In Collaboration with:

GOVERNMENT OF NEPAL

Technical Assistance:

EUROPEAN UNION

This website was produced with the financial assistance of the European Union and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union or the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Project Support Unit, Dadeldhura: 

Amargadhi-5, Dadeldhura
Phone : +977-96-410413 /14 / 15
Fax: +977-96-410415

Technical  Support Unit, Kailali:
Utter Behadi-4, Dhangadhi
Post Box No. 40, Dhangadhi, Kailali, Nepal.
Phone : +977-91-410061 / 62

 

e-mail:  info@rvwrmp.org.np

Liaison Office, Kathmandu:

Manbhawan, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, Kathmandu. (Near AVM School)
Phone: +977-1-5550628,5543301
Fax: +977-1-5521417

 

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Where We Work

 

The Project operates in hill and mountain areas of Far West and Karnali Provinces. In Far West Province, RVWRMP works in 8 Districts: Achham; Baitadi; Bajhang; Bajura; Dadeldhura; Darchula; Doti; and Kailali. In Karnali Province, the project operates in 2 Districts: Dailekh and Humla. The working area covers all the hilly and mountainous Municipalities in the working Districts (see the map below). The headquarters, the Project Support Unit, is located in Amargadhi-5, Dadeldhura, and all the 10 working Districts have Technical Support Unit offices.

RVWRMP is in the frontline in co-working with the new Municipalities, or Gaonpalikas, that have been the primary partners of the project since their establishment in 2017. The project has 27 core partner Rural Municipalities where the full set of project activities and sectoral planning support are available, and dozens of other working municipalities where the work is based on local proposals. The 27 core municipalities have Rural Municipality Support Units, and NGO-based Support Organisations, that provide support to the municipalities in the whole project working area.

Conditions in the Project Area
Far West and Karnali Provinces are the poorest and driest regions in Nepal, including also the country's most remote Districts that remain without a road access.  The coverage of basic drinking water and sanitation is below the national average: women walk long distances to fetch water and open defecation has been common in the area. The main sources of livelihoods are small-scale subsistence farming combined with livestock breeding and collection of materials like nuts, seeds, mushroom and foliage from the forests.

 

The area is ecologically fragile. Water source depletion and related conflicts are an increasing problem, combined with the increasing demand of water resources for the households and livelihoods. Common hazards include land slides, floods, droughts, and other extreme weather events.

Food insufficiency is evident in the area. Poor nutritional status of women, lack of skilled attendants during delivery and general lack of access to health services contribute to the high maternal and infant death rates. Women’s low educational level has a major impact on health and nutritional status and mortality. Health care and access to services is poor in the hill and mountain due to deficient infrastructure development. Quality of service suffers due to chronic lack of medical personnel, equipment and medicines. Poor  sanitation  and  access  to  clean  water,  poor  nutritional  standard  and  low  awareness  level contribute to ill health and high infant mortality.

Social discrimination based on ethnicity and caste plays a significant role in keeping people poor and marginalized. Most of the landless households are Dalits, Janajatis and other marginalised groups. Many rural women  live  in  extreme  poverty,  without  any  means  of  improving  conditions  for  themselves  and  their households. At the same time, women are increasingly heading households, due to men migrating for work, and taking on the burden of sustaining livelihoods and the rural economy.