Plan in Nepal

Plan is working at the grassroots level in Nepal to empower communities to bring real and lasting change, so that their children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Plan began working in Nepal in 1978 and currently implements programs directly within eight districts and works through partners in a further 35 districts. Plan’s programs aim to address the following issues affecting children:

  • High child mortality rates as a result of poor health and nutrition
  • Inadequate access to safe water and sanitation practices
  • Limited access to early childhood care and education
  • Poor household economic security
  • Vulnerability to sexual, physical and emotional abuse, exploitation, neglect and discrimination

Plan’s programs and strategies to address these issues include:

Health and nutrition

Plan Nepal works to ensure that all children and women, especially the marginalised and disadvantaged, live in secure, safe and healthy environments.

Specifically, they are working to reduce infant and maternal mortality rates by increasing access to child and maternal health services. For example, they are currently helping to establish health facilities in rural health posts and hospitals.

Boy drinking from tap
Water and environmental sanitation

Plan Nepal, in joint efforts with communities and other agencies, strives to improve access to safe water supplies and environmental sanitation facilities.

For example, they are helping in the construction and upgrade of rural irrigation systems and are training villagers to ensure that their environment is healthy through our Community-Led Total Sanitation programme.

Boy drinking from new water point installed in his school with the support of Plan Nepal >>>

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Children in school supported by Plan Nepal

Child development and learning

Plan seeks to ensure that children and adults acquire basic knowledge and life skills so they can realise their potential and develop their communities.

Plan works with district and community-based organisations to provide early childhood care and development, and vocational education.


Geeta Choudhary

Household economic security

This programme helps families to provide for their children, be self-sufficient in producing food and income and resilient to economic shocks, such as the loss of a job or a natural disaster.

Plan identifies appropriate candidates for small savings and loans schemes – primarily women, their spouses and youths. They also help disadvantaged families benefit from agroforestry, fisheries, vegetable and goat farming, and provide vocational skills training that can help support rural cooperatives and self-reliant groups.

Geeta Choudhary, working in the cafe she now owns through Plan’s Kamalari Abolition Program >>>

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Child protection and participation

Child protection is central to everything Plan does. They help to organise campaigns to protect and promote child rights, including the elimination of childhood marriage, child labour and human trafficking, while supporting children affected by conflict and ensuring juvenile justice.

Children have the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives. Plan works with children and their communities to identify problems and implement solutions.

< << Children playing on swing at Plan-supported ECCD centre built using locally sourced materials in Morang, Nepal.

Building relationships

Plan builds awareness of issues that affect society and imparts its knowledge and best practices to communities, donors, and government and non-governmental organisations through development education initiatives. For example, they use youth media and arts activities such as radio and street drama, to disseminate the message. Training and workshops are also frequently organised.