SOS Bahini

SOS BAHINI
Masbar-7 Pokhara
Phone
061-535683
Fax
NO
Contact Person
CEO: Shova Pahari :9846295044
Estd 2005
Registration Number 1399
Renewal Date 07/15/2016
Renewal Validation Till 2017-07-14
Registered District Kaski
Working District Kaski
Working Sectors Children

"SOS Bahini Nepal" in close cooperation with "Cooperation Humanitaire Luxembourg" is implementing a number of projects in Nepal with the main objective to "PREVENT" and/or alleviate worse forms of violence, abuse and exploitation of children, girls & women in Nepal. To this end an all encompassing strategy has been developed with a number of innovative, complementary and interconnected projects that are all designed to educate, protect and empower our beneficiaries’ and help them to live a life in safety and dignity. Founded by Raymond Lindinger from Luxembourg in the year 2004, "SOS Bahini" has evolved to be the leading organization in the western part of Nepal to engage in gender mainstreaming in a pragmatic and efficient way. We are committed to fight against discrimination of underprivileged girls and women and provide for their unique needs and aspirations. Mainstreaming includes gender-specific activities and affirmative action whenever girls or women are in a particularly disadvantageous position. We engage in gender specific actions that prioritize girls and women at risk!

Male
4
Female
12
Janajati
3
Dalit
4
Other
11
NEW
Apr 13, 2017
EDU-CARE

EDU-CARE stands for Education-Healthcare-Food & Clothing.

This is yet another innovative project that we started implementing in the year 2008.

With this project we are targeting destitute single mothers with dependent children. These families are including boys, but girls are prioritized since our main objective remains the prevention of abuse, trafficking and worst forms of discrimination against girls. These families have a home to stay, however basic this might be but their mothers are lacking the means to provide them with education, nutritious food, healthcare and appropriate clothing.

We are enrolling the beneficiaries in school; pay the school-fee, 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. Our nurse will provide a check-up for all family members and she will counsel them on hygiene (sanitary pads and underwear are provided) and nutritious diet.

Clothes according to the seasons and warm blankets and mattresses’ will be provided according to the needs of a family. In case of an 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 economic and smoke free cooking.

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

Currently 13 such families, all of which in a particularly disadvantage position, are benefitting from this project counting a total of 42 beneficiaries.

The average cost to provide EDU-Care for one child is around 25 Euros per month.

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 and abused! We are determined and committed to change this sad and intolerable truth!

DU-CARE stands for Education-Healthcare-Food & Clothing.

This is yet another innovative project that we started implementing in the year 2008.

With this project we are targeting destitute single mothers with dependent children. These families are including boys, but girls are prioritized since our main objective remains the prevention of abuse, trafficking and worst forms of discrimination against girls. These families have a home to stay, however basic this might be but their mothers are lacking the means to provide them with education, nutritious food, healthcare and appropriate clothing.

We are enrolling the beneficiaries in school; pay the school-fee, 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. Our nurse will provide a check-up for all family members and she will counsel them on hygiene (sanitary pads and underwear are provided) and nutritious diet.

Clothes according to the seasons and warm blankets and mattresses’ will be provided according to the needs of a family. In case of an 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 economic and smoke free cooking.

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

Currently 13 such families, all of which in a particularly disadvantage position, are benefitting from this project counting a total of 42 beneficiaries.

The average cost to provide EDU-Care for one child is around 25 Euros per month.

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 and abused! We are determined and committed to change this sad and intolerable truth!

 

Funding By
cooperation Humanitaire Luxembourg
CROSS ROAD HOUSE

The Crossroad-House has been first established in the year 2012. This HOSTEL is home for all the beneficiaries of

“SOS Bahini” who left primary-school after completing class ten.

The hostel is located in a quiet and safe neighborhood and in ten minutes walking distance from our “Eco-Village”.

Up to 21 young women can stay at the CRH and all are undergoing either Vocational-training and/or tertiary studies.

Once the beneficiaries have a job, they are invited to stay in the CRH for a maximum of six more months.

When they are ready to move out and establish their own home or to get married, each of them will be provided with Rps.50.000,- as a start-up for a life in independence and self-sufficiency.

