • Community Center
  • Dance and movement therapy
  • Martial Art training – Jit-Kune-do
  • Musical instrument and vocal class
  • Library facility
  • Computer lab with extra computer classes
  • After school tuition support
  • Medical clinic
  • Psychosocial Counseling
  • Job coordination and Career coaching
  • Workshop on sexual and reproductive health and responsibility
  • Futsal every week
  • Winter Camp
  • women wellness program
  • Cultural celebrations and Outings
  • Cultural exchange program
  • Circus acrobats as a tool to develop self confidence

5. Achievements

Introduction

We are really pleased to bring Asha’s Annual report of 2016/17 among our stakeholders and supporters. This report is a glimpse to activities conducted during the period of Sarwan 2073 to Ashar 2074 (June 2016 to July 2017) if you need further information in any of the activities please contact one of us at Asha.  Similarly to the earlier years this year also asha targeted its activities on safe guarding the children at risk,  strengthening the families, empowering the members of families, supporting in crisis and bringing sustainable change in the life of survivor’s families. We are happy to present our work in front of you with the hope that we will get suggestions and feedbacks to make Asha stronger.

Asha is more of care and support based organization rather than advocacy, lobbying and raising awareness. All the activities it does are from the learning experiences of dealing with the beneficiaries and identified as the need to do something in that specific issue. During this year Asha implemented some projects such as Children’s residential centre in the form of family group home and transitional centre, teenage girls residential service, Family preservation services, and scholarship service  to provide holistic care, based on each person’s and each family’s unique needs.  Our strength is on working in depth with the whole family to create sustainable change.  We are happy to write that all these activities went smoothly and completed successfully.

Apart from this with the help from our team members we also conducted many other activities i.e mindfulness practice, winter camp, life skill based workshop, women wellness workshop etc. All of these activities were aimed for the empowerment and wellbeing of every child served by Asha. We would like to thank our honorable team of Asha for making this year successful with their commitment and relentless effort. We would also like to thank our executive committee member for their continuous support and guidance. All of us at Asha gets the credit of taking asha one step forward by successfully completing all the planned activities this year.

We would also like to thank our partners, friends and supporters for their contribution in making Asha’s programs successful. The ground work by the staffs of asha made activities complete successfully, however the helping hands and timely suggestions have enhanced the quality of work we do, and made our dreams come true. A big thank you goes to World childhood foundation, Sweden; Asha Nepal, UK; Katkids, Gentle rain foundation, Bermuda; Global fund for children, DC; Didi Project, Australia; Santury4kids,Canada; Click one line, Spain; St. Catherine, Australia; Rotarian Action Group against slavery, UK; RHEST Nepal, Teka Samuha, Nepal  for their trust and continuous support for us.

Background of Organization

Asha Nepal is a small organization originally set up in the UK and working with NGO's in Nepal since 1997. Aware of a lack of person centered support Asha started to run its own grassroots programs since 2008. The Nepal programs are run by a group of dedicated Nepali women working on the ground, fighting for the original organizational remit for the rights of women and girls in Nepal. Hundreds of thousands of women and children in Nepal suffer daily from extreme human rights abuse sexual and physical, child labor, gender discrimination, caste discrimination, and HIV/Aids. Asha is the Nepali word for hope.

Asha Nepal got registered in Nepal as  Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Dec2008, working with women and children whose lives have been disrupted by the horrific act of gender based violence in the form of trafficking, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, domestic slavery and severe domestic violence. Our key area of focus is the victims of cross-border and international trafficking into the sex industries of India and Nepal. Through prevention, education, rehabilitation, healthcare, and advocacy, Asha Nepal works to improve the lives of women and children.

It’s services are tailored to address the need of destitute person or family, works with them continuously since providing safe shelter and good food to reintegrating them in to the community and facilitating their assimilation in the society. Asha is there for long term for its beneficiaries for the sustainable change in the family and lives of the children in that family.

