Tell us about your partnerships
As mentioned earlier, we are partnering with several private organisations (e.g. chamber of commerce and industry, like minded organisation (71 members across 5 regions of the countries)and relevant government agencies (e.g. district public health office and regional health directorate, Child Welfare Board). We also work with children's forums such as Western Regional Forum for Working Children). We are also one of the five members of South Asian Grassroot NGOs (Network of South Asian level NGOs working for and with children).
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?
One of the main sources of street and working children is urban slums. As a result of conflict and limited economic opportunities in the rural areas, population and urban slum is increasing overwhelming. We are, therefore, targeting urban slum dwellings.Using our network, we are also trying to reach out to wider range of working children such as children working in entertainment sector (hotel/restaurant/bar). In long run, we are planning to expand our programme (mainly through our partners) in other cities of the country where child labour problem is more critical.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
We have created a working environment in which we cultivate and encourage respect, mutual learning and trust. Our management system is horizontal and we need to promote this legacy further. We put great values on participation. in all stages of our initiative, children had significant participation and say. We have children's representative in our organisation' governing body ( a rare practice in Nepal).To enhance children's participation and morale, we have recruited staff such as peer educator who share the backgrounds of the children they are working for. We strongly believe partnership is one of key variables in our initiative. We will further enhance a conducive operating environment in future to achieve our innovation successful.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list