During the project year, we monitor our projects thanks to the progress reports that we receive every six months. And we have received an update on the first half of 2018 from our partner in Nepal, Child Watabaran Center (CWCN).
A brief look at the first results immediately gives a positive picture, our partner is well 'on schedule'. More than half (547) of the target of 850 young people has already been reached with mobile health care and education.
This group receives care that they would otherwise never be able to pay for themselves. But in addition to direct care (both on site and in the transit clinic or other hospitals with which CWCN has a collaboration), our partner mainly offers information about health care and hygiene. Thanks to regular visits with the mobile health service to places where many underprivileged (street) children stay, the staff members can monitor how the helped children are doing. Living in the slums is tough, but that doesn't mean you can't grow up there at all. With the right information, you can stay healthy and go to school while living in a slum.
CWCN does not only promote the importance of healthcare and education in the slums. Their program also reaches marginalized communities outside the city, children who work in brick factories, such as the story of Koshish and at the beginning of this year also children in areas where there has been a lot of flooding. In collaboration with the Partage Flood Relief Fund, they have been able to reach more than 1100 school-aged children with a Health Camp and their School Awareness Program.
However, they soon saw that they could do much more than provide healthcare and provide information. Families had lost almost everything due to the floods. During their field visit, our partner's staff members visit the Naya Primary School in Rauthaut, a small school of which almost nothing remained after the floods. Children sit on the cold (wet) ground to study, the building hardly offers any protection against the cold. Reconstruction is the focus of other organizations, but our partner decides to help this school and provides school desks, books and other teaching materials.
In the slums or on the streets of Kathmandu, our partner meets children who actually have nowhere else to go. Often addicted (glue sniffing), often abused and without education there is no future for them. These kids (both boys and girls) are, often only after several counseling sessions, taken care of in the Boys Home or Girls Home of our partner. In the first six months, 20 children have already been rescued from their unsafe situations. 8 girls and 12 boys were taken care of. These are already more than the total expectation for 2018, namely only 15 kids in total. This achieved result is positive on the one hand, because it means that 20 children are already really being helped and have a better future. But negative result on the other hand, because that means that the number of children who have to be taken off the street is higher than expected. How does our partner ensure (preventively) that as few children as possible really end up in this situation?
Thanks to the various information campaigns on the Nepalese radio (see also the summary of 2017), billboards along the road and handing out flyers during special (holidays) days and parades (for example during International Women's Day), our partner increases the indirect reach and thus ensures for the Nepalese community to increase their knowledge about health care and hygiene, but also about the importance of education, children's rights and security.
It is difficult to measure how many children benefit from this, but our partner has noticed that brand awareness helps in their work anyway and that thanks to their visibility and low threshold children and young people also dare to approach them for help. And that is of course a very important first step.
We are curious what the rest of 2018 will bring for our partner and we would like to keep you informed. In November we will even report live from Nepal, where we will visit our projects together with a number of stakeholders.