Institute for Peace and Justice
Contact: Chris Groth
Phone: (619) 260-4066
Fax: (619) 260-7570
Location: KIPJ Room 121
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
Local Partner Organizations
The Institute for Peace and Justice works in Nepal strictly upon the invitation of local non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Below are descriptions of our current partners.
Sano Paila is a member-based, non-governmental, nonpartisan organization working toward community development in the socially marginalized and impoverished communities of rural Nepal. Named for the idea that it often just takes “a little step” to serve one’s community and induce change, the organization was founded in December 2006 by a group of self-motivated and dynamic youth.
Since its establishment, Sano Paila has addressed broad issues of social change, community empowerment and local resource mobilization through an extensive network of local, national and international development partners, NGOs and government departments. The organization has achieved this through sustainable development practices, rehabilitation and livelihood enhancement, peacebuilding initiatives, and health improvement and education programs. Sano Paila is emerging as a national organization by building their capacity to work closely with community residents in over 10 districts, with a strong focus on the Terai region of southern Nepal.
In addition to its peacebuilding work with the IPJ, Sano Paila has several projects. The primary three are:
- Action for Addiction Program focuses on prevention and control of drug abuse and HIV/AIDS. The program runs a 25-bed drug rehabilitation center using a unique multi-disciplinary approach to provide awareness, counseling, rehabilitation, support and surveillance related to drug abuse and HIV transmission.
- Thulo Paila is an anti-child trafficking project and has several sub-projects. The major activities include: 1) rescuing children, prosecution of perpetrators, and survivor rehabilitation/repatriation of victims through the Nepal Rescue Agency; 2) legal employment opportunities for rescued victims through Circus Kathmandu and income-generating visual arts projects; 3) prevention and education; and 4) advocacy and anti-trafficking communication activities.
- TB Reach Wave 3 identifies new TB cases in children under age 14 in Parsa, Bara and Rautahat through contact tracing and community involvement. It is also designed to reduce the morbidity of TB and prevent the further spread of the disease among the patient’s peers, spouse, family members and community members.
Founded in October 2002, Today’s Youth Asia (TYA) is a media corporate, leadership school and nonprofit working in the field of youth and development. TYA is an international media outlet that works to raise the voices of concerned youth and responsible leaders through its innovative projects. Its goal is to have a constructive impact on Asia’s present and the future.
TYA aims to: 1) create future leaders for Nepal by preparing Nepalese youth with the ideals of democratic values and exposure to the world, and 2) provide Nepalese youth with opportunities to partner and collaborate with youth organizations around the globe. TYA also recognizes the global efforts of international change-makers through the Excellence Achievers and Young Achievers awards.
Founded in September 2010, Women for Peace and Democracy – Nepal (WPD–Nepal) is an independent, nonprofit, non-governmental, non-political, non-commercial and non-religious women-led organization. WPD–Nepal strives to empower women and unite their passion for building a peaceful and democratic Nepal. It works on building the capacity of women and marginalized members of society through the following activities: initiating dialogues and discussions, organizing training courses, empowering women, building the capacity of local organizations and community activists, and reviving volunteer work and community participation to liberate rural communities from occupation and marginalization. Respect for human rights, tolerance, participation, accountability and rule of law are the pillars of the organization’s work, and it campaigns for empowerment of women to end discrimination and injustice, and to establish peace and harmony so that everyone can live a dignified life.
WPD–Nepal currently operates the following projects in Nepal:
- Socioeconomic Empowerment Program for Women and Marginalized (SEWAM)
The SEWAM livelihood project is designed to enhance the living conditions of women and socially excluded groups by increasing their capacity and involving them in collaborative income-generating activities and community development programs.
- Capacity Building of Women Leaders for a Peaceful and Democratic Nepal
WPD–Nepal has been organizing capacity building programs for women political leaders, young women, marginalized groups, civil society organizations and the media.
- Control Arms Campaign
WPD–Nepal has been working on a Control Arms Campaign to educate and create awareness about the illegal possession and trade of small arms and other portable lethal weapons in Nepal, and the impact that the proliferation and misuse of these small arms and light weapons has on women and girls.