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.
NEPAL EMERGENCY HEALTH PROGRAM
Through its work over the past year in Nepal, ICRI has identified an area of critical need in emergency health and the delivery of emergency medical services and 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 a top emergency health expert, Amir Mashhour, to review present practices and conditions in the country. Amir provided a report to ICRI leadership showing that hundreds of people per year in Kathmandu alone, die on the way to clinics and hospitals because there are very limited emergency health services available to them in transit to clinics and hospitals. In addition, the clinics throughout greater Kathmandu are often very ill equipped to handle any form of emergency health situation that could be life altering or threatening.
Initially, the goal for this program is to partner with a local health clinic in Bhattedata to provide support in establishing a fully functional lab, emergency care, first responder and ambulance facility, and expanding and upgrading the health clinic’s capabilities and services, which can then act as a replicable and scalable model for the region of Kathmandu and the rest of Nepal.
As with much of ICRI's work, Nepal has been the home of model and innovative development programs and we know that with this new project we will be able to come closer and closer to bringing, in many cases the first, emergency medical services to numerous people and countries around the world in need.
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.