Brief Introduction to CWIN

Established in 1987, Child Workers in Nepal Concerned Centre (CWIN) is a pioneer child rights organisation in Nepal. CWIN-Nepal is an advocacy organisation for the child's rights with a focus on children living and working under the most difficult circumstances.

With a transformed federal system, CWIN

CWIN-Nepal addresses all the critical child rights and child protection issues that include child labour exploitation, abandonment and neglect, sexual exploitation, lack of access to quality education and training, lack of access to quality healthcare, including mental healthcare; trafficking and online child abuse. CWIN-Nepal carries out mass awareness on child rights conducts policy advocacy and works towards making government institutions more responsive and accountable to Nepal’s children for the realisation of their rights and overall development. CWIN-Nepal builds partnerships with children and their associations, national alliances, international agencies and movements, the government agencies and private sector to bring the issue of child rights into a national agenda. It gives priority to the girls’ empowerment through CWIN Balika (Girls) Programme. CWIN has been also undertaking a number of child development and protection services including the Child Helplines, transit centres, self-reliance and empowerment of children. CWIN has championed child and adolescent psychiatry and mental health issue in Nepal by initiating the first Child and Adolescent psychiatry OPD at the Kanti Children’s Hospital with the collaboration with its Norwegian partner FORUT-Norway and the Norwegian Psychiatric Association. Furthermore, CWIN also ventured into uncharted territory by undertaking reconstruction work necessitated by the devastating earthquake of 2015; most notably, the construction of 20 schools in Dolakha with the financial assistance of the Norwegian Embassy in Nepal.

CWIN Key Objectives

  • 1. In this programme period, CWIN will carry out Advocacy through Action to bring progressive policies and laws related to children, matching the spirit of the new Constitution of Nepal, and encourage commitment towards children’s rights among duty bearers, communities and the state, and in particular, by 2020:

  • 2. CWIN will strengthen Child Helpline Nepal 1098 in the six provinces where it currently functions as implementing organisation, and establish a new Child Helpline unit in the seventh province [province no. 2] to directly support 9000 children in need of care and protection of children in need, work for gatekeeping to avoid institutionalisation of children over a three year period, and educate and create 350,000 adult advocates and allies among the general public during this period..

  • 3. CWIN will strengthen capacities and partnerships with our constituencies - children, adolescent girls and young people - for increasing their influence at policy and programmatic levels for protection of children from all forms of violence including commercial sexual exploitation, child marriage, trafficking and child labour exploitation. Ministries, government departments, local governments and/or Child Protection Committees will invite child representatives for consultations at least 5 times a year or 15 times over the three-year period.

  • 4. CWIN will generate public awareness and enrich understanding of children’s issues and their rights through media and communications (Bal Sarokar TV and Bal Chautari Radio and Bal Sarokar Online Magazine by developing 10 new programmes, tracking TRPs and site visit data to understand reach. CWIN will ensure that its Digital Resource Centre expands its reach so that content is available for use to the general public by 2020.

  • 5. CWIN will carry out seven baseline studies and three action-research studies by 2020, including a new situation analysis of children at risk in the urban areas of the Kathmandu valley, and a qualitative study of the coping strategies of street children and youth in the context of the new guidelines for working with street children introduced by the Central Child Welfare Board to understand the impact of these guidelines on the relevant constituencies.

  • 6. CWIN will promote inclusion of children’s rights within broader social movements and development processes at national and international levels through strengthened networking and expressions of solidarity, in particular, through actions such as increasing opportunities for interaction between the Kishori Samuhas and the Women’s movement, providing capacity building support to the travel and tourism industry, minimising child marriage in working districts and reach inputs from ECPAT International to children’s organisations on new threats in trafficking and online commercial sexual exploitation.

  • 7. CWIN will strengthen CWIN Balika programme and establish a residential Self-Reliance Centre for girls and young women to provide opportunities for them to learn vocational training for self-reliance by 2020

  • 8. CWIN will work towards strengthening capacities of the government schools in the Kathmandu Valley and provide educational support to at least 20,000 children in need in the urban poor areas and in rural areas by 2020.

  • 9. CWIN will continue its presence in the community through the Women and Children Empowerment and Livelihood Programme (WOCELIP) in partnership with Rural Development Tuki Association for community concientisation and empowerment of the women and the community for dignified livelihood in Dolakha district by reaching out to 7400 households in 8 VDCs in the northern belt.

  • 10. CWIN will strengthen child mental health services in Nepal through completing the building for the first Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit in Kanti Children's Hospital by 2018 and facilitating support services to ensure a full-fledged in-patient service by 2020.

Executive Board

Mr. Madhav Pradhan

Chair

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Ms. Sumitra Joshi

Vice Chair

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Ms. Sumnima Tuladhar

General Secretary

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Mr. Subodh Shrestha

Treasurer

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Mr. Tanka Limbu

Secretary

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Prof. Dr. Govind Subedi

Member

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Ms. Sharada Subba

Member

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