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ICRI began working in Nepal in December 2001, when we were invited to assist local and international NGOs with the development of a coordinated plan for housing and care of children with incarcerated parents. Ken Jaffe, ICRI's Executive Director, traveled to Nepal in March 2001 to extend technical assistance to help the locals reach their mission. ICRI’s assistance and interest resulted in the birth of the “Network on Children, Prisoners and Dependants (NCPD)” in August 2002. In 2003 ICRI opened a full-time office in Kathmandu, and hired our Country Director Dhirendra Lamsal, who continues to oversee a variety of projects that support Nepali children and families.

Visit the ICRI Nepal web site to learn more about their projects.

Network for Children, Prisoners and Dependents

ICRI Nepal facilitated the formation of this coalition of grassroots organizations working to support prisoners and their children in 2001. We have remained deeply involved with the organization and with its efforts to improve the wellbeing of families impacted by Nepal’s prison system. In recent years, ICRI Nepal and NCPD have received funding from the United Nations Development Program to implement HIV/AIDS prevention, vocational training, and psychosocial support programs in Nepali prisons. Read more about the Network for Children, Prisoners and Dependents here. 

National Center for Learning Resources

ICRI Nepal has taken over the leadership of the National Center for Learning Resources, an innovative approach to pre-primary and primary education, teachers’ training and school improvement and development programs. The program focuses mainly on young children to improve their learning achievements by making school education creative, joyful, and meaningful. Read more about the National Center for Learning Resources here.

Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility

ICRI Nepal partners with local, national, and multinational corporations to develop corporate social responsibility initiatives. ICRI links participating companies to grassroots community-based organizations, and works to bring new collaborators into the dialogue on how to best serve vulnerable families and communities in Nepal. Read more about the Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility here. 

Infant Care Facility Improvement Project

The Infant Care Facility Improvement Project (ICFIP) is an initiative implemented under the technical guidance and financial support of International Child Resource Institute, USA in one of oldest and largest orphanage (Nepal Children’s Organization, Balmandir). This project upgraded the health, hygiene and sanitation of the facility, including: 

  • revamping the internal physical infrastructure by upgrading lighting system
  • furnishing baby-room outlook
  • installing a sanitizer
  • installing a safe drinking water system (water foot pump)
  • providing cribs for babies
  • creating an area where children of formative ages get adequate space for physical and mental stimulation
  • introducing state-of-the-art training delivery and mentoring, guidance, and assistance

 Read more about the Infant Care Facility Improvement Project here. 

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Outcomes

  • More 1250 children of Nepali prisoners and juvenile delinquents are being cared for, with attention given to their health, education, and development.

  • Over 584 prisoners and their families have received HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment support.

  • Over 50 ECD teachers and over 21 institutions, serving a total of over 12,200 orphan, displaced, vulnerable, and prisoners’ children have received teacher training, learning materials, educational assistance, orientation, mentoring and guidance.

  • Over 38 traditional ECD and primary classrooms have been restructured, reorganized and converted into child-friendly environments.

  • Over 19 companies have developed corporate social responsibility initiatives in conjunction with ICRI Nepal.

  • Over 90 orphan children from the age 0 to 6 were provided with overall facilities for their holistic development in Nepal Children’s Organization, Balmandir.

  • Over 21 care mothers of the Nepal Children’s Organization, Balmandir have received extensive training on child care and development.

  • Over 22 day long training sessions on professional development have been provided for the staff of NCPD group homes.