The mountain children and their families in the far western and western mountains of Nepal are the poorest people in Nepal and deprived of the most fundamental human rights and basic needs. The access to quality education is unacceptably low in the project districts and ensuring the access to education for the children is crucial to enable them to enjoy their right to a better life. The nutritional status of the children is the lowest in the country and requires urgent correction in order to ensure that the children of the Himalayans can live, grow and learn. This project is designed to meet their basic needs in education and food security and equip their organization with the tools for claiming the progressive realization of human rights. The idea is to reach the un reached children and their families in one of the poorest district Mugu in Nepal.
CARE Nepal has a long tradition of remote area work in the inaccessible mountain regions of Nepal. The project builds on the approaches lessons and ideas generated in collaboration with the communities and their organizations in remote regions of western and far western Nepal. As part of the design process, CARE has consulted with representatives from indigenous peoples’ organizations, local NGOs and government staff in the three districts. The relevance of the proposed activities and approaches has been confirmed with the key implementing and supporting agencies and representative of the people whose lives will be positively impacted by the intervention.
The project is directly targeting girls and boys in 15 schools (approx. 2250 children) as well as the members of 90 mother groups (approsx.2250 women), and members of 45 farmer’s groups (approx.900 women and men) in Mugu.
The project will also target all mothers’ groups in the VDCs a total 90 groups, likewise, the project aims to directly target most of the farmers’ groups in the 10 VDCs assuming 3-5 framers groups in each VDC (90 Lead farmers from 45 farmers’ groups) The lead farmers will be nominated by their own groups.
The secondary target groups include service providers in Mugu including 45 teachers, 20 extension agents (2-3 extension workers from each service center in the district), 10 Village Development Committee (led by VDC secretary), as well as 90 female community health volunteers, 90 volunteer peer educators, In total 250 volunteers, service providers and local government staff, The expectation is that by enabling service providers and volunteers to prove better education health and agriculture extension services to people, a greater number of people will be reached and benefit across the districts.
In addition, local organizations (namely these representing Dalits and indigenous peoples) will be involved as change agents who can continue to lobby for service provisions and influence the planning in the areas.