Established in 2018, based in Surkhet, Nepal. IDEA Nepal enhances the leadership of young girls and boys, and encourages them to fight against injustice and inequality in society.
Woman behind IDEA Nepal
Rachana Sunar, the founder of IDEA Nepal is an enthusiastic social activist defending human rights in Nepal.
When Sunar was 15, she was forced into marriage, but she tricked her family and stopped her own child marriage. Since then she has actively led the campaign “Girls are Girls not Brides” to stop child marriage. She started her journey for social justice in 2013, and she has stopped more than 80 child marriages. Around 10,000 students have been trained by her to stop child marriage.
IDEA Nepal has three projects targeting
children, girls and women
1) Baalbagaicha Gayankunj (Childrens Center)
Baalbagaich Gayankunj is a Saturday school for children. It is a free space where they learn by play, enjoy friendship, show their talents and study about child rights and gender equality. They also learn the importance of good habits, manners, respect, gratitude, teamwork and honesty.
2) Baalan skikshya kindergarten for marginalized kids
IDEA Nepal runs a Baalan skikshya kindergarten for children whose mothers were forced to marriage as child brides. Both, young mothers and children, suffer from domestic violence, poverty, or physical disability. The center offers free and low cost daycare allowing the young mothers to go back to school and run small home businesses to earn enough to live independently. IDEA Nepal sees the potential in investing in education and empowering young mothers and young girls in order to stop child marriage and give girls freedom. This kindergarten will grade up each year and run until high school to let young girls to be educated, empowered, and independent.
The goal of running this school is to enhance the access of education to as many children in need as possible. Currently, children are chosen by the board of the school and student selection committee.
We open admission and collect documents, fill out the forms, we interview, we visit door to door. The board of the school and student selection committee decides who are eligible to get free education.
3) Freedom peace women center
The Freedom peace women center is for young marginalized women who had been forced into child marriage. These are women who are suffering from domestic violence, sexual harassment and injustice, and who are living under extreme poverty. Friday classes are run to educate these women to raise their voices, to start IGA and to learn about women’s rights. IDEA Nepal empowers women to develop their teamwork and leadership skills, and helps them to stay healthy, stand on their own feet and have a good self-esteem.
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