Bahini Educare Foundation

Bahini Educare Foundation
Malepatan, Pokhara - 5
Phone
+977-9856026560
Contact Person
Surendra Pariyar
Estd 2014
Registration Number 3154
NFN Code No WR-KAS-129
Renewal Date 09/22/2017
Renewal Validation Till July 16, 2018
Registered District Kaski
Working District Kaski
Working Sectors Sanitation and Hygiene, Children, Education, Health and HIV/AIDS, Livelihood, Rural and community development, Women

BAHINI Educare Foundation (BEF) is a Non-Governmental, Non Profit, Non Political and a humanitarian Organization established in the year 2014. Registered in the District Administration Office Kaski (# 3154/070/71) and affiliated to the Social Welfare Council Kathmandu (# 38527/070/71) BEF was co-founded by Mr. Raymond Lindinger and Surendra Pariyar, both of whom have been working in the sector for nearly two decades.

The brainchild of establishing the foundation began in 2013 with the declared aim to prevent the worst forms of abuse, exploitation and trafficking of girls through education, awareness, health and hygiene. Today, the Foundation is reaching out to the poorest and most vulnerable namely single, destitute mothers/grandmothers with dependant daughters that lack the most basic needs, beset with permanent difficulties and in constant danger. Our projects are governed by various grass root projects namely a) Educare Family, b) Education Support c) Improved Cooking Stove d) Health, hygiene and Awareness and e) CFLG.

As is evident from the name, 'Bahini' meaning - little sister, girls are our major target group is the girl child.

Objectives:

  1. Prevention of abuse, exploitation & trafficking of the marginalised girls and women in Nepal
  1. Empowerment of girls and women in Nepal by means of education, vocational training and awareness programs.
  2. Prevention of malnutrition by providing nutritious food to the poorest/marginalized.

 

  1. Addressing Rural poverty and Widowhood
  1. Providing mothers with dependant daughters’ food, education & healthcare to ensure decrement in poverty.
  2. Giving the widows with dependant daughters the privilege to live with heads held high in the society.

 

  1. Education, Health care & Counseling
  1. Making sure children especially girls are not deprived of education.
  2. Providing basic health care to the poorest & most underprivileged.
  3. Providing counseling to the mothers and children alike.

 

  1. Addressing Child Friendly Governance & Human Trafficking
  1. Empowering girls with awareness on child rights.
  2. Prevention of child marriage and child-pregnancy.
  3. Prevention of trafficking with Education, Awareness & decreased poverty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Male
1
Female
3
Janajati
1
Dalit
2
Other
1
Feb 28, 2018
  • EDUCARE FAMILIES [18 Families: 72 Beneficiaries]

18 mothers/grandmothers with 42 girls and 12 boys benefitted from this program receiving basic food items, all education costs, health care, counseling and winter clothes.

"Educare Family"

The EduCare Family Project is an innovative, unique, pragmatic and efficient new approach to support the helpless and the most vulnerable. EduCare stands for Education, Healthcare, Food, Clothing, Hygiene, Counseling and Assistance & Protection when ever this is needed.

 

Poverty in Nepal:

According to statistics 75% of Nepal’s population, around 20 million people live in the villages. There are thousands of poverty –stricken villages with millions of people without any access to Hospitals, Schools and scarcity of drinking water. Many of these villages are only accessible by walking. Those children who are attending school often have to walk for two hours or more to reach the school, many of them barefoot.

Poor people have relatively simple needs, but those that we are targeting, destitute single mothers with dependent daughters, don’t even have the most basic requirements met.

It is exactly in this environment that “the traffickers and the organized flesh-trade” are most active and most successful.

According to surveys the number of girls and young women who are victims of trafficking has risen dramatically after the two devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal in 2015.

With this project we are targeting the “helpless”! Those who most need help are utterly poor, uneducated and rurally based. We are focusing on families that are headed by single Mother’s or Grandmother’s where the father died or left to never return. Some of these families are including boys ,in a family with three daughters and one son for example. In this case the exception is confirming the rule, since our declared objective is and will remain “the prevention of worst forms of abuse, discrimination and the trafficking of girls.

These families have a home to stay, however basic this might be, a rickety hut, a makeshift shanty, but their mothers are lacking the means to provide them with education, nutritious food, hygiene, healthcare and appropriate clothing.

The best of all aid to give is intellectual aid – Education!! A gift of knowledge is infinitely preferable to material things because material things can make them dependent, but the gift of knowledge will set them free, empower them!!!  This is why education and vocational training in due time is our priority!

