OUR PROGRAMS

An Overview:

We believe a society can be made better with more educated women. A society that is free from trafficking of young girls and from violence against women is the society we need. Our teams and volunteers help achieve this goal by supporting women’s education and by providing access to reproductive healthcare.

STOP GIRLS TRAFFICKING

RHEST started a program “STOP GIRLS TRAFFICKING” (SGT) in 1996by partnering with the American Himalayan Foundation, an INGO headquartered in San Francisco, California to save vulnerable girls from being forced into brothels, slavery and child marriage. This is achieved by financially supporting them for their education and making them aware of the importance of education. 

The program started by providing support to 54 girls. In 2020, the SGT program supports more than 10,000 girls from Grade 1-10.  So far, more than 30,000 girls have received support from RHEST. 

The program protects “Girls at Risk” from trafficking by providing educational scholarships. We also regularly follow-up with the girls and their families to encourage regular school attendance and to raise awareness about trafficking.

IN HONOR OF AMAR PROGRAM

In 2008, with support from the American Himalayan Foundation, RHEST started the “In Honor of Amar Program” after realizing the need to support higher education for SGT girls. The In Honor of Amar Program targets vulnerable, at-risk girls and provides them with support to complete Grades 11 and 12. In Honor of Amar Program works with girls from rural and semi-rural areas of Nepal who have graduated from the RHEST’s SGT program.  The girls also get to learn more about health and nutrition, rights, trafficking, and other protection-related topics. 


RHEST helps girls build the skills to distinguish between right and wrong and helps them make wise decisions, which in turn reduces the chances of being trafficked. RHEST foresees a girl as a change agent who can advocate against ill practices such as child marriage and bonded labor. The girls of the Amar program are encouraged to join the alumnae groups to bring changes in the community. 

HEALTH CARE PROGRAM

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RHEST began to work on women's health issues from the beginning and focused on preventive measures. RHEST introduced HEALTH CARE PROGRAM after encountering many cases of health hazards on women’s reproductive health. RHEST has conducted several reproductive health programs such as camps, training, and informative case screening for their knowledge and references. All RHEST health programs focus on upraising the health and wellbeing of women. Under the Health Care Program, RHEST has been working on the following:

 

a.      Nutrition:

RHEST has been educating about nutrition by encouraging people to choose healthy foods instead of junk foods. RHEST promotes locally available nutritious foods in several schools and communities. RHEST has published many Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials and books about nutrition.

 

b.     Pelvic Organ Prolapse  (POP):

RHEST has been working on maternal health for more than 25 years.  The organization focuses on both preventive measures and treatment by organizing health camps, treating POP, and creating awareness about POP. RHEST has collaborated with various NGOs/INGOs to treat women with POP. To date, more than 40,000 women have been provided with health care service, and more than 3000 health workers and FCHV have been trained. Approximately 1000 women have benefited from POP surgery.

 

c.      Nursing scholarship Program

RHEST has also been supporting girls to pursue their education in the medical field offering various Scholarship Programs in reputed government colleges in Nepal. In collaboration with Women for Women Foundation (Netherlands), 22 girls have pursued their Nursing Degree via their Scholarship Program. Some of the girls are now practicing in Nepal while other sare practicing abroad.

CONTINGENCY FUND

In coordination with AHF, RHEST formed a contingency fund reserved to meet unforeseen emergencies. The primary objective of this fund is to continue our work and help the beneficiaries (SGT and Amar girls) of RHEST. The fund is for the RHEST girls (SGT, Amar, and Alumnae) who have suffered from emergency cases such as serious health conditions ornatural disasters. Support from this fund isprovided as a one-time, nonrecurring expense.

DISASTER RELIEF FUND

The Disaster Relief Fund was established in coordination with AHF to support disaster-affected communities where RHEST is active. For example, with support from AHF, RHEST initiated relief program in response to COVID-19. This initiative provided staple foods to needy households and disseminated information on COVID- 19 and its prevention. RHEST identified Udayapur and Makwanpur as among the worst-affected districts. 2,462 people from Udayapur and Makwanpur received COVID relief packages from RHEST/AHF. Similarly, 50 people from Banke received a COVID relief packages from local alumni in coordination with RHEST. The package consisted of rice, lentil, oil, and soap bars.