Sano Paila (A Little Step) is a member-based, non-governmental, non-partisan organization working towards community development in the socially marginalized and impoverished regions of rural Nepal. Committed to redefining the development sector in Nepal, we take a bottom-up approach to development. We have a track record of diagnosing the most complex problems at grassroots level, conceiving innovative models to solve those problems, and effectively implementing programs by employing diverse and inclusiveimplementation teams.Our people are our assets, and the single biggest factor for our innovation and continual success in program implementation is our organizational commitment to diversity and inclusion.
“Building unified, self-reliant, and empowered communities to build the nation”
Sano Paila aims to build unified, self-reliant & empowered communities in Nepalthrough sustainable development, rehabilitation and livelihood enhancement, peace-building, health improvement, and educational programs.
We are primarily focused on improving the economic, health, social, education, cultural and environmental conditions of the vulnerable and underprivileged communities, to integrate these communities into the life of the nation, and to empower them to contribute fully for the sustainable development of Nepal.
“ It is a true fact that we ourselves hold the key to social reform and are responsible for the overall development of our communities. We are truly devoted to the idea that as the power of spirit rises within, so does the desire to serve our communities. We constantly seek a comprehensive approach towards care for and advancement of the poor and disadvantaged, and acknowledge that the best means to reach our goal is a large heart, an open mind and innovation based on needs, best practices, and new technologies. ”
Sano Paila has acquired all registrations and affiliations required by the laws of the Government of Nepal. We are registered with the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Finance,District Administration Office (DAO) of Parsa, and Inland Tax Office of Birgunj, Parsa. We are affiliated with the Social Welfare Council (SWC) of Kathmandu and have full-membership to the NGO Federation, Parsa.
|DAO Registration Number/Year||1058 / 7 June, 2007|
|SWC Affiliation Number/Year||24134 / 31 December, 2007|
|PAN No, Dept. of Inland Revenue||303004309/ 14 November, 2008|
Sano Paila has renewed its registration annually since its official registration in 2007. The organization is governed by its Constitution (registered under the provision of the Ministry of Home Affairs andDistrict Administration Office, Parsa); any regulations are promulgated under its bylaws and by national and international laws and will continue to exist even if the members change.
The governing and structural organs of Sano Paila are:
a) The Plenary Meeting/General Assembly. (Click)
The Plenary Meeting/General Assembly is the supreme body of Sano Paila and is formed by the ‘members’ as well as the Annual Meeting of the members. It meets on ordinary session during the last term of the year, and on extra-ordinary sessions on the summon of the Governing Board or at least one-third (1/3) of the active members.
The Plenary Meeting approves the year’s program of activities of the organizationand the three-yearly programs. Besides, the meeting also approves the budget, including the amount of budgeted compulsory and voluntary contributions, of the accounts and the Governing Board’s Annual Report. It adopts financial procedures and systems relevant to the needs of Sano Paila and amends the bylaws and general policies of the organization.
We have a diverse assembly of membersliving in the Terai region, Kathmandu, and outside of Nepal. (Members Directory will be uploaded)
b) Founding Committee. (Click)
The Founding Committee is comprised of ‘Founders’ representing those individuals who early on subscribed to the ideals and vision of the organization as set forth in the Constitution of Sano Paila and joined as members on December 9, 2006 in order to help ensure a solid start for the organization.
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c) The Governing Board (Click)
The Governing Board is the ruling council and charged with the governance, management, administration, and strategic planning of the organization. The Board oversees matters concerning the functioning of Sano Paila towards fulfilling its mission and vision and even directs the implementation of programs and policies.
The Governing Board members are appointed through General Plenary Elections for a term of three years. The Chairperson elected and appointed at the Plenary Meeting leads the Board. The incumbent members of the Governing Board were elected and appointed at the Plenary Meeting in August 2013.
To ensure proper involvement and participation of Board Members for development and utilization of human and financial resources of the organization and its mission, the Governing Board is further divided into sub-committees such as:
d) The Chief Executive Officer (Click)
The Governing Board appoints the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and delegates the authority to manage and conduct day-to-daybusiness and affairs of Sano Paila. The Board via the CEO directs the overall performance, management, administration, and functioning of Sano Paila.
The CEO leads the senior management team and is not a member of the Governing Board,and is therefore the main competent authority acting on behalf of the Chairperson and the Governing Board of Sano Paila.
e) Advisory Board (Click)
The Advisory Board is the advisory branch of Sano Paila, consisting of members who are knowledgeable in the areas of social work, finance, accounting, risk management, public policy and relations, fundraising, and other relevant areas useful to the Organization. The Governing Board on a nomination basis appoints Advisory Board members for a term of 2 years. Besides, there is a Community Advisory Board in each district including community members, activists from diverse groups and/or professionals, to provide community inputs into Sano Paila’s activities and local procedures.
