SAHAMATI works with women, children, marginalized people, seniors and youth to establish their rights and improvement of their living standards.
Children, the future of the nation, need to be given due consideration. They are the empty paper where we can write whatever we want to. The condition of children in developing countries like Nepal is very poor. Approximately one million children are compelled to engage in different types of labor. The time when they have to go to school carrying book has been sacrificed and forced towards child labor. Of the total data available, more than 40,000 are engaged on household labor with nominal salary while 50,000 children are street sitters. This condition is prevalent in the country because poverty is the main reason. Parents are unable to feed the children they give birth to because they don’t have enough to sustain their living. The other reasons include natural disasters, social imbalance and ethical bias. Natural disasters force children to lose their parents and take shelter on the streets of the country.
Our programs are specially focused on children aiming to provide a good education, living in a healthy environment, nutritious food, and entertainment. Essential desires such as love, attention, physical care, trust, participation, respect and praise to the children are promoted. Focusing on education and the promotion of human values, SAHAMATI intends to provide children's basic rights, thus improving their situation in a sustainable way.
The society of our country is traditionally male dominated. Women are discriminated through the superstitions and norms established by the name of the religion. In the past days, male used to make women suffer through the evil systems like sati pratha, slavery system and even today fasting by the women for the well-being of her husband is not uncommon while husband is drinking alcohol. Women have very little access to information, decision making process and resource.
Nepalese women fulfill multiple roles like giving birth, caring children, caring in laws, performing household chores. Involvement in activities like farming, cattle raising, firewood collection, rearing children, washing clothes and other household works is not regarded to be important or of any economic value. As a result, their role and accountability in community development processes is negligible.
With the voices of women towards equality and empowerment, there are lots of changes on traditional concepts and women can be seen in leading positions in governmental and non governmental sector. The advancement on education system and the approach of the women has made them raise voice against the women's discriminations, a green signal for women but limited to the urban areas of the country only.
Especially in the rural areas of Nepal, women are deeply deprived. They are discriminated in terms of power, money and social status. SAHAMATI programs are concerned with widows; often blamed for their husbands' death and excluded by society. SAHAMATI provides skills to the women through women’s participation on co-operative financing, vegetable farming, animal husbandry, bee keeping, mushroom cultivation, fruits cultivation, cereals production. Not only that SAHAMATI provides education facilities to the rural women to make them able to speak about their rights and eliminate the misbeliefs of the society. Health and sanitation related education is also other important step SAHAMATI has taken to uplift the health standard of those women. The custom of early marriage which still prevails in many rural communities is prevented only by providing proper education and health education for late birth of children to those communities. This has also helped in reduction of malnutrition and mortality of the children in obvious amount. This is what we have realized in due course of time.
Our programs are centered on pro poor who are basically indigenous groups, scheduled castes or deprived ethnic groups. Most of the concerned people are landless. Often sheltering on wasteland is not uncommon for such groups of people. The place is inadequate for sheltering huge number of their family. Resulting from the lack of access to resources, both natural and public, marginalized people have very few opportunities to develop skills going beyond their traditional knowledge. The majorities are illiterate and so will be the next generation if proper measured are not applied on time. For their daily wages people are often forced to roam around. Only a few families could afford to send their children to school through the wages they earn. But, there are maximum dropouts of the school by those children as they often have to take care of their younger brothers and sisters, involve in household activities and even support their elders and parents in labor activities. These groups are deeply underprivileged in regards to health, nutritious food, education and livelihood opportunities. We aim to establish their basic rights to improve the living conditions in the long-term. We give skill development opportunities to those communities through trainings focused on these groups of people, support them towards income generating activities motivating those people to take glory on their indigenousness and even organize programs to disseminate their socio- economic, cultural skill and generated skill.
The older the age, the more is the need for support, security and company. Senior people in different communities had been contributing towards development of the community but in the present situation, there is no respect and care of the deeds they had done to the society in the past. In addition, society is loosing the skills the senior people possess as there is no transfer of those skills. The skills need to be preserved for the future generation as they will be the source of research in the future. SAHAMATI realized the need to provide support, security and respect to the senior people in the community and have promoted it as one of its focus area of work. Recently, SAHAMATI had organized awards and recognition program for senior citizens around at Gaindakot VDC on the occasion of SAHAMATI 12th General Assembly; 15 personalities including two female of Gaindakot were recognized on different disciplines like social, cultural, religious and educational. Not only that, SAHAMATI has established senior people security fund to support senior people in the future which goes through contribution of every staff of the organization. It has also dreamed of modernized senior people centre in the near future.
Youth are the precious resources and pillar of the country. They are the source of income, education, security, labor, ideas and innovations. What we have realized is the need of capable and conscious youth for the development of the country. Youth can lead the social, economic, political, and cultural transformation of the society. We believe that youth are the vector for the development of the state. The national Youth policy 2066 defined the youth as the people of the age 16 to 40 showing 38.8 percent of total population. The last three years interim plan of the nation realized that youth are the backbone of nation and need to mainstream in the development process through capacity building and income generating activities. Most of the programs of SAHAMATI are centered towards youth promotion and their leadership development.SAHAMATI assists on trainings, skills promotion, knowledge and the platform for the youth towards uplifting the overall living standard of the individual itself, the society and the community