About the local hosting organization
CPCS was founded in 2002 to answer the children’s needs in the streets of Nepal. Every year, hundreds 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 Streets (its causes, its daily routines and its consequences).
2. Risk reduction (during life in the streets): short-term perspective focusing on immediate reduction of the dangers of street life.
3. Social rehabilitation (the life after living in the streets): long-term perspective focusing on progressive and eventual reintegration of a child into society.
CPCS International and its local partners currently run four regional centers (Sindhuli – CRPC, Dolakha – CPCR, Morang – ORCHID, Kathmandu – CPCS NGO) backsupporting 41 local centers (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, 400-500 children are supported by our socialization or rehabilitation centers, 1600 ex-street children and children at risk go to school and several dozens receive medical or legal support.
About the volunteer work
The Regional Center is focusing on supporting more than 250 children and families through schooling, medical and legal support, etc. It is very similar to the Dolakha Center but without Residential perspectives for the children.
A video shows the programs on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0g64PNbduzY
1. Being 18 years old.
2. Being autonomous and independent. This is an important condition to be able to work in the existing structure. The volunteer must not be a burden to the team. He/she has to manage his daily routine and transportation himself, and be able to deal with the difficulties that come with distant travels (cultural, social, medical, practical).
3. Being prepared and informed about the country, reading the documents about the project and undertaking steps to raise funds (as a participation to the project and its centers and departments).
4. Being insured by an insurance company that covers medical repatriation, and support costs (even in case of conflicts/earthquakes in the country or the need of an helicopter evacuation).
5. Coming to Nepal with an active, respectful and social attitude. Some remarks:
a. There are excellent travel agencies that organise trips to Nepal (and the Nepalese economy needs them). You can contact them for a touristic trip.
b. The hippie scene in Kathmandu is over since 30 years. Go to Amsterdam, it’s closer….
c. To meditate and resource yourself, there are excellent Buddhist centers and Hindhu ashrams all over the world. The children for whom we work already, face enough pyschological and identity problems.
Being a volunteer is devoting oneself to others, sharing with them, giving, learning, watching, feeling, living, creating things with them. However, it is also a difficult step to integrate oneself into an existing system (in a different culture, with different habits and many things you may not understand!)
Extra info about the project
- Maximum 2 volunteers
- Sports and/or cultural activities (only in the center) ;
- Helping during the Kitchen Club;
- Maintenance activities in the center (painting, etc., if the budget allows it) ;
- Musical and sports activities;
- Basic English is necessary for a good communication with the team;
- All meals with the children and/or the team
- Support in local schools