Nepal

Nepal is still struggling to recover from the 2015 earthquake disaster. The political instability contributes to socio-economic challenges. As a result, there is a dramatic increase in child migration, human trafficking and exploitation. Community health facilities, water and sanitation systems, schools and the child protection system are largely dysfunctional. Our local teams rehabilitate health facilities and work to improve children’s health. In the brick industry, we work towards a change to protect children in child labour.

What we do

Trackling child labour

A large number of children in Nepal are sexually exploited in dance bars, hotels and on the street. Tdh supports them to escape exploitative situations by offering various alternatives such as starting their own small businesses, continuing education, vocational training or reuniting them with their families. Tdh also provides them with healthcare and psychosocial counselling. Tdh is present in brick factories to provide protection and health support to children and women given the fact that an estimated 32,000 child labourers are directly involved in the 1200 brick kilns in exploitative situations.

Mother and child health

Tdh’s local teams are actively involved in improving healthcare for mothers and children. We train local staff, control quality and supply medical equipment. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are given advice on how to provide correct nourishment and care for their newborns. In mother groups, we promote mother and child health and educate them on the importance of checking their children for malnutrition. Additionally, youths working in the adult entertainment sector are counselled on sexual and reproductive health.

Migration

A great number of children are on the move in Nepal. They leave their villages in rural areas in search of better opportunities or influenced by the false promises of human traffickers. Instead of a bright future, many become victims of exploitation, particularly in the adult entertainment sector. In order to prevent risky migration and to ensure that children at risk receive necessary support, our experts are counselling children on safe migration in collaboration with the government and local communities.

Child protection in emergency

Children in Nepal are exposed to multiple protection risks, especially during and immediately after natural disasters. Tdh strengthens the capacity of local authorities, NGOs and civil society so that they are prepared to safeguard children from potential abuse, exploitation and trafficking in emergency situations. Similarly, Tdh runs child friendly spaces, temporary learning centres and provides educational and psychosocial support to children and families to overcome their traumatic experiences. Our experts also train the community in trauma management and establish village-level child protection mechanisms to reduce child rights violations through advocacy and support.

"Today I feel more sure of myself. I want to learn to sew so I can be a seamstress in my village and not have to rely on seasonal work."

Binita, works six month a year in a brick kiln since she is eight or nine years old

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Where we work

Terre des hommes in Nepal

Beneficiaries in 2017

 

36,029 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

 

2 / 20

Budget 201

 

CHF 1,984,962.-

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Timeline

1985
Terre des hommes begins work in Nepal with the opening of a hospital for physically disabled children in the Kathmandu valley. The hospital was taken over by a local partner in 1992.
1997
Launch of a broad-ranging programme offering medical care, education and community training in 20 rural areas.
2001
Start of a project to reduce malnutrition among children.
2005
Child protection project launched in the mid-western region of Nepal
2009
Tdh starts starts working in Kathmandu to prevent the exploitation of children in the adult entertainment sector.
2010
Launch of a community based alternative care project in four remote mid-western district of Nepal..
2013
Launch of an integrated child protection programme (MCH, WASH and Child Protection) in two mid-western district of Nepal..
2015
Tdh coordinates emergency response to help families and children affected by the earthquake.
2017
Tdh launches a Child protection project targeting unsafe migration of children and young people in Nuwakot (prevention at source) and Kathmandu valley (destination).
2017
Tdh carries out an early emergency response to the flood affected families in Bardiya district of Terai region.

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Related publications

Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017
Courage n°46 – Denouncing sexual exploitation
Courage No. 51 – To rise after the catastrophe
Infopage WASH_EN

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