Kidasha, a charity working with children in extreme urban poverty in Nepal, has recently been awarded a UKAID Community and Partnership Grant from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).
Founded in 1997, Kidasha works to improve the wellbeing, development and opportunities of children and young people living in crisis situations in chronic poverty in Nepal. Children who are beyond the reach of existing services and support, including children living in urban slums, street and working children and victims of sexual abuse and exploitation.
The grant will support a 2.5-year project to improve the health and wellbeing of some of the most marginalised adolescents living in urban poverty in Pokhara, Nepal’s second-largest city. The project will work with 30 government schools to mainstream Life Skills Education into the standard curriculum and in parallel with 10 urban health centres to make them more responsive to the needs of marginalised young people.
Janice Miller, CEO of Kidasha, said:
“We are delighted to have been chosen by DFID to receive this funding. The grant will massively expand our reach in Nepal and the scope of our projects. Urban poverty is a vicious cycle of interacting forces which means it’s practically impossible for individuals and families to break it on their own. At Kidasha, we take a holistic approach to urban poverty and tailor our work to the specific needs we see on the ground.
“We anticipate that DFID’s endorsement will not only help strengthen our work on the ground but will all enhance our reputation, enabling us to leverage new income streams and increase the scope and impact of our work in Nepal.”