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by Bahini Educare Foundation
Empower Feed Educate Single mother headed families
Empower Feed Educate Single mother headed families
Empower Feed Educate Single mother headed families
Empower Feed Educate Single mother headed families
Empower Feed Educate Single mother headed families
Empower Feed Educate Single mother headed families
Empower Feed Educate Single mother headed families
Empower Feed Educate Single mother headed families
Empower Feed Educate Single mother headed families
Empower Feed Educate Single mother headed families
Empower Feed Educate Single mother headed families
Empower Feed Educate Single mother headed families
Empower Feed Educate Single mother headed families
Empower Feed Educate Single mother headed families
Empower Feed Educate Single mother headed families
Empower Feed Educate Single mother headed families
Empower Feed Educate Single mother headed families
Empower Feed Educate Single mother headed families

Poverty In Nepal & Impact by the "Bahini Educare Foundation"

Despite some progress in poverty reduction in recent years, Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in the world with the Human Development Index 2018, placing it 149th out of 189 countries listed in the United Nations Human Development Report 2015.

Over 30% of Nepalese live on less than $ 14,- per month. While the overall poverty rate for Nepal is 25%, this figure increases to 45% in the mid-western-region and 46% in the far-western-region. In the remote hill (2500 M) and Mountain regions, the terrain is rugged, rainfall is low and the poor quality soil is difficult to farm. Agricultural holdings per household are the smallest in the country.

About 80% of Nepal’s people live in rural areas and depend on farming for their livelihood. Food insecurity and mal-nutrition are major concerns in these areas. Most rural households have little or no access to primary healthcare, education, sanitation, safe drinking water or other basic services.

Poor rural in Nepal generally have large families, very small land holdings or none at all, and high rates of illiteracy. They are also confined to and concentrated in specific ethnic, caste and marginalized groups, particularly those of the lower casts (Dalits), indigenous people (Janajiti’s) and WOMEN!

After the two devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal in 2015, many of the poorest lost their habitat and their assets. Many of them had no other choice but to migrate to the cities to escape the harsh winter in the mountains. In the hope to find work and better living conditions in the urban areas’ they left their villages, only to end up in the slums that are surrounding the big cities were the majority of them are living a life in misery and constant danger.

THE RURAL POOR IN NEPAL INCLUDE:

1.)   Destitute people, such as those who are sick, disabled or displaced, and abandoned children.

2.)   Extremely poor people, such as illiterate and/or landless individuals and those who have no assets.

3.)   Moderate poor people, such as those who have small farms but are heavily indebted.

4.)   WIDOWS WITH DEPENDENT CHILDREN who have been rejected by their in laws, who are landless and without any assets.

 

THE IMPACT BY the “Bahini-Educare-Foundation” (BEF)

BEF is reaching out to the most vulnerable groups, especially destitute-Single Mothers-Grandmothers and Widows with dependent children.

BEF has demonstrated that even the most modest amounts of resources given to the most underprivileged and at high risk can dramatically improve their quality of live and thus help many of the poorest to find a sustainable path out of the vicious cycle of poverty, and this by creating a minimum of dependence for our beneficiaries!

EVALUATING IMPACT:

An impact evaluation is showing that the overall welfare of the twenty BEF-FAMILIES assisted by us in 2018 improved by 80%.

For example:

a.)   the incident of Food-Insecurity has improved by 100%

b.)   the incident of health-insecurity has improved by 80%

c.)    The incident of hygiene-insecurity has improved by 80%

d.)   The incidence of a lack of education has improved by 100%

e.)   The incidence of inappropriate shelter has improved by 70%

f.)      The incidence of insufficient clothing has improved by 80%

g.)   The incidence of general insecurity has improved by 70%

Our program is also helping to enable access to healthcare, psychological related treatments, legal advice and assistance if needed, and is actively creating women-empowerment-programs.

Bahini Newsletter
(January – June 2019)

The Problem:

Despite progress over the last decade, girls and women remain the majority of Nepal’s unwanted, uncared-for, unhealthy, unfed uneducated, exploited, abused ad stunted!

 

OurMission:

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

It is our declared objective to prevent worst forms of abuse, discrimination and exploitation of girls and women in Nepal. To this end we are providing the most vulnerable and impoverished, namely single mothers with dependent daughters with the basic needs for them to live a life in safety and dignity.

EDUCATION is one of the main pillars in our objective to make our beneficiaries independent and confident and prepare them for a life of equal opportunity, free from oppression and discrimination.

 

Objectives:

1)    Prevention of worst forms of abuse, exploitation, and trafficking of the most underprivileged girls and women in Nepal.

a)    Empowerment of girls and women in Nepal by means of education, vocational training and awareness programs.

b)    Prevention of malnutrition by providing nutritious food to the poorest/marginalized.

 

2)    Addressing Rural poverty and Widowhood

a)    Providing single mothers/grandmothers with dependant daughters’ food, education & healthcare to ensure better livelihood and decrement in poverty.

b)    Supporting some of the most discriminated and stigmatized in Nepal, namely young widows with dependent daughters and help them to live a life in dignity and hope for a better future.

