Female human rights activists unite in Nepal
Female human rights activists in Nepal run a great risk to be humiliated, abused or sometimes even murdered. For instance when they talk about subjects such as equal treatment, participating in local decision making or exploitation. Different female human rights activists have therefore united themselves in a National Alliance in December of 2007.
Water and sanitary facilities for Tangting
In Nepal supply of drinking water is a big problem. The situation is deteriorating because there is lack of good sanitation in most villages. That is certainly true for Tangting, a village with approximately 1250 inhabitants who belong to the lowest caste and a high school, with 300 students. In this mountainous area people spend an hour and half every day to get 15 litres of drinking water, which is of poor quality.
Empowering women and marginalized groups in Nepal
The Nepalese countryside is very poor. Especially women and marginalized groups are struggling with a number of very diverse problems. They range from domestic violence to women dying in the process of giving birth. The organisation WOREC (Women's Rehabilitation Centre) strives to improve human rights and especially women's rights in Nepal. WOREC creates awareness of what their rights are and empowers them through self-help groups. That is how they learn to find solutions independently to the problems surrounding them. ICCO has been supporting WOREC since 1999.
Protecting human rights activists in Nepal
The organisation Peace Brigades International (PBI) was founded in Canada in 1991. The organisation wants to mediate in conflicts without using violence and with international peace brigades. The organisation has grown to become a global network. Since a number of years there is a PBI Nepal. ICCO and Kerk in Actie cooperatie with that organisation.
Nepalese students enroll in foreign universities
Educational facilities for theologians are still very new to Nepal. There are approximately 25 biblical schools, which have arisen since 1990. The ATEN (Association for Theological Education in Nepal) received permission in 2004 for their graduates to be called Bachelors of Divinity (BD) since 2004. The organisation is having a hard time to interest students to come and study theology at their institute. Nepalese students prefer to enroll in a foreign university to receive an education. With ICCO's and Kerk in Actie's help ATEN supports a Doctor of Theology and two Master students who study in Scotland and India.
Scholarships for talented Christian youngsters in Nepal
The organisation PROTRAC offers talented Nepalese Christian youngsters the opportunity to study at university with a scholarship. These young people mainly come from poor, remote areas. They have no other options to pay for their education. Developing their Christian identity is important during their education. ICCO and Kerk in Actie support this project.
Psychosocial aid for Nepalese victims of torture and trauma
The Centre for Victims of Torture (CVICT) offers help to Nepalese victims of torture and trauma. CVICT also focuses on lobby and pleas for legal protection against torture. The organisation stresses with the government that they should adhere to international human rights treaties which they signed. ICCO supports CVICT's activities.
Strengthened community groups to build peace in Nepal
It was a ten year war between Maoist rebels and the government army in Nepal which caused ties to have been severed completely between villagers. Especially the countryside has suffered from the battle. Nepalese non-governmental organisation Sahakarmi Samaj supports these people by setting up groups within their community. They stand up for their members and protect their interests. ICCO supports Sahakarmi Samaj's activities throughout the period of 2008-2010.
New options for drug users in Nepal
The organisation Naulo Ghumti focuses on drug users in Pokhara and its vicinity. Many drug users (IDU) have been infected with HIV. Naulo Ghumti's activities consist mainly of providing information, increasing awareness, testing, treatment, shelter and rehabilitation. ICCO and Kerk in Actie have been supporting Naulo Ghumti since 2002.
New opportunities for drug addicts in Nepa;
The International Nepal Fellowship (INF) was set up in 1952. INF works at alleviating poverty, building the community and improving the socioeconomic position of people in marginalised circumstances. INF works from the national coordination centre in Pokhara, Nepal and it also has regional offices. From there several programmes are coordinated, such as a programme focused on drug users. ICCO and Kerk in Actie have been supporting that particular programme since 2002.
More say for remote community groups in Nepal
Communities in the Acham district of Nepal have to deal with a chronic lack of nutrition and hygiene. Due to poor quality roads these groups are disconnected from the outside world. Illiteracy and lack of respect also cause problems. YES ( Youth in Empowerment Sector) Nepal wants to improve the skills of poor groups who have been cut off from society. By doing so these people will be able to improve their situation and solve their problems themselves.
Serving in the name and the spirit of Christ
United Mission to Nepal (UMN) is an initiative which was set up by the Nepalese population and a large number of Christian organisations from all over the world. UMN was founded in 1954 and has a goal, which is to serve the Nepalese population, in the name of Christ. Recently they succeeded in finishing their fourth year from its strategic planning period, in which a substantial transformation occurred on all levels, when it came to management, structure, culture, approach and geographic characteristics.
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