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. ICRI’s assistance and interest resulted in the birth of the Network on Children, Prisoners and Dependents (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 website to learn more about their projects.
NEW AREA OF ICRI’S WORK IN NEPAL - EMERGENCY HEALTH
Through its work over the past years in Nepal, ICRI has identified an area of critical need in Emergency Health and the delivery of emergency medical services, as well as, a solid solution for how to provide these services to those most in need. After being requested to review emergency health practices and conditions in Nepal, ICRI sent emergency health expert, Amir Mashhour, to review present practices and conditions in the country. Amir provided a report to ICRI leadership, which has led to the creation of the Nepal Emergency Health Project (NEHP).
Pre-hospital medicine is significantly lacking in Nepal. Everyday hundreds, even thousands, of people die from preventable and treatable conditions due to the absence of a formal emergency response system. We believe in the right to response and that no one should die from a preventable cause.
ICRI having worked successfully in Nepal for 18 years has been requested to develop a web; a community-based network of model emergency health posts and first responders across the region with a central dispatch system that anyone can access either via the internet or their mobile phones. Our strategy is to train, equip, and respond; train and equip local urban and rural emergency health posts, their staff and community members to be able to respond to any emergency. This program seeks to address not only an immediate everyday need; to strengthen health systems and health service delivery, but to build an infrastructure that can support long-term resiliency, preparedness and response within and among communities during times of unforeseen environmental disasters, human conflict and disease. It also works to serve and empower marginalized and disenfranchised groups by providing access to critical human needs, services and training without discrimination.
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 preschool and elementary school education, teacher training and school improvement and development programs. The program focuses mainly on young children to improve their learning achievements by making their experience and 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 in one of the oldest and largest orphanages in Nepal, the Nepal Children’s Organization, in Balmandir. This project upgraded the health, hygiene and sanitation of the facility, including:
revamping the internal physical infrastructure by upgrading the lighting system,
furnishing infant and toddler rooms with cribs,
installing a sanitizer and a safe drinking water system,
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.
1,250 children of Nepali prisoners and juvenile delinquents have been cared for, with attention given to their health, education, and development.
584 prisoners and their families have received HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment support.
50 early childhood teachers and 21 institutions, serving a total of 12,200 orphans and vulnerable children, have received teacher training, learning materials, mentoring, and guidance.
38 traditional early childhood and primary classrooms have been restructured, reorganized and converted into child-friendly environments.
19 companies have developed corporate social responsibility initiatives in conjunction with ICRI Nepal.
90 orphan children, between the ages of 0 to 6, were provided with overall facilities for their holistic development at the Nepal Children’s Organization, Balmandir.
21 caregivers of the Nepal Children’s Organization, Balmandir have received extensive training on child care and development.
22 training sessions on professional development have been provided for the staff of NCPD group homes.