Asha Nepal is working to raise the social status of these women and to help the child of survivor break free from the vicious cycle of abuse and violence. Currently, we are proud to claim our service as a holistic approach, with focus on individualized care plan for each individual and each family based on their unique needs.  Our strength is on working in depth with the whole family to create sustainable change. This won't have been possible without our several partners and well wishers.  

Asha started its transitional centre with 9 children back in 2009 to serving 143 children at the moment, among which 36 are residential and other live with their family in suburban area of Kathmandu valley. At this time we are serving 97 families of children receiving residential service and children remaining in community.

Asha Nepal believes and operate in the value that every life is equally valuable, therefore change is possible by changing one person at one time.

Vision

A unity where Women and their families will be able to enjoy a life of dignity and independence.

Mission

The purpose of Asha Nepal is to assist the survivors of violence, women, children and families to rebuild their lives socially emotionally and economically enabling them to enjoy lives of safety, independence and dignity as valued members of their community and society.

Organizational strategy

  • Provision of support in identified areas to facilitate the reintegration process.
  • Provision of support for the whole family to remain in the community,
  • Facilitation of child-care facilities, education, health and wellbeing for the children,
  • Facilitation of vocational training options, assistance in job seeking, follow up support for transition into employment, support in transition from shelter care to independent living
  • Following Services are offered by Asha Nepal, Dhapasi currently:
  • Residential Services
  • Transitional Centre one,
  •  Family group homes
  • SEE centre: Teen aged girls residential service
  • Scholarship Service  
  • Family Preservation Services
  • Social Welfare Support
  • Psychosocial Counseling
  • Life skills based monthly workshops
  • Research Study
  • Parenting Styles of mothers with traumatic history
  • Community Center
  • Winter Camp
  • Dance and movement therapy
  • Martial Art training – Jit-Kune-do
  • Musical instrument and vocal class
  • Library facility
  • Computer lab with extra computer classes
  • After school tuition support
  • Medical clinic
  • Psychosocial Counseling
  • Job coordination and Career coaching
  • Workshop on sexual and reproductive health and responsibility
  • Futsal every week
  • women wellness program
  • Cultural celebrations and Outings
  • Mindful Practice
  • Cultural exchange program
  • Circus acrobats as a tool to develop self confidence

Residential Program:

Asha Transitional Centre for children

Supported by: Asha Nepal UK, Kat kids Bermuda

Objectives:

. The overall aim is to provide shelter service in a family environment while promoting health, education, emotional and social growth

2. To reduce the risk of further abuse by providing the safe residential service

4. To strengthen and prepare the families in the community to received their children

5. To reintegrate in family

Specific objectives/target

1. To provide safe shelter for 20 children at one time.

2. To provide quality education and essential extra activities for their physical, social and emotional development.

Activities:

This service was initiated back in 2009 with the need to cater for the children of survivors for certain time, while mothers struggle to find their feet in the community. A survivor woman with dependant child finds it impossible to sustain without any support in child care. Most of the time in one hand, they lose their path toward self sufficiency due to their inability to manage their children in everyday life, on the other hand children suffer from vulnerability.

Therefore to sustain the mothers in their empowerment and provide safe childhood for their children we are running this safe home.  The process of taking children in our care follows the following steps:

  • Referral from other organization
  • Assessment in the referring organization
  • Assessment of mother and family
  • Assessment of living place of family
  • Intake
  • Residential service
  • Preparation for reintegration
  • Reintegration.

Following activities were carried out in this program:

  • Providing safe residential service and managing it in child friendly way.
  • Organizing their general health checkup and ensuring wellbeing
  • Enhancing mental wellbeing via Psychosocial counseling and therapies
  • Arranging their schooling according to their educational background
  • Organizing and managing various cultural celebrations and recreational activities
  • Facilitating life skills sessions and raising their awareness on social issues
  • Assisting children to choose career through career coaching
  • Bridging the reintegration process and sustaining it by follow up home visits
  • Working step wise based on individualized case management services.

Table:1 Total Beneficiaries served: 17

Case study:

She is 14 years old rape survivor suffering from incontinence since the incident, coming from a poor difficult family background.  She was with her father, mother including her 5 siblings. They were living happily before the death of their brother.

