Soap and a toothbrush, a welcome relief in Nepal
GORKHA DISTRICT, Nepal, 21 May 2015 – A packet of clean toothbrushes, a tube of toothpaste, water purifier and a few bars of soap might sound like a token disaster relief package for a devastated family that has lost their home and their farm in Nepal’s recent earthquake. But for 46-year-old Balbahadur Ghale and his family, a hygiene kit is a lifesaver.
Out of school in Nepal’s remote villages, children chase leopards instead
NUWAKOT, Nepal, 11 May 2015 – Standing next to her heavily dilapidated school, 56-year-old Rita Pyakhurel is worried about how to rebuild it, as her students are constantly asking when they can return to their classes.
In Nepal, psychosocial counselling goes on the radio
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 3 May 2015 – In his more than three decades of radio broadcasting, Pramod Dahal had never felt so excited and anxious. The veteran anchor of Radio Nepal, the national radio station, was about to announce the launch of a special new programme as Nepal struggles to cope with the aftermath of the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on 25 April.
“When will we get our homes back?”: Children in Nepal cope with earthquake’s aftermath
MAHADEVSTHAN, Nepal, 29 April 2015 – When the deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal just before noon on 25 April, Ajay Rai Danwar, barely 7 years old, escaped death by using his best instincts. “I held on to this and didn’t let go until the shaking stopped,” Ajay explains.
Child club helps Nepalese children find their voice
Democratic Republic of Nepal, 3 January 2014 – Vabendra Kumar Yadav prepares
for school. A visitor to his family’s small walk-up apartment asks Vabendra
what he likes most in life.
Big steps towards an open-defecation-free Nepal
CHITPAL, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, 28 October 2013 – It’s party time, in Chitpal. School is out, and everyone is gathering.
Attacking chronic malnutrition in the poorest rural areas of Nepal
KHATI GAUN and BIRALTOLI, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, 9 January 2013 - Deep in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains, Pashupati Saud is up early, harvesting herbs and vegetables from her small garden. She cooks them into a sauce and gives them to her 8-year-old son, along with a bowl of rice soaked in buffalo milk.
In Nepal, a conference on early childhood development advocates for an integrated approach to education
KATHMANDU, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, 13 December 2012 – A two-day national early childhood development (ECD) conference concluded in Kathmandu with a strong call from the 400 participants for increased investment for ECD, and for the establishment of a high-level national body for necessary coordination and convergence.
In Nepal, celebration focuses on enabling girls to reach their potential
KATHMANDU, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, 18 October 2012 - On the occasion of the first International Day of the Girl Child, the global community focused its attention on the challenges girls face and promoted the empowerment of girls and the fulfillment of their rights.
In Nepal, a national plan has been launched to improve maternal and child nutrition
KATHMANDU, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, 27 September 2012 – Nepal took a historic step last week as diverse sectors came together in pursuit of a common goal – to reduce undernutrition.
As strikes grip Nepal, children demonstrate against efforts to close schools
BIRATNAGAR, Nepal, 25 May 2012 – About 250 children in their school uniforms marched noisily around the central market in Biratnagar, in eastern Nepal, behind a banner proclaiming ‘Allow us to study’.
Countries learn from Nepal's 'Schools as Zones of Peace' programme
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 16 May 2012 – Participants from five countries and various ministries and international NGOs gathered in Nepal last week to learn about the ‘Schools as Zones of Peace’ (SZOP) programme.
In Nepal, a collaboration between UNICEF and the Nepal Press Institute draws attention to the lives of women and children
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 11 May 2012 – Fifty journalists in Nepal have been awarded for highlighting the harsh realities facing the country’s children and women.
UNICEF launches Schools for Asia to improve education for millions
NEW YORK, USA, 10 January 2012 – UNICEF is launching Schools for Asia today, an international fundraising initiative to improve the access and quality of education for disadvantaged children living across Asia and the Pacific.
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake lauds the role of women and children during Nepal visit
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 13 January 2012 – On his first visit to Nepal, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake lauded the role played by Nepalese women and children in trying to better their lives.
Kaski District in western Nepal marks a milestone in sanitation
POKHARA, Nepal, 14 July 2011 – On a warm day recently in Pokhara, the hub of Kaski District in western Nepal, people from different corners of the city congregated around City Hall to celebrate Kaski becoming the country’s first open-defecation-free district.
Nepal celebrates becoming the second country in Asia to become free of minefields
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 22 June 2011 – As monsoon clouds gathered over Phulchowki hill, in the south-western rim of Kathmandu valley, two loud explosions filled the air. Guests cheered as smoke billowed from the top of the 2,700 metre hill. Nepal had become free of minefields.
