Nepal: ADRA Offers Protection and Promotes the Rights of Children Affected by Conflict
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SILVER SPRING, Md. - The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Nepal is implementing the "Action for Social Inclusion of Children Affected by Armed Conflict in Nepal" (ASIC) project in four districts of mid-western Nepal. The project's objective is to provide protection and promote the rights of former child soldiers and conflict-affected children in Nepal.
The project improves the livelihood of the most vulnerable population affected by conflict. This includes 4,000 children ages 10-18 years of age in four of the most affected districts in Nepal. At least 70 percent of beneficiaries targeted are expected to be girls and adolescents. Other marginalized groups represent members of low castes, ethnic minorities, and indigenous groups.
The primary focused of the project improves literacy and job skills for 4,000 vulnerable children and adolescents, enhancing availability of quality and improving access to psychosocial support for 2,000 abused and exploited children, and increasing child protection, child labor, gender-based violence (GBV), and human trafficking awareness among 50,000 people at national, district and local levels.
Before Nepal's decade-long conflict, the country was amongst one of the worst ranked in terms of socioeconomics and health. The conflict-stricken environment intensified already-existing risks that women and children were vulnerable to. Thousands of children in the mid-western region of Nepal were forced into various forms of exploitation, assault, and became victims of various forms of violence.
In addition to suffering from psychological trauma, the continuing political instability and violence have made life for children in this region particularly difficult. Access to education, health care, and other basic services is severely limited. These children are more vulnerable to labor, sexual exploitation, living on the streets, or human trafficking.
Funded by the European Union through ADRA UK and in partnership with ASTHA Nepal, the project's value is close to $650,000 and is expected to last for 36 months.
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