Village Childcare Centres
CWON Nepal is currently responsible for the operation of four childcare centres: Padampur, Manihari, Jinglawo and Sapraini. The centres provide care for children between the ages of 2 and 5 while their parents are away working. Each child who attends the centres is receiving a daily meal, 2 new sets of clothes each year and basic education. We have seen first-hand how the childcare centres quickly become a valuable addition to the community.
- Padampur was the first childcare centre to be built by donations from Belgium.
- The Manihari centre was completed in late 2013 and was funded by donations to CWON from Australian volunteers.
- In Jinglawo, the school funded by donations to Mirabai Jinglawo school now functions additionally as a childcare centre.
- The Sapraini childcare centre was completed in 2017 with funding from Belgium.
Childcare Sponsorship Opportunities
The running cost of each of the centres is $6000 AUD per annum. We are currently looking for sponsors willing to provide ongoing support to the centres. Please Contact us for more information about how you can contribute.
We are also looking for enthusiastic volunteers who would be willing to spend some time at the childcare centres. Please visit our sister organisation SVPI for details of volunteer opportunities.
Previously many parents had to leave their young children alone during the day in order to work enough hours to provide food for their families. Some mothers have told us that before the childcare centres operated they had to tie their children up during the day to keep them from wandering off and getting lost while they worked in the nearby jungle.
The day-to-day running of the centres is undertaken by local women and thus have the added benefit of creating employment opportunities within the village. The children’s mothers are also encouraged to take an active role and to take turns to help out at the centres.
Child sponsorship is a successful tactic used by many charities to help support the world’s poorest children with varying degrees of success. However, CWON Australia believes that the best way to help the most vulnerable children in these villages is to become a ‘childcare centre sponsor’. This will provide support to all of the most vulnerable children in the villages instead of just one child.