Local launch of 'The State of the World's Children 2011' in Nepal
ACHHAM, Nepal, 24 March 2011 – Shuffling their feet backward and forward, a dozen boys and girls moved gracefully in circles singing a ‘deuda’, a traditional form of song and dance popular in the far western hills of Nepal.
Inter-faith leaders advocate for breastfeeding in Nepal
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 30 November 2010 – Marking the recent World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, representatives of various religious faiths joined hands with UNICEF Nepal in advocating better lives for children around the globe.
Gaining ground on the Millennium Development Goals, with equity, in Nepal
KAVRE DISTRICT, Nepal, 24 September 2010 – From a distance, perched on a pretty Himalayan hilltop, Shiradi village looks like many other villages in the far west of Nepal, but it’s not.
Micronutrient supplementation brings new hope for children in Nepal
PALPA DISTRICT, Nepal, 15 September 2010 – Leela Rana has been volunteering as a Female Community Health Volunteer for the past five years. In this role she provides counselling and basic health and nutrition services to members of her community.
Delegation from Nepal sees child-rights initiatives supported by UNICEF in Brazil
BRASILIA, Brazil, 28 July 2010 – Senior representatives of the Government of Nepal visited Brazil recently to learn about initiatives developed by UNICEF and its partners here. The visit was an example of cooperation between developing countries, in which they share knowledge, experiences and best practices on various aspects of development.
In rural Nepal, new birthing centres make pregnancy and childbirth safer
HUMLA, Nepal, 25 May 2010 – Humla district, in Nepal’s mountainous north-west, is one of the most remote places on the planet. This is a land whose severity makes it beautiful, but also difficult for the people who live here. They face limited access to food, education and health facilities, and frequently suffer hardships as a result.
Multimedia initiative encourages discussion among Nepal's young people
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 6 May 2010 – Around the world, the vast expansion of communication technology – including computers, mobile phones and the Internet – is changing lives. More people than ever before are able to communicate across local and international borders.
Nepal sets goals to combat child malnutrition
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 16 March 2010 – High level policymakers and international aid agencies met in Kathmandu this month to establish goals ensuring that Nepalese children get enough to eat.
Last group of Maoist child soldiers discharged in Nepal
ROLPA, Nepal, 17 February 2010 – The remote and rugged setting, high in the hills of Rolpa, was fitting for the historic scene. This mountain district was the place where Maoist rebels fired their first salvo against the Nepalese monarchy and army in February 1996.
First group of Maoist child soldiers begin process to rejoin civilian life in Nepal
SINDHULI DISTRICT, Nepal, 8 January 2010 - In a flurry of colour, flowers and blessings, a group of some 200 young people – some former child soldiers – left behind them their military barracks in Maoist army cantonment here and took their first steps back into civilian life.
Children's clubs help working young people learn about their rights
BIRATNAGAR, Nepal, 5 August 2009 – Reshmi Chaudhary, 16, is a very busy young woman. She works six days per week, 11 hours per day as a housekeeper, in addition to attending school. She is also the president of one of the 22 working-children’s clubs in the southern Nepali town of Biratnagar.
Training local journalists to cover women’s and children’s issues in Nepal
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 27 July 2009 – Remote and unspoiled wildernesses abounds in this unquestionably beautiful country. But such beauty comes with a price: Some villages are at least a week’s walk from the nearest road, making it very difficult to get timely reports on conditions and developments in these areas.
Saving lives and limbs through mine clearance and mine-risk education in Nepal
GULMI, Nepal, 21 July 2009 – In the scorching midday heat, the de-miners of the Nepalese Army are busy clearing mines at Wamitaksarin, in the country’s Gulmi district. Wearing heavy safety jackets and helmets, the soldiers have worked incessantly throughout the early morning.
On World Day against Child Labour, one Nepali girl's story of a fresh start
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 12 June 2009 – Maya Waiba was still shy of her 10th birthday when a labour contractor in her impoverished village in the south of Nepal promised her parents that she would receive a decent salary and an education in Kathmandu. What Maya got instead was a back-breaking job as a weaver in a carpet factory.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi visits Nepal
CHITWAN, Nepal, 9 June 2009 – Just days after being honoured for her 25 years of dedicated service to the world’s children as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Tetsuko Kuroyanagi made her 29th trip to visit UNICEF programmes by travelling to Nepal.
