Slum is an urban “paradox”. They reside in the bank of rivers around districts of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. The most populated is the Kathmandu Valley. With growing urbanization in Kathmandu and lure by the prospects and job opportunities in the capital, there has been a huge influx of migration community from all parts and parcels of the country who have finally settled in Slums. Astounding numbers of Squatter settlements or slums along the river bank in the valley has arisen. Slum dwellers or “sukumbasi” in Nepali are people settling on land without legal rights. They have ultimately settled to the riverbank and are are prone to natural calamities and disease as these people lives in poor structural housing and squalor, overcrowding with lack of proper hygiene, drinking water and sanitations.
In the midst of all these, the most affected ones are the children. The parents busy on their labor work, there is not proper care for children. They don’t give importance to education. Their basic need is limited to fooding, housing and clothes. Children roam around the streets, begging on the streets or residing around temple for foods. Their upbringing is way different than any normal children so for them, education is most for giving a path for their life. They can be neglected, abandoned, or even emotionally and physically tied up with their family who lives together in the same house.

BANSIGHAT COMMUNITY CENTER

Bansighat is one of Kathmandu’s oldest informal settlements (slums). It is along the bank of the Bagmati River from Tripureshwor to Teku. The settlement has 188 households but endows with many floating populations. The people in this slum settlement is poor and often lack access to education, health services, and the employment opportunity. Bansighat community center was established to prepare the students to join the formal education and make people aware of the education, health, and sanitation. For many years, the Bansighat community center has supported the children in their education. A large group of people is found to be engaged in the labor job and hence have job insecurity. Most of the individuals are illiterate and don’t know knowledge of the importance of education in their children’s life. They only feel the necessity of the money and have engaged even their child in child labor. The school drop rate among the children is very high due to the low economic condition of their families. Two programs are running at Bansighat Community Center. The Day program, which runs from 10 A.M to 3 PM, focuses on the drop out children. Here they learn basic reading, writing, grammar, and math to make them eligible to admit in the next academic session. At the end of each year, the day program students are tested and if eligible they are admitted to nearby Vishwo Niketan Secondary School and Mahendra Saraswati Sewa Basic School.

Sukhawati store have been sponsoring education to 6 children from bansighat center 2019. We are going to support10 more students enrolled in the center due to the high risk of dropout because of Covid 19.We are executing one year plan support to Bansighat community center from September 2020. The main objectives of this support are:-

  • To provide quality education and enhance the skills through practical teachings
  • To increase the enrollment rate at the center and prevent dropout rate in that area.
  • To improve the well- being of vulnerable and underprivileged children in the slum communities in Kathmandu valley
  • To promote primary, secondary education support to vulnerable and underprivileged slum students
  • To provide care and support services to these vulnerable and underprivileged slum students
  • To support with basic education environment with extra curriculum to slum students.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES:

COVID 19 RELIEF

The Covid 19 has highly affected the livelihood of the daily wage workers. The daily wage workers are one of the most vulnerable groups affected by this pandemic situation. Most of the residents living in the settlement of Bansighat belong to the daily wage workers category and this pandemic situation has affected their livelihood too. They do not have a source of income. They are struggling to earn bread and butter. With the second phase of the lock down announced by the government from 15th June 2020 Government schools have started online teaching and learning services. Schools have started taking admission fees for the newly upgraded students and provided the books to the students. It is a good initiative to start online classes in certain cases since if the education system is closed for a longer time the children will lose brain nurturing, language stimulation, and more. But since the children from the Bansighat community center belong to a poor marginalized community they could not afford such a teaching-learning service and might be affected. With this urgent situation following aid was provided:-

  • Two families were supported food materials and cooking fuel by Sukhawati store in the pandemic.
  • Preventive materials needed to conduct hygienic and safe classes in center were distributed. Sanitizers, masks, gloves, PPE equipment were provided to the center.

Education (scholarships)

Our top priority is to provide scholarship opportunities along with supporting uniforms, course books and other required study materials. Hence we provided education fund, uniforms, bags, shoes, course books and other essential materials to 16 children.

Playing equipment and accessories support

Toys, study materials such as puzzles and charts , indoor game sets were provided in order to enhance the child learnings through playful and practical methods.

Mini library (stationery support)

Mini library was supported by the project in Bansighat Slum area. A set of books was supported to attract the children into reading. The books included a dictionary, English conversation books, essay books in Nepali and English, General knowledge books and story books. Racks and selves will be supported to establish mini library in Centre

HUMAN RESOURCE support

Under this project, we also supported a caretaker for a year who will be responsible looking after the children and the center

Conduct art and music class

We are also mobilizing our volunteers in organizing music and art class in every once in 3 months at Bansighat center. All the expenses and the materials needed will be supported under the project.

Transform the classroom

We will also be painting the outside walls and the inside classroom mobilizing the art students volunteers in order to make attractive classroom and encourage more children to enroll at center and attract to attend the classes in coming days.