Society for Society of Children is a non profitable non government organization by a very enthusiastic team of people that, though having different backgrounds, share a common main objective which is serving the needs and protecting the rights of vulnerable children. The composition of our board and our staff reflects the ethnic and cast diversity of Nepal and we believe that this adds and additional strength to our organization as every body is contributing with different ideas, experiences and values.
The managing structure of the NGO "Society for Solidarity of Children" is situated in the suburbs of Kathmandu Metro Politician City, 35 Ward, Jadibuti, and Narephant. A structure that was born in 2008, it is recognized by the government of Nepal and by the Social Welfare Council as DAY CARE CENTRE for children from two to five years of age and whose families live in difficult economic conditions and who have difficulties in looking after the material support of their own children. The Day Care Centre is a structure that provides a series of services to the children of extremely poor families of the community that otherwise would not have any possibility of getting guaranteed the right to education, to alimentation and to playing games. In this sense, the Centre is a true and proper reference point for the community of Jadibuti in which families with children live under the threshold of poverty, often in precarious conditions of hygiene and sanitation. The centre which everyday opens its doors for thirty children from 2 to 5 years of age is managed by a team of social operators and educationists who are responsible for promoting activities of children with guaranteeing a healthy and balanced diet. Besides guaranteeing a secure atmosphere , the Centre offers a series of services to the whole community by organizing vocational training and literacy classes for the adults and the families of the children, medical and sanitary service, psychological and legal counseling.
In order to expand and strengthen its programs, SSC would like to collaborate with some of donor agency to continue the work for the children and families living at Jadibuti since the efforts are needed to support those community people.
Under the profile of childhood protection, Nepal is a country in which the rights of children are often violated due to multiple and varied factors, among which are mainly the extreme poverty of the families, the social and political disorder, and a broken and fragmented social context. Many children are found to be separated from their families or under the risk of being abandoned from the moment their families cannot take care of them.
Children issues were not of the greater importance to Nepalese Government till 1980. Children as a development concern was only included for the first time in the Seventh Plan (1985-90). Nepalese children are facing various difficulties due to societal beliefs, persistence of poverty, gender discrimination and illiteracy relating to development.
Gradually the initiative started taking by government to concern child related issues into development. In the line with the international human rights/child right instruments, Nepal has adopted various instruments in different times in order to safeguard child right. Nepal has national instrument for the protection of right of children as well but it lacks to safeguard the right of children in term of providing family preservation policy through series of economical incentives. Consequently, the number of children out of family has been increasing due to lack of providing basic care, food, shelter and education from ;the parents.
In rural areas, there is lack of income generating programs and many people migrate from rural to urban to have opportunities but on the other hand due to lack of education they can't get good job to earn money so that they care their children. The families who have migrated in urban areas, engages into daily labor work and when they go to work their children stay alone at home either they can't go work because of caring of their children. So, such type of families is needed to be assisted from either government or non-economic field which is being major problem in people living with poor and marginalized.
Nepal demographic and Health Survey state that infant mortality rate 64 per thousand. It includes low level of per capita income, poverty, poor sanitation and female illiteracy, poor quality of health service and low use of oral rehydration therapy. Likewise the nutritional condition of mother and child is very poor in the country and this problem mostly concentrated among the disadvantaged poor. It varies from district to district, community, household and individuals.
On the basis of what has been found out while describing the condition of childhood in Nepal and particularly in the zone of Jadibuti, we can affirm that the needs detected are diverse and particularly urgent. We propose to draw the reader's attention on the chiefly important needs and whose satisfaction we intend to contribute with the activities of the present project.
Our organization is putting effort into enabling poor families to look after their children through community-based services and its aim is to avoid children to become separated from families, rather than being placed into residential care. Over the past ten years the Kathmandu Valley has become the destination port for hundreds of thousands of people leaving their own far districts looking for better job opportunities in the Nepalese capital. For some of them dreams come true but in most cases life in the city brings even more obstacles than expected: living expenses are higher than in the countryside, jobs are not available for everyone band the phenomenon of work exploitation is widespread. In fact, families are often engaged in work activities on a day to day basis which include garbage collectors, street weepers and wage laborers for brick factories or in construction sites where the working hours are exhausting and the money received is barely sufficient to rent a small, poorly equipped room and have some rice for dinner. Under these condition children become at risk of abandonment, negligence abuse and, at the same time become vulnerable to be separated from their own families.
Our response to this problem has been the development of community-based services with a preventive approach, namely:
1.The establishment of a Day-care centre in a backward area of Kathmandu, both to promote child development and enable parents to work;
2.Programs targeting single mothers or families who are likely to place their children into children's homes, such as vocational training.
3.Contribute towards preventing the abandoning of minors in the valley of Kathmandu.
4.Legal support in obtaining birth certificates for children, securing school access or referring people to existing services and facilities (hospital, health posts, schools and other organizations);
5.Psycho-social counseling for groups, individuals, and on-site visits;
6.Promote access to education for the infant in difficulty or for the poor parents without education.
7.Community awareness-raising and education - for example, in children's right and children's needs and specifically in the importance of parental roles.
Working at grassroots’ levels within the communities and more deeply with families through different activities and programs aids them into becoming more self-reliant and at the same time, to take better care of their children