Few years back, her family lost their 2 son. Because of this incident, her father lost his mind, he could not bear the pain and he ended up committing suicide. After his death, they became helpless and only her mother was there to take the responsibility. Her mother started working to feed her children but it was not easy to run the whole family. So her mother decided to go to India in the hope to earn enough money to look after her family. After discussing with the girls, her mother left them in the guardianship of neighbor and went to India. They started working in their neighbor's house. They were living in a small hut next the neighbor. The boys from the same village came to their hut to tease them. When her mother came to know about this, she came directly to Nepal and arranged her eldest daughter marriage at age 15. However she returned to India soon after the weeding.

Suddenly younger daughter started bedwetting. Her neighbor was not happy with her behavior. So she called their mother. After coming to Nepal she came to know that her smaller daughter was raped by a man who was around 21 years old. She was threatened to death if she shared about the incident. Her mother went to police office and reported a case against him through WOREK. She along with her elder sister was referred to Asha Nepal by WOREC. She then started her school from class 6. That time, she was very reserved. She did not used to talk and communicate with others. She used to be lost in her own thoughts.  Her bed wetting problem was still there. She was also not aware about her urination during the day time as well. May be due to this as well, cleanliness was poor. Her mother was not in frequent contact with them, as she was abroad (in India) for employment. However, here she was much longing to be with her family. As, her sister was also staying at SEE centre of Asha, she had someone near for love and support. But this was not enough. More than anything; her greatest need was to be with her mother.

We referred her to the therapist for bed wetting problem, she is under regular counseling session since then. Now, she has stopped urinating in the day time. She is also conscious about it during the day time and maintains her cleanliness well. But at night, still she has bedwetting problem. In addition to that, her behavior has also changed a lot. She seemed to be happier these days. She has understood the importance of education and is working to improve it. She has been friendly and active. She talks openly with her friends and can speak for self. Mean while we kept updating the mother about her progress and also her need to be near her mother. Her mother also increased the frequency to make phone and the conversation were longer. We also kept asking about her plans for bringing the family together.  Her sister who was staying at SEE centre has completed her class10 and is living independently. She is working as well as studying.

After several conversations with the mother and her older sister, her mother was convinced to move back to Nepal. This May her mother has left her job and came back to Nepal. Now, her mother and elder sister are living together in a rented room nearby to Asha office. They often come to visit her. During holidays, she goes with her mother and sister to spend quality time with them. This strengthens her mentally and emotionally.  Asha Nepal is working with her mother and sister for job coordination and their stability. Hopefully, they would be stable soon and we will be able to fulfill her greatest need to be with her family by reintegrating her with them.

Family Group home (Foster Unit):

Supported by: Asha Nepal UK and Didi Project Australia

Objectives:

1. The overall aim is to provide shelter service in a family environment while promoting health, education, emotional and social growth

2. To reduce the risk of further abuse by providing the safe residential service

4. To strengthen and prepare the families in the community to received their children

5. To reintegrate in family

Specific objectives/target

 1. Running three foster families which consist of 6 members providing all the needed basic support.

2. To provide quality education and essential extra activities for their physical, social and emotional development.

Activities:

This service was initiated back in 2011 with the support of TDH to create an opportunity for the children’s development in alternative care. We in asha Nepal are aware of the impact of institutionalization in children; in addition looking after children who have been through traumatic experiences in their live was more challenging. Therefore to foster holistic development with individual attention to needy child we initiated this program.

Implementation of this program taught us that although it was a set up family it is naturally assimilated in the community i.e kids making friends outside, Foster family receiving invitation on the social occasion.  The process of taking children in our care follows the following steps:

  • Referral from other organization
  • Assessment in organization
  • Assessment of mother and family
  • Assessment of living place of family
  • Intake
  • Residential service
  • Preparation for reintegration
  • Reintegration.
  • Following activities were carried out in this program:
  • Rearing children in a family environment
  • Organizing their general health checkup and wellbeing
  • Enhancing mental wellbeing via Psychosocial counseling and therapies
  • Arranging their schooling according to their educational background
  • Organizing and managing various cultural celebrations and recreational activities
  • Facilitating life skills sessions and raising their awareness on social issues
  • Assisting children to choose career through career coaching
  • Bridging the reintegration process and sustaining it by follow up home visits
  • Working step wise based on individualized case management services.

