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Completed Projects: Nepal

Promoting Social And Economic Empowerment Of Carers

By Strengthening Women-led Carers Associations
Female engaging in production activity in Nepal
  • Location

    Baglung and Myagdi, Nepal
  • Project Dates

    April 2019 – March 2021
  • Project Partners

    LEADS Nepal
  • Funder

    UK Aid Direct

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In April 2019 Carers Worldwide and LEADS Nepal launched a new, two-year project titled “Promoting social and economic empowerment of carers by strengthening women-led Carers Associations” which is being funded by a Jo Cox Foundation Memorial Grant as part of the UK government's UK Aid Direct programme.

The purpose of the project is to further extend and consolidate the work of Carers Associations (CAs) and Carers Cooperatives (CCs) in Baglung and Myagdi, Nepal which were established in a previous project carried out by LEADS Nepal and ourselves in 2014 – 2017. This new project aims to raise awareness of carers’ existence, role and needs; lobby for practical support; and advocate with local government for policy changes and recognition.

This project has a specific focus on advocacy and the economic inclusion of carers with the aim of strengthening and empowering, predominately female, carers in both the civil society space and in their immediate communities. The ultimate outcome, by the end of the project, will be strong, fully fledged CAs who can independently advocate for the rights of carers, and CCs who can facilitate opportunities and economic security for carers.

The CAs will be recognised as the collective voice of a hitherto vulnerable group, bringing carers into the local government and community agenda and ensuring this neglected group can come out of their homes, be socially and economically empowered, continue to provide the quality care their ill relatives require, and together bring their families and communities out of poverty.

Quantitative research has been conducted in June 2019 and published in December 2019 that assesses the extent to which Carers Associations and Carers Cooperatives empower predominately female carers in Baglung and Myagdi. You can read ‘Carers: Choice and Control’ which is the published report for this research.

Care For Carers

Empowering Parents Of Disabled Children In Nepal
Carers and disabled adults and children as part of a parade in Nepal
  • Location

    Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
  • Project Dates

    November 2016 – July 2021
  • Project Partners

    Self-Help Group for Cerebral Palsy, Nepal
  • Funder

    National Lottery Community Fund
"This project has shown us the way to having our voices heard and recognised. We will work hard to make it sustainable."
Carer Representative

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This project promotes the social, emotional, medical and economic wellbeing of carers, mostly mothers, of children with Cerebral Palsy and other neurological disorders living across the Kathmandu Valley.

Many of the carers targeted in this project had their livelihoods and properties destroyed in the earthquakes that devastated the region in 2015. As carers, they were often restricted to the home, isolated from society and unaware of their rights so they did not realise that they could have accessed government and NGO support in the weeks and months that followed the earthquake.

The purpose of this project is therefore to raise awareness of carers and their rights, and to establish carer-friendly services that can empower this vulnerable community of carers.

Our Baseline Study Report ‘Caring for Carers of Children with Cerebral Palsy in Nepal’ provides a full breakdown on the needs and problems facing carers in this project.

Key findings from the report include:

  • 97% of carers are women and 94% are mothers

  • 63% of carers are not earning an income (although 97% are of working age)
  • 16% of the households of carers have nobody earning
  • 41% of carers were unable to take a break from caring
  • 68% of carers reported feeling isolated or lonely
  • 75% of carers had significant concerns about their financial situation
  • 72% of carers had physical health concerns
  • 76% of carers reported significant anxiety
  • 55% of carers experienced chronic lack of sleep (a significant factor affecting the wellbeing of carers)

Key highlights and achievements from the first three years of the project were:

  • 391 carers lives impacted
  • 23 local self-help groups and 5 Cluster-Level committees set up
  • Carers Day celebrated for the first time in Kathmandu
  • 11 local doctors trained on the needs of carers
  • 3 health camps held with a total of 78 carers being assessed and starting necessary treatment
  • Counsellors visiting all of the carers groups
  • SGCP staff being trained in barefoot counselling
In the final year of the project we are focussing on strengthening the existing carers groups, forming a Carers Association, continuing medical and counselling support, helping carers establish sustainable livelihoods, and promoting alternative care arrangements

Improving The Physical And Mental Health, Promoting Social Inclusion

And Increasing The Household Income Of 1,500 Carers Of Mentally Ill Individuals In Nepal
Group photo carers, cared for individuals and staff in Nepal
  • Location

    Baglung and Myagdi, Nepal
  • Project Dates

    July 2014 – June 2017
  • Project Partners

    LEADS Nepal
  • Funder

    UK Aid Direct

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Prior to this project, there was no support of any kind targeting carers of people with mental illness and epilepsy in the region.

