Hamro Samman Project

Brief Project Introduction:
NEEDS Nepal has been implementing Hamro Samman Project in partnership with Winrock International supported by the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the British people through the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (UKaid) since 2020.
The project goal is to reduce the prevalence of Trafficking-in-Persons (TIP) in Nepal by bringing together various stakeholders including government agencies, civil society organizations and the private sector.
The project has been implementing in Sudurpaschim Province of Kailali and Kanchanpur district targeted in 9 local governments; Dhangadhi Sub-metropolitan city, Godawari Municipality, Ghodaghodi Municipality, Tikapur Municipality, Joshipur Rural Municipality, Punarbas Municipality, Belauri Municipality, Bheemdatt Municipality and Beldandi Rural Municipality. The project targeted to "strengthen federal structures including local governments to combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP)". For this, the project has been working using '4Ps' framework-Prevention, Protection, Prosecution and Partnership with aimed at four objectives; 1) Improved GoN data collection, sharing and usage to strengthen policy, coordination, and public reporting, 2) Strengthen GoN federal, provincial and local committees for controlling human trafficking to prevent, protect, and prosecute TIP, 3) Strengthen federal, provincial and local GoN monitoring and enforcement of policies related to foreign labor recruitment, the entertainment sector and TIP and 4) Increase GoN implementation of national and international recommendations to mitigate and address human trafficking. The project will benefit 1400 individual direct beneficiaries, 4200 individual indirect beneficiaries and 9 local governments CTIP structures from Sudurpaschim Province. The project has been implementing technical and strengthening support activities to local governments on integrated data management, enforcement TIP guideline, monitoring, and enforcement of policies to foreign labor recruitment, entertainment sector and promote increase national and international mitigation practice to address human trafficking.

NEEDS Nepal/Hamro Samman
Mobilizing Civil Society to Strengthen Sub-National CTIP Initiatives in Sudurpaschim Province

Project Brief Introduction:
Hamro Samman is a five year project with the goal to reduce the prevalence of Trafficking-in-Persons (TIP) in Nepal by bringing together implementing partners and various stakeholders including government agencies, civil society organizations and the private sector. The project is generously supported by the America people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the British people through the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (UKaid) and implemented by Winrock International using '4Ps' framework-Prevention, Protection, Prosecution and Partnership.

Geographical Coverage:
Kanchanpur District: Punarbas Municipality, Belauri Municipality, Beldandi Rural Municipality and Bheemdatt Municipality
Kailali District: Dhangadhi Sub-Metropolitan City, Godawari Municipality, Ghodaghodi Municipality, Joshipur Rural Municipality and Tikapur Municipality

Impact of the Project:
Operationalization of the federal structure for CTIP particularly authorities at the provincial level, District Committees to Control Human Trafficking (DCCHT), Local Committees to Control Human Trafficking (LCCHT) and Ward CTIP committees

Outcomes of the Project:
Improved GoN data collection, sharing and usage to strengthen policy, coordination, and public reporting
Strengthen GoN federal, provincial and local committees for controlling human trafficking to prevent, protect, and prosecute TIP
Strengthen federal, provincial and local GoN monitoring and enforcement of policies related to foreign labor recruitment, the entertainment sector and TIP
Increase GoN implementation of national and international recommendations to mitigate and address human trafficking

Target Group:
At risk people, potential human trafficking individual, returnee migrants, aspiring migrants

Target Beneficiaries:
Direct Beneficiaries: 1400 Individual populations and 9 Local Governments from Sudurpaschim Province
Indirect and Potential Beneficiaries: 4200 Individual populations

Major Activities/Interventions and Strategy:
The project has implementing activities focus around to achieve the below mentioned objectives;

  • To advocate and provide technical support for Trafficking in Persons (TIP) guideline endorsement in Palika level and Provincial level
  • Support establishment and operation of Provincial Combating Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) Network, District Committee for Combating Human Trafficking (DCCHT), Local Committee for Combating Human Trafficking (LCCHT) and Ward Committee for Combating Human Trafficking (WCCHT).
  • To provide technical support in Integrated Data Management system and framework to LCCHTs and WCCHTs.
  • To facilitate and provide technical support to GoN for monitoring entertainment business as per compliance to the Labor Act and Regulation.

For achieving the mentioned project objectives the following strategy applies;

  • Advocacy for TIP guideline
  • Strengthen and Support in operation of DCCHT, LCCHT and WCCHT
  • Advocacy and lobby
  • Coordination, Collaboration and Networking (Provincial and Local Governments, HS Partners, National Stakeholders and Private Associations etc.)

