Human Development Centre (HDC) Nepal works with the poor and marginalized people in rural Nepal to empower them in the process of meeting their basic needs, improving livelihoods and building their own institution. HDC Nepal with over 120 staffs and volunteers, has been able to successfully implement diverse community development programs and projects in several districts of the country, covering the Mountain, Hills and Lowland (Terai) ecological zones. It is estimated that these programs have benefited over 200,000 households.

Education

HDC Nepal has been engaged in the education sector for over 17 years. HDC Nepal’s education development approch is primarily concerned with rasing awareness and social transformation in Rural areas. This transformation includes vocational training for girls and out of school children as well as adolescent adults who are excluded from the educational framework. HDC Nepal has been successful in establishing and operating programs such as ECD, CLC, Girls Protection and building adequate educational infrastructure .

Sustainable, Health & Livelihood

Agriculture provides employment opportunities to 66% of the total population and contributes about 36% of the GDP. Therefour the development of the agriculture sector is key to the development of the national economy. HDC Nepal promotes market driven approach to increase incomes and improve livelihoods resource poor and vulnerable communities. HDC Nepal places tremendous emphasis on “Human Development Centre and Inclusive Economic Growth” through agricultural development value chain Development and Inclusive Busuness (VCD-IB) livelihood diversification ensuring food security reducing gender disparities and greater inclusion of disadvantaged groups. HDC Nepal empowers communities and farmers for the market-led production of high value commodities that has demand.

Health, Nutrition and Sanitation

Majority of the rural population of Nepal do not have access to clean sanitized water, thus causing sanitization issues. HDC Nepal builds water stations around communal settlements which is free from contaminants. Wash programs that adopts sustainable service Initiatives (SSI) to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation has been implemented on numerous account by HDC Nepal.
HDC Nepal educates about health rights and preventive diseases by setting up health post near to the community thus giving them easy access to information and medical supplies.

Community Managed Infrastructure

For more then 17 years, HDC Nepal has continuously been engaged in the development and implementation of community managed rural infrastructures, such as paved paths, School, health post, drinking water tanks. These infrastructures has benefited more then 1 million people directly.
As the name states these infrastructures needs are addressed by the community, using as much raw materials from the community itself.

The construction of every such infrastructures is headed by the local government and the members of the community. HDC Nepal has received numerous awards for its contributions to the development and construction of CMI. HDC Nepal has so far contributed to the construction of 30 kilometers of agricultural rods, 20 school buildings and 8 co-operative and community buildings. It has also constructed 2 bridges and culverts as well as over 13 drinking water schemes. In addition, HDC Nepal has constructed 5 health posts.
HDC Nepal has received numerous awards for its contributions to the development and construction of CMI. HDC Nepal has so far contributed to the construction of 30 kilometers of agricultural roads, 20 school buildings, and 8 co-operative and community buildings. It has also constructed 2 bridges and culverts, as well as over 13 drinking water schemes. In addition, HDC Nepal has constructed 5 health posts.

Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management

Flooding, by far is the most destructive force of nature that causes erosion of agricultural lands and human settlements. HDC Nepal is also a consortium member of LWF funded Nepal Emergency Relief Fund (NERF) since 2007 and also managing warehouse of emergency relief supports of non-food items in Morang, Jhapa.

Recently, HDC Nepal implemented a comprehensive project entitled Water Induced Disaster Risk Reduction Project (WIDP) on the periphery of Kankai Mai of Kanakai Municipality in partnership with Shapla Neer by adopting the river basin approach, named as ‘One River One Community Approach’, covering the entire communities residing on the corridor of Kankai river,up-stream through down-stream. The project has been implemented in Kankai Municipality and Shivasatachhi Municipality of Jhapa district with the overall goal of strengthening the disaster resilience capacity of communities.
Community based disaster management committees (CDMCs) are directly involved in the construction and plantation activities. Consequently, CDMCs have been operating as organisations and undertaking DRR management activities such as: informing the people in the community and beyond about the potential disaster/danger through the use of siren, mobile phones and other means and to be in safe side during the disaster (e.g., to higher grounds, take along important documents, medicines, etc.)

Gender Equality & Social Inclusion

Nepal is a diverse, unequal and fragmented society, with 125 different Social groups, distinguished by caste,ethnicity,religion and language.The UNDP Supported ‘Community Development Programmeme (CDP) Extension is one such project being implemented exclusively focusing on the people from geographically remote, marginalised caste groups, especially Dalits (so-called untouchables as per the Hindu caste system), Janajatis (indigenous ethnic groups), single women, and physically disabled people

The programmes have successfully brought the women out of their homes breaking the traditional restriction on them that they as such are not supposed to go out of their homes. The participation of women in community awareness centre (CAC) led them to become productive member of the households, community leaders and entrepreneurs, thus indicating social and economic empowerment.

Self Governance

HDC undertakes various activities regarding awareness-raising and empowerment of deprived and marginalised communities, organizing and mobilizing them to claim their rights and campaign against prevailing socio-cultural malpractices. The USAID funded Girl-SAMVAD Programmeme organised more than hundreds of social campaigns against trafficking, discrimination and other violence were organised in Morang and Jhapa districts. More than 85% girls are confident enough to prevent themselves from child marriage, trafficking and other social taboos. These kinds of social mobilisations have also helped to improve good governance and service delivery at the local level.

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