Scotland & Nepal
Alzheimer Scotland & Gender Equality Nepal Projects
Over the year the amazing Keith Ross is taking up a challenge a month to fundraise for one UK based charity and 3 charities in Nepal. His challenge ends when he runs the Nepal International Marathon in November 2016, one of his most challenging events. The UK charity he has chosen is Alzheimer's Scotland and the 3 charities in Nepal together help tackle gender equality in Nepal. You can support the amazing Keith Ross through his fundraising page.
About Alzheimer Scotland
Alzheimer Scotland believes that nobody should face dementia alone. They work with people with dementia, their carers and families by providing high quality services, by raising awareness of dementia and by campaigning on their behalf. Dementia is an illness that affects the brain, making it harder to remember things or think as clearly as before. It can affect every area of human thinking, feeling and behaviour and has life changing effects on the impaired.
In Scotland there are thought to be over 90,000 people living with dementia, 3,500 in Aberdeen. These figures are estimated to double by 2031. That being the case, every donation received is very gratefully received, and means they can continue to develop and give the level of support they do for people with dementia, their friends, families and carers.
Alzheimer Scotland believes that nobody should face dementia alone. They work with people with dementia, their carers and families by providing high quality services, by raising awareness of dementia and by campaigning on their behalf.
The funds raised will go towards funding Dementia advisors, nurse consultants and community activity organisers all helping people live well with dementia.
To be the national and local voice of and for people with dementia and their carers in Scotland
To improve public policies for the benefit of people with dementia and their carers
To provide and to secure the provision of high quality services for people with dementia
To provide and to secure the provision of high quality services for carers of people with dementia.
About Gender Equality in Nepal
To meet the UN Global Goal of Gender Equality in Nepal, we have carefully selected 3 effective charities who have demonstrated above and beyond their efforts in improving the state of gender equality in Nepal and in their own way and in collaboration with one another help empower women and girls in Nepal. The 3 charities are;
1) Shakti Samuha - working to establish income generating and skills based programs that create a sustainable livelihood for trafficked survivors
2) BVS - Burns Victims Survivors - helping and supporting survivors of burns, resulting from accidents, or violence.
3) Maiti Nepal -
About Shakti Samuha
In 1996, 500 girls and women were rescued from slavery in Indian brothels during widespread police raids. Among these, 128 were Nepalese girls and women. These women were locked away in remand homes in India, where conditions were as bad as, if not worse, than prison.
The Nepalese government was reluctant to integrate these women back to Nepal, stating they would bring HIV back into the country with them. Because of the lack of Government support, several NGOs took the lead in rehabilitating the girls. Sadly, even in these rehabilitation centers, the women’s treatment did not help to restore their self-esteem and basic human rights.
It was only after months had passed and the women were given training in their rights, that they realized they were not to blame for being trafficked. The women felt it was time to claim their rights so they set up Shakti Samuha, the first organization in Nepal to be established and run by survivors of trafficking.
Their objectives are:
To establish income generating and skills based programs that create a sustainable livelihood for trafficking survivors
To advocate and lobby for necessary changes to the law
To organize meetings and campaigns to raise awareness and minimize the risk of trafficking
To establish safe house and emergency support for the rehabilitation and reintegration of trafficking survivors
To manage and update data on trafficking survivors
To assist trafficking survivors with legal, employment and counseling services.
To coordinate with local, national and international organizations.
To protect vulnerable girls and women from trafficking
To organize the development of staff-members for effective program implementation.
About BVS Nepal
On the 23th March, Prince Harry visited The Burn Unit at Kanti Children`s Hospital on behalf of Burns Violence Survivors Nepal or BVS Nepal. During his visit, he met 16 children aged between 11 months and 11 years, many of whom had been injured after being displaced by the Earthquake that devastated part of the country. Most of the children being treated at Kanti are supported with financial support for medicines/surgeries, nutrition complement, counseling programme by BVS Nepal. BVS-Nepal main area of expertise lies in helping and supporting survivors of burns, resulting from accidents, or violence, such as attempted homicide attacks, normally using kerosene or acid and cases of self immolation and attempted suicide, often stemming from domestic violence.
Their objectives are:
-To improve the delivery of burns care in Nepal by establishing a network of hospitals countrywide to provide a collaborated approach to medical treatment, psychosocial care and nutrition targeted at the most vulnerable burns survivors.
-To rehabilitate survivors of burns violence through an integrated/ holistic approach, so that survivors are able to live empowered fulfilling lives with dignity.
-To prevent the occurrence of burns violence in Nepal and to diminish the occurrence of accidental burns.
About Maiti Nepal
Maiti Nepal was born out of a crusade to protect Nepali girls and women from crimes like domestic violence, trafficking for flesh trade, child prostitution, child labor and various forms of abuse, exploitation and torture. In 1993, a group of socially committed professionals like teachers, journalists and social workers together formed Maiti Nepal to fight against the social evils inflicted upon our female populace. Its prominent focus has always been centered on preventing trafficking for forced prostitution, rescuing victims of the flesh trade and rehabilitating them. This social organization also actively works to provide justice for the victimized girls and women through criminal investigation and waging legal battles against the criminals. Since its inception, it has drastically highlighted trafficking issue with its strong advocacy from the local to national and international levels.
Their objectives include:
Advocate, conduct awareness campaigns, seek public support, and create social pressure against trafficking of children and women
Provide counselling, support and life skills to children and women at risk of being trafficked.
Rescue trafficked children and women from exploitative conditions abroad and repatriate them
Provide legal services, health counselling, and assistance to destitute women, survivors of girl trafficking and victims of domestic violence.
Rehabilitate survivors by providing them with education, counselling, and a safe home.
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