The results of our baseline survey conducted at the start of the project showed that 25% of carers were isolated, 69% experienced physical health problems, 77% were depressed or anxious and 97% of carers and their households lived below the poverty line.

As well impacting the lives of carers, this project had a significant impact on the relatives for whom they care and other members of their households as a result of sustainable increases in household income, improved wellbeing of the carer and greater awareness amongst community members and local professionals about the vulnerability of carers.

After three years, the project achieved the following:
  • 57 support groups were created, bringing together 870 carers for emotional support and local advocacy activities
  • 473 local professionals and volunteers were trained and are now assisting carers in accessing counselling and medical support
  • 994 carers were trained in livelihoods that can co-exist with their caring responsibilities
  • 10 Community Caring Centres were established to provide respite care
  • 285 child carers were reintegrated into school
  • 2 District-Level Carers Associations and 2 Carers Co-operatives were formed to raise the voice of carers to local government and stakeholders

Significantly, at the conclusion of the project, 88% of the families involved in the project reported having regular incomes that lifted them above the poverty line (compared to 3% at the start of the project). 67% of carers reported that their health needs were reducing and 55% had alternative care options available to them.

Our work with LEADS Nepal continues in the project districts, and the carer-led Carers Associations and Carers Co-operatives continue to go from strength to strength.

Action For Carers

Transforming Lives, Policies And Practice For Unpaid Family Carers In Nepal
Female carer with her son and daughter in Nepal
  • Location

    Kaski & Syangja, Nepal

  • Project Dates

    January 2016 – December 2016
  • Project Partners

    LEADS Nepal
  • Funder

    James Tudor Foundation
"A year ago we were alone. Now we are supported and included. I have a vision for my daughter’s future now."
Hum Kumar Khatri
Mother of 11 year-old Sabina who has Cerebral Palsy

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The aim of this project was to improve physical and mental health, promote social inclusion and increase household income for 200 family carers of individuals with mental illness or disability.

17 carers groups were formed, bringing together 162 carers to discuss their needs, develop alternative care options for each other and make representation to local government officials. To ensure sustainability, 18 local health volunteers were trained to enable these groups and activities to continue after the project had ended.

122 carers took up a range of new livelihoods activities such as goat and chicken rearing, increasing household income and enabling them to meet the financial needs of their loved ones such as purchasing vital medicines. Engagement in income generating activities also resulted in promoting the carers’ sense of self-esteem. 50 child carers returned to school, helped by teachers who were specially trained by the project to understand and support them.

Earthquake Relief

And Rehabilitation
Carer next to earthquake damaged home in Nepal
  • Location

    Baglung and Myagdi, Nepal
  • Project Dates

    April 2015 – March 2016
  • Project Partners

    BasicNeeds & LEADS Nepal
  • Funder

    Scott Bader Company Limited & Individual Donors

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Following the devastating earthquake on 25th April 2015, which was followed by further quakes, aftershocks and landslides, Carers Worldwide launched an appeal with our strategic partner BasicNeeds to bring immediate relief and longer term rehabilitation to the residents of Baglung and Myagdi districts.
Working with our partner LEADS, our specific focus was individuals living with mental illness and epilepsy, their carers and their families. In disaster relief situations, these especially vulnerable individuals often face significant challenges . They also typically miss out on rehabilitation initiatives.
Our joint appeal raised over £28,000 which enabled:
  • Relief supplies (food, water, tents, blankets and emergency medicines) to residents in our project villages
  • House rebuilding/repair for 20 families
  • Psychosocial support (medicines and counselling) to over 700 individuals with existing or newly emerging mental ill-health and their carers
  • Disaster-preparedness training to residents in 20 project villages
In addition, the Scott Bader Company Limited provided generous support to enable us to support carers of people with mental illness and epilepsy to rebuild livelihoods which were damaged or completely destroyed by the effects of the earthquake.