Project ONGD-FNEL 004 / 2015-2018

Project objectives:

- To provide accommodation for children whose parents are in prison

- To cover the cost of looking after and educating the children

Project value: €137 637 over four years (2015-2018)

Location: MANAS Home is situated to the north of Kathmandu, but the children come from different parts of the country.

Beneficiaries:

20 children (aged 5 to 17) are cared for and educated.

10 children live in the home. Children whose father, mother or guardian is sent to prison are often rejected by their family and community. Such children, who therefore need long-term support, are accommodated in the home and educated at private schools offering quality education. The staff of the home look after them and provide them with a secure family-style environment. The project also includes medical and psychological care, careful supervision and individual school support. The local partner regularly organises visits to the prison and community (if the children so desire) so as to maintain the bond between child and family. The children go back to living with their parents once they have been released from prison and reintegrated into society.

10 children live in their community. These children are able to stay with their family, in the community. In the majority of cases their father has disappeared after being arrested by the security forces. The local partner provides support for these families by covering the costs of schooling and medical care for the children. Psychological support is also available for children and family members where needed.

Local partner:

The local partner is the MANAS  association, established in 2011 by the human rights organisation Advocacy Forum (AF) Nepal and dedicated to protecting children.

Website: www.advocacyforum.org.

Sustainability outlook:

The Nepalese government and prison authorities work together with AF volunteers and authorise communications and visits by children to their parents in prison.

In addition to protection and schooling, the project aims to provide these vulnerable children with social and citizenship education by teaching them everyday life skills. Thanks to all this, the children will be able to reintegrate into society, grow up to become responsible adults, and build a sustainable future for themselves.