Awaj aviyan (voice campaign) Nepal is a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing the rights and responsibilities of children, women and youth.
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Awaj Aviyan Nepal will work in areas that are a source of trafficking in Dhading district, working in 15 village areas, and along the highway from Dhading to Kathmandu to reduce the number of children and adolescents in commercial sexual exploitation. They will support community groups and groups of children to learn about the issues and about gender based violence more broadly, initially working through 75 such groups. They will also carry out street drama performances, and will organise trainings for a wide range of other relevant local committees, such as school management committees, transport and hotel assocations. They will help families of vulnerable children to access skills training and income generation activities. They will conduct workshops for police and government authorities, helping them plan inspections of hotels and restaurants. They will broadcast radio programs to raise awareness and will train journalists.
Awaj Aviyan Nepal’s (ANN) project goal is to contribute to the reduction of commercial sexual exploitation of children by empowering local communities, stakeholders and government line agencies to create a favourable environment for the prevention and protection of children.
AAN has identified the following outcomes for their project:
1. Empower and strengthen child clubs and adolescent girls’ groups;
2. Empower and strengthen village child protection committees.
3. Collaboratively work with likeminded networks and Government line agencies to reduce entry of minors in hotels and lodges along the highway.
4. Awareness raising and media engagement