Table:1 Total Beneficiaries served: 17

Case story:

This is a case of a young girl who was so keen to support her family financially that she took risk of leaving her home with her friend without informing her family and got into a problem that changed her life forever. The incident that happened in grade 7 turned her into such a confident girl that she decided to become a nurse and worked so hard that now she has secured full scholarship through CTEVT board for 3 years.

While she was in grade 7 she was lured by her friend to take job and earn 3000/-Nrs per month in another town. Secretly she left home and followed her friend; this friend was married young and was living in bouddha with her in laws and husband. She lived there in the hope she will start her job soon but there was no sign of that. When the friend was with her everything was fine but when the friend went to her maternal parent’s home for few days, the husband started to sexually abuse her. then she knew their intention to bring her there.

Her parent were devastated, searching her everywhere, they came to Kathmandu from Ramechhap 17 years ago with the hope of good future. They had their own hurdles to bring the family up to this situation and this broke them. The family got the information from same friend that she is in bouddha they rushed to get her and was heartbroken to find her in that condition. They were sure and trusted their girl and asked support of an child organization to fight the case. CWISH took the charge and sent the culprit to Jail. This did not end here, as they were migrant and poor they were threatened for life so they had to leave the area.

They became our family group home parent and served the org for 2 years, this year as the older child finished her SEE, they decided to leave Asha and start their own new life in community. Currently the girl is studying nursing, the boy is in grade 8, and mother works as plant nursery helper, father in construction site. All together they are doing great.

SEE centre: Teen aged girl’s residential service

Supported by: Global fund for children and Kat-Kids, Bermuda

Accepting residential services as last resort for the children in need of alternative service, we tried to cater the young survivors. This project is started to meet the need of young survivors themselves, to empower them educationally, skill wise and economically. The only difference of this service from above mentioned services is this serves survivors with the aim to gain SEE level educational qualification without worrying about earning for livelihood.

Objective:

  • To reduce the risk of further abuse (low grade employment, risk of further sexual abuse).
  • To provide quality education for these kids to secure their future.
  • To gain a minimum of SLC (School leaving certificate) level of education and to secure a meaningful and self sufficient means of employment.

Specific Objective/ Target:

1. To provide safe and empowering residential service for 12 girls at one time.

2. To empower the girls educationally, find them job and reintegrate them in community.

  • Residential Support: This project will provide safe shelter service to 12 girls in one year
  • Educational support: These 12 girls will facilitated to school to gain their SLC
  • Coordinating Vocational Skills according to the interest of girl: As this is a group who will integrate to family / community, they will assist to gain job oriented skill while living in safe shelter.
  •  General health Care and wellbeing: while with us and for 2 years after reintegration their health problems were looked after.
  •  Psychosocial Counseling : they are supported with therapy and emotional support to improve their mental health
  • Social and recreational activities: Their outing is planned for every 3 months, all the cultural function are celebrated, birthday celebration and visiting their family is encouraged.
  •  Job placement support : After SLC they are helped to find job
  • Successful reintegration into society: Assessing the willingness of girls and family reintegration is planned and reintegrated according to their preference either to their family or independently in the community.
  • Case management service:  this service ensures that all the beneficiaries are cared for in individual basis, their needs are acknowledged individually, and addressed accordingly.

