I would like to share with you some of achievements in the last year, which without your support, we would have never been able to achieve.
Our core child protection services including two shelters, one midway home and seven drop-in centres in Pokhara and Butwal, supported over 3,000 working, street-involved or at-risk children, including 80 girl victims of sexual abuse and exploitation
We developed and launched a new Life Skills & Life Awareness course with the aim of improving life skills, sexual & reproductive health and emotional wellbeing among vulnerable adolescents living in urban slums. The course is delivered via outreach to community peer groups and more recently is being delivered in government schools in slum areas. Feedback has been extremely positive with plans to expand into more schools in the coming year.
By working directly in workplaces and with employer, we helped to improve working conditions and protect working children and adolescents from abuse and exploitation. In fact, this work over the last five years has helped reduce the number of child labourers under 14 years of age by 73%.
We revised our approach for working with street children to align with new government legislation and we established a new rehabilitation centre and midway home, thereby increasing our investment in helping children to move on from street and working situations. From this we helped 300 children to return to their families or independently in society
We supported over 650 of the poorest children into mainstream education by providing books uniforms, exam fees and by working intensively with parents to encourage them to actively support their children’s education, especially ensuring regular attendance.
We enabled 560 children and young people for whom due to their situations, attending mainstream education was not a realistic proposition, to participate in alternative learning opportunities either in our drop-in centres or in their workplaces. Within this our new Functional Learning curriculum has delivered some impressive results including an average 53% improvement in participants’ reading, writing and arithmetic skills.
We provided 335 children with on-the-job training, vocational training, business training or job facilitation.
We obviously need ongoing support and so if you can, we would be extremely grateful if you could continue to support our work by generously giving again.
The Kidasha Team