About SAHARA Group

Introduction

Sahara is an innovative not-for-profit social organisation, established on September 1997. In the past few years, Sahara has promoted social awareness amongst rural communities, broaching the issue of child protection, women empowerment, economic opportunities, and human rights. The programs’ goal was to uplift people’s, often humble, living conditions. Today, our NGO emphasizes on abuse and neglect, battling towards the dream of

Every child to prosper in a child friendly environment, experiencing a carefree childhood full of joy, play, happiness and curiosity. Children should grow with a sense of safety where they are protected and prevented from any form of abuse.

Equally important to Sahara is the physical, psychological and economic wellbeing of women. Therefore, Sahara intends to address range of women issues too. Our focus lies on a holistic approach towards women and child rights and protection.

Vision

Nepal free from abuse and exploitation where women and children live a life with equal recognition and opportunities disregarding gender, age or cultural background.

Mission

  • Acknowledgment for a life with dignity regarding health, rights, child upbringing and abuse.
  • Active participation of people at risk and marginalised target groups for the protection and promotion  of their rights.
  • Awareness among children and women about different types of abuses and strengthen their self-protection.
  • Inspire and Empower women and children to self-help, economic opportunities and enhance their self-esteem.
  • Advocacy for human rights.

Focus Group

  • Children and women at risk of neglect and abuse
  • Psychosocial support to the needed group (children, adult)
  • Disadvantaged communities

Strategies

  • Mobilize social capital (social values and norms, institutions, associations, networks);
  • Facilitate to use local resources based on the ‘subsidiary principle’ (human, financial, physical);
  • Solicit stakeholders' participation - instrumental, recommendation, representative, transformative, informative;
  • Mobilize external support for capacity enhancement measures- skills, attitudes and behaviours;
  • Work together with other like-minded groups (collaboration, cooperation);
  • Engage in advocacy functions - public policy, legal regime, regeneration of socio-cultural values

Operational Mechanism

All ordinary members of SAHARA form its General Assembly, which approves policies and programmes. The General Assembly elects an Executive Committee for two years, which has at least seven members. The committee is responsible for implementing policies adopted by the General Assembly. We have also a panel of advisors. Besides, SAHARA has been working with an increasing numbers of professionals, members and life members. The membership has grown to around 500. There are some professional experts on our roster.

Financial Resources

a.  Local Resources

  • Various fund raising activities are held to support the sustainability of its initiation as for example; cultural programmes, friendship soccer match, walkathon, or art exhibitions etc.
  • Selling handicraft products from marginalised women, who have been trained and employed by Sahara Group

b.  Funding

  • Applied grants from national and international agencies and philanthropists
  • Donation from generous individuals (Nepalese/foreigner)
  • Government donation