The beneficiaries at the CRH are enjoying a maximum of freedom and independence; they go shopping, do their own cooking and all household tasks by themselves. In this way during their stay at the CRH the beneficiaries are all trained in livelihood-skills and they are learning how to organize a household and how to keep check and balance. All are provided with an appropriate amount of monthly “Pocket-Money” for their personal wants. Furthermore they are provided with a cell-phone and internet access.

A Governess is watching that all are adhering to the discipline required at the CRH and she is monitoring, guiding and counseling the beneficiaries whenever this is required.

At the “Crossroad-House” too we are adhering to our philosophy of “strict-non-discrimination” and “strict-non-violence”.

We are thus mainstreaming the young women at the “CRH” true the means of gender-specific-activities and affirmative action!

Currently, January 2016, a total of 17 young women are calling the “CRH” their home. All are undergoing “Vocational-Training” respectively tertiary studies and this in the following professions:

5 Hotel-Management, 1 Radiologist, 1 Lab-technician,

4 Veterinary-assistants, 4 Physiotherapists and 2 Teachers.

In April 2016, 11 more of our beneficiaries will be leaving school and all of them are going to join our one year “Bridge-Course”.

After completion of this course they will continue with the respective “Vocational-Training” or tertiary studies and this according to their potential and their choice.

 

 

Funding By
cooperation Humanitaire Luxembourg
Sector
Children
District
Kaski
BRIDGE COURSE

The Bridge-Course is a one year intensive-course in English and Computer.
One English-Teacher and one Computer-Teacher are providing professional quality teaching to our beneficiaries and the “Bridge-Course” is taking place in our HUB.
16 of our beneficiaries participated in the courses that run from April until March 2014/2015. Six from this batch found a job and/ or got married. The remaining ten participants decided to commit for “Vocational-Training” respectively “Tertiary-Studies”.

The course 2016/2017 will start in April. This year eleven of our beneficiaries are going to leave the primary-school and all of them will be joining the “Bridge-Course”.
OBJECTIVE:
This course has been established with the aim to provide our beneficiaries with good English- and Computer-Skills because this is what is required in a fast changing economy.
After completing the “Bridge-Course’ the beneficiaries are either qualified for “Secretary” or “Receptionist” and/or they can select the “Vocational-Training” of their choice and according to their potential.
With the “Bridge-Course” we are pursuing three different objectives:
a.) Providing good English and Computer skills to all our beneficiaries and this in our aim to increase their competence and their confidence.

b.) Train our beneficiaries for the respective professions of “Receptionist” and/or “Secretary.
c.) Prepare all those who have the potential for “Tertiary-Studies” and “Vocational-Training” with a good base for their professional future and give them sufficient time to decide and choose the profession of their choice.

The “Bridge-Course” is yet another innovative project by “SOS Bahini” and this in our aim to educate and empower deprived young women with the skills and confidence necessary to find a job and live a life in dignity and safety!

 

Funding By
cooperation Humanitaire Luxembourg
Sector
Children
District
Kaski
THE LIGHT HOUSE

The  “Light-House” was first established in the year 2006 and it is located in “Pokhara’s main slum the so called “Bus-Park-Slum”. First and foremost the Lighthouse is a safe space for the female slum dwellers, girls-adolescents & women.

Over the years the “Lighthouse” has become an institution and mothers and daughters alike are seeking help, advice and counseling.

From the beginning our target-groups have been encouraged to participate and express their needs in the development of the programs. It is trough their participation that we were able to tailor the programs we are offering according to the genuine needs of these peoples and to weave into the social fabric of this difficult community.

One nurse and one social worker are in charge of this project and the following facilities and programs are offered:

·         First-Aid

·         Safe space for all the female slum-dwellers and help, counseling and advise for those in difficulty

·         Regular meeting and awareness-programs for the adolescent girls aged between 12 and 18 years

·         Regular awareness programs on sexual transmitted disease and free distribution of condoms

·         Regular Health-Awareness-Programs such as: Breast und uterus prolapsed/cancer prevention, diabetes prevention, infectious disease, skin-disease, and hygiene.

·         Awareness-programs with regard to domestic violence

·         Legal advice, child and women rights programs

·         Health-Camps and free distribution of medicine such as anti-worm medicine, vitamin B and Antimykotikum.

