What we do
Plan’s strategy in Nepal covers 5 core areas, all of which are rooted in child rights:
- health, water, sanitation and hygiene
- basic education
- household economic security
- child protection
- child-centered disaster risk management
Health, water, sanitation and hygiene
Plan Nepal works to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality rates through Pregnant Women's Groups by establishing, equipping and staffing birthing centres and training health workers.
We work to establish birthing centres in rural health posts and hospitals. Plan also focuses on supporting the construction of community-managed piped water supply systems, enhancing community capacity, managing services and promoting the treatment of drinking water.
We facilitate sanitation campaigns led by children and the community to keep the environment healthy and clean.
Plan Nepal seeks to ensure that children and adults acquire basic knowledge and life skills so they can realise their potential and push development in their communities.
This programme helps to increase access to basic education. Plan campaigns to enrol more girls in school and provide them with scholarships to continue their education. We also work with the government to develop learning materials and curricula that are sensitive to local contexts. The main activities under this programme are: supporting early childhood care and development centres, providing training to teachers, and supporting schools to have better infrastructure.
Household economic security
We encourage disadvantaged families to engage in agroforestry, fisheries, and vegetable and goat farming. Plan provides vocational skills training that can help support rural cooperatives and self-reliant groups. This programme includes creating financial services for the poorest and most marginalised households, especially women who are not reached by microfinance organisations.
For high-risk women, including survivors of violence, women rescued from trafficking and those who are vulnerable, we operate special programmes for their rehabilitation and reintegration into families. .
Plan helps to implement programmes that protect children’s rights, particularly the elimination of child labour, gender-based violence, child marriage, human trafficking, sexual abuse and exploitation.
This programme includes preventive interventions, awareness raising, community-protection groups and life-skills education for children at risk.
We also promote and strengthen birth registration systems and support the development of child-protection systems, policies and plans. Child participation, gender and social inclusion are promoted and ensured in all our programmes.
Child-centred disaster risk management
Plan Nepal operates programmes to protectchildren, communities, staff and partners so that they can join together in times of natural and man-made disasters.
We ensure health, education and other essential services are capable of addressing the needs of the children when disasters strike. More specifically, we work to develop a model for the government to adopt with its own child-centred disaster risk management.