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VIN’s mission is the empowerment of marginalized communities, focusing on those most marginalized: women and children.  Our Children’s Development Program is one of the major activities in our integrated community approach, supported by our full time staff and volunteers.  The aim of the program is to protect the rights of all children in the community by: providing access to a basic, quality education; developing their life skills; and providing access to health services (through our Community Health Program)

Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world with approximately 25% of its population living below the poverty line.  The basic rights of many community children are often not met.  They will not receive an education, instead being used to complete household chores and babysit while their parents tend the land.  The schools themselves lack proper facilities and lessons are often taught by unqualified teachers.  Many children will not complete their primary education.  And in the worst cases, they leave their homes, thrown out or fleeing from abuse, to live on the streets of Kathmandu.

VIN has been working with Jitpurphedi Village Development Committee (VDC) since 2007.  Lying only 12km from the capital, initial studies showed that education and living standards were very low in the Jitpurphedi community. Dalit and Balami castes within the community live in particularly deprived conditions.

Over the past six years, with the help of our international volunteers and interns, VIN has implemented a range of projects, including the creation of Children’s Clubs and the support of Early Childhood Development Centres.  As we continue our work in Jitpurphedi we look forward to initiating the process in our new focus community, Okhaldhunga.

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