 

3)    Education, Health care & Counseling

a)    We are providing our beneficiaries with adequate  education.

b)    We are providing basic health care to the poorest & most underprivileged.

c)    We are providing Awareness on Puberty, Menstrual Health & Advocacy.

d)    We are providing psychological counseling and therapy if needed to the mothers and children alike.

 

4)    Addressing Child Friendly Governance & Human Trafficking

a)    Empowering girls with awareness on child rights.

b)    Prevention of child marriage and child-pregnancy.

c)    Prevention of trafficking with Education, Awareness & decreased poverty.

 

 

Our Programs:

Educare Family:                                                                 

The EduCare Family Project is an innovative, unique, pragmatic and efficient new approach to support the helpless, hopeless and the most vulnerable.

‘EduCare’ stands for Education, Healthcare, Food, Clothing, Hygiene, Counseling and Assistance & Protection whenever this is needed.

We are prioritizing the most vulnerable, namely girls and adolescents! However, boys are not explicitly excluded and it will always be situational when we are deciding to support boys.

 

OPTIMIZING-NETWORKING!

 

We are constantly aiming to improve and optimize our service and to this end we are putting strong emphasis on “NETWORKING” .

In one of our “Educare-Families” the mother is attained by AIDS: Since her physical condition got worse and she needed more care and support we referred this family to the organization “Star-Children-Pokhara”, This organization is specialized in helping AIDS affected people and they are  now providing adequate care and support for this family.

 

Another of our  ”Educare-Families” , a single mother with two dependent daughters have been referred to “SOS Bahini” and this mother is currently being trained as a “IFAP-Family-Mother”.

Currently, we are providing support to 22 such families in and around Kaski. These families consist of 22 Single mothers/grandmothers, 45 girls and 13 boys.

Education Support:

We believe Education is that window, which helps to see the whole wide world and that all children must be entitled to education! Therefore all children from marginalized families (orphans/semi orphans, poor parents, sick parents) are supported for education.

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

 

1.)   School fees                                                         

2.)   Books and Stationary

3.)   Uniform and Foot wares

4.)   Raincoats/Umbrella

 

Currently, we are providing educational sponsorship to 36 beneficiaries: 28 girls and 8 boys.

School Graduates:

2 of our daughters and a son completed school successfully. They have passed with good grades. We wish them the best for their lives ahead.

 

Health Care Insurance:

The government of Nepal has initiated a ‘health insurance program’ for the people and we participated in this program in the best interest of our beneficiaries. We are of course providing our beneficiaries with health support but this insurance policy is making it easier. This insurance is covering medical costs and service for up to  Rs. 50,000 per year. The yearly fee for this insurance is minimal and it is covered by the “Bahini-Educare-Foundation”.

23 mother and 58 children have been insured and many have taken advantage of this facility. Recently a  mother of a family was in need of surgery in her right hand (she was unable to work) was treated and surgery done with less than ten thousand rupees, which in private hospital would cost her more than Seventy thousand rupees!

Advocacy for Women’s Health:

 

We advocate for women’s health by providing medical assistance, where possible and Awareness on health and Hygiene!

Within the last 6 months Bahini Foundation provided assistance to women through awareness and a Gynecology -camp with free medicines distribution. A total of 100 women benefitted from this program.

Also a group counseling program has been conducted for the Educare Family mothers and the senior girls in the family.

 

Improved Cooking Stove:

For many families in Nepal, using a gas stove is quite a luxury. The gas stove and cylinders are quite expensive. Then there are the (natural and unnatural) shortages which hits these families harder. Some of them use them, but many are still using traditional mud stoves that use a lot of fire wood and emit carbon mono oxide which is health hazardous.

We are tackling this issue by providing more fuel-efficient stoves, namely Improved Cooking stoves that are made up of metal. This helps in usage of less fire wood, subsequently, burning smaller amounts wood fuel means less smoke will engulf their homes and their lungs.

So far this year we have installed Improved Cooking stoves for three such families.

Period Without Shame:

We organized a program for young girls in a school in Puranchour, a village, 15 kilo meters away from Pokhara.

An awareness class lasting 130 minutes was organized for girls on puberty and menstrual health. The school has been provided with 108 boxes of sanitary pads for the girls. This is an initiative to promote safe and clean menstrual hygiene and most importantly for girls not to skip school at all.

A peer group has been formed to handle distribution of pads and aware other girls.

 

Child Friendly Governance:

As an NGO working in the sector of children, we have been involved in various programs related to Child Friendly Governance namely PREVENTION of early child marriage, Education for all children, Awareness to parents and mother groups in general etc.

 

Annual Picnic:

 

Picnic, is a much celebrated social event in Nepal and especially for the children it is a feast and an event of joy and laughter. For many of our beneficiaries this was the first time they were able to participate in such an event and accordingly for them it was a day of great joy and happiness.

