CPCS was founded in 2002 to answer the children’s needs in the streets of Nepal. Every year, hundred 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:
1. 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).
2. Risk reduction (during life in the street) : short term perspective focusing on immediate reduction of the dangers of street life .
3. Social rehabilitation (after life in the street): long term perspective focusing on progressive and eventual reintegration of a child into society.
Our organization currently has eight centers in the Kathmandu Valley, one in Butwal, and seventeen other regional centers (Gorkha, Dolakha, Sindhuli, Jhapa, Narayangadh, Itahari, Lahan, Birtamod, Biratnagar, Katari, Sarlahi, Ramechhap, Chautara, Banepa,Hetauda ,Surkhet and Nepalgunj,… ) 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, 1100 ex-street children and children at risks go to school and several dozen receive medical or legal support.
CPCS works on 25 programs/actions helping 1500 to 1800 street children and children at risk every month: :
1. Socialization Shelters facilities for 200 to 300 children daily.
2. Informal Education Service working and meeting on the street with 150 to 200 children and youth daily.
3. Other Field Activities meeting 200-250 children, youth and street adults daily.
4. Emergency line 24 hours.
5. Clinic service- medical care for 600 to 800 children, youth and street adults monthly.
6. Counseling - Psychological support for 120 to 150 children monthly.
7. Research about issues of abuse and other risk issues.
8. Sport Activities for 200-300 children daily.
9. Cultural Activities for 200-300 children daily.
10. Youth Empowerment Programs for 40-60 Street Youth.
11. Family visit and reunification for 50-100 children, monthly.
12. Schooling Support for 1200 children. (through the program “CLASS” and else)
13. Public awareness campaigns.
14. Socialization-alphabetization class for 400-500 children daily.
15. Creating international awareness about children’s rights and the street children situation in Nepal.
16. Local Networking and International Partnerships.
17. Rehabilitation process for 100-150 children and Youth.
18. Hygiene - clothes distribution for 800 to 1200 children monthly.
19. 200 to 300 safety lockers for working and street children. (street bank)
20. Leisure activities as picnic camps, games in the open.
21. Kitchen club feeding 400-500 children daily.
22. Child self-esteem upgrading process.
23. Children library and literacy classes for 300 children daily.
24. Child social rehabilitation process. Individual Interventions for Children and Youth.
25. Child rights protection programs - security and legal help. Court actions.