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Local Partner: NPAF, Rukum

Funding Required £17,700

Problem statements identified by NPAF and the community:

  • Food and income insecurity
  • Poor health and sanitation.
  • Poor nutrition and intra-household food management
  • Migration of young men to India for employment
  • Disadvantage group that has no access to productive resources.
  • Income generation activities not sufficiently identified and not properly managed

Proposed Solution

  • Improve livelihood outcomes by developing quality fish production.
  • Create other income generating activities.
  • Raise awareness on co-operative education, environment considerations, sanitation and improved health practices.
  • Promote fish farming business
  • Form a fish farming co-operative, strengthened by management and accounting training.
  • Manage and conserve the lake in collaboration with Balaju Fisheries, the District Agricultural Development Office (DADO) Rukum, and the local Syarpu Lake Conservation Committee

Direct Beneficiaries
262 households with a population of 1441, of which 648 are children under the age of 18


  • An inclusive committee with 50% of positions held by women and marginalised people, registered as a co-operative
  • 200 households involved in fish farming
  • 100 households start in-season and off-season vegetable production and fruit farming.
  • 10 households start ecotourism activity.
  • 50 households start other off-farm activities.
  • Number of fish in the lake within the range of technical carrying capacity
  • 1000 fruit trees and multi-purpose tree saplings planted around lake
  • Solid waste managed in bins around the lake.
  • Use of harmful chemicals in farming reduced in and around the lake
  • At least 50 % of the target population able to speak about five basic ideas of environmental protection atSyarpu Lake.
  • Number of pregnant women taking 4th ante natal check-up at local health post, and increased delivery at a birthing centre with a skilled birth attendant
  • Number of children (aged less than 1) immunized.
  • Toilet construction in 100% of houses, and proper hand-washing training and implementation, with 50% reduction in the diarrhoeal disease.

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