Voice of Children organized the Award Distribution Program on Alternative Family Care on 20th November 2016 on the Occasion of International Child Rights Day. The objectives of the award were to promote the family based alternative care instead of promoting institutional care for children living without parental care and to aware stakeholders about possibilities of foster family care.
The award was divided in three categories which are Organization, Individual and Foster family. This award is established to recognize and appreciate the alternative care of the children by organization, individual and family. The Himalayan Innovative Society (THIS) in organizational category with Rs. 300,000 (Rupees three hundreds thousands) cash and certificate, Rajesh Sharma–Journalist on child issue in individual category with Rs. 200,000 (Rupees two hundreds thousands) cash and certificate and Ajaya Kumar Lama in Foster Family Category with Rs. 100,000 (Rupees one hundred thousand) cash and certificate are awarded by chief guest Former Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal in Aryal International Hotel, New Baneshwar, Kathmandu Nepal. The chief guest Khanal addressed that the nation has to protect the children in appropriate way like alternative care setting with family environment. Likewise, the director of VOC said that the award is provided to the organization, individual and family who are working for the alternative care of the children. There were presented more than 125 people in the award distribution ceremony including director of Central Child Welfare Board (CCWB- government central body responsible for children), members of award selection committee, President of National Child Protection Alliance (NCPA), Children Zone of Peace (CZOP), NGO Federation of Nepal, Lalitpur Branch and representatives from GOs and NGOs.
Voice of Children has step by step approach to socialize the children after rescued from street and sexual abuse. It has running Drop-in-Center and Socialization Center with the support of PARTAGE, France where children use to prepare for reintegration in their family and community. The children who don’t have family and relative, VOC protect them in family environment keeping in foster family as an alternative family. VOC has placed 5 children in foster families until the date who were without parental care. The concept of alternative family care system is new in Nepal and this award is a mean for disseminating the information to raise awareness and promoting the alternative family care in Nepal. This award project is supported by Child Rescue Nepal UK and VOC has planned to continue this in coming year also.
By VOC team