Improving nutritional status of children and women in Nepal

Improving nutritional status of children and women in Nepal

Kathmandu, NepalKathmandu, Nepal
Year Founded:
2013
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$500,000 - $1 million
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Nutrition is basic needs for children and pregnant women, if a child is born malnourished s/he might not be the good asset for country. More than 80% of total brain development happens before the age of five for a child. So, a healthy child is more significant than 1000 pages constitution of Nepal.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

About six million people of Nepal’s population is undernourished and half of all the children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition and stunting. Although, the agriculture sector dominates the economy providing 35% of the GDP but still stunting (41%), waste (29%), and underweight (11%) are the major problems on nutrition. Poor people (Dalit and ethnic minorities) are suffering from problems of malnourished because of inaccessibility.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The root causes of problems regarding nutrition can be addressed into two ways (i) Awareness building and capacity building of children’s club and mothers groups (ii) response of local authorities for collaborative approaches. The active participation of child clubs and mothers group in planning and decision making process contributes capacity building to promote food and nutrition security at local level. The collaborative efforts of right holders and local authorities contribute in devising appropriate approaches and programs to improve on food and nutrition security. Similarly, improving response of local authorities contributes institutional support and sustainable eradication of food and nutrition insecurity from poor communities.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Indigenous populations are deprived from fundamental rights of nutrition and basic education. Korak, Gelu and Jante Village development committees (VDCs) have majority of ethnic minorities. The ethnic minority people of those VDCs have very poor access to have health and nutrition services. The Government of Nepal also provides very low level of health and nutrition services from their service delivery points. These VDCs also have lack of physical infrastructure so that they can grow green vegetables and crops to feed their children. Currently, my organization is implementing education component but there is lacking of intensive nutrition services. School children will be mobilized to build awareness on nutrition and access to services.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Currently, government has positive discrimination policy to mainstream the marginalized people but still poor and ethnic minorities are out of nutritional services. The sub-health posts and health post are continuously organizing growth monitoring clinics but due to lack of awareness poor people are not attending such types of clinics at all. Even, immunization campaigns have only 70-80 percentage coverage for children. The idea of this intervention will enhance capacity of school and out of school children and marginalized people so that they can claim their rights to enjoy nutrition services in local areas. A total of 1485 malnourished children will be benefited from the intervention of three impoverished VDCs of Nepal. Awareness and capacity building events will support children and their parents to involve in decision making process at local level so that including plan be developed
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The financial sustainability for this solution is that children of local level they will do the advocacy and lobbying activities with local authorities. Firstly, local authorities will take responsibilities so that they will incorporate nutrition issue in their planning process. Secondly, schools will endorse nutrition sector in their curriculum and continuously teach nutrition and nature conservation to their students.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Department of Health and Services of Nepal is trying to address the same type of problem but they are mobilizing their own networks and personnel. The proposed solution is planned to mobilize school children and out of school children including their parents. More than 18% of children are out of school they will be targeted for this intervention. In this solution, school children be mobilized school as green school. They will be sensitized on nutritional promotion by nature conservation. Nutrition issue will be one of extracurricular activity in school curriculum 'children as change agent'.
Team

Founding Story

When we visited three impoverished VDCs we see the reality of children in regards to nutrition. The health facilities exists their but their coverage is very low but they have platforms where nutrition components can be accelerated. All three VDCs have been covered with green forest and fertile lands but bared for 3-4 months. Children seem with dirty faces with thin and lean body. When we talked with school teachers about these solutions, they were so happy and eager to support the interventions in schools. The teachers really want to establish school as green school concept because the environmental situation around school is quite favourable. The local authorities were also so positive to start the solution in their VDCs. So, we felt Aha
About You
Organization:
Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN)
About You
First Name

Bal Krishna

Last Name

Chaudhary

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN)

Organization Country

, BA, Kathmandu

Country where this project is creating social impact

, BA, Kathmandu

Has the organization received awards or honors? Please tell us about them

Yes, it has received numbers of honors and appreciation from Government of Nepal and Civil Society Organizations even by UN ECOSOC.

Nutrients For All
Where do you ensure the availability of nutrients?

Healthy environments., Nutrient-rich farming, Full nourishment foods, Human wellness and vitality.

If you had greater capacity, which additional sectors would you like your solution to target - either through expansion, partnership, or thought exchange?

Healthy environments, Nutrient-rich farming.

How specifically would this added capacity help you improve the quality, efficiency, or sustainability of your existing product or service?

This intervention will help to interact with other experts linked with Ashoka Nutrient for All which will enrich my knowledge and skills on nutrition and nature conservation sector. It will also be the part of advocacy and lobbying tools with local authorities to formulate better policies in favour of poor and marginalized children and people. The nutrition component would be additional support for our projects which we are implementing in three impoverished VDCs of Nepal for school going and out of school children.

Comments

Bal Krishna Chaudhary's picture

I have tried to introduce an idea to solve the problems of malnourished for children and women (especially pregnant women) in Nepal. I invite you all to comment on it.