|Geographic coverage||The project covered a total of 7 VDCs of Makawanpur and Bara Districts of Central Development Region. (Uttarjhitkaiya, Banjariya and Dohari VDCs of Bara district and Hatiya, Harnamadi, Basamadi and Makawanpur Gadhi VDCs of Makwanpur district)|
|Project duration||January 2013 to December 2017|
|Budget||NPR 1,68,63,954 (for 2015)|
|Funding partner/s||Stromme Foundation (SF), Norway|
|Target groups||The project has targeted to the adolescent - girls and boys age between 13 to 19 years (3:1 ratio), school dropouts and non-school going children, SAMVAD Support Team including community user groups (i.e. parents of adolescent boys and girls) with the utmost priority to Dalit, Janajati and Minorities.|
|Project Leader||Mr. Bhanu Parajuli|
RRN has been implementing SAMVAD programme since 2013 focusing on school dropouts and non-school going adolescents who belong to Dalit, disadvantaged and ethnic minorities in Bara and Makwanpur districts. SAMVAD Centres are the common platforms where adolescents meet, discuss, share and learn different life skills and lessons and work as the change agent for their communities and also influence local governance process.
Participating adolescents, together with their families (Dalits), become aware of their rights, conscious on their roles, economically active/productive, empowered to fight against social taboos and less vulnerable to trafficking.
- 3,180 adolescents (2,400 girls and 780 boys) empowered to fight against trafficking, exploitation, discrimination, other forms of violence and ill practices.
- 3180 adolescents have improved livelihood opportunities through acquiring trade skills and engaging in income generating activities.
- Dalits and marginalised communities are organised and capacitated to fight against injustice, social taboos and culturally rooted malpractices.
Key Achievements (As of December 2016)
- 910 adolescents empowered through operation of 44 SCs.
- 99% of adolescents from Dalits, excluded and marginalised families have improved life skills and good practices.
- Self-esteem of adolescents has been increased from 25.55 to 35.30 and 95% adolescent demonstrated enhanced self-esteem. (Regensburg self-esteem rank, minimum 10 to maximum 40)
- 80% of adolescents reported confidence in protecting themselves from trafficking.
- 40% trained/skilled adolescents increased their annual income up to 20% through improved livelihoods initiatives.
- 70% adolescents involved in saving and credit schemes and increased their savings up to 10% from their first saving.
- 85% of Dalits and other excluded communities demonstrated their improved unity, solidarity and confidence to address social malpractices.
- 91% adolescents of SCs have been supported with hybrid seeds of seasonal vegetables.
- 9 SC members in Bara and Makawanpur were able to stop their child marriages.
- 64 SC members who were school drop-outs re-enrolled into formal school and 78 children re-enrolled into formal school as a result of the advocacy of SST/SC.
- 15 issues of wall magazines published for awareness on social issues by SC members.
- SAMVAD empowered SC/SST members and animators to claim their rights, as a result, 18 SC/SST members became the member of Ward Citizen Forum and Citizen Awareness Centres.
- Ward 6 of Banjariya VDC of Bara district declared as 'child marriage free ward'.
- The networks facilitated and participated in the local level planning process and demanded development programmes to them.
- Samaj Paribartan Network, Harnamadi was able to organise a 2-day workshop on identification of adolescent's issues with the funding support of NPR 125,000 from Hetauda Sub-Metropolitan City.
- 109 advocacy/campaigns against human trafficking and discrimination were facilitated by Dalit communities and brought significant changes in the communities.