Situational Assessment of Deprived and Vulnerable Children
Sahayatra (walking together) project, implemented by Save the Children with support of Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), aimed to provide quality education to the school aged children. Major interventions in that regard was the provision of quality education by improving schools and creating safe and protective environment in schools and the community settings, it was implemented under the principles of General Measures of Implementations (GMIs) suggested by the government and civil society. However, Save the Children has realized that some vulnerable children facing deprivations on many levels had not been adequately reached by the project.
In this context, the assessment will look into the situation of deprived and vulnerable children in six relatively low Human Development Index (HDI) districts -- Kalikot, Bajura, Achham, Dailekh and Banke, where Sahayatra project is underway and Sarlahi district, where the project was planned to be extended. The mission of the research included three major areas of enquiry, namely: i) identification of the most deprived and vulnerable children; ii) reasons behind their deprivation, vulnerability and access to development interventions; and, iii) the state of risks and shocks that have been acting as barrier to their agency and resilience. Therefore, the study was expected to enhance Save the Children to shape its further strategies to ensure maximum coverage and reach out to most deprived and vulnerable children.
Save the Children and FDM recognized that the children themselves are the agents of change, who, if given the opportunity, will themselves be able to explain the types and causes of vulnerability they live in. So, Keeping children at the center of enquiry will warrant impartial perceptions about deprivation and vulnerability and suggested viable solutions to the existing barriers. On the other hand, consultations with concerned stakeholders at both community as well as district level has paint a broader picture of deprivation and vulnerability.