OCCED Nepal (Organisation for Community, Child and Environmental Development) is a non-government funded children’s home in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, which was founded in 1999 by a group of local business men. Their aim was to provide food, shelter and education for up to forty orphaned, displaced or abandoned children until they were self-sufficient.
The children, from infancy until late teens, are cared for by three resident “didis” (sisters) who are ladies & young women from rural villages who live with the children, and are totally committed. Since November 2012 they have been supervised by a part-time Home Supervisor, Anjali.
Until 2015 they lived in rented accommodation which was due for demolition. The conditions there became increasingly unacceptable, with appalling sanitation, blocked drains, mould and overcrowding. Thanks to amazing financial assistance from friends and sponsors, after the 2015 Earthquake they were able to move into a 12-year old four- storey house which is in excellent condition. The registration under the name of OCCED Nepal has been finalised.
All cooking and cleaning is done by hand, because electrical gadgets are so expensive, power supply intermittent (maybe 12 hours per day maximum), and water very precious. In 2016 the government abolished load sheding and electricity is now available 24 hours a day.
Meals are prepared over three gas rings. Dried foods are stored in large plastic containers and there is now a large fridge.
The children attend private schools where they are educated in English. Although it is expensive (about 35% of total costs), it is essential, as a good education is the only way out of poverty. In 2016 the five oldest children were successful in their end-of-school exams and went on to further education.
After completing a 2 year course the children will either enrol in college or find employment. Whichever they choose they will need to leave the home and find alternative accommodation. Our Trust will support them in their need to achieve independence.
Since 2016 all funding for the OCCED home is via sponsorship and donations from UK, French and American donors.
(Donations specifically for this project please use Ref: ‘OCCED’)