Food and fuel crises hit poorest families the hardest in Nepal
MUGU DISTRICT, Nepal, 18 May 2009 – Sitting in the smoke-blackened main room of her tiny house on a steep, parched hillside in Sawa Khola village, Nawa Dumchi Bikar is a worried woman.
Private-sector partners say ‘we can’ to support children affected by AIDS in Nepal
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 13 May 2009 – Eight private organizations joined the growing partnership, ‘Universal Access for Children Affected by AIDS in Nepal’ (UCAAN), at a recent ceremony in Kathmandu.
`GameChangers’ winners announced: Supporting girls and women through sport
NEW YORK, USA, 6 May 2009 – For the second consecutive year, UNICEF has supported an online sport-for-development competition organized by Ashoka, an international network of social entrepreneurs, and sponsored by Nike. The winners were announced recently.
Viewing children's rights from every angle: UNICEF Executive Board members in Nepal
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 16 April 2009 – In a country that boasts the best views on earth, the Himalayas were covered in a spring haze for the visit of UNICEF's Executive Board members to Nepal last week. But views of another kind left their mark on the members – views from the bottom up and from the top down, and the views of children unafraid to express themselves.
Learning the child-friendly way at UNICEF-supported schools in Nepal
SUNSARI, Nepal, 19 March 2009 – It's the start of a typical day for first graders in the Kachana Mahadev Secondary School as they happily sing a rhyme describing the seven days of the week. This school in Itahari, located in Sunsari district, eastern Nepal, is among those implementing the country’s Child Friendly School Initiative.
Nepal’s Young Peer Supporters fight against sexual exploitation of children
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 10 December 2008 – Last week, organizations and groups of young people from around the world gathered in Brazil to bring attention to the problem of child trafficking and sexual exploitation at the World Congress Against the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents. One young activist from Nepal, 16-year-old Parwati, spoke to UNICEF Radio before the Congress about the efforts she is making to help children in her country.
Celebrities and people living with HIV and AIDS team up to raise awareness in Nepal
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 1 December 2008 – On World AIDS Day, the national sports stadium of Nepal was filled with messages about the disease. The theme was “Team Up to Fight AIDS” and the aim was to reduce the stigma and discrimination experienced by those living with HIV and AIDS.
Ban Soon-taek offers encouragement to the children of Nepal
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 3 November 2008 – “My husband and I were born in the countryside in Korea. We didn’t have a good infrastructure for our schools then,” said Ban Soon-taek, wife of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “Sometimes, we had to study under a tree.”
Global Handwashing Day messages spread across Nepal
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 22 October 2008 – Nepal celebrated the first-ever Global Handwashing Day, 15 October, with various activities and demonstrations designed to convey one key message: that the simple act of handwashing can prevent many deadly diseases.
Peer groups take action for young people affected by floods in Nepal
SUNSARI, Nepal, 2 October 2008 – Late one night, at the Lauki camp for flood survivors in the heart of Sunsari district, two women went into labour. Although the camp’s management committee was not immediately available, Ram Babu Sardar, 19, sprang into action, along with other members of a peer group formed by 16 young adults in the camp.
UNICEF Nepal support helps maintain sanitation and hygiene at relief camps
MADHUBAN VILLAGE, Nepal, 24 September 2008 – One day earlier this month, Lalita Kumari Sah, 6, returned with a jar of potable water to the makeshift camp where her family resides. Their house was inundated when the Saptakoshi River burst its banks in August, flooding great swathes of the Nepali and Indian countryside.
Radio show produced by young people wins international award
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 23 September 2008 – ‘Saathi Sanga Manka Koora’ (Chatting with My Best Friend), a radio programme produced by a team of young professionals from the non-governmental organization Equal Access Nepal, has won the 2008 International Children's Day for Broadcasting (ICDB) regional award for South Asia.
Flooding in Nepal leaves women and children vulnerable
SUNSARI, Nepal, 2 September 2008 – In better times, the classroom in the Sunsari district of southern Nepal would be filled with young students. Today, it is occupied by 10 families – a total of about 80 people – seeking refuge after the Saptakoshi River flooded and washed away everything they had.
UNICEF report says stronger legislation needed to protect South Asian children from trafficking
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 27 August 2008 – Children in South Asia are being trafficked for sex, labour, begging, early marriage, forced military recruitment and many other harmful purposes. There is a general understanding that this grave violation of children’s rights is occurring in the region and throughout the world, but precise and reliable numbers are lacking.
Responding to the needs of flood-affected villagers in Nepal
SUNSARI, Nepal, 26 August 2008 – Last week, the Saptakoshi River breached its banks and waters swept through half a dozen villages. Now, there are thousands of people, mainly women and children, packed in over two dozen schools and other temporary shelters in Inaruwa, the district headquarters of Sunsari.