We are enrolling the beneficiaries in school; provide school-uniforms, shoes, books and stationary.  According to the needs of each family we are providing staple food such as Rice, Pulses, Potatoes and oil. In the case of illness we are providing medical care, medicine and hospitalization if needed so.

Most of these families are dwelling in remote and difficult to access villages. Once a month we will visit these families and we deliver the monthly food, accompanied by our nurse who will provide a

check-up for all family members. Moreover, she will counsel them on nutritious diet and proper hygiene. To this end we are providing soap, shampoo, toothpaste, sanitary-pads and underwear.

Clothes and warm blankets are provided according to the season and in the case of any emergency these families can contact us anytime and we will undertake what is necessary to assist them.

Furthermore and wherever possible we are building an “Improved-Cooking-Stove” to assure safe, economic and smoke free cooking.(read more under “improved cooking-stove”)

We are not providing any money/cash to these families and this in order to prevent abuse/misuse and total dependence. The mothers have to continue to work and help to provide for their daily needs.

Currently 18 such families, all of which are living in particularly disadvantaged and vulnerable circumstances are benefitting from this project.
Currently, we are supporting a total of 72 beneficiaries and we are seeing excellent results; all of them have enormously improved.

 

We are determined to extend this efficient, low-cost grass roots project with the aim to provide education and basic care to many more deprived children in Nepal.

Despite progress over the last decade, girls and women remain the majority of Nepal’s unhealthy, unfed, uneducated, exploited, abused and stunted! We are determined and committed to change this sad and intolerable truth!

 

Sector
Sanitation and Hygiene, Children, Education, Health and HIV/AIDS, Livelihood, Rural and community development, Women
District
Kaski
Status
Ongoing
"CFLG"

Child Friendly Local Governance & Our role:

The UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) -1989 has enshrined fundamental rights of children and has also included the provisions to make state accountable to ensure rights of children. Nepal is a state party to it and ratified the Convention on September 1990, just after a year of its enforcement and adoption. This shows Nepal’s utmost commitment towards ensuring rights of children. Afterwards, Nepal enforced Child Rights Act- 2048 which domesticated some provisions of UNCRC.

Ensuring rights of children in documents and conventions is one aspect; it makes policy level commitments however, the real challenge comes in implementation aspect. Ensuring rights of children in conventions and initiating child rights initiations in a decorative aspect are not enough. We need to be aware whether our initiations, in real essence, are useful and appropriate for children or not. The simplest of them – ‘Rights to Education” – Announced free by the Government of Nepal, but many are miles to reach school!

We cannot define the phrase “Child Friendly” in one dimension. It encompasses multiple dimensions and is comprehensive. The first thing is attitudes and sensitization about child friendly issues, second is related with child friendly behaviors, and third is concerned with child friendly planning and infrastructures as well as publications. A tripartite bond can only help to create a child friendly environment. It starts from an individual, families, communities, state/country and the world as a whole.

Government of Nepal (GON) has initiated some of its interventions to create child friendly environment in the country. Develop and implement of the 10 year child development plan (2004-014), declaring National Child Policy (2012), Establishment of Central Child Welfare Board (CCWB) and District Child Welfare Boards (DCWBs) in 75 districts of Nepal is one of the key initiatives taken by GON which carries out massive programs to aware and sensitize children and community on child rights, protect children from abuses and violations and legal support. Another key initiative is Child Friendly Local Governance (CFLG) which is in piloting phase. Its objective is to ensure children’s participation and make children’s voices heard during planning process of development programs and governance issues in local level.

The objective of Child Friendly Local Governance & Expected Output

The main objective is to mainstream Child Rights (Survival, Development, Participation and Protection) issues in the policies, systems, structures, mechanism and working processes of local government (areas and levels).

Expected outputs from Child friendly Local Governance:

  • Preparation, analysis and publication of Child profile

  • Local development & Investment plan for children

  • Adaptation and localization of the Child Friendly Polices

  • Preparation and publication of state of children report

  • Defining minimum indicators on survival, development, protection and participation in coordination with all the line agencies, local body associations, civil society and community based groups (e.g. women groups, child clubs etc) and relevant institution at the local level.

