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Name of Organization: Shree Tarun Club-Nepal (STC-Nepal), Dang

Country: Nepal

Project Title: "Pens instead of Hammers: Education and Community Action for the Elimination of Child Labor in Stone Quarries"

Project Timeframe: 10 months

Location of Project: District - Dang (2 Municipalities - Tulsipur and Tribhuvannagar; 4 village development committees - Rampur, Laxmipur, Halwar and Gobardiya)

Budget Amount: $24,000

NGO contact and website:
Mr. Devendra K.C.

Mr. Najir Aahamed Siddiki

NGO Phone/fax numbers: 977-1-82-562124
Street Address: Tribhuvan Nagar
City: Ghorahi,
State/County: Dang
Postal code: GPO Box 19025, Kathmandu

Project's Primary Objective: Long term sustainability of educational child labor prevention Initiatives ensured.

Description of Organization: Shree Tarun Club-Nepal (STC-Nepal) is a NGO registered with the District Administration Office of Dang and with the Social Welfare Council. Although based in Dang, STC-Nepal has implemented projects in other districts also, Rolpa, Rukum ,Pyuthan, Kapilvastu and Nawalparasi. These projects are supported by a variety of INGOs and donors such as PACT Nepal; Sustainable Elimination of Bonded Labor Project of ILO; UNICEF; INF; Fund Board; Poverty alleviation Fund. The scope of these projects include school mainstreaming; non-formal education, out of school education; functional literacy, income generation, water and sanitation activities. STC being a local organization is in close vicinity to the intended project area where stone quarries are situated. The initial quick survey has well acquainted the stone quarry workers with this organization. Moreover, this organization is experienced in organizing social campaign that is highly relevant to the social mobilization component of the project. STC has the required professional contacts and locally based staff members to implement the project.

Description of Project funded by CIRCLE: The proposed project will motivate local governance bodies - the Municipality and the District Development Committee to develop policies and programs to eliminate WFCL in these workplaces. Second, the Project will raise awareness on the liberating potential of education to ensure continued education for preventing and withdrawing children from hazardous work in stone quarries. Tested early childhood education methods will be applied in the day care centers while school mainstreaming campaigns will be organized together with children. Thirdly, the workers themselves, particularly women, will be supported through functional literacy so as to enable them to support education and development of their children. The last but not least, it will also create commitments of local governance bodies to recognize stone quarry workers’ communities as beneficiaries and to prioritize resources for such communities in development programs. These interventions call not only for a capacity to organize the stone quarry workers, particularly women but also a capacity or organize campaigns and movements. Furthermore, it involves convincing local governance bodies on the need of prioritizing resources.

Project Targets (Common Indicators):
Enrollment: 246 children into primary schools
191 children in bridging education programs, 81 children in bridging/ non-formal education
Persistence: none specified
Transition: 191 children in bridging edcuation programs enrolled in formal schools after completion. 81 children in non-formal education and bridging program to complete alternative skill enhancement classes.
Completion: bridging programs: 100%