Project ONGD-FNEL 006 / 2015-2018

Project objectives:

  • To promote training for mothers in an activity which will generate an income
  • To support schooling for their children

Project cost: €267 068 over four years (2015-2018)

Location: The project focuses on five districts, in the centre-west (Kaski, Lamjung) and centre (Chitwan, Makwanpur, Parsa) of Nepal, though women and children from neighbouring districts may also join the programme.

Training sessions take place at a centre in Tarkughat (80 km east of Pokhara). However, the local partner visits the different districts for monitoring and evaluation purposes.

Beneficiaries:

280 women with HIV/AIDS will be trained (70 women per year x 4 years); 100 children infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS will receive schooling; 200 mothers and children (50 per year) will be given temporary accommodation in the Transit Home.

Five training sessions per year are scheduled (four for empowerment and income generating for livelihood and one for micro entrepreneurship), with 14 mothers per session (each accompanied by a child). The training programme includes health and hygiene (HIV/AIDS), nutrition, self-confidence and rights awareness, vegetable gardening, keeping animals (goats), managing a budget, and an activity which will generate an income. The local partner will remain in regular contact with all the mothers who have attended training, visiting them every three months to offer ongoing support and advice as they take up their income-generating activity.

Every year, 100 children infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS will receive an education grant. All children will attend a state school in their district, so as to keep them integrated in their community and ensure a more positive image of children and families living with HIV/AIDS.

Local partner:

The local partner is the not-for-profit association SETU NEPAL, which aim is to improve the living conditions of mothers and children affected by HIV/AIDS.

Sustainability outlook: The project aims not only to improve the living conditions of mothers and children affected by HIV/AIDS, but also to make them aware of their rights, give them back their dignity and open up new prospects for their future.

The training and schooling received by these disadvantaged and marginalised families represent lasting benefits which will enable them to become independent and responsible citizens.

In supporting the cause of women and children affected by HIV/AIDS and providing them with assistance, the local partner SETU NEPAL also attempts to inform and sensitise the Nepalese government and population about this subject.