Table:1 Total Beneficiaries served: 20

Success story

Annie Tamang is 18 years old and is the resident of sindhupalchowk, Her father died during conflict and her mother eloped with another man. Her mother couldn’t stay with the other man so she stared living alone, she has remarried now and both of them are alcoholic. After the death of her father her mother come to Kathmandu with Annie and her sister and put both of them as domestic worker in 2 different families. Annie was sent to a family who used to run a small restaurant, where Annie was approached by the women promising to take her to a good place where she could get good education. The women’s house was in sanepa, where the man and children was living in rent. He has just lost his wife and was looking for a maid to look after the children but after sometime the man started to lure her into sexual activities by saying that he would marry her. In a month time he attempt for the rape, this is when she decided to run away but not knowing where to go she came back to the family where she was living before. The treatment of that family, verbal abuse, accusations of being pregnant all made it impossible to stay there. Luckily, she had heard of CWISH in school and called them for help, with the help of the organization she was referred to shakti Samuha and now to ASHA.

After she came to Asha Nepal, she started studying from grade 7 at Tilingtar secondary school, in 2074, she gave S.E.E examination where she got distinction overall at her school. As per organizational rule we reintegrated her in community near to our office. She is living under the supervision of Asha, studying in grade 11 at tillingatar higher secondary school, she is very focused in her education. Currently she is helping as an Intern to job coordination program here at asha.

Scholarship Service 

Supported by:  sanctury4children, Canada, Via Asha Nepal UK, Click on line Spain, RHEST Nepal, Teka Samuha, Nepal

We strongly believe that “Education is a vehicle for change” so we are keen to invest on good quality education of the children of survivors with the vision that they will choose better livelihood options than their mothers and transform their life and their families. Education is also one of the main need expressed by the survivors women, in addition this is a huge reason to leave child in institutions by these mothers and or luring reason to leave village. We also learnt that with the educational support available even after reintegration families are keen to have their children with them, with the aim to transfer their life, opening opportunities and sustaining the reintegration we are providing need based scholarship support.

Objective:

  • To ensure their right to access to education and to invest in their better future
  • To break the vicious cycle of abuse through good quality education
  • The overall aim is to provide educational expenses for those children whose mothers are survivor of violence and are able to look after them but struggle to pay for school fees and supplies.
  • Specific Objective/ Target:
  • To provide educational expenses to 130 children living in community with their mother, based on their need, till the child completes grade 12.
  • To follow their academic progress by visiting the school and family at their residence

Activities

  • Coordinating with schools
  • Conducting admission and paying yearly fees to the school
  • Assessing the families economic  changes during the year to identify the need
  • Providing stationeries and school supplies as per the need,
  • Visiting schools at least 3monthly and meeting the child monthly to follow the progress of a child. 
  • Keep the child’s file up to date.

Total beneficiary served: 89

Success story:

Maya Rayemajhi is a mother of 2 children living with HIV. She comes from  Gulmi and currently residing at  Kapan, Kathmandu. Her first marriage was arranged marriage, with him, she gave birth to one daughter. When husband went to India to earn for living, the in laws were so cruel that it made her leave home.

After leaving, she met another guy, who comparatively was from well to do family. Again, she gave birth to one son. After having spent some years, this guy also went abroad for earning money. After his departure, her father and mother in law did every day watch out over her each detail. Then they started sharing her negative and some added bad comments to her husband, which dimmed the faith of husband over her. Consequently, he stopped sending money. But she had hope when he comes back he will know the truth and she will be looked after.

Once her son was very sick, he was rushed to hospital during the treatment they found that he has HIV. Hospital counseled her to have test which too came positive. This incident was most turning in her life that everybody started hating and blaming her for whatever happened. Her son got sicker but she was not getting any help from the family so she started to seek help from organizations mentioned by the hospital staffs. The circumstances in family and community was becoming so worse that she couldn’t stay there any longer.

So she decided to come to Kathmandu in search of helping hands to Shakti Milan samaj. From there she was referred to Asha Nepal to provide educational support for son and social support for the family.

After her arrival to Asha, it has supported her son in education and did many kinds of support such as social, health and psychosocial counseling support. Nowadays she is capable of working on her own. She also has got empowered to fight with the problems no matter whichever size it may come in. she has developed sense of hope for future and seems encouraged to live more and do something.

