Child Protection Centers and Services
The non-governmental organisation (NGO) CPCS was founded in order to respond to the needs of street children in Nepal. Increasing urbanisation, economic instability at a family level, breakdown of the family unit, domestic violence, unemployment and other socio-economic and political problems have caused the migration of many children towards the larger towns of the country.
The work of CPCS aims to reduce the risks in the street (a short-term strategy with the objective of reducing the number of life threatening dangers present in the street) as well as to offer social rehabilitation to these children (a more long-term strategy seeking the progressive and stable reintegration of the child within society).
With the support of ECPAT Luxembourg, the project also aims to warn the children and their families of the dangers through running awareness-raising and education campaigns in the communities at risk.
The centres and services provided by CPCS are available to all children who have been driven to living in the streets or who have chosen to live there. CPCS provides assistance to these children regardless of their caste, history or social standing.
Today CPCS has 11 centres established in Kathmandu as well as in several of the larger towns of Nepal (Narayangadh, Butwal and Dolakha) and in 2006 opened a programme of local services (CLASS in Gorkha, Sindhuli, Jhapa and Narayangadh.)
Up to 350 children are supported each day by the activities in the field, 350 to 400 children across the country are engaged, sheltered and protected in refuges run by CPCS, 300 former street children attend school, around 100 are cared for in the rehabilitation centres and many benefit from legal and medical assistance.