ECDC with youth

As per the ‘Standard for Operation and Management of Residential Child Care Homes, 2012’ – Nepal Government Ministry of Women, Children & Social Welfare below 18 years are defined as CHILDREN. After 18 years they become youth so we were not allowed to reside in Children’s Home. As the children had been growing up and turning 18, their parents were still inside the prison and we could not leave these growing elder children. We needed to provide them with continuous support in their education and help them have a secure future. This is the time period where they need more time to focus on their education and develop a future career path. ECDC had always been paying attention to this issue of the youth and making vision of youth hostel for them where after 18 years old they could move in.

After Ms Pushpa Basnet Founder and President of Early Childhood Development Center was awarded the CNN Super Hero in December 2016, we had received a grant of US$ 60,000, which made us to go further one step ahead to push our vision towards continuity of support of the youths and have a separate Youth Building. The grant was first utilized in procuring a small plot of land about 1400 sqft which was just a few step walk from Butterfly home. And on the land, we built a house for these growing children.

The building is a 4 storeyed flat system building with separate floors for boys and girls. One floor is converted to Volunteer Guest Room where guests can stay by paying certain fees. This will help in sustainability and income source for the youths staying at the hostel which will help in operation as well as long term sustainability even without any external support. The children are provided with shared rooms for 2 each with individual cupboards and study space. It also has a small kitchen in each flat and a common space. ECDC has been promoting handicraft training for inmates, former inmates as well as youth for their sustainability.

Currently, in the Youth Building, we have 3 older girls who are pursuing higher education. One is pursuing a degree in Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, another Diploma in Ophthalmic Science and the eldest one is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Kathmandu University.

For the construction of the Youth Building, we could not have done without support from different donors and sponsors who supported us in our cause. Various individuals and donors donated for the cause through Utopia Foundation and some of the major donors for the Youth Hostel were: Andrin and Frederique Oswald, Friends of Butterfly Home USA, Lisa, Alex, and Julia Lourie, Ratna Kumar Rajbhandari and Sil Kumari Rajbhandari, Individuals National/ International.

Butterfly Integration Scholarship

ECDC uses strategies that encourage a strong mother-child bond during the child’s stay at the Butterfly Home, through frequent phone calls between mother and child, monthly letters from the child to the mother, and prison visits as possible.

ECDC is committed to reunifying the child and mother after her release from prison, if it is in the best interest of the child.  Team members meet with the prison authorities and the mother prior to her prison release date and spend time talking with the child, gathering his or her thoughts, wishes and concerns about reuniting.  A plan of action might include such things as having the mother establish herself in accommodations appropriate for a child, locating suitable work, and showcasing stability.

When the mother, the child, the appropriate authorities, and ECDC are comfortable with the child returning to the mother, ECDC continues to monitor the situation and support the child with such things as school tuition, through the Butterfly Reintegration Scholarship. Butterfly Reintegration Scholarships are critical to the work ECDC is doing, as it provides a safety net for the children as they reunite with their mothers. Butterfly Reintegration Scholarships include school tuition and such items as school uniforms, sturdy shoes, and a year’s worth of school supplies.

Butterfly Nursery Kit

Play is essential to development as it encourages creativity, dexterity, and contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of babies and children. Through play, babies engage and interact with the world around them. In fact, the play has been recognized as a basic human right of every child, by the United Nations Commission for Human Rights.

Over 100 babies & young children are living in prison in Nepal with their mothers. These children have no access to toys or books. ECDC developed Butterfly Nursery Kits that include a great selection of toys and supplies for these kids. The Nursery Kits includes a sturdy tin box, soft books, wooden animals, games, and art supplies. A Butterfly Nursery Kit, including delivery and a day of training for the mothers, costs $500. Team members distribute such kits to the 54 prisons in Nepal that are housing young children and spend a day showing the mothers how to use and care for the toys and supplies. Team members do follow-up visits to ensure the items are being used properly, and to resupply items as needed.