 

 

A total of 100 people participated in the picnic, which had an introduction program and story sharing between the families besides food, games and dancing. Every one enjoyed it to the fullest. We would like to continue this as an annual event. The Board volunteered to sponsor the event. We are currently looking for sponsors to continue this program in the years to come.

Please visit our website www.bahinifoundation.org for details.

Foundation in Numbers:

  • EDUCARE FAMILIES [22 Families: 81 Beneficiaries]

22 mothers/grandmothers with 45 girls and 13 boys

  • Education Support: [36 beneficiaries]

28 girls and 8 boys      

  • New Beneficiaries [5 Mothers,20 children ]

5 Educare Families. 5 Single mothers and 10 girls.

12 Education Support. 7 girls, 5 boys

  • Distribution of Education supplies:

115 children received education supplies for this year

  • Medical care/ Health Checkup:

22 Educare Families, 58 beneficiaries received normal checkup

4 mothers and 10 girls received treatment.

  • Food Delivery and Home Visit :

23 Educare Families received food every month and 35 children for education support have been visited.

  • School Graduates

2 girls and 1 boy passed SEE exams.

  • Improved Cooking Stoves:

3 stoves to Edcuare Families.

  • Picnic

100 Beneficiaires

  • Health Care Insurance

16 Families, The remaining families will be insured soon.

  • Sanitary pads:

22 mothers, 15 girls from our Educare Families

100 girls from a school in Puranchour, Kaski

  • Family Integration:

2 families;  5 girls and 1 boy.

 

Brief Summary:

2019 has begun on a good note. Our beneficiaries are all happy and thriving which is what we are working for.

More children are going to school and most importantly not with an empty stomach!

We are staying true to our mission and working wherever possible to PREVENT all sorts of abuse, exploitation and discrimination of girls and young women through our various grass root projects.

A big mention goes to our esteemed members of the board for their time, efficiency and pragmatic decision making for the successful running of our organization.

Last but not the least, we would like to thank our generous donors for their kindness and nobility and all our friends and families who have stuck with us through thick and thin and helped us do what we do!

 

Namaste!


Attachments:

Bahini Educare Family


We started supporting this family from the 3rd of June, 2016 and it is our “Bahini Educare Family”. This family has been supported according to our selection criteria to support utterly poor single mothers/grandmothers with dependent children, who are at high risk of worst forms of violence, abuse and exploitation.

Beneficiaries :  Santu (Name Changed), 61 years old (Grand Mother)

                               Shristi (Name Changed), 10 years old (Grand daughter)

                               Smriti (Name Changed),   6 years old (Grand daughter)

Family Situation:  The children’s father was an alcoholic and he died due to kidney failure. Soon after his demise the mother too abandoned her children and left them with the old Grandmother. The old woman sells firewood and works as a daily laborer where ever she finds work to run the family.

Shristi, the older one cooks and takes care of the home, when the grandmother is working! Too much work for a young girl but without a single sign of pain or unhappiness she does it all!

They actually have no property and/or house of their own. They were provided with some community land and the villagers built them a home but it got burned down. One such generous villager allowed them to stay in his old deserted shabby place.

Conclusion: This case is serious and we decided to support them!

 

Recent Developments:

We are providing them each month with nutritious staple food like rice, lentils, sugar, oil and the like. Moreover we are providing everything that is needed for a proper hygiene. We admitted them to a nearby school, provided them with uniforms, shoes and stationary and now they are regularly attending school and the results are satisfactory.

Still accommodation was a big issue due to a lack of a bathroom and safety. It is for this reason that we organized a “fundraiser” and we were able to build a simple small house on land that was provided by the community.

An improved cooking-stove has been installed for smoke-free and economical cooking.

We provided the Grandmother with a mobile-phone and this in case of any emergency. Our nurse goes on regular visits and provides heath-checkups and counseling regarding hygiene and other health issues.

After one year the situation of the whole family has dramatically improved.

All are healthy and well nourished, they are living in a safe clean home and the children are happy and proud that they are able to attend school.

For this family the support by the Bahini-Educare-Foundation is making all the difference, from a life in utter poverty, misery and danger, to a life in safety and dignity.

This is yet another success-story by the Bahini Educare-Foundation!

For one Euro a day per beneficiary we are able to make all the difference!

With this amazing platform provided by Global Giving and the generosity from all our kind hearted donors, we are supporting 20 such Educare Families and would like to extend it to 25 by the end of the year.

Thank you very much, everyone!

 

TEAM Bahini Foundation.

 


Attachments:
Education Supplies for the family
Education Supplies for the family

The EduCare 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 whenever 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.

What We do

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, March 2019, we are supporting a total of 100 beneficiaries (20 Educare Families) and we are seeing excellent results; all of them have enormously improved. We hope to increase this number to 25 families by the end of this year.

 

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!

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Bahini Educare Foundation

Location: Pokhara - Nepal
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Project Leader:
Surendra Pariyar
Pokhara, Nepal
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