Ex-combatants start a new life………….

Tailoring shop supported by UNIRP
Tailoring shop supported by UNIRP. Photo: UNDP Nepal

Durga is running a tailoring shop in Dhankuta; Lila has a retail shop in Biratnagar and Anu has become the owner of a beauty parlour in Chandranigahpur. All of them were discharged from Maoist cantonments in 2010 and got the opportunity to voluntarily choose a rehabilitation package to start a new life through the UN Interagency Rehabilitation Programme (UNIRP).

Januka who runs a restaurant in Pawakhola, Jhapa with the seed money received from UNIRP post the training shares her experience, "I have regained respect in my family and society because of this business."

Highlights

  • By June 2012, UNIRP has provided 2,149 VMLRs with support for rehabilitation.
  • Approximately 60 percent of the graduates have been offered work or are running their own business with the support of UNIRP.

The vocational training packages and other skill development trainings such as Start and Improve Your Business earlier was provided to the ex-combatants by the UNDP Micro enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP) while UNICEF, UNFPA and ILO have been providing support related to health, education and psychosocial counseling.

Biratnagar has become the training hub in the eastern region. Out of 528 ex-combatants enrolled through the toll free number, 246 individuals (86 Female) have opted for micro-enterprise trainings, 185 for education (72 Female), 84 for Vocational Skills Training (1 Female) and 13 for Health Service Related Training (6 Female). Among the 12 female participants who completed their training recently in Biratnagar — 4 are in tailoring business, 3 are running retail shops, 3 are restaurant owners and 2 are running beauty parlours. Sita, discharged from Khayarmara camp in Mahottari has established a beauty parlour in Khanar, Sunsari after a three month long training and receiving in kind support worth Rs. 30,000 from UNIRP.