Butterfly Home

Every year around 20-25 babies are born inside jails in Nepal.  At this time both the mother and babies need special attention and care which they lack inside the prison. At the time of newborn babies requires warm clothes; bedding, mattress and other personal care items for a healthy upbringing and the mother needs special care and maternal support – something very basic, however, not available inside the prison. ECDC initiated a small project for newly born babies and mothers, the “Butterfly Baby Box” which is comprised of a locally made baby bed, Nepali pure cotton mattress, quilt cover, blanket, 3 sets of Nepali cotton baby Daura Suruwal for babies, knitted sweater from Nuwakot female jail, thyme, reusable diapers, a breastfeeding gown for the mother, reusable cloth pads, mustard oil and dietary supplements for the mother.

ECDC collaborates with the Department of Prison Management to address the situation in the prison and convey the value of this baby box for the newly born child and their mother. Working closely with the Prison Department and prison authorities, and mothers inside the prison. For the implementation of the project, ECDC staff will visit the mother and newly born child in their respective prison and hand over the box to them in presence of the local prison authority.

You can help a mother and a baby with its start in life by sponsoring a baby box for USD 300.

Butterfly Baby Box

Every year around 20 children are born inside a prison in Nepal. Many will remain in prison until their mothers are released.

Incarcerated mothers in Nepal face all the familiar challenges of mothers everywhere, plus a formidable set of additional challenges. Like all mothers, they appreciate kindness and support.  ECDC is sensitive to their particular vulnerabilities and works closely with the Department of Prison Management to address the needs of incarcerated mothers and their infants, and expecting mothers.

ECDC team members met personally with each of these women, providing them a Baby Box heaping with basic baby care items.  Every Baby Box contains basic items and items according to the specific needs of each mother and baby.

All Butterfly Baby Boxes contain high quality, locally made swaddle blankets and a baby mattress, warm clothing or summer t-shirts, and a baby cap, as well as mother and baby hygiene products, and an infant toy or two. All items are made to withstand the harsh conditions of the prison environment. Butterfly Baby Box includes a sturdy wooden box, infant clothing, swaddling blankets, nursery dress, mattress and bedding, personal care items for mom & baby and infant toys. A Butterfly Baby Box, including delivery and a day of training for the mothers, costs $300.

These Baby Boxes do more than provide basic infant care items. In the bleakness of the prison settings, the Butterfly Baby Boxes send a message of compassion and hope.

From Kalikot Prison to Butterfly Home

A rescue has many steps and hurdles to overcome. Talking with the parents in jail as well as liaising with the government and explaining our mission to them. In most cases we travel far to the respective jail and meet everyone in person, showing them what the ECDC Butterfly Home looks like and explaining how we work. Watch Seemaa’s journey from meeting us in Kalikot to her arrival at the Butterfly Home.

While not every child is this excited, smiling and open, we give them plenty of time to adjust and make them feel welcome. So even after a few days, the shy kids will come out of their shell, start playing and being part of our ECDC Family.

Mother and Child Health Nutrition Programme

The children living at the ECDC residential Butterfly Home eat well. The ECDC team prepares healthy, delicious meals together with the children, often with produce from their own vegetable garden on the lower terrace.

Unfortunately, the children who continue to live with their incarcerated parents do not receive well prepared, tasty and nutritious meals.  Sadly, these children often don’t get an adequate amount of daily calories. Combined with the stress, deprivation, and limited access to quality primary care, these children are particularly at risk.

Therefore, the ECDC Mother & Child Prison Nutrition Project supports the children and their mothers in 34  prisons in Nepal, through a Starter Kit and Monthly Delivery. Thank you! Your gift will make a tremendous difference in the lives of these children and their mothers.

For only $20 (US dollars) per month, you can make a world of difference to a hungry child! This price includes Starter Kit like Pressure Cooker, Storage Container, and 3kg mixed beans and rice and Monthly Delivery in which beans and rice are replenished on a monthly basis, and milk on an as-needed basis.

Handicrafts from Imprisoned Mothers

Pushpa was able to start a program working with the imprisoned mothers inside the prisons and after their release. She teaches the women to make handicrafts such as stitched fabric carrier bags and Waldorf dolls, which are sold to support ECDC, and also provide these women with income-generating skills to use after their release.

In April 2017, Pushpa and her staff went to Nuwakot prison for 3 days to teach 15 women how to sew and stitch the carrier bags. These items are currently only sold within Nepal and by request.

We hope to have a system for selling these products to a wider audience soon.

Education for Children

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Health For Children

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