Looking back to 2019
Our local heroes of the Child Watabaran Center, Nepal (CWCN) look back on a successful year in which they were able to provide many street children and slum communities with the necessary medical assistance and information through the Mobile Health Service project.
CWCN works with local stakeholders, private hospitals and government to protect the overall health of children. To achieve this, they carry out many activities and programs to prevent children from living on the street - which, unfortunately, is still the norm in Nepal more than an exception - and to improve the health of the children who already live on the street. Because many health risks lurk if you don't have a roof over your head and cannot eat normal, healthy meals, or have the opportunity to go to school. Diseases such as scabies, diarrhea, tuberculosis and HIV / AIDS are - unfortunately - no exception. In addition, they come into contact with drugs, prostitution and theft through life on the street and in the slums.
An absolute highlight was the new tool within the information activities of CWCN, with which they managed to reach a wider audience. In collaboration with Nepal Telecom, they started sending SMS bulk messages. The results are not only fantastic, it is also very innovative in Nepal. Every week, a message, with topics such as: hygiene, internet safety, sexual abuse, etc., is widely distributed among different target groups.
What was also new in the past year was performing eye checks at the Shirakharapur Community School. And with results, because it ensured that the children helped went to school more regularly.
The children's club program will certainly also find a place between the highlights. The program and associated activities have enjoyed fantastic growth. It has not only made many children more aware of their rights and obligations, but also motivated them to share their acquired knowledge and own experiences. Out of enthusiasm, clubs were formed even without the help of CWCN. Strengthening the program and a sustainable investment, in short: a win-win situation. You can't wish for a nicer gift as a project partner.
A third important development was the start of a health insurance program in some districts, by the Nepalese government, which provides access to preventative, curative and rehabilitative health services. Fits in nicely with a similar campaign from CWCN, where they visit the slums to inform the most vulnerable and poor communities about health insurance and / or to support them in taking out insurance.
CWCN strives to implement more of their programs in collaboration with local authorities, so that they also take their responsibility to ensure the rights of children.
Sarita Damai (40) has been living with her husband and 3 daughters in an unsafe and unsuitable small hut in one of the slums of Bhaktapur, Kathmandu Valley for over 25 years. Sarita is a housewife and her husband is the earner as a laborer. He does not earn enough by this to support the whole family. The struggle for survival and social exclusion by the community are taking its toll. Her husband has become an excessive alcohol user over the years and her oldest daughter has been ill for a long time.
Sarita decided to take advantage of the CWCN health insurance services to receive quality healthcare for the whole family. The insurance allowed her daughter to have uterine surgery and her husband was operated on for a hernia. Without CWCN's help, these operations would have been prohibitively expensive and therefore impossible
Health is a basic right of every child
Our project partner managed to achieve all the desired results for the past year, and all planned activities were actually carried out. And successfully! In total, no fewer than 16,758 people were reached (directly and indirectly) thanks to the work of CWCN:
- health camps
- mobilization and prevention program
- vaccinations, vitamin A boost and other health check-ups
- providing information about children's rights, domestic violence, abuse and drug use (glue sniffing)
- referring children to hospitals or rehabilitation centers
- support for health and health insurance
- guidance / coaching (both for the kids and their caregivers)
Together with you, our loyal investors, we offer these Nepalese kids again perspective and opportunities to reintegrate into society.