General Welfare Pratisthan ( GWP) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization. GWP is registered (Reg. No – 336/049/050) in the Kathmandu District Administration Office, affiliated with the Social Welfare Council (Affln. 1366/049/050) and registered in with the Inland Revenue Department (PAN # 301745264).
GWP is activly working in 20 districts of the Capital, Central, Mid & Far Western Regions of Nepal. They are Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Dhading, Chitwan, Makwanpur, Bara, Parsa, Rautahat, Sarlahi, Dhanusa, Mahottari, Banke, Jumla, Mugu, Dailekh, Surkhet, Rukum, Dang and Bardiya. GWP has been able to reach more than 500,000 beneficiaries through multi-sectoral programming.
GWP is focused in four sectors:
- Education Program
- Environment Improvement Awareness Program
- Peace building through Self-Employment Program
- Health Improvement (HIV/AIDS/STI, VCT, Care & Support and Safe Injection Program)
All programs are implemented in the field through Outreach workers and a strong network of committed peer educators from the concerned target populations. Although GWP is working in the above four sectors, all these programs are supportive to each other and are interlinked. For example, the largest of GWP’s programs is the HIV/AIDS program, placed within the health program, where GWP supports female sex workers and their clients for HIV/AIDS/STI prevention through behavior change initiatives. This is closely linked with GWP’s “Send your Daughter to School” program which similarly targets FSWs and other vulnerable groups, educating and empowering them to sending their children to school. Similarly, when GWP started a safe injection disposal programs as a general health focus, it also supported HIV prevention/harm reduction programs by reducing the chances of HIV transmission through used needles.
GWP is also presently implementing a behavior change and right-based care & support program in the field of HIV/AIDS. When GWP started empowering young rural marginal females through an income generating program (Free a Child), it not only increased empowerment among marginal females but also raised awareness about and reduced girls trafficking and increased power among females to be able to say no to sex by providing them with some economic independence.
GWP has been involved in advocacy as part of our HIV/AIDS programs. GWP has been implementing HIV/AIDS/STI, VCT, Care & support to migrant and their families in Bara & Rautahat, in collaboration with PLAN International as well as collaboration with FHI Nepal in Dhanusha, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Parsa, Chitwan, Dhading, Makwanpur, Banke, Bardiya, and Dang. GWP has organized different training among migrant population and their families. GWP has been developing and mobilizing peer educators from Mobile Population too.
GWP has 110 paid staffs including 1 Executive Director, 1 Associate Director, 3 Project Coordinators, 2 Managers, 12 Program/Admin/Logistic Officer, 13 field coordinators, 48 outreach educators, 12 motivators and other supporting staffs. GWP has 1 central office at Kathmandu, 2 field offices at Hetauda and Nepalgunj and 12 district offices in Central, Mid and Far Western Region for implementing program in field level.
GWP mobilized 375 peer communicators from FSWs, PLWHAs, Migrant Workers, Youth and Students.
Projects implemented by:
1. BCI on HIV/AIDS/STI in Central Region’s Nine Districts.
2. Safety Injection Promotion Program in Central Region’s Three Districts.
3. Girls Anti-trafficking and Income Generation Program in Makwanpur District.
4. Community Digital Radio Program in Central & Mid western Region’s Five Districts.
5. STI Static Clinic Program in Central Region’s 9 Districts.
6. PLWHA’s right based Care & Support Program in Central Region’s Two Districts.
1. HIV/AIDS Western Highway Project in Western, Mid & Far Western Region’s 6 Districts.
2. Community Digital Radio Program in Mid Western Region’s One District Kathmandu Valley.
3. BCI on HIV/AIDS/STI in Kathmandu Valley.
- Care & Support of PLWHAs in Central Region – NCASC/WHO Funded.
- STD/HIV Project for the Sex Workers of Kathmandu Valley – UoH Funded.
- Integrating STI/HIV prevention and control program as transversal theme in Development/Workplace Sector
- SDC/Nepal funded.