The Advisory Board members are independent, committed to social works, and do not have any professional relationship with Sano Paila or its management. The Advisory Board advises, coordinates, and guides the Governing Board and the CEO in formulating appropriate policies, administrative guidelines, and fundraising tools.
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Since our establishment, we have tackled a number of complex issues (issues often ignored by the government, private sector, and state security system) including: human trafficking & child abuse, drug addiction treatment,youth development, access to education, and health improvement. We have designed and implemented programs through an extensive network of local, national, and international development partners, NGOs, and government agencies. Our projects are diverse and target to improving the lives of rural communities and bring positive change.
We recognize that the protection of human rights, access to education, and development of Nepal’s youth and their leadership capabilities will be key to bringing about social, economic, and political change.
We generate awareness regarding ownership and sense of belonging in community development among local residents and influence policy makers, state, and non-state actors through advocacy programs at the local and national level.
It is very encouraging to know that people and businesses that are at bottom of the economic pyramid are willing to help for the cause we believe in. By contributing their time and resources, locals have demonstrated a sacrificial gesture and have sent a strong positive message nationwide that we ourselves hold the key to social reform and are responsible for the overall development of our communities and our nation.
Sano Paila is committed to working for marginalized communities, especially the poor, the disadvantaged ethnic groups, and social excluded people, and where development opportunities are severely limited. We work closely together with residents and provide a holistic response to community needs while recognizing the core services that should be essentially rendered.
Over the years, we have expanded our network and increased our social capital in different districts of Nepal with a strong focus on the Terai region.
Action for Addiction (AFA) Center is a community supported initiative and isSano Paila’s first project established in 2007. Through this project, we have been serving local drug users through drug awareness, rehabilitation and support services in the rapidly growing communities of the Terai region of Nepal.
With residential rehabilitation centers in Birgunj and Janakpur,near the Indian border, where drug trafficking and drug abuse are both serious problems, Sano Paila is delivering support and rehabilitation services to drug users, including People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) and PWID living with HIV.
The heart of AFA program is the principle of natural healing, living and support, and uses a multi-disciplinary approach to provide awareness, counseling, rehabilitation, support, and surveillance related to drug abuse and HIV transmission.
Building on evidence-based drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation methods with the best new methods, we have combined a unique set of therapeutic and holistic techniques to ensure that each individual's interest are sparked and that they are motivated to engage in their recovery. We encourage people addicted to drugs to enroll in our ‘self-help’ program and become a ‘role model’ in their community.
AFA not only provides a comprehensive drug rehabilitation program, but also disseminates information to prevent and address injection-based drug abuse and HIV transmission. Our recovered clients (former drug users)work as managers in our rehabilitation centers and peer educators, providing behavior change communication skills to addicts and youths at risk. Likewise, AFA programs encourage parents and key influencers of youth to continue their healthy actions to prevent future drug-related problems.
As a community-based project run by former drug users, AFAis uniquely positioned in delivering its services and the group has credibility among local drug users. As more than half of the funds for operations come from the community itself, our approach is also to worktowards financial sustainability.
At present, through AFA, we deliver the following services:
Sano Paila has collaborated with Freedom Matters UK and has initiated “a big step” to work for the protection of rights of children. We work with Government of Nepal (GoN) authorities and stakeholders to rescue trafficked children and young people who are in exploitative and abusive situations. After rescue we provide immediate protection, care and rehabilitation of survivors, paving the way for their return to families or reintegration with society.
We are committed to working with the GoN to stop violence against children and fighting both internal trafficking and cross-border trafficking into India. We continually support and press the Government to implement the existing laws/regulations and to enforce mechanisms to ensure that Nepali children get an opportunity to live and grow with their families.
The following are the major projects of ThuloPaila:
In partnership with Child Welfare Scheme (CWS) Hong Kong and Right4Children, we are supporting a Children Receiving Home (CRH). Children who are rescued from corrupt orphanages are put in our care. We provide crucial services, offering medical checkup and counseling to help rehabilitate the children. Our aim is to track down the children's families and support their reintegration.
The core objectives and goals include:
Sano Paila operates all its health-related projects and activities through the Health Services Center based in Birgunj.
The mission of Health Services Center is to provide free or low-cost resources, consultations, referrals, and educational programs to help members of marginalized and impoverished communities achieve optimum well-being. The center offers free walk-in services, including first aid, medical assessment and referrals, blood pressure checks along with health education and counseling to community members, on an individual basis and in group-setting.
The center also organizes free health checkup and medicine distribution camps every month providing direct access to health care in rural villages.
