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Emergency appeal for Nepal earthquake relief fund

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 1, 2015

Nepal_Earthquake_Relief_FundThis time the whole world thoughts are with the people of Nepal in the aftermath of the brawny earthquake ((7.9-8.0 Richter Scale Magnitudes) that has struck most of the part of Nepal at 11.56 AM (07:56 AM GMT) on 25th April, 2015. After that there are series of small and big earthquakes.

Thousands of lives have been lost.   There has also been significant damage to Nepal’s most of irreplaceable amazing cultural heritage and some of bridges are collapsed: Roads, electricity, water supply and telephone lines are disrupted. The reports of the devastation are terrible and still coming in and the numbers of people killed, injured and affected by this earthquake continue to rise.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Selena Gomez With Children In Need During Nepal Trip (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 31, 2014

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Wow. Selena Gomez looked happier than ever during her UNICEF trip to Nepal, where she spent time with children in need. The children clearly inspired her, and they even brought her smile back!

Selena Gomez, 21, was clearly touched by the beautiful children she shared time with during her recent UNICEF visit to Nepal. During her trip, Selena spent a lot of time in the classroom to see how children learn and play on a day-to-day basis. By the looks of it, she sure had a great time during her visit!

Selena Gomez’s Peaceful UNICEF Trip To Nepal
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Vote Pushpa Basnet to Make Her CNN Heroes 2012

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 21, 2012

Last time due to our active role Anuradha Koirala was able to be CNN Heros. Recently again we had another achievement because of our active role making possible three organizations to be awarded $1,00,000 = Rs 85,00,000 (85 lakha each): 1) Help Nepal network 2nd position, 2) Nyaya Health 8th position and 3) GMIN ORGANIZATION INC EIN 10th position.
Now it is time to play an important role to make Puspa Basnet CNN Heros 2012. Puspa Basnet, is the president and founder who works for prison children from Nepal. Her mission is to make sure that no children grows up behind prison walls. For more information you can go in this link and for clips you can click here. Let us vote together to make her dream the real.  Read the rest of this entry »

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U.S. Child Poverty Second Highest Among Developed Nations: Report

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 31, 2012

By Saki Knafo

Child Poverty

Can government spending lift poor children from poverty?

A new report from UNICEF suggests it’s possible. The latest edition of UNICEF’sreport on child poverty in developed countries found that 30 million children in 35 of the world’s richest countries live in poverty. Among those countries, the United States ranks second on the scale of what economists call “relative child poverty” — above Latvia, Bulgaria, Spain, Greece, and 29 others. Only Romania ranks higher, with 25.5 percent of its children living in poverty, compared with 23.1 percent in the U.S.

The term “relative child poverty” refers to a child living in a household where the disposable income is less than half of the national median income. Many critics arguethat relative poverty isn’t the same as real hardship, or absolute poverty.

But the report brushes that away. Poverty is “essentially a relative concept,” it says. For example, a little more than a century ago, the wealthiest people in the world didn’t have cars. It concedes, however, that the measurement has some weaknesses. First, a child’s well-being doesn’t always correspond to the parents’ income. Second, comparing the relative poverty rates of various countries doesn’t make sense unless the countries have similar median incomes.

Because of these weaknesses the report considers “child deprivation.” To measure this, researchers produced a list of 14 items found in most middle-class households and counted the number of children whose families couldn’t afford them. The list included Internet connection, new clothes, three daily meals, two pairs of properly fitting shoes, and “the opportunity, from time to time, to invite friends home to play and eat.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Pulling children out of Nepal’s prisons

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 16, 2012

By Kathleen Toner, CNN

Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) — Pushpa Basnet doesn’t need an alarm clock. Every morning, the sounds of 40 children wake her up in the two-story home she shares with them.

As she helps the children dress for school, Basnet might appear to be a housemother of sorts. But the real story is more complicated.

All of these children once lived in Nepal’s prisons. This 28-year-old woman has saved every one of them from a life behind bars.

Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world — according to UNICEF, 55% of the population lives below the international poverty line — so it lacks the social safety net that exists in most Western nations. Space is extremely limited in the few children’s homes affiliated with the government.

So when no local guardian is available, an arrested parent often must choose between bringing their children to jail with them or letting them live on the streets. Nepal’s Department of Prison Management estimates 80 children live in the nation’s prisons.

“It’s not fair for (these) children to live in the prison because they haven’t done anything wrong,” said Basnet, who started a nongovernmental organization to help. “My mission is to make sure no child grows up behind prison walls.”

Basnet is one of several in Nepal who have started groups to get children out of prison. Since 2005, she has assisted more than 100 children of incarcerated parents. She runs a day care program for children under 6 and a residential home where mostly older children receive education, food, medical care and a chance to live a more normal life.

