Plan Nepal celebrates 35 years of boosting child rights
2 May 2012: This week, Plan Nepal celebrates 35 years of supporting disadvantaged Nepali children with a series of events in each of the 15 districts Plan operates in. A walkathon, blood donation drive and birth registration camp are just a few of the activities that have been organised.
"Plan Nepal has been successful in improving the lives of thousands of Nepalese children and has contributed to achieving the community development targets set by communities and the government,” said Donal Keane, country director of Plan Nepal.
“We are grateful for the support extended to us by children, communities, the government, non-governmental agencies and other stakeholders. We will continue our efforts to reach the most marginalized of children and, as much as possible, to help lift them out of poverty, working together with all the actors engaged in this endeavour."
Plan Nepal works in partnership with children and their families and communities as well as community- based organizations and government at all levels in order to bring about positive changes in the lives of children. Plan also supports the government in implementing programmes it has embraced for improving the wellbeing of children and women.
Making an impact
As a result of Plan’s efforts in its programme areas, hundreds of families in Nepal have been part of sustainable community development initiatives, leading to improvements in sanitation and hygiene; a large number of children being able to continue their studies; and women's and children’s participation in various activities increasing.
Participants in Plan’s capacity-building programmes are now more able to make decisions about issues that affect their lives – they have the knowledge and skills they need to shape their own future as they see fit.
Plan began work in Nepal in the village of Sitapaila in capital Kathmandu and has gone on to implement child-centred community development programmes tackling issues like health, basic education, household economic security, child protection and disaster risk reduction. Programmes are funded by grants from various donors and by sponsorships of citizens of developed countries.