Planète Enfants & Développement is a non-profit humanitarian association, recognized as a public utility, which currently operates in 4 countries on child protection programmes. It is active in the fields of early childhood development, protection against violence, maternal and child health and family support.

ALTRAD appreciates the action of PE&D, has decided to support the association.

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Altrad support in Nepal with PE&D

Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 144th out of 188 on the United Nations Human Development Index. For Altrad, Nepal is extremely important with more than 3000 Nepalese people working in the Middle East and Caspian business unit.

Following a recent visit to Kathmandu to lead the group's CSR initiatives, Altrad selected two organisations to support, one being a shelter for trafficked girls that the group now directly supports, and a "Planète Enfants & Développement" (PE&D) project, partially funded by the group, but mainly supported by the employees of the large Altrad family.

PE&D is a French NGO with more than 35 years of experience in the service of children and the fight against trafficking of human beings in Nepal.

  • 20,000 girls work in the sex industry in Kathmandu
  • More than 10,000 women and girls are trafficked in India each year, according to studies*.

 

A centre since 2010 for exploited girls and women in Kathmandu

This centre offers an alternative future for these girls. More than half of the girls targeted by the project had young children who were most often taken to work in the illegal sex industry or left to their own devices.

 

A nursery school in 2013 for children of exploited girls in Kathmandu

The PE&D nursery school offers a safe alternative which, beyond the pure and simple protection of children, integrates them into the "classical" school system and promotes their holistic development (psychomotor, social, psychological, comprehension, behavioural, etc.). PE&D also provides mothers with the necessary help to change their situation and behaviour and to find new means of subsistence.

 

A new school built in April 2017 in the Gongabu region. Supported by Altrad and its employees.

In this region, particularly affected by the presence of a lot of bars, restaurants and places of "entertainment", the three key objectives are:

  • Provide vulnerable children with a protective and caring daily environment that serves as a gateway to education in public schools, under the supervision of a team of professionals.
  • Raise awareness and train parents in the care and development of children
  • Give parents the opportunity to take a different path.

Thanks to this school, 40 children (3-6 years old) of highly vulnerable women receive education and development and 35 mothers receive psychosocial support and parental education.

*The diplomat, November 08, 2018

It is a fantastic team that undertakes fantastic work, it was really humbling to spend some time with them and experience the challenges they face, I am sure their success has a significant impact on the community, and it is a project that we are happy to support as a group and also as individuals; I really believe that we have an obligation and responsibility to support these causes and are happy to be involved.

Steve Connolly, Special Projects at Altrad
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