Women Awareness Center Nepal
Earthquake Relief Update
On April 25, 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. The earthquake had a devastating impact. On may 12th, 2015 a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck again while the country was still dealing with the tremors from the initial earthquake adding to the fatalities and casualties.
To Our Friends and Supporters
As we go forward, we continue to believe that a focus on poverty alleviation will be the most effective measure in empowering women, men, and children as well as generally improving the lives of disadvantaged people. We have designed an economic model that brings women into leadership roles. Our savings and credit cooperatives and community based development activities enable women to address their strategic needs, become financially secure, enter the decision-making processes of their households, and, overall, become more active in their community. Their achievements in these areas benefit the entire family. Our main strategy is to build the capacity of women’s groups, registering them as cooperatives, thus allowing them to operate as an independent institution. Our success lies in the fact that where we were once initiating development work, women’s groups are now using our methods to execute their own development activities. WACN’s cost-effective poverty reduction programs can be replicated throughout the developing world.
WACN’s cost-effective poverty reduction programs can be replicated throughout the developing world.
WACN has been able to work in a sustainable way through the determination and commitment of board members, staff, and volunteers. We have found the strength to move ahead from the encouragement of cooperative members and friends. We are also thankful for external funding from donors. MISEREOR Germany and Helvetas Nepal supported us for the first ten years. Canadian Cooperation office (CCO) and Enabling State Program Nepal provided a short-term grant for one year. Recently, Global Fund for Women, Monteview women’s group, International Development Exchange (IDEX), Give2Asia and Cottier Donze foundation have been providing support. We have found that short term funding that lasts only one year does not contribute meaningfully to community based development work and women's empowerment campaign. More long-term support is needed to sufficiently prepare the community for a successful handover of power and the continuation of the goals from the women's empowerment campaign.
- February 6th, 2012
- Prativa Subedi
Celebrating Womanhood Navadevi Awards was presented to 10 women on October 16th in Kathmandu.Celebrating Womanhood Navadevi Awards was established in 2002 and is the only annual award for Nepali women,
Shree Bacchyauli Nari Chetna Kendra, one of WACN's cooperatives based in Chitwan, was recognized as the number one women's cooperatives for its extraordinary financial results, out of twenty five hundred Women's cooperatives of Nepal.
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