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Fulbari Resource Center

Introduction

Sadly, social injustice and widespread exclusion have planted seeds of suppression and violence in Nepal. Women and children remain the first targets of violence, whether at home, at school or in the streets. It is against this backdrop that CHILDREN-Nepal (CN) has come to recognize the importance of creating a community facility designed to reach children and youth who are in danger of falling through the cracks in Nepal and whose outlook is one of violence combined with social and economic hardship.

CN has established Fulbari Resource Center (FRC). The FRC is conceived as a place where marginalized youth, women and families can have the opportunity to be protected from abusive or otherwise unhealthy environments, catch up on missed learning opportunities and improve their education and goal attainment.

In Nepali, fulbari means ‘flower garden’. And like a flower garden—full of many different species, all living together sweetly—Nepal is comprised of diverse ethnic groups and people, all seeking to create harmonious and productive lives together. And so, the aim of the FRC is to provide services that support and develop the well-being of community.

 

The FRC has three main functions. First, a transitional housing program that is supportive—yet temporary—place of healing and hope for street and abused children—for instance, violence or domestic abuse. Second, a residence and training facility, that gives course participants time and space away from their everyday lives to focus on their education. This space also provide youth, families and other professionals with an environment to organize community-based meetings, trainings and workshops. Third, an organic garden and farm, that has been used at FRC but also, to generate revenue in the community.

Together, through the continued involvement of CHILDREN-Nepal, and careful coaching and instruction, the FRC will seek to reduce the vulnerability of those who are marginalized and improve their resilience and access to better support systems.

Location and programs

The FRC will be located on a 1.5-hectare parcel of land, which is situated 20 km from the city of Pokhara. The natural and tranquil surroundings of the Pokhara Valley is providing an ideal place for resolution, reflection and study. While its location is situated far enough from day-to-day urban life, a main road conveniently connects the FRC with Pokhara and the main premises of CN.

The land for the FRC has already been parceled into three main sections, each with a unique purpose. The first is serving a transitional housing program for street and abused children. This program is providing children with emergency shelter and crisis support, counselling and training for a period of 3 months to a year, depending on their individual situation and needs. The second function is as a space and residence for children, families, teachers and/or other professionals for the delivery of a variety of specialized trainings and workshops. Here, visitors and course participants have the time and space away from their everyday lives to focus on their workshops. We are setting up computer lab and library. The third is developed into an income generation garden and farm, where locally sourced nutritious and organic foods is used by the FRC but also, sold in the community. And in this way, the FRC is also helping to provide work opportunities for an impoverished rural community.

In brief, the FRC is:

Transitional Housing Program

The transitional housing program is becoming a supportive—yet temporary—place of healing and hope for children fleeing difficult situations—for instance, violence or domestic abuse. It is meant to bridge the gap from homelessness to permanent housing by offering emergency shelter, structure, supervision, crisis support, counselling, life skills, education and training and family reunion or community rehabilitation.

Community Training Centre

A well-equipped community training center is serving to empower the community by means of interaction, dialogue and capacity building in community development projects and conflict management trainings. The focus is on experience-based trainings and on the healing of mind, body and spirit including instance, through yoga and meditation.

Study, Research and Transfer of Skills

Based on the regular study of best practices and up-to-date research, community facilitators will transfer their knowledge and skills to the community.

Goals and Objectives

Goals

Provide a facility for increasing levels of inclusion and positive engagement, and reduce levels of violence against children, youth and women in homes, schools and wider communities in Nepal.

Objectives

O1          Create a supportive environment for the recovery and skill development of children fleeing difficult situations

O2          Deliver community-based trainings and workshops

O3          Contribute to community development through sustainable social work practices

Methods and Strategies

To achieve the objectives, CHILDREN-Nepal is employing the methods described here within.

O1          Create a supportive environment for the recovery and skill development of children fleeing difficult situations

The program has been running within a dedicated, building-specific environment that offers a lot of common space. It will also be conducted based on a defined set of operational guidelines, code of conduct and code of behaviors to ensure that the residents are provided with the greatest care, support and confidentiality.

Specifically, the FRC’s rehabilitation process will involve five parts:

  • Part 1: Rescue
  • Part 2: Intake & Identification
  • Part 3: Recovery
  • Part 4: Community Reintegration & Follow-Up
  • Part 5: Lobby & Advocacy

O2          Delivery of community-focused trainings and workshops

The FRC has been encompass a facility that offers community wellness trainings and workshops, which aim to end violence against youth and women, prepare youth and women for future employment and inform community groups on alternative ways of education that promote a higher standard of living and well-being for people of Nepal.

The FRC will offer:

  • Accommodation for up to 40 people;
  • General and more specialized courses;
  • Seminar rooms, information center, library, computer lab;
  • Yoga and meditation hall;
  • Demonstration center (bio-gas, composting toilet, organic garden and solar powered facilities).

The general and more specialized courses are offered for free, but also for a fee, depending on the target group. While some members of the community may be more than willing to pay for their courses and trainings, it would be unfair to require everyone to do so. In this way, FRC has prioritize free trainings to marginalized community members, and fee-based courses to those who have the resources to pay for them.

In addition, the FRC is offering its facility (accommodation, meeting space and seminar rooms) to be rented out for a fee. This is enabling others to enjoy the FRC’s environment that is ideal for study and peaceful reflection, as well as help generate revenue for the FRC.

O3   Contribute to community development through sustainable social work practices

To ensure financial sustainability, the FRC will generate revenue from three different sources. The FRC is :

  • Offer specialized trainings and short or long-term programs for a fee, which include food, lodging and training materials for participants;
  • Rent/lease the residence, and training and workshop facilities;
  • Harvest cash crops and sell organically grown food in Pokhara and the local community.

Further to this, CN is also looking to fundraising activities to support FRC’s many programs and help cover unexpected budget shortfalls and expenses.

Eco friendly implementations:
Food- promote local and organic food through traditional cooking methods
Energy- increase use of biogas, solar energy, and natural light
Waste management- organic waste will be used for compost and biogas, non-organic waste will be reduced, reused, and recycled.
Construction materials- use of local resources as much as possible
Construction- minimize destruction of nature by construction small, decentralized wooden housing.

How you can Help?

By establishing the Fulbari Resource Centre and creating a self-sustaining foundation, we hope to create a lasting impact in our communities and beyond.  Many of our supporters and donors have already funded and ensured funding for different components of the project.

However, this is a heavy burden we cannot manage by ourselves. We welcome the international community to join hands with us, to help us jump-start the momentum, so that our children will live in not just a safer local community, but an international community woven by like-minded people striving for peace and prosperity

Volunteering – Assist us with your skills (e.g., work camp, healthcare and education)
• Donate, Raise funds to support
• Become a partner for the project or aspects of the project
• Tell your friends, family and co-workers about CHILDREN-Nepal and the Fulbari Resource Centre

And we hope that you, too, will join us in our endeavor.

“…if a parent tries to understand his children he will not hide behind the attitude that because I am your father you have to obey me…”

–   Only Love, Sri Sri Daya 

 

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