E&D in Nepal

Enfants & Développement has worked in Nepal since 2001 via the "Vocational Training" and Street Children reinsertion project. In 2004, these actions were extended through the Family Development program and in 2015, the new project Fighting violence against women and girls began. With its programs located in vulnerable districts and its local partners, E&D is bringing the most vulnerable families of the Kathmandu valley a concrete help to access more autonomy.

Context
Nepal faces a low educational enrolment level as well as a high malnourishment rate, lots of caste-based discriminations, as well as distrust towards political institutions.Inequalities persist. Despite the government’s proactive policy against poverty and a significant improvement of the living conditions, hundreds of families end up in precarious situations, especially in the most deprived areas of Kathmandu. This either displaced or migrant population usually suffers a total lack of access to social aid infrastructures. Moreover, nearly half of primary school pupils do not reach middle school and high school, and only half of them will complete high school. Thus, child trafficking skyrocketed at the end of the 1990s, and the youth unemployment rate was two times the national unemployment rate.

The Projects

- Family Development program :
This project aims at reinforcing the capacities of families to improve their living conditions by themselves. For this purpose, they are followed-up with at home and accompanied towards the social services that fit the problems they face with social workers.

- Fighting violence against women and girls :
In Nepal, Chepang women are one of the most deprived and marginalized of the district of Dhading. E&D intervenes to reduce all forms of violence of which these women are victims by working on women empowerment:men are involved in these behavior changes and E&D also focuses on raising awareness of these gender issues and the improvement of protection mechanisms to teenagers.

- Vocational training :
Every year, 450,000 Nepalese youth access the labour market. Among them, 90% are underqualified, and the unemployment rate is twice as high as it is on the national scale. The labour market as it currently exists contributes to the exclusion of the most vulnerable individuals.In addition, most companies based in Nepal report a lack of coherence between the diplomas the workers get and the professional skills they require, which force them into regularly providing a new training to their employees. The project led by E&D and its local partner, Voice of Children, aims at giving jobless and uneducated youth the means to enter the labour market.

Key Figures 2014 :

6 578 direct beneficiaries
41 400 indirect benefiaries
63% children
55 % women and young girls

Our local partners :

- Voice Of Children
- Prayash Nepal

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