Two local partners have been identified in Nepal: BPWN (Business and Professional Women Nepal) and VOC (Voice of Children). A first project is being launched in collaboration with BPWN.
Goal of the project with BPWN: the key objective is to reduce poverty and increase women's economic empowerment within an impoverished rural area near Kathmandu, which is quickly becoming urbanized. The project follows an integrated approach, which includes health awareness for children, women's literacy, children's education, vocational training, and the development of small businesses. Three major components are being developed:
- Improve the level of education for school children and provide health awareness;
- Offer literacy programs for women of the intervention area in North Kathmandu;
- Create groups of women to launch cooperatives for income generation activities (agri-business activities).
IFPD has initiated the project in 2016 thanks to the funds collected through a major fundraising concert with French classical musicians from Arties, which took place in Kathmandu on 17 March 2016.