Since 2005, Pushpa Basnet has assisted more than 100 children of incarcerated parents.
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NEPAL: Looking to low-tech wastewater treatment

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 9, 2012

KATHMANDU, 9 February 2012 (IRIN) – In Nepal where one of the biggest childhood killers is water-borne diseases, officials are slowly adopting decentralized ways of treating urban wastewater. 

There is currently one fully operational central wastewater treatment plant in Kathmandu, a city of an estimated one million. 

Only 12 percent of Nepal’s urban households nationwide have access to sewer networks – with most pipelines draining directly into a river or one of several non-functioning plants – and only 5 percent of wastewater is properly treated, according to the Kathmandu office of UK-based NGO WaterAid

Decentralized wastewater treatment systems (DEWATS) in Nepal treat small volumes of wastewater close to the source using low-maintenance, often natural technologies, as opposed to energy intensive central plants, which was the only option until 15 years ago when a local NGO first installed DEWATS around Kathmandu. 

“The users are closer to the facility, so the chances of better management are higher,” said Bhushan Tuladhar, the South Asia regional technical adviser for UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). 

The system spreads accountability as well as risk, he added. “When there are lots of different plants, in a way you are not putting all your eggs in one basket.” 

Moving wastewater from the source to treatment accounts for some 80 percent of overall treatment costs, according to experts

Traditional plants typically use technology that requires skilled technicians, often in short supply in places most in need of wastewater treatment. 

Sewerage and drinking water lines are too closely constructed in Kathmandu, which leads to near instantaneous water contamination in the case of pipe leakage, which is frequent, said Madhav Pahari, UN Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) water and sanitation specialist in Nepal. 
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Analysis: When aid meets arsenic in Nepal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 27, 2012

Photo: Marcus Benigno/IRIN A girl drinks from a public tap installed last year in Nepal's Nawalparasi District

27 January 2012 (IRIN) – After the discovery of unsafe levels of arsenic in Nepal’s groundwater more than a decade ago, government officials and aid groups are finally taking a critical look at whether their efforts have made a difference. 

“We didn’t raise money for broken filters,” said US-based geologist Linda Smith, expressing frustration during a recent visit to Nawalparasi District in the southern Terai region, one of Nepal’s hardest-hit areas by arsenic-contaminated groundwater, when she came across abandoned water filters. 

At one home, two broken cement water filters were being used as planters, while another filter distributed by the NGO she heads, Filters for Families (FFF), sat dismantled in the yard. 

At a neighbouring home, parts were missing from a two-bucket filtration system from Bangladesh known as a Sono. The filter stand had been converted to a clothes-drying rack. 

Smith retrieved unused filters and reimbursed families for the US$5 they had paid per filter, which has an actual cost of $70. 

“There are people who need filters, and they need to realize this,” she said. 

Some 2.7 million people in Nepal – nearly 10 percent of the population – are drinking water with arsenic concentrations above the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended 10 parts per billion (ppb), according to 2011 government estimates. 

In Nawalparasi District alone, a 2008 government survey of tube wells (shallow wells 14-24m deep controlled by hand pumps) found almost 4,000 wells had arsenic that exceeded national standards (50ppb). 

Another 4,418 met national standards, but not the international 10ppb threshold – altogether affecting nearly 140,000 people who depend on those tube wells for drinking water. 

Not a priority?

More than half of the country’s 33,000 tube wells that contain unsafe levels of arsenic have been addressed with the distribution of filters, but it does not mean the filters are used or maintained properly, said Madhav Pahari, water and sanitation specialist for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Kathmandu, which supports the government with arsenic containment.  Read the rest of this entry »

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EVALUATION OF EQUIPMENT SUPPLY PROGRAM FOR AIDS CONTROL AND BLOOD TEST

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 15, 2011

By Prabha Shrestha

1.         BACKGROUND

 Cases of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) are growing rapidly in the world. According to the UNAIDS report in December 1998, 33.4 million people were HIV positive with eleven people infected every minute (JICA brochure).

 HIV/AIDS is recognized as an emerging public health problem in Nepal too.  NCASC (National Control for AIDS and STD Centre) reported 842 cases of AIDS and 3,600 HIV infections as of November 2004.  However, this data could be the tip of the iceberg due to a lack of surveillance data. UNAIDS/WHO estimated approximately 60,018 people in Nepal are living with HIV/AIDS with 2,958 AIDS related deaths in 2002.  It is possible that most of the people (60,018) living with HIV/AIDS do not know they are infected and many of them maybe engaging in unsafe sexual practices.  It is considered that there is a low disease prevalence in the general population, with a higher prevalence in various sub sets of population such as 68% in IDUs (Intravenous Drug Users) approximately 17% in Sex Workers and 4% in Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) cases (NCASC/MOH, 2003).  The consequence of inaction is that AIDS could become the leading cause of death in Nepal over coming years with a serious impact on poverty and vulnerability of the population.  Besides the negative impact on socio economic development through loss of productivity, the burden of diseases would put further stress on the health sector.