Steps to initiate and implement Child Friendly Local Governance:

  • Orientation, development and expansion on the concept of child friendly local governance

  • Formation of district and municipal level child friendly local governance promotion committee

  • Preparation of action plan for the formulation of policies, strategies on child friendly local governance

  • Establishment of child friendly local governance focal sections or units at the DDC and municipalities

  • Selection of municipality wards and VDCs on the basis of specific indicators/standards

  • Preparation of child profile

  • Establishment of children’s fund

  • Formation, development and mobilization of child group/child forum/child club and community organizations

  • Identification, coordination and networking of stakeholders

  • Declaration of commitment of stakeholders for child friendly local governance

  • Development of periodic, annual plans, and to ensure funds for investment and implementation of work plans

  • Preparation of status report on children and making it public

  • Monitoring, review and evaluation

  • Commitment, decisions and approval from local councils committing to spend at least 15 percent of its total capital budget in the areas related to children.

  • Agreement on the minimum service indicators on child friendly local governance

  • Declaration of child friendly district, village and municipality.

 

Our Role:

Since we are an NGO working in the field of a) Children, b) young women & mothers group and more importantly c) Education and Health, it becomes part of our job to be indulged in projects directly or indirectly benefitting children.

We are providing Education and Health care to over 80 children through our varied projects, all grass root yet highly effective!

Since Last year we have got ourselves engaged in support of “Child Friendly Local Governance” in cooperation with the DDC Kaski (then) and Chapakot!

Chapakot is a village that is nearly 20 kilometers away from main lakeside.

We have organized as many Awareness programs to the children and mothers based in the village. The topics of awareness were in coherence with the CFLG and the daily requirements for lives of the children and mothers.

  1. Prevention of Early marriage (Child)

  2. Importance of education

  3. Health Awareness & Counseling

Mainly support with education and awareness are some of the most important ways we are involved with Child Friendly Local Governance!

In the meanwhile, we have built an “Earth bag Building” in Chapakot that will serve as a Child Reference room and for mothers group, young women to use it for meetings, Awareness programs.

Funding By
Bono DirekHife, Germany
Sector
Children, Democracy and governance, Education, Human rights
District
Kaski
Status
Ongoing
"Improved Cooking Stoves"

A shortage of fuel for cooking is one of the many problems faced by people in Nepal. Gathering fuel is generally women’s work but is fraught with dangers; they gamble with the risk of rape and life threatening attacks during their search for much needed firewood, in order to feed their families. In certain areas, local sources of firewood are completely depleted, leading women to travel further and further afield or to dig up tree roots, eliminating any chance of the trees growing again. Even if women survive this, they are still exposing themselves and their children to potentially deadly smoke fumes.  

We are tackling this issue by providing more fuel-efficient woodstoves, which are both affordable and easy to use; cutting the amount of risky trips for firewood and allowing more trees the opportunity to grow. Subsequently, burning smaller amounts wood fuel means less smoke will engulf their homes and their lungs.

We are providing these stoves to the poorest and most at risk, namely destitute mothers with dependent children living in remote rural areas. Around 75% of Nepal’s population still lives in remote villages, often difficult to access and many of these villagers are just about surviving, and this under extreme difficult conditions

Using just locally-available clay and bricks, the stoves can be made in a few simple steps and the costs for the construction are low (around $ 25,- including labor costs). We are currently experimenting with metal stoves as well.

They are a more costly, around $ 60,-, but beside the fact that they are more solid and longer lasting,  they make for a better heath-conservation and distribution which is of great advantage for cooking and  in the freezing winter months for the heating of the cold dwellings.

Currently we are providing, and where ever this is possible, a stove to each one of our “Educare-Families” (fifteen by July 2017), but before the onset of the coming winter intend to provide as many stove’s as possible to the most needy.

 

Sector
Livelihood, Rural and community development, Women
District
Kaski
Status
Ongoing
"Education Support"

Nepal is the poorest country in South Asia and ranks as the twelfth poorest countries in the world. The major reason being the lack of education for all and the ever increasing number of youths going abroad for blue collar jobs!

Owing to this fact, we have included Education Support as one of the major objectives of the Foundation.

This is one project equally important as our “Educare Family”. With the Educare families, we are supporting families that are poor, helpless and hopeless which means to say, the family is without  a bread earner (especially Fathers in this case), under extreme poverty to not have means to normal basic needs and have a majority of girls in the family.

However there are various cases with children having parents/ single parents but either sick or under poverty. These children should not be deprived of their basic rights to education!

Therefore we provide these children with Education Support!

For all beneficiaries that receive Education support, we provide the following:

  1. School Fees

  2. Books and Stationary

  3. Uniform and Footwares

  4. Raincoats/ Umbrella

As of today, a total of 30 beneficiaries (21 girls and 9 boys) are receiving education support. This has been continued since 2014 and a few of them have graduated from school.

Sector
Children, Education
District
Kaski
Status
Ongoing

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