Organization: leave the jail each day for


The Early Childhood Development Center
(ECDC) is a non-profit organization in Nepal. The ECDC was founded in 2005 by
Pushpa Basnet who was awarded as the CNN Hero of the world 2012. ECDC
coordinates with prison administration to rescue children from prison cells and
supporting children who grow up in the confines of prison cells without access
to education, proper nutrition, warm clothing and medical care. The major
programs done by the organization are: nutrition program, butterfly nursery
kit, the butterfly home, handicrafts by imprisoned women, butterfly scholarship
and programs supporting kids inside the prison. The children are provided
classes with local entrepreneurs and volunteers, learning painting, yoga,
music, gardening, documentary film making, languages, and computers. For over a
decade, ECDC runs a residential home and kindergarten program for children ages
0 through 20. Additionally, ECDC has been providing alternative residence,
school enrollment, nutritious meals, medical care, and a nurturing home for over
120 children. ECDC takes care for children (who
below the age of five in some cases) of inmates during the day but return them
to their mothers at night. The organization believes that maintaining this
attachment with the mother, especially at this age, is imperative.

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program is divided between two facilities: the kindergarten center, that cares
for children under the age of 5 years old during the day. These children are
still deemed too young to sleep apart from their mothers, but they are
permitted to leave the jail each day for daycare, including educational
programs, games, and nutritious meals. Children over 5 live year-round at the
residential home and attend a local school. There are currently 42 children
living in the residential home and usually 5-7 children in the daycare center. ECDC also operates a larger
residential home where children over 5 years old live full time. Once at the
residential home, children are enrolled into a local private school in their
appropriate grade in accordance with their capabilities. The 38 children
currently living at the home attend Budhanilkantha Model Community Academy.

They take exams every 2 – 3 months and are provided with private tutoring
sessions if they have fallen behind while living in jail.


Professional team:

members of ECDC includes Young Nepalese Leaders in non-profit, business,
education and health sectors. There are 9 board members in the organization
that includes: President/Founder of the organization, Vice President, General
Secretary, Vice Secretary, Treasurer and other three members. The organization
consist of seven general board members who works in Nepal and there are seven
United States board members.

Context: Early
Childhood Development Center (ECDC) is located in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal is a
country with





Strengths: The strengths of ECDC lies in its
mission to build a care program for the children of inmates and prevent the impact
of parental incarceration on the child’s development, well-being and mental
health. In 2012, the Director and Founder of ECDC was awarded with CNN Hero
World 2012. The organization has got the national recognition of being the
human service agency whose employees are allowed to work directly with central
prison and its programs which helps to integrate programs that includes mothers
and children who are behind four walls of prison. ECDC has volunteers from European
countries who provide one to one care and activities for children, who live
there for about three to six months. With projects like gardening, photography,
and art classes, the children of ECDC receives well-rounded education than the
rigidly structured school system allows. The residential home provides a
creative, free thinking environment where the children can thrive. As a part of
the winning prices as CNN Hero 2012, the organization was provided with million
dollars which has been used to build the new project called, ‘Butterfly Home’, a
permanent home for children residing in ECDC. The organization gets its funding
and donations from international donors, business corporate companies,
philanthropic contributions made by Nepalese individuals and families. ECDC has
partnership with prison management division in Nepal, from where they work with
female inmates and they sell handicrafts and goods made by female inmates
inside the prison. These collaborations and partnership with different national
and international agencies and support is the biggest asset and potential
strength of the organization to serve the inmates children.


Needs: ECDC has developed its program and
services for children over 10 years in Nepal. While the organization is
performing effectively to help and support children of inmates, it is also
lacking behind to expanding its scope or program from Kathmandu valley to other
part of the country. Currently, it has been serving 120 children whose parents
are in the prison of Kathmandu valley but the organization has not expanded its
program to cover the children of inmates who are siding in the prisons outside
the region of capital. The organization has resources, funding, well
collaboration with community organizations and local as well as nation
government but the organization has been moving gradually at time where the
rate of recidivism and crime rates has increased in the country and the children
of such inmates are deprived of services and support the organization like ECDC
are providing.

being a smaller portion of the population in Nepal, children of the inmates are
highly vulnerable and are highly affected by the incompetent laws and regulations
of the country that are not in favor of their well-being. In the traditional
societies like that of Nepal, where conservative perspective takes the driving
seat, the children are always in the shadow of their parents and are tagged as
stigma because their parents did not comply or conform to the rules and
regulations and got imprisoned. Likewise, the children who are served




of Proposal: In the context of Nepalese laws for women prisoners,
after the children reaches the age of two, the custody of the children is given
to someone outside of prison except in the condition of necessity (). If there
is no one outside prison to look after the child then “all the care, education,
maintenance and subsistence of such a child shall be carried out at the expense
of the Government of Nepal as prescribed until sic that Detainee or Prisoner
remains in detained or imprisoned” (Nepal’s Prison Act, 1963). However, the law
id often disregarded into practice. In reality, no Government system of
services exists to accomplish this responsibility, thus, the care and support
of such children are solely dependent on human service organization like ECDC
in Nepal.