Since January 2010 Sano Paila has collaborated with the John B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ), University of San Diego, California to work in conflict mitigation in order to expand peacebuilding efforts in the Terai. IPJ has been working in Nepal since 2001 in conflict mitigation and post-conflict peacebuilding.
The Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative (NPI)’s role has been to assemble and listen to key individuals with the potential to move the country forward throughout difficult transitions. Programs in response to requests made to the IPJ have ranged from negotiation skills training to radio outreach for sensitizing Nepalis to their rights and common interests. Building inclusive relationships, from villages to the capital, and empowering future leaders with skills that give them the capacity to positively engage one another in constructing a healthy Nepal has been the agenda for the NPI. We remain committed to creating forums that assist in discovering the competencies that citizens can leverage to step away from violence and toward a just society.
NPI paves the way to have willing voices from all segments of the Nepalese society collaborate more substantially to overcome self-serving, narrow interests, and the distractions of those who have lost sight of the goal of a truly national, inclusive, more democratic Nepal. NPI’s programs play a role in peacefully resolving tensions and overcoming roadblocks from history and recent confrontations. The initiative engages communities long struggling with armed groups or powerless civil society in peacebuilding efforts, dialogue and negotiations.
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Literacy of Nepal (LFN) is an initiative to improve the infrastructure of government schools in rural villages of Parsa District and to support students with scholarships to achieve higher education.
Literacy for Nepal is operating 2 libraries in Parsa Districts and helped build a high school in Pakha-Mainpur VDC. Besides, it continues to support 7 students from underprivileged communities whose economic conditions are weak.
Besides, under LFN banner we run various other education related projects/activities:
a) La Ngonpo (A Meeting Point) Project (Click)
Sano Paila in partnership with Multicultural Center Prague, Czech Republic, started La Ngonpo Project in Nepal in 2013. There are currently seven schools participating in this project, three fromBirgunj, three from Kathmandu, and one from Kavre. The La Ngonpo project is an international educational project, which focuses on multicultural and global education for pupils and students aged 12 – 16.
The project was originated as a partner project in India (Ladakh) and The Czech Republic. Since 2012 the project has been expanded into other countries. The main project objective is to provide the methodology which will facilitate teaching for the teachers and to encourage contact with peers in foreign countries. Pupils could widen their understanding of the world through interactions with their foreign “classmates”. It offers elaborate manual tested in practice. It could be used across the school subjects (especially in English, Social Sciences, Art, but also in Mathematics etc.)
b) Urban Child focused Education Project
This project targets urban children (10-14 years of age) who have not received any kind of formal education in school or those who have stopped going to school. In collaboration with the community members, Sano Paila has arranged teachers and classroom for these children where they are taught informally to ensure that every ‘left out’ child in the community receives education.
Sano Paila, in coordination with Non-Governmental Organization Coordination Committee (NGOCC) and financial support from UNICEF, initiated this project in January 2012. So far, 125 children are enrolled in this project. There are 5 teachers involved as well who teach two hours a day.
Youth Community Services Centre (YCSC) is a Sano Paila forum to facilitate connections between the youth and the community, providing a credible, effective, and rewarding avenue for community service for the youths. The center considers the free time, energy, drive, and frustration of local youths to be resources rather than obstacles, by positively channelizing the youth energy into something constructive.
The key focus of the YCSC is to improve the social and economic conditions of at-risk youth, and as a result, the community. YCSC promotes youth involvement by offering opportunities for experiential learning, effective community service, process-oriented approaches to self and community development, and an outlet for personal growth and socializing.
Over the years, we have developed a strong network of Local Youth Volunteers (LYVs) who are mobilized at the grassroots-level to disseminate information on drug issues, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, and peace-building initiatives among other youths in the community.
The following are the major ongoing activities of the YCSC:
Sano Paila has developed a strong framework to work in partnership with local government institutions, unions, and other independent associations. We proactively involve local government bodies, private institutions, and volunteer organizations in planning, designing, implementing and monitoring interventions. All the projects have formed a number of Joint Planning and Monitoring committees involving the government representatives and community members.
We have successfully conducted network meetings and workshops with Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs), Direct Observation Treatment Short Course (DOTS) Committees, Health Committees, mothers groups, religious and local leaders, faith healers, inter- and intra-voluntary organizations, farmer groups, teachers, youth associations, and women's groups in the region. From working with farmers and women in the smallest villages to top government officials, civil society and security leaders in the district headquarters, we have been utilizing the local infrastructure, capital, human resources, and the government’s local offices for collaborative and productive purposes. Our greatest strength lies in our ties with local people, ensuring our grassroots approach to development that lies at the core of our organization.
Likewise, we have fostered partnerships and collaborations with various national and international agencies, institutions and organizations listed below