Including the Excluded
This project is implemented in Nawalpur District of Gandaki Province, Nepal. It is difficult to obtain reliable data on disabilities in Nepal. The 2011 national census reported 1.94% and the 2011 Nepal Living Standard Survey reported a disability prevalence of 3.6% in Nepal funded by DAHW. In contrast, the WHO World Disability Report for 2011 indicates a 15% prevalence. The percentage of physical disability is highest – 36%, followed by 18% visually impaired and 15% hearing impaired.
Resilience for Peace
Resilience for Peace is a project aimed at supporting conflict victims, victims of torture and people who are at risk of psychosocial disabilities, domestic violence, torture, etc. through psychosocial support, counselling, advocacy and other innovative initiatives. It builds the capacity of Community-based organizations (CBOs) for victims of torture – Yatana Pidit Society (YPS) and Kopila Independent Development Societies (KIDS), a registered umbrella organization of self-help groups to make them capable of dealing with conflicts, concerns and crisis response on their own.
Safe Home (SH) in 2013 was established with the objective of providing rehabilitation for women and their children under the age of five-survivors of domestic violence, abuse, exploitation, and has mental health problems. It includes the provision of shelter, medication, counseling, yoga, work therapy, skill training and income generation support, reintegration and their follow-up thereafter.
The Letepia Girls Emergency Shelter
KOPILA-Nepal have been running the Kopila’s Emergency Transitional Home since 2013. The home was mostly targeted to provide shelter to the women victim of violence, abuse and mental health problem. However, the number of young girls were more referred to the shelter for their protection. The increasing number of girls in transit shelter focused especially for mental health problem didn’t give the young an appropriate environment to grow. So, Kopila together with Child Welfare Scheme, Hong Kong thought the need to separate the young girls from the women with mental health problem to provide them an appropriate environment.
The Letepia home was started from June 4, 2020 in financial support from Child Welfare Scheme, Hong Kong.Continue reading
Safe Community/KOPILA Chautari
The KOPILA Chautari, a long term home for the women survivor of dosmestic violence, sexual abuse and mental health problem whose reintegration is not possible was started from 2016 in Kalika, Pokhara Metropolitan City, Ward No:28, Kaski district. This project intends to make Kalika a model village with a non-violent way of living. To achieve the goal KOPILA-Nepal is working in cooperation with the government and local community. The awareness programs, training and counselling activities have been implementing in Kalika also to build foundation for KOPILA Chautari. For self sustainability of KOPILA chautari a multi-purpose farming including coffee farming has been initiated. A long term business plan for the same has been developed. Co-operation and contribution from the government is particularly very significant part of the project.
Empowerment for Equal Opportunity
In partnership with World Development and Relief since 2009, KN has been running the project to support destitute women and children in enabling them to enjoy equal rights and opportunities. Furthermore, the project aims to strengthen the socio-economic condition, promote access to rights. The project incorporates activities such as; awareness and advocacy, training on legal rights and entitlements, income generation support, psychosocial wellbeing support as well as financial sustainability programs. Through this project, efforts are made to reduce the prevalence of discriminatory practices that have led to gender based violence such as witchcraft and child marriage in Kaski.
Holistic Assistance for Victims of Torture
With the support from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), KN has been providing comprehensive assistance to victims of a decade long civil war in Nepal by both sides (government and rebellion parties). The project was initiated in 2013 in Kaski, Lamjung and Tanahun districts and expanded from January 2019 in 9 district of Gandaki Province namely Kasi, Tanahun, Lamjung, Gorkha, Nawalpur, Syanjya, Parbat, Baglung and Myagdi with the main objective of improving access to the services, they can lead a dignified life. Through the project, around 250 victims have received mental health medical treatment, counseling, livelihood support, social support, educational and legal assistance.
Empowering through Education and Awareness
In collaboration with Shenphen Aid, Norway, KOPILA Nepal is actively engaged in fostering educational growth among the children of Pokhara Metropolitan City. This initiative involves the distribution of educational resources and the provision of educational sponsorships, all aimed at nurturing a culture of learning.
Moreover, our partnership has led to the creation of comprehensive manuals addressing crucial topics like Gender-Based Violence and Mental Health. Through these manuals, we strive to promote awareness and understanding within our community. To further drive this awareness, workshops are being conducted, targeting locally elected women leaders and members of the Kaski District community.Continue reading
AFS Intercultural Exchange Program
Through this program, KOPILA Nepal provides teenager an opportunity to spend an enriching semester studying in Japan, experiencing its culture, and attending a Japanese high school. It also helps to build lasting connections with local peers and enhance language skills while fostering intercultural understanding. The Japanese government-sponsored scholarship promotes bridge-building between Japanese and Asian high school students, creating a unique platform for growth and global competence.
This project is facilitated in collaboration with AFS India.