Improving Islamic schools, increasing possibilities for Nepalese girls
KAPILVASTU, Nepal, 5 August 2008 – Mr. Rakesh Srivastav, the district education officer of Kapilvastu, in the Terai region of Nepal, is on a mission. Over the next years, he wants to integrate the 200 Islamic schools in his district, known as madrasas, into the formal school system.
Help and support for Nepalese families living with HIV
ACCHAM DISTRICT, Nepal, 2 May 2008 – Four women sitting cross-legged on the floor are singing the melancholic strains of a song. The women, all of whom are from families affected by HIV in this remote area of western Nepal, improvise the words and help each other complete the couplets.
Countdown to 2015: Empowering Nepalese health workers to save the youngest lives
ACHHAM, Nepal, 15 April 2008 – Mathura Shahi, 30, presses the timer button and counts the breath intake of Sajjana, a month-old baby snuggling in her grandfather's arms.
Children play a key role in Nepal’s commitment to unity
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 25 March 2008 – Even as violence makes itself felt once again in Nepal, the rights of children are being assured at the highest levels.
Providing safe drinking water to flood-affected populations in Saptari, Nepal
SAPTARI DISTRICT, Nepal, 11 January 2008 – Last year’s flooding across Nepal, which damaged and contaminated drinking water, has prompted UNICEF and the European Commission for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) to combat the threat right at the source.
Orlando Bloom visits UNICEF programmes for children in Nepal
KASKI AND CHITWAN DISTRICTS, Nepal, 10 January 2008 – Another Hollywood movie star might have felt strange in a remote and impoverished area of Nepal, but actor Orlando Bloom seemed perfectly at ease.
Nepal radio programme breaks sexual taboos and provides advice on HIV/AIDS
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 7 January 2008 – In a country known for its traditional customs and taboos, an immensely popular, youth-based radio programme’s messages on safe sex and AIDS prevention are providing life-saving advice to young people.
‘Miracle women’ help combat under-five mortality in Nepal
KAVRE, Nepal, 6 December 2007 – Nanda Kumari trudges through hillsides blanketed with the colours of ripening maize, trying to steer clear of buffalo as she passes along a narrow trail.
Despite political tensions, Nepal vitamin A campaign garners wide support
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 7 November 2007 – In a unique show of support for children’s rights, Nepalese political parties that have been locked in bitter infighting put aside their differences for two days last week to support the national distribution of vitamin A capsules and de-worming tablets.
Educating Nepalese youths about the dangers of explosives
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 11 October 2007 – In August, Lieutenant Colonel Dhruba Bahadur Khadka took a break from his office at the Mine Action Centre to teach a class at the Basuki Lower Secondary School. He was educating villagers about the dangers of handling improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
Providing vital supplies to vulnerable Nepalese families displaced by floods
NEPALGUNJ, Nepal, 19 September 2007 – The flood waters from the Dundhuwa river receded over three weeks ago, yet the destruction left in its wake still remains. Most of the homes and food stores of the people of Rajarampur Village have been completely washed away.
Communities struggle to cope with monsoon flooding in Nepal
JALESHWAR, Nepal, 9 August 2007 – A week ago, when it rained as if would never stop, 80 per cent of Mahottari District in the central Terai plains of Nepal was underwater. Floods had inundated 56 of the district’s 76 villages, displacing half the population of 600,000.
Nepali communities fight to change ingrained social biases against women
KAVRE DISTRICT, Nepal, 31 July 2007 – When 29-year-old Radha was married, she was shunned by her husband and in-laws, forbidden to enter their home and forced to live in a cow-shed. While working as a daily wage labourer to support her year-old daughter, she discovered that her husband had remarried in Kathmandu.
School children lead sanitation drive in Nepal
GHACHOWK, KASKI DISTRICT, Nepal, 25 May 2007 - Around the countryside of the Kaski district in Nepal, school children led their communities in a sanitation drive as the Eighth National Sanitation Action Week got underway earlier this month.
A letter from Sunita: Keeping our promises on girls’ education
BIRATNAGAR, Nepal – My name is Sunita and I am 15 years old. I live with my mother and sister in Biratnagar in eastern Nepal. When I was still a young child my father abandoned us, leaving us even poorer than we had been before. To make ends meet, my mother took a job in a jute mill, and I started working at matchstick factory.
Mine awareness campaign aims to save lives and limbs in Nepal
KAVRE, Nepal, 13 April 2007 – An innocent game of football turned deadly when three young boys accidentally set off an explosive device buried in the ground.