·         Gyno-camps by female Doctors and nurses

·          Referral service to Hospitals or other social-service’s

Adolescent-Girl-Groups

Our social activist Mrs. Sabina Acharya who is in charge of this project has formed 5 such groups comprising around 25 girls each. The participants are between 12 and 18 years of age. The main topics in the frequent meetings are of course about the problems that teen aged girls are facing in this difficult environment. Due to these meetings the girls have become confident; they opened up and are now able to talk about issues that are otherwise taboo in their society. Most of these issues are related to sexuality, early marriage and health issues. But discrimination, drugs and violence are frequent topics too.

Talking about these issues is most important for these teen agers and in the process of these meetings they are becoming increasingly receptive and willing to change the patterns of their behavior. Individual counseling can than take place and solutions can be offered.

Around 120 adolescent girls are benefitting in one way or another from our different programs and in this way we/you are able to make a difference in the life of many of the most vulnerable girls in Nepal.

Thousands girls,  women/mothers have benefitted from our various programs that we have been offering over the years and this has a positive impact for the whole family, mother, father, daughters and sons alike.

Despite progress over the last decade girls and women remain the majority of Nepal’s most vulnerable, unhealthy, unfed, exploited and abused!

We are committed and determined to engage against this sad and intolerable truth!

 

Funding By
cooperation Humanitaire Luxembourg
District
Kaski
BTC

WSDC – Women Skill Development Centre

The WSCD was established end 2008. It was named after the late Jean Prum, Father of Francois Prum, who is chairman and founder of Cooperation-Humanitaire-Luxembourg”. He is spearheading the actions of the Luxembourg NGO since the year 1998. In the year 2008 Francois joined hand with “SOS Bahini” and both organizations are to date working as “SISTER-ORGANISATIONS” and this in close cooperation.

With the WSCD we are reaching out to deprived women and we are offering the following programs:

·         Tailoring/sewing/stitching

·         Art (Painting-Batik)

·         Handicraft from local available materials

·         NFE classes (Non-Formal-Education)

·         A variety of  “Handicraft-Workshops”

·         Art-classes

With the “WSCD” we are providing job-training and non-formal-education. Moreover we are providing “Income-generating-skills”.

The “Art-Classes” are offered to the girls and young women who are fully living under the umbrella of “SOS Bahini” and this with the objective to enhance their “Creativity” and their sense for beauty.

All our programs are offered for free and the material too is provided by us. In some cases, for the purchase of a sewing machine for example, we are offering a micro-credit to help our beneficiaries to establish their own small business.

More over the beneficiaries from the “WSDC” are invited to participate in the regular “Health-Awareness-Programs” and the “Legal-Awareness-Programs” that are taking place in our “HUB”.

Many have benefitted from the “WSCD” since it was first established in the year 2008 and for many this project is making a big difference in their quality of life.

Merci Mr. Jean Prum

 

Funding By
cooperation Humanitaire Luxembourg
Sector
Women
District
Kaski
IFAP(Integrated-Family-Aid-Program)
“There are two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children.One is roots, the other one wings”!
 TARGET GROUPS
With the Integrated Family Aid Project (IFAP), we are targeting widows with dependent daughters. Insurgency and political unrest that lasted for ten years in Nepal, and the fact that many men are leaving their wife if she is not giving birth to a boy, is leaving a large number of mothers without husbands and their girls without a father.
Where a woman with children migrates from a rural to an urban area, there is a reluctance to acknowledge that she is a widow even where that is the case. Such women are then stigmatized and become the most vulnerable among the disadvantaged. All too often these women and their children (particularly their daughters) are forced to lead a life beset with material want and physical abuse. By targeting this group, we are also targeting the most underprivileged and vulnerable girls and women in Nepal…. those who either are already on the street or are likely to end up there – rag-picking, as bonded/child laborers’ or beggars, the victims of violence, exploitation, sexual abuse, forced prostitution or trafficking. The goal of our work is to intervene before the women and girls find themselves in such circumstances.
 OUR PHILOSOPHY
We are approaching these challenges in a holistic way, which is pragmatic, direct to the beneficiary, un-bureaucratic, de-institutionalized and cost effective. We are setting up our target groups in the midst of a community because we
believe that this is the best way to reintegrate them back into society and to aid/prepare them to become independent and socially adapted adults. What we mean when we say ‘holistic’ is that we are considering all aspects of the human being and her inter-connectedness and inter-dependence, her constant interplay with her natural and social environment. We aim to treat the situational challenges by looking at the causes of the problems not just the symptoms.
Adaptability has always been the key for survival of the human race and this is the key for the success of our target-groups. Children have a strong ability to adapt to situations in order to survive. A  child who has been institutionalized for a longer period might lose her ability to adapt, her creativity, and will become dependent. Children who are in institutions and orphanages may well have to leave when they reach the age of 16/18 and may
well not be prepared to cope with independence and the potential for ‘problems` that reappears and they could be faced with exploitation, abuse, violence, drugs and prostitution once again. Our approach aims to strengthen their ADAPTABILITY and to make them INDEPENDENT.
THE CONCEPT
The first such IFAP-Family was established in the year 2000 and this with a young destitute widow with four dependent daughters. We provided this family with adequate rental accommodation, a garden, and a sufficient monthly living allowance. We are also meeting the cost of decent schooling for the girls and in due course, we will arrange for them to receive vocational training or tertiary studies when the time comes. The family lives independently from our organization, as a “Self-Organizing-Entity” , yet enjoys all of the advantages we offer:
Healthcare, psychological care as well as advice and support in all aspects of life. In return we request that the mother admits some other girls from similar circumstances into her household, to be treated as members of the family.
Three of the oldest daughters of the first family are married by now and the three youngest (17/18/19) are pursuing tertiary studies. Alina the youngest is a brilliant student and her aspiration is to become a medical Doctor. We hope that she will be able to get a “Scholarship” for the costs of such a study are far beyond the scale of our budget.
Six successive such Families have been established over the years and all the beneficiaries have benefitted enormously. Being able to enjoy a safe, secure and loving family environment has done wonders for them all. They are filled with self-confidence and all are respected and appreciated members of their community, naturally integrated into the social-fabric of the community.
 