STI form a significant component of the AIDS/HIV epidemic in Nepal. Unsafe sexual behaviour contributes to a large number of HIV infections.  It is estimated that 200,000 cases of STI’s occurs annually and its prevalence in women is about 5%.  STI cases among sex workers are considerably high.  Syphilis prevalence among Sex Workers (SW) is reported to be 19% in Terai and Kathmandu with a rate of 14% in Pokhara. Similarly, syphilis prevalence is about 5% in the clients of SW (NCASC/MOH, 2004). The provision of early, correct diagnosis and effective STI treatment can not only prevent serious complications but also decrease the chance of HIV spread.  However, it is not easy to access services that provide early diagnosis and treatment in a resource poor country such as Nepal.

In order to address the above situation, HMG/Nepal adopted a National Policy for AIDS prevention with 12 key policy statements in 1995.  HIV/AIDS and STI prevention program is one of the 12 policy statements.  This policy guided NCASC to form the “National AIDS Coordination Committee” and “National AIDS Council” with participation from the government, non-government, private sector and civil society. This helps to operationalise the national policy and advocate for multisectoral participation in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  The government is committed to deliver the STI control program with the support of the External Development Partners (EDPs). Read the rest of this entry »

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Bidding for Princess Beatrice’s hat hits £80,000

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 22, 2011

An eBay bidder has offered £80,000 for the spiralling Treacy headpiece worn by Princess Beatrice at last month’s royal wedding.

By Rebecca Lefort

The 22-year-old granddaughter of the Queen startled commentators with the swirling hat she wore to the wedding of her

Princess Beatrice at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton Photo: REUTERS

cousin Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The silk Philip Treacy creation has been compared to antlers, a toilet seat and a pretzel, and has been used to create photo montages of scores of unlikely scenarios on the internet.

Beatrice has taken the joke in her stride and put the hat on sale for charity. Proceeds will go to Unicef and Children in Crisis.

With the auction close to its Sunday closing, 39 bidders were competing for the hat, described on eBay as a “unique sculptural celebratory headpiece”.

One of the initial bidders was the Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne, who offered £5,000 for the creation. At 3.30pm on Saturday the bidding had reached £80,100.01.

On the eBay page the Princess has commented: “I’ve been amazed by the amount of attention the hat has attracted. Read the rest of this entry »

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NEPAL: Compensation not enough, say discharged ex-Maoist soldiers

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 11, 2011

Photo: Naresh Newar/IRIN Thousands of children were reportedly recruited by the Maoists

KATHMANDU, 11 February 2011 (IRIN) – More than one year has passed since thousands of ex-Maoist combatants were released from the Maoist army, yet many remain in need.

“We feel abandoned by all those responsible for our rehabilitation and reintegration,” Sita Acharya, a 19-year-old ex- female combatant who was only 14 when recruited as a Maoist fighter, told IRIN.

Acharya is among some 4,008 soldiers discharged in January 2010 from the Maoist party’s military wing, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), following verification by the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN).

Thousands of children were reportedly recruited by the Maoists during their decade-long conflict with the Nepalese state (1996-2006).

More than 74 percent (2,973) were under 18, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

They were discharged on the grounds of being minors and late recruits, having joined the PLA after the peace process began in 2006, the UN Interagency Rehabilitation Programme (UNIRP) reported.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Personality: The Youngest and Beautiful Queen Rania – Very Good with Dance as well

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 1, 2011

 

Michelle Obama hosts Queen Rania in the Yellow Oval Room

Rania Al Abdullah is Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan The world’s youngest queen, Her Majesty has become a leading international voice for cross-cultural dialogue and understanding, and a global advocate for universal access to education and children’s health care. She is also actively engaged in the empowerment of women, youth and underprivileged communities across Jordan and around the world. With her husband, King Abdullah, she is helping to lead Jordan’s long-standing efforts to promote peace in the Middle East.

Rania Al-Yassin was born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents from Tulkarm. She attended school at New English School in Jabriya Kuwait, then earned a degree in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo. Upon her graduation from university, Queen Rania returned to Jordan and pursued a career in banking, working for Citibank, followed by a brief career in the field of Information Technology, atApple Computers in Amman.

Although her husband ascended on 7 February 1999, Rania did not become Queen immediately. She was proclaimed Queen of Jordan by her husband on 22 March 1999. Without proclamation, she would have been a princess consort, just like her mother-in-law, Princess Muna al-Hussein.

Queen Rania is not only beautiful and talented world humanitarian activist, but also very good with dance. Let’s see her dance and her expertise:

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