School Support Project
With a view to create better learning space and child friendly environment in schools, EBMF has been carrying out school reconstruction project in a participatory approach by engaging community people to improve rural community schools of Makwanpur through financial and technical support to improve and construct classrooms, school toilet, roofing, drinking water, compound wall and Early Childhood Education (ECED)——??? class rooms.
EBMF also supported in reconstruction of 40 community schools damaged by the massive earthquake in Makawanpur district.
Education and Bursary Support
EBMF provides scholastic and bursary support to the students from community schools across 12 rural municipalities and 1 sub metropolitan city in Makawanpur district. The support covers enrolment fees, stationery, uniforms and others. The support items are distributed in each school in presence of School Management Committee members, Head Teacher and representative from EBMF. Students are regularly monitored by school visits and checking their school attendance and educational progress.
Teachers’ training and model class room
The EBMF in partnership with the district education office conducts teachers training to the teachers selected from the project implementing schools in Makawanpur district to enhance teaching knowledge and skills. To ensure the effectiveness of this initiative, EBMF has been promoting model classes in some of the project schools by equipping them with various materials including books, stationeries and basic facilities.
School enrollment support: As per the recommendation made by “Centre Child Welfare Board,” the organization collects birth certificates of children living at the care homes of the EBMF. This process facilitates them to get enrolled in schools.
Psychosocial Counseling: Psychosocial support has been provided for the children with problems like somatic symptoms, emotional symptoms, cognitive symptoms and behavioral problems. Every Friday and Saturday, an individual and/or group counseling is conducted by our trained counsellors.
Mid-Day Meals: EBMF has been proving mid-day meals to school children to enhance child learning, increase regular attendance and prevent students from school dropout. This initiative also intends to provide some food for those children who do not have sufficient food to have in the morning as well as in the evening.
EBMF regularly airs anti-trafficking messages through local FM radios. The jingles have been composed in local languages. This program has been observed very effective on spreading the anti-trafficking message in larger scale. The main theme of the jingle is to spread the importance of education and prevent child trafficking. It is played five times in a day approximately this message is spread at the same time in four other districts.
EBMF now has very good coordination with government, non-government and other stakeholders involved in anti-trafficking activities. We work closely with WCO, DDC, DAO and DPO in Makwanpur District.
Similarly, EBMF supports schools to promote awareness on anti-trafficking by conducting special sessions to teachers and students as well as including these messages in to the regular classes of the schools.
Besides these activities, EBMF also supports to perform street dramas and organizes different competition which promotes anti-trafficking messages amongst local people and stakeholders.
Youth Support Project
EBMF with a purpose to develop the entrepreneurial and labor skills of the youths brought up at its care homes delivers vocational training and other capacity building activities which match with the educational competencies and interest of the school passed out youths. These activities include cookery training, beautician training and general mechanical training. These initiatives provide them with opportunities to enhance their access to basic social services and standard, independent and self-esteemed living in their societies.
Besides these support to youths, EBMF supports to their respective family as well in strengthening their livelihood by supporting them for promotion of traditional income generation activities that they have been doing for decades. Moreover, EBMF supports these families to get access to the local market to trade their surplus productions which is more effective to make some money for saving to their future use and also to discourage these families in allowing their children to be engaged as child labor in an informal market to earn money for family.
Research- EBMF conducts surveys for children from our target group around Kathmandu, with a focus on those working in different hotels and metal workshops. These surveys are helpful in identifying the magnitude of child engagement and the best way to rescue children from the risky jobs.
Rescue- EBMF in collaboration with local administration and media rescues children from their working places and gives protection by accommodating them in a transit home for some time before they are reintegrated to their family or transferred to the care home for long term care and protection. This process includes counseling to children after they are brought to the transit home.
Re-unification with support- EBMF advocates and supports for reintegration of the rescued children to their family, to ensure further well-being of the children and re-establish their relationship with their family and society.
Care in small family type home: Welfare Protection and Development of resident children
Every year thousands of Nepali children are trafficked and forced to be engaged in harmful works. Living in distance from family and lacking of government child protection policies, they fall prey to a vicious chain of forced labor which may put their whole life at risk. EBMF rescues these children and gives protection to them through the transit and care homes by providing nurturing in a stable environment. Counseling services are provided to incoming children to bourgeon self-esteem. The structure and safety of a familiar routine, the loving attention of devoted caretakers, and the sense of being part of a family again gradually lift the mental, psychological, and emotional spirits of the newcomers, and the hope begins.
Over time the children learn the value of cooperation, inter-cultural tolerance, and social responsibility. They form relationships, celebrate holidays, and go on outings together. The children attend school, receive medical care, and in every way possible are empowered to realize their full potential. Many receive vocational training after high school.
In 2013 we took a strategic move regarding the child care provision from an institutional care to deinstitutionalization. We have developed the following alternative options for the care of children:
- Reintegration with family and extended family with best possible and feasible support for its sustainability.
- Small ‘Family Type’ Units in the community, family like care provided by organizational staff for those children whose family reintegration is not possible now or for longer.
- Youth Support Project, support the youths in the organization’s care home in transition before integrating into the society by promoting the independency of the youths under the care of the organization through education, training and support.
EBMF has been operating three care homes for rescued children whose reunification is not possible and one transit home to fulfill the needs of socialization period immediately after rescue. Major activities carried out in Child Care Home during this period are: a. Education, and b. Individual Child Development/Care Plan.
For the better care and development of each child, an “Individual Child Care Assessment” is done for all children. After the assessment, monthly care plan for each child is developed and placed which goes round the clock each month.
Library, tuition classes, dining hall and separate rooms for sick children are arranged.
To ensure enough food security, there is provision for food surplus for two weeks.
Fresh, balanced and nutritious food provided for all the children at care homes.
Children also attend scout troops, guitar and drum classes, karate and gymnastics training in regular basis. The organization also arranges picnic, indoor games, birthday celebration, festival celebration, cinema, educational tour and outings for children in the care.
Project in Makwanpur district
With the aim to prevent and intervene trafficking in Makwanpur which is one of the trafficking prone districts, EBMF is running “Prevent Human Trafficking through Community School Support and Public Awareness on Trafficking” from its satellite office, Hetauda.