.In the year 2016 we are counting seven such families with a total of 53 beneficiaries.
A total of 26 IFAP beneficiaries are undergoing or have completed vocational-training and number of them found a job and got married.
Once the beneficiaries have completed their education and are undergoing “Vocational-Training”, they will be transferred to our“Cross-Road-House”. In this way new beneficiaries can be admitted into the respective IFAP families. This natural cycle enables us to admit a number of new beneficiaries each year.
In the year 2016 for example, eleven of our girls are going to leave the primary-school and they are going to move to the “Crossroad-House”. Accordingly eleven girls who are living in the HUB (all newly admitted girls will first stay in the HUB for a time of adaption) can be integrated into the IFAP-Families.
The amount that is required to provide for such a family in this way is around € 480,-per month. (Sixty Euro for one beneficiary).
This money will benefit the families directly. SOS Bahini’s whole network of support is already in place for the support of these families. The beneficiaries are receiving free healthcare including dental care and counseling if needed. Our social workers are frequently visiting the families and schools. The mothers of each family are meeting with the management on a regular base to discuss all issues with regard to the families and their needs. Each family
is electing two Captains amongst them. These Captains will voice the concerns of the beneficiaries and regular meetings are taking place with the management and our social workers. All the beneficiaries are regularly visiting the “HUB”” for recreational activities, tuition classes and awareness programs.
Each Saturday all our beneficiaries are joining the HUB for “Family-day”, this is a day of social interaction were all our beneficiaries are united. All are sharing lunch together and a number of recreational activities, like dance, art, games and the like are taking place.
This is day of fun, joy and social interaction were around 90 of our beneficiaries are united as “one-loving-family.
This too is an innovative project developed by “SOS Bahini”in our aim to educate and empower deprived girls and women with the skills and confidence necessary to live a life in safety and in dignity!
 SELECTION CRITERIAS
An “Selection-Committee” composed of five experienced social workers is in place. All are thoroughly familiar
with the social fabric of this society, the complexity of the caste issue and the complicated process in selecting a new family. Most important is the character of the mother and her ability and “Good-Heartedness” to care for all the children likewise and not to discriminate between her own daughters and the foster-children entrusted to her.
Funding is targeted to widows or single mothers who have no partner. Where a woman we support does form a new marriage or partnership, her new partner is expected to take charge of supporting her family. Women with only daughters to care for are prioritized, as they tend to be the neediest in a society where women and girls tend to be devalued.
Despite progress over the last decade, girls and women remain the majority of Nepal’s unhealthy, unfed, uneducated, exploited and abused!
 
Funding By
cooperation Humanitaire Luxembourg
District
Kaski

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ESTIMATED ANNUAL BUDGET OF FISCAL YEAR 2074/2075