Family Preservation Services

Supported by: World Childhood Foundation, Sweden

When we realized that to wait for ideal situation of family for reintegration is impossible, and with small support to family we can encourage reintegration and make it successful we started this program. This is completely community based service which focus is to strengthen the family so they can lead a healthy life. We try to provide every type of small support and assist in solving the family crisis so that they do not have to take refuse in organizations again and again.

Objective:

To create a socially inclusive community where the trafficking survivors their children and sexually abused girls are accepted and live a life with respect and dignity like any other residents of the community

Specific objectives:

  • To strengthen 106 families educationally, economically and socially so that they remain in community
  • To increase the awareness on the importance of child friendly rearing environment
  • To strengthen internal procedures and routines including case management formats, staff capacity and monitoring framework. 

Activities:

  • Case management service: this service ensures that all the beneficiaries are cared for in individual basis, their needs are acknowledged individually, and addressed accordingly.
  • Social Welfare support:    Families in community come across various crisis during their stay, while they are under our care we aim to support in providing good nutrition, pay lagging rent, and provide emergency health support to assist them in remaining in community.
  • Psychosocial counseling & emotional support: through full time psychosocial counselor they were supported emotionally and mentally
  • Carrier counseling & coaching: Generally our job coordinator provides carrier coaching to kids studying in class 8 and above and assist mothers and older children in finding vocational skill training courses and job placement. In addition to this ongoing service this year we aim to provide carrier coaching by resource person with the aim to help children choose the profession that suits them.
  • Self help group for children and parents: We aim to facilitate 12 Life skill based workshop for parents and older children ( aged above 11 years) and 4 refreshers group session for older beneficiaries of ASHA, to provide them a platform  to share their burning issues and form their own community of support.
  • Home visit and family mentoring: Social worker visits the family at least once a month to make sure everything is fine within the family where the child is reintegrated. During this visit mothers and children are made aware on various social issues, in addition to upgrading their income and social relationships.
  • Advocating for Child friendly school in community through teachers:  This activity aims to organize and run 2 hours orientation program for teachers and interested student of grades 8, 9 and 10 in 15 schools in dhapasi area and those which are attended by our beneficiaries inside Kathmandu valley.
  • Seed money support: This is an additional component added this year to make long term beneficiary economically viable.  With this activity we are planning to support 8 families with seed money of maximum 30000/- to start up come business or learn job guaranteed skills .

Total Family Served: 66

Case study:

Chesang’s (12 years old now) family used to live in a quarter provided by carpet factory at Gwarko, Lalitpur. Her parents moved there from Kavre 9 years ago, since then they worked in safe factory. During this course of period she and her sister were sexually abused by the co-worker of that factory multiple times. According to mother, they were threatened of death, if they reveal about it to anybody. So they couldn’t even talk about it. Slowly, mass of people came to know about the incident.

One day the perpetrator also knew about the disclosure of his bad deeds, and strived to escape the factory. However, fortunately the neighbor locked his room and called police, and referred the girl to the organizations sathi and Cwish. With the legal support from these organizations the perpetrator was punished immediately.

Because of their safety Chesang with her younger sister kelsang were referred to asha for short term care. Chesang was very quiet and unexpressive, she used to stare a lot and stay away from other children.  The family was planning to move out from the carpet factory as there was risk to whole family to protect the girls during the move Asha took them as residential service users, where they felt safe as well as received counseling. They stayed in asha for two years, while her parents tried to improve their family condition in community.

During this time mother became active participant of parent’s workshop, she shared her learning to her husband who was partial participant of workshop. They planned to leave the carpet factory, saved and paid all the dept and moved to dhapakhel from gwarko. They got to stay in a farm house where with the support of Sathi mother started a cart shop, and father got the job of guard in a wholesale store. When the family became stable, believing the necessity of family support, warmth, and parental care, both the sisters got reintegrated back to family 2 years ago. Asha Nepal has been continuing its support in terms of education, psychosocial counseling as well as physical wellbeing even after going back to community.

Chesang has grown so much, with the continuous support, and being in family environment she is now able to express, create bonding and also has developed self-care abilities which is remarkable thing to count on as change in her personality. Also, she is capable of cooking for family and has become at least expressive towards the closed ones. Her academic performance is also not bad.  Nowadays she seems more happy and healthy and enjoying her life with family.

