Message from Mr. Mohan P. Lohani, Advisory Member:-
“Community Action Centre-Nepal(CAC-Nepal), established in 1993, was launched with a vision and a mission. The Centre celebrated last year(2013) two decades of its existence amidst various programs. It has significant achievements to its credit. During the last 20 years, the Centre has successfully embarked on and completed a number of Projects, such as Saath Saath Project (SSP) and Comprehensive Package for Female Sex Workers. The Center was able to establish in 2012 a Crisis Prevention and Response Center (CPRC), the fulfillment of a long-cherished goal, under the Comprehensive Package. Mention should be made of ongoing Projects being carried out since 2009 in collaboration with Bhaktapur District Public Health Office. The Centre owes its various achievements to its Management Team which was led by Tulsa Lata Amatya ,the first chairperson, for more than 10 Years, its dedicated staff members, Field Supervisors, Outreach Educators and Community Mobilisers. The Center appeals to its well-wishers and supporters to join CAC-Nepal as its members and welcomes anybody who would like to assist the Center financially and in other ways in the Centre’s ongoing and future programs and activities.”
Message from Ms. Bharati Silawal Giri, Advisory Member:-
It a matter of great satisfaction and happiness that Community Action Centre- Nepal (CAC- Nepal) has been growing from strength to strength since its inception in 1993. It has been doing commendable work in providing the much needed support and services to those communities who are forced to live on the margins of the society as they face stigma and discrimination. They thus remain invisible in the eyes of the State and are excluded from planning and budget allocation processes which further deepens their marginalisation from the state and society.
CAC- Nepal must be credited with the vision and mission to serve this disadvantaged and underserved category of communities – Female Sex Workers (FSWs) and People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHIV) who are the most vulnerable to a web of violence, trafficking and poverty.
In this respect, CAC- Nepal through its community based programmes and interventions to end stigma and discrimination against women and girls including PLWHIV is playing an important role in empowering these high risk groups and spreading awareness among the communities they live in and interact with on their right to live in dignity and freedom from violence.
At the same time, CAC- Nepal is serving a vital function in supporting the government to fulfil its international commitments and obligations in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform of Action and its 12 critical areas of Concern. It’s contributions in helping the government to achieve its MDGs targets particularly 1, 3, and 6 are also noteworthy. CAC- Nepal embodies the spirit that NGOs like this are critical links between the government and communities through their outreach and dedicated efforts in transforming communities for a better tomorrow.
Congratulations CAC- Nepal and keep up the good work!!
With best wishes – Bharati Silawal-Giri, Advisor