Case story of Rekha Subedi

Shining through Darkness

Rekha Subedi is now 26 years old. She is currently living in a small village located at Chure Range which is North part from Godawari municipality, ward no.4, Kailali district. She lives with her family; mother, two sisters and one brother. She is eldest daughter therefore, she has to help her mother in household and earning, as she had lost her father long ago. Due to the loss of father, her family conduction breaks through quickly, due to which her family have to suffer with social discrimination of poor.

She started working, supporting her mother and as well as her brother and sisters financially. She used to separate her time for work and study. During her aspiration to make good money for her family, she had been trapped by smuggler of trafficking. She was intercepted by Maiti Nepal from border and reintegrated to family. Suffering of life donot stopped for her, she was trapped into fire, when her house burnt. She was burnt with one side and made her physical disable. She felt her life just went to darkness, where no light ever shine. The people started her teasing and discriminating rather you have either you have face or physical abilities. You are a total incompetent now.

Going through several difficulties and discrimination, she started insight determination to work and make her name in society against the discrimination and social difference. She started to involve in community activities as well as earning whatever she can do with her ability. Again, she started working and helped her mother for her sisters and brother's education; however, she gives up her further study after 12 grades.

Hamro Samman project has been working with Godawari municipality and ward offices. I came to know about the Leadership for Change training conducted by Hamro Samman project. I was nominated from my ward office. Throughout the training period, I met with other participants, who have same bitter experiences with their life. From the training, I felt my confidence level was enhanced. My self-esteem goes growing and once I began to shine through the darkness. After the training, I was supported with grant to conduct awareness activity in my own community. I conducted the program, it went well more than I expectations.

At the same time, I was also selected for CTIP ward level orientation, conducted by Hamro Samman project. The orientation provided lots of information regarding the TIP policy, guideline and act. I have learnt roles, responsibilities and duties ward level committee. We have also made our ward anticipated plan at the end of orientation program. Through all these orientation and program, I built my self-esteem and started to engage in community activities.

I was invited in LCCHT meeting which was on held on 18 February at Godawari municipality. I was nominated as a member of LCCHT. I felt proud and loud. She was so excited and privilege to serve local level being as member.

She said "All favor goes to Hamro Samman project and team for such holistic development of life through incompetent to competent. Thank you Hamro Samman for all you did for me."

Case story of Punarbas Municipality

"TIP and Pre-Decision Owned By Local Government"

Orientation on TIP and Pre-Decision was organized by Punarbas Municipality Ward No.7 Office on 30 June, 2021. The contents of orientation were designed in an integrated manner to provide the integrated information on TIP and Pre-Decision both with the objective to provide informational awareness on human trafficking and to make aspiring youth migrants able to choose the options either safe and legal foreign employment or self–employment acquiring the opportunities at the local level.

Hamro Samman/NEEDS Nepal has provided technical support to Punarbas Municipality in LCCHT guideline, which was later endorsed by municipal board of Punarbas Municipality. CTIP Ward Level Orientations were provided to local representatives with the objective to provide information on policies related to TIP and also to make them familiar to the Human Trafficking and Transportation Control Act (HTTCA). After the orientation, the WCCHTs formed. And, WCCHTs have approved the plan made during the orientation. Furthermore, Pre-Decision Orientations were organized with focused provide informational choice either to choose safe and legal foreign employment. In response to their approved plan, Municipality has leverage on TIP initiatives.

Hamro Samman/NEEDS Nepal has provided technical support to finalize the content of the orientation. And also orientation manual was provided to Ward Office. CTIP Champion Mr. Sony Tamang was the facilitator of one session on safe foreign labor migration and its process. He made clarity on the choosing the safe foreign labor migration through the legal process to acquire the opportunities at maximum level. He also shared his personal story to make it more sensible to avoid the illegal ways of foreign labor migration. Furthermore, Chief Administration Officer Mr. Khem Raj Bist, Police Inspector Mr. Kailash Bist, Women Development Officer, Mrs. Rita Malla and Employment Coordinator were the main facilitators of orientation.

The orientation program was participated by Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Punarbas Municipality. They added that Punarbas Municipality has a guideline and as per the provision of the guideline to combat trafficking and to make aware, we have allocated a budget. However, the municipality has started taking ownership to make young people more aware and let them know about the importance of information before they choose either to go foreign labor or do something at the local level to avoid the other face of trafficking on their jobs. Punarbas Municipality has a leverage of NRs.1,00,000 for the upcoming fiscal year on TIP issue and also they have another budget ceiling to provide the skill development training and vocational training to train survivors and at-risk populations to make them more accessible to live their life with dignity and just.