‘Untouchable’ women in Nepal get the opportunity they never had
UDAYPUR DISTRICT, Nepal, 26 December 2006 – She is the 45-year-old ‘musahar’ woman from Nepal’s Udaypur District with four children and an ailing husband. Until four years ago, this pithy description constituted her only identity.
Better maternal health care saves the lives of women and children in Nepal
NEW YORK, USA, 27 September 2006 – More than 1 in every 200 pregnant women in Nepal dies giving birth. A lack of access to medical care, poor health education and the low status of women are the main causes. But by working with local communities, UNICEF and its partners are helping to reduce maternal deaths across the region.
Diluting the pain of arsenic poisoning in Nepal
NAWALPARASI, Nepal, 20 September 2006 – Twelve years ago, Harilal Gupta was thrilled to finally have a tube well dug at his doorstep. Little did he know that the well water was contaminated with arsenic.
Women health volunteers save children’s lives in Nepal
NEW YORK, USA, 15 September 2006 – Ganga Thapa has been a volunteer health worker for 16 years. She’s part of a growing network of women, supported by UNICEF, who bring essential care and medicines to children and mothers in remote Nepalese communities.
UNICEF provides emergency supplies for flood-stricken families in Nepal
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 29 August 2006 – UNICEF has started distributing supplies to families affected by devastating floods in the Mid-Western and Far-Western Regions of Nepal.
Non-formal schooling boosts access to basic education in Nepal
KAPILVASTU, Nepal, 17 July 2006 – Children who were out of school in 15 districts of Nepal now have the opportunity to learn how to read and write, thanks to the UNICEF-supported Out-of-School Programme (OSP).
New campaign helping to achieve universal salt iodization in rural Nepal
KAPILVASTU, Nepal, 26 June 2006 – On a hot afternoon, a red land cruiser drives into the dusty village of Kuwagaon, rural Nepal. Curious children start running after the vehicle, and by the time it parks in a mango grove, many men, women and children are gathered around.
Song and drama promote good hygiene and build a cleaner Nepal
KAPILVASTU, Nepal, 16 June 2006 – Meena Pandey and Dilmaya Mukhia, members of a children’s club in Nepal, sing a song they have composed to inspire villagers to keep their community clean.
‘Welcome to School’: Rallying for universal access to education in Nepal
KAPILVASTU, Nepal, 7 June 2006 – After political unrest that disrupted life in Nepal earlier this year, rallies of quite a different kind have been held in the country’s villages and towns in the last month. They have been led by children chanting slogans such as: “Send children to school ... Don’t discriminate between girls and boys ... Protect child rights ... Spread the wisdom of knowledge.”
UNICEF responds to needs of children and families caught in Nepal crisis
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 25 April 2006 – A general strike in Nepal, now in its 20th day, coupled with demonstrations and curfews, is starting to have a significant impact on some of the country’s poorest urban communities. Water shortages and injuries to children in these areas are among UNICEF’s major concerns.
Putting children first: Nepal’s national vitamin A campaign proceeds despite unrest
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 19 April 2006 – Despite the escalating political turmoil that has hit Nepal in recent weeks, a national distribution of vitamin A capsules and de-worming tablets started today. About 3.3 million Nepalese children, ranging in age from six months to five years, are expected to receive vitamin A capsules as part of the two-day nationwide campaign to protect children’s health by boosting their immune systems.
Singing for sanitation: Teen in rural Nepal teaches her village about water safety
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, 27 March 2006 – At the Children’s World Water Forum here last week, children from around the globe reported to one another on their water projects. Some of them were shy at first, but over the course of the week they became more and more outspoken. One impressive young person was Shanta Chaudhary, 14, who comes from remote Dhikpur village in the Dang District of Nepal.
Saving lives in Nepal through vitamin A distribution
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 29 November 2005 – Moti Bhandari looks into the mirror and adds the finishing touches to her make-up: a big red mark with the logo of a vitamin A campaign on her forehead. She then slings her green cloth bag with the same logo across her shoulders, calls out to her 9-year-old daughter Sarita to mind the store, and heads for the vitamin A distribution centre with her 2-year-old son in tow.
Instability can’t stop measles campaign
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 15 November 2004 – This fall saw the launch of one of Nepal’s largest-ever public health efforts – a campaign to immunize nearly 10 million children against measles.
Thousands displaced in Nepal by floods
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 27 July 2004 – Nearly 37,000 families are estimated to have been displaced by monsoon flooding in Nepal, according to a Nepal Red Cross report issued today.