Achham West

The needs in Achham West

Children in Achham West struggle to access quality education. The community lacks information on the importance of early childhood development. As a result, there are few preschools and existing centres don't have enough resources or the staff needed to properly run their programs.

Parents struggle to pay school fees and find time to help their kids with their studies. Due to poverty, children drop-out and start working early. Schools need updated learning materials, better equipment and well-motivated teachers.

Health Care
In Achham West, children and pregnant women suffer from malnutrition. Most mothers lack information on proper diet, breastfeeding and how to grow vegetables or cook healthy meals. Many families have limited access to food due to lack of income and often, children become severely malnourished. Kids under 5 are particularly at risk of contracting diseases due to poor water and sanitation.

A cultural practice called “chaupadi forces young girls to spend the duration of their monthly period in a shed. This not only marginalizes women, but puts them at risk of contracting diseases due to unhygienic conditions. Additionally, early marriage for girls who are already malnourished often leads to the birth of underweight babies, continuing the cycle of poor nutrition. Health centres lack the resources to treat patients, causing many families to contact traditional healers instead.

Economic Development
The health, protection and financial issues in Achham West stem from a lack of job opportunities. Most don't own land and must work for other farmers or engage in low-wage labour. Those who have plots lack the technical knowledge, irrigation systems and funds required to increase productivity.

The people of Achham West have few ways of saving money for their future. The community lacks the necessary structures to allow families to put away funds. Additionally, some fathers also struggle with alcoholism and gambling. These personal challenges can limit families ability to keep and spend earnings wisely.
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Achham West's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

Achham West is home to 30,300 people, more than half are children. Many in this community rely on natural resources for survival, however changes in temperature and disasters such as floods and landslides have impacted harvests and caused food shortages.

Families in the worst poverty have no choice but to send children to work instead of school. Fathers migrate to India, leaving their wives in charge of the family. The traditional caste system is also deeply rooted. Dalits or the lowest caste, are often barred from accessing basic services and participating in development opportunities. Early marriage and discriminatory cultural practices are common in the community.
  • 1,160 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 1,160 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 1 child with disabilities was supported with medical care and accessibility upgrades
  • 1,160 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 106 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 114 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 26 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 368 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases
  • 44 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 4,798 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 1,015 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy

*This data reflects achievements in Achham East and Achham West communities.

To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Appreciate the importance of early childhood education and train preschool teachers
  • Promote equitable education for all children, including girls and children in the Dalit caste
  • Improve schools learning environment and encourage teachers to use child-friendly methods
  • Increase child participation in school and promote the importance of education and life skills

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Improve feeding practices to rehabilitate children and stop future malnutrition
  • Promote safe, healthy habits for new and expecting mothers and provide nutritional training
  • Ensure children are protected from common diseases and share information on prevention methods
  • Sensitize community on proper hygiene and health practices to counter unsafe cultural traditions

Economic Development
To help families escape poverty and plan for a better financial future, World Vision will work to:
  • Increase the production and income from family farms by providing updated technology and training
  • Improve irrigation systems and build networks to help farmers access services
  • Ensure marginalized families join loan groups and cooperative business opportunities
  • Create savings groups and promote participation, especially for mothers and heads of households

Explore Achham West

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Achham West,  is in Phase 1

PHASE 1: Building the foundation

With local leaders, we assess the community's needs and resources, plan projects to provide long term solutions. Sponsorship and development opportunities begin.