Research Study

Supported By: World childhood Foundation, Sweden

We value and try to meet the need of beneficiaries for this reason we try to investigate time to time on the things we are doing and what are new needs. Sometime we try to find new ways to address problem and conduct study on it. This year we tried to better understand the expectation of mothers of their children and how they are parenting? The reason of this study is to articulate our activities for the best impact in strengthening families.

This year we conducted study on the Parenting Style of mothers with traumatic history for 2 reasons one to assess the effectiveness of parenting workshop and the other is to plan the activities based on the identified need.  

Life skill based workshop

Supported by: Global Fund for children

Since the children we were serving turned 13-14 years old and the reintegration was happening we felt the lack of guidance for these adolescent. Most of these children felt lonely and detached from the society. There was adjustment issue within the family, in school and also in the area they were living.

To solve this problem we came across the life skills manual published by UNICEF, while going through it we felt this can be our answer to prepare children for life and strengthen their inner self. With the help of trained facilitator we run the life skills workshop for all our children who are above the age of 12 years. Till now 98 children have participated in this workshop.

Community Center

Supported by:

1 Daniel Morach, Path to opportunity, Switzerland:     2.  Asha Nepal UK

Our intention to make reintegration sustainable our work got more and more community focused. Similarly, as we work with demanding children we moved from serving them in a group to family group homes in community. Although there was change in structure we were keen to continue all our extracurricular activities therefore we came up with the idea of community centre. This is a platform for children to learn various skills as well as for us to catch up with their progress. This is open for residential children and our reintegrated children  as well.

Objective:

  • To create a platform where everyone gets opportunity to explore their unique ability and enhance their psychosocial wellbeing.
  • To enhance their holistic growth
  • To learn skill, this will help them
  • To assist them in choosing the carrier they enjoy.

Activities

  • Dance and Movement Therapy class once a week
  • Martial Art Training- Jit-kune-do class  Twice weekly
  • Musical instrument & Vocal class Twice a week
  • Keeping  the library open one hour every  day
  • Providing a computer classes everyday with  internet service
  • After school tuition class every day
  • Health clinic open everyday
  • Psychosocial Counseling as per need
  • Career coaching  as per need
  • Workshop on Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR),
  • Futsal twice a week.
  • Winter Camp
  • Women wellness program
  • Cultural celebrations and Outings
  • Cultural exchange program- Children of Asha participated in the cross cultural sharing program where they worked together with Australian children. They learn to write journal, recognized their strengths, set the goal of life, experience sharing and also the cultural exchange program (dance, interaction, speech, mehendi, different stalls etc).  
  • Circus Workshop - Except class ten girls all the other girls of Foster Homes are participating on Sapana Workshop organized by Circus Kathmandu. Circus Kathmandu is found and run by former circus survivors. With Sapana workshop they wants to teach especial skill to children, social skill and fun e.g. Acrobatic activities, Ring activities and also peer relation, coordination with each other. The workshop is run every Saturday for 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. This activity will continue for 6 month. The workshop was commenced on 6 May 2017.    

Achievements

  • Among the children Supported by Asha Nepal back in 2008, oldest children are now graduates of higher secondary level and have joined university.
  • Among all the children we providing scholarship, 3 choose to study Nursing, one graduated this year and working as staff nurse in Asha, next is graduating next year and one started this year.
  • All the reintegrated children are living in their family with their mothers in community and continuing studying, some who have completed high school are even working part time job.
  • Families are making plans with their children for their better future
  • As our aim asha is capable to provide individual need based support for long time till the family is stable.

Organizational Structure

 

  • Case Manager
  • President
  • Administration and finance Officer
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Job coordinator
  • Nurse
  • Liason and social mobilizer
  • Account Officer
  • Administration and finance Assistant
  • House Manager
  • Warden
  • Mother’s of Family Group Homes
  • Executive committee
  • Helping Staff
  • Country Director