CPCS was founded in 2002 to answer the children’s needs in the streets of Nepal. Every year, hundreds of kids, hundreds of kids, attracted by the allure of the “big city”, leave their villages. Once there, they discover the harsh realities of life in the streets and are left on their own to face multiple forms of danger and abuse (moral, sexual and physical).
CPCS was created to support these children and youth and to prevent more children from ending up in the streets.
The organization’s work can be divided into three steps:
- Prevention (prior to and during the street life): set of interventions focused in two ways:
– prevent and, if possible, avoid the arrival of the child in the street
– create awareness among general public, the families and the children themselves on the realities of life in the Street (its causes, its daily routines and its consequences).
- Risk reduction (during life in the street): short term perspective focusing on immediate reduction of the dangers of street life .
- Social rehabilitation(after life in the street): long term perspective focusing on progressive and eventual reintegration of a child into society.
CPCS International and its local partners currently run four regional centers (Sindhuli – CRPC, Dolakha – CPCR, Morang – ORCHID, Kathmandu – CPCS NGO) backsupporting forty-one local centers (where CLASS (CPCS Local Action Support and Services) programs are being held.
Daily, up to 850 children are being helped with our organization’s activities, 400 to 500 children are supported by our socialization or rehabilitation centers, 1600 ex-street children and children at risks go to school and several dozens receive medical or legal support.
CPCS works on 25 programs/actions helping 1500 to 1800 street children and children at risk every month:
- Socialization Shelters facilities for 30 to 50 children daily.
- Informal Education Service: working and meeting on the street with 50 to 100 children and youths daily.
- Other Field Activities: meeting 150-200 children, youths and street adults daily.
- Emergency line 24 hours.
- Clinic service – medical care for 300 to 500 children, youths and adults at risks monthly.
- Counseling – Psychological support for 80 to 120 children monthly.
- Research on issues of abuse and other risk issues.
- Game and activities for 100-150 children daily.
- Cultural Activities for 100-120 children daily.
- Youth Empowerment Programs for 20-40 street youths.
- Family visits and reunification for 30-50 children monthly.
- Schooling Support for 1600 children. (Through the program “CLASS” and Early Childhood Development – 150 children / 5 centers)
- Public awareness campaigns. (41 parents’ committee)
- Socialization-alphabetization classes for 100-200 children daily.
- Creating international awareness about children’s rights and the street children’s situation.
- Local networking and international partnerships.
- Rehabilitation process for 50-80 children and youths yearly.
- Hygiene – clothes distribution for 800 to 1200 children.
- 50 to 90 safety lockers for working street children. (Street bank).
- Leisure activities as picnic, camps, games in the open.
- Kitchen club feeding 100-150 children daily.
- Raising of children’s self-esteem and awareness about children’s rights, fundamental rights and national law.
- Children library and literacy classes for 200 children daily.
- Child social rehabilitation process. Individual interventions for children and youths.
- Child rights protection programs – security, legal help and court actions.